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VOL. XXVIii MANNING, S, C., WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 30, 1914
REACH NO DECISION
IEiYf FIl;T GIS TAINGPLCE
IN SITE EAST AND VEST
NOTHING TO REPORT
OMeal News From All Nations Con
vey Lite Information as to Extent
ot Operadoner-MnAa Seem to
be Holding New Lines-ActiitY
reported in the Sudan.
Heavy fghting is taking place on
both eastern and western fronts, but
without producing any. material
change in the positions of the oppos
Beehn reports: "The Russians in
West Galicia are .holding the east
bank of the Dunajec river to Tuchow,
and another line extends; souteast
ward past Krosno. Heavy fighting is
prqceeding on both these lines, and
also in the Lupkow Pass.
~'etromd reports officially: "In
the regio of Mlawa (north Poland)
the Gerpans have fallen back to
--wards the Hne of LantenburgNeid
enburg (across the frontier into east
"In Galicia thi Austrian offensive
is being greatly hindered by oir
troops-and the operations iR this re
gion 1ove taken on a character ex
tremely -favorable to us. One of the
uastrian divisions which was operat
lng in the vicinity of Dukla Pass was
easiy defeated by bayonet..chares
made by- our troops.
"The enemy %9ft on the battlefield
500 -kiled and we captured 10 off
cers and more than 1,000 soldiers."
kerogrA reports: "Russian
forces are still holding at bay the
German column which is seeking to
ctoss the Bzura -river at Rochanzew
and advance on Warsaw, 30 miles
away. For three days this Geruaan
army of about 200,000 men has been
endeaoring to cross the rier and
tbrow back the Russians who are
holding the right bank.
:alo@haczew continuee to be the
erman 'objective in the attempt to
keath '~rsaw. The Russian forces
:4n the right bank of Bzura are -heavi
y entrenched. Their artillery is so
placed that it commands the river to
s junctior with the Vistula. 18
mies orth. Southward the Russian
ne extends to Opoczno, 25 miles east
Pt piotrkew which was recently evac
ated, and 45 mles east of Szcerc
Iow, where the -Russians first oppos
- d the German extreme right.
"It is pointed out that the Russians
-bae thus assumed positions on their
thIrd'line of defense. The evacuation
of Lodf, which lies to the west of
this Hle, was thus in logical se
qufnee to this.movement, and accord
t* to the general opinion here, had
o bearing on the attack onWarsaw.
Qbe-Runulaas for the present- appar
netly are attempting nothing more
han to retard the'enezd! and to de
test attempts- at tenking move
Berha reports an Austrian com
nvicatiLA which supplies data-show
Ingtt the eastern movement of the
e raftthrough .Poland and the
aorthrmmmoement of the Austrians
thfgeg Gala are proceedlig stead
tly d inl some regions rapidly.
4pecial .dispatches from Austrian
genaral headquarters say that the
Austrians advanced some days as
much as 30 miles, yet the official bul
1ein, declarea the Russians are re
- i slting:eth heavy'forces on the lower
Donaje in Geaicia, ':where heavy
aih~n-I in progress. This also is
true north of Lupkow Pass in the
Y~sua epots:"In the Carpa
%holaas our kttcsin the district of
upper LareZa are progressing wel
th front- nor of the Krosnow and
rl'aw sa nthe. lowei- Dunajec
aIisrsevere ,fghting continue"
Monsandnple-reports Via Berlin
'uprisings of serious dimensions in the
Sudan,. It 1sT allegedt that- the ruler
of .Dar. Fur with .800,000 men Is
starting to attack the, -British prov
ince of El Kab," belonging to the
Egyptian Sudan, and that the Mos
lem population of Abu Raja has risen
against the English. A train trans
porting Hindu troops from Suakim
to Khartuml is said to have been
stopped by Bedouins and prevented
EnPris reports: "The British troops
have -attacked and Monday morning
regained most of the trenches pre
- viously lost. Before LUhons the ene
nay delivered four successive attacks
for the purpose of r-ecapturing the
trenches which we liad previorusly
'won in that region, but all of them
*. "In an attack to the northwest of
Paisalenne south of Noyon, we have
gatied a foothold in the eniemy's
trenches of the first line and have
made progress in the woods of Saint
"To the north of Puisalenne, south
of Noyon, the enemy executed Mon
day ilght violent counter-attacks
which were all repulsed.
"To the south of Varnennes- we
gained a foothold Monday night in
Boureuilles. Our attacks continued
Tuesday and we appear to have made
progress in the vicinity of Boureuil
les and to the west of Vauquois. '
"There is nothing to report con
cerning the rest of the front."
Berlin reports: "The newspapers
publish an unofficial statement from
headquarters in answer to the g~cial
French war bulletins sof December
18. The French report asserted that
several trenches had been taken in
Auchy; La Blassee, St. Laurent and
Blangy. The statement from head
quarters says all places lie in the
rear of the German positions.
"A French report said the French
position near Albert had reached the
entanglements of the second line of
German trenches. The headquarters
statement admits that eighty French
men came this far, but they were all
captured. The French claim that the
German attacks near St. Hubert all
failed Is answered with the statement
that the Germans took 800 prisoners
in -these attacks, eyterminating utter
y the 9th battalion of French Chaus
"The German navy aviator, Lieut.
