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; Former Vice President of Road
Has Tilt With Folk.
.George B. Phippen Testifies That
Dividends on Preferred Stock of the
' Boston Holding Company Were
Paid by New Haven Money.
. "Washington, May 11. Methods em-
ployed by the New York, New Haven
and Hartford railroad for acquiring
publicity were disclosed today by
Timothy E. Byrnes of Boston, for
merly a , vice president of the road,
in "general charge of legislative mat
ters as far as necessary, also pub
' licity." as he expressed it when the
" interstate commerce commission re
' sumed its inquiry. He told of pay
ments to various newspaper men in
New England for services rendered the
company in the way of articles for
'the press and information furnished
as to the activities of agencies work
ing against the New Haven.
5 " The proceedings were enlivened by
Iu a tilt between Mr. Byrnes and Chief
.Counsel Folk of the commission, who
alluded to the witness in the course
of his examination as "Tim" Byrnes.
"I ask that you call me Timothy
Byrnes," requested the witness, his
I face coloring with anger.
7 . will call you, what I please,", re
" torted Mr. Folk, also showing some
i , Demand Is . Made.
"I 'demand that I be treated with
""courtesy," answered Byrnes, looking
, to -Examiner Gartner, who was presid
ing. '.
; "It seems . to me," remarked Mr.
Gartner, "that the witness should be
called by the name he requests."
Mr. Byrnes was closely interrogat
ed regarding the employment of H.
:f B. Knowles, a member of the Massa
chusetts legislature, during a legis-
lative recess while Knowles was ' a
member of a committee that had un-
der consideration the question of
- whether it was advisable to allow the
New Haven to increase its investment
i in trolley company holdings in west-
'em- Massachusetts. . r;- , . ;;: ' u.
Ignorant of Salary, ; , ,v -
' ' , Mr. Folk asked if vlt was jjto&fcaial
' tnat ivnowies at tms time was being
Vaid at the rate of $3,000 a year by
the New .Haven and if Mr. Byrnes
did not know that the Toad was in--i
lerested in the trolley matter. "Per
:i 'sonally, I did hot know of it," an
swered Mr. Byrnes.
"Do you not know that Knowles
signed a1 report favoring the road fr"
" "I do not know it, but I have heard
i, the statement made." .
. , ; Phippen on Stand.
' Mr. 'Phippen, the first witness,
"testified that he became trea
" surer of the .Boston Railroad
XrAvcr inmnanv r QontoTYi Hoy 1011 '
and that he also was treasurer of the
Old Colony railroad and several other
4. transportation companies.-, . ( ,
J, "Were any shares of the Boston
and Maine railroad acquired by the
' 'Boston', Railroad Holding company
' Mi. V 0l .. . 1
ttiitjr you ucttuie ucasuici . in
quired Mr. Folk, counsel for, the com
mission.: ' .. ' '',
, "None."
' Notes Were Cancelled. '
- v . .
f Mr. Phippen explained that he had
J ..-.a 4. - P ii. t- x i- ii
f j jcanceiieu notes 01 me .dob 1041 -xvaii-
road Holding company : for $3,370,
, " 082,which had been turned over to
lv' ' him by the former treasurer. He
identified a demand , note - for that
, amount issued to the New Haven for
. 22,581 shares of Boston and Maine
f stock. 1 . .-. -...' ;,"
""Did your company ever issue any
notes to Mr. Billard or to' the 'Bil
s -lard company?'? asked Mr. Folk.
t VNot while ! was treasurer," said
; Mr. Phippen, "and we issued, none . to
, anybody else." .
' ''When was the last dividend of
the .Boston and Maine paid?'
"As of April 1. 1913."
: . Paid Each Six Months.
' Since that time, the witness ex
plained, the New Haven railroads had
id each six months the amount
:essary to enable the Boston Hold
ing company to pay dividends on ltd
', 'preferred stock.
$112,000 For Outsiders.
Out of these amounts paid to the
Boston: Railroad Holding company by
the jNew Haven, Mr; Phippen said
about $112,000 annually went to out
side stockholders, the remainder go
ing back to the New Haven. ,
, Had "ot Been Officially Told of Dis-
" missal lip to This Noon.
