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Rush Across Boundary Fol
lows Opening of Battle.
Rebels Retreat Under Hot Fire
From Federals.
Mexican Government Reported
to Be Bankrupt.
Representatives of France Ar
ranging Big Loan.
Laredo, Tex.. March 17. The streets
of Nuevo Laredo, the Mexican town
opposite this city, were the scene of a
battle this afternoon in which twenty
Carranzistas and fifteen federals were
killed. Nearly fifty soldiers were
wounded. The Carranzistas retreated
to the hills south of Nuevo Laredo,
where they appeared to be preparing
for a fresh assault.
The street battle continued for an
hour and a half.
An Associated Press correspondent,
walking through the battlefield, saw
bodies of dead rebels with eyes ap
parently kicked out. Several had
been shot through the head after be
ing otherwise wounded.
The rebels this afternoon held a
position near the city and were con
tinuing preparations to renew the
Laredo. Tex.. March 17. A battle
unexpectedly began in Neuvo Laredo,
the Mexican town opposite Laredo, at
daybreak. Carranzistas. reported to
number 200, during the night had
forced their way into the city and oc
cupied a large factory. At dawn a
salvo of rifle firing aroused Americans
in Laredo.
The first sight that greeted them
was a rush of refugees across the
bridge to the American side.
About 8 o'clock the rebels fell back
from a lard factory, in which they
had taken positions, under a hot fed
eral rifle fire and retreated slowly,
pushed hard by government troops.
Men and women carrying their chil
dren jammed bridge, heedless of hur
ried wagon traffic. A number of offi
cials of Neuvo Laredo were among the
refugees. The officers carried books of
records by the armfuL
The Carranzistas at 3 o'clock this
morning arrived within four miles of
Neuvo Laredo and opened a light rifle
fire. The distance was too great, how
ever, for this preliminary firing to
arouse the sleeping American town or
to disturb Neuvo Laredo seriously The
Carranzistas under cover of darkness
advanced cautiously until they were
v.-ithin the city limits. They rushed .
into the lard factory, barricaded win
dows, then constructed effective look
ing entrenchments' for skirmish lines
with the aid of outlying fences and
At 6:30 their rifles awoke the t" :n
cities with a sudden fusillade. This
was followed by an hour's silence. Then
the firing was renewed for a few min
utes, only to bex succeeded by another
Colonel Brewer, commanding officer
of the Fourteenth United States cav
alry, on patrol duty here, sent word
early in the day that there must be no
firing in a direction which would en
danger border points.
It was reported many persons had
been wounded in the fighting in Nuevo
Laredo. .
Mexican Government Bankrupt.
St. Louis. March 17. The Mexican
government is bankrupt and all the
purported wealth of Madero has van
ished, according to official information
Count Raoul de Boigne of Versailles. .
France, says he has received. Count
de Boigne, -vho departed last night for
Mexico City, said he was on his way
to the Mexican capital to confer with
Provisional President Huerta and Gen.
Felix Diaz in regard to a $200,000,000
loan the Mexican government has been
negotiating with France. He said as a
representative of France he expected to
supply Mexico with machine guns, can
non, rifles and ammunition. The count
declared the Mexican government
would be given the money, guns and
ammunition as soon as security which
it had offered is proved to be ajl right.
General Carter Protests.
Washington, March 17. Major Gen
eral Williar H. Carter, commanding
the central division on the Mexican
border, has strongly repre3ent;3 to tbe
war department the numerous efforts
alleged to be made to secure a re
moval of the troops of the Second brig
ade from Texas City, Tex. In an of
ficial report. General Carter assumes
full responsibility for placing troops at
that port, which he considers a health
ful spot, and intimates that statements
to the contrary are from sources com
mercially interested in the transfer of
the troops to Gaiveston.
Reports at Variance.
Mexico City, March 17. There is
wide variance between official and un
official reports of the magnitude of
Mexico's latest revolution. Information
from sources heretofore reliable makes
it appear that Carranza's revolt is far
more formidable than government re
ports indicate.
According to the government, the
rebel governor holds no towns, com
' mands not more than 400 men and is
chiefly occupied in running away
from the government troops.
