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W. C. ROBINSON & CO.
BIG STONE GAP. VA. WATCH BS, CLOCKS, SILVERWARE* SPECTACLES, ETC. W. C. ROBINSON & CO. VOL. I BIG STONE GAP, VA.. FEI DAY, JANUARY 30,1891. NO. 24. DEAD AT LAST. . Force Bill Put to "t,w2? the Senate. . (?11 Whirl. Senator. AM a" '",""?'',* "m. ?- Made on Senior '"" "s,.?f..r? I? Sow V.rk. HOW IT WAS ALL DONE. .?? .?V ?Senator Aldrich'fl Washington.?'an.-?. , . .. C?C r?lc and Senator Hoars Force Bill 'Crc again laid aside i? the Senate lues dnTl.vo?cofthc mosl brilliant and most ;cc;8fu, of ,he sever.1 pieces o strat that have marked the attempt of the laical Senators to gain Republican con trol 0f elections The latest ?,>,)> d dot arranged and managed by tin- young Senator from Colorado, Mr. Wolcott, who i,,< during tin- present session shown .';....??: ,o he a man of brains, force and " Thcrc was Hi,- greatest excite H,c Senate chamber while the taken on the Colorado mrnt in rote was Senator'- motion I? tako up the Kcap pjrtionmcnl Bill, and Senators Hoar and Edmunds were almost beside themselves vrith anger al the repeated manifestations of applause that came from the occupants 0f the galleries at each set-back, which tho radical Senators met with. Senator Aldrich,who had charge of the proposed closure rule, was not taken una WATCS In the t:.iiik movement <>f tin- anti Force Bill Senators under tin- lead of Mr. Wolcott. AH day Monday the managers ?f hoth sides were busy arranging the preliminaries of this morning's fight. Mr. Wolcott needed eight vutcs, and he . . cceded late last nighl in receiving as? surance that Im- had a sufficient number. Those who agreed i" support his motion ?rre Senators Teller, Jones of Nevada. Stewart. Washburn and Camcrou. These ?otcs, with that of Senator Ingalls, who was paired against the Force Bill, ami that of Senator Stanford, win' was absent unpaired, turned Ho' tide ami brought the Keapportionment bill before the Sen ?tc hy a ?otc of :<?') yeas to 34 nats. Soon after the Senate met it was no? ticed that something unusual was to oc? cur. Almost ' Very Senator was in his seat. Tin- Democratic leader, Mr. Gor? man. Mit calm and cool, as usual, keeping a watchful eye on every one of his men.ami making a record of pairs. On the Re? publican P:idc Mr. Aldrieh was alert, ami Mr. Wohnt!. who was more restless than usual, moved rapidly about the chamber holding conferences with tin- Senators who had agreed to standby him in his motion to side-track the Force Bill. Fi nallv, when the moment for action came, Senator Jones, "l Nevada, was absent? and hostilities were suspended for awhile until the Nevada Senator was found. Then, with a flushed face, the handsome young Colorado Senator arose and in a ringing voice moved to take up the Rc apportioumciil Bill. Instantly there was it commotion in the Senate. Senator Mor? gan, who was making n set speech against the closure rule when interrupted by the breezy voice from Colorado, was greatly surprised. But when he heard the nature of the motion he smiled and said he would rii !d with gr< at pleasure. He was about t.. say something very interest ing, but he would gladly yield and sincerely honed lit; would never be called upon to tinish his speech. Just before the vote was announced it was discovered by the Force Bill men with somi consternation that Senator Stanford v. is absent and not paired, as Mr. Daniel, who had been paired w ith him. transferred his pair to .Mr. Squire, who was absent. Senator Aldrieh angrily de? nied thf tight of Mr. Daniel to transfer his pair. Mr. Stewart then said that he ?as authorize.i to do it by Mr. Stanford, who, he said, had assured him that Io? was not in favor of keeping the Force Hill before the Senate. A heated colloquy t""k pla.e between Senators Aldrieh. Stewart, Daniel, Wolcott and others. Ihere was the utmost confusion on the floorand in the galleries, and the Vice Preaidcnt was utterly unable to preserve urder. Mr. Daniel's transfer was allow ed to stand, however, and Mr. Stanford was thus left unpaired. The Fore.- bill Senaturs then hastily began transferring the pairs of their '"'?nds to nun who were not paired, and thereby gained a feu votes. The Demo? cratic Senators were alert, however, and Mr. Faulkner, who had charge of the pairs, immediately discounted these Republican gains bv making similar transfers. The vote had been taken and all the pa?rs announced, but tor a long time the \?cc-I resident held the tally sheets iu J?s hand without stating the result in or u? to gut the Republicans all the time risible hi which to gather themselves to? gether. Hie v,.te had been recapitulated ??"??? another dispute arose as to pairs, ??? fhe \ ice-President again gave his ?rieuds tune. u ??"s juncture Mr. Edmunds, who ?** lushed win, anger, shouted to Mr. Norton, commanding him to order the yote recapitulated. " ll'at has already been done/' said Mr. ? at which the galleries broke into Ul, M'ler and applause. ne U-rruont Senator thereupon fiercely J ?b'd lo the Chair to obey the rules ' Garthe galleries if the crowd should " b?ve the temerity to cheer. Mr. Hilo";"once gave the notice as he was . :,,,,f: >?t the spectators did not seem l0J) fearful of being driven out. W.l,,c lotc upon tabling Mr. ,' " w"* motion, which resulted in 34 ou,h,!a.vMhc roll was called again T| . '? ?Iii, and the vote was reversed. was laid before.he Se? Bui!"!1;' clo*Ur? ?