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WEDNESDAY, MiVKMBKK 27. 1*12.
S>IKT%I>KD BV THE FACTS.
The total vote in Virginia for Presi?
dent on November was 136.:.96.
Th total vote for members of Con?
gress was 134,S3J.
The total vote on the constitutions.'
amendment relating to chanues In the
form of municipal a-overnment was 76.
371. or 60.J1S less than the vote counted
The total vote on the constitutional
amendment relating to the tenure of
city treasurers was 79.or r.7.230
less than the vote counted for Presi?
The total Vote on the constitutional
amendment relating to the tenure of
city commissioners of the revenue
was 7M17, or 57,979 less than the vote
counted for President
The vote on the first amendment
was M.t per cent of the total vote
east for President.
The eote on the second amendment
was 111 per oent of the total vote
caat for President.
The vote on the third amendment
was ?7.4 per cent ef the total vote
eaat for President. .
On November t, the morning after
the election. The Times-Dispatch, ap?
pealing for a more Intelligible form of
ballot for constitutional amendments,
"The present form ef ballot for con- |
stltutior.al amendments In Virginia 's
altogether inadequate. In fact, our ,
system of submitting proposed ehanges '
In the organic law to the electorate j
is insufficient, because there is no o?r- j
rect and complete method by which
th* people can be Informed as to what '
they are voting upon and what are the
arguments on both sides of the Issue to
b? decided. Thousands of voters yes?
terday doubtless batloted upon the con-:
stftutiona! amendment.* with the scant
est possible knowledge of what effect
the chana-os wou.u have if passed and
what would be their effe.-r. If they were
not passed: many others refrained from
voting altogether because they lacked
any Information as to the amendments.
In the ejection yesterday there \.ere
thousand? cf voters who were total'y
uninformed of tha lasses for th?lr de?
The fact that mere than 41 per cent
. of the voters ef Virginia did not vote
Sa the three constitutional amendments
s-ibmitter! for their ratification proves
the contention of The Times-Dispatch
that as to those Issues too large a pro?
portion of the electorate was uninform?
ed or was deterred from voting alto?
gether by the misleading form of the
ballot. The contention or The Times
Dispatch that a more lnteliigib'.e form
cf ballot for constitutional -amend
rr.erts Is demanded by existing condi?
tions Is established by the facts.
THE ENGINEERS' ARBITRATION.
The arbitration of the wage dispute
between the Eastern railroads ar.d ?
their engineers hss averted what
threatened to be a serious dislocation
?f business and Industry. While the!
representatives of the engineers iro
evidently dissatisfied with the sward
of the board, it Is -indoubtedly true
that the decision of the arbitrators was
very generoua when th? case cf the
employes, as submitted by their r< pre
sentatlves. Is considered. la other
words, the general op'nior. of students
of transportation is th-it the sause of
the engineers was not forcibly sol
forward, and that the t,o:ird pre- ticaliy
had to secure Its own data to make
aa award In their favor The mtnimuu:
rates which hav* been applied by the
arbitrators will benefit only the classes
ef engine drivers, who are in th- great?
est need sf wage i.Uv*n.-<s. and wb".
as a rule, are employed on ral.ro?.is
which have been badly man: g?d or
have met with finar>-lai Sklsforl I
Oa the rr.ore representative systems
the minimum rates of payrner.t t-. loco?
motive engineers are bisher tnan thee,
imposed by the ar MT'ator*
The railroads may f.nd c-n.f. r
statement mt the board that they did
not, ir. arriving at a decision, take into
aeecvr.t th* :itar. wkJ statns of th* car -
tiers, and. If it Is round impossible to
par tre wuge advances ir n .> >-.
res'-r ?? -eto.rs? rr. st re > a-! 1
the trsnsportarior. eo-i.jv.r.i. ?. t ? th>
Ir.t- rrtst* Corrm?r. ? Cwann n.. :. T?tv
??"-*ara". - ha? ?:. sd<leH .:rn:flesrire
wr.*r. It :? recalled ? ItVi
g rem en ?d rr?trrj?n .r the Rs
tafttraads are si* demanding
higher reir. --- ? -? g. If grante.i
or allowed bj a r.osrd ? ' a' 'rrsr <-n
sinsilar to . --c ?**?-*. will
!'???? ? ' : . *.?
lO re, ?> . I'.terstSI.
