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VOL. IV-jtfO. 22(3.
N?EFOLK, VA., D'ECSlMBER 20, 1S9D.
THRE?3 CENTS PER b?Plh
LATEST NEWS OF,THE) WORLD BY TELEGRAPH ?ND CAi3LE.{c^lf
BRITISH GUNS
DEMOLISHED
The Boers Again Stampede Gun
Carriage and Limber Horses,
AN ARTILLERY DUEL
AlMinroiit Vrlti?b Advantnjro Near
Oticus? Turned Into Failure by
n'cll-lllrcctiKl Hre from Itocr Ar?
tu In j ? I'oi'co Drniuiuled by Gau?
oral sin tier tu bo Ifloblllzetl-ttud*
ynnl lUpiiu- Heard from?Uultcr
Commanded nt Tugoln Kl vor, '
(By telegraph to Vlrginlan-Pllot.)
London, Dec 20.?4:43 a. m.?The gov?
ernment has at last consented to mobil?
ize n force which General Buller Is
credited with having demanded all
along as un essential of success in
South Africa, namely, ten thousand
mounted Infantry- This morning the
War Ofllco issued an order lo the effect
that the government had decided to
raise for South Africa a mounted In?
fantry force, to ho called "Imperial
Yeomanry," and to be recruited from
yeomanry, volunteers and civilians
possessing tho requisite qualifications.
Enlistment will be for one year, or dur?
ing tho continuance of the war. The
men must be between 20 and 33 year.-:
of age, and of equal pbyisque lo the or?
dinary cavalry soldier.
EQUIPMENT.
Officers and men nre to provide their
own horses and to wear neutral lint
cloth shooting jackets, not necessarily
uniforms; felt hats,, breeches and
gaiters. All must bo good fillers and
marksmen.
The same order invites every volun?
teer regiment that I't linked with a reg?
ular battalion serving at Ihe front to
supply a full company, which will take
the place of the mounted infantry of
the regiment.
These arrangements are expected to
result In a considerable force. Tho en?
rolled .strength of the Yeomanry forces,
which originated In tho troublous pe?
riod of the French revolution, Is now
10,433. Their services have never been
before etil led for in war.
The enthusiasm of volunteer enlist?
ments continues, and promises to give
the government amide material.
RUDYARD KIPLING SPEAKS.
Rudyard Kipling addressed a meet?
ing tit Rottingcan last evening, called
for the purpose of forming a volunteer
company.
The British second-clans cruiser Iris
will convey Lord Kitchener from Egypt
to the Cape. She has been ordered to
Kteam at in knots.
Special reports regarding the fighting
nt the Tugeln river nre tdili filtering
through, but all the newspapers com?
plain that these are severely censored,
nnil if is still Impossible to get an ac?
curate Idea of tho battle.
BULLER IN COMMAND.
Fiom tho latest accounts, however, it
appears that General Buller was in
personal command.
A corr^+mondent of tho Associated
Press at Chieveley Camp says the B?ers
excuse themselves for firing on tho
stretcher-bearers by asserting that two
squads of the Connaugnt Rangers look
cover under civilian bearers of the, Rod
Cross, nnd that this net drew the 'lloer
fire, three bring killed and several
wounded.
Much vinxlchty is caused by the fact
thnt the War Office has not yet receiv?
ed a full list of the casualties at T?ge
hi river.
PORTUGAL HELPS BOERS.
The Standard hints editorially this
morning that if Portugal continues to
allow supplies of war material and for?
eign volunteers to reach the Transvaal
through Delagoii bay, England .will
have something to say in the matter.
Statements are published from Boer
sources in Brussels and Berlin thai
President Kruger is -willing to conclude
peace on the basis of the status quo,
hut th.it otherwise he will call upon
the Boers in Cape Colony to Join in
proclaiming the independence of the
Cape territories of Groat Britain.
ANOTHER ARTILLEiRY DUF.L.
