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MONDAY EVENING,
TOPEKA, KANSAS. MARCH 9, 1914.
MONDAY EVENING,
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LOSS OF $350,000
Home of Missouri Athletic Club
Burns to the Ground.
Three Dead, About 20 Injured
and Others Missing.
HOUSED THE BOACTS BO
Vaults Contained More Than a
Million In Cash.
Disaster Productive of Numer
ous Acts of Heroism.
St. Louis, March . Six persons are
known to be dead and their bodies
have been recovered. About 20 are in
jured and 24 are missing as a result
of the Missouri Athletic club fire here
today. These figures are given in a
statement issued by a committee of
the club which is seeking a record of
every man known to have been regis
tered at the club last night. For the
S4 missing hope practically has been
abandoned.
The property loss is estimated at
mors than $350,000.
The fire, which broke out about 2
O'clock this morning, was still burning
at noon, and Fire Chief Swingley said
It would be unsafe to send any one
into the ruins to search for the miss
ing until tonight or tomorrow.
The building was owned by the
Boatmen's Bank, which occupied part
of the first floor. The bank opened
temporary quarters this morning in a
building four blocks away. In the
vaults of the burned building, bank
officials said, are $1,348,000 in cur
rency and $27,000 in coin. This money
it is believed is intact.
The building was- covered by insur
ance. Loss to adjoining buildings is
estimated at $16,000.
Uncertainty as to the number of
men in the building when the fire
broke out made it difficult to deter
mine the exact number of missing.
Jack Reisinger, night clerk at the club,
said forty-five club members had
rooms at the club, and that the regis
tration of guests brought the total
number there for the night to 75.
Some of the regular guests, however,
may not have been in their rooms
when the fire broke out.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
Assistant Fire Chief Rucker said he
found the floor about the desk of the
clerk caved in, but that an adjoining
part of the floor seemed to have been
blown upward, indicating that the fire
was due to an explosion. A fireman
who climbed a fire escape of .the
building, six hours after the fire was
discovered, found the fire still burn
ing on the fifth and seventh floors and
the whole interior caved in.
Started on Third Moor.
The fire is believed to have started
on the third floor of the building
which was occupied by the dining
room. On this floor one man was
found dead. The two others, known
to be dead jumped from a sixth story
window.
The fire was discovered by a wo
man, who was waiting with her escort
for a taxicab. The name of the wo
man is not known. Looking out of I
the window of the club house she saw
the reflection of the flames in a plate
glass window across the street.
Rushing to the clerk of the Missouri
Athletic club she cried: "Fire." The
1 clerk. Jack Reisinger, and the night
telephone operator, Norman Roe, be
gan awakening the guests. Roe rang
the telephone in 98 sleeping rooms.
Reisinger rushed to the Turkish bath
establishment to arouse any guests
that might be there. Then he ran
back to the first floor and tried to save
the register of the club. In this he
failed. He said the register was
knocked from his hands by a man
who ran through the lobby. The reg
ister is believed to be lost.
Reissinger then rushed into the ele
vator, and went to the fifth floor.
There he awakened Robert C. McQill,
house manager, and Mrs. McGill. Mr.
and Mrs. McGill refused to leave the
building until they had aroused the
guests in 38 rooms. Meanwhile. a
fire alarm had been turned in, pre
sumably by the night watchman of
the Boatmen's bank. This watch
man, Charles Baumann, was coming
up stairs from the basement when he
saw the reflection of flames upon the
walls and ceiling of the bank. After
turning in the alarm, he started for
the Washington avenue or main en
trance of the club, to arouse the
guests. The heat in the lobby was so
intense that he could not enter.
General Alarm Sounded.
When it became known that the
Missouri Athletic club was on fire, a
general alarm was sounded and ap
paratus was rusned to tne scene from
all parts of the city. When the fire
men arrived the building was ablaze.
Men were jumping from windows in
their night clothing, others were
climbing to window sills, around
which smoke was pouring and others
were climbing down fire escapes.
Some were making ropes out of sheets
and trying to escape that way.
While the firemen were fighting the
blaze, flames burst from the third
story window, cutting oft the exit of
the men who were running down the
fire escape on the Fourth street side.
