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if day in i in mm Tne Appointments Du Bls&op f\iplit5iis Wilson Contains Several Genuine Surprises. PROCEEDINGS OF LAST DAY'S SESSION -? Rev. A. Coke Smith, D. D., Sent to Epworth Church, Nor? folk, and Rev. W. J. Young, D. D., Late Pastor, Goes to Court Street, Lynchburg?Norfolk and Eastern Shore Districts Consolidated?Brambleton Churches Trans? ferred to Portsmouth District?Interesting Reports, In? cluding the Cannon-Bennett Protest. (Statt Correspondence.) Petersburg, Va., Nov. 22.?Confer? ence convened pursuant to adjourn? ment this morning, and was called to order by Bishop Wilson. Devotional services -were conducted by Rev. F. M. Kdwards, of South Boston. The Conference ordered the publica? tion of 2,000 copies of the annual min? utes. Rev. Li. B. Betty read the report of the Board of Missions. The appropria? tions for the year are Sil,175, to be proportioned to tho several districts. A QUESTION OF DAW. Rev. Dr. A. Coke Smith, Chairman of the Board of Education, propounded the following question of law, to be answered by the presiding Bishop: A school encumbered with mort? gages equal to what It is estimated the property -will bring. If offered at public sale, having been deeded to trustees for certain uses for the M. E. Church, South, and having Jjeen ac? cepted by said trustees applying'to the Board of Education for a share of the Twentieth century offering fund, to be devoted to the Board of Education: The following questions of law were propounded to the presiding Bishop for decision: 1. Is such a school the property of the M. E. Church'. South, within the Intent of tho act of Virginia Confer? ence, provided for the Twentieth cen? tury fund. 2. If not, -what stdps are necessary to be taken In order that such a school may become the 'beneficiary of said fund? Answer: It has to become the prop? erty of the Conference and has to be recommended by the Board of Educa? tion before it can be acted on. BENNETT-CANNON PROTEST. The committee appointed to consider the paper submitted by James Cannon, Jr., and R. II. Bennett, also that pre? sented by -Richard Ferguson, W. J. Young, Jr., T. McN. Simpson, J. M. Burton, L. B. Betty and others, each protesting against the action of the Conference Saturday-last in tne case relating to J. J. Lafferty, on the one side, and James Cannon, Jr. nnd R. H. Bennett, -on the other, and make reply thereto, beg leuve to report that wc have carefully and prayerfully con? sidered the ground of protest, as stated, and make reply as follows: We dis? sent from the statement that this Conference was hnsty and unjust, as about two hours -were devoted to its consideration. The call for the previous question -was made and sustained by a large major? ity and that after discussion had pro? gressed at considerable length, the conference exercising a right to put nn end to needless and fruitless debate. To the statement that only one mem? ber of the original committee had the opportunity of being heard, we reply that tho matter sought to be expunged from the record of the conference hav? ing passed from the hands of the orig? inal committee, and been acted on by tho conference, became the act and deed of that body, and each member of this conference had an ef|ua.l right ,to be heard and no superior or prior rights could be Justly claimed by any. (Signed) J. W. BLEDSOE, W. W. DEAR. A. T. WILSON. Adopted, and ordered to be placed on record. MONEY RAISED. The following amounts were reported raised during the year: Conference collections. $11,026.20 Bishops. 2.SSS.S5 Educational. 3.09S.33 Church extension.t... 4,556.02 Gen'l Conference expenses.... 20.07 Annual Conference expenses.. 1,044.43 Children's Day. 1,667.73 Bible Society-. . 964.81 Domestic Missions. 10.597.4S Foreign Missions. 18,769.28 Rally Day. 245.26 $54,887.56 Minutes. 365.S0 $55,253.36 Woman's Mis. Society. 8,578.08 Rosebuds. 