torrmer.- ,1\ ?rre their
freirnt rate? t ?e. rr, that tt*f
add-1 . . or any of -
amp!'- . e?-???. ? . x,,
granted, will altirr *
the f*rrters to t*.e Wtm. ee
?llsing Bet re ?r'..? , t, r
aoetsetay la treasport -a<t> at?
tained, th* railroad f"? a?s-rt
that they - at, T.r, .ong" ?
sredlt IS th* fsrg of art .-.-??.*?*? in
Operating eip?r.se* Wltho ??--<t
Ing sddttions to their reve
th* tu?ln<a* W..',d hi.?
from 'he severe 1o??< * Bff 1 f ,n
e reslreed strike, it mW? se ta** mass-1
jfacturing and distributing- costs will
! ultimately bs burdened by freight rate
I The recommendation of eompulaoi y
! arbitration by the board gives re<> g
nitlon to the complicated problem
which confronts the Interstate Com?
merce t'ommission by reason of the au?
thority given It by Congress to regu?
late freight charges. The arbit-ators
state that i!is?muoh as the railroads
arc under the control of the FedawsJ
and various State commissions, similar
supervision should he e-erelS' <l over
the labor organizations of employes hy
the creation of wage arbitration boards,
, which would render strikes impossible.
I While the conferring of this authority
I ?"ulil loKicallv seem !<? fallow from
Uss delegation of the power to deter?
mine freight rates, the adopt ten of
compulsory arbitration would undoubt?
edly be an unwise measure it would
I he sqOelly as logical to ^raiit the rall
1 road commissions authority to regulate
Issues of capital ind other powers of
aiiparrlslon Th< real intent of gee
1 eru mental regulation of railroads is to
safeguard passenger transportat ion
ami to prevent that which is discrim?
inatory, injurious or unreasonable. The;
public We IfSge will be best served byj
permitting the greatest possible free- j
dom of action In railroad promotion,
the adjustment of wage controversies
and In the genera' operation ,.f the j
transportation industry. Minute mi
pcrv.sion would Impair the efficiency j
of the carriers and Impose a rheck upon I
the ladivldusj Initiative, which ia es-1
senttal to th. development of much- j
needed transportation farilities.
THE \\ ii.SO\ DEMOINVTRATIOV |
Babies nestled In their mothers' arms '
?father was In Mas?saw last night 1
what their fathers never saw or could
barely remember?a triumphal proces?
sion of the Richmond Democracy. It
was a pageant that will live in the
memory, oft to be described to Demo?
crats unborn by the venerable men
who come down to them from this
generation The red fire, the flaring
torchlights, the shceitlng legions, the
floats ar.d the amusing trophies of tri?
umph will oft be repictured by the :
thousands who marched ani the thous- I
ar.ds who watched last eight It was
B real Democratic demonstration,
spelled with the big "D" and the little
"d." for it was a great outpouring of
the people of the city, the laburlng
men, the city employes, with Mayor .
Alnslle walking at their head; the
clerks, the students, the prifeasional
men, the mechanic*, the representa?
tives of many national.ties?most of
them ununlfo.-rr.ed and keeping step
only to the music of lone-aw-aitcd vic?
tory. There was not too much for?
mality about It: it was a homelike
jubilee. It was. in a wcrd, the kind
of paraie that the President-elect
would have found genuine pleasure In
reviewing, for he, above all, bellevea
in the people as they are. He would
have beer. Immensely delighted at the
lice representation from all sections
of the city, and he would have noted
with pleased smile the thunder of
approval that greeteJ the speakers.
Indeed, the entire demonstration would
have warmed the cockles of his heart
It was the festival of lights over the
election of a fellow Virginian to the
preeldency; it was an Imposing page?
ant of popular jubilation. :n which the
sovereigns of Church Hill said to the
sovereigns of the West Er.d. !n the
hearing of the sovereigns of South
Richmond, that !t had been a long time
between Democratic Presidents, and
liere goes: "Wilson, that's all '
REMKWBFR THE CO>"PPDIjH \TE
The promptings of patriotic gener?s- !
lty should impel the people ,f pjch
mond to rerr.err.ber to-morrow the old
women of th'; Confederp.-y now In 'he
Home for Needy Confederate \Vom?-n.