-??e and the Force " Hrc forgotten. An E*cltlug Interview. tlu.Vw-York Sun.) - ?'tJ>a high], interesting New York in the Senate yesterday. Senior Si" r?r,S!eWarl ??uounced that ^ Stantord had authorised biin to role andT"* cl08ure' Mtteh formed tho Sa?" l,:V;!iltu,li,'tur>' wu-v' in" ?ho Sonate that he knew person ally that Senator Stand ford had given no such authority, and that Senator Stanford before leaving Washington ?h Sunday had informed him (Senator Aid rich) that he was in favor of the Force Hill, and pro? posed to stand by it. Senator Stewart became exceedingly angry at this, and flatly contradicted Senator Aid rich. The discussion came down to a personal mat? ter between the two Senators, and they were induced to abandon it for the time to avoid a scene. Hut neither Senator was satisfied. Sen? ator Aid rich at once sent a telegram to Senator Stanford, asking him to arise in his might and confound the Senator from I Nevada. Senator Stewart also sent a Itelegram to Senator Stanford, asking him to telegraph at once and confirm the authority given verbally, which had been sneered at by the Senator from Rhode Island. Neither Senator bethought him that there was little or no telegraphic communication between New York and Washington, and both were on the anx? ious seat all day. Meanwhile Senator Stanford was at the Windsor Hotel, testing after a carriage accident he had had in the morning. He had also been telegraphing. He had sent a telegram to Senator Stewart, giving him the desired authority to pair him against closure. But his telegram did not reach its destination for the same reason that the telegrams of the heated Senators in Washington did not get here. After the two Senators i.i Washington had waited all day for replies to their earnest appeals they decided to wait no longer but to come to New York on the cvt ning train and talk to Senator Stan? ford face to face. This resolution was formed by each separately. They were "not speaking" after their little till' in the Senate. Their surprise and disgust may be im magi tied when they faced each other in tin' parlor car. They sat as fat apart as possible. Arrived in New York, each hired him a carriage and paid the driver extra to get him as quickly as possible to the Windsor Hotel. They arrived simultaneously and faced the clerk together. They handed li^m their cards, which were sent up tn Senator Stanford's room. Pretty soon Senator Stanford sent down his compli? ments to the Senators in waiting and said that he regretted that his accident preven? ted him from seeing them. He referred them to his private secretary, Mr. J. B. McCarthy, who was able to be out of bed. It was so' late that Mr. McCarthy had re? tired, lie received the two Senators in an undress costume. They both burst at him in the same breath. ''How about Stanford's pair on the Force Bill?" Secretary McCarthy smiled pleasantly, at the Senator from Nevada and then at the Senator from Rhode Island. Then he said to the former: "Hid you not get Mr. Stanford'.? telegram authorizing you to pair him against clo? sure?" Senator Aldrich's face dropped until it was painful to see. He then used lan? guage. It was language stronger than that with which he had addressed Senator Stewart in the Senate. He said he was at a loss to understand how Senator Stan? ford could call himself a consistent man. Then he left for Providence in high dud? geon. Mr. McCarthy was seen last night and asked as to Senator Stanford's position on the Force Bill. He said: "Senator Stanford has expressed him? self many times on that question. He is in favor of business legislation as against political legislation every time. He is in favor of the Stewart amendment to the Force Hill, or of the Silver Hill, or of the blue, or red, or green bill. He is not in favor of this waste of time. Hut he be? lieves, of course, in the principles of the Force Hill." THE TERRIRI.E KXPLOSION. Over One Hundred Bodies Recovered and .More yet to bo Unearthed. Yoi Nuw ooi>, Pa., .Ian. ?One hundred and seven bodies have been taken from the ill fated-mine No. 1, of Frick & Co., at Mammoth, up to ten o'clock this morn? ing. Jt is estimated that seventeen more of the victims of yesterday's explosion are still in the pit, but it is thought that all will be gotten out in a few hours. The rescuing party is working with heroic energy and the wreck in the shaft is being fast cleared up. An official of Frick & Co. said this morning: "It may never be known how or why the explosion occurred. Accumula? tion of lire damp was probably (he cause: but it was never known to exist in any quantity before; in fact it may be said that the Mammoth mine has been free from damp. There is a theory that a pocket of natural gas was reached and that the operation of the ventilating fans now prevents any accumulation of it. It is not necessary that every one in the mine be killed when an explosion oecurs. Explosives may stay in one particular sections and may not permeate the entire mine, unless the volume is 80 great as to force it to every part of the pit. In this case the gas was confined to one portion and the miners who were in the other lo? calities escaped." LOTTERY IN LOI/1SVI I.LE. Judge .luekson Decides t lie Aet Repealing ttie Lottery Fraiieliise Unconstitu? tional?The Capital Question. Louisville, Jan.29.?Judge W.L.Jackson, of the Circuit Court, has decided the act of the last Legislature repealing several Kentucky hitter grants unconstitutional, and the swindle is now in full blast. An appeal was taken, but the case will not be reached by the Court of Appeals for several years. Other forms of gambling here are going on. A large meeting of the citizens has been held favoring the re? moval of the Capital