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ALLENS' DID NOT 1 EXPECT TO STAY LONG III TOWN Apparently C am e Pre? pared to Make Hur? ried Departure. DEFENSE WILL TRY TO EXPLAIN Most Important Evidence of Day Given by Keeper of Feed Stable at Hillsville?With Excep? tion of Two Witnesses, Commonwealth Com? pletes Its Case. BY ALEXANDER. FORWARD, Wythoville. va.. May 7.?With the exception of the evidence of two be? lated witnesses who arrived from Car roll to-night, the Commonwealth has completed its case-ln-cnlct against Floyd Alien for the murder Ol Wil? liam M. roster. Probably not niore I than an hour will elapse after court meets to-morrow before the defense will begin tho Introduction of evidence In Its behalf. Early In the afternoon court will be adjourned until Thursday morning This is made necessary by a tt-rm ot the Circuit Court of f'ulaskl county, which Judge Staples must attend. lie will merely set a case for trial. The most Important evidence of the day was given by James H. Blanken ihip. who conducts a feed stable in (IlllSVille. lie heard a conversation on the morning of the tragedy, when Floyd and Si Ina Allen rode into town I t< gethe.-. When asked If they desired their horses placed in a certain stable, Floyd replied: "No, We haven't got long to stay." This was Just before a verdict was expected In the case in ; which he was on trial. Krforts will be made by the defer.?* to explain this remark. It win be *.ild that Floyd Allen asked the man to whom he was talking to hitcn : his horse, as the courthouse bell was ringing ami he could not stay. Evidence |u Dispute. Some evidence*! which was in dispute was offered by the -iroseeution. Johni T. Cochran was on the stand, and Was inked regarding the behavior of Frlel Allen and V.'eeley Edwards on the morning of the ? shootinu Tin young no n had come to his house for break last, lie began to tell what Fried ?aid. when stopped. The attorneys irguod long over the matter. What L'ochran knew was that the boys had bi on eating only a few moments when the courthouse bell rang. Frlel lumped to his feet and said: "'The ben Is ring? ing and we must go. You know we have to go" Then both Frlel and Wesley ran at top speed for tin- court? house, forgetting their overcoats in their haste. This, of course, was Intended to ihow the conspiracy which the Com? monwealth seeks to prove But Judge riuplos .-.aid to-night it was of ques? tionable legality, and the prosecution dtcided to withdraw It. An Interesting feature was harre.l by the ruling of the court, when an Khibit of the bloody clothing of W. hl. K?ster was prevented. The defense *ald It would not sce#v to contradict *ny of the evidence regarding the po? sition of the f^tal wounds, snd the judge said that. In the absence of a dispute on this point, it was improp? er to Introduce an exhibit which might prejudice the Jury. According to r.oputy-Sheriff E. C. Olllcsple. Sidna Alien tired the first shot. The weight of testimony, how? ever, seems to bo that it came from the pistol of Claude swanson Allen. Judgo D. W. Bolen to-day received the following letter: "Norfolk. Va., May 3. "Dear Hon. D, W, Bolen: "Public opinion here is all in the Aliens' and friends' favor. Hope you do the best for them. 1 heard promi? nent men here wish jjiey get off. Do the best vou can for them." "OTTIZEN." Kloyd to n Tremor. Sheriff Wehb advanced temperately Upon the prisoners when ordered ''VI t he court to take charge, according to McNeill Sur rat t, the first witness "t tho day. The position of Webb's hands, Joined carelessly In front, was Indicated. On the other hand, Floyd Allen was In a tremor. As the witness fled to the Jury room, he heard a shot. The sheriff, so far as he could see. had no pistol. When W. M. Foster ramo Into the room, dying. Surratt saw a pistol In the Commonwealth attorney's hand. The cross-examina? tion by C< 1". Cocko revealed nothing of interest. H. K. Llndsey heard Kloyd Allen "swore and be damned If he was go? ing'" to Jail- The witness was a num? ber of the Jury Which tried Floyd. The prisoner drew a pistol and began shooting in the direction of Foster and Webb. After ten or twelve shots, perhaps, had been tired. Blndsey saw n man in front of tin bar shooting at Judge Massie. This Is oorroboratlve of the witness who on yesterday told how Sidna Allen r.red at the Judge when the latter was already In a dy? ing condition. Lindsey did not son Wehb with a pistol Me told the at? torneys for tho defense that he heard no shots before he saw Kloyd Allen's pistol, but probably others fired be? fore the prisoner. Mr. Willis seemed curious to know tho origin of so many'expressions sim? ilarly used by the witnesses, such as: "The motion was overruled" and the northeast corner of the courtroom'" and "the verdict was amended.'' w. W. Hodges heard Kloyd Allen utter an oath When he said: "'Gentlemen. 