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Rain This Afternoon
FIRE WIPES OUT SECTION OF HOUSTON
FOR TB LIVES
Situation in Mexico Is
Hourly Becoming More
WOMEN FORCED TO
CROSS THE BORDER
iViadero Unable to Hold in ": -'neck
Forces Ravaging the
Armed bands are terrorizing prac
tically every section of Chihuahua,
according to dispatches to the State
Department today. Americans and
other foreigners arc compelled to
flee for their lives.
Hundreds of women jmd children
are crossing tho border today and
arc telling harrowing stories of the
ravages and pillage of the unre
Property is being destroyed and
helpless people are being driven
from their homes.
Only Safe in Juarez.
Tin re 1h no safely pen in the city of
Chihuahua Itself, and tin- federalists
have practically given up hope of re
gaining control of tho situation. Only
at Juarez, which is In i.inge of Ameif
can sunn, W then- an sign of order.
Thr untl-Madcio fences among the
people of Juiirix! and Chihuahua gener
allv aie in a ib-clded majority, the Stato
Dipaitment is Infoinicel. ,iuel should the
rovolt spread, as Is now. feared, no fed
oiul fiiico could mdluinUi nuthoilty in
The dlt-liict .iiound Casas Giandcs s
in absolute conttol of the revolutionists
and a huge pan of the Northwestern
lallroad Is in possession of the rebels.
f- long as these forces hold the rail
road no federal t mops ilaie Invade tho
So far theie hae huen no disturb
ances immediate!) on the border, hut
American troops aie patiolling the line
mile b mile and ale ejecting trouble
at any hour.
At the War Department this morn
lns it was believed that the troops now
In Texas would he able to maintain
order and ucutinlltj foi the present
Amci leans on the Isthmus of Tehuan
tepec today lepoit a serious condition
In that 8ectian of tho countiy. No
nnthoiitv. exists in am part of the
lower countiy except at Halina Cruz,
and thlH great iioit may at anv time
fall Into the hands of the rebels Amer
icano huve vast Intel ests in Tehuanto
pec Largo Aincilcan Intel ests In the Cul
ia' an valley have appealed to the eon
mi a Muzatlan for piotecilon. Many
citizen" of this eountiv have been
cobbed in that dlstilct.
COKKCAST Van Tim DISTUIt'T.
Rain this afteinoon and tonight.
Thursday gcneiully fair, much eoldei.
I.owcs tcmperatuie tonight abovo
1 lU'RKAl'. I Al'TLKCK'S.
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1 a in
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1 p m
2 i ni
31 l a a. m
31 i 10 a. m
, SI I 11 a. in...
; l 12 noon 4
SS i 1 p. ni -II
& i 2 p. m H
Tmla High tide. 10:iS u. m and 10. aj
p m i.iw title. 1.12 a. in. and I.Sij p. in
ronton ow High tide. 10. ii h. m and
11 e.s i, m ; low tide, -1.17 u in. and 5 20
... CIS Sun sclb 6;ll
Yesterday's Circulation, 49,195
View of Texas City Visited By
Cashier for Past Three
Years Elevated by Hitch
cock and Merritt.
ENTERED THE SERVICE
AS MESSENGER BOY
Worked Out Details of Govern
ment Postal System in Cuba
and Porto Rico.
Louis J. Robinson was today ap
pointed Assistant Postmaster of the
The appointment was made by
Postmaster General Hitchcock and
Postmaster N. A. Alerrltt.
For the past three years Mr. Rob
inson has been cashier of the Post
office, and was placed In charge of
tho postal savings bank when thiit
institution was established last sum
mer. In announcing the appointment to
day, Postmaster Merritt said ho felt
confident that the vacancy in tho of
fice of Assistant Postmaster had been
filled by the best fitted man in the
"I bfflleve," he said, "that the ofllco
will be vestlv benefited Mr Rob
inson dcseivcd the piomotloii in lec
o, tuition of his Ions and meritorious
Bcivite. and his capabilities."
The appointment came as a sur
prise to the office employes, and to
Ml. Robinson. It wa.s not known
th.it the Postmaster oi the elcpait
mont consideicd making a perma
nent nppolntment loi the place at
this time. It has been tempoi.ullv
Piled b.v Mi Robinson since Mr. Mei
iltt wus appointed Postmaster to
hiueced tho lato H. F. Raines.