4 '
g Up to this noon Superintendent
kQeorge 'F. Kibbe of the ; Town home
K'had not received official notice of the
action of the board of public charities,
which voted last Friday night to re
?' quest him to resign.
"We have received no official notice
and of course have not taken any
, action," said Mrs. Klbbe, who is
matron of the institution. : "We have
not consulted any lawyer but 1 pre
,". wime we shall fisrht dismissal. We
Jshall probably receive the notice some
Tpai4 LXJLLfXy livJii 1,1 viiwi tvij wvai '
if- . .
Official lietums of the Catania Earth
quake Give 150 Dead and Many
Hundreds Injured.
Catania, May 11. Army, navy and
clviliian authorities continued today
their efforts to relieve the distress of
the thousands of Sicilians deprived of
their homes and property by ' the
earthquake which destroyed a dozen
villages and caused the death or injury
of hundreds of persons during the
night of May 8
Many of thepeasants afflicted by
the catastrophe are migrating from
the district, taking with them all they
could recover of their personal effects.
Others for the present refuse to move
from the scene until they know the
fate of , their missing relatives.
The injured found among the debris
of the ruined houses have been car
ried to the nearest hospitals after
treatment by the Red Cross sergeons.
The official returns of the dead gave
the number at about 150, but it is be
lieved many more are still buried in
the debris. The injured total many
District Attorney to Investi
gate Circumstances of Ar
rests at Meriden.
Meriden, Conn. May 11. Police
court action in the cases of the two
young men and two girls, arrested
last night, after having lived here
for the last four weeks as married,
was deferred today, pending investi
gation of the circumstances by United
States District Attorney F. A. Scott,
who was expected to come to Meriden
during the afternoon.
The ; men are Robert W. Roberts,
twenty-one, of Boston, and Harrison
S. Trafford, twenty-six, of Chicago.
They are charged with enticing , the
girls from their homes and with other
statutory offenses. The girls are Ruth
Mason, nineteen, of Bethlehem, and
Edna . Bailey, twenty, of Bristol.
' They were arrested at the instigation
of the Bailey girl's mother. It. is al
leged that the girls left thehv homes
last February, i and that since then
have been canvassing with the young
men in Spingfleld and Holyoke, Mass J
and in Meriden. -!''-'''''':': " ' ;
vXfceineri'are vheldtlnt3;00& bohds
each and the girls in $500 bonds each.
It is understood that '"'Mr. ScOtt will
investigate to determine if ., there is
any, basis for prosecution of , the men
under the Mann act. . ";;'' '
Board of Health Meets Tonight
Settle Troublesome Point.
The board of health will hold -its
second meeting this evening and will
take action on bids' for the collection
of garbage. The bids must . be filed
by 6 o'clock this evening.
The common council has already
turned down two recommendations on
the part of the old health board to
the effect that the contract be award
ed to J. J. Donahue. The bid of
Swanson Bros, was $3,000, in com
parison1 to $6,600 by Donahue, and
some members of the council believed
that the' former should be given an
opportunity to do the work if he
could file a proper bond. This will
be. the first time the matter has been
dealt with by the new health com
Hilding Nelson Assists in "Cause" of
Defendants. .
Among those present at the. dance
given in the bungalow Saturday even-,
ing for the benefit of Adolph Carl
son' Andrew Carlson and Adolph Fran
sen, was Hilding Nelson, the Swedish
liquor dealer, who is bringing a $5,
000 law suit for slander against these
About fifty couple were present, the
majority of whom were greatly sur
prised to see that even the plaintUT
in the suit was assisting in the
A horse and wagon owned by Abra
ham Cheneski was kidnapped by a
crowd of "joy riders" last evening,
but was found an hour and a half
after it was taken. Cheneski hitched
the horse on Elm street, near North
street, while he went into a house on a
visit. At 11 o'clock he decided to go
home, but had to walk, as his outfit
was missing. Officer Charles Mc
Carthy found the horse hitched to a
post on Hulburt street at 12:25
this morning.