1 am not agoin" anywhere." The pris? oner fired twice at the officers, while tho sheriff also got his pistol. Kloyd Allen shot on tho court green at Juror Faddla and others. Cross-examined. Hodges was posi? tive that Sheriff Webb did not draw his weapon until Kloyd Allen resisted. Shoots nt Kloyd Allen. Deputy - Sheriff B. C. Glllosplo thought he saw Sidna Allen tiro tho ?**3^ xcoiimb^T^T^.^^I0 E?$t*-' X . SITUATION REACHES CRISIS i.nrm- Number ?r Troopa Will Patrol Dur tier for Indefinite Time. Washington. May 7 ?That the United States u'ji-t, not expect Ihe Mexican sit? uation to qUet down within the hex! two months was uppaient to-night from the admission df Ueneral Leonard Wood, chief of staff ol the army, that the Second Cavalry will bo sent to 171 Paso. Texas, us soon as it returns from the Philippines on June 16. Previously it had been thought that by the middle ot naxt month tno fordo along the border would be moved away, instead of augmented, but the Mexican situation has reached such a Crisis now- that It la thought best to keep a large number of troops along the Bio Orande tor un Indefinite period. No orders have been issued nere for the movement of any men from For! D. A. Itussell, but a dispatch call'ng attention id tto- order Issued some ten weeks ago that all troops were 10 be kept In readiness for immediate ad Vance '>n Texas was hent out from her.; yesterday. This doubtless ac? counts for the Increased activity among the Western army posts. The army transport Buford has i reached Mochls Slnaloa, according to advices from Captain Frank Ely, United I Stat.-s Army, r.dved at the War De? partment to-night. The Buford wll. leave at once for Mazatlan, where she will take oh board stxtyrfive destitute] Americans, who wish to leave Mextcb at once. Less than a dosen refugees were collected at Mochls. and the con- i dltloits In the surrounding country ware reported as uulet. TAFT IS READY TO FIGHT Ohio Prlenda flxpcct Campaign Pull of Bed Hot Speeches. ! Cincinnati, May 7.?President Tali's j lust day in .us home city ou this sw.r.g &f his political campaign was com par a - 1 lively lr?c trom la'aor. lie took ad? vantage of a chance to ploy a lit lie. and finished off tne day by watching tho opening performance of Cliiclu ?latl's May Musical festival. During the afternoon he enjoyed th.\ baseball game between Cincinnati and 'Philadelphia teams o".' tile National League. The President leaves "n*re early to- j morrow morning on a sixteen-hour tour that will r.ave Its endiny at Co .umbus to-morrow night. Dttermlfted ! '.hat the President shall spend more ( time campaigning in his own Stati than he did In Maryland, where he j *;<oke unly during one day. his secre? tary, Mr. Hille.?, to-day announced that Mr. Taft would return to Onio next ' week for a four or live-day stay. The ??resident 1? gclng to shov.- his own State t^.at he Is ready to tight, his friends say. and they ..-xpect a cam? paign full of red hot speeches. INVESTIGATION RESUMED House Committee llciirs Further Evl denee lu Florida Everglades < use. Washington. May 7.?The Florida Everglades investigation was resumed n-day before the Moss commlitit ot the House with the testimony ot Ed-: ?Aard J. Wilkinson, of Bclhaven, N. Ci, who told ot ihn operations ot J. o. Wright, formety a drainage engineer, in tue Department or Agriculture.'in a land development dial near Albcinuilo N. C. A ordlng to Wilkinson. Wrignt while a government employe, entered the land neal before he became drain? age ncglneer tor the .stat.- of Florida, and tiffcrcd to sell some ol the land tor 15,000 worth of tlie stock. The stoca | was turned over. Wilkinson said, and \ shortly thereafter Wright appeared as' the government's drainage engineer io; develop the land. Further testimony that money was; advanced to C. G. Elliott, former ch.etj engineer ot the Drainage Bureau of the' Department of Agriculture, to compl>te projects In North Car..Una. will be taken to-morrow. Elliott ur.d sonic other employes were dismissed from the department and later indicted oh technical Charges growing out of that feature of their operations. ASTOR WILL IS FILED Estimates of True ^ nine of Estate Place it Near $100,000,000. New York. May 7.?The ivj? of tili laie Colonel John Jacob AStor, the fea? tures of which were officially an? nounced last night, tyaa tiled hi the Surrogate's Court for probate to-day. In the full Will practically the only clause which did not appear In the abstract given out last night is on; in which Mr. Astor mentioned his