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El Paso, Texas,
November 22, 1910-12 Pages
El Paso's Rapid Growth
Official United State3 Census.
Population 1910 39,279
Population 1900 15,906
Population 1 890 . . .v 1 0,338
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Mexico City, Mex., Nov. 22. Documents foiind in
the house of the revolutionaries are said to have re
vealed a conspiracy for a wholesale assassination of
prominent government officers, including vice presi
dent Corral, foreign minister Creel and other prominent
Mexicans, among them editor Spindola, owner of El Im
partial. "Washington, D. C, 2fov. 22l Senor Be La Barra,
Mexican ambassador, received a dispatch today from En
rique C. Creel, minister of foreign affairs, minimizing the
seriousness of the Mexican outbreak. ,
At Zacateeas, where some reports stated 400 had
been killed, Mr. Creel telegraphed that there had been no
Leo. X Kenna, TJ. S. consul at Chihuahua, in a dis
patch to" the state department, reported that the revolu
tionists hadcaptured three towns in the western part of
that state. The government, he added, had called a meet
ing of business men for the purpose of preparing for the
defence of the city.
Erom Eagle Pass, Luthed T. Ellsworth, XL S. consul
at Ciudad Porfirio Biaz, verified the press dispatches
that revolutionists had xaken Comez Palacio, which later
was recaptured by the government forces. The engage
ment in which the revolutionists repulsed Diaz's troops
occurred at 3 oclock yesterday morning. The rebels re
leased all prisoners in the jails there and cut the govern
ment telegraph wires at AUanda and about Torreon.
Amfi-rir.ans were not molested.
At general staff headquarters it was emphatically j
declared, tnat xnere was nu ilhiu.u l axv .v.i
Washington the disposition of American troops in the
department of Texas.
Gen. Hoyt has been given a-free hand. The 25,00 men
under his command are regarded as ample for the work.
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Verification that 300 troops were
sent out from the city of Chihuahua
and met disaster at Madera, the head
quarters of the Pearson timber inter
ests, comes from a number of passen
gers'. Frank Gilmore, a mining man.
who Is leaving for his home in Cali
fornia on account of the disorders
around Chihuahua, says that many of
the troops were killed by the dyna
miting of a bridge -near Madera.
It is reported In Chihuahua that
governor Sanchez was appealed to fo"
a. train to remove the injured from Ma
EASIER OF AMENDMENT NOW'
NpW MEXICO MADE
Santa Fe. X. M., Nov. 22. At the '
11th hour, just before final adjourn
ment of the constitutional convention
last night, it decided to reverse it-self
and adopt the Roosevelt advice and
make the constitution easier to amend
than at first proposed.
Instead of two-thirds vote, it will
require only a majority vote to submit
an amendment to the constitution aad
only a majority vote of the people '.o
ratify it, provided that majority vote
Is equal to or exceeds 40 percent of
the vote cast at the preceding genenl
However, no amendments are to be
offered by the first state legislature
and only three amendments are to be
submitted every eight years, while a
constitutional convention cannot be
held for 20 years. This concession has
satisfied most of the Democratic lead
ers and they pledged themselves to
work for the ratification of the con
stitution. Another concession adopted late last
night was the setting aside of 30,000
flews of state lands for a fourth nor
mal school, to be located in eastern
New Mexico, by the legislature.
The anti-pass clause was made
more rigid but otherwise the' consti-
..t -rtrac flr.allv i-Tt i; it had
been reported from the committee on i
At the conclusion of its labors, the
dera, and that the governor turned the
matter over to Gen. Terrazas, sayi :g
that he could do nothing. Another re
port has it that Diaz ljas wired Ter
razas appealing to him to restore or
der in Chihuahua. That means mar
"William Dale, a Chihuahua banker,
has offered his bank building to pro
tect women and children of foreign
residents, and it is probable that
that building and the foreign club,
near by, will be employed for that
purpose, Mr. Gilmore states.
convention presented president Chas.