3,247.80 $67.079.24 EFWORTII LEAGUE REPORT. Rev. E. II. Eawllngs, chairman, sub mitted the report on Epworth Leagues. It shows that since the last report 588 new chapters have been organized. The enrolled membership of the league in our connection is now 227,245, as against 202,805 at this date last year, giving a net Increase of 24,440 for the year- The report calls special attention to the Epworth Era, general organ of tho league. Its circulation has passed the 15,000 mark. It was the league that put on foot the movement for a State Or? phanage- The report was adopted. REPORT ON CHAUTAUQUA. Rev. Dr. YV. J. Young, from the com? mittee on Chuutuutlua, reported the fol? lowing, which was adopted: The committee appointed to consider tho offer made by tho Chautauqua by the Sea, to give the conference the au? ditorium and live acres of their land upon conditions that tho conference be? come responsible for the conduct of a camp meeting and nil other religious exorcises at the assembly grounds, offer tho following resolution for adoption by the conference: 1 Resolved. That .while we greatly ap? preciate the offer mrfdV by the Chau taun.ua by the Sea, we do not think It feasible to accejit it on the conditions laid down. EDUCATIONAL. Report No. 2?"Educutionul Boom." This report was read by Kev. James Cannon, Jr. The resolution in regard to accepting the offer of tho Bowling Green Semi? nary, to place it under the cure of the Uiuidolph-Maeon System, when it was free from debt, nnd to include it along with the other schools in the twentieth century educational fund, was discussed at length by Dr. Whltehead, Dr. A. Coke Smith, Dr. W. W. Smith. A resolution, that the matter be re? ferred to a committee of five to care? fully consider and report at tho next conference, was adopted. Yeas, 120; noes, 61. The report then ns amended was adopted. STATISTICAL. There are 224 active preachers nnd 10 presiding ciders on the roll of the con ference, and the total amount of sal? aries paid them is 190.36S:oi. There arc 8S.7S9 members of the church, a small Increase over last year. This is due to the purging of the rolls, which was in excess of accessions, though there were many additions. There are 779 Sunday schools, and 9,573 officers and teachers, and 61,910 scholars. RESOLUTION OF THANKS. J Rev. S. S. Lambeth, D. D., offered the following, which was adopted: Resolved, That the thanks of the con? ference be tendered to the citizens of Petersburg for their wholesouled hospi? tality. .To the pastors and churches of the city for the use of their pulpits. To the transportation lines for reduc? tion in fares. To the reporters of the press for their full, correct and impartial reports. To the secretaries of the conference for their splendid services. Rev. B. F. Llpscomh moved that when the conference adjourned It ad? journ to meet at 3: SO p. m. The Bishop announced that ho was awaiting the pleasure of the conference to read the appointments, nnd then the conference adjourned with the benedic? tion' by Rev. Dr. W. G. Stnrr. AFTERNOON SESSION. Conference re-assembled at 3:30 p. ftl.,, Bishop "Wilson in the chair. Devotional exercises were conducted by Rev. Oscar Littleton. JOINT BOARD OF FINANCE. Rev. Paul Whltehead announced the following a? the Joint Board of Finance for the new conference year: Clerical?George H. Spooner, R. F. Gaylo, J. M. Anderson, R. YV. Watts, 13, M. Beckham, W. W. Roynll. B. F. Lipscomb. R. B. Readies, S. S. Lambeth, J. W. Shack ford. Lay?O. D. Bachelor, M. A. Cogblll, Littleton Cockerlll, F. T. West, Dr. J. M. Williams, R. S. Paulette, L. L. Marks. George L. Neville, W. W. Vicar, C. V. Wlnfrce. There were announcements of the meetings of the Board of Finance and Board of Education lmmedlatetly after the adjournment of conference. THE APPOINTMENTS. ' The Bishop then addressed the con? ference and read the following appolnt (Continued On Eleventh Page.) GARRETT A. HOBART. ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE FUNE? RAL. SATURDAY. "(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.) New York, Nov. 22.?The funerul of the lute Garrett A. Hobart, Vice-Fresl dent of the United States, will take place on Saturday. The morning ser? vices at the residence will be ?attended by only the members of Mr. Hobart's family, President McKinley and his Cabinet, und Mr. Hobart's most inti? mate friends. At the Chinch of the Re? deemer, in Palersou, the public service will be held at 2:30 o'clock in the after? noon. The body will not lie in state In the City Hull, us was desired by the city authorities, but on Friday after? noon the casket will be ooen in the library of his home, and for three hours the public may view the face of the late Vice-President. The body lies in a handsome casket of oak, the plate bearing this inscrip- | tion: 1844 Garrett A. Hobart 1S99. The Interment will be at Cedar Lawn Cemetery. Four companies of regular soldiers from Governor's Island will take part In the funeral ceremony, and will pro? bably act as an escort from the late residence of the Vice-President to the church. The military will also act as an escort to President McKinley and his party. Tt is expected that President Mc? Kinley and bis Cabinet, the Supreme Court Justices, and other officials from Washington will arrive before noon Saturday. A special train bearing the Senators and Representatives and other United States officials, will start from New York, and committees will be on hand at Pnterson to take charge of those on board. General Young Failed to Intercept the Fleeing Filipino Commander. OTIS REPORTS PROGRESS lit WaitlliiKtou It I? Sol Hello veil tllnt KITurlN to Tnlte Agiilunldo nn?l lairgrr I' or i Ion ol II la Army Will lieHiicOMMlnl?Oouornl U'henton i<> Mull? Next f lll|i?rlaiit 31 OVO ? trouble lit the Sulua. (By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.) Maniia, Nov. 22.?1:55 p. m.?General Young reports that Agulnaklo, with a party of 200, including some women and a few carts, passed Arlngay, on the coast between San Fabian and San Fernando. In the province of Union, on Friday, Noveinbre 17. The General ndds that Agulnaldo probably Intended to strike inland through the Binqua moun? tains toward Buyoinbong, in the pro? vince of Nueva Vlscaya. General larger portion of his army will be suc? cessful. The intention of General Young to prevent Aguinaldo reaching Uayonbong seems evident, but this seems scarcely probable now. Some er? rors .have been made In the transmis? sion of tlie dispatch. Bayonbong Is evi? dently meant Instead of Bayombong. The town given tis Tarlann is probably Tarlac, as the situation of MaeArthur would Indicate that he Is operating not far from that place. No alarm Is felt regarding the situation of General Wheaton, as he hns been for some time beyond telegraphic communica? tion. Operations are also progressing In the islands south of Luzon, as the last por? tion of the dispatch indicates. THE NEXT MOVE. The next move of Importance is to be made by General Wheaton. who will go up the const by transport to Vigan at the mouth of Abra river. This will land his forces far to the north of where Aguinaldo Is supposed to be. the Intention being to cut off his retreat to the north. From the military Informa? tion bureau it Is leurited that east of the route Aguinaldo Is taking are mountains Inhabited by tribes which are not friendly to Aguinaldo, and would be likely to attack him it he at? tempted to cross their territory. The country along the const Is quite well settled. There arc several little rivers making harbors from which It Is fear? ed Aguinaldo may escape by boat. General Young, it is believed, Is watch? ing these Smaller ports with u part of his force. TROUBLE IN THE SULUS. Washington. D. C-, Nov. 22.?Latest mail advices from Manila indicate the existence of serious trouble among tho Sulu Islanders, growing out of the kill? ing by some of tho followers of the Sul? tan of nine of the adherents of Dato Jnknnlne, the most powerful nnd In? fluential sub-chief of the archipelago. JOHN HAY, WHO WOULD BE PRESIDENT IP MR. M'KINLEY SHOULD DIE, AND SENATOR FRYE, PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE. ; ? . ^r,,??