for? mer wife, Ava Willing Asior. This clause rends: "All my estate, by a certain ante? nuptial agreement, dated February ii ' b'tween myself and Ava Lowl _? Willing and William Astor an I Caroline W.. hial wife. 1 give to my son. William Vin- , cent Astor, und to Iiis Issue." In the petition accompanying the will is the statement that the ?real estate is In exesss of $10,000" and ?'the per- ? SOnal estate In excess of tlO.OOu." Es-j timates of the true value of the estate; have placed it at not far from ?lou, 000,000. MRS. F. D. GRANT SAILS Prlaeess Cnntaeusene nnd ('ouatesa Von llernstorfi Also t*n Abrnnd. Now York, May 7.?Among the nota? ble names on the passenger list of the Kaiserin Wilhelm der Grosse, outward, hound to-day for Bremen, ars those of Mrs. Frederick Dent Grant and t'..? Princess Cantactizene. The widow of Major-Generai Grant will spend tno summer with her daughter, whore home Is in St. Peters? 'burg. Another passenger Is the Count? ess von Bernstorff. wife of the Ger? man ambassador to Washington. ESTATE GOES TO CHURCH Court Heerte* That Mr*. Eddy's Will Creoles "Valid Trust." Concord, N. If., May 7.?The clause of the will of Mrs. Mary Baker G, Eddy, founder of the Christian Science Church, bequeathing the residue ot nrr estate, valued fit about $J.OOO.ono, to th.? First Church of Christ, Scien? tist, of B?ston, creates n "valid trust." in the opinion of t>.e Supreme Court of New M.irr.pr.hlre, announced toldnv. The court holds that "the residuary clause Is no* a gift to a church, but a gift for religious purposes sustainable an a charitable trust." TEN PASSENGERS INJURED Southeastern Limited on Southern Bail, road Derailed Nenr Columbia. Columbia, S. C. Mjiy 7.?The South? eastern Limited' on tlp> Southern Ball ivay, which left New York at 1H:30 P. M. yesterday for Jacksonville. Fla., was del.tiled three miles north of Co? lumbia this afternoon. Ten passenK ors were Injured, but so far as known none Is seriously hurt. Six. however, were brought to a hospital hero for treatment. Two sleeping cars on tho .jrala turned-over, . Thousands of Old Sol? diers Participate in Exercises. RAIN DOES NOT DAMPEN ARDOR Rousing Addresses Delivered by I Men and Women Prominent in I Confederacy?Keen Interest in Approaching Election of Commander-in-Chief to Succeed Gordon. "Unfair" Means Alleged Macon, Alny 7.? Intercut In Ihc ) nubt for flic 1013 reunion wmn In triiBlUed by flic published report ! vbarclnic Hint Secretary' B, II. H? man. of tin* Macuu Chamber of Commerce, lint] offered to nell the reunion to Jacksonville, Fla., for fffUMI. Secretory II yum n l* quoted OR niliiilltlnc that he 1? In the em? ploy <if the San Antonio delegation, uml that be nit confldeot of 11J? nluB 1 lie r<hi Inn for Hint city. Member* of the Florida city dele? gation lire loud In tlielr declara? tion* tli .-it San Antonio In unltic unfnlr means to Ret the coveted prise. On the other hnnd. the Texan detestation contends tlint the ! nlletted expone 1? n trick* on the part or the Jacksonville delegation to Knln \ of en. \ committee appointed to Inves? tigate the charges ucnlnnt Srrrr. tnry Hyman reported that he bad acted tvltbout authority, and dl? rlaimed nny intention on the port of the Macon Chnmber ?f Commerce to Inltnence the selection of the City for urn year's reunion. Macon. May 7.?A drenching down-! pour of rain, which continued inter-; mlttently throughout the day, did not; dampen the ardor nor allay enthusi? asm In the opening hour of the twen ! ty-second annual reunion of the L'nit ?-d Confederate Veterans. Throngs of visitors and thousands of veterans participated in the nrst day's sessions of the reunion. Rous? ing addresses were delivered*by proml 1 nent men and women of the quondam Confederacy At frequent intervals during the day trlritllng music was 1 rendered by a score of bands. The '? downpour of rain, drooping flags and 1 mud-bespattered uniforms were for-j gotten when the strains of ?'Dixie" j 1 were heard. Bach time the familiar tune was greeted with tumultuous I cheering and the "rebel yell." Sessions were held by the veterans in the morning and evening and meet? ings were conducted by the Cnlted Sons of Confederate Veterans and oth? er affiliated organizations. Welcoming addresses und responses were delivered at the initial session, the feature of which was the eloquent response On behalf of the veterans de? livered by General Irvln C. Walker, command er-In-chief. To-night the veterans were address? ed by Major W. W. Screws, of Mont? gomery. Ala. Son* Elect Officers. 