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HAS HARTIAL LAW
FLETCHER TO RUIE VERA CRUZ
TO KEEP DOWN STRIFE.
WILL PUNISH DISORDER
Admiral Says There Shall Be No
More Quibbling About Government
-Order That AUl Arms be Given
rp Results in Surrender of Stacks
Vera Cruz Sunday was under mar
tial law. Rear Admiral F. F. Fletch
er, commanding the American naval
forces on shore, Sunday issued a
proclamation to this effect, and the
last opportunity Mexicans had for
handling their own affairs In Vera
Cruz under their own laws disap
Admiral Fletcher and his staff de
termined there should be no more
quibbling with the Mexican officials
regarding form of government and
until further notice residents of this
port will live and be judged by mili
tary law. The word has gone forth
that disorder and unruliness in any
form shall receive swift and severe
punishment. This proclamation makes
Rear Admiral Fletcher absolute rul
It Is believed martial law will open
the way for more of the city and fed
eral employees to return and co-op
erate in restoring the local govern
ment functions., Mexicans point out
that these men now will be in a posi
tion to explain to their friends and
the existing government at the capi
tal that under martial law, they felt
obliged to return to their work.
An order that all arms be turned
In by residents by noon brought to
the headquarters of the provost mar
'shal bushels of small arms and stacks
of rifles. The city was quiet Satur
day night, and if there was a sniper
in action the fact was not reported
to division headquarters. Many Mex
ican officials have reported their will
ingness to resume their duties of of
fice under the supervision of the
- The efforts of Rear Admiral Fletch
er, supplemented by those of the Brit
ish commander, Rear Admiral Sir
Christopher Craddock, and the
French and German consuls and pri
vate citizens, to bring about the de
parture from the interior of all for
eigners who wish to leave, are being
continued energetically, but the hope
of getting out more than a small part
of those left is diminishing hourly.
Federal Gen. Maas has established
his headquarters at Soledad, 16 miles
from Vera Cruz, and his men are
tearing up the railroad tracks. The
gap between Tejera, the water sup
ply station, which is guarded by the
Americans, and Soledad, has grown,
and It is no simple task for refugees
to get themselves and their belong
ings across the open space.
Lleut. Frank J. Fletcher of the
battleship Florida, Is in charge of
the train which Is being run from
Vera Cruz to the break in the road
and on every outgoing trip the train
carries a small detachment of armed
men in addition to a machine gun.
The train has been within sight, at
various times, of outposts or scout
ing parties of Gen. Maas' forces, but
so far there has been no hostile act.
No initimation has .been received
that Huerta proposes to release the
Americans, some of the women and
children, held at Cordeba, Orizaba,
Pachuca, Aguas Calientes and other
places. Former railway men, Ameri
cans and a few Mexicans, including
some of the officers of the National
Railway system, who were discharg
ed by Gen. Huerta, have offered their
services to Rear Admiral Fletcher for
any use he may see fit to make them.
A communication has been sent to
Gen. Maas, asking him to permit the
operation of trains from the .south
over the Vera Cruz and Isthmian
road for a brief time, that Mexicans
who desire to reach that part of the
country shall have the opportunity
to do so, and that Americans iso
lated in that district may be gotten
The consulate Is receiving upwards
of one hundred telegrams a day ask
ing for information of American resi
dents. Consul Canada has created a
special bureau to make such Inves
tigations and to answer telegrams.
Both the navy and state depart
ments are eager for official news and
the fleet and the consular office have
been bombarded with orders for min
ute details. This official informa
tion, added to the mass of private
messages and the enormous volume
more newspaper correspondents, has
resulted in so clogging the three
cables to the outside world that its
transmission, except with many
hours' delay. is very nearly Impos
sible. Twenty more corespondents
are said to be on their way aboard
The food supply problem must be
relieved soon, and plans are making
to open the Alvaredo railroad, a short
line running south Into the garden
and poultry district.
Would Have to Fight.
When a demand was made Satur
day at Meexico City on the Gearman
Embassy to surrender its arms Ad
miral Von Hintze, the German min
ister, replied. "I you get the arms
you will have to fight for them."
Getting Ships Ready.
in response to numerous American
inquiries received in London for ton
nage in connection with the Mexican
crisis, many Uritish steamers have
been offered but no business has yet
Fire Burned to Death.
Mrs. Mildred Verner, aged 26. of
Mt. Vernon. Pa., and her four chil
dren. were burned to death Monday
night in a fire supposedly started by
Four Die in Wreck.
Four men were killed and six in
fured in a wreck at Vinita, Okla.,
Saturday. when a freight plunged in
to a creek.
