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turning to Halifax With Fifteen Bodies. BELIEVED TO BE MEMBERS OF CREW Senator Smith Continues Inves? tigation, but Fails to Confirm Report That News of Titanic Disaster Was Withheld by White Star Line?British Inquiry Begins. Body of Col. Astor Arrives at Ferncliff Itblnrheck, X. v., liny 'J.?The body of Colonel .lohn .In col. Aator arrived nt I'ernclltT. the Autor en? tile nrnr thl? village, IblN after noon, nnd funeral nervlcen "ill tie held here from the Church of >le* Klnli, of vibleli Colonel AMllr MB? a "jirilcu, nt tli o'clock Saturday, livery fing |n tin- tlll.-iKe vtn* Ht hnir moat ?lirn tile bod> arrived, aceompnnlrt! by Vincent \*t?r. The service,, villi lie conducted hj the Rev. Krnrnl Sounder*, pnittor of the church. A special train ?111 brloa n InrRe funeral party from ?w Vork. New York, May 2--The Western Union cable steam--r Mlnia, which has been scar'hing the scene of the Ti tunlc wreck for bodies, is returning! to Halifax with fifteen Louies, and will dock Monday, according to a wireless received here this afternoon by tho White .Star bine. This means, >ftl< lals of the line say, that the search for bodies has been abandoned for the present, and may be postponed Indc-1 finitely. The message states that the Mlnlal found the bodies widely separated over a great urea, so that the search became dally more difficult Most of the bodies now on the Minis, it is believed, are thosi of members of the Titanic'.? crow. Seven dead todies buoyed up by life] belts, togethel with parts ot the wreckage of lite Titanic, were passed 'on April 26 in latitude 41.13 aid longi? tude i*.3! by the steamer Gibraltar, which arrived to-daj from Mtddlesbro. When the bodies were iiirhted ths Ul braltur was Stopped, hut no Eltfii? cf a Uylm; person could be eeen. Iteport Sot Confirmed. New York. May '..?-Testimony taken to-day by Senator William Alden Smith, Of Michigan, chairman of the Senate committee Investigating the Titanic disaster, did net reveal any, facts tending to confirm the r??/>rt j that news of the Titanic disaster, which the White Star f.lne maje pub-! 11c on Monday evening, April 15, had i reached New York early that morn- j Ing. 9 To determine this question wr.s the principal obje.ct of the Senator's visit here, and he had before him to-day In! private hearing John Bottomly, vie - president of the American Marconi Company; E. J- Dunn, the New York merchant, who testified in Washing? ton that he had been inlormed by the son of a Western Union operator that a message had been received in New I York on Monday morning, telling of the Titanlc's fate; and the operator himself, who returned to the city to-| day, Mr. Smith said, after having been absent since Sunday nlgnt Theso witnesses -were dlspoy.d to be recalcitrant, the Senator said, and their examination was very unsatis? factory. Ho declared he would call the operator again, whan he hoped to obtain more definite information. Had .No Special New?, Vlcfe-Presldcnt Bottomly. according to his stenographic testimony, dis? claimed all knowledge of any special news being recalved at the time re? ported. "Do you know of your own know? ledge, or have you bocn Informed by any person, by wire, wireless, cable, letter, word of mouth, or otherwise, that information regarding this disas? ter reached any office of your company or the White Star Line on Monday. A.pri! 15, prior to 10 o'clockV was the question Senator Smith put to him. "No; I don't know of any such mes? sage." Mr. Bottomly replied, adding that the Marconi Company revive,] its first messatr." ahout the sinking of the Titanic about 6 P. M. Monday, a The witness testified thai he had <hade every effort to get news of the disaster from the Carpathla, and had sent instructions to all wireless sta? tions asking them to furnitlh tha com? pany with all the news thry could ob? tain. He denied that he had In any ?way tried to Influence Cottam and Brld?. the wireless operators on the Carpatihln, In regard to the sending nnd rece-lpt of Information until the vessel had passed quarantine. With Mr. Marconi's consent, he had given wireless permission to Bride to sell his story. The Vvltniss denied that operators of his company were Instructed not to give Information to any s'i;> not equipped with M.nrconl wireless. Senator Smith said that to-morrow he expected to take the testimony n? k man "rosnl7..