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TUB TIMBB FOI'N'DKD ISM. WHOLE NUMBER 18,910. RICHMOND, VA., TH?RS DAY, FEBRUARY 29, 1912. TU* WEATHER TO-D.*? Y ?Fol? PRICE TWO CENTS. STATE EXPENSES Makes Few Changes in First Half of Appro? priation Bill. BITTER FIGHT ON ROLLING STOCK JMembers With Electric Railroads in Their Counties Protest in Vain Against Conference Re? port?Debate on Tax Com? mission Measure Not Concluded. Consideration of half of the general appropriation bill was completed by tho Senate on yesterday, the end of the first year being reached. Must of ? the schedules went by without change. The annuity for the State Female Normal .School at Farmvlllc was In? creased from ?55,000 to fCO.udO a yeur. It was stated that thin school Is being most economically conducted, and Is running on a margin which would lender it helpless In case, of an emergency. An addition uf 11.000 the year was made to the annuity of tho negro normal school at Petersburg. The salaries Of the Dairy and Food Commissioner and of the Superintend? ent of the State Epileptic Colony were Increased. H appeared that an amendment add? ing a small sum for the purchase of fireproof eases and stacks for the Stale Library was lost, bocauso of the lack of twenty-one votes. This will prob? ably be rcconsldi red. Hot Helmte In llnase. It was only after .1 heated debate In the Houte of Delegates that tho con? ference committee report oh the roll? ing stock tax bill was concurred In, although It went through the Senate without opposition. It leaves all the Tolling rlock of electric railways to be collected by the cities which con? tain their home offices, as at present, even if nome of the lines run into the counties. Thn fight against this concession to the cities, which are losing t-o heavily through diversion of the tax on roll? ing stock of steam railroads, was led by Waller Tanslll Oliver, of Fairfax, anil C. W. Throekmortoti. of Henrlco. Mr. Oliver was especially vehement, ? ay'ng that the representatives of the counties which contain electric roads have aided In the "great victory" In the pass ace of the bill, only it ap? peared to bo deserted by thopc they bad deemed their friends. Ho went so far to say that If the principle of the original bill was right It should be. applied to electric ns well ns etcam railroads, and that he would prefer that the whole scheme be abandoned. Molten First Speech. This was Indorsed by \v. o. Parker, of Portsmouth, who surprised the House by making a. forceful speech? the flrr.t effort on the floor during his service of several sessions. He told how Richmond will gel the tax from the rolling stock of tho Virginia Railway and Power Company In Nor? folk and Portsmouth and surrounding territory, as a result of the purchase by that road of the properties in thai herllon. But Judge William-, of th? confer? ence committee, held the members In line for the report by telling them If they sent this matter back to an? other conference, and caused a dead? lock, the whole proposition would probably be lost through delay. This was very effective, and the conference report was concurred In by n vote of 7? to 11. Mr. I'nge Elected Again. For the second lime during the ses? sion Rofcewell Page was elected sit ond Auditor *of Virginia. it seems that Sir. Page neglected to qualify within thirty days after his election, ss required by law. and, as he Is to take office to-morrow, it wati neces? sary to elect him. This was done yes? terday afternoon by the two houses. Tho special committee appointed to consider the purchase by the State of the Ford Hotel b>i how thje prop? erty of the city of Richmond, reported In favor of such action at a mcoting held yesterday morning, it determined that the State needs a new building, -specially to keep the contents of the State Library safe from destruction by lire, with which It Is now constantly threatened. Counlrier Tnx Ulli. No conclusion was renche,] yoster-I day in th e House. on the debate on the Stale Tax Commission bill, al? though it I? ?Hille likely to come to a vote to-day. Speaker Byrtl accepted amendments offered by Mr. Hurt, mak? ing tho third commissioner elective by the General Assembly Instead of appointive by the Governor. Hugh A. White, of Rockbrldgc, de? livered his address against the meas? ure. He said it was impracticable, unnecessary nnd uiiconstituilon.il. No commission, he insisted, is needed to equalize real estate, since this class Of property is riot to be assessed until ItHS. Then, he did not believe the plan was workable. Judge .Martin W illiams began his ad? dress; in opposition, iiut did not con elude It. He took the ground that reassessment must bo the goal under the bill, and pointed out why, in his opinion, this could not be "satisfac? torily