Stephen von Prondzynski, flew over
Dover. threw bombs and reconnoiter
ed the position of the British fleet."
Greatest Battleship Leaves U. S.
The Ridavida, Argentine's latest
battleship, which is the biggest in the
wo-ld 'lef ew -York Monday.
LEVER BILL IS PASSED
PROVDES LICESES FOR COTTON
AND GRAIN WAREHOUSES.
Measure, Which Means Much for the
Farmer Goes to Conference-Vote
Was 218 and 97 Against
The Lever cotton warehouse bill
before the House for months was
passed Monday, 218 to 97. The meas
ure provides fbr federal licensing of
cotton and grain warehouses and is a
substitute for a Senate bill ;estricted
to cotton warehouses. The bill now
goes to conference between the
The bill approved by the adminis
tration was the subject of brief de
bate, its -sponsors contending that it
would greatly enhance confidence- in
agricultural products. Its opponents
claimed it was unconstitutional.
"This bill," said Representative
Lever, "will result in the establish
ment of uniform warehouses and uni
form warehouse receipts for agricul
tural products throughout the coun
try. It will give a certainty and
value to warehouse receipts which
will make stye-the evidence of own
ership of agricultural products.
"It will enhance the value of ware
house receipts as collateral on which
loans may be sought by producers.
It will give .great negotiability to
agricultural reecipts for Agricultural
"The measure will bring together
more closely agricultural products
and banking capital. It will result
in large storage facilities for agricul
tural products and will serve as an
incentive to farmers to store their
products and thereby save millions of
dollars of weather-loss each year. It
will furnish to the farmer for the
first time In this- country the machin
ery through which he not only may
know the class or grade of his pro
ducts, but its commercial value. It
will put him in a position to market
his crops when the demand is strong
est and the price highest. It is a
farmer's bill and a most far-reching
forward step in our cumbersome sys
tem of marketing."
The bill is not compulsory in any
Main provisions affecting cotton
proposed by the bill are:
Classification of cotton and. licens
ing of cotton warehouses.
It bonds owners and operators-of
warehuses and gives the right of re
covery upon the bond to the owne?
of cotton stored.
It licenses graders or classifers of
It provic's that licensed ware
houses shall issue receipts describ
ing the bales stored, the receipts to
be assignable when desired.
It provides for maintenatice of ac
curate records of cotton stored, the
receipts -issued, the right of the sec
retary of agriculture to examine rec
ords, and requires reports from oper
atos to the secretary.
It authorizes the secretary. to de
termine whether cotton stored in
warehouses actually is of the grade
or class certified in the receipt and
to publish his findings.
It empowers the secretary to sus
pend or revoke licenses and to pub
sh not only that fact, but the re
srlts of investigations made.
FOUND MAN DEAD.
Sherifr Called to Scene of Dispute
,Finds Negro Shot in Lungs.
Sunday morning a homicide of an
inusual eharacter occurred near
Ridgeland. It seems from the infor
mation gathered that early Sunday
morning an u'nknown negro calledsat
the home of a negro near the town
imits, stating .that he was .sick and
wanted some medicine; that the ne
gr man who lived~ the house stat
ed that hewas a' oot" doctor and
would guarantee a, cure for $3.
The unknown negro paid the
amount asked, it was said, but in a
short while,'when the medicine rail
ed to relieve the pain, he returned
to the house and demanded his money
back. The negro "doctor" refused
to refund, it seems, until at the point
of a pistol he was compelled to give
up the money.,
'Immediately after the unknown ne
gr 'left the house the_negro "doctor"
start~d for Ridgeland 'to get Sheriff
Porter, although, ,it is said, telling
some parties before he left what had
happned and asking them to watch
the negro and not let him get away.,
When Sheriff Porter reached the:
place where the negro was last seenI
he found the dead body of the un
known negro. who had been shot in
the 'back with buckshot, one shot
having passed through his lungs.
REACH NO AGREEMENT.
England Still Maitains Her Author
Ity to Make Searches.
No definite agreement has been
reached whereby England will refrain
from searching ships which leave
American ports with statements from
English consuls that they are carry
ing no contraband. England is will
ing to accept these statements where
there is no reason to b'elieve cargoes
may have been augmented at sea, but
long negotiations between England
and America have resulted In no pos
itive understanding. It is stated au
thoritatively that consular inspec
tions in most cases would expedite
shipments greatly, as the number of
suspected cargoes is comparatively
Army Aviator Killed.
Sailing from San Diego to inform
his post of the number of troops
manoeuvring there, Lieut. F. J. Gerst
ner, U. S. aeroplane corps, was killed
Monday when his machine fell into
To Avoid Extra Session.
Congressmen are determined to
complete their program before March
4 so as to do away with the necessity
for another extra session.
Negro Burned at Stake.
Watkins Lewis burned to death at
Sylfester, La.. Saturday, made the
fifth victim of mol' vengeance in
Louisiana in ten days.
Carnival Man Killed Self.
