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??nnor Blease Sajs C cirpfrifiCi Gen
eral is in Error.
Says the Newspapers Lie So Often
Here Lately That Ho Does Not
Notice T hiem Usually?Record Says
Its Statement of What Blease Said
is Correct.
Governor Blease said, Tuesuay af
ternoon, tiat his position had been
misstated In press reports regarding
his veto cf the $5,000 item in the
appropriations bill for investigations
of county offices, and he denied em
phatically that he had told the comp
? troller gee eral to go ahead and spend
this money.
The gOAernor furnished for publi
cation the correspondence on the
subject Tv esday between himself and
the comptroller general, which ex
plains itself:
February 2S, 1911.
Hon. A. W; Jones, Comptroller Gen
I eral, Ci".y.
Dear Sir: I notice by the papers
(which lie so often here lately, that
I do not notice them usually- that
it was stated that I said for you to
go ahead in your investigations and
spend the live thousand dollars which
were provided by the act of the leg
islature, and which item was vetoed
by me.
I hereby most positively say to
you, not to expend that money. I
made no such agreement, and if so
understood: by you, you were certain
ly badly mistaken. I thought it was
a needless appropriation and cut it
out, and stand by it.
Very respectfully,
Cole L. Blea3e, Governor.
February 28, 1911.
To His Excellency, Hon. Cole L
Blease, Governor, Columbia, S. C.
Dear Sir: Your letter of the 28th,
1p reference to the veto of the $5,000
appropriation for Investigation by
me, or under my direction, has been
While the newspaper statement
was somewhat Inaccurate I under
stood you to suggest that I borrow
such funds as should be necessary
to make needed investigations, and
ask- the legislature at its next ses
sion to provide for the payment of
the loan. I then realized that the
law required me to confine my ex
penditure? to such appropriations as
have been made by law, and then de
termined, as now advised by you, not
to borrow such money in violation
of law, or exceed the appropriations
placed at my disposal.
Yours respectfully,
p A. W. Jones,
Comptroller General.
The paragraph which caused the
governor to write as above to the
comptroller general was as follows:
"Governor Blease vetoed the item
In the appropriation bill authorizing
the comptroller general to expend
$5,000 hi examining county offices,
but Lt baa since told the comptroller
general to go ahead and spend this
amount, If so much should be neces
sary. Comptroller General Jones
has, however, declined emphatically
to follow this course, since the legis
lature sustained the governor's veto."
Wednesday afternoon The Record
said: ' Comptroller General Jones
did not volunteer to the press the
information'which The Record pub
lished in the Issue of Monday reier
ring to this matter but the facts as
to what had passed between the gov
ernor and the comptroller general,
concerning what is an official and
public matter, were ascertained by
The Record of its own motion, and
the statement published in this pa
per on Monday stands as substantial
ly correct, the governor having pro
posed, and the comptroller general
having declined, to proceed without
the appropriation vetoed by the gov
Figures Showing How Destructive
They Become.
The Montgomery Advertiser says
to show the damage the boll weevil
can do once he opens his campaign
against the cotton fields of a State,
we print the following figures re
cently compiled in Mississippi:
Coun:y. 1910. 1907.
Adams. 1,020 20,455
Amite. 3,435 25,567
Claiborne. 4,899 24,183
Franklin. 1,250 15,045
Jefferson. 3,404 22,955
Lincoln. 5,377 19,261
Pike. S.608 22.407
Warren. 6,820 19,002
Wilkerson. 1,063 23,12i>
Yallabusha. 9,756 16,265
There is no sermon against the
boll weevil so eloquent as these few
figures. They show conclusively that
no tinn! should be lost by the people
of Alabama in preparing to fight the
weevil this year.
Convict Caught.
John Wheatley, who was convict
ed of shooting Conductor Joe Bran
son on the Southern railway between
Spartan burg and Asheville, and who
has escaped twice, was Wednesday
brought back to Spartanburg from
Atlanta where he went after making
his last get-a-way.
The Story of the Offer, Which Was
Made Long Ago, Has Ju&t Been
Printed in Omaha.