Private advices say he holds Lam-
pazos and Bustamente. in the state '
of Nuevo Leon, and Ciudad Porfirio i
Diaz, in the state of Coahuila, and ,
that he has at least 4,000 men. It Is i
reported that Carranza practically ?s
in control of the Mexican Internation
al railroad and is operating portions
of it and has so damaged the National
railroad between Monterey and Laredo
that to repair it will require a consid
erable time, even when the- manage
ment is given an opportunity.
The oil and water tanks and stations
have been destroyed. In addition to
destroying the bridges, miles of tracks
literally have been removed, the rebels
using a crane and a locomotive.
Huerta Makes Statement.
President Huerta, in an interview
with a correspondent said:
"I take great pleasure in stating to
you, so that you may convey it to your
numerous readers, that my personal
opinion regarding President Woodrow
Wilson' statements regarding the at
titude of his government toward the
Latin-American republics is one of
sincere admiration. His statements
are highly satisfactory because they
are valuable proof that good relations
will continue between our country and
your great republic. Such harmony
has a strong basis of political solidi
tary, common interests and ideals.
Such sentiments as President Wilson
expresses are to be expected from the
intellectual and moral personality
who has commenced to govern the
destinies of the powerful American
Rebels Captured and Shot.
Puebla, Mexico, March 17. A de
tachment of. 22 adherents of the rebel,
Zapata, was captured by federal
troops near here yesterday taken to a
neighboring farm, lined up and shot
without trial. The action of the fed
eral troops meets with the approval of
the inhabitants of the district.
Kansas Guaranty Act of 1909
Is Constitutional.
Formal Decision Rendered by
U. S. Supreme Court.
Washington, March 17. The supreme
court today formally upheld as con
stitutional the Kansas bank guaranty
deposit act of 1909. The act wa3 held
constitutional about two years ago. af
ter objection by state banks, but na
tional banks of Kansas still persisted
in their fight against the law.
Other Decisions Rendered.
The suprer. e court today granted a
restraining order to prevent Post
master General Burleson from enforc
ing the newspaper publicity law while
the court has under consideration the
question jf its constitutionality.
The court announced it would recess
from next Monday until April 7.
The court announced no decision in
the state rate cesf-s or other important
";ses today
Gov. Hodges Narrates Accom
plishments Legislature.
Comprehensive List Beneficial
Laws Passed.
In a final farewell message sent to
the legislature just before final ad
journment of the session at noon to
day. Governor George H. Hodges
proudly calls attention to the many
good laws enacted in the two months
that the members have been in To
peka. . He declares that more plat
form promises have been redeemed
and more important laws written than
in the record of any previous legisla
ture in this state.
The governor points to 13 platform
pledges that were safely protected by
the first Democratic legislature elect
ed in Kansas. In addition to these im
portant measures, the chief executive
reviews several score laws written by
the Democrats which he believes are
both humane and of great benefit to
the state and has demonstrated that
the legislature was a progressive and
constructive body. In his message.
Governor Hodges says:
Topeka, Kan., March 17, 1913.
To the Legislature:
In this, the closing hour of the first
and only Democratic legislature ever
assembled in our state, I must com
mend you for keeping the faith and
for writing into law the pledges made
by our party in our state platform.
Your bills as they have come to me
for approval show that you have: .
Ratified the constitutional amend
ment providing for the election of
United States senators by a direct
vote. (Senate concurrent resolution
No. 3.)
Repealed the inheritance 'tax law.
(House bill 11.)
Placed the educational institutions
of the state under a single board of
three members. (House bill 442.)
Provided for the state publication
of school text books. (Senate bill 51.)
Adopted the Massachusetts form of
ballot. (Senate bill 144.)
Provided for a nonpartisan judi
ciary. (House bill 460.)
Enlarged the scope of the work
man's compensation law. (House bill
Enlarged the powers of the bureau
of labor. (House bill 183.)
Provided for the working of con
victs on the public roads and high
ways. (Senate bill 712.)
Enacted laws for the protection
and safety of those who work in our
mines. (Senate bills 464, 418 230 and
house bill 217.)