Al Spiess -with a magnificent silver
service. There was a general jollifica
tion in the convention hall which did
not conclude before the early hours of
Most of the delegates will leave for
their homes today, a committee of
three remaining to edit the Journal
and another committee of three to su
perintend the engrossing of the con
stitution. Reaf Love Feast.
The convention wound up in a real
love feast, in which both parties par
ticipated. It was 5 o'clock this morn
ing when the last vote was recorded.
Everyone of the 71 Republicans voted
for the constitution and signed it.
Twenty of the Democrats signed it,
seven are still holding off and two
Nineteen of the Democrats voted
against the constitution as a whole,
but several of them declared that it
,was only to keep platform pledges and
that from now on they would fight
for the adoption of the constitution.
A poll of the delegates from every
county' gives a prediction that the con
stitution .will be carried by at least
Every Mexican delegate voted for the
constitution and signed it. Including
the one Mexican delegate on the Dem
American Witnesses Two
Battles at the Municipal
Palace and One In Open.
KILLED AT PARRAL
That the uprising through Chihua
hua is general, is asserted by A. G.
Sprenger, a New York traveling man,
who "was one of the refugees who ar
rived on Tuesday morning's .National
Railway train. Mr. Sprenger was an
eye witness of the fight Monday at
Gomez Palacio fn which the revolution
ists captured the municipal palace. He
also has heard authoritative reports
from the condition along the line in
returning to El Paso, he says.
"The whole country is in arms," said
Mr. Sprenger. "I was right 'in it and
know what I'm talking about. I was
in Monterey Sunday. All seemed quiet.
There were plenty of troops. At the
station I saw a passenger train arrive
and about 30 men got off. Every one
carried a Winchester, and they walked
up the street. Police followed then,
and returned saying that they had met
a crowd up a side street- So the ru
rales at the station started after them.
I got on the train, and so I do not
know what happened there. Coming
up from Sablnas they had thrown
stones through the windows of the
'Pullmans, and all of the passengers of
the train were glad enough to get out
Torreon Closed Up.
"I got off at Torreon Monday moan
ing, and we heard that Gomez Palacio
was In the hands of the revolutionists.
Everything was closed at Torreon, the
banks and all, and business was at a
standstill. "We heard that at 2 oclock
in the morning they had started. A
mining engineer and I took a tram car
and rode over to Gomez and this is
what we saw:
"There were dead lying about the
streets, and the whole town was crazy.
Everybody was armed in the streets.
Early that morning the mob had (gpne
to the jefe's house, but he escaped.
-Then they went to the-municipal pal
ace and captured it.
Soldiers Join Rebels.
"Then the revolutionists got the sol
diers to turn, claiming that the whole
town was turning against the govern
ment. There were about 300 soldiers,
and I believe 200 of them joined the
mob, and the Test ducked some place.
They had shot the chief of police stone
J dead, and all was excitement.-' Then
'.more troops rushed up to the palace,
j and they fought from about 6 in the
morning to 8:30. "We got in a little
after 7, and saw the whole thing from
a side street.
Rurales Attack Palace.
"It seems that the rurales warned
those in the palace that if they would
not come out all would be shot. They
just laughed at them, and told them
to come ahead. The rurales made three
-warnings, and then it started. They
j drove thenout all right. But the revo-
muonisis Kept oil iitjiit.ui. j-iie uu.Li.it:
worked out into a field just at the
edge of town. We stood up against a
building and saw it all. In the mob
were men and boys, some only armed
with clubs. But they stood their
ground. They had gone to the jail and
freed 72 prisoners, and all of them
were in the'fighting line. There were
only 60 of the rurales. They got down
behind some ties that were to be used
on the tram line, and started pick
ing off the members of the mob. The
rurales were doing some good shoot
ing, and finally the mob turned and
retreated into the hills.
A Second Fight.