G. D. Whitney, a carnival man,
night. Domestic and financial trou
TO USE SUBMARINES
GERMAN ADMIRAL PLANS WAY TI
STARVE BRITONS BUT
TALKS ON BIg QUESTIONS
German Undersea Boats Could Sink
Merchant Ships and Cut Of1 Food
Supplies-Talks of Relations Be
tween the United States and Japan
-Asks Only Fairness.
-Karl H. von Wiegand sends the
following dispatch from Grand Gen
eral Headquarters of the Kaiser in
"America has not raised her voice
in protest and has taken little or no
action against England's closing the
North Sea to neutral shipping. What
will America say if Germany declares
submarine war on all enemy mer
Grand Admiral von Tirpitz, Ger
man minister of marine, regarded the
strongest man in the German govern
ment and possible next imperial
chancellor, and whose marvellous or
ganizing genius is largely responsible
for Germany's fleet, peered sharply
at me as he leaned forward and put
the question to me.
"Why not?" he continued. "Eng
and wants-to starve us! We can play
the same game. We can bottle her
up and torpedo every English or
Allies' ship which nears any harbor
in Great Britain, thereby cutting off
large food supplies."
"What Would America Say?"
Admiral von Tirpitz slowly repeat
ed the first question:
- "What would America say? Would
not such action be only-meting out to
England what she is doiag t6 us?
After severai days at the Crown
atlhde's badquarters and the Ar
gonna I had motored to the Kaiser's
field capital in France, where all the
ministries and departments of the
German gevernment are now situat
(After this interview most .of the
general staff returned to Berlin ow
ing to the Kaiser's illness.)
For once departing from his rigid
rule not to talk with newspaper men,
Admiral von Tirpits received Ine ih a
private house, the home df & French
banker who fled before the derman
advance, and on the door 6f which
was a cardboard sign," Maribe be
.Nwet G!* k-oni Piracy.
Mebhtally and physically von Tir
pitz is a magnificent Teuton. He has
a mind of steel trap order, is a mar
velous organizer and has more Bis
marckian force and iron in his nature
than any other German official I have
met. He immediately plunged into
an analysis of his views of the causes
that led to the war, and traced the
truth of the sea and world power de
veloped by England until, as he put
it, "the domineering arrogance of the
British culminated in the prseat war,
which England engiheered in order to
crush the natural gro*th aad de
velopment of the power of the Ger
"Briti's domination of the sea,"
he declared, "was originally founded
n -piracy, while her power on land
was established by robbery in all
parts of the world.
"England and England alone is re
sponsible for this war. Did Germany
want anything? Did Germany make
any demands on any one? Did Ger
many have any quarrel with any one?
No; she only wanted to be let alone to
continue her peaceful growth and de.
"England's anti-German policy
dates back as far as 1870, after our
victory over France," continued the
minister. "Always dictatorial and
domineering, she didn't want Ger'
many to expand commercially orato
take the place in the world to which
her power entitled her.
Throat Had to be Cut.
"England is impartial. She- will
cut any one's throat who gets in her
way. England has no white man's
scruples. Her alliance with Japan
shows that. She will form an alliance
with any -one, regardless of race or
color, if she can profit thereby. Ger
many was developing too fast, grow
ing too strong and too powerful and
was getting in England's way, so her
throat had to be cut--that's it in a
nutshell. King Edward laid plans for
it years ago. He had an extraordi
nary antipathy to Germany. He look.
ed about and seized upon the growing
Pan-Slavism in the east and the 're
vanche' idea in the west as his
"What are Your Ezcellency's views
as regards the Japanese problem?"
Warns U. S. Against Japan.
"That is for you! That is what ybt
Americans will have to face and ine
and we will be the onlookers."' Al
this von Tirpitz straightened up. His
finger pointed straight at me as h4
said quietly: "I meant that in jes1
about our being onlookers. Thal
would depend on circumstances. On4
thing I will say, Germany will nevel
abandon the white race. Japan wil
make China a vassal and will mill
tarize its millions. Then it will bi
for your country to look out! Ad
miral Togo once said to a European:
'Next will come a general Europeax
war, then will come a great war, it
which my race will be against yours.'
England's act in bringing in th4
Japanese. von Tirpitz holds to b4
high treason to the white race. It it
inexplicable to him that American:
can view with apparent indifferenci
Japanese activity in the Pacific and
their apparent inability to foresei
grave possibilities arising in the neal
future. He spoke in a tone of deej
sadness, bordering on bitterness, at
he dwelt upon the attitude of Amer
ea toward the war. The reportei
~anti-German sentiment in America he
said he could not understand, an<
"We just ask the American people
to be fair-that is all-as fair to u:
as to the others."o
Praises Navy of United States.
Admiral von Tirpitz paid a hig]
tribute to the American navy, which
he declared, was the s'uperior of thi
"Ship for ship, man for man," h
said, "I consider the American nav
outclasses that of the Japanese: ix
fact, I doubt if it is surpassed by tha
of any nation. Your navy has kep
for which it was built."
Returning tn the subject of the
present war, I asked how long it
might be expected to last.
"That," he replied, "will depend
upon England. It is said that Eng
land wants a war to the hilt. If Eng
land insists upon that, we can accom
modate her; but there are some who
still hope that England will be sensi
ble and will listen to reason."
