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EI Paso, Texas,
December 24, 1910 -20 Pages
Peace on Earth;
Good Will to Men
Did He Board the Train and
Ride to Ysleta to Avoid
OFFER FOR ARREST
The faculty or vanishing: into thin
air is seemingly one in the repertoire
of the lone desperado who Thursday
night robbed two passengers in the
observation car of the eastbound Sun
set limited on the G. H. as it was
pulling out of El Paso, securing $130
and two railway tickets, and compel
Ing the stopping of the train, alighted
near the G. H. shops and disappeared.
Suspicion only was the charge
against "Wallace "-Scott and Harry
Schaffer, who were arrested in the
railway yards by officers Davis and
Duran shortly after the TObbery, and
they were released by judge Lea Id
police court Friday afternoon.
Announcement of a $250 reward by
the G. H. & S. A., for the arrest and
conviction of 'the desperado came over
the G. H. wires from Houston, Sat
urday morning, but the added incentive
for the detection of the man has so far
failed to produce lesults.
It was reported Saturday morning
from Ysleta that a lone man was seen
to alight from out the middle of the
train Thursday night at that point
when conductor Seamonds stopped ,his.
train to telegraph the details of 'the
passenger robbing to G. H. officials in
El Paso'. "Whether the man was the
robber Is a. matter of conjecture, but
it is considered that he might have
run ahead, crawled on ihe train and
got out of El -Paso In order to divert
suspicion. This tactic is in line with
that of" Jesse James, who after robbing
a Missouri bank, assisted the posse in
hunting the robber.
City detectives and policemen as well
as other peace officers In the county,
are looking with suspicion on all
strangers in El Paso, and especially
those with newly acquired wealth.
Makes Error of $1 Hundred
on ITreight; Road Must
Denver, Colo., Dec. 24. A. printer's
error in conjunction with the strict
ruling of a new federal law governing
the framing of railway freight rates, is
costing a railroad running into Denver,
carry a certain class of freight from
xenver to aexas points at 14 cents a
hundred pounds, instead of $1.14, which
it intended to charge.
The printer dropped off $1 in printing
No change can be made in the print
ed tariff for 30 days.
WILL NOT OCCUR
Chicago, TIL, Dec 24. "There
will be Sio strike by the en
gineers on the railroads north,
soutli and west of Chicago."
This announcement was made
today at the close of a confer
ence between the railway man
agers, engineers and commis
sioner of labor Neill, acting as
mediator under the Erdman -vJt
The settlement provides for
a general increase of wages of
ten and one-third percent, J
which amounts to about 40
cents per day.
MORRIS EIRE IN
AFTER TWO DAYS
Chicago, I1L, Dec 24. Ther stockj'ards
fire, in whjch 24 lives were lost, is still
The flames continued to shoot up
wards through thick clouds of smoke
from the ruins of Morris & Co.'s beef
warehouse, but the fire has not spread
A dozen streams of water prpbably
will be poured on the ruins for some
All bodies have been recovered.
EIGHT KILLED IN
AN OHIO WRECK
Upper SsHdHsky, Okie, Dec 24. la a collision between passenger train
Ne. 15 aHd sb express tralH on ike Pennsylvania railroad at Attica, Ohio,
early ikl aorni?, jix persons were killed and half a dozen serlonsly injured.
Tke wreck occurred oh a curve.
Tke irreck was caused, It Is believed, by an engineer on tke eastbound
tralH disregarding tke block signals.
IN SCOTCH WRECK
Klrkby-Stepkea, Ehrt Sec 24. Eight passengers were killed, some of them
InstaatlyySand others werc buraed to deatk, and 25 injured, a number serious
ly, la a wreck of tke Scotch express near Hswe's Junction today. The ex
pres collided with a pilot engine Tk c wreckage caugkt fire and was de
stroyed. , " i
Aaxoag tke dead was a little fflrl, wko perished in the flames before the
cjes of ker parents, vrko were powerless to save her.