Rebels Hold Monterey.
The Federal stronghold of Monter
ey has at last been captured by the
KEEP WATCH ON BORDER
THIS COUNTRY TO BE PREPAIRED
FOR REBEL HOSTILITY.
Adequate Force to be Kept on Texan
Border as Precaution Against Al
liance of Mexicans.
While the attention of the Ameri
can government for the past several
days has been concentrated on re
storing order at Vera Cruz and ex
pediting the departure of Americans
from Mexico, a watchful eye has been
trained on the transcontinental boun
dary between Mexico and the United
States for any signs of hostility from
Conferences at the state depart
ment between Mr. Bryan and rep
resentatives of the Mexican Constitu
tionalists resulted in the dispatch to
Gen. Carranza of a telegram by the
latter, strongly advising him to re
main neutral and assuring him that
the American government intended
to withdraw its forces from Mexico
as soon as Huerta had made satis
factory reparation for offenses.
The advice given Carranza was
that, by assuming a hostile attitude,
he would draw all Mexico into a
war; Huerta would be perpetuated
and the Constitutionalists' cause lost.
The position of the American govern
ment is firm that an offense against
its dignity and national honor has
been committed, and that it must en
force reparation from Huerta.
Signs of uneasiness abroad because
the United States, though not hav
ing declared a blockade or a state of
war, is exercising jurisdiction at Vera
Cruz between measures short of war
and actual war became apparent.
Cabinet officials said no attempt
would be made to interfere with the
regular channels of commerce any
where. Munitions of war alone will
be held at the Vera Cruz custom
house, if landed, provisions and oth
er commercial supplies not being de
The army and navy continues
plans for holding Vera Cruz, for the
care of refugees, for the provision
ing of American forces and for the
maintenance of a strict border patrol,
not only to prevent raids and upris
ings, but to keep all factions in Mex
ico from obtaining munitions, arms
and ammunition. The war depart-.
ment continued Its plans for mobiliz
ing regulars and volunteers, should
the president call for them. Army
transports, bearing infantry and ar
tillery, sailed from Galveston to re
inforce the naval forces at Vera Cruz.
PRISONERS TO BE MOVED.
Mexicans Held at Fort Bliss to be
Sent to New Mexico.
Orders were issued by the war de
partment Monday transfeiring the
Mexican prisoners held at Fort Bliss
near El Paso Monday, to Fort Win
gate, New Mexico. The war depart
ment believed It necessary to move
the prisoners further from the Mexi
can border In view of possible devel
The third squadron of the Twelfth
cavalry now at Fort Meade, S. D.,
will be sent to Fort Wingate to
guard the prisoners.
The Mexicans, soldiers and other
refugees have been held at Fort Bliss
since they fled across the border
seeking refuge on American soil after
the battle of Ojinaga. The defeated
federals, pursud by victorious Consti
utionalists, cross the Rio Grande and
were rounded up by United States
troops. The war department feared
that so large a colony of Mexicans
near the border might excite the Mex
icans across the river and perhaps
lead to an effort to liberate the pris
The prisoners will be entrained at
El Paso under a heavy guard from
the Twentieth Infantry, which will ac
company them to Fort Wingate and
turn them over to cavalry ordered
SHOT TO DEATH.
Political Club Meeting Starts Enmity
That Leads to Death.
A meeting to organize a political
club was held in Woodmnen's hail at
the Bay store. Carver's Bay. near
Georgetown, Wednesday evening. As
a sequel to the meeting George Pow
ers, a white farmer, is dead from a
gunshot wound inflicted by his broth
er-in-law, Isaac Roberts. During the
evening, it seems, George Powers and
Isaac Roberts, brothers-in-law, had
several disagreements and not less
than three times came to blows. They
were separated by mutual frinds fol
lowing each set-to-.
After the meeting Powers and Rob
erts started home together. When
they reached Roberts' house their
quarrel broke- out arresh. Roberts
went inside, got a doublebarrel shot
gun, came out and fired a load of
buckshot into the side of Powers. it
Is said. This was about 9 o'clock
Wednesday evening. ,Powers fell un
conscious and died the next morning
shortly before 6 o'clock.
Following the shooting, which oc
curred in the road in front of the
house, a messenger was dispatched
for a physician. When he arrived he
saw at once that there was no hope
of saving his life. The marvel was
that 'Powers had existed so long.
Japan Not to Press Us.
Japan has no intention whatever
of utilizing the present troubles be
tween the United States and Mexico
to secure from the United States a
satisfactory settlement of the Cali
fornia rifficuilty," said the Japanese
Rebels Reported to be Neutral.