As the word "sensible" sounded
very significant to me, I asked:
"Is Your Excellency one of those
who have this hope that England will
be sensible and listen to reason?".
Von Tirpitz countered the interro
gation with another question:
"Do you believe England will be
Will Fight to "the Hilt."
"That depends on what Your Ex
cellency may mean by the word bens
ible," I said. "If you mean an incli
nation in England to accept an early
or easily adjustable peace, I am not
optimistic at this time."
Answering my question without de
fining his own; von Tirptz exclaimed:
"No, I am not one of those."
"Then, I take it, Germany does not
want to carry the war to the bitter
extreme, or 'to the hilt,' as Your Ex
cellency has termed it?"
"Certainly it is not our desire or
wish, but if England insists upon
fighting the war to the hilt we will
"What effect will Lord Kitchener's
new army have on the war?"
"We are not worried about Lord
Kitchener's million. We still have
several millions of fine, physically fit
men to draw upon, if necessary, and
if we take those not quite up to our
regular- standard we can put still
more millions into the field. That we
will fight to the last, if necessary, I
think the world no longer doubts."
"Nothing has been heard from the
Zeppelins lately, Your Excellency.
How have they proved themselves an
effective arn for the navy in this
Value of the Zeppelins
"Persbnally," replied the Admiral,
"I am of. the opifildn that the heavier
type 6f the heavier thjan air machines
is splendidly adapted for marine
purposes, but for carrying ' large
weights over a long distance the Zep
pelins are, of course, superior."
Discussing the work of the sub
marines, I asked if one'of the lessons
of the war is that dreadnought have
been rendered obsolete.
- "It would be diffitult at this stage
to draw conclusions," repl'ed the ad
miral. "That submarifies are a new
and bOtent factor in nivgl warfare is
uhquestibnable. Our suceiss.so far,
'however, hardly justines the cdnelu
ioh that big shipsahave become obso
lete. We have always. figured that
submarihes coild not stay out more:
thiah thriee days on account of the
men becoming exhausted., We now
learn that the larger types hive
cruised clear around England and
often repained out for fourteen days.
This is accomplished by going down
in shallow and quiet water, settling
on the bottom and staying there
while the men get their required
"Will yQui- beet give the En~lfsh
fleet battle?" I inquired. . .
"If the English give us the oppoi'
tutlity. dertainlg," said the adniiral,
"but it can not be expected that our
feet, numerically..one-third that of
Ehglaid, will itself Oiler .btti, espe
qitlly ih view .df still. othe'r militiry
"Is there any truth in the reports
than an invasion of England by Zep
pelins is being prepared?"
"I believe that submarine warfare
against the enemy's merchant ships
would be more effective,'' was the in
At this moment Count Tisza, the
Hungarian premnie?, who hiad beeni
visiting with the Itaisel!, was e?L
nounced and my iuterview was
brought to a close. Admiral von TZir
pitz had talked with an openness and
frankness which had astonished mie.
-Pians Submarine Elockade.
Among the impressions I carried
away was that von TIirpitz advocates
what would virtually be a submarine
blockade of England, and that they
contemplates torpedoing several mer
chant ships, with the result that oth
ers would not venture to approach
that country wmich *ould thus be
bottled up and starved.
I believe also that von Tirpitz .is
not one of those who clamor foi' the
complete crushing of England. (even
it possible), and I doubt whether, he
considers itpossible. . I gather that
he is opposed to an aerial invasion. of
England, or an attack upon tondonl
from the sky, except as a last resort,
and that in his 6piniou Zeppelils so
fat have not pt-oved themselves withe
out strong rivals as a navy army in
the heavier type of hydroplanes. It
appears to me that he considers a
war an almost certain development 61
the present situatioa in the Far East.
But that there may- be no misun
derstanding, I muzd say that these are
merely my own impressions and de
TWO NE~GROS KILLED.
1'ui- White Men Wounded in Desper
ate Battle near Fsirplay.
Two negroes were ki'led arni four
white men wounded in a battle be
tween the four white men and a party
of r agroes at Fairplay in Ocunec
ccunty. Sunday night.
ii':en Green and Green u.ibson are
the dead negroes. The white men
sufering wounds are: Magetrate W.
C. YeClure, shot in the wrt/: John
c.onald, shot in the eye: Wonodrowv
Campbell, suffering a wouni on the
hand; Paul Marrett, sprinkled with
It is said that a negro burned a
barn near Knox's bridge in Ocones
county Saturday afternoon and that
Magistrate McClure, Woodrow Camp
bell, John McDonald and Paul SIar
rett went to the suspected negro's
house and, carrying him to the plare
where the barn was burned, gave
him a severe whipping.
Returning they are said to have
been attacked by a party of negroes
led by Allen Green. Green was kill
ed in the fight which followed, and
Green Gibson died later from wounds
received in the battle. None of the
white men is believed to be' fatally
Vera Cruz Seizure Cost $334,37.1.
The House has passed an emergen
cy deficiency bill appropriating $554.
731 to pay for expenses incurred at
Killed for One Dollar.
Because he refused to pay a debt of
$1 Michael Malick, of Chicopee,
Mass., kicked Larchec Swea in the
HOW ARMIES ADVANCE
EYE-WITNESS TELLS HOW ENG
LISH MAKE GOOD GAINS.