The express carried 500 persons on tkeir way home to Scotland to .speiuJ
Volunteers Patrol Streets
and Watchmen Keep a
NOW IN TALKING
It may be said that all is quiet in
Ciudad Juarez. Business is progressing
as usual, as far as the local merchants
are concerned. The assassination of
a sick dog by a policeman was the
only thing which attracted a crowd all
But at night there is much moving
about of police and fiscal guards, and
lights are burning in public offices un
til a late hour. Men are seen in the
tower of the old mission, and about
the Iron framework of the city water
tank back of the police station, where
a. good moonlight view of the sur
rounding country is afforded.
No Insurrectos seen In City.
No insurrectos have been seen about
the city. The soldiers, reinforced by
43 infantrymen arriving Friday morn
ing, are kept closely in the garrison
in the southwestern part of the city,
and are seldom seen on the streets.
Estimates of the total fighting force
of the city vary materially. There are.
75 soldiers of the regular command at
Juarez, which, with reinforcements,
nownumber about 125. In addition,
there are 26 rurales. many of -whom
do patrol duty in the surrounding coun
try, especially necessary at this time.
There are about 30 policemen In all,
and besides this fiscal guards, customs
inspectors and special police innumer
able. Guarding the City.
The citizens of Juarez are doing
guard duty. Each night 10 names are
listed and those volunteers report for
duty early, in the evening. Some of
the most prominent business men of the
city are on the lists. Reports vary as
to the use these men are put to.
It is reported on good authority that
there are about 300 rifles and from
S000 to 10,000 rounds of ammunition
in the Juarez customs house. The
building is guarded during the night
by a few uniformed inspectors, that is
as to the exterior. It also is declared
that the rifles of the soldiers are care
fully locked up in a room of the fort
People Talk Bravely.
But while all is quiet, tongues are
wagging, especially since the reports
of insurrectionary activity near the
city". It is the only thing discussed
at length on the streets, in saloons and
restaurants. One may hear anything
discussed... and any side defended. Se
cret police, which are everywhere, have
their ears fulL For the -first time it
is not uncommon to hear remarks such
as "poor fellows," referring to the sol
diers and rurales, and ,rthey have hon
or," in reference to the Insurrectos. .In
general talk is less guarded and nobody
appears to pay attention.
y Many Soldiers Killed.
Estimates are being made as to the
number of soldiers killed and missing
as the result of the fighting west of
Chihuahua. A prominent Mexican resi
dent of Juarez who has been in the
city of Chihuahua during the trouble,
has kept a close account of the sol
diers departing, returning and actually
accounted for. He reckons that about
2500 men are killed and missing.
MORE FRAUDS IN
United States Is to Recover
New York, N. T., Dec 24. The Amer
ican Sugar Hefining company will
shortly hand the government a check
for $700,000, in settlement of a further
series of customs frauds, according to
the Herald today.
This brings the total amount recov
ered from the company up to nearly
The latest settlement is in connection
with the socalled "drawback" frauds,
which has been under investigation
since the original custom frauds were
detected two years ago.
"Drawback" Is paid to manufacturers
mmJ3h -MtA3n. ti 4-lnfp nnimtl'Tf i"-v
fartices imported on which a duty has
been paid. The sugar trust imported
sugar, made it into syrup and collected
the drawback. In doing this, however,
the trust used only cheap sugar, while
in collecting drawback, it declared that
first class sugar was made.
Train Crew Then Warned by
an Insurrecto So Passen
gers Will Not Be Hurt.
ALONG THE LINE
The Mexico North "Western
which departed at 1 V clock Friday aft
ernoon from Ciudad Juarez came to an
abrupt stop at the 85 kilometer post.
At that point one of the bridges whioh
span ravines and canyons was burned,
while only a short distance beyond,
smoke arose from another bridge, and
sftll farther down the road at a point
about five miles above the station of
Guzman, a large bridge had been blast
ed to bits with dynamite. Before
reaching the place trainmen were
warned by an insurrecto that the
bridges were out.