"Some of the revolutionists and sol
diers had gone back to the palace to
hold It, and when the rurales returned,
there was more fighting. The rurales
killed 11 in one volley, and seven ru
rales tumbled over. A fellow showed
me a bullet he had dug out of the wall
of his house only a few inches from
the window. He said his family were
in the house, and he did not like it
very well. Everybody was saying that
the revolutionists in the hills had sent
word that they would take Torreon be
fore 6 oclock, and I shouldn't be sur
prised if they did it. Tou see all the
rurales and soldiers w.ere at Gomez.
Scared In Torreon.
"We got back to Torreon before
noon. The jefe politico had ordered all
stores closed, and the flags of foreign
residents displayed. He said that the
government would not be responsible
otherwise. Torreon was like death.
Everybody was frightened. We heard
later that they had got two of the
leaders at Gomez and shot them up
against a wall. I couldn't send a tel
egram to New York, couldn't do any
thing but wait. When we got to a
junction above Parral a crowd tried
to board the train. They were all
frightened, mostly foreigners. There
were no trains to or from Parral on
the junction all that day, they said.
American Killed, Maybe.
"We heard they had taken the palace
at Parral, and that there -were 67 dead.
They said that three Americans and
two Spaniards had been killed. We
tried to learn thejr names, but couldn't.
We also heard that two bridges below
Eagle Pass had been burned. At Chi
huahua they had machine guns on the
churches and on top of the theater, all
training up the main streets. They
looked ready. A train of trobps went
from .Chihuahua at 9 oclook Monday
night. They had an awful time getting
a crew. Nobody would go. Finally
they got an American engineer, named
Reese, an old timer, and he said that
lie was a railway man and would take
orders. He went, too. They sent 10
. (Continued on Page Three.)
Reports in Juarez today are that
there has been further fighting today
at Orizaba in the state of Veracruz,
Mexico, where troops were called yes
terday. All saloons were closed there
Saturday, but the cantlnas have been
broken into and liquor secured, whicn
has only served to madden the crowd.
There are 10,000 workmen residing in
that city and they are mostly all said
to favor the revolutionists. Rio
Blanca, Nogales and Santa Rosa, nea
by, are also cotton manufacturing
towns and are said to be in a state of
insurrection. Report has It that fire
was set to several factories
Papers Bring Belated Reports.
Papers arriving this morning from
Mexico bring reports that there was
trouble at Orizaba as early as last
Friday and that three officials, two of
them gendarmes, were killed in riots.
Plots were discovered there last Tues
day, when the officials first began to
The same papers bring reports th?At
on Friday, riots were reported in many
places in the sjtate of Jalisco and that
governor Ahumada had sent trusted
agents out to investigate. A number
of small towns were reported to be in
the hands of revolutionists even at
Gomez Palacio, Parral, Ma
era and Other Places See
MANY PEOPLE ARE
Parral is in a state of siege, and is
cut off from the outside world, the
jefe politico and chier cf police have j
been killed and also a number of revo
lutionists and rurales; Gomez Palacio
is in charge of troops, seven rurales
and 20 revolutionists "were killed there
Monday and the remainder run out to
This report from the front was
brought by American passengers on
the National Railways train arriving
in El Paso Tuesday morning. Amer
ican men, women and children piled
off the train from tne interior with all
the baggage they could bring on short
notice and all determined to get out
of the republic as soon as possible.
They are from all parts of northern
Mexico, where the revolutionary trou
ble and fighting seems to have reached
Troops are being rushed to Parral
and Gomez Palacio from Aguascallentes1
and Chihuahua in solid troop trains.
Two of these weie passed by the Na
tional Raliways train for tne north. No
trains are running to Parral and no
communication can be had with the
mining town. The lighting there is
reportedto have started at 11 a. m.
Monday and continued through the day.
The jefe politico and chief of police
were among the first killed, it is said
by the passengers from the interior.
Other prominent Mexicans are also said
to have been killed and It Is feared that J
a number of Americans were also killed
in tne trouble.
Fierce FiSht at Palacio.
At Gomez Palacio the. fighting was
Troops Moved To
Border At Night
Del Rio, Texas. Nov. 22.
