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VOLUME (XI.—NO. 117.
Robbers Slay Man on Road;
Loot Bank, Killing Two
Series of Daring Crimes Baffle
Police; Chamber of Depu
ties to Act
Exploits of Murderous Band
PARIS, March 25.—The automo
bile bandits, who In February
terrorized many district* of
France by carrying out an ex
traordinary series»uf crimes, have per
petrated, during the last few days other
daring crimes, which reached their
climax this morning in a murder on the
public highway between Villeneuve-St.
George and Paris and the killing of
two employes of the Chajitilly bank,
which ■was looted.
The exploits of the road pirates have
put rural France in a state of terror
and have created a tremendous lm
,rrfs?ion upon the imagination of Pa
Apparently the police are powerless
against the band and a section of the
press is charging Louis Lepine. prefect
of police, with allowing his adminis
tration to get out of date.
With a view of coping with the ban
dits Jules Steeg, minister of the Inte
rior, has decided to introduce a bill in
the chamber of deputies tomorrow pro
viding for the creation of an automo
bile police force.
Four bandits in an auto this morn
ing met a private motor car on the
highway near Villeneuve-St. George,
ordered the chauffeur to stop,
and when he refused the highwaymen
killed him and wounded the other oc
cupant of the car.
After throwing the body of the
chauffeur into a ditch the bandits en
tered the automobile and drove to
r-hantilly, 23 miles northeast of Paris.
Continued on Pasre 4. Column 5
Warning: Less Than Two
Short Weeks Now Till
J. R. HAMILTON
faster: The first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal
Equinox of the 21st of March. * That's easy.
Easter: the great festival in honor of Eostra, the ancient god
dess of Spring.
The greatest holiday, the oldest gala-day in the world—celebrated now,
continuously for over four thousand years.
The one day that has always been observed in the same way—with now
new clothes. The day when every one of us, from Mother
Earth, herself, to the last of her children, casts off the old raiment of the
old year and comes out gloriously arrayed on Easter Morning in new attire.
Woe be unto you, if you are found with an old hat on this new day.
The pity of forty centuries will be yours if you are caught wearing an x>\d
suit or an old gown.
And the First Sunday after the first full moon after the 21st of March,
is April 7th — less than two weeks away.
If you are going to be ready for Easter Day, you must start NOW. And
the place to start is here with this paper you hold in your hands.
The Advertising pages are full of Easter News, just as the Advertising
Stores are full of Easter merchandise. There can be no question now about
what The new styles are to be. Every store knows them and every good
store has them.
If yon are worried about where to go or what to get or how much to pay,
the Advertising News on page after page of this paper today will tell you.
It will solve your Easter problems, every one of them. For these advertising
pag«'S are the windows of all the stores that are worthy of your attention.
Here is where you will get the best for the least. Here is where you will
make your money go farthest. Here is where yon will find the styles most
pleasing to your style.
Every woman and every man has a personality; and it is not enough
just to get some popular style in order to make you appear at your very best.
So look over every one of these advertisements carefully and find the
suitar the dress or the hat that will be most attractive on you. Somewhere
m these pages is the thing you want —the thing that will make you look
better than any suit or hat you have ever worn before. Look for it care
fully and well.
It is a wise woman and a wise man who can choose their clothes as if
the style were made exclusively for th em.
THE San Francisco CALL
Ring in His Mouth;
Bride Discovers It
[Speri.j/ Dispatch to The Call]
LOS ANGELES, March 25.—
I'aul Engstrum, son of F. O.
Engstrmn, president of the F. O.
Engstrmn Contracting company,
and Miss Helen Lillian Davey,
daughter of Frank Davcy. a San
Jose photographer, were married
this' afternoon in the rectory of
the 1-ir>t Methodist Episcopal
The parents of both principals,
notified a few minutes later,
were taken completely by sur
prise. Hngstrum at once gave
his son. who is 2$ years old. a
block of >:■• ; in the'company.
