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STOBFOLK, VA., SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1S99. BIOUT PAGES, LATEST NE)WS OF THE WORLD BY TELEGRAPH AND CABLE-i00^ 0^ Artillery Officers Swear Positively ? in Favor of Dreyfus. SEVERAL TRUMP CARDS A (icriium Grooiii CoutriMllctcil bj Ilia Employer ? Cloncrnl Ungut iniis la Neuro AkiiIiiki it ivtlneg*? 'J'lio Jiyntory ortliat'liiO i.niiur Unit" nu oiu'ii Nucrol ?Csvuoru! Kibci'f* l in i> rcisl v c Tcstiuiuuy lor Accused (By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.) Bennos, Sept. ].?Immediately after the opening of the DrcyTus eouri-mar tlal, the President of the Court, Col? onel oonausl, aroused the Interest (it '.he audience by remarking: "Mnltre Lubori the other day asked that Information be obtained regarding the character of a certain witness. 1 would not have acceded If the witness had not expressed u similar desire: Information which has now reached me will be road." The clerk of the court accordingly rend a report regarding M. Du Hrleul, tlic Parisian friend of M. De Deuure paiiv, who testified AiiguBt 23d to the effect that Dreyfus met a German at tuchec at tlic house of u mutual friend named Hudson and whose cross-exami? nation reflected severely on his reputa? tion. OF GOOD CHARACTER. The report was to the effect that M. Du Brlclll never Whs a horse dealer, ns claimed by M. L?borl, and Dial the character of the witness was most re? spectable, he being held in general es? teem. A groom named. Germain then de? posed to seeing Dreyfus lit the Herman army manoeuvres in Alsace. The general effect or the testimony of the witness was rather unfavorable to the prisoner. Germain declared he saddled a horse for Dreyfus to follow the manoeuvres nnd ho said that Major Tnfrevllle he cokpphnled Dreyfus, adding that the Major told the witness the name of his companion. DREY FITs or ertioned; Colonel .lonaust questioned Dreyfus, ami although he <liii not confuse the l-rlsoncr in any way, Dreyfus made a ?weak reply in declaring thai he could not remember whether he hired horses of Germain's employer or not. The next two witnesses, however, gave strong testimony In favor of Drey? fus and sadly knocked Germain's tes? timony about. G KltM a i X < :?n""11A DTCT ri"). Ills employer, a man named Kuhl Tn-.ni, got up nn(I declared that nil Ger? main bad said was untrue and Major Irifrovlllo followed nnd declared he never knew Dreyfus, so Gormnln'a al? lusions to Iiiin were baseless. Captain De Monuier, who Was a pro? bationer on the hoaduunrter's staff til the samp time as Dreyfus, deposed thai the prisoner told him he was well ac? quainted with n cortnln Germ.in posi? tion because he had followed the Alsa? tian maneouvres. PRISONER'S EX PI. A NATION. _Dreyfus replied that Captain Lo Mnnnler must have mixed up his re? marks. The prisoner added that he was acquainted with that na'r't of Alsace, because he had spent his youth there, and not because he w.is present at the rr.iineouvres of the German army there. ANOTHER WILDING WITNESS. A witness named Villon then told a tale of how he overheard a conversa? tion inijn Berlin cafe between two G.'i iriah ofllcors in which n remark writs made that mobilisation plans was ex? pected from Dreyfus. The cafe, how? ever, lins since disappeared, and as there are no means 6t verifying Villon's story It certainly should hot have much effect oh the judges. TESTIMONY FOR DREYFUS. Two or ihrce witnesses, in support of Dreyfus on artillery questions, were next heard, nnd Commissary Fischer testified that he was charged to Inves? tigate the leakage ?l documents nt tlu gunnery school at BourgOS, nnd found nothing to incriminate Dreyfus. Lieutenant Bentheim testified that he lent Esterhazy documents dealing with artillery, and was tmahle to get them back, nnd Artillery Lieutenant Brugere, who attended a gunnery course nt Chalons, testified that it was easy for an outsider to obtain particu? lars about the guns. He said that he himself had on one occasion lent his firing manual to an Infantry otllccr. ROGET HEARD FROM. Genera] Roget asked to he confronted with the'witness and said the latter wrote M. Cavaignae, then Minister of War, a violent letter of resignation. In which be declared that it was n ?