When the street department began
macadamizing Olive street this morn
ing, it is said, a few of the workmen
quit because they didn't like a new
foreman who had been appointed.
The foreman is a foreigner and they
refused to work under him.
Major Frank H Johnston, of the
Putnam Phalanx, accompanied by sev
enteen members of his battalion, are
attending the anniversary exercises of
the Boston Fusiliers in the Hub city.
They will return tomorrow.
Silent Thousands View Procession
in Honor of Vera Cruz Dead.
President Wilson, Sec. Daniels, Gov.
Glynn, Senators, Congressmen and
Bluejackets Participate in Funeral
New York, May 11. The dead from
Vera Cruz were landed on American
soil today and city, state and nation
paid their tribute. :
Two1 hours before , the city was
astir,' seventeen flag-draped cof
fins were removed from the
boat deck of the armored cruiser
Montana and placed on caissons on
the plaza in Battery Park. Few
witnessed this ceremony for the sun
was but half risen; but thousands later
lined the streets to watch the slow
procession wind its way to the navy
yard. Perhaps , not since the Dewey
parade has there been such a spon
taneous demonstration.
: President Wilson Arrives.
President Wilson arrived in the city
from Washington shortly . after- 7
o'clock almost unobserved. He wad
driven immediately to the home of
Colonel E. M. House and then to the'
Battery to take a place in the pro
cession.' It had at first been ar
ranged that the president was to go
to the navy yard to receive the na
tion's dead on Government ground, but
at the last moment Mr. Wilson changed
h?s mind and was driven to the Bat-te-y
so as to participate in the cere
monies from the beginning to end.
When , he reached the Battery the
heroic dead, were upon gun caissons,
police had lined the way and the pro
cession was ready to move.
Bluejacket in Line. '
Twenty-four picked mounted police
led the. way. Behind them were the
"combined bands of the dreadnoughts.
AVyoming andi Texas, and behind the
bands six hundred bluejackets from
these ships.
Next came the coffins, in single file.
At the side of each rode a policeman,
and at the corner of each, caisson
trudged a national guardsman. ! The
Stars and Stripes albne covered the
caskets. Behind the last caisson came
the carriages bearing' the " president,
secretary of the navy, senators, con
gressmen and representatives of the
state and city. With President Wilson
were Dr. Grayson, his physician and
Secretary Tumulty.
"Very Pathetic Scene.
Never had the Battery witnessed
such a scene as (today's. Noiselessly,
almost, tugs nosed up to Pier A, and
with a precision that is the navy's,
the seventeen dead . were landed,
grouped ' on the caissons, and the
bluejackets who were to march be
gan to assemble. The men from the
Texas came by tug from the navy
yard whence their ship was to sail
later in the day for Mexican waters.
The Wyoming men came ashore in
their own boats. It was the Wyom
ing that convoyed the funeral ship in
to the harbor yesterday.
The cortege began to move at 9
o'clock, the ship's band playingx. a
funeral march, bluejackets with arms
reversed. The crowd stood silent and
with bared heads. Through the sky
scraper canyon of lower Broadway,
past old Trinity church and into the
city hall plaza the procession passed.
The stock exchange was closed in
honor of the dead, as were other ex
changes in the city. In the schools
special exercises were carried out.
Rides With President.
At the city hall Mayor Mitchel, af
ter delivering a brief address in be-,
stowing the city's wreath, entered
the president's carriage and rode with
him to the navy yard.
"The people of New York pay
their solemn respect to these honored
dead," said the mayor in his address.
"To the stricken families of these men
their loss is irreparable. Nothing that
we can say now, nothing that we can
do can mitigate it. But to the Amer
ican people their loyalty and sacrifice
give new inspiration..
"These men gave their lives not in
war, but in the extension of peace.
Our mission in Mexico is not to en
gage in conquest, but to help restore
to a neighboring republic the tran
quillity and order which is the base of
"The highest tribute paid in this
hour to the dead of Vera Cruz is tht
renewed pledge of loyalty to the na
tion, its honor and its service, inspired
by their brave deaths, and. the
heightened resolution of our people to
enter, whenever the need arises, the
path of patriotic service."
Heads Are Bared.