German Machine Guns and Obstacles
Prevent Gaining of - Forward
Trenches Save by Slow Progass.
The great difficulties under which
-military operations in France and
Belgium are being conducted ir ) de
scribed in a narrative of recent de
velopments, written by an official ob
server attached to the British head
quarters and made public Sunday by
the official information buroiem. The
rectial brings the story of the war,
as covered in these eye -witness re
poits, up to December 17.
"The opposition now being encoun
tered resembles to some extent that
met withi by us in the beginning of
October, when we firzt reachei the
Frtrc-Belgian frontier, and bejure
the Gtrmans brought up t:riir 1ull
force and assumed the offensive."
rays the report: "It has oc great
difference, however, and that Is that
the enemy is in much greatV force
an dhis positions are much stronger
and better organized than :iey were
two months ago.
"At that time an advance on the
eastern end of the line Impliod '
movement across a very difficult coun
try, it does still; and for us it
meant an attack on skillfully, but
hastily fortified strong points or vil
lages, held to a large extent by cav
alry and Jaegers. With the large
proportion of machine guns that we
asve in front of us to-day, it is no
longer a succession of isolated points.
There are still such points, and some
Ue the same, but thly are stronger
and form part of a practically con
tihuous defensive zone consisting in
some places of several lines of cu4
n1igly .sited and carefully constriiet
"This zone really aniounts to a
maze 6f trenches and obsticles. Every
known form of obstacle is used. En
tanglements-to select the m6st cbm
mon form-vary from loose coils of
wire to securely staked networks of
from eighteen inches to nearly six
feet in height and of different widths.
"These ,measures of defense are
only Such is are to be expected from
troops which are well trained and
have ample resources and time, and
there re, of course, ways iii which
they tan be dverceme. But where
these methods are applied, the rate
i adv~nee is fiededsafilf slaw. When
it is repbrted ii ladonic terms that
ground has been.. gained. at a certain
point, topographically the gain. may
amount- to only--a -few yards. Tacti
ally, on the other hand, the progress
implied by even such a small step
forward may be important, for a
trench, a cluster of trenches, the
edge of a wood, a 'building, a village,
or -a knoll may have been reached,
possession of whith will facilitate
"Siege approaches, such as saps,
hlp the attacker to advance under
cover, and go miflimite the losses,
but they do not and call not obviate
th6 iiability t6 a sui-prisc feceptien of
the hature indicated when once the
&iemy's workI dre'giined. The only
crtaia method .bf pi-eventink this. is
by ,a prloi.iged . bonibardment with
high 6xp'lisive shells iitil trefiches,
mines, and machine guns are.reduded
to scrap heaps, or to mine under them
ad blow them into the air."
Germans Say Scarborough Was Forti
fled and Whitby Had Wi'eless.
A semi-oficel news agehdy at Ber.
l issues a statement caratradictitig
the allegati6h that in the bombard
int of the English east coa.st the
Germah warships attaeked unfoartified
towiaS, st~ellitig churches, hotels and
privte houses eatclusively. Tlhis
statement points out that Scarobor
ough is fortifled and that at Whitby
the Gerinaus shelled only the eoast
guard and wireless stations.
Answerihg the taunt that the Ger
mabs saved themselves only by sm
perit speed, the statement says thati
th derinan crulreis crassed the full
breadth of the iNorth Sea tour tiffteE
in six Weeks, an'd that no blame,
therefore, attaches to Germany if the
British fleet inissed an opportunity,
especially as Germany has shown a
dispsitloa to save Wiustohi Spencer
Churchill, first lard of the adniiralty,
the necessity of "digging the rats
from the hole."
USMID BLANK CARTRIDGES.
Police Find That Auto. Bandits ?istol
1'ired ?io Bullets.
The $13,100 bbtained by Frank G.
Hohl, the automobile bandit, who
Fritay fobbedi two banks at Cincin
nati, Ohio, and was killed after fata
ly wounding a policeman, is believed
by police officers to have been shipped
by parcel post to Louisville, Ky., by
The police decided that one of the
two i-evolvers carried by Hohl con
tained blank cartridges and was ued
merely to frighten those whom he en
countered in the banks. Cashier
George Winters, who was p6wdler
burned by the discharge of Hohl's re
volver, declared Hohl fired point
blank at him when only a foot or so
away. He was not wounded. No
bullet holes were found in the walls
of either bank where the bandit fired
Little Child Killed.
Fumbling in a bureau drawer for
some letters a small Greenwood child
pulled out a- pistol Friday, which
went off killing Mattie Stalnakrer,
nine years old.
Bombs in Brussels and Dunkirk.
Latest air raids have been carr-ied
out by the Allies who have succeed
ed in dropping bombs in Brussels
Buy Aeroplanes and Armored Autos.
The general appropriation bill in
cludes' $400,000 for aeroplanes and
$50,000 for armored automobiles for
Greece Buying Tents.
Greece has ordered over a milliam
dollars worth of tents from a Cleve
land, Ohio, concern. They are sal'd
to be for peaceful uses.
Chile Sends Protests.