from Frankfort to Louis? ville. The Constitutional Convention will likely settle the question. The new adminis? tration of Mayor Tyler is giving reasonable satisfaction thus far, but the ring has not yet showed its hand in reaching for spoils. The gang seem to be waiting for prudential reasons, but they will get there. ?. ? -o-? Exit IlXgUllK. Toi'eka. Kan., Jan. 29.?The vote for United States Senator in joint session of the Legislature yesterday resulted, Peffcr 101, In galls 58, Blair 3, Baker 1, Morrill 1, Kelley 1. The Chairman thereupou declared William A. PetTcr Senator-elect to succeed John J. In galls. The result was received with applause from the Alliance members. For the first time in the history of the State a United States Senator was chosen who owes no allegiance to the Republican party, and who was elected without its aid. The vote is substantially tho same as tho vote taken yesterday. MONEY PLENTIFUL. The Government Expenditures Will Help the liankx, and Though Money Is Abundant the Silver Ques? tion Hold* Boidnesfi in Suspense. INJURIOUS AGITATION. Nkw Yohk, Jan. 28.?The past week's business at the stock exchange has been dull and languid, and the prices of stocks have been weak and yielding. The real? izing of the previous week by some of the larger operators has not been followed by ;i disposition to buy in again; and, al? though there are a good many holders who still cling to biddings which show good profits, yet the preponderant dispo? sition at the moment is to dispose of " long " stocks. There seems to be no general lack of confidence in the current range of prices; but, on the other hand, there is an absence of any new stimulus to buying, and the " bull " side are occu? pying a Micawbcrish attitude, waiting for something to turn up. Moreover, the position of the silver question in Congress has a decided ten? dency to hold business in suspense. Per? haps this factor is to some extent made to do service for other less obvious causes ol' inactivity; but it is nevertheless felt that so much depends upon what is to be the future quality and quantity of our currency, that the decision of this ques? tion must have a very important bearing on the status of all securities which do not distinctly rest on a gold basis of pay? ment. Wall street has not yet ventured to discount the probable determination of this problem, either one way or another. The purport of such information as is forthcoming suggests a probability thai it will be found impossible to get a ma? jority in the House not only for free coinage, but for any important departures from the silver law of last summer. All reports as to the disposition of President Harrison convey positive assurance that lie will veto any measure that would have (he effect of further increasing the silver circulation, whether in the form of coin or its paper representatives. This understood attitude of the President may have the effect of inducing gome to vote for more silver who want to please their constituents yet are really opposed to that policy; but all the symptoms seem to indicate that it will be far from possi? ble to pass any bill by a two-thirds ma? jority of both Houses. The craze stage of the question seems to have culminated. The more sober and better informed judg? ment on these questions of Eastern States is rapidly gaining ground; and if New York bankers and merchants were to make their united voice heard in public protest, the result would be quickly ap? parent in a positive revulsion of senti? ment which would make it impossible to get any new silver legislation during the present session of Congress. Still, so long as the question remains unsettled, there is room for doubt; and that doubt rests upon Wall street at the moment, with very depressing effect. It is not alone, however, the silver question that holds business in suspense. There arc other questions of large importance pend? ing before Congress, on which there are spirited differences of opinion; and these add to the disposition to defer operations until the National Legislature adjourns? always the ardent wish of Wall street in January. Put. while there are these causes for the postponement of transactions, there are none directly conductive to depression or to real lack of confidence, it is true that poor returns from the railroads arc expected until the next crop season; but the effect of that factor has probably been fully discounted. Nor can anything be immediately hoped for from the working of the new principle or railroad combina? tion adopted by the western traffic associ? ation; for that has already been credited with any good that is likely to accrue from it for some months to come. Nor is the effect of the late crisis upon general trade felt to be a serious matter; forthose eflects have already almost disappeared, and the feeling in commercial and indus? trial circles is a reasonably hopeful one, while there is a general expectation of a really good business during the second half of the year. Thus there is nothing in the background to suggest misgivings as to the future. On the other hand, there arc certain quite positive factors on the "bull" side, among which may be enumer? ated the reduced rate of interest at the Dank of England, the symptoms of the beginning of a re-buying movement of American securities by London, the pur? gation of weak spots from domestic inter? est, and the assurance of an easy?prob? ably unusually easy?condition of the local money market from this time until the beginning of next fall. Viewing the situation as a whole, I