\g? honor to serve in the French army. This declaration caused a scene, for Lieutenant Brugere. turning to Gen? eral Roget. cried: ,"T protest ngnlnsl General Roget's words. I ndlr'm that I -never said any such thing." General Kogel then bn.cketl down, shying: "Well, that was the general sense of the letter." A roar of disgust en mo from the nudlencc nt this apparent underhand edoesfl upon the nnrl of General linnet ttnd Lieutenant Brugore again'*,emphat? ically declared General Roget was. wrong; Mnltre Laborl. leading counsel for the defense, nnd Col. Jouaust agreed that the letter should be obtained from the Ministry of War and read In court. Th. lieuternni expressed satisfaction at this step, wh'le the General returned to his seat with less buoyancy than ho left it. . DREYFUS REINFORCED, The next witness, Captain Carvalho, a handsome young artillery officer, proved an excellent reinforcement for Dreyfus. He gave his evidence clear? ly and boldly, and emphatically de? clared that"there were no special pre? cautions to keep the mechanism of the ?120 short" gun secret. Moreover, he added, from April, 1891, the artillery ollleers had a description of the hytlro pneuiuallc brake given thorn. "Here," said Capt-aln C'arvalho, "Is an actual copy of the manual, which I hand over to the courtmartlal." A HOT DISCUSSION. ? M. Laborl then had an animated dis? cussion with Colonel Jouaust, who at first refused counsel's request to read i a letter which the latter had received I yesterday evening, signed "Cornlngue." sotting rorth that the firing manual had been copied by men referred to as "A" and "It." Col. Plcqunrt in reply to M. Laborl, confirmed the statements named In the loiter-and said ho thought Major Lauth could say something on that point, whereupon the Major rose and declared ho'did not know "Cornlngue." M. Labor! then nsfcctl to be nllowed to question Major Lauth, but Colonel Jouaust refused. Counsel Insisted, but Colonel Jouaust waved hint down, whereupon M, Laborl cried: "You suppress all awkward ques? tions," (Sensation.) A RIDICULOUS FIGURE. The government commissary, Major Ca friere, said: "I desire to point out that the defense Is always nsking lo speak; while 1 am always refused permission to do so when 1 ask:" Colonel Jouaust, out or patience, re? torted: "1 have heard enough. He quiet. The Incident is closed." This cavalier treatment of the gov? ernment commissary, who, however, makes himself ridiculous whenever he opens his month, caused general laugh? ter. A TRUMP CARD. General Sebert followed. lie also proved a trump card for Dreyfus, as ho declared the wording of the bordereau revealed professional ignorance. He also said the man who wrote It was not an artillery ofllccr, and .such an officer a? Dreyfus could not make the mis? take's he referred to. General Sebert entered into lengthy explanations of his statements, perti? nently pointing out that an artillery ofllccr would have known the interest? ing parts of the IIring manual and would not have written In tho border j reau,."Take what micros is you." AUDIENCE IMPRESSED. The General again declared emphat? ically that the bordereau could not have been written by an artillery otli cer or by one who had p>-- -d through the polytechnic school. Till? made a profound Impression on the court, which >\'Oi3 Intensified when General Sebert, who is a venerable looking gentleman, concluded, fearlessly: "1 am happy to have had the strength ti) carry here my stone towards the