accomplished by means of the methods lal<| down in the bill. If. Love, of Dunonnurg, announced that he was converted lo Ihe measure, nnd that he would vote for it. Mensuren Knucfpil, The Jordan-Byrd bills. designed to protect and to purge the registration books, were passed. So were the bills abolishing the professional jurors of the State by making it unlawful for! any person to serve as juror more than on; term In any year; barring a person oonvlcted of driving an auto? mobile while ??under, the influence of liquor" mom again running a ma. chine fo>. Ihne' years: Increasing salaries of judges of the Supreme Court to $5,000 the year. Tho House also passed the Milstcnd Old bill, rcgulat'ng Investment :om (Continued cn Third Page.") CENTRAL STEAM PLANT PROPOSED Franchise Asked to Fur? nish Heat at Meter Rates. CUTS OUT SMOKE, GRIME AND DUST Virginia Railway and Power Company Proposes to Lay Mains to Supply Office Build? ings, Stores, Hotels and Churches?Would Reduce Insurance Risks. Application tor a franchise for a central steam heating plant. Witt? branch supply means throughout con-| gcated portions of the city, will boj made to the Council next Monday night; by the Virginia Railway and Power | Company. Distributing mains will be! lab) from the power house at Twelfth1 Street and the river to serve a number! of thu lar^M buildings in the city. | r.nd the service win be extended as] rapidly as conditions warrant, provided; the consent <-,f the city 1.-: secured. Central Manager C. B. Buchanan, of the Virginia Railway and Rower Com? pany, announced yesterday that plans for distribution and tale of steam for heating purposes had been under con? sideration for sorrvo time, and that the directors of tho company had author? ized hint to expend 1200,000 In laying mains, p-yvided the Council will grant the necessary franchise. Rllmlaatea Smoke und Dirt. : Eliminating to a larcc extent smoke and grime from tho business section.; and reduclns insurance rates by with drawing high pressure boilers from large buildings, the plan outlined Is said to be In line with the liest progress of American cities, more than 400 such central steam heating plants being now in full operation. The greater part of the sky scraper district of! New York City Is curved in this man? ner. Only two such plants arc Operated South of TMehmond, in At? lanta and Birmingham. Baltimore has a plant in full operation, and the elec? tric company In Washington has re? cently applied to the District commis? sioners for a franchise. ! Tho Virginia Railway and Power I Company Is now excavating for the foundations for an annex to Its power? house, which will cost JSOO.oftO and be operated < ntir< ly by steam. Mr. Buchanan explained that tlncc this plant must be In operation every min? ute of the tv.cnty-foui hours through? out the- year, it was contemplated, if the necessary permlsslen la secured, to1 Install extra boilers and to sell the. surplus steam at commercial rates. Architects Drslre It. The matter, which has long been under consideration, and which has be-en the subject of a number of pre? liminary estimates, was brought to a head recently by the application of a number of architects for some of the largest buildings now being erect? ed here. A. C. Bossont, designer of the new First National Bank sky? scraper, now in course of erection, and architect for the new ten-story bulld hik- to be erected by the Virginia Rail? way and Power Company at Seventh an.] Franklin Streets, urged on the company a prompt decision; showing that a large saving could be effected : in the installation of ?eparate heat? ing plants in such buildings, that the i buildings would be much cleaner and would tie free from soft coal soot and ; grime, and that bavins no lire or pro- j vision for fire, they would avoid the penalty placed by Insurance companies i on buildings containing steam hollers. ! steiMM Sold liy Meter. Mr. Buchanan said that from the > study he had given the systems in 1 operations In other cities, he consider- I ed It feast Ilde to extend the service throuK'nout the more closely built up portions of the city, especially to serve large buildings. Any building which has steam pipes and radiators or t standard hot water heating apparatus can connect with the supply furnished by merely eliminating Its own boilers and taking the steam from a meter at the property line, exactly as gas and water is delivered. The company bears all cost of condensation in the mains, the property owner paying only by meter for what ho receives, and may turn off and on his heat as desired, making his bill large or small, on exactly the same basis as citizens now burn gas. Because of the great cost of instal? lation and the waste from condensa? tion, the steam distribution will hardly be feasible