According to reports reaching El
Paso. Tex . Tuesday C'arranza and
Villa have signed a written agreement
to remain hands off in the present
Huertian fight as long as northern
Mexico is not invaded.
Nengro Kills Threo and Suicides.
William Pearson, a negro of
Knoxville, Tenn., Monday killed his~
wife and two children and then comn
Argentine Thanked by America.
The Argentine government was
thanked Monday in the name of Pres
A CITY DESTROYED
MEXICAN FEDERAIS DEVASTATE
TOWN OF NUEVO LAREDO
CAME BACK TO BURN IT
After Evacuating City Mexican Fed
erals Return on Following Day and
Destroy It-United States Infan
try Guarding International Bridge
Neuvo Laredo, the thriving Mexi
can border town opposite Laredo,
Texas, was in ruins Friday night,
devastated by dynamite and fired by
Mexican federals who late Friday be
gan an orgy of destruction which
ended only when they were forced to
flee before the guns of the American
border patrol. Two Mexicans are
known to have been killed by the
United States troops.
Several brisk skirmishes between
the Americans and Mexicans occur
red as the Mexicans, their troop
trains ready to leave the burning
city, began an indiscriminate fire
across the international boundary.
Property damage in Nuevo Laredo
will reach $500,000. Among the
buildings destroyed were the United
States consulate, municipal buildings,
post office, theatre, flour mill, one of
the largest in that section; the rail
road shops of the Mexican National
railway and other structures.
There was no property loss in Lar
edo. Both interinational bridges are
safe, though efforts to dynamite them
resulted in the death of two men en
gaged in the undertaking. One Mex
ican was shot by a sharpshooter from
the top of the water tower. The Mex
ican was trying to reach the end of
the international foot and wagon
bridge. Another was killed when he
tried to blow up the Mexican end of
the International railway bridge.
American soldiers are constantly sta
tioned at the American end to pre
vent such an attempt.
When Mexican soldiers finally left
order was quickly restored at Laredo,
but strong guards remain throughout
the city. A serious problem was fur
nished immigration and city authori
ties by the presence there of hundreds
of refugees from the burning city.
The federal garrison evacuated
Nuevo Laredo Thursday, supposedly
going to Saltillo or Monterey. With
their departure the city, ordinarlly
of about 7,000 population, was vir
tually deserted. Early Friday the
federals returned and it was announc
ed that they came back for additional
engines to put to their troops trains.
There was little excitement caused
by the presence of the federals until
Thursday afternoon. Smoke was
seen issuing from some of the build
ings around the plaza. The munici
pal building and the American con
sulate, on opposite sides of the
square, broke into flames. Next door
to the consulate, the post office, tem
porarily closed, also was seen to be
burning and around the plaza smoke
began to Issue from the windows and
roofs of other buildings.
A few minutes later a loud explo
sion wrecked several houses and the
fire spread rapidly In all directions.
Americans began to gather on the
river bank, .but hastily retreated
when warned that other explosions
nearer at hand might occur. Troops
at Fort McIntosh were quickly order
ed out and soon a rigid guard was
established in the danger zone. At
the two bridges the guards were rein
forced, and It was here that the only
known loss of life occurred.
A battery of field artillery was
sent to the power house of the Lar
edo Electric and Lighting company,
staring an attack there, but there
was nothing for them to do. Sev
eral Mexicans were seen to fall be
fore the fire of the machine gun, but
they were carried away by their com
rades. After silencing the Mexicans,
part of the Ninth Infantry was with
drawn from the river front.
United States War Department Does
Not Delay for Mediation.
Expecting that Huerta will repect
mediation proposals, the war depart
ment is proceeding with preparations
for war. Orders were issued Sunday
night to the Watervlelt arsenal, the
Frankfort arsenal and the Rock Is
land, Ill., arsenal to prepare ammuni
tion and to begin the construction of
field artillery with all possible dis
The government has only 600 field
guns. There is necessary to complete
the artillery equipement for the army
for what Is proposed to be put In the
field 700 more guns. The account
ing of stock shows that the 600 guns
on hand have a supply of ammunition
and shells for about 700 more. The
government will also purchase pow
der to be sent to the arsenals for the
manufacture of shells.
A Garden at Evening.
Who walks a garden aisle at hush of
When winds of day are still and
The dreaming shadows rest, can well
The flowers have an evening hour
When round the heart the restful
And life's tumultuous turmoil
throbs no more,
It seems as if the friendly twilight
A healing Presence worn souls
One in the garden's dusky peace can
Why Jesus longed one starlight
night to be
Far from the restless city's din and
WAithinu the quiet of Gethsemane.