During ! ceremony, when
Rev. Samin ... Boiler asked for
the ring. Kngstrum could not
Bad it. "It's in your mouth,
Paul.'' said the happy bride, and,
sure enough, it was. The bride
and bridegroom had known each
other two years, but did not
agree to marry until yesterday.
Slayer Says He Fired in Self-
Defense: Denied by Girl
[Specia/ Dispatch to The Call]
MONTEREY, March 25.—Jealousy is
thought to have been the cause of a
tragedy at the Ward ranch, four miles
from Bradley, yesterday afternoon,
which resulted in the killing of Fred
Aim, a rancher, by William A. Ward,
According to the meager details of
the tragedy received in this city today,
Ward said that he had shot Aim after
Aim attempted to kill him with a knife.
He displayed a small cut in his back.
Aim's young stepdaughter gave Ward
the lie, saying ah« had inflicted the
wound in Ward's back when Ward at
tacked her father.
Rumor has it that Ward was jealous
of Aim. believing that he had alienated
Mr<=. Ward's affection.
SAN FRANCISCO, TUESDAY, MAKCH 2f>, 1912.
FIGHT GOES ON;
Working People Endure Un
speakable Suffering; Pre
mier's Hopes Shattered
American Miners Adhere to De
mand for Increase and
LONDON, March J3.— The twenty
fifth day of the national coal strike
ends with nearly 3,000,000 workers idle,
many thousands dependent upon char
ity, every manufacturing industry
throttled and a settlement remote.
Th« sangruine expectation at the be
ginning of the day was that the Joint
conference of coal owners and miners,
dramatically summoned by the premier,
would reach an agreement, but gloom
iest forebodings followed the news that
no joint coference was held.
For two and a half hours the prime
minister and his colleagues labored
with the coal owners, and for four
and a half hours with the miners, but
they failed so completely that it was
deemed inad\isable to bring the dis
putants together again.
The government resorte.l to secrecy,
the only information being, "The con
ference adjourned until tomorrow."
With everybody pledged to silence,
tomorrow's events can nut bo forecast.
The one fact looms —government in
tervention has proved futile.
The main hope la that the miners
will break away from their leaders
and resume work. Their funds are
dwindling and the men may take this
step if the owners concede the princi
ple of the minimum wago.
If a settlement is not reached by the
end of the week all passenger trains
on every branch line in the United
Kingdom may bo suspended. The gen
eral managers met today and agreed
that this step would be necessary.
The working classes are undergoing
unspeakable suffering. No such situ
ation in many years has faced the gov
ernment and the people. Measures
must: be taken speedily to avoid disas
American Miners Parley
CLF-VELAXD. March H. —Union Irad
rs r of miners in the bituminous roal
Continued on Pase 4, Column 4
BY OWN HAND
Federal Commander Prefers End
to Disgrace of Defeat at
Orozco, With 164 Carloads of
Rebels, Moves on Enemy
MEXICO CITY, March 25.—Apparent
ly reliable messages received by El
Imparcial report a federal rout at
Jimenez. General Salas, federal com
mander, is reported to have committed
suicide. Both Generals Blanquet and
Tellez are reported wounded. Other
officers were killed and 50 officers were
taken prisoners to Chihuahua together
with many privates. Orozco. with 164
carloads of rebels, is reported moving
toward Torreon. All federal troops are
said already to have retreated to that
Battle Continues Furiously
JIMINEZ, Mex., March 2,.—At 3 j
o'clock this afternoon the battle of I
Corralitos, begun yesterday, continued
furiously. In the rebel camp the fed
eral dead was estimated at 4no and"
the rebel mortality at 1 no. The esti
mate of the government losses is baaed
by General Campa on interviews with
prisoners taken. Probably they are
Among those wounded today, it is
reported, was General Blanquet, one
of the most dashing and <l»-*perate of
the government leader*. The report
that General Salas was wounded is in
correct, and w;is due to tlie omission of
a mark of punctuation in the dispatch.