Chlevely Cntnp, Natal, Dec. 15.?The
relief column continued its advance
early to-day. intending to assail the
Boor positions, which were known to
bo strong to the westward and north?
west of Colchso. During the two pre?
ceding days the Boers had allowed
themselves lo be bombarded without
condescending to reply with a single
shot. They further gave half an hour's
opening this morning without an ex?
change, when suddenly they belched
out a stream of fire from nil their en?
trenchments, beside opening a fearful
cannonade with all their quick lirers.
field and siege guns, which were posted
from end to end o? their positions.
When their presence nnd actual po?
sitions had been determined the Brit?
ish naval brigade commenced shelling
nil the ridges north of the town with
marvelous accuracy. At this time the
artillery attached to General Hart's
division was busy among the entrench?
ments on Ihe hill, on the British left,
under cover of which the Irish Infantry
brigade marched out In extended order
to cress Ihe river and attack. Undoubt?
edly aiming at this battery the Boers
sent several^ shells near the ambulance
train, which* was forced to change its
position. '
BRITISH AGAIN REPULSRD.
While this wns transpiring the field
artillery, on the right, wetv busy shell
in|f tho ridtjes of the Boer left flank.
their excellent practice attracting the
attention pf the Boers, who retaliated
with a southing fire, nlmost demolish?
ing all the guns and stampeding the
gun carriage and limber horses.
WALL STREET TROUBLES.
A SANER AND QUIETER VIEW OF
CONDITIONS DEVELOPS.
(By Telegraph to Vlrginian-PUot.)
New York* Dec. 10.?-There was a
complete revision of sentiment in Wall
street to-day, und the latter part ot
the session of the Stock Exchange wit?
nessed, something like a panic among
the bears, who were maKing frantic
efforts to secure stocks to cover short
contracts mid bidding prices up . on
themselves.
The issue of the speculative conflict
was by no means certain until about
midway uf the session, and yesterday's
title of disaster was not stemmed with?
out Titanic exertions on the part of
the most powerful financial interests in
the country acting in concert. Millions
of dollars In money were forthcoming
for the extension of credits lo buyers
of securities. The Clearing-house banks
supplemented the'ir yesterday's contri?
bution of $10.000,000 by another of the
same amount, to be loaned at the mar?
ket rate.
TREASURY TO THE RESCUE.
The announced determination of the
Secretary of the Treasury to increase
Government deposits in depositary
banks gavo promise x)t relief from the
start and funds, estimated at $7,000,000,
became available from this source be?
fore the market closed. Under the in?
fluence or this abundance, yesterday's
panic rates for money were at no
time approached, but the demand for
loans made inroads or. the supply
with seemingly insatiable appetite.
The rate went lo 11.7 per cent., but
steadily declined from that point un?
der tin.- offerings of successive millions,
until it. was forced down to l> per cent.,
and in the late afternoon fell to 6%,
C, ::. and at lust to 2 per cent.
SANER VIEW OF CONDITIONS.
With the subsidence of the panic
conditions, a saner and Quiler view, of
conditions developed. A study of the
facts in connection with the trust com?
pany which camo to grief yesterday,
and of the securities with which it
' was Involved, showed them to be
unique and not to he taken us Justify?
ing the wholcsali: fear and distrust
which were felt yesterday, not only
in all trust compnnies, but all indus?
trial securities.
Nevertheless there was abundance of
precaution and discrimination shown
to-day ngalnst many of the industrials,
especially in the placing ot loans. They
were not acceptable as collateral, and
money was not easily procured for Ihe
purpose of supporting them in the mar?
ket. The decision of the banks was to
place -all their available resources at
the disposal of borrowers without re?
gard to the effect on the surplus re?
serve. The knowledge of this determi?
nation had much to do with allaying
apprehension. The clearing house com?
mittee was In session during the dny,
but by the time the market closed had
come to the conclusion not lo call n
meeting for to-morrow, though further
sessions can ho had cit need.
CLEARING HOUSE REQUEST.