in the more, widely scattered residence districts. The form of piping now in use in eitle?! with central heating plants, with the In fsulaton and packing to protect It. costs 1.0 Install approximately M? per linear foot. Cnnvenlrni'r and Cleanliness. As to the cost of heat delivered In this manner. Mr. Buchanan said that his understanding was that It was ap? proximately the same as running In? dividual'boilers. The odvsnee lies In (Continued on Second Page.) Taft Is About to Start Vigorous Speech-Mak? ing Campaign. POSITION WILL BE MADE CLEAR No Personalities, but He Expects to Declare His Views of Doc? trines Advocated by Roose- j velt, and May Make Direct ! Answer to Lattcr's Col? umbus Speech. Washington. February :S.?President Taft soon will start a vigorous speech malting campaign to explain his posi? tion on current questions and further hits candidacy for rcnorr.lnatlon. Before the Republican national Con? vention meets In June, tho President will spend many days on the road and is oxpected to deliver scores of speeches. lie will travel as far 'West ns Chicago, as far North as New Hamp? shire, and South at least as rar as Georgia. Other engagements may be mcde in the next few weeks. The President's political advisers be? lieve he. is their best orator. Eve: since the Taft renornlnation headquar? ters were opened hero some time ago and Representative William B. Mc? Kinley wag put In charge. Republican li aders have urged the President to get Into the campaign. He began fol? lowing this advice when he accepted an invitation of a year's standing to attend the fiftieth annual dinner of Ihe Swedish-American Republican Club In Chicago. The acceptance of that In? vitation was followed by the announce? ment that the President had consented to stop on his way West at Toledo. Ohio. Invitations to vliilt Youngstown and Masslllon have been received and probably will be accepted. A few days ago the White House let It be known that the President would go to Savan? nah In April or May, and might atop at Plnehurst. N. C. Collie to Jfew Hampshire. To-night, after a short conference with Senators Crane, Snicol and Gal linger, it was said that the President would extend his coming trip to Bos? ton to include Nashua and Concord, N H. He leaven Washington for Bos? ton on March IT. spends March IS then; and will visit the two New Hampshire cities on March 19. Although no announcement has been made of subjects for speeches the President will mHke on these trips it Is practically certain tl.at he will not fall to Include In his addresses tho re? call of judge?, the recall of Judicial decisions, possibly the Initiative and referendum, and topics touched by Colonel Roosevelt In his speech at Columbus last week. Probably Mr. Taft will make no di? rect reply to that speech, and It hes been stated with emphasis that he will not indulge In personalities. But that he will make clear his own views of many of the doctrines advocated by Colonel Roosevelt In Columbus Is almost certain. Will Gel New York. A canvass of the New York politi? cal situation made at conferences to? day between William Barnes, Jr., chairman of tho New York Republican Committee, VIce-Presldent Sherman, Stnte Senator Bracken and Represen? tative Calder, a Brooklyn leader In Congress, resulted In an inforinul dec? laration that President Taft would have an nlmout solid New York dele? gation to the Chicago convention. It was claimed to-day U.at the con? ference between the President and Chairman Barnes, which lasted till late last night, was satisfactory to both In so far as the selection of delegates and the proposed working of the plat? form was concerned. Mr. Barnes returned to New York late to-day. Henrd .Nothing: Not h Prophet. New York, February 28.?Colonel Theodore Itoosevelt returned to New York to-night after an absence. ?Iure Saturday in Boston, during which he came out In a statement Issued Hero as a receptive candidate for the Re? publican nomination for President. "A very Interesting trip." he lold the reporters who met his train at SlSC P. M. When his attention was called to the announcement of nine Governors declaring themselves as Taft sup? porters, and he was asked what he thought of the situation in the West, lie sold; ?'