LLOYD GEORGE MAY SUCCEED
ASQUITH AS PREMIER ,
London, Dec. 2. Rumors that
David Lloyd George was packing up
his belongings in his office as min
ister of war were printed in the Lon
don Evening News today in support
of .the report that he wasv preparing
to leave that post
A number of London newspapers
today declared the coalition cabinet
faced a crisis likely to result in its
dissolution. The present large cab
inet was' held by a number of news
papers to be -too cumbersome for ex
peditious conduct of war. There
has been considerable popular dis
satisfaction against Premier As
quith expressed, in editorials recently.
AMERICANS FLED CHIHUAHUA
BEFORE VILLA ATTACK
Washington, Dec. 2. All Ameri
cans had left Chihuahua City before
the Villista-Carranzista fighting be
gan there, state department repre
sentatives on the border were told by
all refugees with whom they talked,
the department announced today.
The refugees told state department
- border officials that Villa had ordered
no looting and that they believed no
foreigners, excepting two Chinamen,
had been killed.
CARRANZA SWAY WEAKENS
El Paso, Tex., Dec. 2. Situation of
Carranza government in Northern
Mexico is "desperate," following cap;
ture of Chihuahua City by Villa, was
admission today of Gen. " Gonzales,
commander of government forces at
Villa will probably move westward
along the line of the Mexican north
western ralway, after evaculaion of
Chihuahua City, in order to reorgan
ize his forces and prepare for anoth
er swoop. All military authorities
agree it would be almost impossible
for the bandit forces to hold the city
against a determined assaulL
With the fall of Chihuahua City, r.
simultaneous campaign against the
Carranza government has been start
ed in all parts of Mexico by revolu
tionary leaders, according to advices
here. Concerted movements in sev
eral southern and central states of"
Mexico 'took place at the time cf
Villa's assault upon the northern cap
ital Information of the state of
affairs existing throughout Mexico
reached United States officials.
BOYCOTT ON EGGS ALREADY IS
The boycott on eggs, started by the
Chicago Political Equality league and
Aid. Geo. Pretzel, is already having
its affect. Eggs dropped yesterday
to 38 cents a dozen. Of course, some
retail grocers are still stinging their
customers for higher prices, but in
the majority of places the price, went
down. A further- drop is expected if
the boycott is continued.
Butter aso dropped 2 cents a
pound. Turkeys naturally fell in
value after Thanksgiving. Health;
Com'r. Robertson says he expects a;
big decline in the price of eggs. He
gives entire credit to the housewives'
of Chicago who have sat back and
refused to buy at the hold-up prices'
demanded by the egg gamblers. Sol
Westerfeld, Western Retail Grocers'
ass'n, says the boycott is the most
effective weapon ever used on the -price
City Prosecutor Harry B. Miller is "
being urged by Health Com'r Robert-
son to start suits against the food -gamblers
under the forestalling ordi
nance. Miller says he may do it. In-.,
timates Jim Wetz, "king of-eggs,".
may be made one of dependants.
At the Examiner mass meeting in
the Olympic theater yesterday Sen
Lewis, Florence King; Aid. Pretzel,
Cong. A. J. Sabath, John Temple
, Graves, Frank Dale Woods and Ass'tf
State's Att'y Barnhart sp"oke. Fed
eral, state and city prosecution of the
food gamblers was urged.
Heprin, III. Two killed in explo-t
sion at Egyptian Powder Co. plant j
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