It was just 10:50 when the proces
sion reached the navy yard. Presi
dent Wilson, Secretary Daniels, Gover
nor Glynn and the others on the
president's stand stood bareheaded
while the coffins were taken from the
caissons and placed in a line in front
of the stand.
The transfer occupied fifteen
minutes. As each coffin was placed
before the president the sailor pall
bearers joined a line that flanked the
row opposite the president. The heat
was oppressive, and one of the
(Continued on Ntnth Page.)
American Ambassador to Italy Car
ries Message of Condolence for
Catania Earthquake.
Rome, May 11. Thomas Nelson
Page, American ambassador to Italy,
today conveyed to Marquis Disan
Guiliano, Italian foreign minister, the
sympathy of the American govern
ment and people with Italy in connec
tion with the disastrous earthquake at
In reply the foreign minister said
Italy remembered with gratitude the
practical sympathy displayed by
America during former calamities.
Both the Marquis Disan Guiliano
and the president of the Italian Red
Cross expressed their thanks for the
contribution of $5,000 from the
American Red Cross toward the relief
of the sufferers. '
District Attorney Assails for
mer Lieutenant As Real
Murderer of Rosenthal.
New York, May 11. A jury to try
Charles Becker, former lieutenant of
police, charged with instigating the
murder of Herman Rosenthal, the
gambler, was again completed today.
Frederick A. Strock, a bookkeeper,
and Frederick C. Barrett, a consult
ing engineer, were chosen today to
take the places of men who were ex
cused on Saturday..
It was just at noon when the twelfth
juror was selected and District Attor
ney Whitman immediately began his
opening presentation of the state's
case to the jury.
Mr. Whitman, in his address, made
no .mention of the execution of the
death sentence of the four gunmen,
and in no way suggested that the
prosecution had any new evidence to
present. His speech was chiefly a re
view of the events leading up to and
following the murder. .
Particularly the prosecutor em
phasized Becker's alleged motive for
seeking Rosenthal's death the fear
that the gambler would expose him as
a partner in his gambling establish
ment. "The. one sinister figure the only
one of the group-in-whose breast a
real motive for the death of Rosenthal
existed," said Mr. Whitman, "the man
who had everything to lose should
Rosenthal live the man who had
everything to gain' by silencing his
tbngue forever in death the man
whose sworn duty it was to protect
human life and property, and to en
force the law the man who, by power
which he exercised over law break
ers, was able to accomplish, as we
believe he confidently expected with
out personal risk, the death of the
man whom he hated and whom he
feared. And, it is the contention of
the people that the real murderer of
Herman Rosenthal, that the worst
criminal of them-all, is the man who,
on the sixteenth of July, 1912, was a
lieutenant of police of the city of
New York, and who is today the pris
oner at the bar."
; Mrs. Becker, wife of the defendant,
was not in court early today, as had
been her custom, but just before the
last juror was selected she arrived
and took a seat far to one side of the
room, out of the range of vision of the
American Polo Team Members Await
Official News from England.
New York, May 11. Reports'from
London that the Hurlingham club
contemplated asking for a postpone
ment of the international polo match
for tMe challenge cup will not cause
a halt in the preparations of the polo
association for placing a strong de
fending team in the field. Until defi
nite word is received from the img
lish challenging club, the candidates
for the American team will continue
their practice games.
It was reported today that the Hur
lingham club had asked for a post
ponement of the matches until Sep
tember or October. However, no of
ficial announcement of the receipt of
such a request was made by the lo
cal officials.
Sign Language Used By Father Quinn
to Perform Ceremony.
Meriden, Conn., May 11. A double
wedding of deaf mutes was solemn
ized at St. Laurent's French Roman
Catholic church here today, Miss
Laura A. Lanoue was married to
Frederick S. Gagnier of North Adams,
Mass., and her sister, Miss Eva A.
Lanoue to Mois Leblanc of Lowell,
Mass. The brides are daughters of
Walter Lanoue of this city. The cere
mony was performed by Father
Quinn of St. Joseph's cathedral,
Hartford, who used the sign language
for the ceremony.