William J. Bryan got an offer of
a bribe of $1,000,000 while a mem
ber of congress, according to a story
printed Wednesday in the Omaha
WorldrHerald. The offer, it is said,
was made during the Cleveland ad
ministration. At that time he was
one of the committee on ways and
The proposal was that Mr. Bryan
should not bring in a minority re
port on the bill to issue $150,000,000
of bonds payable in gold, principal
and interest.
The article gives no intimation as
to whence the bribe offer came. The
story is credited to a former banker
of Lincoln, Neb., who has since diea
in substance the story is this:
The. banker, while in Washington
visiting J. Sterling Morton, then sec
retary of agriculture, and Mr. Bry
an, was approached by two men,
whose names are not given, and was
offered $3 0,000 if he would obtain
Bryan's consent to kill the minority
report on the bill which was then
pending. He was authorized to offer
?Mr. Bryan $1,000,000 for the ser
If Bryan refused but would agree
to absent himself when the '-Ml came
up for debate Bryan was to receive
$300,000. The banker refused, but
later saw the same two me a talking
with Bryan. Two hours later Bryan
told the banker that he had been of
fered a bribe of $1,000,000 and had
"They offered me a bribe of $1,
000,000 not to bring in a minority
report on that gold bond issue, l
told them to go to whoever sent them
and tell then there is not money
enough in Wall street to *>uy me."
Bryan is credited with saying, "I
have no love fcr the money itself.
My salary supplies "*ny very simple
wants. I do not know what I would
do with the money. It i? hot the
temptation to me that it would be
to many men and I deserve no credit
for refusing it."
As Result of Being Struck by a Doc
tor's Automobile.
The States says Murdouk Camp
bell, son of Rev. J. A. Campbell, died
Tuesday afternoon at the Columbia
hospital as the result of an automo
bile accident. -Murdock, who is six
years of age, was struck by a ma
chine driven by Dr. Jos. J. Watson.
The accident occurred last Monday
morning on the Camden road under
rather peculiar circumstances and at
the time was not considered serious.
The boy was swinging behind a
wagon and did not hear the ap
proach of the automobile. As ht>
dropped off and darted to one side of
the road he was 3truck by the ma
OJme. Dr. Watson, who states that3
he was running at a very moderate
rate of speed, at once slopped and
had the boy taken to the hospital.
It was not until Tuesday morn
ing that dangerous symptoms ap
peared and an examination showed a
concussion of the brain. The little
boy is a son of Rev. J. A. Campbell,
a well known Methodist minister. Dr.
Watson was exonerated from all
blame for the accident.
Net $50,000 From Jewell Robberies
in Daytona.
A series of robberies, ending with
the burglary at the home of Mrs.
Roger Whinfield, at Sea Breeze, Fla.,
Thursday niprht, is estimated to have
netted a gang of burglars more than
$50,000 in gems and other jewelry.
According to the report of Mrs. Whin
field, jewelry valued at $25,000 was
secured from her home, 'ncluding a
pearl brooch and two diamond pen
dants worth $10,000.
This robbery followed the robbing
of the homes of E. H. Hot;-hkiss there
and J. D. Price, at Ormond. The re
port to the police shows that at each
place jewels valued at $15,000 were
All the houses were entered in the
same manner, through unlocked up
per windows, and the robberies are
believed to be the work of the same
gang. There are no clues to the burg
Fell From Train.
Pitching headlong from the rear
platform of the last car on the Penn
sylvania eastbound train, as it rushed
past a suburban station, W. A. Hard
man, aged 30, a flagman of Newark,
N. J., was instantly killed. The ac
cident was witnessed by a large num
ber of persons waiting a* the station
for trains and caused great excite
Schooner Lost at Sea.
The loss of the four-masted
schooner J. S. Strawbrid;:e, 2SO miles
off Bermuda on February 2S and the
rescue of her crew by the Russian
ship Endymion was announced Wed
nesday. The Strawbridge was bound
from Rockport. Me., to Nassau, New
Providence, with ice. The ni?e men
composing the crew were landed at
I -.
Thirty-fife Republicans Also Voted
For rlim, Which Gave Him a Ma
jority of Six.
Th ' United States Senate Wednes
day, \fy a vote of 4(^to 40, sustained
William Lorimer's title to a seat for
the State of Illinois, defeating the
resolution of Senator Beveridge de
claring him not legally elected a
member of the senate.