! haven't heard anything, and I am not a prophet." He added, nowevcr. that in the state' of Washington, where Governor Hay had declared for President Taft's re nomination, the Mayors of Seattle and Tacoina and Senator Polndexter bad announced themselves In his favor. Mr. Roosevelt; who w-ts unaccom? panied, went directly from his train to the home of ids cousin. .1. West Roosevelt, to spend the night. REBELS MAY KEEP CAPTURED CITY Federals Will Make No Effort to Regain Juarez. ARMS ARE SENT ACROSS BORDER War Munitions for Insurrectos Smuggled Through Douglas, and Arrests May Be Made. Violators of Neutrality Laws Being Trailed by Secret Service Men. Mexico City, February us.?No im? mediate steps will be taken 10 dis? lodge the rebels from Juarez either by Biege or battle. Instead, the govern? ment will devote Its u.icrgk-? to clean? ing up thes district nbout Torrcoh and Chihuahua. This. according tu the best Information obtainable, was the conclusion reached at the meeting of President Madcro'a Cabinet to-day ot? ter the difficulties of starving out the Juarez Insurrectionists had been thor? oughly canvassed. A government official who was pre? sent at the taking of tho border city by Madero last May, pointer! out that it would require a large number of troops and a close Investment to pre? vent the rebels securing cattle and provisions from the surrounding coun? try with which to maintain themselves. The troops could not spared nor could they be placed about the city without great dlfllcultv, he said. On tho other hand, the government has decided that military operations arc to be pushed vigorously In the Uaguna district. Troops are being sent into that territory from Saltlllo and Monterey, and results are expected within a few days. In response to representations; made by United States Ambassador Wilson a body of troops Is proceeding to the relief of lltty-three Americans who are bottlc-d up at Velardenh. March 8 Is the date set by the Van-1 quisle agitators for a general attack upon Mexico City. They are not taken seriously. In line with aSBCtllona by VaEqulsta propagandist* in the capital that the end of the month would see various uprisings in this vicinity, the jefe politico of Kumpaugo. twenty-fire miles north of here, took to the hills to-day with a handful ct followers and what arms the bund could bcIzc. One hundred Federuls we're sent to gar? rison the town and a ".quad of cavalry went In pursuit of the lehels. Consular reports from Durango In? dicate that a serious condition still exists throughout that State. The country Is overrun by robbing bands, and the city Is still cut off from rull communication and Is full of refu? gees. The town of nadiraguato. In Slna lon, ir reported to be In the possession of 1,500 rebels. Nieves, in Zacatecas. was raided twice within the last twenty-four hours. Munition* Seut Across Border. Douglas. Ariz.. February :S.?Cus? toms officials admitted to-day that two wagonlonds of ritles and ammunition had been traced through Douglas Into Sonora, and that tho ammunition in eluded not less than 30.000 rounds. Secret service men are now at work, ami it Is thought arrests for the vio? lation of the neutrality laws will fol? low. I Waltta .Inure* Itegnrded n? Closed. Washington. February "-'S.?The Mex? ican consul at Fl Paso. Tex., to-day requested ibo American collector of customs there to forbid the exporta? tion of American goods Into Juarez, and urged that the rebel port be rec? ognized by the United States as clos>ed. The Treasury Department has taken tip the question with the Departments, of State and Justice. Althoui^i Ambassador Crespo, of Mexico, has as yet made no formal re? quest to have tills government prevent the shipment of supplies across the line from Fl Paso to Juarez, it Is said at the State Department that possibly he has received Instruction from his government to make sich representa? tions, to the United States government. Until the question Is cfflcially placed before the department, however, no one will undertake to say just what the' policy of this government w'li be. Course Is In Doubt. The point is declared nt the depart? ment to be n delicate one. requiring much consideration before a decision can be given. It is pointed out that customs houses are usually established and form :t basis of supply for the community in which they arc situated To cut off supplies from a place like Juarez might, it Is said, have the effect of denying food to a vast majority of people living in that district. It also was declared that It always had been the custom to deal with parties having conlrol of the. customs houses. How? ever, where only tho city was In the hands of the rebel* and the outlying district was controlled by the govern f Con tinned on Seeon d i 'age-.' > "INCONGRUOUS ELEMENTS" MAY FORCE DR. WILEY'S RESIGNATION ! I Champion of Pure Food Con i siders Quitting Post and Entering Politics. Washington, February 28.?it was harm-,I to-night that Dr. If. W. Wiley is seriously .considering resigning his position .!.-? chief ?f the Bureau of Chemistry in the Department of Agri Oulture: Ai!ir.it t'.ng t his in all interview. Dr. Wlle.V said that while he had not yet determined to offer his resignation,1 it si enieii that he eould not be success? ful In his efforts to sepi'fre Harmony as long as there were "incongruous elements" in the department. "I have a long time been -working," .'