The first obstruction -was found at
the 60 kilometer post, where the track
had been broken by a small and un
successful vblast of dynamite. The
track was repaired after, a few min
utes' deljty and the train proceeded.
But after . the burned bridges were
found, the train backed into Juarez, ar
riving at 8 o'clock.
All the passengers and the train crew
told the same story. It was a very
simple story of a destroyed right of
way.and nothing in sight but smoulder
ing bridgework. No insurrectos -were
seen, and the train did not delay in
returning to Juarez. There were about
150 passengers aboard, and they slept
in their homes in El Paso, or Juarez.
First warning of the trouble belov
came shortly before 4 o'clock Friday
afternoon, when a few words were
snatched from the telegraph wires de
stroyed by the insurrectionary band
which captured the engine and coach
of Thursday's passenger train. First
came the two words, "bridge burn,"
from the telegrapher at Guzman, which
is 75 miles below Juarez. Then there
came a, wild remark that there were
1000 insurectos, but -when more infor
mation was sought there was a break
in the connection. Since that time noj
word has oeen recei ea, ana it is
thought that the insurrectos have again
broken the connection which was tem
porarily repaired by the company line
men. lasnrrecia Warns Passengers
But a few of those on the train had
warning of what had occurred. It was
merely another illustration of the kid
glove warfare which the insurrectos,
from natural goodness of heart or po
litical motive, are waging. After the
train had proceeded some distance be
low Juarez, a -well dressed man made
Vi annearance and warned trie crew
that three bridges were destroyed be
low the city. He did not deny that he
was an insurrecto, and said that he had
been sent to see that nobody was in
jured by the broken track. Everything
that he said came true, although at
first it was Intimated that he was
Rurales Not Carried.
Five uniformed rurales were denied
passage on the train before it departed
from Juarez. One had purchased a
ticket and was returned his money. The
road management declared that none of
the lives of passengers would be en
danirftred bv nuttiner troops aboard.
However it is known that a rurale offi- j
cer rode on the train, prooaDiy accom
panied by some men in citizens clothes.
These disguised police either did not
know of the presence of the Insurrecto
argent, or desisted from harming him
out of resDect to his honorable mission.
'The presence of the insurrectoinformer
indicates that tne Dana soutn oi juurez
Is in communication with friends here.
The stranger whose information came
true stepped off the train when the
burned bridge was reached and disap
peared in the confusion.
To Repair Bridges.
Superintendent George Rutledge of
the local division of the Mexico North
Western railway, now in the hands of
the insurrectos only 75 miles below
Ciudad Juarez, departed Saturday morn
ing on a special work train. "We are
going to repair the burned bridges, and
put the line in shape," said Mr. Rut
ledge. The rebuilding of the three bridges
destroyed above Guzman will necessi
tate much work and time. The work
train was of peaceful appearance, no
soldiers nor rurales being aboard. It
is not improbable that Mr. Rutledge
will meet some insurrectionary com
mander and glean an Idea as to the
object of the property doetruction, the
first which has occurred.
THE HOLD ITP HERE MAKES
THE MEXICANS LAUGH AT TJS.
There are many stock revolution
jokes going the rounds among the
Mexicans of Ciudad Juarez. One is to
remark: "You are in more danger in
El Paso than here; didn't one man rob
a whole train right in the American
As against this a true story is told
about the Mexico North "Western train
which had its engine stolen Thursday
only 25 miles below Juarezv "When the
Insurrectos entered the first class
coach, an American raised his hands.
When told in good English, to "please
let down your hands," the "gringo
reached in his pocket and offered a $10
bill to the man with the rifle. But
the insurrecto seemed greatly offended.
"Koop your money," he said, "we are
THE "LITTLE REPUBLIC," THEY
CALL THE INSURRECTO REGION.