' Prohibited the granting of injunc
tions in labor disputes without notice.
(House bill 767.)
Given practical application to the
principle that justice should be free
bv creating the small debtors court.
(House bill 734.)
Submitted to the people for their
approval an amendment to the state
constitution providing for the recall of
unfaithful officials. (House Concur
rent resolution 4.)
These things we promised in our
platform and each pledge has been
most faithfully kept. Had you stop
ped with this you would have earned
for yourselves the proud distinction
of putting more good, wholesome,
progressive legislation on the statute
books than any single legislature has
ever enacted in the more than half
century that has elapsed since Kansas
became a state. But you did not stop
with this. You sought to carry out
the spirit as well as the letter of the
platform. This has been a construc
tive legislature and among the other
meritorious things accomplished you
Prohibited the white slave traffic.
(House bill 40.)
Required that female prisoners in
our county jails be placed in charge
of a matron. (House bill 795.)
Provided for the pensioning of dis
abled citizens. (House bill 179.)
Provided for a divorce proctor.
(Senate bill 177.)
Increased the scope of the parole
law. (House bill 166.)
Provided for a daily wage for con
victs. (Senate bill 862.)
Continued on Pan Twit
Weather FVreesst for Kansas.
Fair and warmer tonight and Tuesday.
Haul of $300,000 Hade From
New York Pawnshop.
Daring Robbers Tunnel Their
Way Into Building.
Clever Work Shown in Avoid
ing Burglar Alarms.
Woman Gives Police Descrip
tion of Burglars.
New York, March 17. The cracksmen
who tunneled their way through vy
brick and concrete walls, avoiding" a
network of burglar alarm wires, and
stole $300,000 worth of diamonds from
the safe of the Martin Simons & Sons
pawnshop, on the lower east side, were
seen in flight wih their booty by a
woman, the police announced today.
This woman, whose name the police
withhold, lives in the five-story tene
ment adjoining the pawnshop. She told
the detectives that she was coming
down stairs about 10 o'clock yesterday
morning when a strange man came up
from the cellar of the tenement. He
carried an acetyline lamp on his shoul
der. She followed him to the street
and saw another man drive up in a light
wagon. Into the wagon the first man
placed the lamp. They then went back
to the cellar and returned in a few
moments with another lamp and a par
cel done up in manila paper. He placed
these in the wagon and both men drove
The police are certain hat these are
the men who chiseled through the wall
cellar of the pawnshop. The brown pa
pei parcel, they believe, contained the
fortune In gems taken from the safe.
From the woman they obtained good
descriptions. Later they took her to
the rogue's gallery to' identify the men,
if possible, from the pictures of crim
inals on file there.
Fifty detectives are at work on the
case. It was one of the most daring
and successful robberies committed in
this city within the memory of the
present generation of policemen.
Series of Robberies.
It comes as a climax to a series of
safeblowing robberies which for more
than nine months has engaged the
attention of a special "safe squad" of
detectives organized by Deputy Police
Commissioner Dougherty. Since Jan
uary 13, more than 20 safes have been
cracked and robbed in the lower East
ni a n oaHnn ivhpre vesterdav's big
Vi 'i . wns mil de. The police" believe i
that the robbers are the same as tnose
connected with many of tne previous
t.iirriariaa anil in oti instance they
have a clew to this effect. When Her
man Shapiro's pawnshop on the Bow
ery was roboea oi b,uuu oy cratu
men last Thursday night, the robbers
ir of cotton cloves
which they had used to avoid finger
Left doves Behind.
rrV. nKhAra of tho Simons ShOD
left behind them two pairs of gloves
like these. This. vague ciue, nowever,
is the only one the detectives are
L-nna.n in VQV The OLTB With Which
the burglars cut their way by a de
vious route from an adjoining cellar to
the Simons building, convinces tne de
tectives they, were familiar with the
premises. They had carefully avoid
ed using the basement stairway, which
was open to them, but had sawed
their way through two floors, appar
ently knowing the stairway was wired
with burglar alarms. In like man
ner when they reacnea xne Dig vauii
in the pawnshop, they did not touch
the great steel doors or their locks,
but attacked the walls two feet
They were rewarded by access to
such riches that the robbers must
have been stunned. The vault con
tained valuables worth $800,000, ac
cording to Simons, $600,000 in jew-
i watrfipa nnnn which money
had been loaned, $130,000 in negoti
able securities ana ?tu,uuu in noies,
as well as $8,000 in cash and checks.