edi? fice of reparation whicn the court is building up with so much care and con? fidence, while holding; itself aloof from outside passions." .Major Ducros deposed that bo com mantled a Held battery: that he knew Dreyfus and offered him certain infor? mation', but he pmlntcd out, Dreyfus never asked him a question, although ho knew he (the wHneas) possessed most interesting Information, notably particulars about the hydropneumutlc brake. ME I ICIER ON HAND. General Merclor here Intervened and -aid that at the time-Major Ducros was 3peaking of .the Ducros fleldplece had been rejected In favor of the Deport Cannon, and, he said. Dreyfus there fore could have no object In procuring particulars of the Ducros gun. More support for Dreyfus was forth? coming in the deposition of Major Harttnann, of the artillery, to express tho opinion that the author of the bor? dereau did not know- what he was writing about, slnt'e he spoke of the "120 short" Ktin, when ho meant the "120 long" gun. A MAZE OF DETAILS. The Major led the court through a maze of technical details about artil? lery, until Colonel Jouaust asked him to refrain from technicalities ;>.? far as possible; evidently fearing (hat Hart? um nn might reveal secrets of the ser? vice. His evidence was directed en? tirely to show that Dreyfus was not the author of tho bordereau nnd Hint tho artillery information mentioned In it was accessible lo men of all arms in Iho spring of 1S9I. The court soon after adjourned. So far as lite depositions were con? cerned, Dreyfus certainly had reason to be pleased with to-day's proceedings. EPISCOPAL MISSIONARIES. REV. DR. TUCKER, OF NORFOLK, PREACHES SERMON. (Ry Telegraph to Vlrginlan-Pllot.) New York, Sept. 1.?There was a spe? cial communion service In the chapel of tho Church Mission House for a class of fifteen missionaries, who are soon to start for Japan nnd China. Tho services were conducted by Rishop John Scarborough, of Now Jersey, as? sisted by Rlflhpp George Worthlngton, of Nebraska: Bishop Lelghton Colo man, of Delaware, and various other clergymen. The Rev. Beverly D. Tucker. D. D., of Norfolk, Va., preached the sermon. Tho missionaries are being sent out by tho Domestic and Foreign Mission? ary Society of the Protestant Episco? pal Church, and arc said to form tho largest party ever sent out by that church. The party is composed of Rov. and Mrs. John Ambler, and Rov. nnd Mrs. J;'I.'indsfiy, Virginlann,. returning to Japan after n vacation; the Rev. Sn knl, Revs. John Ormlstend Welborne. J. J. Chapman. St. George Tticker, Ronj. L. Ancell, Cameron F. McRae; nil of tho Alexandria Seminary of Vir? ginia. Tho three first named will go Id Japan and the lnst iwo lo Chlnn. Rev. Allen \Y. Conko. of tho Nnshotah Seminary, VVIs., will go to Japan: Eliza L McCook, of Connecticut, and Miss C. Wurner. Clara J. Neely, of Vir? ginia, to Japan. * FILIPINOS WILL NOT SURRENDER General Funston Discusses the Problem in the Philippines. VOLUNTEERS TO RETURN I ls<< IMucUy ticuernl .V-iys tho I*rol> Icill Ca.. Bo *? nl ml Only by Whip" Ii in KT (bo Kol mem or Agt.lutiUlo? Ii tu. I' ?vny mm Will Ilo Moro Kn> mcrouH Afii r itio riclitliiir Ii Over ? Nome Iiileronliiii; .Statistics. (By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.} Manila, Sept. 1.?8:10 a. in.?Of the troops about to return to the United States the Kancas men will leave on board the transport Tartar, the Wash? ington regiment on board the Pennsyl? vania, and the Nevada cavalry on the Ohio. All three departures will occur within the next week. Eighty men of the Kansas regiment will return and 200 will remain at Manila, 150 of them re-enllsling. Three ofllcers and 30 men of the Kansas were killed and 19 oill cers and' men died from disease during Hie smallpox epidemic, while 122 mem? bers of the regiment wore wounded. Of the Washington's 875 men re-embarked, while eight ofllcers