The clearing house committee at Its
session this afternoon adopted a reso?
lution asking tlie trust companies of
X, w York to deposit with or loan to
the national hanks. United States Gov.
eminent bonds in order that the banks
eonld deposit these bonds with the
Government for further deposits of
Government funds. The request was
generously compiled with by tho trust
companies.'
SEVEN LIVES LOST.
in two BIG new YORK tene?
ment houses.
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
New York, Dec. 1!).?Seven lives were
lost in two big tenement houses, which
were destroyed by lire in this city early
to-day. Five choi red bodies were found
on the upper lloors of a burned tene?
ment at One Hundred and Second stree;
.?und Third avenue, known us the Men?
tor, and live women and a little girl,
nil badly burned, were carried from the
blazing house to nearby hospitals.
There is thought to be but slight chance
nf any of the six surviving. Several
other persons only escaped from the
flames and dense smoke with cuts nnd
bruises.
A 'few hours earlier a. deadly lire at?
tacked the five-story tenement on
Tenth avenue. burning to death Mrs,
Martin Fox and her child George. 2Va
yours old. The charred remains of both
were found after the fire.
Ship Building Firm Fails.
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
Baltimore. Dec. 111.?Judge Phelps, in
the City Circuit Court late this after?
noon, appointed Harry A. Parr receiver
for the Columbia Iron Works and Dry
Dock Company. Mr. Parr gave bonds
for S100.000. The receiver was appoint?
ed by consent..
In tlie petition! which was filed by
Mr. Parr, it is alleged that the company
Is Insolvent, and is unable lo meet Its
obligation.-, now aggregating between
$370.000 and $100,000, including about
$172.000 in provisory holes, held by Bal?
timore banks, endorsed Individually by
former, Mayor William T. Malster, the
president of the company, by Christian
Dovrles, the president of tlie Charles A.
Vogelor Company, which assigned to?
day, nnd by the petitioner.
Tho Samonii Situation.
(By Telegraph to Vlrginian-PUot.)
Apia, Samoa, Dec. 13.?(Via Anckland,
N. 5J-. Dec. 11?.?The German (lag was
hoisted over the Courthouse to-day as
an official notification of the anr.jxa
tion of the islands, by agreement, to
Germany. The German Consul, on
i hoard theCormoran.wa.s interviewed by
tho Samoan chiefs, to whom, he said,
that the Samoans could have their own
king nnd chiefs. They then informed
the Consul that Mat:\afa would be se?
lected. Having declared their govern?
ment established, the MataaCatos nre
driving the Malietoans out of the vil?
lages. Trouble aDDoar?? Prominent.
GENERAL LOTH
SHOT DOWN
Killed In Front of His Troops at
San Mateo Yesterday.
SKETCH OF HIS CAREER
Tbo Flarco lighter Itccelvot,
itcnlli Wuiuiil nt iho llnudi of n
Filipino Minrp Sliooter, Exclnliu?
??I Am Sh?f,**MU<i Falls Into I lie
Artnaofn Miifr Offlcor-llla Mill,
inry Services,
13 y Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot..
Manila, Dec. 19.?Major General
Henry W. Lawton lias been shot
and killed at San Mateo. He wns
standing in front of his troops;
was shot in the breast and died
immediately.
Manila, Dec. 19.?11 p. m?General
Lawton left home Monday night, hav?
ing returned from his northern opera?
tions Saturday to lead an expedition
through Marinciuina Valley, which has
been an insurgent stronghold through?
out the war. The valley has several
MAJOR GENERALi HENRY W. L?.WTON.
Liu. s been Invaded, but never held by
llie Americans, General Geronimo was
supposed to have there the largest or?
ganised force north of Manila, and
General Otis wished lo garrison Ma'li
quinn.
The night was one of Ihe worst of
tho season. A terrific rain had begun
and is still continuing.
Accompanied by his staff and Troop
I. Fourth Cavalry, General Lawton set
out at ? o'clock in advance of the main
force, consisting of tho Eleventh Cav?
alry nnd one F.attnllon each of. the
Twentieth und Twenty-seventh Infan?
try, which started from I.aLoma at
midnight- "With a small escort he led
the way through an almost pathless
country, a distance of fifteen miles
over hills and through canebrake and
deep mud. the horsess climbing the
rocks nnd sliding down the hills. Bot
fore daybreak the command had
reached the head of the valley.