am disposed to regard it as a reasonable safe one for the purchase of sound railroad stocks on raids. Any^'bull" factor aris? ing would be likely to meet with a ready response from buyers. Hut on the other hand, it is not impossible that, should the uncertainties about silver legislation be much further prolonged, the market would seek relief from the weariness of waiting in a slight drop in pieces. Any such fall, I should regard as affording a good basis for buying, and in the meantime light profits may be made out of brief turns by buying on the slight daily drops and sell? ing on the rallies. Money continues to accumulate in the banks. From the interior movement, the banks gained during the week, $3,000 000 net, and from the sub-treasury $f>10, (?00 making a total gain of $3,610,000. The increase of government expenditures and the changes in the tariff, which take ef? fect under recent laws, will cause a sharp depletion of the cash in the treasury and correspondingly benefit the banks; and that effect will be more or less permanent. Henuy Cl?ws. Hlg Land Sale. A two-thirds undivided interest in the thousand-acre tract lying across the river, southwest of Plat 1. taking in W alien's Ridge and a part of the Wild Cat Valley, was sold Wednesday to satisfy the creditors of John and Walter Preston. The'purchasers were John IL Payne, Sr., Lexington, Ky.; Mary Preston, Norfolk, Ky., and M. F. Ewing,Owens ville, Ky., the consideration being $50,000. It is tho contemplation of the company to de? velop the iron ore, which it is thought will be found in abundance on these lands. The re? maining one-third is owned by the South Ap? palachian Land Company, FREE COINAGE. Proposed Legislation Condemned by Busi? ness Men?Meetings in Boston and Cincinnati Pass Strong Reso tions Against the Measure. Boston. Mass., Jan. 27.??Fanueil Hail's floor and gallery was packed at noon to? day with the substantial business men of Boston, gathered at the call of Mayor Matthews to formally protest against the free coinage of silver. The platform was occupied by some of the most distin? guished statesmen, financiers and educa? tors of Massachusetts. Henry L. Pierce called the meeting to order and introduced Henry L. Higgin Bon as the presiding officer. The latter announced that the meeting was one of protest only. The speakers were General A. F. Walker, Edward Atkinson and Congressman-elect Thomas Hoar. The following resolutions were adopted: Whereas, a measure authorizing free coinage of silver is now jwMnlini; before the Congress of the United States, and Whereas, We regard it as an act to depreciate tho currency and intiiet discredit, confusion and distress upon every clasp and interest in the com? munity. Resolved, That we, the citizens nf the Common? wealth of Massachusetts assembled in Fanucil Hall, laying aside party ti"s in the face of a common dan? ger, pmtcst against such a pernicious and disastrous legislation, and call upon our Senators and Repre? sentatives in Congress to oppose it by every proper means. Wc request the Speaker of the House of Representatives to exercise his legitimate influence to secure a due consideration of the bill, and wc appeal to the President of the United Slates in the last resort to interpose his veto to avert this evil. Resolved, That wo pray the Coinage Committee ot the House to postpone further action upon this bill until a committee representing this meeting can ap? pear before them and present in full tin-reasons which compel us to spare no effort to defeat the passage of this bill. Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions he trans? mitted to the President, the Speaker of the House, to tie- Chairman of the Coinage Committee and to our Representatives in Congress. Philadelphia's Kiek. Philadelphia, Jan. 28.?The Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Board of Trade have passed the following rosolu tions: Resolved. That the Philadelphia Board of Trade earnestly remonstrates against the passage by the House of Representa? tives of the pending Senate free coinage bill providing for the free and unlimited coinage of silver, not only the product of the United States but also the product of every other country. The board be? lieves that the act of May, 181)0 directing the purchase of 4,000,0(10 ounces of silver monthly, and the issue of treasury notes of all denominations in payment thereof, provide an ample supply to meet all legit? imate business wants of the country, but if in the wisdom of Congress any further increase of the. currency be demanded it should be provided for by the Govern? ment keeping under its control the whole coinage of the country as contemplated by the Constitution of the United States and not placing the coinage within the power or will of speculators and dealers in silver bullion. Resolved, That copies of the foregoing resolution, signed by the officers of the board, be transmitted to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and to the President of the United States. Cincinnati's Condemnation. Cincinnati, 0., Jan, 27.?Pursuant to the notice given yesterday, the Chamber of Commerce to-day considered the fol? lowing resolution concerning the coinage of silver, and that they were adopted without a dissenting vote: Resolved, by the Chamber of Commerce and Merchants' Exchange, That the ac? tion of the United States Senate in pass? ing the bill providing for the free coinage of silver is a most dangerous menace to the business interests of the country. Resolved, That I his association respect? fully, but earnestly protest