\nt of flip fact that mjTnh?rj of the crew could not turn a oertaln bolt In one of Ihe watertight compartments on which dopended Its efficiency." British Inquiry riegln?. London, May 2.?Lord Mersey, in his ?apaclty as wreck commissioner, and five assessors who will advise him In hia questioning on the technicalities of nautical affairs held this morning the first session of the Board of Trade Inquiry Into the loss of the White Star steamer, Titanic. In point of interest to the. public and the Importance of its results upon the laws governing the mercantile I'^arlne the Investigation prom'ses to ' tContrruTcd on Second Page.) "LILYWHITE" SPLIT ADDS TO MUDDLE Republican Faction Divide Into Two "Wings." EACH CLAIMS TO BE REGULAR Two Sets of Delegates Named, and These, With the "Black and Tans." Make Three Del? egations Which Louisiana Will Send to National Convention at Chicago. Alexandria, La., May 2.?The already badly muddled Louisiana Republican situation was given an added daub of coloring to-day. when the State con? vention of the 'filly white- factlcn split Into two ?"wings" and elected two sets of delegates to the national con? vention to be held at Chicago, one wing lauded President Taft and elect? ed six delegates-at-largc, instructed to vote for the President's renomlna tio'n. The other wing adopted, with the. same unanimity, resolutions In? dorsing Colonel Theodor,. Roosevelt, and chose six Louisiana Republicans to go to Chicago and vote ' the Colonel to the last. And yet there was "harmony" in th? convention, and both "wings Itnslst th< re was no bolt. They simply agreed to disagree on the one question Of whether proxl should be counted in th? election of a temporary chairman. Both wings chose a vice-chairman, and th' n a committee agreed that the Tat, wing should have the convention hall one hour, after which the Uoosevolt wing should come in and transact us business. The agreement was lived up to, and the resolution* Which the Roosevelt faction adopted Indorsing Prank B. Williams, l. ider ?*f the Tall wing, as the "real" chairman of the Republican state Executive Committee were no less laudatory of Mr. Williams than were those adopted by his own wing. The action of the convention to-day means that three different sets of dele? gates wl|l go to the Chicago conven? tion from Louisiana and gave the cre? dentials committee there the proposi? tion Of figuring out wh'cb Is "regular." The "black and tan"" he', l a State con? vention in Alexandria last month and elected a set of delegur,.* for Mr. Taft Each of the. three Sets lays claim to ""regularity." I Ddrrnoud't \ letory Orow?. Atlanta. Gs., May. ?.'??Delayed re? turns from the presidential primary held In Georgia yesterday continue to add to the plurality of OECar W. Un? derwood. Official results have been received from l?fi of Wie Hi counties, and these, with the unofficial returns from the other forty, siiuw a plurality for the Alabamlan of 13.Hi votes. The official canvass. It is stated. will change these figures but slightly. The total votes for the four candi? dates are given by the Atlanta Con? stitution as follows: Oscar Under? wood. 71,55?; Woodrow Wilson. 5S.311; Champ Clark. 20,867; ludson Harmv'n, Although Governor Wilson carried more than thirty lounli's in the State, including all the larger cities, he will not get a fraction of the Georgia dele? gation to the Baltimore convention. Under the order of the State Demo? cratic Executive Committee, th*- State convention, which meets May 23. will be convpos'd of deicgaus Instructed for the popular choice of the Stats. This means that Mr. Under-wood Is sure of the nventy-cight delegates from Georgia. fnderwond ITns .->.-ltU Majority. Jacksonville. Fla.. May 2.?Returns from Tuesday's presidential primary, with several counties missing and a few others incomplete, to-night show a majority for Und'rwood over Wil? son of .".I'll votes. In the contest' for State offices, a second primary will be necessary to decide the winner in at least two races. Park Trammel! is leading In the race for Governor with 2T..000 votes, Crom? well Gibbons. W. If, Milton and J. W. Watson following in th? order named. A run off will he ne-.iesxary between Trammel) and Gibbons. Congressman Frank Clark and S. .T. llllburn, his leading opponent In the Se.