It is altogether appropriate that Do- '
?lion Day for that Institution sho .ld
come on Thanksgiving, for at r.;ch a
season gratitude for the m?rci?s and
Mes-ir;gs r,f the past stir kind hearts
to give others le?s fortunate r-ason
to rejoice. Oat of the at?jr..?anc* of ?
good things that so many Of as will
have, surely a little can be eel 'or
the comfort and enjoyment of the wo
mea who sp? nt four lonely Tkanksgtv
Itigs- jT.g for the -inret'.rninr ? t
Steps >f their fathers, h .abends ^nd
l>roth? r- who were the gray.
The board of the flsuas let X?edy
Confederate Women will receive all
day to-morrow the customary Thanhs
- - g off. ring from gen?rojs citizens
Contributions msy he made eltber in
? ? ? '-r In provisions and the home
nil be n: .st rateful for anything
from \ jar of h?nv mad- *eliy or a bet
t.- il v .,r , . ave 3>- the way to
feel and Mesh and cash and checks?
? ' forgotten that It
tak?s fl' in t.. ir.ak- bread. Th?. prblic
sctioel children will give What they
ml ' I a'ify ? irelv
th#;r rider, tan Jots th-m In their
good weeks I. ? ?. r?!r.i>tr.W t*ia?
'he?< ..Id r. .. . s ?? id b?- In homfi nZ
ih?ir own had eel t*? :i fort-.ine of
war deprived th. m ..f 'heir heroic
lov-1 ?.r?? .or>' n ad. rtae goodly estate
"'?.o?s??s ? arlih What
>,..,- , m ? t%MM ,., ^?jt,
happier th- fading t.-.? .f the ? om-n
o it g..l ant graj.oats left behind them*
it 11?? ni t \ rair.n.
a *>tW. not -, I"i lti''pVs
wV^ *? rot r-w. "althoosii
tried - this . ->'T- r-i .'? 's etw>ul *?
b? r:v?n a t-?? In Hrmvter p. O. wfc?-r?
?f has h-en d-.-'d-d ?"> e-rrdoy a bai?'
-???? -?nf ' ar.d a-:
;,dveet*se-n'?? ? ha? I ~e>n sen* f<w**t
????ine: th- ru
This, oontin*?- ?? ' ^?*gv-. simply
a practical epp!*-j> ?'-?- of ->? growing
c- errn".ar <? ' ? an-. -'-?r -><"??p'e
to bare l,nr'?" ad-nlnlst-.-?? 0-, ..?
ttie" agair* f ir: :t is r-eew
afUea. aegwse war meti aspeia* *. that
ufs.a.-K?d meg ^?npol 4-t?rte the M?e
necessary to engrossing business, end
that time aiMl money will be saved by
employing ?!i agent.
I While the Issdger's conclusions are
! correct ?tut its logic Is Bound, It* pre
! iiilscs, so to s|>eak. are false. Ite in?
formation 1? deficient. The device Itaa
been tried In this eguint'y. at Ktaun
! ton. V?., and has proved eminently
j to i lafaaaoi)
For several years the mut;id pal af?
fairs of that city have been conducted
by a business manager, and our lu
' formation Is that the ohantre from the
J old. u: :>aiil couJirtlmanlc. cumbersome
I and red tape order of division of work
I and IsapoaalbllHj to tha; of a aayja
peBaated agent has stood the teat in
every respect M.uiey and time have
been saved, a::d the substantial citizens,
the basaayera, would not. we are told.
', maldei golm back to the <>Kl system.
Inter eetlni relevaad arid instructive
r'.tlsig Statinton'j, c\nerlem'v is the
j ?'.,.?: that t !nv?.i\os and 1? Illustrativ.?
I of the pr.:io';>!. of m -inicijval govern?
ment by commission, which, under the
ristttutional amendment touching city
and t w. trovemment, ratified at the
last election, all Virginia cities and
towns are now privileged to adopt. In
her business manager, Sbktttatoa has
virtually and for all practical pur
poses oommkwtoa government vested
.:i one commissioner.
?n*aVM roil mo?i:\.