1 The convention of the United Son* of Confederate Veteran* "as conclud? ed tO-night with the election Of J. M. Northf.old. of Memphis. Tcnn.. com mahder-tn-chlef, to succeed Walter U. Prltchard, of Charleston, S. C. It was also decided to change the nfttne of the organization 10 Sons o? Confederate Vetirans. To-night Camp .lohn B. Gordon, the hotel lobbies and houses are teeming with cons.iltations over the threc-cor r.ered tight for the 1 ?? 13 reunion. Chat tanooga, Tcnn . San Ar.tonio, Texas, and Jacksonville. Fla., are exerting ev-'iT effort for the honor. 1 Keen Interest also is being mani? fested In the election of a commander in-chleif to succeed the late General George W. Gordon. General Irvine C. Walker, Charleston, next in command. General Bennett H. Young, Louisville. Ky., commander of the Department of Tennessee: General W. K, Van Zandt. | jpommandtr of the Department of I Texas, ail .ire candidates for the of? fice. Both questions will he settled at j the final burlnf as session of the or? ganisations to-morrow. A feature of Thursday's program will he the grand rvirade of veterans, who (Continued on Third Page.) REGULARS SWEPT PUT OF CONTROL *' Reorganization'' Dem? ocrats Win Decisive? ly in Pennsylvania. DELEGATES MUST VOTE FOR WILSON Binding Instructions Given to Support New Jersey Governor as Long as His Name Re? mains Before the Conven? tion?Initiative and Ref? erendum Is Indorsed. Harrlaburg, Pa., May ; ?In Ihc same 'hall where the regular Republican or? ganization was overtinown lust week j the regular Dcmoci a ?. |. State organi? zation was to-day swept out of powet ; by the "reorganisation faction of the I party after a tight of nearly two years, i Tile victory of the new men In con i trol of tne party's macnutery was com | plet", and no legislate e was made by the regulars after the vote on per man I enl chairman of the State convention I showed that the "reorganlzers" had j i control of the eonvemb.r. by 110 votes to The party had been split for more, than a year. and. two Stale com? mittees had been directing the des? tinies of Pennsylvania's Democracy. 1 The "reorganizers." under the lead? ership of lieorge V.*. Guthrie, former Mayor of Pittsburgh: Vance C. McCor mick, former Mayor of HarrlsbUrg, and Cr>ngressman A. Mitchell Palmer, ot Stroudsburg. named a complete State ticket, elected twelve delegatcs-at large and twelve alternates-at large to Baltimore and gave them binding Instructions to vote for Wood-: row Wilson 'as long his name re-1 mains before the convention;" selecf ed six electors-at-larg. . adopted their! own platform, and raimed the sole,--1 tion of the "reorganizers" State com-! mlttee in electing Mr. Guthrie state) chairman. There was no opposition in; the convention to the naming of the Wilson delegates and Instructing them. The state ticket named Is as follows: Auditor-General.' Robert E. Cress well. Johnstown: State Treasurer, Wil? liam H. Berry. Delaware county. i.'ongressnicn-ai-largc ? oeorge B.' Shaw. Westmeireland. J/.seph llowley. Allegheny; George R. McLean, Luzerne, 'and E. E. Oreehwalt. Lancaster. Delegates-at-large. olectors-at-lat ge and district t-lectors were also chosen j Platform Adopted. The platioru. ind: r?-;s the Snltletjve and teferenduni. bat ignores th? recall; of Judges or Judicial decisions. It de? plores "destruction of representative government through control of State ?and national legislation by agents of special interest?.'' The pla.sform con? tinues: "Three great issues overshadow all others ? representative government must be restored, trne Judiciary must be rfstrbted to its proper sphere, the evils of the tariff system must be cor? rected." The work of the Democratic. House Iis praisid, the claim being made that I it has promoted economy in every Miranclt of the government and paved j the way for the election of L'nitod I States Senators by the people. 1 President Taft has defeated meals I tires, declares the platform, that would j iiave reduced the high coc, of living. j 'I ne record of the Democratic Con-j 1 gr.vss is referred to as "in startling ? i contrast to the broken promises o* the! i Republican party in State and nation." | ? "We share in the humiliation." runs | i a plank, "which all feed at the spec j tacle of the Chief Magistrate of our country lowering the dignity of the office by Indulging In a petty personal quarrel with his predecessor, and with? holding prosecution against groat cor? porate Interests." It declares Roosevelt followed the same conduct In ofllce as Toft, and stales that the "recent ev?nt3 furnish conclusive reasons for an amendment to the Constitution, making a Presi? dent Ineligible to (succeed himself, as well as for legislation which will pre? vent any Executive from 'employing the great pow--r of his ofiice to fasten on the country a successor of his choosing." Underwood