-ond District, also will fnter the s?cond primary. Figures on other State offices have nc% been compiled. neeount 1? A?Ked. Boston. Mass. May ?A petition was filed with the Boston Boar! of Election Commissioners to-night by Chairman Herman Hermel. of the Republican State Committee, asking for a recent on the vote cast at Tuesday's prima? ries for Republican delegates-at-large in every ward In Boston eNc?pt Ward Seven. To-morrow similar petitions will be filed asking for the recount of the vote for delegates-at-large through tlrs State. The Taft managers hope that tho count win show that the number of ballots thrown out because they were muked for both Ex-Senator Seiberich and the regular Taft ticket, headed by Senator Crane, would have been suffi? cient, If counted, to have elected the Taft ticket for delegates-at-large. According to the State Taft leader*, the recount Is asked for primarily so that the Taft forces will have some basis on which to make a light for the (Continued on Second Page.) ~ VOTERS! Every citizen of Richmond nuonld pny hla poll tnx, so thnt be will be nlile to vote nt the election of the Administrative Ilonrd. Saturday In the lust dny upon which jioll tuxes ouu br pnld. Don't put It off. Pay your taxes now. After Saturday you ennnot qual? ify. Tears in His Eyes as He Calls Up Memories of Friend. DWELLS ON HIS GREAT DEVOTI.N Never Knew How Much "Archie" Meant to Him Until After He Lost Lite in Wreck of Ti? tanic?Self-Sacrince Had Become Part of His Nature. Augusta. Ga? May 2.?Coming as a fri'ti.j to pay a tribute to tho memory of a friend. President Taft spent to? day In Augusta as,the gu<st of honor ! at the city's mentor!-1 service to the memory of Major Arch.oald Butt, one of the victims of the Titanic disaster j of April 11. The memorial vices were followed ! by an Informal receptlo*. at the Com I merclal Club, where Mr. Taft met many i of his old friends, and afterward the President was entertained at the home of Landon Thomas. He left on his 'return to Washington r.t 3:50 o'clock, j The President was visibly affected ' by the trib\ites paid to Major Butt. I There were tears In his eye ? as he ! called uj> memories of me man who was his aide ever since he entered the j White House, and who hud traveled [thousands of miles with him. | Mr. Taft ma le only a short speech, I hut he cam- near l-cnkl'ng down I twice. "Never did I know how much h- Was to me until he was dead. said the President. "lacking not rig "f self- | respect and giving up nothing he' ..wed to himself, he conducted himself With a singleness of plrpose and to th?- hspplnesS and comfort of the President who was his chief. To. many Bne qualities he added loyalty.: and when he became ne of my family he was as a son or a brotucr." Mr. Taft told how he met Major Butt.: first in the Philippines and later as aid to President Roosevelt. He dwelt on ' Ma! r Butt's devotion to Mr. Roosevelt and himself. 'It has always seemed to m?," said; the President, "that Archie never mar I rl?d because he loved his mother so. ; I The greatest sorrow of his life was: j when she left him." Mr. Taft concluded with a word more as to Mr. Butt's spirit of self-sacrifice, j "Self-sacrifice." he said, ' had become a part of his nature. If Archie could have selected his time to die. he would have taken the one God nave him." Augusta was Major Butt's lfme, and for several hours to-day business was practically suspended while tl/e nu tio rial services' were conducted In a the? atre. Flags were at half-mast on most j of the public buildings, and thousands of persons crowded around the. theatre. I anxious to hear President Taft speak. | t Makes Two Political Speeches. Florence, S. C, May 2?Although' not on a campaign trip. Presid'nt Taft ' mad* two short speee'-.es in South Caro'.ina. to-day on his way to Wosh ; Ington from Augusta, Ga. Ife dellv ! ered the first at Sumter from the rear j I platform of Iii? private car. and the I second at Florence. Big crowds gre.ited him at both places. The President prraeh-->,l prosperity, and declared his opposition to doc? trines that he said would destroy that prosperity If written Into law. "What we want is prosperity." said Mr. Taft at Sumter. "We want quiet and t'he least disturbance to business, so that capital may he Invested and all may enjoy plenty. In South Caro? lina I hav? not always had the sup? port that would make me believe it worth whlla to ask for your suffrages, but I know there Is a strong substra? tum In South Carolina, as in other States, of confidence in existing gov? ernment, nnd there is a desire to main? tain It. that may he us?d to continue it as it Is." Henry Jackson, collector of Internal j revenue for Georgia, and one of the iTaft leaders in that State, was a guest fon Mr. Taft'a c-.ir. Mr, Jackson discussed with the Pres? ident a Iftt?r he hnd received recently I from William Barnes. Jr.. Republican j State chairman of New York, concern? ing the renotnlnatlon of the President, j Reports had been circulated that Mr. I Barnes's letter Indicated a search for I a compromise candidate to be put up ! at the Chicago convention, i Mr. Jackson denied this report and I said that his Interpretation -if the let? ter was that New York's delegation 10 I Chicago would h.