--New York Sun.
Ma~iority Against llease.
Governor Blease wired his friends
in Charleston, and a half-page ad in
the evening paper there called for aid
to the Vlease-Grace alliance. Of the
seventeen uncontested clubs in Char
leston ten are against the governor
nd m,1y evrn for him.
CONSUL WAS HUMilIATED
REPRESENTATIVE AT MONTEREY
TELLS OF INDIGNITIES.
Was Placed Behind Bars in Jail Until
Constitutionalists Captured Town
and Released Him.
President Wilson and Secretary
Bryan were greatly incensed recently
on receiving a dispatch from Consul
General Philip C. Hanna at Monterey,
Mexico, announcing that he had been
subjected to insults and indignties
by Mexican federal officers and kept
a prisoner in the government palace
from April 22 until the Constitution
alists forces captured the town two
days later. The consul reported that
mobs led by Federal officers tore
down all the American flags in the
city, trampled them and then burned
them up in the streets.
On the arrival of the Conistitution
alists, Mr. Hanna was released and
treated with marked consideration.
He said the rebel officers made
espeeches in front of the State house,
giving assurances of full protection
to all foreigners and non-combatants.
Secretary Bryan went to the White
House and conferred with the presi
dent when the consul general's re
port reached the state department.
Mr. Hanna's message to Secretary
Bryan was dispatched from Monterey.
The secretary took it to the White
House at once and it resulted in long
conferences between him and Presi
dent Wilson. Mr Hanna reported
hat he had been courteously treated
by the Constitutionalists.
Mr. Hanna's report reads:
"Secretary of State, Washington.
"April 24.-On the 21 of April an
officer, Capt. Alvarez del Castillo, evi
dently instructed by the federal mil
itary commanded to tear down all
American flags, arrived at this consul
ate with a street mob which he had
gathered about 4 o'clock in the after
noon and pounded in the door and
demanded that the American flag
over this consulate general be imme
diately lowered or he would shoot it
down. The other federals proceeded
to tear down all American flags,
standing on them, making speeches
throughout the city of Monterey,
burning some of them and tearing
them up and leaving them piled in
the middle of the stretts.
"It was the most insulting affair I
or any of the people of Monterey
ever have witnessed. They then placo
ed a police guard in front of this con
sulate general, and all the inmates
in this building were made prisoners.
"The next morning about 10.
o'clock a police lieutenant advanced
with a force of men and addressed
me that he had been instructed to
search the building. The insulting
search was completed about noon,
when your consul general was taken
prisoner through the streets with the
mob and carried first to the peniten
tiary and afterwards to the state gov
ernment palace, which building has
been for some time military quarters
and fortified, and was the object of
special attack by the then attacking
"While I was placed under heavy
guard in the grand reception of the
State palace I fully realize that I was
constantly being conisiderably insult
ed and greatly humiliated, not on a
count of my personality .but on ac
count of my official position as rep
resentative of the United States gov
ernment in north Mexico.
"At about S o'clock in the evening
of April 22, I was taken before the
military court and notified that I was
charged with being in sympathy with
the Constitutionalist chiefs and of
being friendly to certan Constitution
alists generals, and especially Gen.
Pablo Gonzales and Gen Antonio Vil
lareal. I was kept a prisoner In
communicado until the evacuation of
the city by the federal troops, and
until the arrival of the Constitutional
ist forces early this morning.
"There were times during the
period when it was .believed by many
that I would be shot or carried to
the mountains as a prisoner, in case
the federals evacuated the city. How
ever, the Invasion of the city took
place last night and I was left alone
in the State capitol building as its
sole guardian for about six hours
without being informed by any indi
vidual or officer of their departure.
"The Constitutionalist forces, un
der command of Gen. Pablo Gonzales,
Gen. Antonio Villareal and Gen. Cas
tro carried on a successful attack for
about five days. which resulted in
the defeat of the federal army with
heavy losses on the part of the fed
erals and their complete rout.
"The city is quiet and the feeling
of safety and confidence has returned
to the people. .
"The opinion generally prevails
that it Is the Constitutionalists' pur
pose to bring about a high type of
free government, personal liberty and
protection of property.
"While many Americans have been
imprisoned for the past few days by
the federals, no Americans have been
killed or injured excepting Guy Saw
yer, head of the American Printing
company, who was seriously wounded
at his country home during the first
days of the battle. Mr. Sawyer is
reported better this morning.
(Signed) "Consul General Hanna."