Streams of water were turned on the
fire escape at the third floor and as
firemen called out encouraging words,
many on the third floor descended
through the streams of water to
safety. After the fire had been burn
ing an hour, the wall on the Fourth
street side collapsed from the fourth
floor up.
Firemen Driven Back.
Firemen fell back to the wall of a
building at the opposite Wide of the
street and thus escaped the falling
bricks. One fireman, however, was
struck by a brick. His leg was broken.
Assistant Fire Chief Rucker said he
heard three explosions, as he reached
the burning building. At first the
theory was advanced that the ex
plosions were the work of safe blow
ers who had. tried to rob the bank.
Later It is suggested that what seem
ed to be the sound of explosions was
the dropping of elevators to the base
ment of the building.
Dennis O'Leary, night clerk at the
Belcher hotel, nearby, said that at the
time the fir started ha saw three men
looking down at what appeared to be
a man hole in the sidewalk in front
of the Athletic club. iA moment later,
he said, there was an explosion.
The explosion theory was scouted
by the night watchman ot the Boat
men's bank, who said he heard no ex
plosion. ,
The exact number of dead within the
mass of brick, rock and twisted iron
which stands where the magnificent
club house stood may not be known for
several days. Officers of the club dif
fer as to the number of persons who
were in the building when the fire
alarm was given. The number miss
ing is estimated at 15.
One hundred and thirty-five persons
were registered at the club last night:
How many of these were in the build
ing at the time of the fire is not known.
Of those who were in the club 35 have
been accounted for.
Property Loss $350,000.
The property damage is estimated at
more than $350,000. In the vaults of
the bank, covered by the ruins, are
more than $1,000,000 in currency and
$27,000 in coin. At daylight only part
of the front and rear walls remained.
(Continued on Page Six.)
TAKE A TRADE TRIP
Topeka Business Men on a
3-Day Tour in June.
North-Central Portion of State
to Be Visited.
With band playing and colors fly
ing, one hundred more or leas To
peka business men will leave the city
the morning of Tuesday, June 2, on
the second annual trade trip. It will
be a three-day excursion, possibly
through the north-central portion of
the state. The trade extension com
mittee of the Commercial club under
H. H. Pugh, at a meeting held early
this afternoon, definitely decided to
arrange for the tour.
A band of twenty or twenty-five
pieces will be taken along, and tons
of advertising literature and novelties
will be carried for distribution among
the thousands of persons who throng
the stations. Three; routes will be
mapped out by H. D. Driscoll and the
jobbers and manufacturers and other
business men will be consulted as to
which route they would prefer to
adopt for the trip.
There Is some talk of organizing a
special Commercial club chorus for
the trip. The men who went out over
the Central Branch of the Missouri
Pacific last year had a jolly and prof
itable experience and doubtless many
local business men will take the trip
as a relief from their regular busi
ness duties.
DYNAt'lTERS LOSE.
United States Supreme Court Refuses
to Renew Their Cases.
Washington, March 9. The
su-
preme court today refused to review
the conviction in the "dynamiting
cases" of Frank M. Ryan and twenty
three other members of the Iron
Workers' union. Only a pardon can
now keep the convicted men from the
penitentiary.
Caught Unprepared.
Chicago, March 9. News of the su
preme court's action in the "dynamite
cases" today found attorneys for the
convicted men unprepared to take
further steps. Attorney E. N. Zoline
who 'took an active part in the pro
ceedings before the circuit court of
appeals here a short time ago, said
the only recourse left his clients, who
include Frank M. Ryan and 23 other
members of the Iron Workers union,
is an appeal to President Wilson for a
pardon.
Zoline said he had not seen any of
the men recently, however, and had
made no plans for such an appeal. As
the men were convicted in the federal
court for the district of Indiana, offi
cers from the district will have charge
of their transportation to Leaven
worth. Some of the defendants are
supposed to be in Chicago and some in
other places, but it is understood the
United States marshal for Indiana
knows the whereabout of all.
WENT TO CRAWFORD.
Attorney General Dawson Is
on Sheriff Ouster Suit.
There
Attorney General John S. Dawson
and W. P. Montgomery, an assistant,
are in Crawford county this week
taking depositions in the ouster suit
against Sheriff 'John Turkington. Sev
eral days will be required to take the
depositions in Pittsburg, Mulberry and
other Crawford county towns and the
documents will be presented in the
trial of the Turkington ouster suit in
tne supreme court this month.