The following Republicans voted
for Lorimer:
Bradley, Brandegee, Briggs,
Burkeley, Burnham, Burrows, Car
ter, Clarke of Wyoming, Crane, Cul
lom, Curtis, Depew, Dick, Dilling
ham, Dupont, Flint, Frye, Gallinger,
Gamble, Guggenheim, Hale, Hey
burn, Kean, McCumber, Nixon, Oli
ver, Penrose, Perkins, Piles, Rich
ardson, Scott, Smoot, Stephenson,
Warren and Wetmore.?35.
The following Democrats voted for
Bailey, Bankhead, Fletcher, Fos
ter, Johnston, Paynter, Simmons,
Smith of Maryland, Thornton, Till
r.an and Watson.?11.
The following Republicans voted
against Lorimer:
Beveridge, Borah, Bourne, Bris
tow, Brown, Burkett, Burton, Ciapp,
Crawford, Cummins, Dlxon, Gronna,
Jono.s, LaFollette, Lod?e, Nelson,
Page, Root, Smith of Michigan, Suth
erland, Warner and Young.?22.
The following Democrats voted
against Lorimer:
Bacon, Chamberlain, Clarke of
Arkansas, Culberson, Davis, Gore,
Martin, Money, Newlands, Overman,
Owen, Percy, Raynor, Shively, Smith
of South Carolina, Stone, Swanson
and Taylor.
Aldrich, Frazler and Terrell did
not vote. Senator Lorimer did not
vote because of his interest in the
casei and Senator Taliaferro was in
his seat but did not respond to his
name. The vote of Senator Cullom,
Mr. Lorimer's colleague, from Illi
nois, was awaited with great inter
est. 'Both sides chailem him. He
voted for Lorimer.
The South may be Paid for Cotton
: Siezed During War.
The friends in Congress of the
claimants of cotton seized by the
Federal Government under the "Cap
tured and Abandoned Property Act,"
when hostilities had ceased, are In
the nearest way to accomplishing the
long delayed act of restitution that
has ever been approached.
Time after time a committee of
one house or the other of Congress
has reported favorably on these
claims, only to be blocked by the oth
er house. Now it appears that th?
two houses are agreed that it is time
that this money should be restored to
its rightful owners.
Wednesday the conferees of the
two houses of the committees on re
vision of the laws agreed upon the
Bartlett amendment to consolidate
the ActB respecting war claims, so
that the proceeds of cotton seized
under the "Captured and Abandoned
Property Act," now in the treasury
as a trust fund, might be restored
to those who submitted their claims
to the Court of Claims, with proper
evidence, without being required to
prove loyalty. The fund amounts to
$4,886,6Jl, of which South Carolina
claims are $422,547.
. I
One Without, Other With Recom
mendation to Mercy?Negroes.
A dispatch from Gaffney says:
After being out for a day and a night
in the case againset Arthur Curry.
Luther Curry, two negroes, and Jim
Hayes, a white man, charged with
the murder of Robert Davidson, a
white man, on Thanksgiving clay, the
jury brought in the following verdict
Thursday: Luther Curry, guilty of
murder; Arthur Curry, guilty of
murder with recommendation to mer
cy; Hayes, not guilty.
It is not thought likely that the at
torneys for the defence will try for
a new trial, but it is very likely that
they will appeal to the Governor to
have Luther Curry's sentence com
muted from hanging to life imprison
ment. Sentence has not yet been
passed on the negroes, but will prob
ably be in the morning. The two
negroes are brothers.
One Switchman Killed and One Was
The Evening Post says Robert
Tanner, of No. 11 Blake street, a
switchman of the Charleston Termi
nal Company, was killed Wednesday
morning shortly before six o'clock,
and Gus P. Zander, of No. 4 6 Drake
street, another switchman, was in
jured, when a tender of engine No.
S, on which they were riding, jump
ed the track. The engine was back
ing, and the switchmen were stand
ing on the running board of the ten
der, when the jolt came, and they
were thrown off. Tanner falling in
from: of the tender, and being run
over, receiving injuries that caused
his death later, while Zander wasj
bruised and bones in a leg broken. |
Some of the Evidence Before the Leg'
islatore and the Conns
We Publish Below Extracts of the
Testimony Brought Out in This
Notorious Case So as Our Readeis
Can Jndge for Themselves as to
the Facts.