There M1ay he Mfany Others.
During the election campaign in
the Canadian province of Ontario last
year, a member of the legislature of
fered his services to the saloon in
terests for $10,000. A few weeks
ago the fact was discovered and the
member was denounced in the legis
lature. As a result his party expelled
him and he was compelled to resign
his seat in the legislature. The jus
tice meted out so swiftly to a legisla
tor offering to sell his influence might
well be Imitated In other cases. A
legislature is chosen. whether In Can
ada or in this country, to serve his
people and not some interest. When
one proves false to his duty he should
be summarily dealt yith.
126 M1exicans Killed.
An enumeration of tho Mexican
casualties in the fighting with the
American forces, canvassed from
every available source, give the dead
as 126 and the wounded 195.
New York, Mlay 1 .--Cotton steady,
one lower to two higher. July, 12.33;
October. 11.38. Stocks good, frac
tion hioghe bu nnon remted
1O TRY fOR PEACE
ARGENTINE, BRAZIL AND CHILE
OFFER GOOD OFFICES.
U. S. ACCEPTS MEDIATION
Three Pan-American Countries Try
to Bring About Settlement
Through the Elimination of Huer
ta-Government Hopes "for Best
Results Within Short Time".
Pan-American diplomacy Saturday
night made its first attempt to solve
the Mexican crisis by peaceful nego
tiation. The United States govern
ment accepted from Argentine, Brazil
and Chile a formal offer to act as
intermediaries in the present situa
tion, but reservedly pointed out that
an act of aggression by 'the military
forces, or hostile demonstrations to-.
wards Americans, might upset hopes
of immediate peace.
Coincidentally with the acceptance
of the mediation offer, administration
officials announced there would be
no cessation of preparations by the
army and navy for future emergen
cies, and no orders would be issued
to the naval forces at Vera Cruz or
the ships at sea, changing original
plans. No further steps, however, to
secure reparation for the indignities
which gave rise to the present sit
uation will be attempted while the ef
fort is being made to bring about a
settlement through diplomacy.
Although the offer made by the
three South American countries did
not reveal their plans, it was learned
that they contemplate a broad settle
ment of the Mexican problem
through the elimination of Huerta,
upon which the United States has in
sisted from the beginning. Notifi
cation of the offer of intermediation
was sent not only to the diplomatic
representatives of Argentine, Brazil
and Chile in the City of Mexico, but
to Gen. Carranza and the Constitu
tionalists in northern Mexico.
The Brazilian, Argentine and Chi
lean envoys transmitted the United
States acceptance of their proposal to
the Spanish ambassador who imme
diately sent it by- cable to the Span
ish legation at the City of Mexico
for presentation to Gen. Huerta.
The text of the offer made by the
Brazilion ambassador and the minis
ters from Argentine and Chile and
the reply of the American govern
ment transmitted .by Secretary Bryan
In person to the three diplomats is
"Mr. Secretary of State:
"With the purpose of subserving
the interest of peace and civilization
In our continent, and with the ut
most desire to prevent any further
bloodshed, to the prejudice of the
cordiality and union which have al
ways surrounded the relations of the
governments and the people of Amer
ica, we, the plenipotentiaries of
Brazil, Argentine and Chile duly
authorized hereto, have the honor for
the peaceful and friendly settlement
of the conflict between the United
States and Mexico.
"This offer puts in due form the
suggestions which we have had occa
sion to offer heretofore on this sub
ject to the secretary, to whom we re
new the assurances of our highest
and most distinguishd consideration.
"D. Da Gama,
"R. S. Naon.
The reply of the president, made
through the secretary of state to the
diplomatic representativs, was as fol
The president is deeply confident
of the friendliness, the good feeling
and the generous concern for the
peace and welfare of America mani
fested in the joint not just received
tendering the good offices of your
governments to affect, if possible, a
settlement of the present between the
government of the United States and
thos who DOW claim to rpresent our
sister republic of Mexico. Conscious
of the purpose with which the prof
fer is made, this government does
not feel at liberty to decline It. Its
chief Interest is in the peace of
America, the cordial Intercourse of
her republic and our people, and the
happiness and prosperity which can
spring only out of frank, mutual un
derstanding of the friendship which
is created by common purpose. The
generous offer of your governments
Is therefore accepted.