Two troops of United States
cavalry, fully equipped, left
San Antonio late yesterday
afternoon on a special train,
one troop to go to Eagle Pass,
one to come here.
All is quiet and a strict
watch Is being kept. From
all reports reaching here, the
trouble seems to be in the in
Troop K, Tnird U. S. cav
alry. Capt. Arthur Thayer in
command, is the troop now at
Del Rio. The troop Is equipped
for a stay of a -month in the
It is understood other itroops
will be sent from Fort Sam
Houston within a day or two,
to do duty along the Mexican
Troop Li, Third cavalry, -went
to Eagle Pass.
that date. San Marcos was one of
Down With Americans.
Reports from Pachuca, according to
the papers, were that Americans were
fleeing because of the attitude of
many Mexicans. Cards reading, "Knl
the Yankees;" 'Down With the Amer
icans," "Kill the Gringoes," "Kill Diaz
and hisx Yankee Friends," were posted
eerywhere throughout vthe city of
Pachuca as early as last Thursday and
Orders bad been issued even then
throughout the country that any
crowd gathering in the street will be
ordered to disperse and If it fails, .the
officer in command will order the
troops to fire.
Fifty soldiers have been sent fron
-Sguascallentes to San Luis Potosl, ic
A dispatch in one of the papers fro.n
Veracruz reports 'the arrest there on
arrival from Merida, Yucatan, of Don
Arturo Ponce and wife, from Merida.
El Diario Del Hogar, an afternoon
newspaper, has been closed down by
the authorities and Filomeno Mata. the
editor, placed in Belem. This paper
has taken an active interest in the ro
cent demonstrations in Mexico City-,
and is said to have done much to ii
flame the minds of the ignorant class.
OF F! PJlSfl
fiercest, the revolutionists and rurales
engaging in a hand to hand conflict
in the streets of Gomez. There are
comparatively few federal troops sta
tioned there, and it is thought that
this point was selected as the best to
start the -trouble. The fighting started
as early as 2 a. m. Monday and con
tinued until the rurales overpowered
tne revolutionistsand drove them into
the hills with their dead and wounded.
Twenty of the revolutionists were
killed, according to the returning
Americans, and seven of the rurales
met death in the conflict. How many
more were killed is not known, as the
fleeing insurgents were seen to be
carrying their dead with them.
There are said to be 600 revolution
ists in the hills surrounding Gomez
and they -are gathering tnere from
the cotton mills and plantations, where
thev feeling is unusually strong against
the' government. The recruits to the
ranks of the anti-government forces
are flocking to Join the insurgents.
This district is tne richest manufac
turing district in northern Mexico and
the revolutionists are expecting to
gain their greatest strength a. the
nortnern zone there.
31ndra In Revolt.
Madera, Chihuahua, is also reported
to be in the hands of the revolution
ists. Troops were sent from Chihua
hua to quell the disturbances, but on
the way from Chihuahua 25 of the
160 troops deserted to the enemy and
when the remaining troops arrived at
Madera, tne entire force joined the
ranks of the insurgents, who are now
in possession of the town, the return
ing Americans say.
At Guadalajara the riots of two
weeks ago have not been repeated, but
the strain is tene, Americans from
there say. i
The governor's palace is fortified
with three machine guns and a force
of rurales and federal troops, who have
completely surrounded tne home of
governor MigueJ Ahumada.
The miltary forces in Guadalajara
consist of two regiments of federal
troops, one and one-half regiments of
state troopa and a detachment of ru
rales. Governor Ahumada's secretary
has stated to A.mericans that the gov
ernor was ready for the demonstration
which was expected and would give a
good account of himself. He is placing
little dependence upon the state troops,
who are expected to go over to the
revolutionary side as soon as the fight
ing becomes general. The federal
troops are being depended upon, to
gether with the rurales, to protect the
city. ' It was reported Sunday that a
force was gathering at San Marcos
and Sayula. near Guadalajara. to
march on the town and take It for
the revolutionary cause.