HIS LAST WORDS.
San Mateo was attacked ot 8 o'clock
and a throe hours' light ensued. This
resulted In but few casualties on the
American side, apart from the death of
General Lawton, but the attack was
d fllruH because of the natural defenses
oT the town. General Lawton wn3 walk?
ing iilung the liring line within 300
yards of a small sharpshooter's trench,
conspicuous In the big white helmet he
wore -and a light yellow rain coat. He
was also easily distinguished because
of his commanding statue.
The sharpshooters directed several
close shots, which clipped the grass
near. His stnff officers called General
I.awton's attention to the danger he
was In, but he only laughed with his
usual contempt for bullets.
Suddenly he exclaimed: "I am shot."
clenched his hands in a desperate ef?
fort to stund erect, and fell Into the
arms of a staff officer.
COMMAND GRIEF STRICKEN.
Orderlies rushed across the field for
surgeons, who dashed up immediately,
but their efforts wece useless. The
body was taken to a clump of bushes
and laid upon a stretcher, the familiar
white helmet covering the face of the
dead General.
Almost at this moment the cheers of
the American troops rushing into San
Mateo were mingling with the rifle vol?
leys. After tho fight six stalwart cav?
alry men forded the river to the town,
carrying tho litter on their shoulders,
the staff proceeding with the colors,and
a cavalry escort following. The troops'
Continued on Page 11.
MARTIN WILL
SUCGEEDjiSELF
Both Houses of General Assembly
Ratify Choice of Caucus.
SEN. SHANDS' SPEECH
SfiiKlor UnrliMluln's Tnxnlton Kill ?
A l.lvi'ly I>cbnlo-Oi>crntinti<i of
l.aml Grabbers' Ant Si.npoutletl ?
ItHI? OlTorott niid RcforrcU?CfoXTil?
cd CouiUiluii of I'cnltp.iiinry?Tlio
Fertilizer Vnt it'lll-F.ii.ploy lllc'lVt
of Children.
(Special 'to Virginian-Pilot.)
Richmond, Va.. Dec- ID.?Doth House
nnd Senate to-day unanimously ratified
i the choice ot the Democratic caucus,
and voted for Senator Thomas S. Mar?
tin to succeed himself In the United
States Senate.
This action was, of course, expected.
. but the unique feature of tire proceed?
ing was the course of Senator William
Sliands, who took occasion to explain
his ballot for the junior Senator.
Mr. Shands drew attention to the |
fact that though he had not been ad
milted to the Democratic caucus, he
Iifitl proven his Democracy hy voting
for every one 6[ Ihe candidates nomi
uatcd thereby. He said he would have
voted for Governor Tyler had lie been
admitted to the caucus, but.lie believed
that the majority should rule.
Mr. Shands was cheered in Lhc hcart
'iest manner, showing that lie lias many
warm friends and admirers in the Sen?
ate. ,
BARICSDALE'S PET MEASl'RR.
The Senate Committee on Finance
this morning decided to take up and
consider Senntor Barksdalc's bill to
assess for taxation the properties of
telegraph, telephone and express com?
panies on the nth or January.
Senator Barksdale stated that he
wanted every person Interested In. the
measure to carry the date in iuind. as
it was not bis wish to take snap Judg?
ment on any one. The Halifax Senator
says It is his purpose to make tho figiit
of his life for this measure.
THE LAND-GRABBERS' ACT.
The Finance Committee named
Messrs. Jeffries, Keezell and Morris us
a sub-committee to examine und re?
port on all bills designed lo amend or
repeal the Land-Grabbers' riet.
A LIVELY DEBATE.