They are beginning to call the dis
trict west of the city of Chihuahua,
"the little republic." It Is generally
admitted among Mexicans returning
from that district that an almost per
fect government has been formed. They
say that the postal service Is being
continued as far as possible, that all
officials have been appointed, and in
some cases old ones kept in office, amJ
that even taxes are collected, and im
provements made. For some .reason
these reports strike the Mexican funny
bone with especial force.
Herald's Santa Clans Wishes You a
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TALKS ON PHONE
Man Tries to End Life and
Tells Girl What a Muss
He Is in.
New York, X. Y., Dec, 24. After
firing a bullet into his head, John Rice
propped himself up on his elbow" on
the floor and calmly resumed a tele-
phone conversation he had been holding
with a young woman.
"You should see me now, Ray," he
said; "I'm an awful mess."
The shooting took place in the Chat
ham club early today.
Rice 'was sitting with several friends,
when suddenly he jumped up and went
to the telephone.
"Is that you, Ray?" he inquired, when
the ring was answered, and when the
reply came, he said: "I'm going to die."
He then pulled a revolver from his
pocket and, placing the muzzle to the
left ear, fired.
Rice dropped to the floor and re
sumed the telephone conversation.
It was said at the hospital that he
had an even chance for life. He would
not say why he tried to, kill himself.
INTO A MINE SHAFT
Thirteen Men Injured TV3ien
Foundry Is Wrecked
Washington, Penn., Dec. 24. A coal
mine, abandoned 50 years ago, gave way
today and. carried down the large1 fount
dry of Zahnizer Brothers and Sten on
"West Chestnut street. John A. StenJ
vice president of the company, and 12 j
workmen, were severeh" injured.
The building is canvpletelv wrecked.
Some sections fell 150 feet to the bot
tom of the mine
THINK CUBA IS ON '
VERGE OF REVOLT
New Orleans, La., Dec. 24. That Cuba
is on the verge of serious revolution is
the report contained in advices re
ceived here today from Havana. Tne
government realizes it Is facing a
grave situation and strenuous meas
ures are being taken to prevent on out
break. It Is said revolutionary leaders
are in the United States buying arms
and ammunition. It is reported that
Yucatan will be made the basis of oper
ations, where there are many Cubans
with whom arms will be concealed.
H""-"'$' O '
FOUR MINERS DROP
500 FEET; KILLED.
$ Eccles, "W. "Va. Dec. 24 Four
miners were dashed to death
today when a bucket in which
they were- descending No. 5
shaft of the New River col-
$ collieries overturned, throw
& ' ing the.m 500 xfeet to trie bot-
wlflr&&&Gtt&m tiggSSraSgfci 'l&'-V-'BWi 3lk
WILD RUMORS IN
JUAREZ; ALL QUIET
All remains quiet in Ciudad Juarez,.
but surmises as to what is, occurring
below the border oily aie giving rise
to all varieties of ' rumor. One may
hear anything desired that Casas
Grandes has been taken and 100 sol
diers killed, or that Casas Grandes has
been held and 100 insurrectos killed.
The alarming anouncement that there
are 1000 men in arms below Guzman,
which was ticked over the Mexico North
"Western railroad wires Friday after
noon is considered a joke by many.
They point out that the message either
was sent by an Insurrecto or by the
railroad operator at a request backed
bjT a rifle. Since the break in connec
tions, which occurred after this mes
sage, nothing more has been heard, and
probably will not be until superintend
ent Rutledge returns from his attempt
to rebuild the bridges destroyed about
60 miles below Juarez.
More Troop Reported.
It was reported in Juarez Saturday
morning that 50 more soldiers had ar
rived on a freight train during tha
night. This cannot be verified, and, if
true, the men were detrained below
the eitv. or marched into the country
before arrival at the city. A freight!
train arrived over the National Rail-
ways in the early morning, but no sol-j
dlers were seen. It Is also rumored '
that a onmnanv of about 50 men.
mounted , but of various services, is j
to depart soon for the foothills.
