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U. S. SEIZURE OF VERA CRUZ IS REPORTED
MEXICAN-U. S. NEWS BOILED DOWN
DOPE FROM WASHINGTON
( "Use your own judgment," was the
substance of an order flashed to Ad
miral Fletcher off Vera Cruz today. It
followed instructions previously sent
that a shipment of 2,000,000 rounds
of ammunition and 250 Krupp guns
were expected at Vera Cruz on a Ger
man steamer, and that it must not
Seven members of the diplomatic
corps were called into conference
with Secretary Bryan this afternoon.
It is understood they were to be in
formed that a blockade was on at all
It has been made plain by Presi
dent Wilson that he would object to
the resolution passed by the House
last night being changed to elim
inate special reference to Huerta as
the man to be called to account.
Wilson wants congress to differen
tiate between the Huertaistas and
the Mexican people generally, who
are not in sympathy with the dictator.
Senator Lodge said there could be
no declaration of war against Mex
ico, as there was no government rec
ognized. A report is current here that Ad
miral .Fletcher lias seized the cus
toms house at Vera Cruz. Secretary
of the Navy Daniels said he had no
report from the commander of the
fleet concerning such action.
Maj. Gen. Wood will not leave
Washington tomorrow when he gives
up the position of chief of staff of the
army. He will remain in Washing
ton two weeks, taking command of
v the army in the event war is declared.
Shipment of guns and ammunition
consigned to Federals is supposed to
have been landed at Vera Cruz this
morning from a German ship. Land
ing could not be halted, as no official
notice of a blockade has been sent to
the powers. Only possibility of stop
ping the delivery lay in Admiral
Fletcher seizing the custom house.
The cabinet is believed to have con
sidered issuing such instructions.
Secretary of State Bryan admitted
that a general American exodus from
Mexico City is on. Americans are
leaving for Vera Cruz on special
trains as fast as they can be arrang
The navy department ordered the
torpedo flotilla at Pensacola to pro
ceed to Vera Cruz instead of Tam
pico. Probable that troops will be
detached by Gen. Bliss to guard
Americans in towns immediately on
northern border of Mexico. Messages
have been received from two cities
detailing fear of massacre by in
flamed Mexican residents.
Mexico City. Sir Lionel Carden,
former British minister to Mexico,
who has great influence with Huerta,
expected here today. He may be able
to persuade Huerta to grant the sa
lute. The diplomatic corps conferred
with Foreign Minister Portillo. Huer
ta was not present and is taking no
official part in the negotiations.
San Antonio, Tex. Armed guard
placed around arsenal to prevent out
break among Mexicans. Huerta sym
pathizers here numerous.
Vera Cruz. Eight-seven American
refugees, including both men and wo
men, are aboard ships Mexico and Es
peranza, chartered by U. S. government.
Marblehead, Mass. Work is being
pushed on hydro-aeroplanes for use
in both branche sof service. Two are
ready for service.
Vera Cruz. Admiral Craddock of
British fleet ordered British oil steam
er El Zorra to refuse to carry am-'
munition to federal forces at Tam
pico. Explained that England's friend-