Chile has protested to both Gres
Britain and Germany against allege
viatins of her neutrality
WILL END IN MAY
MYSTIC STICKS Of JAPANESE
PROPHET SHOWS fUTURF.
WILSONS FULURE BRiliHT
Shortest Day of the Year is Selected
by Dodama to Learn Secrets of the
Future-Presents His Observations
on the Armies and Navies Now En
gaged-Roosevelt Ha Finished.
Following a custom that was Im
ported into Japan from China ages
ago, Densho Kodama, a Japanese
prophet and diviner, prayed before a
fruit trimmed altar for two hours
Wednesday at the Nippon club, in
New York. While he prayed Kodama
held in his hands bundles of slender
sticks and occasionally he would
burst the bundle apart, holding a por
tion in each hand. He would count
the sticks and then he would write
in his book of divinations.
At 1 o'clock, when the ceremony
was concluded, Kodama gave out
1915 prophesies concerning the war,
including the date of its ending, con
cerning the future of President Wil
son, which was bright, and the future
of Col. Roosevelt, which was rather
Kodama chose Wednesday for his
prayer because it was the shortest
day of the year. For many years on
this day, it has been his custom, he
said, to ask of the "Almighty Power"
about national and international
events and to announce his prophe
"But this year I was away from
my own land," he. explained, "and
so I Inade my devotions and sought
answers to my questions here in the
Nippon club of your city. The pro
phetic power which I invoked was not
taught to' m as part of the Shinto
relgion d any other religion. It
came to the Japanese before the
standard religions did. Iti Japan I
would have erected on miy altar a
plain piece of wood on which I would
have draped decoratibns of white.
But here I chdse a little green tree
and ,decked It in iwhite and put fruit
near it7 and-lighted c'andles. The
white decorations represent truth and
the lower and purity of the Almighty
A question submitted to Kodama
had to do with Co Roesevelt's imme
"It was A pidture of a stream run
ning placldly .dwn hill," he answer
ed. "No tendeniy to run uphill, or
torrentous tendency. That means that
Col. Roosevelt will be going down ill
next year and never going up at all.
It also means that he will submit to
it. I saw this picture once before. I
asked what would happen to Victo
riano Huertain Mexico. He was then
at the height of his power, but he ran
down hill after- that as I prophecied
odama announced the picture he
saw when he inquired about Presi
dent Wilsori. "I saW a fnani rowing a
boat crds rough watef," h6 said,
"ad I sdw fiii r-each the other share
in safety. Thik fid s that Presi
dent Wilian will .fW6 tiddbles, but
will solvs .them all. riglit. I predict
that he will nieet thrse big problems~
next year, two of thema donfestie and
one connected with foreign affairs.
He will settle them- all right and
when he has done so there will come
an end to his unpopularity. The peo
pe 'wIll like him for doing it. One
will came to him from the Southwest.
I would sty from afexico.. -
Th~leni Iasked about the end of
the war I saw a. pittrte which en'
ables me to predict that the war will
end heit May by the intervention of
a powrftil nation. Since one of the
problemas I saw brought to President
Wilson camne frOm abroad I feel that
he may be the powerful force which
intervenes to end the war."
~odSma said that Six of the twen
ty-one questieois he asked as he pray
ed had to do with the armies and na
vies of the warring cotintries. In ex
plaining the predictions he was will
ingte ventulre that all must be ful
filled before May, since that month
was to see the war ended.
"In the first place, he said, "the
British fleet will do a ver~y daring and
bold thing in the spring. It *111 raid
the Gei-inath haval baise and will suc
cessfally assault it. The battle will
be one of the greatest ever fought in
naval history-One to be remember
ed, and it will end in the complete
destruction of the German naval base
in spite of the niines guarding it.
The German itriy, however, will be
fore this time perform some brilliant
exploits in Russia. The British cav
ary will wini victories greater than
the atillery and infantry, while the
French artillery anid infantry will ex
ceed in skill the Frefidih eavalry.
"The French losses will be more
staggering than the English becaue
the Germans will centre their -as
saults more directly upon the French
than the English. I saw, when I
asked about the English army, a dog
swallowing a young chicken. The dog
was very sick as it *had strangled
upon a Done. This meant that the
Germans would have much trouble
trying to down the British. When]I
asked about the British navy I saw a
rod being struck into the midst of
breaking eggs. In that way the Brit
ish navy will smash the German.I
saw a man being stabbed in the baclh
when I asked about the French navy.
I predict for it surprises where it is
not prepared. One such surprise.
believe, awaits it in Mediterranear
waters. I saw a hunter hunting
mountain over for a prize when3
asked about the Russian army. ThE
prize, I would see, lay hidden upox
another mountain. That means the
Russian army will campaign in th<
wrong direction. I predict distrus
of the general staff and a lack o
harmony in the Russian army.
placid stream appeared to tell me th
fate of the Russian navy. It mean
the Russian navy will lie still an
never do anything in the war.
"A thunder storm with thunde
claps in :..11 parts of the sky answer
ed my prayer about the United State
and Japan. The noise of jingoist
between the two countreis will soun
loud but will do little harm--mor
harm in Japan than in the Unite
States. A frozen sea, thawing ou
depicted Japan and Germany.
means that after the war good cpiri
will prevail between us."