"When it was reported that Saturday's
National Railway passenger train from
the south was four hours' late, all
varieties of wild guesses were made a.-
to the reason. But when the train ar-
rived at tne Juarez station snortiy Be
fore 11 o'clock, it was learned that an
unimportant freight car derailment on
a southern division had caused the de
lay. Stores All Open.
Business is progressing as usual, but
there is a hesitation about everything.
All the stores are open, and many tour
ists are seen on the streets Nobody
sustains reasonable fear of any Toublo
in the city and the proximity of the
border subdues unwarranted alarm. A
nominal amount of petty offender? were
arraigned in the civil court Saturday
morning, and the fiesta gambling
games are still in progress, but will
close Sunday at the end cf the allotted
time for the concessions.
Soldiers In the Fort.
No soldiers have been seen on the
streets. They -ire kept at tb fort as
school children during szudy hours. The
only militant show :s at the cty jail,
where soldiers are ou dutv as former
ly. These white oaopod soldier guards
wear belts of bright copper ammuni
tion over shoulder a"i across trout in
addition to their usual equipment.
It Is a general and reasonable opin
ion that the three bridges were de
stroyed on the Mexico North Western
by the 50 -men who eloped with the
enerine and onp nassensrer coach of the
Thursday train. It Is thought that this i
band burned the bridges behind them
and used the dynamite on the track
and the larger bridge as they proceed
ed south, thinking, no doubt, that the
stealing of the engine would bring
down rural soldiers or rurales.
No News From South.
As to what is occurring or has hap
pened south of Guzman as far as Pear
son, the scene of extensive operations
by the Pearson syndicate, nobody ac
tually knows here, except perhaps the
agents of the insurrectos themselves,
who undoubtedly are in touch with
their fellows in the field.
SIX PERSONS DEAD
IN THE SAME SOUSE
Kenton, Ohio, Dec 24. Six
persons., two women and four
men, wre found d.ead today in
twp rooms, of a, building in the
rear of, the opera house. The
idead are: Clark Latham, aged
34; Mrs. Clark Latham, aged 31;
PearlAKennedj', 24; "William
Kennedy, 53 ;' Harry Xewcomb,
:- 26; Elizabeth .Bailey, 22
The clerk of -the restaurant on the
first floor received no response to re-
peated calls,- and went to the rear
room, where he found bodies lying
auouu uieroom. .tr. ana .urs. Jven-
nedy, who were regular roomers in the
building,' were in bed and evidently
were overcome while asleep. The oth
ers were dressed. It is supposed fumes
from a gas stove killed all of the six
CIVILIANS SHOT BY'
(By Associated Press.)
Chihuahua, Mexico, Dec 24. An
i American, -who has been 10 days with
the insurrecto forces, has. returned,
bringing news' that the latter recently
executed 10 civilians hostile to the re
volt. The number Includes one judge.
"While the revolutionists surround
Navarro -at Pedernales his situation, ac
cording to this informant, is not pre
carious. He could march out with his!
force and do battle, but is awaiting
reinforcements. "When he wishes fresh
beef he is compelled to send a good
fighting force for It, as small parties
are not? safe.
Reporters Run Ont.
Gerald Brandon, the correspondent,
who has been with the federals and for
whose safety grave fears have been
entertained, Tias returned here, xie
left the army pursuant to a war office
order that no more correspondents be
allowed with the troops. F. A. Sommer
feld, who has been observing opera
tions from the insurrecto side also
lie ninuTiim i v
. EXPECTED TO
By Force of Numbers Mesi-
can Commander Looked
upon as Certain of Victory
EXECUTION OF CIV
Insurrectos Have Also Exe
cuted 'Federal Prisoners,
'After Rough Trial.