^r ^8,thf sixth v,cc Prea,dont to die in office. No new vice president can nt present succeed him. In caso i of President McKinley s death Secretary of State John Hay would become president. Senator Willlutn P Frye preBi- ' dont pro tempore of the senate, will preside over that body until a uow vice president or a now president pro tempore of > l^tho sonate is choson. * _> A great many messages of condo? lence, were received to-day. All tlie public buildings in Patorson have been draped, as well as many of the private residences throughout New Jersey. Dr. Newton, the Vice-President's physician, to-day filed the certificate of death, giving the cause of death as "dilation of the heart, due to myocar? ditis." Mr. Hobnrt was a member of the Order of Free and Accepted Masons of high rank, n 32d degree Scottish Rite Mason, nnd a Knight Templar. In re? ply to Inquiries of representatives of various Masonic bodies, it has been ex? plained to them that tho family deem it best not to have a Masonic funeral. Up to the present the names of the pall-bearera have not been announced. Mr. Hobart two months ago, when he feared something might happen, named six of his most Intimate friends In New Jersey, and It is believed that these will act as his pall-benrers. Mrs. Hobnrt is bearing up well un? der her great trouble, and to-day was able to see a few of her most Intimate friends. All <}ii!o( InTfXBt, (By Telegraph to VIrglnlan-Pllot.) Austin, Texas, Nov. 22.?Governor Sayers thfs morning received a tele? gram from Rio Grande City from the sheriff 6tnting that all was quiet there to-day between the citizens and negro soldiers, and no further trouble Is ex? pected. . Vol. IMck Hnrlc? Pnr?Itt??!. (By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.) ; Washington, Nov. 22?Colonel Richard II. Burks, formerly of Lynch burg, Va., and a distinguished cavalry ofllcer In the Confederate service was stilcken w:th paralysis hero to-doy and his death Is expected a* ?n,v time Ho Is about 75 years old. Young, with cavalry and Macabobes, is pursuing the Filipino leader, part of the American force talcing the direction uf San Fernando. In a fight with Aguln aldo's rear guard at Arlngay one Macn hebe was wounded and the insurgents retreated. Their loss is unknown. OTIS REPORTS MOVEMENTS. Washington, D. C, Nov. 22.?General Otis to-day cabled the War Department as follows: "Manila, November 22. "Dispatch 21at from Dawton at Tayug reports Young with cavalry and Maca bebe scouts at Aringway with advance north to Raoang rear San Fernando about to move on trail east to Trini? dad. Young reports considerable Insur? gent force moving In that direction; that Aguinaldo In charge seeking to cross over to Rnyombong. Portion of D&wton's troops now being pushed through to Tayug with rations. Bat? talion 2Uh will jolp Lawton to-morrow. Nothing from Wheaton for several days. MacArthur operating west of railroad and north of Tarlann. Wire from Tarlnnn north not working; troops on entire railroad lino rationed without difficulty. "Iloilo reports eoven companies Sixth and Twenty-sixth Volunteers, under Dlckman, struck Insurgents northeast Jaro; casualties six wounded. Enemy left on field eighteen killed. Dlckman enptured seven prisoners, four one pound brass field pieces; several thou? sand rounds ammunition. Eighteen Infantry yesterday drove Insurgents north on Santa Rarbara. Hughes with column north and west of Santa Bar? bara; reports of results not yet re? ceived. "OTIS." AGUINADDO'S ESCAPE. The dispatch from General Otis does not yet make it appear that the cf i forts to capture Aguinaldo and the The men were fishermen ami were killed by the Sultan's soldiers because they resisted the attempt of the latter to sense upon some tish which they had caught. The chief has sworn to be avenged and declared that ho would commence war upon the Sultan. From the nature of t lie Moros, the residents of Jolb express the fear that the war cannot be prevented. PURSUIT OF AGUINALDO. Manila, Nov. 2J.?0 a. in.?News from the pursuit of Aguinaldo is nut expect? ed for jl day or two. Yesterday a re? port reached General Law ton by courlor from General Young that people know? ing the country think Aguinaldo's des? tination is llocos. With General Lawton's troops in a position to move toward Uayombong ? by every rond from the south, and with impenetrable mountains, people by un? friendly, seini-snvnges tribes behind. Uayombong would be n poor refuge. Tt Is reported thnt General Lawton is moving northwnrd from Tayug, with infantry to bend off Aguinaldo. General Young has only one troop of cavalry ?ml the Macnbcbcs, who ori? ginally numbered 300. Agnlnnldo Is sup. nosed to have two days' start from Avangny. Tho transports Newport and Tartar have arrived. ronfercuce tVlil? l'rp<lrt?n?. , (By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.) Washington; Nov. 