In In I,cud. Jackson, Miss. May 7.?Incomplete returns from eighteen counties of the vote cast in to-day's presidential preference primaries give Underwood 3,034 votes and William 1.939. ' A light vote wai polled, the returns (Continued on Third Page.)" RIVER MAY REACH PREDICTED CREST Would Mark Passing* of Greatest Mississippi Flood. ENGINEERS HOPE WORST IS PAST Encouraging Reports Received From All Points, and Work of Rescuing Marooned Persons Progresses Rapidly?Ap? peal for Funds and Sup? plies for Victims. River Still Rising Except nl Vnv Orleans, where ii I foil <il two-tenths nf n fool ??" rceoriled, ihr Mississippi Itlver ro?r J during the twenty-four bourn cud Inu nl " A. M. vestcrdny nt nil point* from Vlcksburg south. One tentb rlsp nt Natobei and 11 rise of Mtn-tenth* nl llnlnn Kniicr nml Dnnnl?l?oiMtiip ivere recorded. Thp following tnlilp siinv?? the prpspiil Muse", fh>- previous record Mtnup? nml the siiicpr forccaal by thp VI rather Bureau to lip recorded \ before Mny 12: Pre"- Prp- Since I ent vloim forp- i StncP. Ilppord. cast. | Natchez . . . IMJR llnlnn Hollge. 13.'-'it Donald*onv'le 34.3 Neri tirleiin?. -O.f? no .4 ?1.3 40.? 43.11 3'J.? 34.T 20.4 !t|.S Now Orleans. May 7.?When iho offl etal river gauge at the foot of Canal Street registered 21.il feet at 3 o'clock this afternoon, a rise Of four-tenths since this morning. United States weather officials wer* o' the opinlcn that the Mississippi had started on Its final lap toward the predicted crest Of 21.-*> feet, which would n;.irk the | passing of the greatest flood recorded ! in the Mississippi, in which all gang - j records nave been smashed. Clear weather and sunshine were re. ported to-day at all points from th< Torres crevasse south to r e month of the river, and the most er.couraif- i Ir.g reports since the Hood began have ; be.:n receive.* .Irorn all :hos: p;!n;.= u-> and down the river w!-.rr.> In? em? bankments were thought to he weak. The work of rescuing marooned per? sons in Isolated districts progressed more rapidly to-day. and bonts cam. Ing into concentration camp? nr; usually loaded with women and chil? dren. I TiV.ere is a icarclt? of every kind of navigable craft, and everything that can be steered and enrry passengers er.d supplies for even a short dlstanc; has been pressed into service. Hun? dreds of primitive (1st boats that enn he towed by mototlioats ar* being used In the upper distTi-ts wh?revr tirrJ.er is available. These will be used !n scouting ever Inundar.-d sec ?ten.< where only light draught ves? sels can navigate. Strengthen I.evee*. Tucs^hv brought sunshine and a! diminution of activity i.i the New Or-] leans levee districts, Gangs of menj totalling more than 1,000 labored Sat? urday, Sunday and Monday, many ofi them working by elcctrte lights Ihrough tin- night hour' In torrential; rains, strengthening the levees thought to be weakening under the enormous pressure and continual downpours. Work hau practically been abandon? ed In the third district of this city In the vicinity of the American Sugar Refinery. The hot sun tn-dny hnked the repair work done during the past three days, and the engineers are or ce more cheer? ful, many of them bellt vlng that the worst has passed. rhe levees have; been Inspected and pronounced in good | condition. The work of strengthening! the levees on the Algiers side, op? posite Calence Street Wharf and op-| poslte Auduhon Park has about been; completed and experts believe more, than a twenty-two foot stage can be neld back. Mayor Martin Bvhrman issued an ap? peal to-day for funds and supplies for flood victims of the nohtrcrn and cast central portions of the State. The newspapers have taken up the tusk (Continued on Third Page?) RICHESON SECRETLY CONNECTED WITH MORMON ORGANIZATION Woman Received Commands From Him as an Elder?His Sister Visits Governor. Boston. May 7.?Clarence V. T. Rlcheson, under sentence of denth fori the murder of Avis Llnnell, has Leon a Mormon elder and secretaly connected! with the Mormon organization for sev-? cral years, although preaching from a Baptist pulpit, according to a sworn, statement just made before William A. Thihodeau, an attorney and Justice ofi the pence. The author of the affidavit, Mr3. Louie K. Brlttaln, claims to havoj been rcrrinerly connected with the Mor-i Mod Church and to have been a plural' wife of a New York man, who is ntj the head of tho Mormon organization: in tho Bast. In the statement Mrs. Br'ftnln as-| sens that she has known Klcheson for, several years, first meeting him three' years ago at a Mornton conference held on Stnton Island. Where she says the. Baptist clergyman was recognized as one of the Mormon elders and, was particularly active In .'he affairs of the conference. She has since seen! him many times In and about Boston ,and haa- given -hirrv-tho-Mormoa-signs,! which wer* always answered, she I claims, she says she attended a Mor-i mon conference ai Providence, lt. I. a i little over a year ago, nt which R'che-I [ non was present, and that sin- received j commands from him as a Mormon eld? er at a Boston gatherjrig of the leaders ! of the church. Makes Pacta Known. 