against the passage by the House of Representatives of the United States of the Senate free coinage hill, und that a copy of these reso? lutions be promptly forwarded to the Speaker of that body. Baltimore Objects. Baltimore, Md., Jan. 27.?At the annual meeting of the members of the Clearing House at the National Union Bank to-day a resolution was adopted protesting against the passage by Congress of the pending Silver Bill. THE NEW ORLEANS VENDETTA. Acquittal of the I'rovenzano (Jang on Their Second Trial?Guilty the First Time. New Okleans, Jan. 29.?The jury in the Provcnzano- Mantianga vendetta case brought in a verdict of not guilty to? night. This is the vendetta which is sup? posed to have caused several murders and culminated in the assassination of Chief of Police Hennessy. A feud arose out of business differences between the Mautrauga and Provcnzano gangs last summer. While the Mantrangas were riding home in a cart one night about midnight they were ?red upon from an ambuscade, some of them being killed. The police found half a dozen Italian blunderbusses on the street in the neighborhood of the shooting,and the Mantrangas identified the Provenzanos as their assailants. As these vendettas had become frequent among the Italians here and there was a loud de? mand on the authorities to break them up. The case was vigorously prosecuted and the Provenzanos were found guilty, but the case was sent back by the Su? preme Court on a legal question. On the new trial, after having the most conflict? ing and contradictory evidence, the jury returned the verdict of not guilty. In the meantime the Mantranga party are in jail charged with the assassination of the Chief of Police. The conviction of the Provenzenos on the original trial was the first time a verdict of guilty was rendered in an Italian vendetta case. The verdict confirms the popular senti? ment that in cases of crimes committed by or against Italians it is impossible to secure convictions. YOUNG MR. ASTOB'S ENGAGEMENT. He Will Marry Miss Ava Willing of Phila? delphia. New York, Jan. 29.?It is now form? ally announced that Mr. John Jacob As tor, the only sou of Mr. and Mrs. William Astor, of 350 Fifth avenue, is engaged to Miss Ava Willing, daughter of Mr. aud Mrs. Edward S. Willing, of Philadelphia. Mrs. Astor verified the report when a Sun reporter called at the Astor residence last evening. A recent denial by Mrs. Astor of the reported engagement is explained by the fact that it was at first necessary to get the consent of the prospective bridegroom's father, who is now in Paris. That being obtained, the announcement was made. It is expected that Mr. Astor, Sr., will return for the wedding. John Jacob Astor is about twenty-four years old, tall and slender, though mus cular, with light brown hair and gray eyes. His two elder sisters are Mrs. Orme Wilson and Mrs. J. Coleman Drayton. He once attended Harvard, but did not grad? uate. He is fond of sports, being a good horseman and bicyclist as well as a good shot. ||e is a member of the Knicker? bocker Club. He will one day be one of the richest men in the world. Miss Willing is of an old Philadelphia family. She has dark hair and eyes, and is considered a beauty. She has spent much of her time abroad, and is well known in New York society. It is said that Mr. Astor will, shortly after the wedding, sail with his wife and mother for Europe, where the party will pass the spring and early summer months, returning home in time to spend a few weeks at the Astor country place at Rhine beck, afterward going to Newport for the season. SOURING ON HILL. Tho New York Sun Mud at Hill Because He Consented to be United States Senator from New York and May not he a Candidate for President. Nmv York, Jan. 28? The New York Sun manifests considerable disappoint? ment and indignation at the action of Governor Hill in accepting the Senator ship. The Sun argues that the mugwumps regard his action as an abandonment of the field to Cleveland, which, though not true, will be credited in many quarters. Commenting on the statement of the Providence Journal that Governor Hill has apparently decided not to oppose the rcuomination of Mr. Cleveland, the Sun says: If that were true, the Governor would be guilty of conduct like that of a general who should desert his army on the very field of battle, and leave his friends at the mercy of an enemy pledged to their ex? termination. Of such conduct we all know and feel that Hill is incapable. He may be led into error?all men are fallible? but that great crime against Democracy and his friends is impossible with him." DRIVING ON THE ICE. In Bark Weather a Compass lias to he Used. Menominee, Mini., Jan. 28.?Mr. Rot man, who for several years has run a stage line across the ice to Sturgeon Hay, made his first trip last week. The stage line has had some peculiarities not usually found in the ordinary line of stage trav? eling. In hazy or foggy weather, at night, or in a snow storm, it is necessary to "steer" the horses by a compass. There are no familiar trees, houses or roadside objects to assist the driver in locating the road* or determining the right direction, the trail being usually indistinct on the hard, glassy ice, and frequently entirely obliterated by the snows and winds that have a clean sweep for miles over the hard and frozen waste. To aid in the comfort of the trip there has been built on the ice a commodious and comfortable house some ten miles on the way, and about one half the distance to Sturgeon Hay. This tavern on the ice, nearly out of sight of land, is