From January until the 26th of
May, 1909, the Legislature of Illi
nois was engaged in fruitlessly bal
loting for a Senator to succeed Mr.
Hopkins, who was then a member of
the Senate. Mr. Hopkins had re
ceived a large vote by way of in
struction in the primaries, and Mr.
Stringer was the primary selection of
the Democratic party, and the votes
ran for many weeks, for months,
with the greater part of the Republi
cans voting for Mr. Hopkins.
On the 26th of 'May there was a
sudden change, and the votes of a
very large part of the Republicans
and of the Democrats were turned to
Mr. Lorimer, who up to that time
had not been an avowed candidate,
only an occasional scattering vote
having been cast for him. On that
day there were 202 members of the
Legislature of Illinois present in the
joint session of the two houses, mak
ing 102 votes necessary to an elec
On the roll call of the Senate,
there were ten votes for Mr. Lori
mer, and on the roll call of the
House there were 91 votes for Mr.
Lorimer, making a total of 101
votes. Thereupon seven Republican
Senators who had voted for Mr. H >p
kins on the roll call changed their
votes from Mr. Hopkins to Mr. Lori
mer, making 108 votes for Mr. Lori
mer, and he was declared to be elect
ed. Those 108 votes were 53 of
them cast by Democrats and 55 by
'Now there are certain undisputed
facts which bear upon .this Inquiry
as to these 53 Democratic votes. Thfe
first Is that Mr. Lorimer was present
at Springfield and in attendance at
the State Capitol at the time of this
election, and he had been there for
several weeks. It appears that one
of the Democrats who had been
asked to vote for Mr. Lorimer raised
some objection and was requested to
go into the Speaker's room on . the
day of the election and see 'Mr. Lori
He had asked for certain promises
regarding patronage, regarding the
appointment of Federal officers in his
own town. He was requested to go
and he did go into the Speaker's
room, and there found Mr. Lorimer;
and he had with Mr. Lorimer a con
versation relating to the appoint
ment of Federal officers in his town,
and it appeared to be r?*Msfactory
when he came out from the inter
The agent selected by Mr. Lorimer,
the chief agent to secure Democratic
votes for him, was Mr. Leo O'Neil
Browne. Mr. Browne was the leader
of one faction of the Democrats in
the Assembly. There were two fac
tions, each with a leader. Mr.
Browne had between thirty and for
ty, and another, Mr. Tippet, had be
tween twenty and thirty Democratic
members of the Legislature, and Mr.
Browne was called into consultation,
conference, co-operation with Mr.
Lorimer and became plainly Mr. Lor
imer's accredited and authorized
agent in securing votes from the
Democratic side of the Assembly.
This rests upon the testimony of Mr.
Browne himself, and is not subject
to any dispute.
Mr. Browne, the leader of this
crowd voted for Mr. Lorimer, and the
er, 'Manny Abrahams. He procured
them to vote as the agent of Lori
mer, secured by him to act for him,
closeted with him by day and by
night, reporting to him step by step,
having the relation to him of a mem
ber of a campaign committee. On
the floor of the Assembly, on the
day of the election before the vote
was cast, Mr. English, a member of
the House, in eiTect charged corrup
(Mr. Browne, for the apparent pur
pose of strengthening his followers,
had made a speech in which he had
undertaken to explain what was
about to be done, and he had used
the expression, "We cannot cash
dreams," when that stout Democrat
of the House retorted, "But you can
cash votes," and it was under the
aspersion of that remark in the
open House that the votes were cast.
Mr. Holtslaw, who was ? Senator,
testified that Senator Broderick, a
Democratic Senator, as was Holtslaw,
assured him that there was $2,5 00
in it for him if he voted for Lori
mer, and he did. Holtslaw has also
testified to the payment of the $2,
Three other witnesses have testi
fied not merelv to approaches but to
the actual payment of money?Mr.
White who was the originator of the
charges, 'Mr. Link, another Demo
cratic member of the Assembly, Mr.
Beckemeyer, another, all members
of the faithful thirty.