> for Mr. T.ift. i The President told friends on his I train to-night that the Investigation ! of charges against Judge Archbald, of the Commerce Court, had not been com j pleted by the Attorney-General. Mr. ' Wlckersham, however. Will send infor ' matlon In the department's possession ; to the House Judiciary Committee. Mr. ! Wlckersham probably will continue his j Investigation. I Mr. Jackson said that every delegate ! chosen in Georgia had received a let , ter from Mr. Barnes of the lamt tenor, land he believed delegates In other Southern Stntes had got them, loo. j Every Georgia d .'legate answered 1.1s i letter, said Mr. Jackson, nnd they all said they are for Mr. Taft?first, last and all the time. POST-OFFICE BILL PASSES It Carries Appropriation for Federal Aid of Good HondM. Washington. May 2.?The post-office appropriation lull, carrying, approxi? mately. $27?.O?O.OOO. w.is passed hy the House to-day. 227 to 5. The meas? ure carried. In addition to the appro? priations necessary for the conducl of the department, a number of radl? cal additions. Among these were Fed? eral aid for good roads, the compul? sory publication by newspapers, mag? azines and periodicals of the names of their owners, and the establish? ment of a parcels post In connection with the rural free delivery service. The good roads provision added be? tween $16,000,000 and $18.000.Qtin to the appropriation, nnd this amount. It Is expected, will he materially Increased [ in the next post-office measure. Steady Rain Is Soften? ing Already Strained Levees. j ENGINEERS' TASK SEEMS HOPELESS Imp ossiblc to Stop Torras Crev? asse, and Efforts Are Turned to Other Places in Hope of Holding Back Raging Currents of Missis? sippi. I Baton Rouge, May 3.?With an ' cver-wldenlng r.mt i;i the levee Urn; at Torraa, kiting the waters of I the Mississippi through to tiie rich sugar lands of Potnto-COtTpee Parish, thi State's big farm al Aiigula. on the east side of til a river. Iloodtd by a crevasse at noon to-day, weak spots in the Grund Hay embankment above Mor? ganza, and threatening conditions in Raton Rouge, and with a steady rain falling to soften the already .-tralneu levees, the situation In Central Louis ; lann is the most desperate sine? tne floods began pouring down through the Mississippi Valley. It became uppasent early to-day that the Torras crevasse could not be stopped, and the Federal and State engineers turned from the constantly widening gap there to devote tn.dr la I bors to the almost hppelegs task of . saving remaining levees, where even 1 grjoter damage migiit be done by cre ' vasses Captain C. o. Sherrlil. chief of tno Federal engineers, freely admitted to? night that the situation is alarming I at several points south of Re-t Rlvjr. Captain Sherrlil and a force of several j thoussnd experienced workmen are la? boring day and night now. but they ara facing great>r odds than ever before wer- presented by floods in the lov. er I Mississippi Valley. \ After a hurried survey of rhu threat; i ening situation along the waterfront J here; Captain Sherll] Itpnledlately put :% force to work closing the cross levee I which runs fr'in the river i.ack to the 'hills. The wafir hero Is nearly two ' feet above the previous flood record, I and rising rapidly. At T o'clock to ! night the flood wiis within twel>? I inehe? of the top of the sandbags which i have been placid along the river levee protecting Front Sire-. Although several hundred people, were removed to-day from the terri? tory flooded by the Torres break, hun? dreds of others are lin ng the ?est bank of the river, awaiting the arrival cf boats to transport th.