and 206 men will stay, mast of those remaining re-enllst Ing in the new regiments being form? ed here. One of the oltleers of the reg? iment was killed, one was wounded and SCULPTOR WARD'S HUGE QUADRIGA, WHICH WILL SURMOUNT THE DEWEY ARCH. J. Q. A. Wind, one of America's foremost sculptors, has just complolcd the quadriga which is to surmount the Dcwcy triumphal arch in New York. The quadriga, which represents Victory drawn by sea horses, is 10 fect wide nud 30 fect hi|j?. Tho cicb. is 75 feet wide and, including the quadriga, 05 feet bish. one fUort from disease; 21 of the men were killed, l'-S were wounded, and 9 died. GENERAL, FUNSTON TALKS. General Frederick Funston and Mrs. Fun.slon are with the General's regi? ment. General Funston has undergone an operation necessitated by an injury resulting from a fall from his horse while serving in the Cuban army with General Gomez. In the course of an Interview, General Funston remarked that ho would not mind staying In Luzon. He dislikes war, but inasmuch as there is fighting he would like to remain and aid in bringing It to a close. Speaking of the future, he said: FILIPINOS WONT SURRENDER. "The only solution of the problem will be through whipping the Insurgents. I do not think they will surrender. When we begin active operations against them on a largo scale In the autumn we will scatter them Into small bands, and I think when the soldiers compos? ing these bands see that they are per? sistently pursued they will throw away or hide their arms and return to the pursuits of peace. A year honce small bodies of armed men w ill he able to go anywhere in Luzon. The island has al? ways been Infested with bandits nnd wns never safe for Europeans to travel In. Probably after the end'of the light? ing the highwaymen will be more numerous because the members of Agulnaldu's army, who have lived for years with guns In their hands, liave ncqulred a taste for bush lifo and would rather continue as highwaymen than return to work. CAVALRY NEEDED. "Cavalry is greatly needed hero. The country, when dry. Is superb for cav? alry opemtlons. Tho Insurgents have none. One of their strong points Is their ability to retreat rapidly. "Cavalry would overtake and hope? lessly scatter and* minlsh them, nnd could subsist largely on the country. When cavalry Is onet; hero It should b? given a chance to go ahead and not be kept In towns for guard duty. Our great successes have been gained when the regimental commands have been al? lowed to quickly follow up the advance gained In battle. Small hodles of Amer? icans operating freely and commanded by officers of dash and energy could badly break up the enemy. The cap? ture of Aguinnldo by cavalry would be less a dltllcult proposition thun tho cap? ture of the Apache chiefs in Arizona." WAR IS OERTAIN. EVERY BOER READY FOR THE FRAY. (By Telegraph to Vlrginlan-Pllot.) . London.. Seat. 2.?The Pretoria? cor? respondent of the Morning Post says: "President Krugcr told a prominent Boer yesterday (Wednesday) that war was 'practically certain.' Every Boer Is now armed with a Mauser and has a hundred rounds of ammunition, strictly for future use, with forty rounds for practice "I am convinced that the reports of Boers not being prepared are only a pretense, and that they will strko a blow when it Is least expected." DISCUSSION DEFERRED. Pretoria, Sept. 1.?The Volksraad has deferred the discussion of tho corre? spondence between the Imperial and Transvaal Governments until Monday, when a motion regarding the brcacncc of British troops on the Transvaal bor? der will be debated secretly. Herr Fisher was present at the se? cret session of Voolksraad this evening, a circumstance that caused a great deal of curiosity. Largo crowds gath? ered around the building unxlous to learn the latest Intelligence. President Kroger romalned with the executive until a late