"This government hopes most
earnestly that you may find those
who speak for the soberer elements
of the Mexican people willing and
ready to discuss permanent settle
ment. If you should find them will
ing this government will be glad to
take up with you for discussion In
the frankest and most conciliatory
spirit any proposals that may be au
thoritatively formulated, and will
hope that they may prove feasible
and prophetic of a new day of mutual
co-operation and confidence in Amer
"This government feels bound In
candor to say that Its diplomatic re
lations with Mexico being for the
present severed, It is not possible for
it to make sure of an uninterrupted
opportunity to carry out the plan of
Intermediation which you propose.
It is. of course, possible that some
act of aggression on the part of those
who control the military forces of
Mexico might oblige the United
States to act to the upsetting of the
hopes of Immediate peace, but this
does not justify us in hesitating to
accept your generous suggestion. We
shall hope for the best results within
a brief time. enouh to relieve our
anxiety lest most ill-considered hos
til demonstrations should interpret
negotiation and disappoint our hopes
Cancels Press Conference.
On account of the press of Mex
ican business President Wilson Mon
day had to forego his week-end talk
with the newspaper correspondents.
Auto Overturns, Killing Man.
Harry Jacobs, an auto deaicr of
Cordele, Ga., was instantly killed
Sunday when a car in which he was
Boy Falls Into Flooded River.
Thomas McIntyre of Dallas. Texas,
was killed Monday when he slipped
an1 N11 into a mill c-eek.
HOTEL STORMED BY MOB'
TWO TORPEDO BOATS DISPATCH
ED TO THE SCENE.
Commander of German Warship
Checks Rioting by Threatening to
The Tampico situation is so se
rious, according to a wireless mes
sage reaching Galveston Saturday
that two torpedo boats were sent up
the Panuco river at Tampico to get
Americans. Refugees arriving from
Tampico Saturday said they were sav
ed from rioting Mexicans early Wed
nesday; morning by German soldiers.
The story of the riot was told by
Americans on the collier Cyclops,
which anchored at Galveston Satur
The trouble started Tuesday night
after the American warships at Tam
pico had left their positions near
short and steamed some miles out to
sea. The refugees said they believed
the warships withdrew because they
had orders not to seize Tampico, and
believed their immediate presence
might excite the Mexicans. After
dark bands of Mexicans began to pa
rade, offering insults to Americans
who had withdrawn to the shelter of
the principal hotels in Tampico.
About midnight a mob estimated at
600 began throwing stones at the
Southern hotel, where there were 20
or 30 American women and some 300
American men, according to the ref
ugees' estimate. William Hanson, a
former United States deputy mar
shal In south Texas, organized the
American men, who had a few rifles
and pistols, for resistance.
The Americans, however, had so
little ammunition that they did not
dare open fire, fearing the Mexicans
would kill them after their cartridges
were exhausted. The mob, embolden,
began pounding on the doors with
clubs and fists. One Mexican fired
through a window, but no one was
Capt. von Kohler of the German
cruiser Dresden, the refugees said,
sent officers ashore, notifying the mob
that unless they dispersed within 15
minutes he would land marines. The
The German sailors then took the
women from the Southern and from
the Imperial hotels aboard the boats
to ships in the harbor. There was
some rioting at the Imperial hotel,
but not much damage was done.
Fletcher Informs Vera Cruz That
There Will be no Interference.
The first proclamation Issued in
Vera Cruz by Americans since the
war between the United States and
Mexico ended In 1848, was posted in
Spanish Thursday and read with In
terest by the Mexican Inhabitants.
The proclamation of Rear Admiral
Fletcher was addressed to the "Peo
ple of Vera Cruz" and reads: "The
naval forces of the United States that
are under my command have occu
pied temporarily the city of Vera
Cruz to supervise the public admin
istration on account of the disturbed
conditions which at present prevail
"All employees of the munciplality
of this port are Invited to continue
in the discharge of their offices as
they have done up to the present.
"The military authorities will not
Intervene in civil and administrative
affairs so long as good order and
peace in the town are not Impaired.
"All peaceful citizens may confi
dently contiInue in their usual occu
pations, certain that they will be pro
"The commander signing gives as
surances that there will .1be no Inter
ference with the civil authorities, ex
cept cases of absolute necessity and
guided always by the observance of
the law and order."
"The taxes due and the use of them
will continue being made in the same
form as up to the present time and
in conformity with law."
TO SHOOT SNIPERS.
Troops Are Instructed to Shoot Them'
From Roof Tops.
By the effective method of extermi
nation, sniping by Mexicans. respon
sible for the killing or wounding of
many Americans, is to be stopped at
Vera Cruz. Hereafter American ma
rines and bluejackets shall be with
drawn from all roofs except at a few
designated points, and patrols in
structed to shoot to kill any other In
dividual seen on any other roof after
7:30 p. m.