During the early portion of the ses?
sion of the Senate there was a some?
what lively debate over the resolution
In reference to the adjournment for
the Christmas holidays. Yesterday the
Senate amended the House resolution
by substituting Wednesday for Thurs?
day as the dato for adjournment. The
House refused to agree to the amend?
ment. Soon after the Senate nict, the
action of the House was reported, and
Senator Wlekharh moved that the Sen?
ate recede from its amendment.
Senator Flood moved to pass this
motion by, staling, in response to a
query from Senator Wlckham. IrifK he
had heard Ihe House V" lid remain
In session until the Senate acted upon
the fertilizer-tonnage tax bill.
Senator Wlckham said he was In
favOT of the Senator taking any notion
it might see fit without reference to
what the lower House might do.
The motion of Senator Flood, to pass
by, was finally adopted.
A LAW SUSPENDED.
. The Finance Committee reported,
with an amendment, Senator Glass'
bill to suspend for space of sixty
days the operations of the so-called
Land-Grabbers' Act. The amendment
suspends the operations of the act for
only forty days. The act was passed.
OFFERED AND REFERRED.
The following bills were oiTcrcd and
referred:
By Mr. St. Claire?To amend the acti
In relation to clerks to deliver to treas?
urers copy ot lists ot delinquent real
estate, etc. . , ,
By same?To amend section 635 o? tlie
Code in relation to lands if not entered
to be lorCeiled to the State, ,
By s:uno-To amend section 075 Ot tlie
Code in relation to price of waste land.
By Mr. Lupton?For tho relief of Dr.
TV. M. Janney.
By Mr. Flood?In relation to judg?
ment, etc., in Appomatlox county.
By Mr. Ople?To allow defendants in
action at law to make Offer of judg?
ment.
By Mr. Mavnard?For the consolida?
tion of the Port Norfolk F.lectric Rail?
way Company, the Portsmouth; and
SmUhfleld Railroad Company, and ,tftc
Portsmouth. p|g<j Point and Newport
News Railway. Ferry and Hotel Com?
pany under tho name of the Norfolk,
Portsmouth and Newport News Rail?
way Company.
THE PEN CROWbteb, '
The resolution to appoint a commis?
sion to Inquire into the crowded condi?
tion of the penitentiary next came Up.
and was referred to the Committee,on
Public Institutions, the statement be?
im,' made that the directors of the pen?
itentiary are now nt work upon the
plan to enlarge that Institution.
Senator Shauds. the author of the
resolution, s.itd he had personally vlsr
it. d the prison and had been surprised
to find the cells so fearfully crowded.
He read it letter from one of the of?
ficers ot the penitentiary, giving facts
and figures as to the crowded condi?
tion.
FERTILIZER TAX BILL.
Senator Flood moved that the bill to
in ivse a tonnage l.ix upon fertilizers
lie taken up out of Its order; He stu.te.1
there was some complaint by persons
oppi sud to the measure tint it had been
hastily reported. He was willing for it
to be recommitted, provided opponents
of the net would assure him it would
b; considered and reported upon In the
morning.
Senator l.upton opposed recommittal.
He contended that the fertilizer pob
ple had not been taken unuwnr. s. Tlicy
had hud their repivs.-ntmlvc:-. bmton
lipllng membi rs of Ihe Geiicrnl Assem?
bly ever since Ihe L guiatyre met,
Senator Munfold urged recommittal
in order that pers ms whose property
interests would b.> affected could bo
hoard.
Senator Glass oppose^ reeommlltiil
unless ihe Sen.it - should he itssfiiriid
that it report would be ir.ddc to-nior
row.
As Senator Flood could not get the
assurance of ti prompt report to-mor?
row, lie withdrew his motion to take
Hie bill up and the Senate adjourned.
OPENING OF BALLOTS.
In Ihn House a bill was offered by
Mr. Pollock, designed to amend the
election laws of the Suite. It provides;
under the caption. "How and When
Hallots Opened," that before i very
election the secretary of the electoral
boani .snail, cither In person deliver', or
may cause ip be, delivered by either or
both of the other members of the elec?
toral board, to tlie judges the package
?f ollleial ballots fur that precinct) the
?aid secretary or other members of Ihe
i leetoral hoard delivering the same,
i iking a receipt therefor and a ccrtl
llciite that tin- seiiis appeared to be un
ittmpcrcd with.
EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN.
Mr. Charles T- Bland, of Portsmouth,
iiiiiodue-d a bill to prohibit tlie em
ployntrht of children in ijip manufactur?
ing establishments of tlie State. The
bill provides that the lige limit shall
he H years 111 those children who have
parents and 12 years where it can be
clearly shown that the children apply?
ing for employment in such manufac?
turing establishments are the sole sub
port of wld'ow.ed mothers.
TAKEN BY SURPRISE.
Delegate Avers," or Wise county, oc
CiisIoHecl some surprise by offering h re?
solution to this effect:
"Resolved. That it is tho sense of the
House of Delegates' of Virginia that tlie
Honorable ,1. H?ge Tyler has proven n
faithful, honest and capable executive."
Tlie resolution was unanimously pass?
ed before the House recovered from its
surprise at the unique proposition, and
then Mr. lCelN-y, of Richmond, hiade a
brief ultitetnetit. saying thai the resolu?
tion was entirely utn tilled Tor. It was
entirely uncalled for, lib suhl, for the
House to adopt such a resolution in re?
ference lo any Governor Virginia ever
had. It implied, he said, that (lie Ex?
ecutive had been otherwise than the
kind of llovcrnor Ihe resolution namec
him. It was a reflection upon Govern?
or Tyler and, therefore, he opposed it.
None, said Mr. Keiley. would deny the
fidelity, honesty and capability, of tne
Governor, but It was not in place for
Ihe House lo ofliclally proclaim the
fact.
Mr. Ayers finally withdrew ills reso?
lution.
BILLS AGREED TO.
Mr. Featherstone'cj joint resolution
suspending operation of the brand tax
law during pendency of the fertilizer
bill wns agreed lo.
A warm discussion was precipitated
over Mr. Jennings' bill suspending the
operation of the land-grabbers' law for
n period of 30 ddya. Mr. Jennings, in
advocating the bill, referred to the be?
lief among the people of the State, that
the Legislature would have acted be?
fore the Christmas holidays in afford?
ing relief, and said that the temporary
relief afforded by suspension should be
provided for. Otherwise, herald, mem?
bers would not be able to face their
constituents.
Mr. Parks objected to the second sec?
tion of the bill, and moved that It be
amended by striking out that section.
The amendment waia accepted, and the
bill was passed.
BILLS PASSED.
Tho following bills -were then passed:
To amend and re-enact section 3271
of the Code in. relation lo demurrers.
Making the injury to or destruction
of fences or catlc-stops along the line
of railroads a misdemeanor, and pre?
scribing the penalty therefor.
Regulating the nppolnt/triont of as?
sessors of lands nnd.lots In the city of
Newport Now?, and providing for com?
pensation of sanie.
Continued on Page 8.
THEY VOTE FOR
CONSOLIDATION
_
Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad
Stockholders Hold a Meeting.
THE RYAN INTEREST
Encli f'urly to Ilio Controversy OiftW |
Slock i;ivrs Out tt Ntntoment of, J
VrhitC Occured in the Slecilne ?
? . t
Wlio Wore rresvnt ?ml W lint.
'fliey Rr|ir(>r?t(id-Anolhor Meet?
ing to bo Held Xrxl Mom n.
(Portsmouth Bureau; Ylrglnlan-PIIot.)
The stockholders pi the Seaboard and
Roanoke Railroad Company Ktild iin ad?
journed meeting in the directors' room
at Seaboard Air L'.ne headtiuarters, In
Portsmouth, with the following persona
present: Judge 1-. R. Watts, general
counsel Seaboard Air Line; Judge E. J
D. Cross, counsel Seaboard Air Line on
consolidation (also eouhs-el-ln-ehicf of
Baltimore und Ohio railway): Mr. R. C.
Hoffman, of Baltimore, director Sea?
board Air Line; Mr. W. W. Chamber
lo.iiic. secretary bt the meeting; Air'. E.