In his acceptance of the appoint
ment tcndoied Mr. Robinson express
ed ids Kiatltude
"I have devoted overv working duv
J'l mj twentv-Hvc yeais of active
..in i" tlu sp'-vIc"," he said, "and it
will no n pleasuio for mo to set ve in
a bioadened 'apm-itv I have been
,tnP' h,;lm,cU ln'1 l'vlsloii of the,
scivic and have intimate working
knoweldgc of cveiy division." h
Here Since War.
Mr. Robinson has been a resident of
Washington since- the Spanish war Ho
was noin in .vi.naslia. wis., foitv-two
years ago, and received Ids lliht ap
pointment ill the postal service as spe
cial delivery bo In the Appleton pu
oftlce, December IT, 1SJ.7. He has been
in the service ev ei since. Ills ilse in
the Appleton office was lapid, and he
was assistant poMinaslci iheie when
ho volunteeied lo go to Culn and I'm to
Rico for woik In connection with the
Installation of the Amciic.an postal hs
lorn. I'pIuiiiiiv in, ISM. he was transfeiicd
lo the Washington oilice ami a.sMgued
to a position as cleik In the legintiv
division Two months Intel he was
appointed nshMnnt siipeilntoudent of
Station U. the big downtown launch
oftlee. October 10. l'JiJ, lie was inado
supeilntendent of .Station G. and beived
In that capaiit. until be was appoint
ed i asldei of the City Postoftiee Jauu
ar lb, VM
Vermonl Society to
Give One Act Play
A one-act conud) and iiifntin.il recep
tion will form tile . Ingram for tho Keb
ruary meeting of the Vermont Slate
Association of tin District of Columbia
Attendance on the meeting to bo held
Fildav evening at 8 o'clock at the
Washington flub will not be limited to
association members. Efforts are being
made to bring togither all Vtunoiiters
who are resident In Washington.
WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY EVENING,
Storm and Fire, Which Caused $5,000,000 Damage Today
Urged to Restore Items
Cut Out by House.
IN FORCE TO OBJECT
Residcnts'of Outlying Sections Op
pose Tuition Fee For Non
The schools of tho District had
their inning before the subcommit
tee of the Senate Appropriations
Committco In charge of the District
bill today. The subcommittee vvaB
urged to restore those items in the
estimates for the schools which were
cut out or lowered by the House
The members of tho School Board,
the District Commissioners and dele
gations from outlying regions which
are affected by the action of the
House with reference to non-resident
pupils were present.
One of the most interesting fea
tures of the hearing was the
speeches made to the subcommittee
by delegations from Chevy Chase,
Kensington, and elsewhere. From
the Chevy Chase Association came a
committco consisting of Thomas E.
Robertson and C. V. Dawson. Wil
liam Terrell represented Kensington.
Two Congressmen Present.
C.ingiehsnian Lewis of the Sixth Mary
land .UMikt end Corgi ctsmaii Cailln
of Virginia were also piesent ll
plrad-'d to the sulic vnniitleo lo change
the tiiovlslon nut Into the District bill
In the llo.ise. the efiei t of which Is to
bai out pupils who aie tl.e children of
liOM-ictldelits, unless thev pay taxoa
gi tater than tile tuition fee
Mi. Robeityoti hpolto for the Chivy
Chase Association, aid Messis Diwuoii,
Trirell. lewis, do 1 Cm I In spoke on
the non-U si. lent piopoxltlon lnleflv
It was ur;e.l in tin miIji onwnltlee that
llic outlving icgiuns whence- non-reol-
lciUs come tc the Dls'ilct tcluols aie,
i to all piactlcal piup')j"s, a pint of the
jnistilct. tl at tb- residents i-pend their
money In the Djstii.-t and ciivote most
'of i hell thro to w ilk i r In slness In the
i Diptrk't, 'mil that the n lloii ot the
llouae is unilisl in.1 i l.f.in 'ir..' sub
(Contliiued on Kotu th Page.)
Last Minute News Told in Brief
HELD ,IN PHILADELPHIA.
IMIILAUKLI'HI . Keb Jl -Demanding
the reason for her detention. Mabel
Itegner. twentv iars old, a pietty bru
iietti stamped her foot In jV cell in the
central police station ami kept the de
tec the force abashed and apologetic.
The gin, togelhei with two companions,
Wilbur C lJiich and H-i-l II Walt,
vveie apprehended line at the instance
of the Haltlmoro police No charge had
bei'ii made against thorn, but tho Hul
tlincre police hail senl an accurate de
scription of the tlnee
SEARCHING FOR DERELICT.