The thieves took the bonds and notes,
but threw them away in the basement
before leaving the building. In the
vault they took nothing "but diamonds
and light jewelry contained in 24
drawers. Watches and other jewelry
of less value, packea in ztu sman
drawers, were not taken, although all
the drawers had been pulled from
their places and the jewelry and
watches dropped on tne iioor until
they were a foot deep.
Daring Robbery In Downtown. District
of Kansas City.
Kansas City, Mo., March 17. Two
men entered the Garden theater, at
Mnao ami Thirteenth streets, here
i -- ... ,finnH the watchman.
Jerry Trahey, and placed him where
for five nours ne wa iu'u
and watch them as they worked to
open the safe in the theater office. At
5 o'clock they blew the safe and
escaped with the money it held. The
maangement or tne tneaier sua me
robbers had taken $2,500.
m i Ajaa aftAr tha rnhnprs hud
x rant? y a v n - - -
gone, attracted the attention of Chas.
Stevenson, a newsooy, wnu tumucu iu
the window, through which it is be
lieved the safe blowers entered, and
reloaded the watchman from the chair
where he was tied.
The safe blown open by the robbers
after five hours' work, was of a bur
glar proof variety and was said to be
guaranteed to withstand for ten hours
the eiions ox tne muai tAci t , o. Io
nian. I onnfrnnlirir th WAfnmH.n
I pun -''.- ..'---n . .-
after they entered, the robbers snap
ped a pair UI Lee. ji&uui;ui.iA -' ii uio
i .1 V. -, VimmH him with a
wnsia auu vr .j ...... - . - -
clothesline. Rugs from the office
, Am Vi i nrnnoHir t-i-i -i m
1IUUI OUU 1 V 1 1 1 vf- .J
were soaked with water and thrown
over tne sare to muuie me explosion
fired to break the safe.
Tv ....rxt. Avrtvaaa i is nnininn that
two confederates of the robbers were
on watcn outsiae tne ine&ier as me
others work
Low Temperatures Predicted for
Greater Part of Week.
Washington, March 17. Low tem
peratures for the season will prevail
the greater part of the coming week
over the country east of the Rocky
mountains, with frost Monday and
Tuesday in the southern states, except
the central and southern portions of
Florida, according to the weekly
weather bureau bulletin.
"With the exceptian of light local
snows along the northern border and
rains in the north Pacific states," the
bulletin says, "the weather will be
generally fair during the next several
days. The next disturbance of impor
tance to cross the country will appear
in the far west Tuesday or Wednes
day, prevail over the middle west
about Thursday and the eastern
states Friday or Saturday. This dis
turbance will be preceded by rising
temperature and be attended by local
rains during its movement eastward
over the United States."
Wind at 25 Miles Per Hour.
This is a typical March . day with
the wind blowing at a velocity rang
ing from 20 to 30 miles an hour. The
temperatures are averaging slightly
above normal for this date. The fore
cast calls for continued fair weather.
The hourly readings:
7 o'clock 3411 o'clock 50
8 o'clock 37112 o'clock 53
9 o'clock 42 o'clock 5 6
10 o'clock 46 2 o'clock 61
Son of Wm. King, Blue Rapids,
Commits Suicide.
Fastens Garter to Gun Trigger
and Trips It With Foot.
Marysville, Kan., March 17. The
body of the 13-year-old son of Wil
liam King of Blue Rapids was found
last night by some boys in a small
woods at the rear of the King home,
where he had committed suicide by
shooting himself with a shotgun.
He had fastened his garter to the
trigger and struck It with his foot.
The boy left home a week ago and it
was supposed he had run away to his
sister's home in Nebraska. Nothing
was heard of him until his body was
found last night.