hour, diecusslng, the Issue. PREPARING FOR WORK. Johannesburg, Sept. .?The town Is preparing for the eventualities of war. Tho inmates of the Children's Home are going to Natal. The Town Council Is providing a' three-months' supply of food for the men nnd animals connected with the scavenging department. All tho out? going trains are crowded and most of the. prominent, men have already left Johannesburg. ANXIOUS TO REPUDIATE. London. Sept. 1.?Tho Johannesburg correspondent of the Standard says: "If is generally understood that there Is the strongest inclination In the Volksraad to repudiate British suzer anlty. A large section of Boers Is strongly opposed 10 a concession of franchise on the basis of a live year residence, and the position is still very grave. SIR THOMAS LIPTON. NEW YORKERS GIVE HIM A ROUS? ING RECEPTION. (By Telegraph to Vlrjlnian-Plloi.) New Yotic. Sept. 1.?The Cunard Line steamship Campania arrived at quar? antine to-night at 7:30 o'clock and was ment in the Narrows by a Hot ilia, of tugs and the steam yacht Erin to greet Sir Thomas Lipton, who was a passen? ger on the liner. The quarantine com? missioner's boat, the State of New York, also appeared on the scene with a large party under the guidance" of Commissioner Palmer. The party con? sisted of Col. Trodwell, Governor Roose? velt's military secretary, who was sent by the Governor to receive Sir Thomas Lipton. -a number of officials and mem? bers of the New York Yacht Club and many others. Sir Thomas received an Invitation, extending the courtesies of the llfty slx clubs while In the country, and an Invitation to lead the marine division of the Dewey Day celebration with his yacht, Erin. Both were accepted. One of the llrst questions Sir Thomas ask? ed after the first greeting was: "How is the Columbia'.'" 1K> then expressed the belief that the best boat would win. saying: "We felt It a waste of time to come here with anything but the best boat in England?she Is here now. The Shamrock will do her best, nnd we will try to do better thnn some people who have been here before." When Sir Thomas came over the gang plank he was received with an? other great cheer. He took off his cap and bowed nnd there was a smile on his face. No cup challenger was ever before given a reception that would compare with that accorded to Sir Thomas. CADETS OF '99 GETJJIPLQMAS Were Never Publicly Graduated Because of Famous Celebration. WERE ONCE DISMISSED ?lut Were. Reluntittcil ?11 Uncommon, ttallon of ltoiir rt or YUttorM ol V..U. I. ?A I?1?mI?o Win Kxnelcil oC TtKjih, uu?l l.ive?! Up To?Who llio flrnilii. nlon Arc ? IS lit lory or ihc Tronbld (Special to Vlrginian-TT.ol.l Lexington, Va., t?ept. 1.?Tho follow? ing order was published this afternoon at tho Virginia. Military Institute. Af? ter long and patient waiting, humilia? tion and hope deferred, twenty-nine c:i dct3 of the cJass of '99 have received their reward. If their offense was great, so also has been their punish? ment! The cadets present received their diplomas In person, while the ab? sent ones had theirs sent to them by express. THE OUDMI1. Headquarters Virginia. Military institute. September 1. IS93. General Orders No. 18. 1. Upon the recommendation of the Academic Board the following members of the first class have been declared by the Board of Visitors graduates of the 'Virginia Military Institute In the order of their names: 1. Morris BrneBt Locke, Cincinnati, O. 2. James Keith Payne, Warren ton. Va. 3. Daniel B. Shaver, Rockingham. Vh. 4. George Audley Derbyshire. Rich? mond, Va. 6. Armour C. Polk, Galvcston, Tox. 6. Arlstldcs Moreno, Now York, N. Y. 7. F. Daniel Griffin,, Galvcston, Tex. 8. James J. Marshall. Markham, Va. 0. Willinm Louis Zimmer, Jr.. Peters? burg, Va. 10. Willinm M. Gwln, Jr., San Fran? cisco, Cal. 11. William Dodd Scott. Froderlcks burg, Va. 12. J. Cloyd Kent. Wythevllle. Va. 13. Louis