Mr. Kodama, a middle-aged ma
w ho wore long hair parted in tb
midl. smiled a little over his pr<
CHOKES WIFE TO DEATH
CUTS WOMAT'S THROAT AS SHE
BEGS FOR XMERCY.
Greenwood Mill Village is Scene of
Revolting Tragedy When Mill Man
Slays His Wife.
Albert Tolbert, aged about 35
years, reputed to be an industrious
and sober citizen by all who have
testified as to his habits of life, chok
ed to death and then broke the neck
of his young wife, Lola Hall Tolbert,
Sunday afternoon at their home in
the Panola Mill village near Green
The killing is supposed to have
taken place about 1 o'clock in the
afternoon, but no one saw the dead
body of the woman for nearly ap
hour, Tolbert stating that he "want
ed to be sure she was dead" before
he told anybody. Mrs. 'Ellenberg
heard screaming, and later a pitiful
appeal from the slain wife, "Albert,
please, please let me up, r am so
weak," but the sobs soon were heard
Mrs. Ellenberg had no idea of the
crime which had been committed un
til Tolbert opened his door, holding
a bloody knife in his bloody hands,
and said: "Phone the undertaker
and Sheriff McMillan. I have killed
Long domestic trouble and a lack
of faith in his wife are supposed to
have been the cause of .the crime.
Tolbert told Mr. McCuen that he kill
ed her because she had been telling
lies on him, that she was unfaithful,
though he did not mention any de
tails, and that she had made life
h-l for him. He declared that he
had determined to kill her a hundred
times, but had desisted thinking that
she would do better.
But Sunday morning Tolbert's rage
seems to have overcome him and he
carried out his plans of long stand
ing. He at first decided to commit
the deed with an ordinary. carpen
ter's hammer, which was in evidence,
at an early hour, but Mrs. Tolbert
left the room and went to the Ellen
berg side of the house. .
Later she came back and he tried
to cut her throat, making only a
slight gash on her face, when she
took the knife away from him. He
then clutched her by the-throat, and,
regardless . of .her cries -for mercy,
choked her to death and then broke
When a small crowd had arrived
Tolbert called Supt. McCuen, offer
ing to explain his act. Then, ner
vously smoking a cigarette and show
ing signs of physical collapse from
great beads of perspiration on his
forehead, gave Mr. McCuen the nar
rative as related above.
Mrs. Ellenberg said that when she
heard screaming in the Tolberts'
room and she thought Mr. Tolbert
had fainted. The witness went to the
door, peeped in and saw'Tolbert cut
ting at his wife's throat. Mrs. Ellen
berg returned to her own room and in
about 10 minutes Tolbert called
Before Mrs. Ellenberg and her son
answered the witness heard the slain
woman begging, "Albert, please,
please let me alone," and then Tol
bert was heard to say, "You will
never dray any more of my pay."
The Elienbergs met Tolbert at a rear
door, he showed them the bloody
ufe, acknowledged that he had kill
d her and totd1 the Ellenberg boy to
phone for the undertaker and sheriff.
American Said to Have Projectile
More Deadly Than Before.
A new projectile which would scat
ter a whitehot mixture of molten
steel over the object of attack, and
'fll the atmosphere with deadly gas,
making It impossible for fire-fighters
to approach, has been Invented by
John Hays Hammond Jr., according
to a statement made by the Inventor
at Gloucester, Mass., Monday night.
The missile may appear soon in the
European war, as some of the bellig
erents are negotiating for its pur
chase, he said. The United States is
conducting experiments with the pro
jectile at Sandy Hook, he added.
The missile is designed for use in
siege guns. Mr. Hammond explain
edthat 4t carries an aluminothermic
mixture which, five se-xl~ ale the
projectile is discharged, turns the
steel inside to white-hot mixture at
a temperature of 5,400 degrees Fah
When the projectile hits,. the in
ventor said, it explodes, Its white-hot
contents firing whatever inflammable
material iP sti-ikes. To avoid the
possibility of quenching the flames,
Mr. Hammond said he had equipped
the projectile with a chamber filled
with hydrocya72ic acid, the fumes of
which are deadly.
WANTS THEM IN.
Entente Powers Would Draw More
Balkns Into the War.
Following categorical assurances of
the Bulgarian government that it will
maintain strict neutrality in the war,
the Entente powers-Great Blritain,
France and Russia--have given guar
antees to both Athens and Buchare..t
that Belgrade will not attack Greece
in the event the latter country assists
Servia, and will not attack Rou
mania should that state actively par
ticipate in the war. This is taken to
foreshadow the approaching partici
pation of Roumania and Greece.
Slain in Fight With Burglar.
W. M. Alexander of Los Angeles,
Cal.. was shot to death Tuesday
morning by burglars whom he discov
ered in his home.
Held for Conspiracy.
Eight Mexicans have been arrested
at Nogales, Ariz., charged with con
,spiring to break the neutrality law
of~the United States.
Emperor Nicholas has gone to Mos
rcow, while the German Kaiser is re
-ported to be in the west, encourag
sing his troops.
Handles Many Cables.
English censors have to look ove
150,000 cables each day and give judg
ment upon them.
tpsecie-, and readily abandoned th
psychic mood In which he obtainel
athem. He said that when he wa
eyounger and less adcpt in the art hi
proheie often er.me out wrong.