A public remonstrance was held
Sunday afternoon and evening in
Crawford county and several hundred
friends of Sheriff Turkington express
ed their opinions of the state officials
and suggested the recall of Dawson.
Petitions for Dawson's recall were cir
culated last week, but Dawson views
the action as a joke and did not at
tend the demonstration meetings In
Mulberry and Pittsburg.
THE DAY IN CONGRESS
Senator Fall Attacks the Administra
tion in a Speech.
Washington. March 9. Senate met
at noon. Senator Fall, Republican
made a long speech, assailing the ad
ministration's Mexican policy and
charging that more than one hundred
Americans and other foreigners have
been killed or outraged during the
revolutions.
House met at np-n. Chairman
Clough, of the Northern Pacific, urged
commerce committee to avoid hasty
legislation for federal control -of
railway securities.
Insular affairs committee continued
consideration of Porto Rico govern
ment bill. '
Hearings beeun in" labor committee
I on Palmer anti-child labor bill.
URGES JpSIOIJ
Senator Fall Raises His Voice
on Side of War.
Invokes Use of Army
and
Sfayy in Mexico.
ENUMERATES 100 OUTRAGES
Against American Citizens and
Foreigners, He Knows Of.
Compares Wilson With Other
Presidents.
Washington, March . Urging the
use the of army and navy of the
United States for the protection of
Americans and other foreigners in
Mexico, which he said' would prevent
war. Senator Fall. Republican, of
New Mexico, addressed the senate to
day and gave a U -. of 100 outrages
upon Americans, including . murder
and criminal assault, concerning
which the senator said he had per
sonal knowledge.
"With the solemn declaration that
we do not mean war upon the Mexico
nation or people," said Senator Fall,
"that it is not our purpose to acquire
territory, upset their laws, nor overturn
their constitution and inviting the
masses of the Mexican people to co
operate with us, we should imme
diately direct the use of the land and
naval forces of this government for
the protection of our citizens and oth
er foreigners in Mexico and lend their
assistance to the restoration of order
and maintenance of peace in that un
happy country.
"I might cite authority after auth
ority and pile precedent upon prece
dent as justification under interna
tional law for such action, but I will
only read from the message of the
martyred McKinley with only the sug
gestion that we consider the name
'Mexico' in lieu of that of Cuba or
Spain."
Mr. Fall read a portion of President
McKinley's famous war message and
then referred to President Wilson's re
fusal last autumn to tansmit informa
tion relative to Mexico to the senate
on the ground that It was incompat
ible with the public interest.
Coarse of Other Presidents.
"Abraham Lincoln ' thought it not
incompatible with the public Interests
to fully inform the senate concerning
communications between this govern
ment and that of France," said he.
"Grover Cleveland thought It not in
compatible with the public interest
to forward to this body all papers and
correspondence concerning tha arrest,
death, etc., of various Americans - in
Cuba, as will be seen by reference t
his special messages."
' Senator Fall, picturing conditions in
Mexico, included a vivid statement he
had received today from Kmetrio De
Ta Garza, who came to Washington
last year in the interest or the Huerta
government. From De La Garza's let
ter. Senator Fall read:
"Those who now rule in Mexico,
both at the Aztecan capital and that
of the revolution, are by their bloody
deeds a legion of intoxicated demons
who are courting flat failure." A
large portion of the letter which fol
lowed was a detailed attack on Presi
dent Wilson's Mexican policy.
The Senator's List.
The following list of outrages upon
Americans and other foreigners was
submitted by Senator Fall:
Mrs. Anderson, daughter and neigh
bor boy killed June 22, 1911, Chihuahua.
Murderers are serving six months in
jail, released. Madero soldiers.
Mabel Richardson, little girl, outrag
ed, Colonia, Juarez. No attempt to
punish perpetrators.
James D. Harvey, killed, state of
Chihuahua, May, 1912, and mutilated
with a spade. Nothing done.
William Adams, killed July 2, 1912,
with his daughter's arms around him,
by Mexican officer. Nothing done.