The rebels hold a superior position
on the heights, on the flanks and in
front of the government troop?. The
latter, despite their losses and dis
advantages of position and numbers,
show no signs of surrender.
Refugees Narrowly Escape
DOUGLAS. Ariz.. March 25.—A story
of robbery, insult and hardship at the
hands of a roving band of Mexican*
< ontinueil on Vnxr 4, < olumn 1
RAILROAD MEN IN
Wage Question Will Be Put to
Vote Following Refusal of
Increases by Managers
NEW YORK, March 25.—The confer
ence committee of managers of 50 rail
roads east of Chicago and north of the
Norfolk and Western railroad and their
locomotive engineers arrived at a dead
lock tonight over the question of an
increase and standardization of wages.
The managers today refused to ac
cede to the demands of the men and
the engineers tonight declined to ac
cept this decision and reaffirmed their
It appears that the question must
be placed before the rank and file of
the Brotherhood of locomotive En
gineers employed by the railroads for a
referendum vote as to what the policy
of the engineers shall be.
The engineers had requested a mini
mum wage of $4.40 a day for passen
ger service. $5.25 for freight service
and substantial increases for oiertime.
They also asked increases jfor switch,
belt line and special engines, and speci
fied that all electrical trains be manned
by engineers at steam railroad prices.
IDEA TO BE TRIED OUT
Automobile Trucks Will Be
Ferried on Barges
[Spccra/ Dispatch to The Call]
SAX JOSE. March 25.—A revolution
ary transportation idea is to be tried
out by the San Jose Terminal Railroad
company, now building an electric line
between San Jose and deep water north
of Alviso to connect with a line of f;ist
steamers running out of San Francisco.
It is announced that automobile
trucks will be lUtfed to gather freight
in San Francisco and that these trucks
will be run on the docks of barges
without unloading and carried to the
San Joge terminal company's wharf.
From thaf point the loaded automobiles
will be transferred to fiatcars and
transported to San JOM. I'nder their
own power the auto trucks will then
distribute the freight to all parts of
the Santa Clara valley.
Statisticians of the company figure
that they can save $2 a ton to the
STATE MAY CONTROL
SANTA BARBARA LINE
Council Votes to Submit Propo
sition to People
SANTA BARBARA, March 25.— The
council today voted to submit to the
people at a special election the propo
sition of placing with the new state
utilities board the control of the street
railway system here. The owners of
the company said that they would be
glad to have the proposition carried,
as they believed tn py could do busi
ness with the state board much better
than they could with the city council.
If the proposition is carried Santa Bar
bara will be the first city in the state
to delegate such powers to the new
HUNGER BANDITS' FOE
Expected to Unearth Aliens
Three of the ringleaders in the Hilhville courthouse tragedy in Vir
ginia: On the left is Bird Merrian, next is N. C. Stickland, and on the
right is Victor Allen. All three are now in the Roanoke county jail
charged Jvth murder.
"They Can Keep Us Guessing Several Days,
But No Longer,*' Posse Leaders Say
I'LLSVILLE, Vn.. March 25.— ''They can keep us guessing several
days, but no longer. They can't get food enough to live on."
This was the statement made tonight-by the leaders of the posses
that arc hunting the Allen outlaws for the courthouse murders of
4 After another day's hide and seek up and down the south side
High Waters Cause Grea* Dam=
age in Mississippi Valley;
Ice Banks Break
KEOKI'K. la.. March 25. —The gov
ernment whir dam at Gregory. Ho.,
threatens t<> go out at any moment,
according to a report here today. The
entire section was said to be flooded
because of the seven mile gorge which
formed within the last 12 hours. Much
damage is reported.
Ice banks, in some places 30 feet |
high, in the Dcs Moines river as far
north as Gregory, Mo., were reported
here today. The Chicago. Burlington
and Quincy tracks were covered with .
ice and water in depth from 18 inches!
to three feet at different points.
