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PRICE TWO CENTS.
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
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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
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