It happens that there were two
events?two meetings of followers
of Browne?subsequent to the elec
tion of Lorimer in which the testi
mony fixes the payment of money un
der such circumstances that, if tho
(Continued on third page.)
[AUCH 4, 1911.
Safe for Fourteen Years?He Had
Been Joined by His Wife and Chil
Thomas Edgar Stribling, who for
five years has been chief of police
of Danville, Va., under the. name of
R. E. Morris, was arrested there
Thursday afternoon as an escaped
murderer from the Hamilton, Har
rison county, Georgia, prison. In
1897 he was tried for murder, con
victed and sentenced to life impris
onment. He escaped, pending a mo
tion for a new trial.
Stribling coolly and promptly con
fessed when the requisition papers
were read to him. Since he escaped
Stribling was married. He is the
father of ten children.
The arrest and exposure of the
chief of police was made by Secret
Service Agent J. W. W. Smith and
Deputy City Sergeant W. W. Bosseau
and caused a widespread sensation.
For the past six years no one for
a moment suspected his identity. Ef
forts were made a number of times
to trace up some shady spot in his
past life, in criminal trials, but no
inkling of-his prison career was
brought out. He was first employed
as night watchman for the Southern
Express Company. About five years
ago he was elected as a patrolman on
the Danville police force, and after
serving about six months was ad
vanced to chief.
His promotion was due, in a meas
ure, to his great nerve and coolness,
though he was criticised severely for
his almost uncontrollable temper.
Stribling, in his official capacity,
had many innfluential friends, and,
during his residence here, had never
been charged with any offense other
than those resulting from outbursts
of temper.
Stribling shot and killed William
J. Cornett, in Georgia, and was being
held in prison pending a motion for
a new .rial. His brother-in-law, who
was implicated in the killing, was
given a long term, but was pardoned.
After hip escape from prison Stribling
was joined by his wife and children.
He was allowed nearly two hours
to bid his family farewell, at his
home, but did not break down even
for a moment.
The prisoner was taken to Georgia
Thursday night. Before leaving he
said he killed Cornett for a criminal
assault upon his sister. Stribling
hopes to secure a pardon.
Plague and Famine Claim Many Vic
tims in China.
Famine and the plague are sweep
ing over China. The known deaths
from the plague number 30,000, and
according to the official statistics, the
death rate averages 200 daily. But
the officials say but little is known
of the true conditions.
It is impossible even to estimate
the number of deaths that have re
sulted from lack of food. Dr. Sam
uel Cochran, an American, who is
engaged in the work of relief, writes:
"One million people will die before
the first crop is harvested. This will
be scanty, because the people have
not the strength to till the soil, and
no animals remain for ploughing."
So far Japan and America are the
only foreign countries that have con
tributed to aid the sufferers, but even
the assistance that has come from the
United States is entirely inadequate.
It is estimated that 2,000,000 people
are without food and are existing on
roots, grasses or anything that af
fords the slightest possibility of nour
ishment. Those possessing grain
guard it night and day.
Missionaries, who are distributing
relief, tell of many tragic occurrences
?a man on his way to meet them,
dying in the road; another falling in
the road as he was returning to his
family with packets of rice. T"rom the
famine, the death rate is several
thousand daily.
Caught in (he Shafting of a Shingle
Mill, Fatally Hurt.
Caught in the shafting of his fath
er's shinple mill at Lexington 'about
8:30 o'clock Wednesday morning,
young Davis Caughman sustained
injuries from which he died three
hours later. His body was hurled
round and round for about 30 times
before the mill was stopped. He
was Injured about the head and face
and one of his feet was multilated.
He was also injured internally. Da
vis Caughman was a son of Capt. P.
H. Caughman, one of the most high
ly respected farmers of this county,
living about 3 miles from Lexing
ton. He was about 2f> years of age,
sturdy and industrious and true, and
was loved by all of his associates.
Died on a Train.
Lovelace F. Price of Columbia died
suddenly Wednesday afternoon while
a passenger on the "Carolina Spec
ial" cominp; from Spartanburg to Co
lumbia. Mr. Price's death resulted
from an attack of heart failure. He
had only recently been suffering se
verely from this trouble and the at
tack was renewed Wednesday after
In Hotel Room Slayer Stabs Victim,
."Who Bleeds to Death, Then Shoots
Himself, But Probably Not Fatally.