K. Leake. Licking, Va. 14. Robert W. Miller, Woodvlllc, Va. 15. Albert Arista H?ge, Staunton, Va. 16. Henry L. Shaner, Lynchbnrg, Vn. 17. Henry Schley Krvay, Colorado Springs, Col. 18. J. Marvin Peters, Norfolk, Va. 19. Samuel O. Talbott, Richmond, Va. 20. Neil Young, St. Clalr's Bottom. Va. 21. J. W. Gates, Markham, Va. 22. Gall Hamilton Alexander, Dan? ville. Va. 23. Hugh G. Morlson. Gate City, Va. 24. James B. Ayors, Big Stone Gap. Vn. 25. Philip Denny Ewlng, Unlontown, Pa. 2C. Dexter Otey, Lynchburg, Va. 27. Stephen Field Denby, Washing? ton. D. C. 28. William Wood, Bristol, Va. 29. Frank Allison Sullivan, Elkton, Ky. DISTINGUISHED GRADUATES. 1. Morris Ernest Locke, Cincinnati, O. 2. James Keith Payne, Warrenton, Va. 3. Daniel B. Shnver. Rocklngham, Va. 4. George Audley Derbyshire, Rich? mond, Va. GRADUATES IN ENGINEERING. 1. J. K. Payne. Virginia; 2, H. L. Shane?. Virginia; 3, M. EX Locke, Ohio; 4. J. J. Marshall. Virginia; 6, L. K. Leake. Virginia; 6, A. C. Polk, Texan; 7. W. L. Zlsmer. Virginia; 8, B. W Miller. Virginia; 9. H. S. Ervay, Colo? rado; 10. F. D. Griffin. Texas; 11, A. Moreno. Now York: 12. J. M. Peters, Virginia; 13. D. Otey, Virginia; 14, H. L. Shaner. Virginia; 15, 1?. D. Ewlng. Pennsylvania: 16. J. 0. Kent, Virginia; 17. W. Wood. Virginia; 18. S. F- Denby, District of Columbia; 19, F. A. Sulli? van. Kentucky. GRADUATES IN CHEMISTRY. I. J. W. Yates. Virginia; 2. W. D. Scott. Virginia; 3, W. M. Gwln. Cali? fornia; 4. G. H. Alexander. Virginia; 5. J. K. Ayers. Virginia; 6, A. A. H?ge, Virginia; 7. S. G. Talbott. Virginia. IN ELECTRICAL COURSE. G. A. Derbyshire N. Young and H. G. Morison, Virginia. DEGREES CONFERRED. II. ?Upon the recommendation of the Academic Board the following degrees have been conferred: Bachelor Science In trie Engineering Course?1. James Keith Payne, Vir? ginia; 2, Morris Ernest Locke, Ohio; 3, D. B. Shaver, Virginia. MEDALISTS. III. ?The First Jackson-Hone medal has been awarded Cadet Morris Ernest Locke, Cincinnati, O. The Second Jackson-Hope medal has been awarded Cadet James Keith Payne, Warren ton, Va. By command of BRIGADIER-GENERAL Stil PP. Suoerlnteudent. (Signed) H. E. HYATT. Captain nnd Adjutant Virginia Mili? tary Institute THE CASE CONSIDERED, i The Board of Visitors held a spe? cial meeting at the Virginia Mlljtary Institute January 25th and 26th to'eon shier the case of the dismissed cadets. All the members of the class who were in town, twenty-three In number, were brought before the Board and rigidly examined In regard to the motives that prompted them in committing the ex? cessive breach of discipline. They all expressed regret at having disobeyed the authorities and promised If taken I back to cause no trouble In tho future, j The following order of reinstatement was adopted by the Hoard: "The Hoard of Visitors, having heard the report of the Superintendent, de? tailing the circumstances and grounds of his actions in the dismissal of the first class of cadets for mutinous and insubordinate conduct on the night of December 313st, 189J, and having ex? amined the ..aforesaid parties In per? son or by properly accredited repre? sentatives, find that they were proper? ly dismissed and do strongly and fully approve the action of the Superinten? dent. "Actuated by n desire to fully sus? tain discipline, nnd yet hoping and be? lieving that the etuis of discipline can be satisfied and the future safeguard-1 od. the Board orders .that the.parties hereln-before named be reappoihted cadets, subject to the following con? ditions and penalties: "1st. That they sbnll not be eligible to appointment as ofllcers until after the expiration of a period of sixty days. "2d. That they shall be deprived of nil privileges that are usually granted to the class to which they belong. "3d. That they shall eaeli be required to perform ten hours of penalty duty, nnd be on strict probation until