1 A short time ago Mrs. Brittain he-! ! came a convert from Mormonlsm, shei snys. According io Attorney Thlbo 'dean, who gave out tlie aftidavlt to? night, Mrs. Brlttaln recently divulged to some of lier closo friends her knowledge of r.lcheson's alleged con-j ncctlon with the Mormon Church and! was prevailed upon to maac the facts] I known previous to the timo set for Iiis execution, ns it was felt that the in? formation, if withheld until after his [ death would seem unfair. Mrs. Brittain has become known dur? ing the past few years to evangelical workers In and about Boston. In an Interview to-night she said that to the] best of her 'belief Itlcheson was c.on-j verted to Mormon Urn while a student j nt William Jewell College in Liberty; Mo., from which he ivim expelled in 1S89. At that time Ftictteson*became At? tached to n young woman, who now makes her homo 'a Salt Ijtke City. To this--young .?woman la due. Klchosoa's , trend toward Morrnonism, Mrs. Rrlttain believes. Tho affidavit, which was given out prior to the Interview, describes some of tiio meetings at Which she said she had seen Rlcheson, and concluded as follows: la flood Standini;. "I have always considered Elder Clarence V. T. l:/-hcson a member of th.- Mormon organization in good and perfect standing, and do to tho present day. and believe that he Is considered so by the Mormon organisation. "While it is not common, It Is not unusual to find the more educated of the Mormon elders preaching In the pulpits of evangelical churches which baptize by immersion." Miss f.. V. Rlcheson. who arrived here last evening from her home In Virginia, talked to-day with (Jover nor Foss on behalf of her brother, C. V. T. Rlcheson. She was accompanied to the Slate House by two of her broth? er's lawyers. The RUbJecl discussed was the plen which hn i been made for commutation of Rlett'CSOh'S death sen? tence on the ground that the former clergyman Is unsound mentnll> and has been so always. Miss Rlcheson vlslfod her brother in jail previous to culling upon tho Governor^- ^? -' IN SESSION AT NASHVILLE Hundred* Atlrml First Southern Soci? ological Congreas. Nashville, Tenn., May T.?Governor Hooper, of Tennes.se,-, who con'- -lvcd the Idea of holding tne tlrst Southern Sociological Congress, was prevented by Illness fram attending the. opening session of the congress to-day, which attracted hundreds of s>clal service workers from all parts of the Culled I Statei:. Dr. Ir.i Landrlth. of Nashville, wel? comed th* tireat gathering to Tennes? see, reading the following telegram from Governor Hooper, who is ill at uloorasburg, Tenn.: "Please convey to the Southern Soci? ological Congress my profound regret an'l disappointment on account of ray Inability to attend its meetings, i hope that this Initial congress Will be fol? lowed annually by the assembling of the South's strongest und fc.-st m?n and women to study and discuss those great moral problems of organized 30 clety which are even more Important than the enlargement of our commerce and the development of our material resources, with the slogan of tho solid South for a better nation. "This congress can lead the marc!-, which has for Its goal the universal education of the children, the more perfect car.- of the neglected and un? fortunate, the removal of the spirit of! vengeance from our penal codes, and the conduct of our -?rrertive and char? itable institutions in accordance with the most enlightened mod -rn methods free from erruft, polities and inhuman? ity. In hehalf of the State of Tennes? see, I extend to each delegate to this I ongress most cordial greeting.--. (Signed I "BEN \v. uoorrcrt." Professor G. W. Dyer, of Vanderbllt University, spoke on "Southern Prob? lems That Challenge Our Thought/' .lohn <;. VVoolley, of Chicago, discussed ] "Tin- Destroyr of Social Safety." and Dr. Luther H. Gullck. of New York, | spoke on "The Campllre Girls of Amer? ica." HEARING WILL BE PUBLIC Judge Archbnld May He Given HlKht to Crosa-Examlne w It neswef. Washington. May 7.?Public hearing!) on charges against Judge Hob.-rt W. Archbnld, of the Commerce Court, upon which may be based impeachment pro? ceedings, were decided upon to-day by the Hons.