22,?Senntor Deboe. of Kentucky, had a conference with President McKinley to-day regarding the situation In Kentucky. The Inter? view was of a nature which Senator Deboe did not care to divulge. He ad? mitted that he had come to Washing? ton purposely to see the President. CLOSING IN ON THE BRITISH The Boers Preparing to Intercept General Buller's Advance. HARD FIGHTING MONDAY llritlali I ort? ?t Mnfeking nontbnrd? o<l WlttiGoocI Kfft-et-Dutoh Knrui? er? ItUinsr lit Uoltnir of tbo Trnni? TnnI ? Urltlnli .Sort I o Driven llnclc nC I.iiilysntlth-CulllugOtr Ketraat o i linconrt Tionpi, (Dy Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.) Durban, Natal, Nov. 22.?A dispatch from the Mool river says the telegraph lino was cut Tuesday evening near Highlands Station. The dispatch adds that the railroad station Is in the pos? session of a large force of Boers, en? camped near Mltcbeson'a Cutting. A train bound to Estcourt returned. It only got a mile and a half northward of the Highlands station. The Natal Stud Company's farm has been raided, and 300 blooded horses, valued nt ?15.000, have been euptured. HEAVY FIGHTING MONDAY. Pretoria, Tuesday, Nov. 21.?General Syman, who Is outside Mafcklng, re? ports heavy fighting Monday afternoon. The British briskly llred on the French cannon and Doer forts. The Boers re? plied, bombarding the British forts with good effect. The loss of the Brit? ish Is unknown. One Boer was wound? ed. DUTCH FAHMERS RISING. Pretoria, Tuesday, Nov. 21.?The of? ficial returns of the Transvaal casual tics since the outbreak of the war show .that SO men have been killed and 200> Avbundod.vi'dr wh'om^^umbcr have re- ' covered and returned to the front. Newspnpqr reports from Cape Colony say a general rising of the Dutoh farmers is Imminent in Natal, and that the Colonial Boers In those districts which have been proclaimed Republi? can territory, hnve already joined the Boer forces. BRITISH DRIVEN BACK. Prooiia, Nov. 21.?Tho following dla patch has been received from the Boer headquarters near Lndysmlth: "The field cornest of the Pretoria commando reported that British gun carriages and some horsemen had been heard moving last" night In Lady smith. Our outposts observed the UrlMsh endeavoring to sortie toward Iximbnrd's Kop and Bulw'am Hill, when our Maxims opened Hre. Tho range was too great and, therefore, our artillery began shelling, which drove the British back. About daybreak the British batteries tired upon our posi? tions. Two Burghers were wounded. "It Is supposed that the object of the sorties wns to relieve the Estcourt force, who had sent an urgent mes? sage to Lndysmlih, requesting aid. The Burghers captured the messenger, but finally allowed him to proceed." It Is reported that the Natal poltce have captured n number of Transvaal dispatclf riders. GENERAL JOUBEnT'S DISPATCH. In his latest report General Joubert says: "I am cutting off the retreat of tho Estcourt troops to Pletermarltzburg and driving them back on the Tugcla River." It Is also reported that the Boer commander with the forces nenr Lady smith has "comprehensively surveyed the different points from which the fall of Ladysmith can be insured." A Tlrgliii? l.nily Killed. (ny Telegraph to Vlrglnlan-Pllot.) Prescott, Arizona, Nov. 23.?Mrs. M. A. Vlckroy, of Alexandria, Va., died yesterday as the result of an accident. She was out driving with Judge N. L. Griffin, of this place. The horses bolt? ing, both occupants of tho vehicle were thrown violently to the ground. Grif? fin was unconscious for two houre, and is In a critical state. Mrs. Vlokroy and her husband resided in Arizona in the early days, the latter owning extensive Interests here. He erected the first stamp mill In the ter? ritory. Mrs. Vlckroy wns n familiar, character In the National capital dur? ing the past fifteen years, having suc? cessfully put claims of S 100,000 through the courts for tho destruction of min? ing property. OTHER TELEGRAPH PAGE 6 CLASSIFICATION OF NEWS BY DEPARTMENTS. Teleeraoh News?Paws I, 6and tl. Local News?Pages 3 5 and 6. Editorial?Page 4. Virginia News?Page S. North Carolina News?Page 9. Portsmouth News?Pag? 10. Berkley News-ma It Markets?Page 12. Shipping?Pairs ? Real estate?Pa*a 12.