Thomas Fountain, killed after court
martial" by Salazar, at Parrel after
warning from Washington. S&lazar la
ter arrested this side of the border
charged with smuggling and later re
leased, now held at Fort Bliss. -
Joshua Stevens, killed near Colonia,
Pacheco. Mexico, August 26, 1912. in
defending daughter from attack.
Johnny Brooks, Texan, killed at
Colonia. Chiu Chlupa, Chihuahua, in
1913. He killed his assailant Por-
tillo.
Matthew Gourd and two daughters.!
assaulted near Tamplco, July 26, 1913.
Rogers Palmer, Englishman, killed
because of failure to open safe at Du-j
ran go, about June 18, 1913.
Carlos Van Bradls and Luelder,
Americans, wounded about same time
by explosion of bomb.
H. W. Steph, American, shot on fail
ure to pay five hundred pesos ransom.
A. W. Laurilaut, English subject,
stripped, beaten, shot and . left for
dead about some time.
Edmund Hayes, American employee
of Madera company, also Robert
Tomas, American citizen, negro, killed
at Madera by Mexican federal officer,
Santa Caravo, arrested and later dis
charged. B. S. Towe, shot in Chihuahua by
rebels, 1913. Nothing done.
Ben. Griffin, rancher, , murdered
July 5, 1913 near Chuichupa, by ban
dits. John H. Williams, mining engineer
killed by stray bullet, March 8. 1913,
when rebels attacked Nacasari.
Borris Darow, consulting engineer
killed in attack on Nuevo Buena Vista,
Feb. 21, 191S.
U. G. Wolf, mining engineer, mur
dered July 16, 1913. by outlaws, in
Northern Sonora.
Mrs. E. W. Holmes, killed by shell
during bombardment, Mexico ' City,
Feb. 1913.
Frank Ward, shot in back by ban
dits in home near Yago, Tepic terri-
torv. April 9. 1913.
John S. H. Howard. U. S. customs
inspector, assassinated, near Eagle
Pass, Texas, February 10, 1913.
Pablo Soto, merchant of Naco, Ariz.,
killed by stray bullet during conflict
between federals and rebels March 24,
1913..
L. BushnelU mounted policeman,
killed in Naco, Ariz. March 24. 1913,
by stray bullet, fired by rebels.
Frank Howard, killed by bandits in
Coalcomon. state of Michoacan, in
March, 1913.
Herbert L. Russell, manager Ameri-
j can Vice Consul MeCaughan's ranch
. near the city of Durango, murdered by
Robert Williams, policeman. Phoenix.
Ariz., killed by Mexican bandits who
crossed the line to attend a celebration
of Mexican independence day,' Septem
ber 18, 1912.
Scott Price, bystander, killed, when
bandits were firing on' Williams.
Matnewson. Mormon, lulled while
fleeing from Colonia. . Morelos, Sonora,
September 16, 1912. when bandits were
looting the town.
McKinza, American, executed near
Agua Prieta, in Sept, 1912. because
rebels suspected he had 'given infor
mation to federals. -
W. H. Walte, manager Esmeraldos,
plantation at Chetal. Vera Cruz, be
headed April, 1912, when he refused
to pay money demanded by bandits.
t. Ij. strausse, formerly correspon
dent for New York Herald, 'killed with
34 other non-combatants when Zap
atistas held up train August 11, 1912,
near Cuautla, Morelos.
Thomas C. Kane, railroad conduc
tor, shot through head when bandits
wrecked train and killed, many pas
sengers, April 10, 1912.
P. Seffer, formerly a professor in
the University of California, and three
servants killed by rebels April 29,
1911, near Cuernavada.
R. H. Ferguson, i San Francisco,
member of Troop F.Third U. S. cav
alry, killed by bullet fired over the
border. '
Two unidentified men killed May 9.
1911, in El Paso, by stray- bullets fired
by federals and rebels.
Dr. R. G. Clark. Taylorsvflle, 111., shot
dead in Mexico City. May 27. 1911, by a
partisan of General Diaz.
John R. Lockhart, Scott City, Mo.,
mining engineer, killed' by bandits in
Durango, November, 1911-
R. N. Meredith, Trey, O., struck by
bullet during bombardment in Mexico
City in February. 1913.
Mrs. Percy Griffith, legs shot off dur
ing same bombardment.