something out of the ordinary, and might also be called unique-. There the hungry and thirsty traveler can get a good substantial meal, which includes, if desired, fine fresh fish, caught and "cooked while you wait." The tavern has a good, clean bar, where sleet and cold can be speedily overmatched and the frame of man permeated with a gentle and pleasurable warmth after its long, chilly ride across the bay. The ruddy j;low at night of the "light in the window" shines out upon the glacial surroundings to cheer up the belated traveler and to presage for him a cordial welcome. The route is well patronized. ? ?? ? CHILIAN REVOLUTION. The Advantage Still Seems to he With the Insurgents. Buenos Ayeks, Jan. 29.?News has just been received here from Valparaiso that a conference between President Balma ceda and the Chilian Deputies has taken place. Many people believed that the President would take advantage of this meeting to tender his resignation. He did not do so, however, and the conference had no result. Meanwhile the insurgents continue to gain strength and confidence. The workmen employed in the factories in and about Valparaiso are joining the in? surgent forces in large numbers. The tide of sympathy seems to be with the rebels. Regular railroad traffic is at a stand still, and in many places the insurgents have temporartaly stopped the sending of trains by tearing the rails up. In some places they have also destroyed railroad embankments. Business is in a paralyzed state. The Government has declared the large towns to be in a state of siege. AGAINST THE LOTTERY. The Louisiana District Court Rules Against the Constitutional Amendment. ? New Orleans, Jan. 21.?The District Court to-day decided against the Louis? iana State Lottery Company and in favor of the State of Louisiana in the man? damus suit brought by the lottery com? pany against the Secretary of State. The suit was to compel the Secretary of State to promulgate the Lottery Amendment to the Constitution, passed by the last Leg? islature in order that the people may vote on it at the last election. He refused to do this on the ground that the amend? ment was never properly passed by the Legislature, having been vetoed by the Governor. The suit, therefore, was to decide whether the people shall have a right to vote on extending the charter of the lottery company twenty-five years or not. The District Judge to-day sided with Governor Nich olls and the Secretary of State in their view of the matter, and refused the man? damus. The company will carry the ques? tion at once to the Supreme Court. WILS HOWARD. The Famous Kentucky Outlaw Starts from California in the Custody of Two .Missouri Officers. Sax Fkancisco, Jan. 29?W'ilsou Howard, a member ot the notorious Howard family of Hnrlan county, Ky., was lodged in the city prison here yesterday, en route to Missouri, where be Is wanted for murder. Last August Howard was convicted of robbing a stage in Calavcras county, and under the name of Charles Brown, was sentenced to eight years in Somiuentin. Kentucky officials disclosed bis true idvutlty, and, In order to return him for trial for murder, Governor Markbam pardoned bim a few days ago. As sooou as Howard was released two Missouri officials took bim into cuHtody. The officials left last night with t&eir prisoner on the overland train. Howard admits hav? ing killed eight men. BANKING, LOAN & TRUST CO. Details of What was Done at the New York Meeting of the Bondholders and Directors of the Big Stone Gap Improvement Co. A SPLENDID ENTERPRISE. Editor of the Big Stone Post: At your request I give below ft synopsis of what occurred at the meeting of bond? holders of the Big Stone Gap Improve? ment Company held in New York, at the Everett House, on January 21st. The meeting was largely attended, over SO per cent of the bonds being represented. The following gentlemen were present: W. P. Clyde, William McGeorge, Jr., R. B. Whitridgc, James W. Fox, Everett Fox, H. C. McDowell, H. C. Wood, Josiah Ryland, F. D. Huidekopcr, R. C. Ballard Thurston, Charles T. Ballard, John E. Green, St. John Boyle, R. A. Avers, ?. C. McDowell, Jr., and J. F. Bullitt, Jr., The purpose of the meeting was to consider the plan proposed by Gen. Avers to organ? ize a Banking, Loan and Trust Company at this place. At first the plan was op? posed by several, but with discussion and explanation it grew in favor with all pres? ent; and when a test vote was taken there was only one voice opposed to it, and this gentleman said that while ho was person? ally opposed, he would agree to do what the majority thought best. The plan is briefly as follows: A corporation is to be formed under the laws of Virginia, with its chief office at the town of Big Stone Gap, with power to do a general banking business, and also the business of a general loan an trust company. This will include the right to purchase bonds or stocks of, and to help in any other manner deemed advisable, new enterprises desiring to locate at the town, and indeed this is to be one of the ckief features of the institution. The company is to be managed upon conserv? ative principles however, and no money is to he loaned, and no stock and bonds taken in any enterprise, unless, the quid pro quo is received therefor. In order to secure this end, a first class business man, who has had large experience, and who is capable of managing an ordinary trust company in any of our large cities, is to be secured for the presidency of the cor? poration. The bonds of all those who agree to the plan are to be turned over to the