Everyone in Guadalajara, as in the
other towns of northern Mexico, is
armed and ready for trouble. No trou
ble was reported in Guadalajara Sun
day up to the time the train left for'
the north, Americans In the smaller
mining camps have been warned to
leave the country by their friends.
One American received a telegram
which said: "For the sake of safety,
get out of the country. A Friend."
Needless to say the advice was taken.
Arms are being shipped Into Guadala
jara. A shipment of 1000 rounds of
ammunition was also received and the
government officials 'nave been unable
to locate, dt after its arrival. Ameri
cans have been promised protection in
the larger towns, but advised to leave
the smaller mining camps and settle
ments where they could not be pro
tected. Refugees Come Here.
At every stop along the National
Railways, American families boarded
the train and came to El Paso, where,
they wil remain until after the trouble
Is over, or well return to their homes
In the states. 'One man who owned a
store in Parral said he did not know
whether he had a store or not now,
(Continued on Page Three.)
TROOPS HASTENED FROM GUADALAJARA TO
TORREON TO QUELL DISTURBANCE.
Thousand Insurgents Reported In the Streets of Tor
reon, Mowing Down Opposition With Their Fire
Heavy Death List at
ral From the Clashes There madero
Mexico at Head of His Army.
Washington, D. C, Nov. 22. nie success of the
Mexican revolutionists in capturing several towns was
confirmed in official dispatdhes today, but, notwith
standing, it was reiterated by officials that reports
through diplomatic channels indicated that president
Diaz had the situation under control and the stability
of the government is not seriously threatened.
Mexico City, Mexico, Nov. 22. 1'esterday three bodies of revolutionists
attacked the military barracks at Orizaba and liberated and araed tie rT
oners. A group of a hundred revolution lts, stationed oh the summit of a
nearby hill threw dynamite bombs Into the barracks. When the eiaier
fled from their quarters and 'charged the assailants, another party of
rebels attacked the prison, beat down the guards and liberated and armed
all the prisoners. The 15th Mexican Infantry charged the revolutionists ud,
after a hot fight, drove them back Into the woods. Fighting coatinHed un
til O last night. The casualties are not known.
There has been further fighting there today and the entire xecion is la
a state of disorder.
Great difficulty is experienced In getting authentic reports from the
disturbed sections. The censorship is strict and in many instances the
government has taken possesion of the wires to the exclusion of press dis
patches. In spite of this, direct wires from. Orizaba tell of severe fight
ing there. The authorities minimixe the gravity of the situation, bnt there
Im a general feeling of uneasiness at the eapital. '
Fierce fighting occurred Monday at Durango, Torreon, Parral and Go
mez Palacio, the latter falling Into the hands of the rebels. Three hundred
of the federal troops at Gomez Palacio are said to have gone over to the
Insurgents, who turned their attention to attacking the loyal forces at
There has been much looting and many were killed and wounded at
Gomez Palacio, according to reports here today.
WIRES ARE AM. CUT.
The fighting began at Durango at 4r oclock yesterday afternoon and an
hour later all the wires were cut.
It is reported on good authority that 25 persons were killed at Zaca
teeas. The government troops, it Is also reported, quelled the uprising there
aiid are in control.
The wires north of Monterey baie been cut and no reports are ohtainaIls
from beyond that point. It is believed that the Insurgents are responsible
for the cutting of communications.
MADERO IX MEXICO.
It was reported that Francisco I. Madero, the revolutionary leader, has
entered Mexico with COO followers at some point between Eagle Pass and
.Laredo. Gen. Geronimo Trevino, commander of the military zone In which;
Monterey Is situated, has gone north at the head of a strong body of troops
to meet him.
THE GUERRERO RIOTS.
It Is Impossible to obtain detail- of the fighting at Guerrero, state of
Coahuila. Further than the statement that rioting occurred no word has
been permitted to come out. Guerrero Is an isolated -village, far removed
from the railroad with no telegraph or telephone connection except that of
the 31exlcan federal line.
t S3IEI.TER ATTACKED AT VELARDEXA.