The BtylO makers have given women
a new slogan. ??Vests tor women
must soon he a pi.rase as familiar as
"v.-tes for women " The arbiters o'
fashion decree that the spring styles
for the fairer s. x meet Incorporate tile
vest as a part of the costume. One
piece and two-piece suits w-ill be re?
placed by the three-piece suit of which
the vest v.ill be the most conspicuous
The new garment Is to be made in
colors that contrast with the rest of
the suit- The effect will be to g;ve
us aoms gorgeoua and dazzling cos?
tumes. Every shade and color in
thousands of combinations will be
employed, and vests wii! prove ex?
cellent indicators of the WSSfrer's taste
The fact tnal the vests will contain
pekets d< monstrates what lnr^nis
woman ;s mEkintr into the male ward?
robe. To appropriate* the vest is de?
plorable, but to seize man's immemorial
sartorial convenience is unspeakable
What larc-ii.y com the vestment of the
male will the progressive clothes foe
women movement next commit*
Th? grandest spectacle In the Wilson
parade was President Jones, of the
Southside Democratic Club. Lud h's
cabinet. Puuctlllettsry arrayed in tra
ditioaal frock coat and high hat, they
presented .-. dirrnifled and statesman?
like demeanor, and. unheeding th?
plaudits of the populace, were the j
"mirror of fashion and the mold of j
The Howitzers In fancy dress had th?
meet amusing section in the parade
with their captive Bull Moose and F.le- '
pliant and their cavorting donkeys
The celebrated Gridiron Club of
Washington Is outdone In one way hr
a New Tork dining c!ub. It has an un- '
Beam] method and motive for select-'
irr Its guest of honor. The club mem- J
>??:* solemnly vote to choose the man j
wn-o !s most 'rtenselr aTksTThi < among'
them, even sein? so far a* to de'bat*
upon the qualifications of candidates
and to touch upon all the various ;er
sonal qualities wh'ch make him the,
r.ost obj'-ctlorarde person. Then the
man who la decided to be most oosi-1
lively UT'.rle.irable from f?Il viewpoints
la duly !nvlt?d as the aruest of honor
at the next dinner. He ie never al-i
"owed to know why h? has been chosen. ]
Tie Is offer, surprised, hat usually he
mak?>s a tJr??orr? sneeoh and imasrlnes
that h* has acquitted himself spien
d.'lly. The -r.embc-rs of the clr.b get
quiet enjoyment out of the situation
without revea'.'^g th? unique purpose
of the organization.
Whs* a "plendld thing !t vo-j!d be If i
evecjftwygy *-no marched in the parade
last nlarht could march in the Inau?
I .If* in Richmond is Just one ?xeite
ment after another This week the!
Wilson parade, the Virginia Educa
t'.onal Conference and the Carolina
Virgin* football gate, topped off with
the '-norV Conference next week, i
Ther-'s always swrceth.og io.:,g In
l is*. I've mere Sunday nigh's for the
l^eap Year glrL
Everybody knowa which team W?od
?cw Wilson would root for If he could
be ?t the Virginia-Carolina game to?
. -- unanimous aentlmeat ef the
?y-hoo. rhlidreri la that the Teaci.ers
'*onferenoe ought to las'. i?ng?>r.
The star football ?la>er la rr. d.
more of a personage In New England
than elsewhere The people of Everett
Mass . are to give a banquet la appr
??. ?? or the ay-jiievementa of their
.i.sflngulshed fellow-t'.tlsea. Char es E
Brlrkley. cf tt.e victorious Marts:: i
<i ??? aa It may i"?a. there wer?
. *? ? eople who. ur.MI t?iey read
ijthr a decision to llvs the r*a
- ? ? Pfs abroad, had not missed
Mr? Tieiia M d*rt??r. eg*'' s?v*ntv
eight of Prelorla, Ps . Is said to havs
? ..-->d ie*. times In her life She ??
mot!-- art ???frr?<'th?f of forty rdn
, v ??- M-d ars-?Vo' 'In ..f 11
That's ?hat the Montgomery Adver
laser '?IIa "a lens and su'i-ss -1 ?r
On the Spur of the Moment
By Roy K. Moulton
| "Man wanta but little her? below"?
An adage we huve met.
, But. still, we have not round it so,
For nearly all the men we know
I Want all that they can get
I "Man wants but little here below."
Vet adds unto hla sture;
'He lovea to eve his fortune grow,
; It doesn't mutter how much dough
j He has. he longs for more.
Where can 1 find.
? O tell me light.
J A woman's skirt
I That's not too tight? -BL'.SK.
'. Where can 1 Hud.
In vain I've prayed,
i A pumpkin pie
j Like mother made"?11. T.
Wheip one i Bad,
! O' prithee tell,
I A baby who
j re*gets to yell?? T. U. ii.