No trains were operated last night
or early today and officials of the mad
expected the lines entering Keokuk
would bo out of commission for two
or three days at least.
The Mississippi river rose slightly, |
standing at !."> feet. Hasty repairs on |
the cofferdam of the Mississippi Power
company were effective in keeping back
Several small buildings were carried
away py the gorge which broke yester
DOCUMENTS SHOW MAN
HEIR TO SPAIN'S THRONE
De Mont Mollin Declines to As*
MACO.N". Ga.. March 25. —The death of
John S. dp Mont Mollin. a confederate
veteran, here Saturday has brought to
light documents that tend to show that
lie was heir to the throne of Spain. The
papers, which were secreted In De Mont
Mollin's houseboat on the (Vmu)gee
river, are said to bo of such convincing
character that at one time the then
head of Cambridge university. England,
went so far as to offer to equip a war
party to invade Spain in an effort to
seat the American claimant.
L"c Mont Mollin said that he should
liavp become king; wlipn Alfonso XII.
father of tho present monarch, began
his reign. The doruinents show sev
eral communications from Alfonso
XIII in relation to the Claim. They
also show an offer of a large sum of
money from (Jeneral Weyler to head a
filibustering expedition from Cuba, but
De Mont Mollin refused to consider the
The American claimant was 7 i years
old and was born in Savannah, Ga. He
was a marine engineer by profession,
but for some years had led a secluded
STATE HIGHWAY URGED
BY ARIZONA SOCIETY
PHOENIX, Ariz.. March 25.—The
Ciood Roads association of Arizona met
here today and recommended to the
legislature the passage of a bill pro
viding for a state highway commis
sion and a bond issue of $5,000,000 for^
the construction of roads. The mem
bers of the association unanimously
declared in favor of convict labor in
the construction of state thoroughfares.
•"of the Blue Ridge, in which the posses
often were near the Aliens, and even
! found the initials from Sidna's saddle
I pad, part of his horse's bridle and the
traces of a meal hastily eaten by the
Otitlaws on retreat, the detective- said
their final assault upon the gang
might be delayed several days.
A posse of 14 men spent last riigrht
in Floyd Allcn'> barn. R. ll.Willis,
an attorney for the Aliens, said today
that the families of Floyd and Victor
I were destitute and that neighbors
' feared to aid them.
Sheriff Kdwards returned here today
and said that the week's campaign in
the mountains with the inclement
weather had almost exhausted the
posse, and that Saturday and Sunday
night not one of the posse vu able to
obtain food and shelter.
One of the outlaws still at large,
8. Allen, son of Floyd Allen, is
now believed to have distanced his pur
suers and to have left the region. His
uncle, Sidna Allen, and his cousins,
Wesley Edwards and Friel Allen, are
still supposed to be corraled In the nar
ii'iw space on the south side of Blue
ridge, against which the detectives are
cantering their efforts.
Sldna Edwards, who was captured
xn<\ pla<'<vl in the Hillsvilte jail Friday,
is now safe in jail at Roanoke, with
th^ other three prisoners. • Detective
Falts say? that while they were going
d.-un i>n the train last nigrht Edwards
admitted he parsed a pistol to his uncle,
Floyd Allen, at the door of the court
hOtM4 the day of the shooting. The
prisoner insisted, however, that he did
not fire a shot himself. Heretofore
he claimed he went to Hillsville that
n READY TO TRAIL
BLUEFJKT.n. W. Va., March 2S. —The
Hatfields Of West Virginia are willing
to go into Virginia and assist in the
search for the Aliens, who shot up the
Can <>il county court, according to Cap
tain Hatfield, oldest son of "Anse" Ifat
fleld, leader of the clan.
Hatfield said today he would organize
a dozen West Virginia men and trail
the Aliens if Governor Mann of Vir
ginia desired his assistance.