Eagle Pass, Tex., Xov. 22. Velardena, one of the biggest mining camps
in Mexico, where a smelter of the American Smelting and Refining com
pany Is located, Is reporte'lo be in possession of the revolutionists.
The smelting plant was damaged and many Americans rOHghly treat
ed, it Is reported.
(Officials In El Paso of the American Smelting and Refining company
have heard nothing of any trouble at Velardena.) Editor.
TROOPS FOR TORREON ; CAROTHERS RELEASED.
Guadalajara, Mexico, Xov. 22. Troops, iHfantry, cavalry and artillery,
left here during the night. Their destination is believed to be Torreon.
Carlos Carothers, the American who shot two men during the riots here,
was released today, the authorities declaring he was justified In defending
DEATH TOLL AT TORREOX LARGE.
Eagle Pass, Tex., Xov. 22. The death toll at Torreon, which, has fallen
into the hands of the revolutionists, 1" reported heavy. A thousand rebeW
armed with modern guns, swept the city with a terrlffic fire ' for several
Two troops Vnited States cavalry from Fort Sam Houston will get
here this afternoon to guard the border, protect American Interests and
prevent Mexican revolutionists organizing on this side.
Tine condition Is quiet at C. P. Diaz, opposite here today.
Madero, who Is leading the present revolution, Is bewteen here and
It Is reported here that IS soldiers and seven revolutionists were killed
In a battle at Gomez Palacio.
BROWXSTILLE FEARS TROUBLE. .
Brownsville, Tex., Xov. 22. Mexican authorities are taking great pre
caution to cope with any uprising at Matamoras and vicinity. Matameras
is surrounded by a line of sentries. Guards at military headquarters, the
jail and the hospital have been doubled. The fourth battalion of infantry
has replaced the ninth battalion, which was transferred to San L.ms Potosl
last week. It Is reported that 1000 troops are on the way here from central
Mexico. There is a strong antl-DIaz sentiment In Matamoras, where Diaz
started his first revolution many years ago.
Information has reached here that all rifles and ammunition In Mata
moras In the state of Taraaullpas were seized today by Uent. Col. Hernan
dez, acting under orders from governor Castellot.
SOXORA BORDER QUIET.
Bisbee, Ariz., Xov. 22. Although it has been rumored foe some time
that arm have been smuggled Into Mexico 'from near Xaco, the officials
oT both governments deny the report. The situation alone the border in
Sonora is quiet and the authorities of both governments say they fear no
PRISONERS TlBERA TED;
TORREON IS A TT ACRED
"When le attack on Gomez Palacio!
was made by revolutionists, 70 prlso- J
ners in the federal prison were liberat- j
ed and immediately joined the insur- j
gent forces, according to an American I
traveling man who returned Tuesday
morning. This was one of the first
moves made by the revolutionists.
It was also reported that TorreonJ
was attacKeu last nignc ana naa ian
en. Further reports of the fig-hting
at Parral were received by the travel
ing man who came up from Jimenez.
One account of the battle of Parral
was that the fighting started early !
Monday morning and continued tintll
noon when a truce was declared and
jefe politico Valles, who had been sent
there from Chihuahua, ws given until
6 oclock to surrendsr. Upon the ex
piration of this time the attack was
renewed and the jefe -either killed or
had fled to the mountains where he is
Gomes Palacio and Par
in hiding. It is almost certain that
the chief of police was killed.
At Jimenez all of the stores were
closed during the entire day .Monday
and nothing could be bought in the
town The government has confiscated
all arms and ammunition and none can
be obtained in the district. Upon tha
arrival of Americans from the mining
camps and small towns they were
closely questioned as to their business
and identity. Upon giving satisfactory
answers they were gven a fire urm
and 50 rounds of ammunition, the trav
eling man says, and told to protect
themselves and their property. This is
considered as a part of the general
plan of protection which the llexican
government is pursuing.
At Chihuahua, the Bnglisfi subjects
are arranging to. go to Mexico City
as soon as any real trouble starts ami
they will place themselves under tha
protection of the English consul gener