banking and trust company, and they are to receive in lieu thereof stock equal in amount to the face value of the bonds, with accrued interest. The money real? ized upon lot sales, namely, three-fourths of the total amount of all sales, which under the present arrangement is paid over to Mr. Thruston, the trustee, and by him is distributed in dividends to the bondholders, will, instead of being paid out to the bondholders, be paid by Mr. Thruston to the Banking and Trust Com? pany. The deed of trust to Mr. Thruston, by which the bonds are secured will not be changed. Indeed it could not be with? out the unanimous consent of all the bondholders, and this could not possibly be obatined. Mr. Thruston, however, will change his deposit from Louisville to the Hanking and Trust Company, so that all money received by him will be at once given into the control of the said compa? ny, will remain at the "Gap," and will do our town the same good as if the deed of trust were wiped out. That is Mr. Thrus? ton will, as money is collected by him from time to time, deposit the money with the trust company, and so soon as the amount reaches $50,000 he will, under the deed of trust, make a distribution of the funds, and the bank being the holder of 80 per cent or more of the bonds, will be entitled to 80 per cent or more of the funds distributed. An informal vote was taken upon the advisability of this plan, and, as before stated, there was only one dissenting voice, and the bonds represented by those who assented amounted to about 82 per cent of the total issue. Afterwards a written agreement was prepared and signed by all present, with the exception of one or two busy men who had departed before the agreement could be drafted; but Gen. Avers has doubtless, ere this, secured their signatures also. The agreement outlines generally the above plan; and provides for nine directors, seven of whom are named in the agreement, and are as follows: John H. In man, of N'cw York, John E. Green and R. C. Ballard Thrus? ton, of Louisville, Ky., R. A. Ayers, of Gate City, Ya., J. K. Taggart, of Big Stone Gap, Ya., H. C. Wood, of Gate City, Ya., William McGeorge, Jr., of Philadelphia. These seven gentleman are given full power to elect two more directors, one of whom is to be the President of the com? pany, and arc also given the power to pre? pare a charter, and have the company in? corporated. They propose to proceed at once with tho work, and the company will doubtless be in operation within 30 days from this date. It is believed that 85 or 90 per cent of the bondholders will agree to the arrange? ment. A brief consideration of the assets which the company will have will convince any one that it will be one of the strong? est banking institutions iu the State. Ten per cent has been paid on tho principal of the bonds, and there arc therefore out? standing about $900,000 worth of them, which with accumulated interest will make $936,000. If the bank secures 90 per cent of the bonds it will have a capital of $800, 000 and over. These bonds bear 4 per cent interest, which would make $33,000 annually. There are no* in the hands of the trustee nearly $400,000 worth of notes for different payments on lots sold. These notes will become assests of the bank. The notes bear six per cent interest, which in round numbers would make $24,000, or the total receipts of the bank from these two sources would be $56,000 annually. This is exactly'7 per cent of its total cap tal of $800,000. Of course as the notes are paid off the proceeds will go to reduce the face value of the bonds. But money loans in this section at the rate of from 8 to 12 per cent, and therefore the earuing capacity of the bank can certainly never be reduced below 7 or 8 per cent on its total capital stock of $800,000. In addition to this the bank will start with a cash capital of over $21,000 now in the hands of the trus? tee, and as there are notes which will be? come due in the next few months amount? ing to over $45.000, it is believed that the institution will within the next 90 days have a cash capital of over $100,000. There is perhaps no other institution iu the country the stock of which is as well secur? ed as will be the stock of this bank. That is, the stock is secured by the bonds, aud the bonds are secured by a deed of trust on the whole of the improvement com? pany's land. These lands aggregate nearly two thousand acres, and upon a low valuation arc worth at least one mill* ion, five hundred thousand dollars. Rat? ing them at the average prices heretofore sold by the company their value is nearly $4,000,000. This arrangement relieves the Big Stone Gap Improvement Company of a burden under which it has labored sine? . its organization. Under the former ar? rangement three-fourths of all the money received from lot sales was paid to the trustee, and by him distributed to tha bondholders. Ninety per cent or znoro of the bondholders reside outside of tha town of Big Stone Gap. The town there? fore has been constantly d raided of money which rightfully should have remained here to be invested in Big Stone Gap en? terprises. In the future every cent paid in will remain here, and it is believed that with our wonderful natural resources we will progress steadily, and that nothing short of a general financial crash will ever impede our progress. The question of consolidating ono or both of the banks now here with the Banking and Trust Company was consid? ered, but no definite action taken upon it. It was stated that the stockholders of the Appalachian Bank were opposed