the end of the session. "4th. That they shall tint be publicly graduated, and that the diplomas of those who may qualify for them shall bo awarded In such a manner and at such time as Hie Superintendent shall determine, nol earlier than September 1, 1S99. "5th. Thnt when they report for duty they shall sign such articles of re-en llHtmcnt as the Superintendent in:iy prescribe." SIGNED THE PLEDGE. After the publishing of the order above, the cadets began to report for duty and sign the pledge required of them by the Superintendent, which was in elTect: "We hereby pledge ourselves to ab? stain from all intoxicating liquors until July I, 1899, and to do all In our power to maintain Ihe discipline of the scnool." The boys went to work with a will, determined by bard study and good behavior to make up for the month that had been lost. At the expiration of the sixty days many of them ? re? gained their old offices. Time passed | on and everything seemed bright. 1 Commencement came, but no graduat? ing class appeared in bright uniforms and gold lace to receive their sheep? skins. Even Captain Derbyshire, who was entitled to his diploma, did not take It, because he declined to receive his until tlip class received theirs. Now that the New Year's escapade is but a memory, the class of '99 will go forth with a deeper sense of the au? thority of the powers that be, and their character v/tll bo all the better for the restrictions, stern and rigid though they were, put upon them. "All's well that ends well." SAMPSON'S SUCCESSOR ADMIRAL FARQUHAR MAY BE THE MAN. <By Telegraph to Vlrglnlan-Pllot.) Washington. D. C. Sept. 1.?At the conclusion of the Dewey celebration at New York Admiral Sampson will be relieved of the command of the North Atlantic Squadron. This action Is to be taken at the request of the Admiral, who has already had much more than his portion of sea service in his grade. After a short leave of absence he will be assigned to shore duty, probably in command of one of the navy-yards. In considering the selection of Ad? miral Sampson's successor as com mander-ln-chief of the North Atlantic station, tho Navy Department has practically narrowed tho Held down to two names. It has been laid down as the policy to be followed, that the commands of tleets and stations shall he reserved, wherever practical, for. the nine Rear-Admirals of tho llrst grade. It has been found that of those ofll? cers who are not already on sea ser? vice or about to retire shortly, theri? ore three names?Remey, In command of Portsmouth: Farquhar.commandant at Norfolk, and Schley. president of the Retiring Board. Farquhar has been longest on continuous shore duty, and it is Indicated here that either ho or Remey Is to succeed Sampson. six Hundred feonio Drowned. (By Telegraph- to Vlrglnfan-PUot.) Yokohama, Sept. 1.-?Six hundred lives have been lost by the flooding of., a copper minor at Beeahl, Island ' of Shlkoku. ftMfw Secretary of the Commonwealth^ Lawless, a Very Sick Man, ? REV. ?. G. BROWN, D. D. Krlcml? of tlio nistiusulftlicU Dlvluo Have 11 n|>o? of ills UllliU'vtU:/Stffp lornllon Iu Health -Sew M?iul>oiu [ .V Di |iol-lui>Hul ?ol?s-I nii??h?i>li !?'v7 I or the Honor ol CO rlstt ulsitiUp MmbrlrU. (Special to Ylrelnlan-rlldt.) m Richmond. Vn , Scpf. 1.?Horn. JcsephJjg T. Lawless, Secretary'or the Goniinon-;'^ wealth, is quite 111 at his. residence ltsra;.^ of pneumonia. Mr. Lawless has .6een>:i complaining for some days and last.;-' Monday was compelled . tp.,'.-.le^ve office. Although he was reported resting easily this morning, his phyal;v*> clan. Dr. George Ron. Johnston, con skiers him a very ill man. ^?$11 DR. liUOWX IMPROVING, ?; - :V-;V-^U Rev. Dr. A. G. Brown, whose I'illnes^^ has several times been noted,in'these2?| ? ?? Itiimis, continues t-> Improve, and hh) friends are now encouraged to hop.a s that he will ultimately bo restored tu-,;'.?'