Hartford, May 11. Increas
ing cloudiness and cooler to
night. Tuesday unsettled and
cooler, probably showers.
Coinmander-in-Cliief of U. S. Navy
Delivers Address at Navy Yard.
George Poinsett of Pennsylvania Was
the First to Sacrifice His Life in
Defense of the Stars and Stripes
at Mexico.
New York, May 11. Following the
invocation by Chaplain Cassard at
the funeral services for the' Vera
Cruz dead at the navy yard, Secretary
Daniels turned to the president and
"Mr. President: I have the solemn
honor to report to you as commander-in-chief
of the United States navy
the names of the fifteen sailors and
four marines who recently at Vera
Cruz sealed with their blood their de
votion to the flag of their country. All
were in the prime of vigorous young
manhood. Of the nineteen who
answered their last roll call with a
cheerful 'aye, aye, sir,' thirteen were
twenty-two or under. The oldest was
thirty-six, the youngest nineteen,
Their average age was but a little
over twenty-three. They were young
and suddenly 'beheld life's morn de
cline.' They gave not only all they
were but all they hoped to be.
First to Die.
"The first to make the noblest con
tribution that a man rpay give was
George Poinsett of the commonwealth
of Pennsylvania. He was in his twen
tieth year and served as seaman on
the United States steamship Florida.
The others of the immortal nineteen
in whose honor this memorial is held
today were:
Boswell,, Louis Frank, chief gun
ner's mate, . battleship Michigan, of
Coulterville, 111.
Defabbio, Gabriel A.., gunner's
mate, battleship New Jersey, of Ba
tavia, N. Y.
De Lowry, Francis P., seaman, bat
tleship New Hampshire, of Pittsburg.
Deverick, Frank, ordinary seaman,
battleship South Carolina, of Blakes
burg, la.
Fisher, Elzie C, ordinary seaman,
battleship New Hampshire, of Forest,
Friend, Louis Oscar, ordinary sea
man, battleship Arkansas, of Grena,
Frohlichstein, E. H., seaman, battle
ship New Hampshire, of Mobile, Ala.
Haggerty, Daniel Aloysius, private
marine corps, of Cambridge, Mass.
Lane, Dennis J seaman, battleship
New Hampshire, of New York city.
Marten, Samuel, private marine
corps, of Chicago.
Percy, Rufus Edward, private ma
rine corps, of Concord, N. H.
Poinsett, George, seaman, battle
ship Florida, of Philadelphia.
Schumacher, . John F., coxswain,
battleship Florida; of Brooklyn, N. Y.
Smith, Charles Allen, ordinary sea
man, battleship New Hampshire, of
Stream, Albin Eric, ordinary sea
man, battleship New Jersey, , of
Brooklyn, N. Y.
Summerlin, Randolph, private ma
rine corps, Willacooches, Ga,
Watson, Walter L., ordinary sea
man, battleship Arkansas, of Orleans,
Clarence R. Harshbarger of New
York state, and Henry Pulliam of
Virginia. ;
Held In Remembrance.
"I hand you, Sir, the names of
these heroes recorded high on the
national roll of honor that they may
be preserved in the archives of our
republic. Their services will be held
in lasting remembrance by a grateful
The board of public works has
rented the L. M. Barnes property on
Church street, a short distance east of
the railroad crossing, to use it as a
sloreyard. The board formerly had
its storeyard in the rear of the Gram
mar school but was forced to move as
the property was taken for a site for
the prevocational school.
Despite rumors to the contrary it
is said that the board of public works
will make several appointments to
morrow evening. One of the commis
sioners is said to have made the
statement that E. A. McCarthy will
probably be the selection for assistant
city engineer at $1,400 per year. Mr.
McCarthy Is the present assistant en
Washington, May 11. The Texas
statute providing that a person should
not act as a freight railway conductor
without having had two years' ex
perience as a freight brakeman, ex
cept in cases of emergency, was today
annulled as unconstitutional by the
supreme court.
Greenwich, Conn.. May 11. The
delegates and their friends who have
already come to town for the annual
convention of the state body of the
Knights of Columbus tomorrow, spent
today in sightseeing followed later in
the da'y by a trip on the Sound.
