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O'SHAUGHNESSY THREATENS TO SHOOT TH
EDITOR OF MEXICAN NEWSPAPER
Mexico City, Feb. 19. Charge Nel
son O'Shaughnessy has threatened to
shoot Diaz Mirpn;.,edltpr of El Im
parcial, the . Huerusta newppaper
which hasj feen vilUfying President
Wilson and is -backing up his, threat
by carrying a pistol and by display
ing another -within easy reach on his
desk in the embassy.
A telegram from Sec'.y Bryan was
' Charge Nelson O'Shaughnessy.
received by O'Shaughnessy, com
mending the charge for resenting the
insults and assuring him that" the
American government would give
O'Shaughnessy and his family all the
Mirqn has made open threats
against O'Shaughne'ssy since the lat
ter complained to. Geh. Huerta about
sctlrril&us editorials' in the Eilmpar
cial attacking . the president, arid
Huerta ordered Miron to stop them.
Only the outer shell of d govern
triRfit iinw remains in Mexico', accord
ing tb experienced Americans how ihi
the capital, and they believe'- that'j
Huerta's early downfall is almost a
certainty. They claim that marks of
civilization and order have almost en
tirely disappeared, robberies of big
stores occur almost every night and -the
police and Huerta's soldiers are
"in on it all." Gambling goes on in
a hundred places and the natives are
fleeced openly. Huerta's government
is declared in with the gamblers and
the dictator gets a heavy rake-off.
Nowadays" Huerta makes no at
tempt to keep his appointments. Fre
quently he has kept Sir Lionel Gar
den, British tnlnlster, waiting half a .
day for a promised audience and he
frequently breaks engagements with
Charge O'Shaughnessy since Pres.
Wilson lifted the embargo on arms.
But though Htierta's downfall is
undoubted: by foreigners here, the
question they are unable to solve is
wttat manner Of ending he will
choose. Whether he will prefer ig
nominous defeat at the hands of
Villa, which would mean his exile if
he' "were lucky enougn to escape a
brutal arid disgusting depth, or w.ould
rath'er be whipped by the tTnited
States' is uncertain. In the latter
event, he would be a sort of martyr
arid go down in history.
Only two of the. news' correspond
ents in Mexico City have escaped ar
rest at the bands of Huerta. The
others have been arrested on flimsy
pretexts and in every, case frged afte
a night in jail, but during that night
their rooms have been -searched and
all their belongings investigated.
WAITRESSES AND COOKS MfcT
A mass meeting of waitresses and
cooks will be held at the 2ist'tyard
Socialist Hall, 738 Wells st, Friday
night, February 20.
Elizabeth Malpney, Carrie Alexan
der and Fred 3berllng arid others
who have played a prominent part
in the strike at Heririfct's will ppeak.
It will be an open meeting.