Prospect of Immediate
Balkan Settlement.
Demands Upon ' Turkey Are
Considered Extravagant.
London, March 17. There is no
prospect of the acceptance by Turkey
of the peace terms as proposed by the
allies. Dispatches from Constanti
nople say that the leading members
of the committee of Union and Prog
ress have decided that the conditions
could not be accepted and it is under
stood that the council of ministers
has adopted the same view.
The grand vizier visited the Red
Crescent society and begged the mem
bers to continue their efforts, as the
government was resolved to continue
the war.
At other capitals and among the
ambassadors in London the allies' de
mands are considered extravagant,
especially with regard to the payment
of idemnity and the cession of Scutari
and the Aegean islands.
In the meantime, the agitation
against Bulgaria continues in Greece.
The Greeks in Thrace and eastern
Macedonia have sent a petition to
Athens against their incorporation by
Prepare Note to Allies.
Berlin, March 17. The European
powers this week will inform the Bal
kan allies that their suggested terms
for peace negotiations with Turkey
are inadmissible. The powers will de
cline to submit them to Turkey. A
carefully worded note to this effect
was drawn up by the ambassadors in
London at their latest conference and
is now being considered in the various
European capitals. It is to be handed
to the allies after it has been ap
proved by a further conference in
London on Wednesday. The note will
suggest that a modification of Uvj
allies demands is "indispensable." It
will urge strongiv the necessity for
ilif conclusion of p'i.oe.
Report Shows Gain in Parcel Post
Washington. March 17. Parcel
post business last month was almost
40 per cent greater than January, as
shown by reports to Postmaster Gen
eral Burleson. In February fifty mil
lion parcels post packages were
handled, an increase of ten million
over the previous month; but as
February contained three days less
than January, the real gain in the
business was almost forty per cent.'
As in January the three cities doing
the largest parcel post business in
February were Chicago, New Tork and
Boston in the order named. Chicago
sent and received 5,167,000 packages;
New York. 4,192,000 and Boston 1,326,
000, most of them in each case being
of the sent class. Cleveland moved
from sixth place in January to fourth
in February, while Philadelphia drop
ped from fourth to sixth. St. Louis
remained fifth. Each of the six places
named handled more than one million
packages in February.
Investigate Corruption Charges.
Concord, N. H., March 17. A legis
tive committee appointed several
weeks ago to investigate charges of
corruption in the contest for the
United States senatorship in the legis
lature began its hearings here today.
Summons have been served in Man
chester upon several men prominent
in state politics. Henry F. Hollis,
Democrat, was elected last Thursday
after a long struggle in which he had j
been within a few votes or success on
many ballot
1913 -
Formal Proclamation. Issued by
President Wilson.
Pronouncement Is Brief and
Closely Follows Form.
Tariff Bills In Preparation toy
Ways and Means Committee.
Thought Executive Will Take
Up Currency Legislation.
Washington, March 17. President
Wilson today issued the formal pro
clamation convening congress in extra
session at noon on April 7. The presi
dent's pronouncement today was brief
and followed form closely. It stated
that "whereas, public interests require,"
ccugress would be convened in extra
session by order of the executive.
Originally Mr. Wilson had fixed upon
April 1 as the date. Representative Un
derwood, the Democratic majority
leader, having, informed him the tariff
bills to which it was 'agreed congress
should give immediate attention would
be ready on that date. Mr. Underwood
found, . however, that the ways and
means committee would need another
week to draft the tariff schedules, and
today's program is in the deference to
the wishes of Leader Underwood and
the house leaders.
The absence of any specific reason
for the calling of the extra session is
explained by the fact that Mr. Wilson's
statement immediately after his elec
tion declared that he would call an ex
tra session to revise the tariff.
President Wilson plans to point out
specifically his wishes for the session
in his first message. It is known from
talks the president has had with mem
bers of congress that he will outline the
administration's idea of how the tariff
should be revised and just what sched
ules should be taken up. The belief is
general that the entire message will
be taken up with a discussion of the
tariff, with the exception of the last
paragraph or two, which will draw at
tention to the need of currency legis
lation at the earliest possible moment
and will indicate the purpose of the
president to send later a special mes
sage on that or other subjects, which
he believes should be taken up by the
new congress.