! Where sen I Ilud
' The wiv.-s who sit
1 And do ti.?t gossip
i Just a bit'.'?OLA> TXatJCJL
Where. can 1 find
A taxi blok.
Whom I can hire
j And not go broke" ? MA.NK
Where can 'I find
A college lad
Who does nut know t a |
More tha? his dad"- J W
The Dark Bruns Taste.
A young geatleataa was oat riding
in his automobil.- with his lady friend
near Bridgeport Con:i , the other eve
nli.g. He turned and pressed u negate
salute upon the lips of his l"ved one.
and als car swerved arid rl;>i>ed down
cifc-ht rods of rail fence. It cost him
I.- . to have the car repaired. Mora
Don't kiss the wiuimen.
One of the pleasant sensations at
this life is to see a man who baa
owed you $u for seven years drive
by In an ti sue automobile and burn
up a gallon of oil right la front of
your house ?j that the olor will lin?
ger in your vicinity for about a week.
There are a lot of little things auoJt
In this world, but about Vie shinies:
one is the "tie who borrows a dress
suit and then sends It back without
having It pressed.
1 It Is getting so the men in this coun?
try don't amount to anything any more
A woman in Missouri recently traded
her husband for a mule, while a D *
Angelas wife :-.as Instituted a suit for
divorce against her husband becaus
he doesn't keep her stockings darned.
Tt is time for the. men to rise and
demand equal rights with women.
I *.crordlaa to I'nete Abner. j
There arc a lot of tittle things about
married life that are unexpected. Gen- !
orally they are children. '
A man who makes his wife believe
one lie out of ten hiis a high 1 attlng
A man will laugh at a wonxaa for
her extravagance and then blow $1.40
for 25c worth of food and buy a seegai
for a quarter thut contains about Tc
worth of tobacco.
Always put off until to-morrow th? j
feller who wants to do you to-day. j
Fa not afraid cf hoodooes.
That's very plain to see.
I was born on a Friday,
The thirteenth. Yep. that's me
I walk right under ladders.
I spi.I salt at my will. 1
I've also easeshed a mirror.
And I'm around here still
Around my chair I amble
The wrong way every time
When I am playing poker.
I have contempt sublime
For people superstitious.
I never knock on wood.
I never pick up a horseshoe.
And don't see why I should.
I don't believe in bad luok.
It Is a foolish thing.
Whatever you Imagine?
That's what your fate Will bring.
There's no use looking forward
To sorrow, you'll allow.
If Trouble's going to get you
'Twill get you. anyhow.
Voice of the People
justice aag Mercy.
T<. the Editor of The Times-Dispatc".:
Sir.?The ease, and rapidity with*
which a public sentiment has been i
built up in IneOT of the Carroll Coun?
ty murderers affords a str<?clr.g ex?
ample of the perils of what would be
termed ' mob rule" if the movement |
had been organize*; to insure tnelr ex-j
ecu t Ion upon a missarrlaggi of justice,;
Instead of the|r delivery In violence!
ef law Layme:i of high deg-ee have. I
ex '.-.tuedra and upon ex parte state-!
rrer.ts of the convicts themselves, un- \
dertaken to nullify the solemn ver
?ii- ts of jurle?. who have heard all thi
evidence or. both sides, anri to reversei
th? cairn ju-igme.nt of courts whlcB
have given the prisoners every pro?
tection the law could afford?verdicts
ard J-.ids.nents -eached after weeks and
month* sff p-tient hearing and Judicial
lr.vest!t:r>Mon. In orderly manner, by
the chosen ministers of justice The
J prisoners were represented by the
ablest counsel that ample means could
obtain, who exhausted legal learning
and trained ingenultv in their behalf
i'.v. ry possible excepMon. technical and
o're-wlse. was msde. both to the ad
r I ?*!'*> and to the weight, of any evl
? baawanaaj g? t* trr the ater
M ? h?lr?? got n? show at home
r ? t * orks *?>??? ^.v? t
*v^- t.t? fer help.
HIS THANKSGIVING DINNER.
By John T. McCutcheon.