Captain Hatfield denounced the Allen
outrage at Hillsville and pointed to the
peaceful termination of the trial of his
brother, William Hatfield. who was sen
tenced a few weeks ago to serve seven
years on a charge of second degree
Ten of the Hatfields were in court
when the sentence was pronounced but
made* no demonstration.
CASH REGISTER SUITS
TO BE TRIED TOGETHER
WASHINGTON. March 2..— The gov
ernment's attorneys in charge of the
civil and criminal antitrust suits
against the National Cash Register
company today conferred with officials
of the department of justice. It is be
lieved both cases will be tried at the
same time. The attorneys expressed
the opinion that these suits would not
be affected by the supreme court's "pat
ent monopoly" decision.
XE^Efil>s&i^Jmghe!>t temperature, 56;
FORECAST FOR TODAY—Cloud], and
light showers; light south mind.
: For Details !of the Weather See Page 15
price five Cents.
Roosevelt's Victory Is Declared
Due to Lavish Use of
FORMAL CHARGES ARE
MADE BY G. A. RAMSEY
Taft Delegate, in Open Letter to
Colonel, Tells of "Gang"
\VILL OF PEOPLE OF
STATE WAS OVERRIDDEN
[Special D'npatch to The Call]
WASHINGTON, March 25 —
That Colonel Theodore
Roosevelt carried Oklahoma
as a result of the "lavish use
of money furnished by the Standard
Oil interests and other malefactors of
great wealth" was the formal charge
made by the National Taft bureau last
night, in the form of a letter from G.
A. Ramsay of Ardmore. Okla., ad
dressed to the colonel himself.
In a previous statement the Taft
bureau had pointed out that the
colonel evidently was misinformed
when he said that his victory in Okla
homa was the result of a "genuine
primary," since no primaries of any
kind were held in that state and the
elections, were under the old conven
Charges in Open Letter
The charge that the colonel's victory
was the result of the "lavish use of.
money" was made in the following:
open letter, addressed to Roosevelt by
Ramsey, copies of which were given out
at the Taft headquarters:
Dear Sir: T have noticed in the
press dispatches a number of times
that you have referred to the elec
tion of the two delegates in the
fourth Oklahoma district as exam
ples of the will of the people beintr
overridden. You state that at the
state convention held later you
were indorsed by delegates from
the same district 2 to 1.
That you may not deceive your
self longer and that the voters of
the different states may know the
exact facts. I will state in plain
words what every republican voter
here knows to be true. At the Con i -
gate convention, held January is,
1912, your had the ma
jority of the congressional comnalt
tee and attempted to organize the
convention by fair or foul means,
resorting to a miscall and miscount
of the delegates, and. when forced
to give a "square dea.,l'" you were
beaten and President Taft indorsed
by a vote of 118 to 32, and C W.
Miller of Hugo and myself elected
as Taffs Instructed delegates by a
similar vote. No more unfair means
were ever used in any convention
to override the will of the majority
than was practiced at this conven
tion by your followers. The asser
tion that you make that "the same
district s^jit delegates to the state
convention instructed for you 2 to
1" is false and misleading.
At the organization of the state
convention you had barely 17 dele
gates out of 93, or a smaller vot»*
proportionately than you had at
Coalgate. For your further infor
mation, which may also be of inter
est: Of the votes generally I will
say that the delegates to the statp
convention were in a majority tot
you because of the lavish use of
money furnished by the representa
tives of the Standard Oil interests
and other "malefactors of great
wealth" in your behalf. Money was
furnished freely everywhere to
make your campaign, some counties
being absolutely bought up. and in
the case of Osage county a train
load of 250 men was to the county
seat to overrun and outvote the
With s-uch shameless method? of
procedure, if you are proud of your
Oklahoma vote you are welcome to
the same. With a fair primary t<>
our republican voters you would b«
overwhelmingly beaten. I have
been very conservative in my state
ment of the fkCtS, which will b*>
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