District Attorney Corcoran to Plead
With Gov. Walsh for Release" of
.... -
James Mantir and Peter Delorey.
Cambridge, Mass., , May 11. The
murder of Annie Mullins in March,
1908, one of the most mysterious with
which Middlesex county authorities
have had to deal is recalled by a
movement to secure 'the pardon of
James Mantir and Peter Delorey, con
victed of the crime. District Attorney
William J. Corcoran announced "yes
terday that an investigation had satis
fied him of the Innocence of the young
men and that he would ask Governor
Walsh to give them their liberty.
Mantir is serving a life term and De
lorey was sentenced to twenty years
The body of the young woman, who
was employed as a maid by Professor
Von Jagerman of Harvard, was found
in a field in Arlington. Her throat
had been cut. It was not until a year
....later that the authorities secured
bufficient evidence to make an arrest.
Delorey made a confession to the
police, implicating Mantir, but
later declared that it had been forced
from him by the police.
Labor Leaders, for Second
Time, Win Victory in
Supreme Court.
Washington, May 11. The con
tempt sentences imposed by the Dis
trict supreme court upon , Samuel
Gompers, John Mitchell and Frank
Morrison, labor leaders, were set aside
today by the supreme court for the
second' time as barred by the statute
of limitations.
Justice Holmes, in beginning the
opinion, said that contempts were not
to be treated as conspiracies, a
point urged upon the court in behalf
of the labor leaders.
Justice Holmes said the case turned
upon the point that the contempt
proceedings, should have been started
within three years from the date of
the committing of the offenses. He
said that proceedings for contempt
should , be speedy and thus come with
in the purpose of the statute of limi
tations, which "require prosecutions
within three years. ' ;
. Justices Pitnefr. and Vandevanter
Chief's Auto Taken to Hartford Satur
day Afternoon.
Those who read the Item In the
Herald Saturday stating that Fire
Chief Dame and some of the safety
commissioners went to Hartford in the
chief's automobile to inspect ,a new
pump. being demonstrated in that city
are wondering whether a New Britain
ordinance was violated.
Section 137 reads: "No apparatus
shall be taken beyond the city limits,
except for assistance in case of fire,
and then only by permission of the
mayor or chairman of thte board of
public safety."
It is said that Chairman Andrews
and Commissioner Ailing accompanied
Chief Dame on the trip.
London, May 11. airs. Mary Wood,
the militant suffragette who on May
4 mutilated the portrait of Henry
James, the novelist, by John Singer
Sargent, the American artist, in the
Royal academy, was temporarily re
leased from prison today. She is in a
very weak condition from the effects
of a "hunger and thirst strike."
Waterbury, Conn., May 11. John
W. Spain, druggist, pleaded guilty to
day on two counts for the illegal sale
of liquor and was fined $50 and costs
on each count. Spain was paid by his
wife Saturday to have disappeared,
but he showed up in town Saturday
night and was arrested.
Hartford, May 11. The heaviest
fines yet imposed by Judge Eberle in
police court were given Daniel Mc
Namara, alias John Hodgkins, today.
The man who says he halls from Bos
ton and is a confessed drug victim, was
fined $200 and sent to ail for ninety
days. He was charged with theft of
$20 and assault.
New Haven, May 11. Thomas
Moran, 33, and unmarried, committed
suicide by inhaling gas at his board
ing house during last night. The
reason for his act is not known.
Rome, May 11. Cardinal Farley
today had a long conference with
Cardinal Merry del Val, papal secre
tary of state.
Mrs. Charles Landers, mother of
Senator George M. Landers, presented
the. Stanley Memorial church with
flowers yesterday in recognition' of
Mothers Day.
Associate Justine Lamar and Fred
erick Letea President's Chclce.
South American Mediators ConsldciH
Irotest Filed by Hucrta Over Re
ported Seizure of Labo Island hj
Landing Party from U. S. Boat.
Washington. Mav H .AfimnrlattJ
Justice. Joseph Rucker Lamar of the)
United States supreme court and Fred
erick W. Lehmann of St. Louis, for
mer solicitor general, have been e
lected by the president to represent his
vjews before the South American me
diators In the Mexican mediation ne
gotiations at Niagara Falls, Canada.