A. E. Thomas, murdered by bandits
while protecting wife' and seven chil
dren near Negates, Sonora,' March 10,
1912. I
Robert Huntington, f railroad switch
man, shot without cause near Agua
Prieta, April 13, 1914. U -
J. C. Edwards, native of Virginia,
shot, to death while accidentally with
in rebel lines near Agua Prieta,
April 13, 1911. f ,
Stepson of J. M. Fester of Newark,
N. J., killed at Alamo. CaL, June 11.
1911, because he had professionally
treated a wounded insurgent.
John Hertllng of ; Douglas, Ariz.,
hanged near Nogales by rebels under
Orozco, July, 1912.-- .-
Guido Schubert, Douglas, ! Axis.,
hanged same time. '
John Camp, killed El- Paso, May 9,
1911. when rebels attacked Juarez.
Antonio Garcia, killed E. Paso, May
. i9ii, Dy stray reDei Duuet.
Clarence H. CoopeB, throat cut and
robbed at Pearson, August 4, 1913.
Graham-Taylor, at Agua Callentes,
English, died after being robbed and
stripped August, 1913.
Unknown American killed.
Fifteen victims of the wrecked train
at Cumbre tunnel, February 9, 1914,
wer Americans-' :
Alfred Oleott, nofct vLos Angeles,
shot at Sonora, with his partner defend
ing wife and daughter from outrage.
Clemente Vergara, Gustave '' Bauch
William Benton, the latter English. ,
IT COS TOO LATE.
Report Is Filed After the Trouble Is
Over.
- Washington, March 9. The report
of the' senate subcommittee which in
vestigated the West Virginia Coal
strike was filed in the senate today
by Senator Swanson, of Virginia chair
man of the committee. His report
while characterizing condition in the
strike field as "most deplorable'
makes no recommendations, the com
mittee explaining that the resolution
authorizing the investigation confer
red on it no power to recommend re
medial legislation. The report was a
general review and a summary of the
various reports of the conditions in
the laint and Cabin Creek fields,
prepared by the individual members
of the subcommittee who took charge
ot various phases of the investigation
In summing up the conclusion of the
committee Senator Swanson said:
"The conditions existing in this dis
trict for many months were deplor
able. The hostility became so intense,
the conflict so fierce, that there exist
ed in this district for some time well
armed forces fighting for supremacy.
Sl nrate camps organized, armed and
guarded, were established. There was
much violence and some murders.
Pitched battles were fought by the
contending parties Law and order
disappeared, and life was insecure for
both sides. Operation and business
I radically ceased.
"As these unhappy conditions no
longer exist, as the differences be
tween the contending parties have
been amicably adjusted, and an agree
ent entered into for several years and
as peace and confidence now prevail,
work and business having been resum
ed the committee does not consider it
wise or necessary to elaborate upon
the many causes which produced
these deplorable conditions."
BRIGHT AND PLEASANT
That Is Brand of Weather Today;
Temperature Is Above Normal.
The weather is bright and pleasant
today with the temperature 2 degrees
above normal for this date. The wind
is from the southeast, and traveling at
a 15 mile pace.
The forecast: Generally fair tonight
and Tuesday; warmer east portion to
night and somewhat colder Tuesday.
Shippers' forecast: "Protect 36 hour
shipments against temperature of 30
or higher in all directions."
The Kaw river reached its highest
stage since December Sunday 7.2 feet
but ha HroDDed to 6.9 feet todav. The
fact that a rise should take place when I
there was no rain oc snow indicates
that the subsoil is just beginning to
become saturated with water. ,
The highest temperature recorded on
this date since the local government
observations were taken was 73 degrees
in 1S94; the lowest was 3 degrees in
1891.
The hourly readings: ,
7 o'clock .....29jll oZclock .....41
8 o'clock 31112 o'clock 44
9 o'clock .....341 1 o'clock .....46
10 o'clock .....381 2 o'clock .....48
. I 3 o'clock .....SI
018 ME DODY
Remains of Vergara Are' Re
. turned to American Side.
Shot Fall of Holes and Other
- wise Mutilated.
ACT IS SKr.CJDED I'l MYSTERY
Nobody Seems to Know Who
Are Responsible Parties.
Ererybody in Authority Denies
Knowledge of the Affair.