Princess Di Trigona, a lady-in
waiting to Queen Heleua, niece of
Marquis Di Sangiuliano, the Italian
minister of foreign affairs, and cousin
of Prince DI Scalea, Secretary of
State in the foreign office, was mur
dered Thursday in a small hotel in [
the city of Rome, by Lieut. Baron
Paterno, a cavalry officer, who then
shot himself. Paterno was still alive
when the room occupied by the cou
ple was entered by hotel employees,
but the Princess was found lying on
a bed, dead. She had been stabbed
in the neck and death was almost in
(Princess Di Trigona was one of the
most beautiful ladies-in-waiting to
the Queen, and her tragic end has
caused a tremendous sensation. She
was at the Court ball on Monday and
attracted more than ordinary atten
tion as well as general admiration.
She had had a disagreement with her
husband, which deeply grieved the
Queen. Her Majesty used every in-j
fluence to reconcile the couple, but
without success.
Baron Paterno, who had been iri
close attendance upon the Princess
for some time past, engaged a room
in a small hotel this morning. Soon
he was joined by Princess Trigona
and they remained together until the
afternoon. A waiter, passing through
the1 hall, heard a pistol shot, followed
by grosns. An attempt was made to
break in the door, but this proved too
strong to be forced, and employees
entered the voom by a window.
The Princess, half dressed, lay on
the bed, in a pool of blood. A dag
ger had severed the blood vessels in
the neck and she had bled to death.
Paterno was outstretched on the
floor. There was a bullet wound in
his breast, made in an evident at
tempt to commit suicide, but he was
still alive and was quickly removed
to other quarters.
The Princess had been summoned
to appear before the Court today in
separation proceedings brought by|
her husband. Both she and Paterno
were Sicilians. Last summer the
Princess was at Saint Moritz with her
two daughters, who are seven and
fourteen years old, when she received
a letter from Paterno explaining that
his debts prevented him from join
ing her. She was touched by the let
ter and sent him a check, which he
turned over to one of his creditors.
The creditor, it is said, instead of
cashing the check, used it for black
mailing purposes against Prince Di
Trigona, thus revealing the scandal.
M*.Jern Croesus, Young and Good
Looking, Starties Atlanta.
Fortified with 134 one thousand
dollar bills, a New York certified
check for $45,000 and a suit case and
Gladstone bag crammed full of biils
of smaller denomination and gold
coins, a mysterious stranger has just
finished giving Atlantans a perfectly
good imitation of Death Valley Scot
ty's free spending, and has departed
for Havana, Cuba, with Miss Louise
Whittimore, a pretty manicurist,
whom he took as his bride while here.
After a short stay in Cuba, they will
go to New Yrok, from which city
they will go to Europe for an ex
tended tour.
The young Croesus registered at a
local hotel as A. W. Carniichael,
of New York, but is said to hail from
Buenos Ayres. He asked to be given
an entire floor, but finally was per
suaded that a suit of four rooms
would be sufficient. He then pro
ceeded to a tailoring establishment,
where he ordered an outfit of six
teen suits, paying for them in ad
vance, something over $1,000. But
this was only the start.
Carniichael visited the hotel bar
ber shop the first day, where he met
and fell in love with Misss Whitti
more, and made an engagement fur
luncheon. Not satisfied with her cos
tume, he pulled out five $100 bills
and sent her out to get some clothes
befitting the occasion. When she re
appeared he was dissatisfied with her
lack of jewels and took her to a lead
ing jeweller, where he presented her
with a large diamond ring and pearl
Carniichael also visited a garage,
where he rented an automobile at the
rate of $5 an hour, for as long as he
should want it. At the end of his
visit he paid the owner $113 5, al
though he had not used the machine
more than half the time.
Accompanied by Miss Whittimore
and her mother, Carniichael went
from there to Tampa, Fla., en route
to Cuba. Friday Chas. Belleisle, who
acted as his chauffeur while in At
lanta, received a telegram from Car
niichael instructing him to meet him
in New York and accompany him on
an extended European trip. Car
niichael also sent transportation and
Carniichael is described by the ho
tel attaches as good looking, of the
blonde type, and about 20 years old.