(OMTTl?b*> mm: 9r ***m T. MlCklll-lM )
mi i*mm thmy'rm ju,t fitting ?mm t? *tt?Mr ?p*h
"?enoe that might be prejudicial to the
accused, and every question of doubt
was solved In their favor b> a con?
scientious court. There was no mi - -
tr'al. Tlie main facts were undis?
puted. Bloody murders were commit?
ted, without provocation c'loyd Al?
len, the cause, of the ghastly trage?-."}-,
was not on trial for his lite, lie was
not in mortal Jeopardy, and the crime
committed by him and his followers
cannot be modified, even by the plea
"f attempted aelf-preservation. They
acted deliberately and were well pre?
pared for the wholesale assassination
they uccompllshed. And as for Claude
Allen, he did not shoot in defense of.
his father. Tho evidence was over-1
whelming that he ftred the first shot. .
Judge Bolen, his father's own counsel, j
was forced to testify that Claude was
the first one to shoot. He was no I
baby, and he knew what he was do- j
ing. He hsd been schooled by life in,
the mountains to be wary and self
reliant. He was. In every sense of the
word, a man. and not a boy. He was
not excited, but was cool enough to'
shoot straight and vindictive enough
to shoot often. His father was In no!
?langer when he fired that first shot,
and It Is a perversion of fact to say
that Claude was defending him. We
may admire his shapely form and Pity |
nts youth, but we should also have
regard for other youths who may be
tempted to follow his example If he ,
be made a hero. We rhoul?J also have ,
regard for the majesty of the law.
which he holds In such contempt. !
Justice to him 'n Its Inflexible course)
may. after all. be the truest mercy.
Perhaps nothing but a certain and 1m
minent doom may bring his wild and
lawless spirit under subjection to rea- j
son. reform his stubborn will, subdue
his proud heart and dispose bis soul
to repentance. Perhaps nothing short
of this may suffice to prepare him to
meet his <jod But. however, that may
I.e. not for vengeance, but for Justice;)
not in malevolence toward the con- j
demned. but for the gooa of society:
not to kill the murderers, but to pro-,
vent other murders: not to destroy,
those who undertook to destroy the
court, but for the preservation of law
and order, the verdicts and; Judgments'
?hould be allowed to stand. The effect
of public agitation Is alreaidy seen
, in the care of Kldna. who was adrr.lt
j ted In the other trials to have slain
Judge Mass'e. "Sidna Allen killed me." I
said the dying Jurist with his last
breath?hnt the Jury acquitted him Of I
j mufiier In the first degree. This Is
I hut the beginning of what will follow.!
i if the general sense of justice shall,
be further perverted by false eympa-1
thl*>* Against petitions, to which aj
i myriad signatures may be readily oh-,
tained for any cause hy industry and <
Insistence, let the confiding silence of |
the great mass of the people who'
revere the law and trust the governor
' as Its chief executive b,- wetarhed. I*et
the bloody rerall of ? ~.< Judge wael
laid down hla life for toe law. sudle*. I
th?we he no recall of the judgments
In this case. LAWYER.
To the Rdlter of The Tlmes-Dispatoo:
ffr.?You will pardon a sin eere friend
for saying that In your editorial. "An !
Appeal to Reason.'' published this
morning, you failed to evhlblt rwnr J
nsnai fairness and discrimination. That j
there may he something like hysteria j
mixed with th# tremendous snd grow- I
ing **ntlm*nt In Virginia for the eon !
mutation of Clande Allen's sentence Is
freely eranted. The whole situation Is j
tKiitmant to eh* lent degree, and it.
1? not entlr?1v discreditable to onr pee- I
pie that their sympathies ghontd he
er*?7*??d st this Janet or*, nor need we'
wonder If tins arouaed thev are not I
lalwsys held tinder jndiclal restraint- '
It Is. however, whollv Inirr-rjt.
unj'srt to fnrimste thai al". or even a1
?fest majority of those good citizen*
of this Commonwealth who hellere that!
In ?II the circumstance*, the ends of
'"?flee would be better Secured In the
rase of .-lande Alle? hy a long term
In the vtste prison than Hy putting him
to d-.-h. xr- eitb^r hysteric*! <?r u?
roa.,naJde Tt would he notte as fair
tit these la favor of commutation to
i char-* those who Insist on the death
'penalty with bleed thlratlneaa and
crueitj. Neither charge ought to be
made. The case is one in which there
is room for honest difference of opln
For my own part?and I am sure
1 speak for thousands?I am couvlaced ;
that this young man was led into bis'
outrageous and reprehensible course '
by the influence of the older men witb |
whom he was associated, and that a;
sentiment, however perverted, of filial J
and family loyalty, w hich. as you well
:.r..i?: stand, is primal and controlling
among the mountain people, goes far,
to account for his participation in the
dreadful tragedy. In view of these '
consideration and of the fact that this;
man had led a dean and self-control.?ii ;
tug, and that this Is his first offense |
against the law. In view of the farther
facts, well established during the va- 1
rious trials, that the whole affair was!