?, at least partial health. ?: ?'.?&&'??*SfTO IVIitlj he still has no use of otic sld,eVM| his mind is now clear and his condition ,i ?.?omparativelv c.mfortnblo. The fact ' that ho -1< tild have tallied Is rcgnr'd'ed\i|j by his physician:: as little short' ,o? .;?<; miraculous! ATTORNEY GENERAL 'RETURNS. V Hon. A. J. Montague, who hafc, been/y absent from Richmond for some Umc,y'-> returned this morning. He was aske'di ' ? whether he would go to Kentucky: to?.^:. assist Goo be I in his light against John ? Young Brown, in accordance with a ve- H attest received from the .Blue., Grrtsa'.';f State some oava m;?i. ?,...... i Ti Mr. Montague replied that U wt^j^U of the Question for him ;to> tjbj leaving his duties are -quite., pressing that he would riStgeV NEW SOUTHERN DEPG^ Mr. Frits Sltterdlng has secuvei^'t^ contract for building the dew-Sofll^? railway depot and will b?gln worlc, vor'y.iv soon. The contract was let ye?te'r<3ay^ and it Is understood that work "will be'y*5 begun very soon and the work hurr'ljfflB to completion. . ?', The building, which will be one;bfi?j striking beauty, will be of granitef?niV^j gray presset! brick, with a roof of green '' slate, it will have a frontage,^Q%$Mgffl fret on Mill street ' nil 175 fect on FoUragS ti'cnth street, with an ornamental -jK^mH Imposing tower 100 feet in height p'iVth&$S| corner. Tho tower will have wrought*^ iron dock dials on all four sides, and. is a splendidly designed shaft. S^ISH It is understood that tho bid. sobgBffl mlttcd by Mr. Sitterding wits"''f3i$WH| higher than that of tho lowest blddercSm but that tho contract was awarded\$Q'$gi Mr. Sitterding on account of" his beirig-;^ a Richmond man. ?'..; I "A IMTOL NOTES. 1'iovrn.ir Tyler has been notified that'^j one G. W. Flnley, who hns b?en located,^ In Grnyson county, is- wanted in Ashojgxi county, N. C. for getting goods. On;;^a false pretences. '?'-'-'??'?SB Mr. K?lner, Commissioner of Agrlcut^S tu re. says he has been receiving ritf3? morous Inquiries from persons all ov'ei^ these United States, concerning 'tbc1',^ mineral lands of Virginia. Tho 'd^rnS partment has no such printed ropQtfiH but he says he is going to hrlng. the'*K[ question before the next Leglslature]ajjil|B THE COMING LAUNCIIlNG>;^^ Something of a rivalry prevails here: ^ as to what particular young .lady* sH?U-jM have the honor of smashing ajbottle'of.?.* champagne over the bow ' of the;',''; Shubrick when the torpedo boat "l^jjHI launched from tho yards of the Trig", j Shipbuilding Company next montb."-Th'e^ name of Miss Hallle Ration CnokQ.fyat^ been suggested, but there are s?ltWjcq^ be many others whose friends wlll.;pur^ them forward as aspirants, ' and.'ft HyGiYStfffi light is expected before a ,decision; 13^1 reached. THE lYlONONGAHELA. ?0% NAVY DEPARTMENT NOT ?NEJ OVER NON-ARRIVAL. \; (By Telegraph to Vlrg!n!ari-Pi!ot>M "Washington, D. C, ScDt- 1.?ThVv Navy Department Is aCill without tltot slightest apprehension of ,the :? scoref''.<ffjL the ' training ship ' Moho'ngahela,;al?3 though she is ahout four days dverdi '* at the Chesapeake Capes. This is a trilling delay in tho C8^yq?'3 a sailing ship, for the Montjngahela w0?'| not expected to tise her engines t* arfj extent on a cruise as long as that fror Funchal to Hampton Roads. '?' All Well oi Hniruptou, (Ry Telegraph to VlrKlnlan-PlIot.il Washington, Sept. 1.?Alt' tho yclljift fever patients at tha? Soldiers' Horri<fa Hampton. Va.. are cwow ,well, . Surgqor, Vickery reporting to Surge/on. General Wym.an that the last case had l>2ef discharged from the hcspltttl t^H OTHER TELEGRAPH FAG1 CLASSIFICATION OF NEWS|! BY. DEPARTMENTS. Tdembh Nfws?pa^?s 1 and Local yews? p.i,t:<:3 3 and V *; Editorial?Page i. ?Virginia News?Paus 6. . North Caroliru New3?Pa? i Portsmouth N?ws?I'aga < Berkley. Isews? pi? The Wqddof ,Spqrt--Pa Mirke?^?Pajje ^ ? Sliippuiff^fjige ? Real.csm"