Laredo, - Tex., March 9. A shovel
sticking in the soft earth of the grave
and around the handle of the imple
ment a card with the word "Recuer-
dos" (remembrance) was the single
trace: today of the mysterious night
visit of a party of unidentified men to
the Hidalgo, Mexico, cemetery who dis
interred the body of Clemente Vergara
and returned it to Texas for burial by
his family. -
The body was here today awaiting an
examination which state authorities
hope may disclose something' to aid
them in placing the blame for the
ranchman's violent death after he was
taken prisoner by Mexican federals. A
superficial examination of the body dis
closed two gunshot wounds in the head,
one in the neck, a blow as if from a
rifle butt, which crushed the skull and
the mutilated left hand twisted and
charred by fire, suggested that torture
naa been inflicted before Vergara was
executed.
The rangers of the troop of Captain
J. J. Sanders, were first declared re
sponsible for the return of Vergara's
body from Mexico, but later this was
denied. Captain Sanders was one of
three men who "were informed" that
the body would be found at a desig
nated place, above Laredo, where the
unidentified men had placed it. The
other two were American Consul Gar
rett of Nuevo Laredo.' Mexico, and
Deputy Sheriff Petty. They went to
the scene ostensibly to secure further
Information on Vergara's case, but ad
mitted later that they had been told
that the body had. been returned. Who
were their informants was one of
numerous questions each of the offi
cials in turn refused to answer. They
did say, however, that neither the
United States nor the state of Texas
officials had any ' part in the actual
trip into Mexico. Later Tumors said
former employees of the Vergara ranch
had taken matters '. into their own
hands.
Suspicions that. .. Mexican officials
might:. ba.ve taken this method of re
turning Vergara's body to the United
States were forestalled by a remark of
Consul Garrett. -who expressed the be
lief late last night that they did not
yet know of the body's removal. -
Despite the mystery as to who was
responsible for the return of the body
there seemed little doubt as to the
actual facts of the recovery of the
body.
Nine Men In Party.
There were only nine men in the
party who gathered on the river bank
late Saturday night near the point
where Vergara was alleged to have
been seized Feb. 13, by Captain Apol
onio Rodriguez and three federal sol
diers. A Mexican who claimed
to have witnessed both the
execution and burial of Vergara. led
them across country toward Hidalgo
and skirting the Bleeping town showed
them a new grave in a far corner of
the cemetery which had caused com
ment when Vergara's disappearance
became known. The grave was shal
low and no care had been exercised to
protect the body from the covering
earth. A crude pine box soon was lift
ed out and the workers evidently had
known the ranchman for they made
certain they had the body they sought.
The homeward journey began with
the party still unchallenged. Once
back on American soil they rested
their burden for final identification.
This was made by the family and
the body was consigned to the waiting
officials.
The party had no permission from
Mexican authorities to make the trip
and secure the body and Consul Gar
rett said last night that he never re
quested permission from the federals
to have this done. What complica
tions, if any, might result from the trip
into foreign territory, apparently caus
ed no uneasiness among Vergara's
friends.
Was Not the Rangers.
Austin, Tex., March 9. Official inter
est here today in the recovery of the
body of Clemente Vergara from Mexi
co, was centered in the expected re
port of Captain J. J. Sanders, com
manding the Texas rangers at Laredo,
one of the men to whom the body was
given in charge and who had been ac
tively in touch with the Vergara in
vestigation since it developed interna
tional compass. It was Captain Sand
ers' troop of rangers which was at first
reported to have recovered the body
and an official telegram from Sanders
to Governor Colquitt, the first received
by the state department authorities,
gave this impression.
"I proceeded to Hidalgo. Mexico, ob
tained body of Vergara" was the mes
sage given out at the executive de
partment early Sunday night as sent
by Captain Sanders from Laredo, where
he took Vergara's body. After a con
versation with Captain Sanders over
the long distance telephone, at mid
night. Governor Colquitt gave out a
statement correcting the original tele
gram. This statement announced the
rangers had no part in the recovery
from Mexico, did not cross the Inter
national line and the men responsible
for the recovery of the body are not
known. Governor Colquitt came to his
office early today in anticipation of a
detailed report from captain Sanders.
Awaits Colquitt's Report.