Tariff Plan to Caucus.
The, tariff plan will be submitted first
to a 'caucus and then directly to the
house by the ways and means commit
tee. - "The committee will be ready to re
port by that - time," said Democratic
Leader Underwood today. "We have
made headway and there will be no
trouble about reporting the revised plan
when congress convenes."
The majority of the ways and means
committee today began taking up the
administrative features of the new
tariff. These provisions relate to the
variety of custom house routine and
the effort of the Democrats in changing
the terms and phraseology of the ad
ministrative section is to simplify and
facilitate the customs work, both in the
interest of the government and the im
porters. A number of changes along
that line were suggested by witnesses
during the tariff hearings in January.
The tariff revision plan will be in
such condition that whatever form the
caucus determines upon can be re
ported immediately out of the com
mittee and the whole tariff discussion
formally opened in the house without
There will be no attempt to name all
or even the bulk" of the house commit
tees at the outset of the extra session,
that being reserved under the present
plan until toward the close of the
extra session so as to obviate
any, unnecessary legislation until the
regular session of congress convenes in
December. The ways and means com
mittee personnel already has been de
termined upon in the Democratic cau
cus of the Sixty-third congress and it
will be ratified by the house at the
opening of the extra session, when the
committee on rules, mileage and ac
counts also will be named. Whether
any other committees will be created
for doing business at the extra session,
depends on developments between now
and April 7.
President Wilson does not expect to
announce any more appointments until
the extra session of congress convenes.
The president does not believe it neces
sary to make recess appointments with
a session of congress only a few weeks
off. Before April 7 he is expected to
select men for most of the important
posts and their names will be put be
fore the new senate then.
McComba Will Accept.
The nomination of Chairman William
F. McCombs of the Democrat national
committee to be ambassador to France
was prepared at the White House to
day and as it was about to be trans
mitted to the senate it was withheld at
Mr. McCombs' request. Mr. McCombs
has decided to accept the post and it
is said the delay does not mean a
change In hfs intentions.
Appoints Commission.
The president today appointed Sen
ators Fletcher, of Florida; Gore, of Ok
lahoma; Representative Moss, of Indiana;-
Colonel Harvey Jordan, of
Georgia; Dr. John Lee Coulter, of
Minnesota: Dr. Kenyon L. Butterfield,
of Massachusetts, and Clarence J.
Owen, of Maryland, members of the
commission authorized in the last agri
cultural appropriation bill to co-operate
with the American commission, as
semble under the auspices of the south
ern commercial congress, to investigate
and study in European countries co
operative rural credit unions and sim
ilar organization devoted to the pro
motion of agriculture and the better
ment of rural conditions.
The same men also have been desig
nated as delegates to the general as
sembly of the international institute of
agriculture in Rome next August.
Intimations were received at the
White House today that National
Chairman W. F. McCombs finally
might accede to the president's request
that he become ambassador to France.
It was s!d Mr. McCombs was making
such rapid progress with the organiza
tion of the Democratic national com
mittee that he would be in a position
to go aboard in a month. It is not
improbable that Mr. McCombs will re
tain the chairmanship of the Demo
cratic national committee and might re
turn before the next presidential cam
paign to take up active political work.
Sons of Erin Wearing "Home
Rule" Smile.
Distinguished Guests Attend
3few York Celebration
New York, March 17. Irishmen in
the United States are not only wear
ing the shamrock today but the "home
rule smile," in anticipation that the
"old folks at home" will soon realize
their hope for free rein In their gov
ernment. ,
Th? program f'.r the day in New
Tork was filled with a variety of re
joicings beginning with a morning
mass in the Roman Catholic cathedral
which bears the name of the patron
saint, the anniversary of whose birth
the day is supposed to mark. Cardinal
Farley occupied his throne during the
ceremony of a solemn mass, which
was given an unusual touch by the at
tendance of the Sixty-ninth regiment
of the National Guard in dress pa
rade. The big event for the day was as
usual the parade of the Sons of Erin.