CBy Aso elated Press). t
Chihuahua, Mexico, Dec. 24. A spe-.
cial representative o.t Che Associated
Press who has been with the Insur
rectos for, two weeks has returned by
mule tfc.m. His judgment of the situ
ation In this state may be summarized
in the statement that Gen. Navarro has
been fought back from, the offensive to
the defensive, but that the 'reinforce
ments now at hand will crush the" re
bellion within a month or two.
In this connection it was stated to
day that federal troops are now sta
tioned as follows: Six hundred under
Gen. Navarro at Pedernales and vicin
ity (west of Mai Paso); 700 at San
Antonio, made up of 340 who were un
injured in the Mai Paso ambuscade, and
340 reinforcements; and 1300 who ar
rived here last night and toda.y.
Heavy Ghbs la Use.
The latter include a battery of ar
tillery made up of two light mortars,
for firing over hills, two Hotchkiss
guns and two rapid firers. Twenty-two
passenger coaches are now on the
tracks of the Mexico & North "Western,
.railroad to(forward the relnforceraestts.
Today was spent in loading" food on the
cars, and in making other preparatioas
for the campaign.
These troops will go- first to San An
tonio, making a new force of 2000, led
I by the best officers In Mexico. It is
their program to take Mai Paso, the
present rebel stronghold. This once
talcen a junction will be formed with,
Navarro and the troops which have
come overland from, Sonora.
Navarro "Will TVla.
All this will entail serious fighting;
but there is no foreigner here now,
viewing affairs impartially, who pre
tends a belief that the federals will not
triumph eventually. The insurrectos
lost their one chance of creating a nation-wide
revolt when they failed to
crush Navarro at Cerro Prleto. At that
time they did not have- their force3
coadentrafed and Navarro held -ia
own. He is now strictly on the de
fensive at Pedern&les. "While- he & un
der orders not to take the offensive,
he is in a defensive position which the
Insurrectos cannot attack without dis
aster. His job is to sit tight and allow
the reinforcements, now numbering
treble his own force, to continue tha
campaign. Navarro's original force
was, it has now been shown, scarcely
more than a police force which a mia
guidcl go'vjprnment considered sufQ
cieat. Diaz is now sending aa army.
Arrivals from the front today brought
confirmation of the statement that Na
varro executed a number of civilians at
Cerro Prieto. The number is givea
now as 32 22 in the village proper
and 10 at a hamlet nearby. The story
was told here today in convincing de
tail. Iast "Saturday the revolutionists
executed 10 prisoners as a retaliatory
measure. "These were loyalists taken
at Guerrero three or four weeks ago.
They were given a trial of a. rough
sort and convicted of treachery while"
being allowed the consideration of
neutrals. "When the revolutionists be
came doubly certain of the executions
at Cerro Psieto they shot, their own
cap'tives. The execution occurred at a
hamlet between La. Junta and Giierrero.
Sunday Monday and Tuesday, when
'the Asociated Press man left the scese,
there was no fighting. Navarro was
content to hold his. position.
The revolutionists have ordered the
arrest of Pancho Villa, the bandit, wha
was formerly one of their number.
The Associated Press representative
brings word that in the fighting
around Pedernales and the west en
trance to Mai Paso the insurrectos
were much inferior in numbers, but at
(Continued on page 5.)
returned. Sommerfeld was fired upon
a week ago and one shot grazed his
left arm. He was otherwise unhurt.
Iasnrgeats TVara Cltlzema.
A daring squad of four insurrecto
scouts rode into this city Thursday
night distributing circulars stating
that citizens should remain within
doors after yo oclock this afternoon as
the rebels intend to enter the city.
The warning Is not regarded seriously.
A patrol of eight soldiers who fired
many shots drove them from the streets
and they disappeared in the direction
of the mountains.
More than a thousand reinforcements
are now in the city. A wireless tower
has been erected at the penitentiary
and troops arriving brought material
for another tower to be erected in the
Troops Near GHerrero.
Government troops which started
weeks ago from Sonora are reported
within two days' march of Guerrero,
one of the insurrecto strongholds.