The- icveniie i iittei Senna Is searih
lug Uie iutjii scut) ior thu UrllUU
What Roosevelt Believes
I believe in the short ballot.
You will get best
service when you elect only a
I believe in providing for di
rect nominations by the peo
ple, including therein direct
preferential primaries for the
election of delegates to the na
tional nominating conventions.
I believe in the election of
United States Senators by di
I believe in the initiative and
1 believe U (the recall)
should be generally provided,
but with, 'such restrictions as
will make it available only
when there is w.cicspread and
genuine public feeling among
a majorityf the voters.
I believe either the recall
(of judges) will have to be
adopted or else it will have to be
made much easier than it now is
to get rid, not merely of a bad
judge, but of a judge who,
however virtuous, has grown
so out of touch with social
needs and facts that he is unlit
longer to render good service
on the bench.
Extends to Texas
Cities Are Snow
ST l.OCIS, Mo, Keb. I'l.-The entire
Southewst Is todav In the grip of tho
worst blizzard or the winter, a foot of
snow had fallen In St. Louis nnd
throughout Mlssouil, Kansas, and Okla
homa and was still falling steadily. The
htoim extends down to the I'anhandle
heetlou of Texas The Jqmperatiiie In
southern Texas dropped fioni 70 degrcs
lo below fieezing over night.
All trains aie from two to live hours
late he communication is piactlcallj
P.ualjzed. In the larger cities business
was neai Iv at a standstill. In St I.nuls
and Kansas i'lt tho sticets were
blocked with snow.
RciKirts fioni Shieveport, I,a., stato
that eight colored mon were killed and
a seme Injured bv a tornado which
swept that dtv. Tho damage is esti
mated at WO.noo.
ffhlp Urni', which was abandoned In a
watei -logged i-ondltion, 1'ebiuaiv K The
Mrne was huunei fioni New York for
HllPilt's Avies with lumber, when she
was wiccked. The Seneca was dis
patched titmi New Yoik to tlnd the ves
sel and either tow hei Into port oi de
Htio lier as a menace to navigation
CHALONER CASE ARGUED.
NEW YORK, l'eb 21 -Claiming that
his client wa.s a resident of Virginia
at tho time, he was declared Insane by
tho State" courts here. Hugh Gordon
Miller, attorney for John Armstrong
Chuloner, lntioduceel evidence to sup
port that contention Miller argued that
the New York courts erred in appoint
ing a tuinmlttce of Chaluncr's pernor!
FEBRUARY 21, 1012
Dynamite Used to Wreck Buildings and Check Spread of Conflagration.
COL. ROOSEVELT, IN
OHIO SPEECH, TAKES
Former President Declares For Initiative
and Referendum, and For Recall,
If "Properly Restricted."
COI.TTMP.US. Ohlo.flb. 'Jt.-Declar-Ing
for the people's' power, ho far an
tho initiative! nnd referendum in con
Vfrncd, .although lieKxantcd ita oxoiclsc
protected- by "pioper restrictions.
Colonel Hoo3evelt today took the most
progressive stand of his career.
He also told the constitutional con
vention, befoie which ho piesented ills
'chatter of demoerac" that, although
nilgltmlly opposed to the recall, he now
believed It also should bo within the
power of the people. Ho (pialHlcd the
i ecall for judges, by suggesting what lie
said wns a better plan and avoided all
refcience to the tariff and certain othei
national issues In sa.vitig that he stood
today exactly where he stood a jeai
ago on such matteis.
"The prvv-r lo lnvike di-ect a tion,
both bv Initiative and nv li-fercndun.."
sn'd Colonel Uoosevolt.' should be pio
vlded foi tho people In s-ueh faidii in as
to prevent its b"ing vvai'tonlv oi too fie
quentiv used. In th. creut inajcnt, of
esses It Is far better that action on
legislative matter should he taken bv
those specially delegatjd to pel form the
'Action lv the Initiative or leiVren
dum ought not to bo the noimal way
of legislation; but the rowei to tihe It
should be provided In tl)e Constitution,
so that If the lepiescntatlves fail to
liillv repiesent the p.-oplo on t-onm mat
ter of stiff!' let t impoitance to aieuse
populai Intel cut, th'-a the people will
have In their hands ;iio faoihtk'O to
make good that falluic."