With the fine weather which was
promised for the late afternoon, it was
expected that 30,000 men would Join
in the march up Fifth avenue from
Forty-second street to One Hundred
and Twentieth street and west to the
Harlem River park, a distance of over
four miles.
Governor Sulzer and his military
staff. Cardinal Farley and other
church dignitaries. Mayor Gaynor and
other city officials had places in the
reviewing stand in front of the cathe
dral. Another large parade was ar
ranged in Brooklyn.
Dinners, dances and reunions almost
innumerable were other festivities for
the evening, with the official ball at
Terrace garden, the largest of the
merrymaking affairs. Combined with
the rejoicing over concessions which
the home rule movement already has
won there were efforts here to fur
ther the "spirit of unity" on the home
rule question.
Coincident wit hthe arrival of Gov
ernor Sulzer from Albany today to
attend a number of St. Patrick's Day
meetings and dinners and to be the
guest at a banquet in honor of his
fiftieth birthday tomorrow night, the
report was published that Tammany
men planned to "boycott" the gover
nor's dinner. It was made known
definitely that Charles F. Murphy, the
chief sachem of Tammany Hall, had
declined an invitation to attend. In
his reply to the invitation he regretted
"a previous engagement."
The committee of on hundred
which issued the invitations for the
dinner admitted that a large number
of other Tammany leaders had de
clined invitations to attend.
Question Probably Will Come
Before Congress.
Woman Suffrage Committee
Placed in Active Operation.
Washington. March 17. A constitu
tional amendment giving women the
right to vote for president and vice
. . .1 - , i 'i Vi ! tt ia111 ha hinncrVi
formally before congress with the en-
dorsement of a senate committee be- ;
fore the end of the presei t year. In I
the reorganization of its committee the
senate took its woman suffrage com
mittee out of the list of inactive com- I
mittees, where it has remained for j
many years, increased its membership j
from five to nine, the majority of whom I
are advocates of suffrage for women, I
and gave its chairmanship to Senator
Thomas, of Colorado, a suffrage state. '
Senator Thomas said he had accept
ed the chairmanship with the under
standing that there would be active
steps taken in this congress to submit
a suffrage amendment to the people
of the country for their approval. Sen
ator Thomas will confer with national
leaders in the suffrage movement to
determine what steps they desire to
take. It is expected the committee
will begin the consideration of suf
frage question soon after the extra
session convenes in April. Representa
tives of the National American Wo
man Suffrage association have made
arrangements for a conference witn
President Wilson, when they will urge
him to recommend in a message to
congress -n amendment to the federal
constitution entitling women to the
ballot. Whether or not President Wil
son makes such recomjmendations, ac
tivity in congress will begin at an
early date. The senate committee on
woman suffrage had heretofore been
known as a minority committee. It
has not met for many years. Demo
cratic leaders notified the Republicans
early today that they proposed to en
large the committee and take over tha
Masonic Conference.
Indianapolis, Ind., March 17.
Grand masters of the Masonic lodges
from many states arrived last night for
a two days' conference, which began
here today. Elmer F. Gay, grand
master of Indiana, who called- the
meeting, said no set program had been
arranged, but that the eastern visitors
had been asked to come "full of
ideas." Only two similar conferences
have been held in recent years, Mr.
Gay said. One was at Baltimore and
the other at Philadelphia and both
were held in 1909.
Watson Trial Postponed.
Augusta, Ga., March 17. The trial
of Thomas E. Watson, charged with
sending obscene matter through the
mails, has been indefinitely postponed.
Judge Emory Speer, before whom the.
case is to be heard in tne united States
court for the southern districts of
Georgia, yesterday ordered the con
vening of court scheduled for tomor
row postponed until further orders of
the court. All witnesses, jurors and at
torneys have been excused.
invc CENTS
Jury In Hyde Case Discharged
by Judge Porterfleid.
Had Deliberated Since Last
Thursday Evening.
Only Three Jnrors Insisted on
Doctor's Conviction.