Secretary Bryan made this official an
nouncement today. !
Whether a third, representative
would be appointed, Mr- Bryan de-j
clined to Indicate, stating that it could!
be assumed that there would bo no-i
other, although he did not wish to
lty was foreclosed.
Take Up Protest.
Huerta's protest over the reportedf
seizure of Labos Island,, an import-,
ant lighthouse point off the eastern.;
coast of Mexico, by a landing psrty oU
United States torpedo boats was taken
up today by the South American en
voys who are seeking to pave the wayj
to peace in-the soutnern republic.
The reported occupation of the island!
probably to assure uninterrupted!
oneration of the lia-htship first waa
revealed in a telegram from forelgnJ
minister Ruiz to the mediators. It3
stated a party had been landed fromj
the American torpedo boats, that thai
light keepers had been arrested, thenn
released after they had turned overf
apparatus for operation of the strat
egic beacon. The mediators - were)
asked to make representational
to the Washington government, rcla
tive to Its truce with Huerta.
Already, it was believed, a replj,
to the note had been made, and m)
some quarters the conviction was ex
pressed) that Ambassador Da GSma had,
taken It up at a White House meeting;
Sunday. . '
Was Precautionary Measure.
It was believed that It would be con
tended that the seizure was In th
nature of a precautionary measure to
safeguard shipping. As such, It waa
asserted, It would be without any sig
niflcance as territorial aggression.
Fear that a consignment of war
munitions for Huerta might have been
unloaded at Puerto Mexico from thai
Kronprinzessin Cecllie caused a slight,
flurry in official circles. That wart
set at rest early today by the receipt
of a despatch from Admiral BadgerJ
stating the steamer, now at Vera CrusJ
still had on board the consignment.
War Correiondents Released. ;
Release of the American war cori
respondents who were arrested by fed-
eral soldiers relieved a tenee situa-i
tioh. Pressing representation mada
upon Hu?rta from several diplomatic;!
sources resuiiea iu nccuum iui
ter Whiffen of the Associated Pref,
Richard Harding Davis of.the'Ncwj
York Tribune, Medill McCormick ofl
the London Times, and A. J. Sutton,!
of the Washington Post.
Reports from Brigadier-Generat
Funston declared that there was lio
truth In the rumored statements ofl
Huerta's war minister that the trueW
had been broken at Vera Cruz by tho)
extension of American lines. Whi'ol
a slight enlarging of the American
territory would be advantageous fori
maintaining sources of food eupplieJ
yet great care, General Funston re-
ported, had been taken not' to overstep!
orders from Washington. . !
Will Receive O'Sliaughncssy. . j
President Wilson, It was announced
today, will receive Nelson O'Shaugh
ncssy, former charge of the American
embassy at the City of Mexico, to-,
morrow, f Mr. O'Shaughnessy has
conferred with Secretary Bryan aev
eral times since his arrival in Wash-d
Ington last week. He also has talked
with Secretary Tumulty, but the pres
Ident has not found an earlier opi
port unity to see him A
Morelos Blown Up. 1
Rear Admiral Howard, command
of the Pacific fleet, reported today
that the abandoned Mexican federtit
gunboat Morelos was yesterday board
cd, set on fire and blown up by the
constitutionalists at Mazatlan.
Admiral Howard further reported
that the constitutionalist artillery at
San Piedras Island drove the Mexi
can transport Kerrigan out of the
Have Full Power.
Ver Cruz, May 11 Emilio Rabasa.
Augustln Rodriguez and Luis Elguero!
Hie n litre i;cte I UITimiSBlOnerS 8p-
pointed by Provisional President
Huerta to represent him at the Nia
gara Falls conference who will sail
late today for Havana enroute to Ey
West, are clothed with full powers
nominally at . least, to sign an agree
ment or convention.
The Mexican senate In a resolution
approving Huerta's nominations 2
the three commissioners conferred
"full power and ample authority t4
judge," counsel, carry ?n business an
(Continued n Eleventh Pae.) J
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