Patrols will ah o be instructed to
surround and search any house from
which shooting occurs and to shoot
any snipers. It is likely that steps
will also be taken to regulate or
even suppress certain local newspa
pers which have been printing arti
cles calculated to inflame the people
against the Americans.
AUTOMOBILE RUNS AWAY.
No Accident Follows Wild Dash of a
A runaway automobile caused con
sternation in Greenville opera house
square Saturday afternoon. Before
the car was stepped a water plug
had been wrecked, a bill board demol
ished and considerable damage done
to the machine.
The car belongs to J. RI. West, who
attempted to crank up with his en
gine in gear; with the result that he
came dangerously near being run ov
er when the car leaped forward. H-ad
the car not veered and hit the bill
board after wrecking the water hy
drant there might have been a num
ber of fatalities, as it was facing a
crowded thoroughfare when it leap
Find Mayor's .Assailant Insane.
A commission appointed to ex
amine into the lunacy of Michael
Mahoney, the assailant of Mayor
Mitchell of New York, has- reported
that he is suffering fronm senile de
men t ia.
Mail Truck Falls Into River.
A mail truck In New York loaded
with Southern mail fell Into the H-ud
son river Tuesday. The drIver saved
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By the use of Royal Baking Powder a
great many more articles of food may be
readily made at home, all healthful, de
licious, and economical, adding much
variety and attractiveness to the menu.
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containing five hundred practical
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ACCEPTS MEDIATION MAY SEE REAL WARFARE
VOLUNTEER BILL REMv ES OLD
HtERTA S REPLY FAVORABLE OBSTACLES IN THE LAW.
TO DIPLOMATIC EXCHANGES.
Under Measure Recently Passed Presw
SPAIN REPRESENTS HIM ident is Empowered to Appoint Al
Spanish Ambassador Receives Impor- There is a chance for volunteer
troops who want war to soon see the
tant 'Message From Mexico City- real thing. Defects in the old law.
for raising a volunteer force in time
Though Still Hoping for Peace of actual or threatened war afe be
Washington Administration Pre- lieved to have been eliminated by the
bill just passed by the Senate. The
pares for War. bill, which had 'already passed fhe
Spanish Ambasador Riano an- House, was passed by the Senate
Spnsh lambaa Riao a- with several committee amendments.
ounced late Sunday that he had re- It is specially provided that the
ceived private advices from Mexico otes shall bemuteed tt ah
City stating that Gen. Huerta has volunteers shall be mustered. outs
accepted the offer of Argentina, Bra- soon as practicable after the pres -
zil and Chile to use their good offices dent shall have Issued his rocainia
to bring about an amicable settle- tion announcing the term natio m of
ment of the difficulty between the the war, or the passing of the. emer
United States and Mexico. gency or Imminence of war. Hereto.
When the formal acceptance from fore there was no provision as to
Mexico City is in hand, the South who should decide when the services
American diplomats will be ready to of the volunteers were no longet
proceed with their plan, no intima- needed, although th maxim um term
tion of the nature of whch has yet of enlistment was set at two years.
been given. It generally has been un- The president is authorized te apd
derstood there, however, that peace point all the officers of the voluntr
envoys expect to deal directly with forces instead of having the reoi
the situation created by the Tampico mental and company officers appolnd
Incident and other offences against ed by the governors of the States and,
the honor and dignity of the United territories. The measure provides
States, hoping to.bring about a peace- for the additional officers necessary
ful settlement. for efficient recruitment of all arfo,
Administration officials appeared to corps, and departments; depots for
be much gratified at the prospect of the enlistment and training of re
having the proposals of the great erits are to be established and trans
South American republics listened to fers of disabled officers and meniz
by Gn. uera. nti thnaureof ade to these depots from organiza
ay Gn. uert. Util he atur oftions in the field In exchange for able
he plan Is known no officer of the bodied officers and men from the de
administration cared to make any 'pots.
Presient Wisn.oeutog In this way, the organizations in.
notconident, thatl aron, boe, avert- the field may be kept full of able
iot onnent tht wr my b avrt-bodied fighting troops, while at the
d through the efferts of Argentina, same time the service of partly dis
Brazil, and Chile, conferred with Sec-aldmnmyno els.Poi
retary Garrison, approving orders for abldoniao made not the eloen
:hejoit jrisicton f te amy ndof retired officers and enlisted* meff
avy over Vera Cruz and vicinity for recruiting duty. Raising of the
wnen Gen. Funston. who will be invoutefrcsndrheblisy
orcmiral arretMonday forein- proclamation of the president, which
orceAdmial letcer' fores. shall state the number of men de
Tension over the one phase of the sired for each arm, corps and de
sItuation which may at any moment partment, within such limits as may
upset peace plans--the safety of be fixed by law.