Third Trial of Famous Kansas
City Murder Case
Kansas City, Mo., March 17. After
haying deliberated since 10 o'clock
Thursday night, the Jury In the case of
B Clarke Hyde, on trial for the murder
of Colonel Thomas H. Swope, million
aire philanthropist, reported at 12:35
p. m. today a disagreement and was
discharged. The Jury stood nine for
acquittal and three for conviction.
The first ballots stood seven for con
viction, five for acquittal. This vote re.
malned unchanged until Friday night"
when there was a reversal to nine for
acquittal and three for conviction. Since
then until discharge today there had
been no change.
William A. Hester, an electrician. 24
years old, and married, one of the
Jurors, said after leaving the court
room: "Hiram H. Haussler, Harry E.
Clark and myself never would have
given In for acquittal no matter how
long they stayed in there. Elvin F.
Wirth, the foreman, led for acquittal."'
Wirth is a farmer. 48 years old, and
married. In all fourteen ballots were
Mr. Hyde made this statement:
"I have been confident of acquittal.
However, I shall stay right here in
Kansas City and strive for my ultimate
vindication. Of course, I'm compelled
to take what has come and bear up the
best I can."
Mrs. Hyde, who has stood by her hus
band so staunchly, although separated
from her mother, Mrs. Logan O. Swope.
who furnished much of the money to
prosecute the case, showed plainly her
disappointment over the result.
Cannot Understand.
"I cannot see," said she, "why the
jury did not acquit my husband. I
thought I had explained away every-'
thing, but there were so many objec
tions by the lawyers that perhaps my
testimony did not seem as clear to this
Jury as it did to me. If I could stand
before the Jury for half an hour and tell
them my own story I'm sure our trou
bles would be at an end. My belief in
my husband's innocence is more than
mere belief. It is firsthand knowledge.
"I was there and heard and saw
everything. Neither was I sick nor
hysterical. Clark and I should be al
lowed, without lawyers, court or Jury
marring our happiness, to live in
peace and contentment to which we
are now entitled."
Floyd Jacobs, county prosecutor,
said: "So long as I am prosecuting
attorney, this case shall not be dis
missed." Judge George L. Chrisman, repre
senting Mrs. Logan O. Swope, said:
"We were not prepared for such
a noutcome. Up to this very minute
(Continued on Page Four.)
Appeal to New York Governor Meets
With Success.
New York, March 17. John Mul
raney, in the death house at Sing Sing
awaiting execution this morning for the
murder of the New York saloonkeeper
known as "Paddy the Priest" was
granted a stay of execution yesterday
by Supreme Court Justice Vernon M.
Davis a short time before Governor
Sulzer granted a reprieve allowing Mul
raney sixty days in which to make an
appeal and have his case investigated
by the state.
Governor Sulzer granted the reprieve
on evidence contained in a letter which
he received from Mulraney. In this
Mulraney said that at the time of his
trial he was bound by the "crooks' code
of honor" not to disclose the real mur
derer. He now accuses Martin Fay.
who testified at the trial and John
Dowling, now dead.
Joseph A. Shay, attorney for Mul
raney, secured the stay of execution
after he had visited the condemned
man, at which time he became con
vinced that his client was entirely inno
cent of the crime for which he was to
go to the electric chair within a few
Secretary of Treasury Besieged by
Washington, March 17. The first
sequence to President Wilson's de
termination to refer officeseekers to
members of his cabinet came today
when Secretary McAdoo announced he
was compelled to decline to receive
personal applications for office.
"I have tried It for ten days," tfc
secretary said, "and I find that It takes
my entire time and leaves me n
chance to attend to Important busi
ness. Besides it is absolutely futile,
because none but a superman could
remember at the end of a day every
one who has poured a atory into his
"While I fully appreciate and sym
pathize with the very natural and
proper desire of those who are seeking
places, nevertheless It should be made
clear to them that nothing is to be
gained by haste. Ample time, is going
to be taken to consider all applica
tions. They should be made in writing.
They will be filed and receive much
more careful consideration than If
pressed tn person."
Aviator Killed.
Amberieu. France. March 17. An
aviator, Mercier. was killed yesterday
while testing an aeroplane. He at
tempted too sharp a turn.

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