.aid Dr. .Wiley, "to secure peace. This cannot, however, exist as Ions as there are Incongruous elements us now ex? ist in the departmuit. I !>ave not yet determined to althdruw. I am hoping for u solution ihe difficulties." "In case of no solution, will you re? sign?" he was naked. "1 am not prepared to say now. If r determine to withdraw, however. I shall Issue a statement, which there will he no difficulty in understanding.'' This statement, |t is said, would eon tain .1 complex review of. Dr. Wiley's work in enforcing the pure: food and [drugs law, an- account of pnrslsteill efforts to nullify his activities and strong criticism of Secretary Wilson, of the Agricultural Department; Dr. Wiley snld ho had recently expressed his vlsws to Secretary Wilson. Serretary Wilson said to-night that this was ?'all news to him": that he had not seen Dr. Wiley in two weeks. Dr. WiV pre.-ent attitude follows Inns; drawn but and hitter controver? sies over tiie enforcement of the pure food and drugs act. After the Wiley McCaibo congressional investigation last summer, the failure of the effort to oust the ch5mlft on technical charges and the reorganization of the pure food hoard so as to give tir. I %V|ley control, i: wa% supposed that j the lijrht was oveK i Fteoont ev.mts, however; are snicl to have convinced th? doctor th.it his vie I tory was empty. I H is suggested that Dr Wiley Is contemplating entering polities. rte gestcd him. as a candidate for Vice president on th? Democratic ticket. RYAN QUITS DIRECTORATE THOMAS F. KYAX. [Special to Th? Tlmes-Dlstatch.] New York. February 2S.?The directors of the American Tobacco Company accepted to-day the resignation of Thomas F. Ryan from their body. Mr. Ryan's resignation has been expected as a consequent of the resignations of other men who were important members of the board In days before the dissolution, notably .lames B. Duke. P. A. B. Wldtmpr and his son, George D. Wldener. The resignation of Raul Brown, of St. LtOlllS. as .1 director was also 'irCOnl?March 13 the stockholders will hold their annual meeting, and will then elect successors to the resigned directors. To-day wasche last day for carry? ing oat the terms of the decree of the United states CT.rcuit Court about the disintegration. All the requirements have been compiled with. STEEL FIGURES ARE STARTLING J, P. Morgan Receives $70,000, ooo Merely lor Organizing Great Combine. EXPERT MAKES HIS REPORT From Its Own Books He Shows That Corporation Is in Re? straint of Trade. Washington, February 2S.?The House steel trust investigating com? mittee to-day made public the result of the inquiry Into the book6 and min iltes of the United States Steel Cor? poration conducted by Farquhar J. Jlc Kne, an expert accountant. The McRac report reaches the con? clusion that the Steel Corporation operates in restraint of trade and pre? vents competition through a manipula? tion of prices, -through the Influence of the so-called ''Gary dinners." by con? trol of raw materials and through a system of Interlocking directors In various companies. It also- tends to contradict sumo of the testimony given by steel trust nfllcluls. Some of the tiguree dealt with In the report aro startling. It- is shown that J. P. Morgan ,fc Co. received ap? proximately $70/i0'),ui"in in cash.profits for organizing the big steel combine, and that the net profits of the concern for the tlrst nine years of ps existence, were more than f 1.000,000,000. Steel Corporation Officials objected t? > producing their books before the ? omnilttee In this city, but consented to place them freely at the disposal of an expert to be nnmed by the com? mittee. Mr. McUae made a thorough sluily of the books and minutes, and In his report, to the committee he pointed out these salient features: That j. P. Morgan & Co.. heading the syndicate which organized the Steel Corporation, received a *ash profit of $69,300,000, of which $02,500,' 000 was for promotion, with an addi? tional commission of $C,S00.000 for a bond conversion scheme. That the net earnings of the cor? poration for a period of nine years were $l.0?0,68r,,3S0, or nil equivalent of approximately $1." a ton on finished product. instead of $9SO,000,3ll, aa claimed by the corporation in Its re? port. That the Steel Corporation, contrary to th'o statement made by Judge Gary and If, C. Flick to President Itoose veil in 1907. that i< did not control more than 60 per cent, of stc-l prop- I critics in the country, controls ibout j 80 per cent; of the steel holdings. The section of the report dealing ' with the "Gary dinners" where l?de- I pendent ns well n? corporation steel I men assembled to discuss conditions i in trade, contains an analysis