-m to high land. Appeals have been coming In all day long for gasolene launches and small craft to assist in getting people out of the overflowed country Louth uf Torras. Lake of Wntor Lovers Town. Torras. La.. May 2.?A lake of water to-night covers the town of Torras to a depth ranging from two to six feet, and the Mississippi flood waters are pouring through the crevasse. Which occurred 'n jhe leveoa late yesterday, I at the rate of twelve miles an hour. i Tills torrent of flood water has covered the little towns of Lettsw?rth, Inhis, Blnvenue and Smlthland, and is rapid? ly flooding Polnte-Coupe parish be? tween the Mississippi and Atchaf.ilaya Rivers. While' the water from the Torras Crevasse may eventually inundate sec? tions of six or eight parishes south Of here. State and Federal engineers to? day stated that Ihj very severe dam? age would largely be confined to I'olnte-Coupe parish, north of a line from New Roads to Melville. The creva-sse to-night Is about S00 feet wide. The Federal and State engineers abandoned the Idea of attempting to close the crevasse at noon to-day. Captain C. o. Sherill, chief of the T"nlt?,i States engineers in charge of the fourth district levee work, as? signed all of the boat.- under his con? trol here to the rescue work, and Ills force, together with those under Cap? tain Lomax. U. 8. A., on the steamer i Nokomls, transferred practically all of the people in the town and several ! thousand head of livestock to points i on the east side of the river. These 1 Federal forces also .assisted In sav ! Ing thousands ?of dollars' worth of I household goods from the buildings. WILL CONTINUE FIGHT ' Minn Tnrnbull Contents for Shnre of "Lucky" Baldwin's Batate. Boston. May 2.? Despite the decision of the California Supreme Court deny? ing her a new trial. Miss Beatrice Ani? ta Turnbull, of Brookline, will con? tinue her contest fi r a daughter's share of the estate of the late B. .1. ("Lucky") Baldwin, who she claims : was her father. The ? slate amounts ! to approximately $60.000.0*0. Walter II. Grant, o? this elty, one of "Viss TuriibuHs attorneys, announced to-day that the contest would be con? tinued'. "1 do not know what the Call : fornln Supreme Court says In Its opln ! Ion. denying the m w trial, so I can ; not say just what our eeiirse wUI be." I he said. ' The light may be renewed i either in the State courts of Callfor ! uia oi the Federal courts here." DIES FROM INJURIES Lieutenant Rny S. McDonald, 17. S. X., Falls From Trolley Car. Xcw York. May 2.? Lieutenant R.iv Strnith McDonald. U. S N.. died in a Brooklyn hospital lo-night as the re? sult of a fractured skull sustained in a fall from a trolley or. ! Lieutenant McDonald, who was stop I ping with his bride al a Brooklyn ho i tel. attempted to board a car nt the Brooklyn end of the bridge; when his foot slipped and ho was burled against an elevated railroad pillar. He was taken Immediately to i hospital, hut died shortly afterwards. Lieutenant McDonald was married about a month ago in ^'n-shlngton to Knthrvn Heilncr. daughter of the late Captain U C, lOillner, V- 8. N. Former Congressman Demi. Nashville,' Tonn., May 3.--Nathaniel N*. Cox. member of Congress from IS93 to 1901 from the Seventh Tennessee District, died to-day nt his home in Williamson county, aired seventy-six. FAMOUS CARTOONIST DEAD H?MBR DAVKXPOI1T. CONFERENCE MAY i PLACE TIME LIMIT Proposed to Let No Minister Servo Pulpit More Than i-'ive Years. (BISHOPS SUPPORT PLAN Methodists May Also Make. Radical Changes in Amuse? ment Restrictions. Minneapolis, Minn.. May 2.?A pro i ro?al i-1 limit to live years the time ' any minister shall remain in a given ' church. It is expected, will he recom? mended to the Methodist Episcopal i I General Conference hy the bishops to- i J morrow, as a means of stimulating the ? j growth of the church. ! Much opposition is expected to arise over th.; proposal. At present the l'J.ouo Methodist Episcopal ministers .scat? tered over the world are allowed to remain in any pulpit Indefinitely. Tho new plan, supported b>' the twenty four active bishops at the conference, will mean a restoration of the time j j limit abolished in 1303. In favor of] I the change the bishops have advanced! these arguments: "Because some of the churches will ' not have the less aide ministers all tha time, and none of the churches will j have the better ministers exclusively; I because ths prominent pulpits, now held i hy a few, will he thrown open to j yo unger men." Against the change these objections ! are made: i "That preachers who plan great work : will not he In a pulpit long enough to accomplish