This reference came as the climax ot
an eloquent appeal tor increased powe
for the voter, who. tho colonel said,
should bo given tinabildged power of cil
icct nominations. Including thciclu tll
icct preferential primaries for the elec
tion of delegates to the national nom
inating conventions. In this connection
some of his hearty s siw a barbed ref
erence to the present situation in his
party when Roosevelt fcald:
"As good citizens we aie willing to a -qutc-sce
cheerfullj ln a nomination ob
tained by tho expresMon of a majoilt.v
of the people, but uo not llko t m -qulcscc
In a nomination brought about
by adioit political management In de
feating the wish of the majority of tne
Ho far as the recall Is concerned, the
colonel said that there exists no guat
necessity for it "as regaids shoit-teini
elective offlcets." However, aftei ron
sldeiatlon, he said, he "bellevrH it
should bo genenlly ptovHed, but wlla
such icMrlctiona us will make It avail
able onl when theie is a widespread aim
genuine public feeling among n ni.ijoi it
of the oteis "
In Its application to judges, howevei.
GEBHART MAKES STATEMENT.
TRENTON, N .1 . Feb 21 -Senator
Gebhart has issued a statement as to
tho dlsbaiment proceedings against
him. In part. It is as follows: "The
men who are pressing tho charge
against mo are now under Inillctment by
tho grand Jury of Hunterdon county for
alleged violation of tho election laws,
and because the Indictments have been
found, bj' a grand Jury selected by
Sheriff Holcombe, whom I supported
last fall for tho ofllco of sheriff, thoso
indicted persons chargo mo with the
responsibility fur Uiuso IndlctuivuU."
Roosevelt belln-ed' there was a better
lj'inedy than tho recall, and that vtivs
K'vlng tbo people, as. tt whole, the power
to decide whitt they wanted In tho way
ot ta v s.
"Legislators and Judges allko aie the
servants of tho people," he hald, "and
irtheso two seta of public, servants dts
agiee as to tho amounts of power elcle
gatfd to them by the people uniler the
Constitution, and If tho caie is of suf
Jiilent Impoitance, then, as a matter ol
couisi', It should be the right of the
peoole themselves lo dee Idc between
Tie foi met President was much bib
own mastei during his stay In Colum
bus. No definite piogratn was arranged
foi him with the exception of his ad
dress, scheduled before the constitu
tional convention. Roosevelt arilved at
Hie Union Station. No military escort
wa.s piovh'cd foi him during his slay
heie. The io wa.s not even a sciuad of
unlfoimed policemen to puaid tho foi
mer President, although the chief of
police assigned numeious plain clothes
men for his piotection.
Roohevelt's pergonal fiiend. Dr. Wash
ington tlladdcn, noted .'onsregatioiiallsi
pieachei. and oiigln.ttoi of the term
tainted nione, ' met the visitor aiuhc
Matlon and entertained him dining the
few leisure bonis he had in Columb-js.
The colonel was Pr OladderVs guebt at
luiicheoi. following his addiess befoie
the cctiMltmloni.l convention.
The capital sw.irineel with progressive
leadei-h fiom all pints of the State to
day, who gatheicd In anticipation of the
formei Piesldenfs visit, lany political
confciences weie scheduled for the dav.
Roosevelt himself was not a party (o
them, but the,' were conducted through
AValter F. Drown, Republican Stato
c halrnian, and leader of the Roosevelt
movement in Ohio
By THEODORE ROOSEVELT.
Mr. President, and Membeis of the
Ohio Constltullon.il Convention.
I am profoundly sensible ol the
lionoi ou have done me in asking me to
address jou. You are engaged in the
Junilament.il work of s-elf-goveinment;
ou aie engaged in framing a consti
tution nuclei and in accordance with
which the people aie to get and to do
justice aim absolutely to rule them
bulves. No lepresentatlve body can
hav o a highei tabk To carry it through
.successfully tlieic is need to combine
practical common sense of tho most
haul-headed kinfl with a spirit of lofty
Idealism Without Idealism your vvotk
will be but a sordid makeshift; and
without the haid-headed common sense
tho Idealism will be either wasted or
vvoise than wasted.
1 shall not tiy to speak to you of
matteis of detail. Kach of our Com
monwealths lniR Its own local needs-,
local customs, and habits of thought,
diffeient Irom those of other Common
wealths, and each must therefoie, ap
pl.v In its own fashion tho gieat prin
ciple's of our political life. Rut tlleso
piiutlples themselves aie ln their es
sence applicable cveijwheio, "and of
some of them I shall speake to you.