- Judiciary Committee. Tes? timony will begin to-morrow after the committee has examined nil th.. papers forwarded by Attorney-General Wlck ersham, by direction of President Taft. Edward J. Williams, of Scrantoh, Pa., win bc the tlrst witness. He arrived in Washington to-day and was sworn He was not examined, but was enjoined by Representative Clayton. e,f Alabama, chairman of the committee, to appear to-morrow. Williams, a coal dealer, who. it Is alleged, negotiated with the Erie Bail road for thei purchase of property to be sold at a large profit, in which transaction Judge Archibald Is allege.I to have been Interested, would not dis cuss the charges, but denied that he had attempted to fl<*o to Europe. The Judiciary Committee late to-day opened the papers In the case, but did not complete reading them when ad? journment was taken until to-morrow. Their specific contents were not made public, but It was lo.-trnr:d the charges against Judge Arcbbald relate mainly to the Jyj tineas .transactions In which, the Brie Rtflfroad was a factor. Judge Aruhbald will not h? sum? moned, but If he de.-,ir^s to attend the hearings he will be welcomed by the committee and probably will be nc corded th.? right to cross-examine \t it neases. I:' the committee finds the rh?rges sustained the usual procedure would i,e to reonmmerd to the House Impeach? ment proceedings against Judge Arch bald. FIRE ROUTS 1.500 LODGERS Xew York Blase Malta Traffic Four Hours, Causing 9250,000 Loss. New York, May 7.?Fifteen hundred ! persons were routed from their beds in lodging houses along East Twenty third Street early to-day. following the sounding of four alarms for a lire in a six-story loft building- near the corner or Second Avenue. Many of those who were hurried to the street by the tirv nion found themselves shivering in the rain with raiment so scant that hos? pital ambulances were called to es< orl them to shelter. The lire, after a two hours' fight, was confined to the loft building, with a loss of about $250,000. There was also some damage from smoke and i water to the lodging houses on either side anil to the Twenty-second Street Police Station, which adjoined the burned building in the rear. The blase caused a four hours' tie-up in traffic on the Second Avenue surface and ele? vated lines. FOUR VICTIMS IDENTIFIED I.eounrd ItnlllN, Wife mid Two Children Killed lu Train Wreck. New Orleans, La., May 7.?A tele? gram received here early to-night from the Mayor of Grand Saline. Texas states that the descriptions furnished by the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad officials of the four unidenti? fied vi 'titns of yesterday's wrack of the tlrst section of the "Confederate Veterans' Special." near Hattlesburg Miss., appear to Indicate that they are Leonard llollis. wif.> and two children, of Edgow?od, Texas. The bodies of six of tho nine vic? tims of the wreck were brought to New Orleans to-day. of the fifty-four passengers who were Injured, ttio.s. whose wounds required their removal to ihe hospital at Hattlesburg wen to-night reported as getting along sat? isfactorily. ASKS THAT BODY BE STABBED XeW Yorker, Fearing II ti r In I All\c. Made Odd Bequest In Will. White Plains. N. Y.. May 7.?Fear? ing that he would bo buried alive, W'lllam E. Vanderroost, who died at his homo In Mount Vernon, April -S. In his will, which yesterday was filed for probate, made the request that "the undertaker having charge of my booy stab me through the heart after l have been pronounced dead by ray physicians." His estnte was valued at ?30,000. and the will was dated September II. 1969. It 's understood that the under? taker did not know ot this rI tust- at Ih i tlnio Vanderroost was buried. INSANE FROM BROODING Ucinombrnnce of \\ feck lu ISJM Ini linlrn n Survivor's Benaon. Atlantic City, N. J., May 7.?Contin? ual discussion of the Titanic disaster together with recollections of a wreck in which ho nearly lo.--t his life eight? een years ago, has driven Or. H. A. Mahltl insane, according to friends here He is under medical iure, pending an examination by alienists. l?r. Malllb w.is wricked off the const of Africa lu 1801 j and limited about in nn op-n boat for two weeks, most of the time without food or water. When picked up ho was unconscious, anil did no*, recover his faculties for., weeks. DELIBERATE HE' IS DIXON'S REPLY TO TAFT CHARGE Rival Headquarters Clash Over Mary? land Results. ROOSEVELT MONEY SENT INTO STATE Statement Issued by President's Bureau Brings Vitriolic Answer From Colonel's Manager. National Committee May Be Called Into Contest to Settle Dispute. Washington. May 7.?Tho Tatt and Roosevelt national headquarters clash? ed to-day over the Maryland primary results. The word "He" was trcely used