to consol? idation, but nothing definite was heard from either bank. It is possible that the Big Stone Gap Bank will favor the idea of consolidation, and if the terms can be agreed upon this will probably be done. The question of indncing Mr. Thruston to extend time on deferred payments on lots was briefly considered, but after the adoption of the banking scheme it was the general sense of the meeting that ex? tension of time would be unnecessary as every one present had utmost faith in the future of the town, and believed that with the aid of the Banking and Trust Company all would be able to meet their payments promptly. Mr. Thruston was, however, authorized to use his discretion in the matter of enforcing payments, and I am assured by him that whenever persons desire to renew their notes he will allow them to do so provided proper security be given. After the meeting of the bondholders a meeting was held of the directors of the Big Stone Gap Improvement Company at which a great deal of routine business was transacted. Mr. McDowell, who has just recovered from a two months illness of typhoid fever, stated that the routine business as sec? retary' of the Improvement Company, almost wholly prevented him from giving any time or attention to his law practice, and he therefore tendered his resignation as secretary, which was accepted, to take effect apon the appointment of his suc? cessor. Yours truly, J. F. Bl'LLITT, J*. BioStonkGap, VA.,Jan.20. ??? INDUSTRIAL NOTES. Judge Duncan, in his speech before the Commercial Club on Mouday night, said of the Louisville k Nashville railroad: "Work ia progressing as well as the weather will per? mit. They are about thirty-seven miles this side of Cumberland Gap, just opposite Jones ville, and are laying about four thousand feetof track per day. Cp to the present time, since track-laying has commenced actively, they have not been able to lay over four days out of a week, which would make from three to three and a half miles per week. All grading is practically completed to this point, and there is nothing to interfere with the track laying. The contemplation of the company is to push the construction of the road as rapidly as possible. I came up the other day from Cumberland (Jap with the President and Vice President of the road. They expressed them? selves as being well pleased with the work and the progress that had been made. They will put cars on the track as early as possible. I think cars will be running here by the 1st of May at the latest. The road will not all be completed then, but they will bring passengers here by that time." * * Chief Engineer O'Brien says he will soon open another quarry for ballastiug rock some thirty-live miles this side of Cumberland Gap, and the ballasting of the road will be done from each end. * * The terms for the removal of the wood manufacturing plant of Messrs. Wooten k Russell from Florence, Ala., to Big Stone Gap have been agreed on. The enterprise will make an important addition to our industries. The gentlemen at the head of it are experienced in their business and enterprising men. They will work a large force of mechanics and labor? ers, most of whom they will bring with them. * # The Exposition Building has been completed and is ready to receive specimens. Mr. J. W. Fox, Sr., has charge of it. He will improve the grounds and make the place interesting and attractive. it * Mr. Bibbs announces that he has discovered an eight-foot vein of superior Bedford building stone just at the entrance of the Gap. It haa a pink color and he says it is of excellent quality. He followed it for half a mile or more. * ? General Avers reached the city yesterday. He has taken all the necessary steps to'obtain a charter for the new Banking, Trust and Loan Company, and is greatly pleased at the favor with which the enterprise has been received. He says the leading companies owning bonds have acceded heartily to the arrangement, and he expects early and important results from the project. He has ordered the stock certifi? cates. * ? The City Council met last night to consider further the drainage question and to act upon I bids. A contract was awarded to W. R. Knox for excavating at 31)4 cents per cubic yard and 52 cents for each stump grubbed over eight inches in diameter. Another contract was awarded to Parr and Bardsley for masonry work at $3.01 per yard and paving at 8 cents per foot. . [ Tragic Death of Colouel Sperry. Koaxokk*. Va., Jan. 28.?About 9 o'clock this morning Colonel J. G. Sperry, an old ami highly re? spected citizens of Botetourt county, while en route to i this city, was run over at Cloverdale by a Shenandoan Valley southbound passenger train and killed In? stantly. He was about seventy years of age, very deaf and did not bear the train as it thundered along la the rear. Noticing some children in front of aim run rapidly from tu? track, he turned ?round and in a secoud was in eternity. Ue was universally re? spected, and leaves a wife aud several children. ? ?? ? .. . ? Colonel Beirut's Condition. The Board ot Directors of Uk Western Lunatic Asylum at their meeting at Staunten on the 33d, re* leased Colonel K. F. Bel rue. The condition ft Colonel Beirne is uulmprored. Ills Wife, however, desired to have bim la her own bosae to Ashland? ?her? ab*? could bo constantly by hit cid?, and he was released at her request upon the execution at Um proper bond, with the assurance that quarters and attendant* should be provided which would prevent the possi? bility of bis doing any violence to himself or any- - one else.