it; that many ureat preach ! ers have left the church because ham? pered by a time limit; because largo : congregations cannot he built up front ; a pulpit where there are frequopt oha riges." It is said that many of the ministers have, occupied the same pulpits tor more than twelve years, and their ob? jection to the bishops' proposal, when It tomes before the conference, will he ? based on their reluctanc- lo leavj a I community whero they have lived so long. Radical Changes Proposed. It is expected also that the bishops I will recommend radical changes in the i amusement restrictions now Imposed I upon church members, and these changes will he in the nature of re \ storing John Wesley's method of al ' lorwlng conscience of individuals to dictate what shall he prohibited, In 1 stead of having the church decide. Is delivering the tlrst section of the bishops' report, signed hy all tho bish? ops and received hy the S50 delegates as the most important document to come before them. Bishop Earl Cran? ston, of Washington, d 'scribed as "critical" the fact that in the last year the church had gained "less than 2 per cent. In membership, notwith? standing the outlay of millions of dol I lars." "The greed for wealth, sports and I forms of amusement nave taken away I from the church, It is useless i > deny," j he said. He attributed the small growth partly to the system of dropping from membership those who left their church without letters and failed to report to another church within a year. "In tire last year." said the report, "the church has made a net gain of hut 55,000, whleh is less than - per cent., as the outcome of the year's ac? tivities and tlie outlay of many mil lions of dollars. The. statistical para? dox glares us out of countenance. "A lair calculation reveals 'the as? tounding fact that probably not less than 500,000 members disappeared from (Continued on Eighth Page.) DEATH HASTENED BYOWNCARTOONS Homer Davenport Haunted by His Gruesome Drawings o? Titanic Disaster. KNOWN THE WORLD OVER He Was Also Fmotts for His Celebrated Collection of Arabian Steeds. [Special to Tile TlniCS-Dlspatch.] New York, May 2.?Worry over the grewsome cartoons ho drew of the Ti? tanic disaster is believed to have hastened the death of Homer Daven? port, one of tlie most famous of the latter-day cartoonists, who died ot pneumonia at , o'clock this morning Inj tlie apartments of Mrs. A, N. i>?:hran. No. 541 West 11 Ith Street. Mr. Davenport) who wad about forty llve. years old and had known Mrs. Cochran since childhood, was calling on her Thursday night, April IS. when the Carpothla, the res.mil. sli p, brought in her load of survivors troni the Ti? tanic. Ho was stricken in her home, and his condition became so serious that tho physicians who attended him declined to permit him 'o be moved to a hospital Bight physicians and three nurses were In almost constant attend? ance. "I had know Mr. Davenport for thirty years," said Mrs. Cochran this afternoon.'' I first met him in San Francisco, where he had come Into prominence in a day as the result of a powerful political cartoon. He call? ed on mo frequently. "On the night the CarpaUiia arrived Mr. Davenport dropped in rather early. DlaoMter Unnerved Ulm. "1 had never seen him so di pressed and gloomy. Ir ? said the Titanic dis? aster had completely unnerved him. and that the cartoons he had drawn of the Catastrophe haunted him. There was one In particular, a hand reach? ing up from tho sea and dragging down the ship, that depressed him. In a few moments he was taken III." Mr. Davenport's body has been re? moved to the undertaking establish? ment of Stephen Merrltf, Eighth Ave? nue and Nineteenth ??fp?oi, where It will be held until Mrs. Davenport, from i whom the artist was separated, can I he communieatid with. She Is ex? pected to take charge of the funeral arrangements. At the time of his death Mr. Daven port was making his home in the Hotel Albert. lie Was employed on tho Hearst publications, and Mr. Hearst (Continued on Klght Page.> ; Oscar Underwood Receives Ovation I Washington, .Mai '.'