Americans in Mexico City and other ISome Interesting figures were pre
nterior points-Was partially reliev- sented in a letter from the war de
d by the announcement of Secretary patet These figures show that
Bryan that through the British em- jduring the five principal wars in
bassy the Huerta officials and Ad- which the United States has .been en
iral Fletcher had arranged for the gaged of the total number of men
safe departure of Americans from the enrolled 7.5 per cent. were furnish
Mexican capital and the free exodus ed by -the regular army, 69.7 per
f Mexicans from Vera Cruz. Icent. were volunteers, and 22.8 per
The Brazilian ambassador and the cent. were militia, rangess and emer
ministers from Chile and Argentine, gency men.
who have undertaken to solve the **
Mexican problem by diplomacy, were TO CONFER WIT CARRANZA.
n conference most of the day.
They had not received the reply VlaLf o ot usa oDs
from Gen. Huerta through the Span- VlaLf o ot usa oDs
Ish embassy at Washington, who is cuss Medition Proposal.
caring for Mexico's interests in the
nited States, as to what he thought Glen. Francisco Villa left for the
f the tender of good offices accept- South Monday, but said he would re
d by the American government, but jturn to Juarez soon. At Chihuahua
he three diplomats were confident, he is expected to hold an important
they said, that Gen. Hluerta would 'conference with Gen. Carranza,-had
ecent. of the Constitutionalists concerning.
Acceptance of good offices is in no American relations and the mediation
way binding on either party to agree plan of the big South Amer~canl re
to any conditions, but it opens a way publicasiinh.sy ehs mot
onr dicsino rpslfmdaant duties south In connection with
Aondmiral Badger wired the com- Iorganizing the campaign against the
munication between Vera Cruz and federals who, after defeats at Mon
Mexico City was irregular, that an terey, Torreon and San Pedro have'
utpost of Mexican Federals eight rallied their scattered forces at Sal-.
miles away refused to permit line- tillo.
men to repair the cable. Later the Gen. Villa telegraphed Gen. Pablo
cable was reported repaired. While Gonzales, whose troops *cap.tuted
a. reak in communication between Monterey, to treat foreigners withM
Vera Cruz and Mexico City will em- every condition. Gen. Villa slaid- he
barrass the sending of messages by was heartily In favor of-.the media-.
the three South American diplomats tion plan. "I feel sure of a speedy
to their representatives in Mexico solution of the complicatioL.- and.
City, there is another line of corn- then we can1 go ahead with our rev-..
nunication via Salina Cruz and the olution," he declared.
Pacific coast cable which can be util
ized in emergency. P'leases President Wilson.
Secretary Bryan requests the Bra- To friends at Washington the pre
zilian embassy to endeavor. through ident let it be known that unofficial?
the Brazilian legatic n in Mexico City. advices reaching him that Gen Huer-.
to obtain the release of some thirty Ita would accept the good offices .of.
merican refugees reported by A'uer- IBrazil. Chiile and Argentina in an of
can Consul Canada as having been fort to compose the Mexican difficul
taken from a train at Aguas Calien- ty, was very pleasing to him.
ts and held by Mexican soldiers. * *
Governor Aids Negro.
1I 'y andl Girl Suicide. o.PesSaudycm td
Edwin Stilwell of Providence, R. tedahsnec fHnyJns
. Saturday shot himself In church.aner.wo oudhvbene
h;er in the week his girl sweet-ctdMa1tolfimronetn
hca t !:illed herself. Their ages tepbi od fDrhse on
.fifteen and seventeen respective-t
Leave in a Hurry.Wihhspsoascsettte
Eihteen hours after being order- faebre h ekado e
ed to Mexico four regiments, %,400ngtrssI. ren fTma
strong, sailerd from Galveston. Texas. a, sotahi feFdy.H
Friday, TAelve machine guns weremisdhradtesotislf
carried alor Pugas.e 150
Plac Orderfor oGoe. urlas el Saturday dcomutd
Fe 'ro.Oka. hs reevei r-. ~the deank snec ofss A rk. onesp
twlv hndedcaalycutes eedm o lied. pioneto
Barrioa Nt otheltpubWliod's ofs DrheSails.un
Secrtar (.. :onsai Moday Wi'th his pisolk the closht supe
hadnotbee cosuled t t flraenburned aote steckaned fom ther
sendin of toops tFColoadohoty nat yard wSfFday. H