He was quiet and unassuming and
apparently interested in nothing but
having a good time.
Tired of Atlanta.
There were four attempts in one
day recently by different persons to
commit suicide in Atlanta.
[Probable Failure of Reciprocity Bill
Means Extra Ttrm.
It is Also Settled That Extra Period
Will Be Called to Begin Its Work
Before April 4?Democrats Wanted
a Month to Prepare, and at Quo
Time President Seemed Willing.
A Washington dispatch says the
last vestige of doubt that there will
be an extraordinary session oi* con
gress called by President Taft to con
sider the Canadian reciprocity agree
ment in the new practically certain,
event of the failure of that meaeur*
in the present congress, disappeared
Thursday when it became known that
Republican leaders had been called
to the white house for a consultation.
"The die is cast," said one of the
Republican senators after returning
to the capital. "Mr. Taft has decided
that there must be an extra session
and that he will call ft earlier than.
April 4."
Democratic leaders wanted a
month in which to get ready for a.
special session and President Taft
was inclined to accede to their
wishes. It became known Thursday,
however, that the Republicans fav- 4
ored an earlier gathering if there was s
no way to avoid coming back. Mr. Jr
Taft would be guided, it was said, by
the wishes of the Republicans. It
was announced that a conference
would be held on the subject prob
ably on next Monday, to decide upon
la date. March 20 was the date
talked about Thursday at the capitoL
Democratic leaders in the house
cliffe. in their views as to the length,
of an extraordinary session if the
President should call one, but a'Jl the
estimates are that the session would *
continue until between July 1 and
October 1.
Speaker-elect Clark believes that
four or five months would be ample
and that adjournment might be
reached during July. Chairman TJa
derwood of the ways and means com
mittee of the house, feels that an ex
tra session could wind up Its business
by Sept. 1. Representative Henry oC
Texas, who will be one of the leaders
in the next house, thinks the session
might run on until October 1. Ail
these, are of course, guesses.
The selection of committees, those
on accounts, mileage and rules first
of all?will be the first work at
tempted in the event congress meets
in extra session. The choice rests
with the ways and means committee,
which is vested with the function ot
a committee on committees, but a
Democratic caucus must formally
pass upon the committee's action.
Democratic leaders say that the
reciprocity measure, if not passed by
the senate at the regular session, wiU
pass the house in extra session If the
President should call one.
Of the special sessions called in.
March during the past forty ye?r?,
the shortest term was one and one
half months and the longest almost
nine months. The last extraordinary
session was during the present con
gress, when the congress met on
March 1& and remained in session
until August 5, constructing th*
Payne-Aldrich tariff law.
Sentenced to bo Whipped for Bru
tally Beating Wife.
The spefctacle wa. witnessed in.
the criminal court at Baltimore,
iMd., Wednesday, of a white man.
who had jrutally beaten his wife,
pleading for mercy with tears
streaming down his face, when he
heard the sentence of five lashes at
the whipping post and imprison
ment in jail. But there was no mer
cy because the testimony showed that
Frank McCauley struck his wife seven
or eight, times, choked her and ihen
took from her more than $20. It
was the second sentence of a wife
beater to the post by Judge Duffy
within a month.
Burns Two Horses.
A colored renter on the plantation,
of C. B. Dunbar, near Millettsville,
Rarnwell county, was plowing in a
broom sedge field and becoming
thirsty wp-.it off In search of water,
first sett^'ii fire to the sedge. He
left his t vo horses hitched to a plow
and when he returned in a short
while both horses were burned to
death, still hitched to the plow.
Engineer's Head Crushed.
When a trestle gave away Thurs
day on the Shenandoah Iron & Coal
company's narrow gauge railroad
near Liberty Furnace, Shenandoah
county Va., Engineer James Hines'
skull was crushed. He died instant
ly. Fireman Thomas Fultz suffered
a broken leg. His head was cut, but
he probably wili recover.
Boy Horribly Mangled.
"Open my eyes and take me
home," was the dying request of
Clyde Fogus, aged 17, of Uoanoke,
Va., who was horribly mangled and
almost instantly killed Thursday by
the aceidental explosion of a quan
tity of dynamite which was being
used to blow holes in which to plant
fruit trees.

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