by Senator Dlxon. head or the Roosovelt committee. Early in the day the Tart headquarters put out a statement on the. Maryland results, part of which follows: 'More than half of Mr. Roosevelt's entire delegate vote came from itie city and county of Baltimore, where tt Is stated that Roosevelt managers placed $lo,oflO among their workers at an early hour yesterday." Another part said: "In Prince ijenrges county, which definitely decided the contest so far a8 present returns Indicate, Roosevelt money in large amounts was poured into the county, karge rolls of small hills, accompanied by checks to be used If needed, were sent out trom Washington on Sunday, at least one well known lender In tho district hav? ing voluntarily exhibited such a 'roll' In Washington on Sunday^ afternoon." This statement was duly delivered In the Roosevelt headquarters about noon, 'the rival organizations having an amicable arrangement whereby ? they exchange, dally bulletins and statements. Dlxon'* Sharp Answer. Here Is Senator Dlxon's answer: "Every one of these statements is a deliberate, wilful lie. Every man con? nected With their concoction and clr . ulatlon is a deliberate, wilful liar. These lien are circulated for the pur? pose and for the only purpose for , which liars, always lie." Presbi. nt Tuft's managers to-day stated that the President "is entitled to. and will receive, tho votes of tour of the delegates from the State of Maryland" to the Republican national convention. The presidential primary In that State yesterday gave Colonel Roose? velt apparent control of the State con? vention, which Is to select Maryland's entire delegation of sixteen to Chi? cago, and reports from Maryland have Indicsted that the delegation would be solid for Roosevelt. I The. Taft managers claim that tho I naming of a solid Roosevelt delega? tion by the State convention would ric fent the expressed preference of thn electors of the two districts. It is understood this point will be, pressed and the national committee, asked to rule upon It unless four delegates uro given to the President. Depended I pdn On- County. Baltimore, May 7.?The closeness of the struggle between President Taft and Theodore. Roosevelt for control of Maryland's sixteen votib in the na? tional convention was emphasized to? day when complete returns trom yes? terday's primaries showed that tho result depended upon one count}',, which on the face of the returns gavo Roosevelt u majority of but eighty votes. Putting this county?Howard? In the Roosevelt column gave him six? ty-six delegates to the. State conven? tion. Just one more than tne majority necessary for control! The three Ho? ward county delegates counted for Tuft would have given him the prim? ary Victory by the same margin. Complete unofficial returns received to-day by the State Roosevelt com? mit!.??? and .ill the Baltimore papers. Including the two which have support id President Taft agreed 'n giving Cbl I onel Roosevelt a majority in Howard county of eighty-odd votes; but this slight margin left the Taft leaders to? night unwilling to concede that their opponents had won the election. "It would he improper for me to concede anything at this time, when Maryland's sixteen votes to the na? tional convention hang on less than 100 voles." said John B; Hanno, chair, man or the Republican State Central Committee, and leader of tho Tatt Howard was the last of the dis? puted counties to send in complet* results. The returns in mm district there were held up by an electrical storm, which prevented their trans? mission by telephone. When finally brought to Baltimore to-day by mes? sengers, they were found to glvs Roosevelt thirty-five votes and Taft nin. ten. making tho unofficial tabu? lations here for the whole county us already noted, llrwnrd is one of the .-ni.illest counties of tho State, and the total vole it returned was only The other feature of the day foW lowing the primaries was tho develop. iiiiMit of the possibility that the Indi? vidual delegates elected to the State convention Include a majority of Taffy men. even though their Instructions by the. county preference vote might hind them to vote for a Roosevelt dele? gation to the national convention. The Taft leaders made this claim, and much speculation resulted a? to th* effect or. the St*to convention. It was pointed ? out that President Tafts friends might control the organiza? tion of the Convention, force the adop? tion of a conservative platform afld send a delegation to Chicago which Would be ready to abandon Roosevelt as soon as they considered they had fulfilled their legal duties by voting for him on the firs*, ballot- None ot ~ ~t(ion 11 nued,. on Th ird Page.).