mixed with ong-standing personal and
political feuds and alienations. I, for
one. believe that he ought not to go
to the cheir. I submit that In holding
and expressing these views. I cannot
; be justly characterised as hyaterlcal. I
The dim and awful journey to the j
1 "chair" ought to be reaerved for those
whose crimes have been without ox> ,
j ten-:atlon of any bind. It is the .ast
word of the State to the offender. In
administering death the State says, in
effect: "Tour continued existence Is a
menace to society; only yo-r death will
be a sufficient deterrent to others:
! there is nothing to do with you but
] to destroy you."
Does any one who has kept track
of this affair believe that this ac?
curately states the case of this young
j man? But It Is argued that the courts
; have rendered their verdict and that
ought to end the matter. The Com- ;
' rnonwealth did not let the decision of
the first jury end It. It did not allow
, the disagreement of the second Jury
J to end It. Three Juries bad to alt
I in this case before the verdict of first
degree murder was brought in. and
. that fact of itself. It seems to me,
? ought to have some weight.
Richmond R. H. WIT.
Grave of Poe's Mother
? Reed Smith, of the Kngllsh faculty
[at the Cn'versify of South Carolina,
.sends to the state a preac clipping
i which has Interest for all lovers of
literature, since it describes the efforts
of the Raven society of the University
of Virginia to locate the grave of
Kl Habet h Arnold I nc. It appears from
the artVle furnished bv Dr. Smith that
'tho society, largely through the dlll
rgence of S. P. Co ward In. jr.. has been
'able to narrow down the possible le
'cation of the spot In which lies the
. poet's beautiful young mother to a
I circle of 3" feet radius. In a corner of
the burying ground of old St- John's
;Chnrch. In Richmond, at Bread and
, Twenty-fifth Streets It is new pro?
posed to raise a farad wherewith to
rear a suitable memorial In the centre
I of this circle, and the Raven Society
[is endeavoring to enlist the Interest
of panl W. Bartlett, the sculptor who
designed the Lafayette monument in
Paria If that artist should lend his
skill to the proJ?x:t the memorial
would be a notable one indeed.
One who takes thought of the m-ics
j thRt has been written about Edgar
I Allan Poe can hardly help marveling
that go little Information is available
concerning his mother. We know her
! to have been a lovely and highly gifted
actress, of distinguished reputation
I Horn in England, daughter of a well
known actress of the Theatre Royal
Covent Garden, who appeared at Boa
ton in 1736. she encountered the first
jet her many mlafortunes at Richmond,
where died, in ISO?, her first husband,
.a Mr. Hopkins, of the "Virginia Stock
''ompany." In Richmond also she mar?
ried I'a-.id Poe. with whom subse?
quently she played In various American
cities and who was the father of her
'three children?William. Rosalie end
; Kdgar. Tuberculosis laying hold on
David Poe. the family fell into destitu?
tion. Elizabeth did not long survive
her husband. Her last public appear?
ance, according to Mrs. Plckett. was
at the old Broad Street theatre. In
Richmond. She became very 111 then,
and?Just etchteen days before that
; house was I urned with great lots of
? life?she died in a d->mp cellar near
Main and Nineteenth Streets. In the
I Blrd-ln-Hand district, through which
ran Srockoe Creek. Her frienda. Allan
ar.d Mackenzie, made application to
the vestrymen of St. John's for per?
mission to bury her nr-ar that h'etorlc
church, that once echoed to the words
of Patrick Henry. -Give me liberty or
give me death1" But they were re?
fined that privilege, because, forsooth
the poor woman had been an actress
Fortunately, a portion of the greve
vard of 8t. John's belonged to the
rrs-miclpallty. and In this section ? '?
fe?t of ground was allowed to be used
as tfce last resting place of her who
had given to America Its foremost poet
jXo attempt eeem* to have been made
at tbe time to merk the grave, end lr.
time even the mound Indicating Its
location was leveled It wcjld be
a beautiful working out of poetic Jus?
tice if now. 101 years after her death
Elizabeth Arnold Poe should hsve her
memory perpetuated by a noble monu?
ment, from the hand of one of th*
greatest of the aculptors.?Columbia
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