.?An unusual demonstration gieefed Itcprcsnitn | live Oscar Underwood, the majority ; lender, when lie appeared In tlie House tn-dny. the chamber Which im? crowded, rising in a body nnd cheer? ing it i in because of bis victories in the Georgia mid Florida presiden? tial primaries. Speaker Clark, who was In the ehnlr, looked nn snill Ingly white the applause continued. Another demonstration was ac? corded Mr. Underwood wheu be was called to take the ehnlr upon (lie ' Introduction of the legislative, e.X , rcntlve and Judicial appropriation I bill. When Speaker Clark turned , over the gavel to the majority i lender the House burst Into nu up I roar that lasted several minutes, j Throughout It nil Mr, Underwood j smiled delightedly. LIFE OF FOSTER WAS THREATENED BT FLOYD ALL IE Swore He Would Kill Commonwealth 's At? torney if Convicted in Hillsville Court. TWO WITNESSES TESTIFY TO HIS OPEN CONTEMPT Judge Bolen. Who Was Pris? oner's Counsel, Goes on Stand and Tells of Part His Former Client Took in Wiping Out of Carroll County Court?Saw Gleam of His Pistol Before Any Shots Were Fired?Evi? dence Seems Conclusive That Judge Massie Died at Elands of Claude Swanson Allen. Had Threatened Life of Attorney Foster Wythevllle, Vn., Slay ::.?"I'll kill Ulli K?ster before the muh goes down |o-uiorrnw night it I'm con? victed."' Floyd Allen, the ttr?i ?if the IlillNville courthouse iiNsasslns, now on Irl?! here for his life, v?mh charged with niuktnil this remark before the shooting on Mnrrli IS, according to the testimony to-day of I. U. W eddell, of Montgomery, one of i lie flr?t day's witnesses for the prosecution. On rmss-cxnmtii iitloii Weddell stuck to bis story, though he admitted no other per sniiN nrrr present during hla con vrrantion with Allen. Mx witnesses, three of them spec tutors nt the shooting nffriiy, tes tlfled. The first witness^ U. W. Holen, n lawyer who ?n? defending Allen In the court where the murders oc? curred, testified that he saw Claude Allen fire the first shot, nnd that It ntruek .Indue Mussle. Court olll elalH returned the fire, he Maid. Two of the Jurymen who were then try tug Allen testified, one of them that Allen bad tired In the direction of where lie last saw Foster, the Com? monwealth's attorney, who was killed. Other witnesses told of conversa? tions with Allen, in which he bad threatened Foster. Prosecutor Wysnr, opening rhe nur, Mild lie would show there was n conspiracy among the Aliens to shout up the court If Floyd Allen were convicted. Attorney Willis, fur the defense, retorted that re? ports of the tragedy had been grossly exaggerated, nu,1 thnt lie would Introduce testimony to show thnt llettle Aycrs was killed hy n bullet from t lerk Dexter Road's re? volver, anil not by the Aliens. The defense mould show, he said, that Floyd Allen had been wounded he fore he hnd tnken part In the shoot? ing. Wythevllle, Vn,, May 2_Completely unnerved by hi* ordeal In i >---t to? day, Floyd Allen hroke down In Jail In-nlgut and besought his guard to , cut hlM ibront. i "I can staud It no longer," he said. '?It would be n kluduess to let me die.'' The fenrful denunciation visited upon the prisoner ?>>' Joseph C, Wysor af? fected him deeply. The prisoner I* searched twice each day when he Is returned from the coiirtlhousc to the ? jull In Hie fear that Nome friend will furnish blin with a weapon. BY ALEXAXDEII FOHWAHD. Wythevllle. Vu, May 2.?As a net result of the first day of testimony in j the trial of Floyd Allen for the mur? der of William M. Foster, in the Cir ! roll Courthouse murders of March H, the Commonwealth amply showed the active participation In Ihe shooting affair by the- prisoner at tho bar. j Prior threats were established hy two Witnesses as having been utteted by Floyd Allen, The absolute contempt ! shown by the prisoner for the law, \ and the courts of the State was ?'t lested by the mouths of witnesses. "I Ju.-t tell you 1 ain't a-golng." was Floyd Allen's remark at the mo? ment ot his conviction, and of the order for his removal to the Jail, no ! (fording to his counsel. Judge Holen. ! "I won't stand for it." he said, la ! the version of .lames X. Early. i Juror W. K. Nestor thinks ho said. J "Gentlemen, I ain't a-goin'." ! This i* taken to Indicate beyond doubt that the first hostilo movement was mad.- by Floyd Allen in the court? house ju.-t preceding the murders. He it was who began the trasedy by his disregard for the Judgment of the ' court, and by his braggart stand against Incarceration. Saw (ileuni of Pistol. Added to this, Is the testimony of Judge Holen that he saw tho gleam ', of Floyd's pistol before any shot w as I fired, and that he looked about him for the prisoner's sons to try to pre S vent trouble. In' that moment of search.' Claude Swanson Allen, one of (Continued on Ninth Page.)