of tho j legal effect of the "golden rule" policy i prepared by Anthony .1. Urnest. a New ; York lawyer, in which it Is declared that the "convention agreed to und enforced, would be objectionable as re- i gnrds their effect upon competition." ] "During the nine years, from January | t, 1002. ,to December 31, 1910," tho re- i port says, "the productions of tho cor? poration In rolled and other finished steel amounted to 79.267,3G? tons, and the adjusted net earnings for the same period amounted to $ 1,02!),USD,1189. or an equivalent of approximately $13 per (on. In Order tint ap Idea may bo had of the net eiirnfngs jn dollars per ton of the several operating groups of the corporation. I hn\e calculated these figures- and Und the approximate net earnings-Of $1-3 per ton of finished Continued on Second Page.) j Delivers First ot Addresses on Tour of Latin-American Republic'. GETS OVATION IN PANAMA Believes Monroe Doctrine Will Reach Acme of Beneficence When Canal Is' Opened. Panama, February 38.?The Ameri? can Secretary of State. Philander C. Knox. to-night made ills first formal uri>oal for a closer union of the Ameri? can republics. The occasion was a State dinner given by the acting Presi? dent of Panama, ftodolfo Chlnrl, in liouor of Mr Knox. oud Judging by tho applause, the Secretary's remarks were received in a spirit that wua markedly sympathetic and cordial. Secretary Knox said in purl: "The President of the United States believes that the early completion or Panama Canal should mark the begin? ning of eioscr relations to all Latin American and especially to the Carib? bean littoral, as well ns the relations of these countries to each other, and, I impelled by the thought that this la an auspicious moment through bettor acquaintance to lay the foundations upon which there should rest a broader confidence, a closer sympathy and more practical reciprocal helpfulness, has sent me hither as a bearer ot a mes? sage of good will to our 9lste:- Latin American republics. It Is thu Presi? dent's desire that I might meet you most hospital peoples, might i-ee for myself your beautiful countries with their boundless resource.! and economic possibilities to the end that such direct personal knowledge, understanding and appreciation might result in mu? tual advantage and in co-operation for tho development of all our countries. I take this opportunity of assuring all the American republics that the pur? pose of the United States towards them Is that we should live In amity and national harmony and that We desire only that more peace, more prosperity, more, happiness and more nocurlty should conic Into and become a part of their Individual and national lives. Often Misinterpreted. "While it Is entirely clear to those who have fairly and intelligently con? sidered the hl'tory of the relations of the United States to the other Amer? ican republics that our policies hnva been without a trace of sinister mo? tive or design, craving neither sover? eignty nor territory, yet It Is true i hat our motives towards you huvo tint always been fortunately Interpreted either at home or faithfully feprvisent Contlntied on Second Page.) Lumber Yard Worker 1 Falls Heir to Fortune Preseott, Mich., February 2S.?? \elll McDonald, employed lu u lum? ber yard here, him received word j from ltlrbmoml that he has beeu left Sl.Ml.lMio ns Ills shore of tbc j rMntc of his brother, lt. I,. Mellon- j aid. The announcement eaiue ns o j surprise. t?i McDonald. The 'decedent amassed IiIn for? tune lumbering; In the SlRnowii ! \ ill Icy neveral >cnr? nuo. He later j retired mid moved In lllebinund. II. I.. MrUimiild. of rlir.tt er field I comity, died-yesterday, and will be. j hurled to-dn.v from Sacred Ilrnrt i I allied ml. Smith Itlelimonil. Committee Asks That Measure Be Taken Up To-Morrow. SAY IT IS NOT CONSTITUTIONAL Reported After Final Hearing, With a Recommendation That It Do Not Pass?Mr. Wicker Says He Fired, and Some One Was Hit. Itcporteil last night by tbei Commit? tee on Privileges an<t Elections wltb a recommendation that tt do not pass because It Is unconstitutional, the Jor? dan cnnbllug bill Is now before the Senate of ^ trglnta. The committee "In. rciiucxted that It be. net a* a spe? cial order for to-morrow lFriday) ut ISllS o'clock, ihcu to be discussed and voted upon. This rciiuest may or may not lie agreed to by the Senate as to the hour. There is believed lu be no doubt that a direct vote will be had upon the passage of the bill, ? although the hour may be held to be as yet uncertain. The gen? eral appropriation bill will probably consume about all of to-day'* sessions, and the primary and game bills are ahead of the enabling bill in prece? dence on the calendar. Cxpcct Its Liefen?. Xo doubt is felt by the opponents of the bill that It