St. John, vice president and general
manager Seaboard Air Line; Mr. Good?
rich ilatto-.i. of Portsmouth'; Mr. Alex.
E. \\ arn.r. of Portsmouth; Mr. B. Ran
d< I'ph Wi'.lLuns, of Richmond; Mr.
plraries E Johnston, of Charlotte, N.
<\. and Mr. W. Eftsoh Williams, of
Baltimore.
The above may lie safely termed the :
consolidation party, and of tho Ryan
party there were Mr. D. Lawrence
? roher. Norfolk counsel; Mr. W'illlam
L. Marbury, Baltimore counsel; Mr. W.
H. Page, Jr., or New York, counsel.
Mr. Angert, or New York; Hon. Lemuel
Ely Quigg, of New York, and Mr. .7. V.
McGloj.li.
The meeting was called at 12 o'clock:
and there were Just, three moves in
sight, which, with a. unanimous con?
sent, could have been passed In from
.three to .five minutes, but It didn't go
that wny.
These three moves, were as follows:
1st. To endorse the communication ot
Pjesldeht Williams In regard to the, ex?
penditure of money, disposing of stock
and securities, etc.. for betterments
and needs of the company, voted by the
committee at Its last meeting, and by
him cat rl< d out.
2d; To uphold the president in his
carrying out the work planned through
the powers delegated by the vote of the
c.'mm tied at their former meeting, and
3d. To favor any action that looked to
the better physical, olllcial dhd busi?
ness union of the various railroads
comprising the proposed greater Sea- -
board Air Line?that is, the Seaboard
A r Line, Georgia ami Alabama and
Florida Central and Peninsular rail?
roads. Five minutes could have covered
Die whole transaction, but it didn't.
Instead It was fully 1:^0 p. m. when
the door opened and the meeting was
over, and a study of the various co?n
tenaees as the people emerged told
tlie .story. One set was smiling and
elated, Hushed with victory, and the
Others?well, it was evident that they
had beeii defeated. There was stub?
born determination shown to hung- to
the lust ditch, and every evidence
given that the light will not be given
tip so long its u lighting chance re?
mains.
The Hoffman-Willlams-St. John fac?
tion, representing. iis they did Iii yes?
terday's meeting, 2.T4S votes out of the
3,ISO present In person and by proxy,
seem contUlent that the Ryan faction
can never rally with any churiee of
success, as It was expressed by one
or two of them, the resolution to con?
solidate having been passed by a largo
majority of the stockholders. All that
remains to make the resolution effec?
tive is mere detail, and as the con?
solidation is to bo under the Raleigh
hnd Gaston Railroad franchise, in?
stead of under that of the Seaboard
and Roanoke Railroad, as formerly,
Mr. Ryan will have but 21 shares in
the parent company instead of, as now,
2.700.
. The mooting was a private one, and
the press was not admitted, but some
few things have leaked out. and both
sides have Issued statements. c f .
' Said one of the Raltlmoreans pres?
ent: "It was the same old cry of.the
Ryan faction, the card they.have tried
to play from the beginning of the
game. They wished to force a pro?
ducing of the book3, that they might
ilnd out the owners of the various
stocks, and as berorc, so again, they
failed."
Mr. Hoffman, though only a director
of the company, was proxy, for. 8,000
shares, representing nurherous stock?
holders, and Mr. Grorier is said to have
alleged that ho was representing the.
Continued on Page 6.
OTHER TELEGRAPH PAGE 6
CLASSIFICATION OF NEVV3.
BY DEPARTMENTS.
Telscrapli News?Pasres i, 6, 9 and if.
Locu News?Pat;es 2, 3 ahcl 5.
Editorial?Page 4.
Virginia News?Wit S.
North Carolina News?Page 7- ..." '.
Portsmouth News?Patfes 10 and'li.'',
Berkley Ne\vs-Pa?? 11. ?,
Markets?Page 12.
Shipping?Pa,ee 9- .
Real estate?Pajja 12.

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