I cannot touch upon them all; the
subject Ih too vaM and the time too
limited. If anv one of jou caics to
ki.ow niv views of these mateeis which
I do not todav discuss. 1 will gladly
i-end him a cnpv of the speeches I
made' in lain, which I think covoi most
ol the gieiund.
For Pure Democracy.
I beliovo In pine demociacy. With
Lincoln, I hold that "this country, with
Us Institutions, belongs to tho pcoplo
who inhabit It. Whenever they bhall
glow weary of the elstlng govern
ment, the) can exeiclse their consti
tutional right of amending it " vy0
piogicHfclveB believe that the people have
the light, the powei. and the diitj
to protect themselves and their own
wolfaie: that humap rights aie su
preme over all other rights; that wealth
should be the servant, not the master,
of the people. Wo believe that unless
i epicbc illative government does abbo
lutoly icpresent the peoplo It is not
reprcbenlutlvo government at all. We
test tlm woith of all men and all
measuics bv asking how they contribute
to the welfure of the men, women, and
chlldicn of whom this nation is com
posed. We aro engaged In one of the
Bleat battles of tho age-long contest
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PRICE ONE CENT.
WILL REACH TO
Many Buildings Eaten Up
by Flames and 2,000
60,000 BALES OF
Families Separated During Excite
ment and Reports Spread That
Citv Was Doomed.
HOUSTON, Tex., Feb. 21 Fire,
which started at an early hour this
morning and threatened to wipe out
Houston, swept a section of the city
seven blocks wide and eighteen
blocks long, listfmatcs of '.Tie loss
reached as high as $G,00(;,000
A thirty-flve-mlle wind drove the
flnm.es from house to house and af
ter half an hour's fighting it was
seen that the fire was beyond con
trol of the fire department. Churches,
schools, more than one hundred resi
dences, warehouses, lumber yards,
cotton compresses, and small factor
ies were quickly eaten up by the
Cotton Loss $2,000,000.
Sixtv thous-and bales of cotton were
destrojed and the loss to cotton dralers
alone will reach $2,R)0,0u00. Tel. -graph
seivice Is Mill itupaiicd b the Joint
effect of the Hie and stuim.
It was not until afte-r'a block of
houses In the direct path of the Harm
bad been dvnamlted that "the in emeu
got tbo situation in hand.
The atea burned over adjoins th
aie!s of the Southern Pac llic lailwav.
Cotton waichouscs and loaded eais heie
vveie destiojcd It was thlH that brought
the lot-s up, as most of the houses that
were binned weie llghtlv e ousti ucted
and theii contents not compai.Tilvelv
The heaviest losei- aie the Me Kadde-i
Compiess and the Cleveland Comprts
both of Which weie lllled witli c oit u
the big plant of the Kd II. Han ell 1 urn
ber Company, including the mills ,,,(
yaids, and St. Patrick's Catlml
Chinch. The chinch and school idjmii
lllg vv ic desti oved
IN CONGRESS TODAY
Senate met at -.' o c leu k
Mcml ers. of School Hoaid healel l.ef.ii.
.subcommittee of Apiimpi latUuih Com
mittee in charge of District bill
Senator Sutheiland Introduces mi.is'it
for bureau for study of almoimP
Finance committee continue., he. u inc.
on hill for revision of steel schedule
Printing investigation commission sum
, to prepaic iipnrt on allegi'd thefts of
leathei In bludei v division of (io
eminent Pi luting Office.
Consideration of Stephenson case to be
lesunied this afternoon.
Chemical bill passed the House l
vote of ITS to U7.
CoiigioMiinan Hobbou asked un !m
tigntlon of the coitioveisv ! t -i
himself and Consie3imen Ilnv in I
Kverghules luvestigatien cnnttmieil
.Military Afnirs' Committi-e vol.. I to
piobe Alnswoith tas" In the Uui Dc
Judiciary Committee continued consid
erations of anti-tiust bills
White House Callers.
Jones, Wash, rtie-huidson. Tie I .
Hinds, Mo., Caldcr, x. V ,
Johnvon, 8 Cai . Fontei, Vt.,
tilllitl, MubS., Jlillor. Jilnn .
Me Call, Mass, Maitlett, Oa ,
Weeks, Mas , OIlllHtead, Pa
Wni tun ton, Wash , dardnor. Muss.
See ictiirj of Wur.