will be defeated by a decisive majority. During the last day or two the events have' made, the issue doubly sure, |n their opinion. ? For two hours last night the com? mittee heard the ilnul debate on the measure, before what was perhaps the biggest audience Which ever gathered in the hall of the House of Delegates. Adjournment was taken to that room before the hour set for the hearing. In view of the fact that not only was the fc'cnute chamber packed, but lmnuTredH Jostled each other In the lobby and corridors, trying to gain admission. At the close of the discussion the committee went Into executive session. It Is understood I hat the vote on re? porting the bill unfavorably was 10 to ,t. The majority believed that the measure Is clearly in vlolatkop of the Constitution. Mr. Wicker Speaks. Rev. .1. .1. Wicker, or l>eigh .Street Baptist Church, whose remarks ar. Monday nlglik'st:Hiring eau.-ed stteti an uproar, was present, and read ;i written statement, bcln?F Introduced by Rev. James Cannon, "on a sort of personal privilege." Re did not apol? ogize, but rather repented his ehurgen in modified form, his reply tending to accuse those who then denounced him, of abuse and ylltileut'on. He said last night In port: "At the last sitting of this commit? tee I did not discuss any single indi? vidual, nor make reference to any man. I simply hit Into a situation, and out popped some one and shouted ha was hit. The man who 'tired Into the situation wus denounced as a hypo? crite. Rut, Mr, Chairman, it Is known by all lawyers that when one has no answer to the argument of his oppo? nent b" must abuse and villi fj- thu other side before the Jury." The remark of Mr, Wicker on Mon? day night, which brought forth the anger of Colonel -lohn lt. Purcell and other representatives of 111? ? Richmond Chamber of 1 commerce, was this! "There is no man in the State of Vir? ginia who opposes the enabling ii<;t except for tho money Ciere Is in It ! for him;" Director., liny \e|. j Ti c flrss sneaker last night whs it. A. Dunlop, secretary of the Chamber of CommiHiie. lie explained how. un? der tlie charter of that organisation, the directors may act as for the body. It did not lie, therefore, he said. In the mouth of any ono to challenge tlie ' directors' right. Dr. Cannon had said that many members were ashamed of the action of the chamber in opposing the nnabling bill. It was strange, in Mr. Dunlop's opinion, that tlu-so men aired their grUvunCCS on tip- outside and did not have the courage to come 'to the officers. The directors had the courage of their convictions in :aklne their stand. ! he continued, and they were proud of it. The members needed no vindica? tion as to their willingness to do their full share to the support of the gov? ernment In the way of taxation. For Petersburg. Captain Patterson said his people wanted no one to in? terfere with th.? management of tbellr affairs. He believed he represented the best element of tile city in enter? ing a sol am protest against the Jor idait bill Petersburg Is well managed. It had a local option election which was a disgraceful affair, and In which the best people toed; an Interest. Po Utlcal meetings had been hold on the Sabbath by the dry element. llurileu ou Advocates. S. U Kelley made the final argu? ment for the. opposition. The burden i was upon the advocates of the bill to show many more reasons for Its pas? sage than they had attempted to put forward, Thay should show that the rcf< rcriduut wa.5 tho wlsoot and bot po.-.-r.,le t. inedy. liven if technically constitutional, he said, the spirit of the bill was subversiv? of the princi? ples of the organic law of the State. The Legislature lie argued, would have just as muc.i right to refer the. matter to half a dozen citizens as to the whole people. If this bill wer.i passed the General Assembly would put back Its burden* on the people and shirk Its duty lllttury snows, Mr, Kelley said, that legislation is better accomplished by r.iprosentativo gov? ernment. .... A paper which Is friendly to the bill bad la one column said the Senate tit.mid pass this bill because tlio House h.id passed it. arid lu another that the Senate should kill the whip? ping P?st bill after t'"o House had approved It. This showed that It mad* all the dlfforenco whose ox was sored. Don't -Need llndleal I>ivm. There never was a time, he said, when there was lens need and lei-s de? mand for radical legislation on tbi,? subject than iibw Conditions havo Unproved. It no lunger re?peetu:>tp to get drunk. Richmond's condition*, for Instance, arc as good aa laws can make them. The violations of trie |* W are by unlicvistd peopi/. in unlicensed territory. ? No Inherent right exists In the peo? ple to vote, and It must he, shown that It Is the bent thing ths,t theSB