[0R SECOND TinE
ABANEON 91GE Of ff
Petrograd Explains Becent Wholesale
Withdrawal of Rusian Forces as
Indicating Strategy of 'TdW'
Movenents to Secure Best Postion
for Striking the Germans.
Abspecial cable to -the New York
Times from Petrograd the oft
cial bulletin of Tu evening
makes it sutiiciently plain that wn
are in for a repetition, ith differ
ences, of the first invasion of -Poland.
The Germans brought up vast-forces
against Russia, including.the stif
fened remnants-of the Austrian a
mies, and reorganized thewhole ina
manner highly creditable to thero
cuperative powers of our formidable
enemy. The German -emperor has
promised tho war-worn- troops rest
and rewards at Warsaw, which he
ordered taken for Christmas.
The Grand Duke Nicholas has-again
been compeled -to abandon temper
arily the main objective of his stre
gic scheme and draw his armies to
gether so as to hold the inner line of
the whole strategic :front occupied
by the respective opponents.
Cracow and everything-around Qa
cow thus have been"abaudomd,. as
happened before. As we'know abso
lutely notllgng of the, disposition of
the troops occupying thi new- pel
tions, it is impossible to form any
opinion as to where the decislve bat
tle will be joined.
The wholesale withddwai of, the:
Russian troops from all the positions
held a few days ago, except those In
front of Warsaw, indicates the strat
egy of the tactical movements to se
cure the best military positions for
striking at the Germans.
The latter have not yet succeeded
in forcing the passage of the Bzurs
river, about five miles upstream frinz
Sochaczew. The attempt nearly suac
ceeded-in fact, a certain number of
German troops did get across, but
were flung back. into Ithe- river and
lost enormously at various - other
The Russians .took several thou
sands of prisoners, and the Germans
left thousands of dead on-the eld.
after the Russians' bayonet charges,
but the general result is perceptible
from this bulletin. All its- definite
expressions, such as geographical
nimes, show- plainly that the last few
days have been- occupied almost en
tirely in forced marches away from
positions previously,held' "
On the other hand; account of
fights are given without any Indies
tion of the -numbers opposed to the
Russians at this or that point,.so that.
expressions like "masfes oTkilled"'
convey no. definite Impression. It
might be a regiment which lost herV
ily or an army corps, but pretty cer
tanily was the former.
The withdrawal'is believed not to
be. a retirement after unsuccessful
fighting but a deliberate movemnt -
intended to secure victory wtder ne*
circumstances. The .elastit of
movenent which the Germans have
shown by the aid of railways onlry
the Russians now are exhibiting for
the second time without .other mea~ns
of locomotion- than thase- of nature.
Very great forces are being pres
ed into the battle of mutual destruc
tion on the separate positions- from'
the left - bank of the Vistulai nea
Ilow southward along the Bzura.and
Rawka to-the bend of the Pilica'be
Sometimes the- Risslans and som'e
times the Germans take the offensive
in these pitched battles, which can
not be described as general. -The
German offensive, which is the here
est in the north, results more favoe.
ably to the Russins as they approach
the zone where the~Austrians predoem
inte in the- enemy's ranks.
The, most southerly of the hattles
in Poland is on the River Nida,
which flows from the north into the
Vistula, thirty miles eastward of Cra
cow. Here the -Russians gained a
vjtory over Danki, whose task appar
ently was to link up with the Austro
German army on the Pilica twenty
miles east of Novo Radomsk and as- -
sist in the disposition of the German
attempt to force a wedge between the
Russian northern and southern- ar
Immense slaughter is taking place
in these battles and will doubtless be
unabated until ascendency has been
definitely established. In the region
of Sochaczew- thousands of civilans
have been killed. The Germans uspd
eight-inch guns against the town and
smashed the high tenement- houses,
whose inhabitants were crushed to
death under-the masonry.
When the population tried to flee
along the broad road to Warsaw the
German guns poured shell among the
dense masses of men, women and
children. Hundreds were trampled
to death. At Lowlcz the same thing
occurred, hundreds being killed under
the wrecked buildings.
A Russian officer who was decorat
ed for the capture of six German
guns at Lowicz states that- eighty
German prisoners were women who
had been fighting in the trenches.
Five Dies in Tenement Fire.
Arthur Corso, night telephone op-.
erator in New York, Thursday sent
in a fire alarm and hastened out to
see his home in flames and his moth
er and four brothers and sisters dead.
Cotton Cargo for Germany.
The Pathfinder, a steamship, left
Galveston Friday for Germany, load
ed with 6,g50- bales of cotton. *
- illed While Burglarizing.
When he attempted to -rob a Tes
taurant at Cincinnati, Thursday, Al
fred Annan was shot and killed.*
Bombs Dropped on Dover.
A German aeroplane dropped a
bomb on Dover Thursday and escap
ed, although pursued.
* Jap Arms Sent to Europe.
-The Japanese war minister .an
nounced Frida- that 5,000,000 worth -
-of arms had been sent to Europe.*
Aeroplanes in Battle.
SBritish aircraft Friday engaged a
hostile machine which appeared ove