U. S. MAY ENTER ALLIANCE TO
Washington, Dec. 23. The U. S.
may have to enter what has previ
ously been regarded as "an entan
gling alliance," if present peace ne
gotiations' go dowi to the point of
international enforcement of peace
The state department announced
this officially today for the firs time.
Sec'y Lansing, today neld it to be
somewhat premature to discuss such
problems at this time, but indicated
this government had considered the
possible necessity for an alliance if
any peace agreement is to bind.
The department manifestly regret
ted the allied interpretation that
Pres. Wilson, himself, had said both
sides in Europe were fighting for the
It was pointed out that the peace
note specifically said that leaders of
both sides had named the things for
which they were fighting and that
their statements of purpose had
In the matter of the possible al
liance, it was, held that the U. S. nat
urally would link itself with the pan
DARCY IN NEW YORK ELUDES
New York, Dec 23. Les Darcy
has arrived. The Australian middle
weight champion landed at the Bat
tery early today and went immedi
ately to the Broztell hotel, where he
retired from the sight of sporting
writers and fight . managers com
pletely. As "Lester Dawson," stoker, Dar
cy came to New York on the Stan
dard Oil .tank steamer Cushing. Tim
O'Sullivan accompanied him, acting
as manager, and will arrange for the
lighter's affairs until an American
manager is secured.
Tex Rickard had the right of way
today and he alone was allowed to
board th steamer to welcomevthe
Champion, Ordeis iiad. previously,.
gone out from Standard Qil head- .
quarters that no one save Rickard,
movie and newspapermen should get
Immigration authorities waived'
the customary examinations.
"The first thing I want to make
clear to the American public," said
Darcy, "is that I am going to fight ;.
for Great Britain. I do not want any
one to consider me a shirker for ;
leaving Australia. Just as soon as I -have
met several good American
boxers and have earned what I con
sider a sufficient sum to support my -father,
mother and sisters in com
fort I shall go to Canada or England
VJLLA CAPTURES TORREON .
El Paso, Tex., Dec. 23. Villa to- ,
day is in possession of Torreon, the
most important railway center in
At 1 o'clock yesterday the bandit
forces marched into the city.
IivaR early morning assault yes
terday ,the Villistas had met with a
brief-resistance from the Carranzis
ta garrison, which then abandoned
This stroke places Villa with: the
height of hisK power since Gen. Per
shing's expedition chased his broken
bands into Durango.
GOES TO JAIL IN ORDER TO GET
Denver, Col., Dec. 23. Homeless,
hungry and old, John Ryan, 66, to
day is assured of his Christmas din
ner. But he will eat it in the county
Yesterday Ryan smashed one of
glass writing desks in the corridor ot
the Denver postoffice and was ar
rested. Questioned as to his motive,
he replied: -
"Because I'm tired of going hun
gry all the time. I'm tired of hav
ing no home and no place sleep. This
will get me in jail and I'll get a
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