Washington. March 9. President Wil
son expects a full report from Gover
nor Colquitt and American Consul Gar
rett as to the manner in which the
body of Vergara was returned to Amer
ican soli. The president and Secretary
Bryan conferred at length today and
later the president said he would await
a full report from Governor Colquitt
before making any comment.
The president pointed out that the
Huerta government had supplied little
information about Vergara, declaring
simply, that It would Investigate, hut
expressing the opinion that Vergara
had Joined the constitutionalist. Con
sul Garrett's dispatches have said .Ver
gara came to his death at the hands
of Mexican federals. ' The president
had no further advices today about the
inquiry being made by the constitu
tionalists into the recent execution of
William 8. Benton, a British subject, at
Juarez. On the subject of protection
of foreigners in Mexico, the president
indicated clearly that the - American
government would continue to use its
offices.
The president denied that the Amer
ican government knew anything of a
published report that Germany had
warned Mexico that any injury to Ger
man subjects would be met with re
taliation. He told callers that Ger
many's attitude toward the position of
the United States in the Mexican situ
ation had been satisfactory and that
Germany had occupied a most dignified
position throughout. He did not be
lieve reports he added that Germany
was disposed to complicate the situa
tion. Senator Fall, of New Mexico, today
received the following telegram from
Governor Colquitt dated Austin, Tex.,
March 8:
"Am just in receipt of a telegram
from Captain Sanders, of Texas Rang
ers, saying he had returned from Hi
dalgo, Mexico, with Vergara's body
and now has it on American soil."
Huerta on War Path.
Mexico City, March 9. The federal
army was today ordered to take the
offensive against the forces under the
command of Venustiano Carransa.
Provisional President Huerta sent to
all the governors of states, and all the
army commanders, by telegraph, the
following order:
"Today the federal government be
gins a campaign against the rebels of
the north. To that end you will see
the necessity that the troops under
your command assume actively the of
fensive, in order to bring to a finish
a situation which so prejudices the
Republic."
General Huerta again cautioned his
followers to give protection to for
eigners, and warned the recipients of
the orders that they would be held
by him, responsible for any neglect in
tins particular.
KOUNS ISON DUTY
General Manager Back in His
Office After Illness.
Joke Played on Him at Wich
ita Banquet.
After an absence of nearly three
months from his office on account of
illness, C. W. Kouns, general manager
of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe,
headquarters in Topeka. is back at his
desk in the rnoral office hnildin this I
ftf tArnnnn. - Mr ICniina had hsw nf.
fering from rheumatism and has been
conducting a large part of the super
vision of the eastern lines of the Santa
railway system . from , his bedside on
Harrison street.
Officials of the Santa Fe in Topeka
this afternoon, who attended the ban
quet at the opening of the new union
depot in Wichita Friday evening are
telling a good story on the general
manager. Mr. Kouns went to the Wich
ita festivities from his sick bed in To
peka. He was down on the program for a
speech. He had been spending most of
the day in his private car. Feeling un
able to spend very much time at the
banquet the genial general manager
asked that he be escorted in the hall
during the speaking, that he would be
able to slip in behind the speakers' ta
ble unnoticed, deliver his address quiet
ly and leave the hall In his wheel chair
for his car.
The committee in charge agreed to
the general manager's proposal and
called for him after the speaking be
gan.
Mr. Kouns was wheeled down the
incline to the ground floor.
"Now I'll go in to see that your chair
is vacant and to see that you can slip
in quietly," one of the committee as
sured him.
"All Is well," the committeeman said
upon a quick return. "We will Just
step inside now, while we have a good
opportunity."
The door was opening and Mr. Kouns,
leading, stepped into the banquet hall.
Like a descending storm, the ap
plause of the 700 banqueters greeted
the Topekan. Men and women shoved
back their chairs, took out their hand
kerchiefs and gave the general man
ager a prolonged Chautauqua salute.
Then the band played "Dixie."
It was too late to turn back. Mr.
Kouns had to walk the entire length of
the hall between the tables of ban
queters and to the tune of his old
southern favprlte "Dixie."
And the band kept playing. Mr.
Kouns would stand up in his gave if
the strains of "Dixie" penetrated to
his ear drums. The committee had
provided a rocking chair in front of
the speaker's table and after 15 min
utes of yelling and cheering he sat down
nearly exhausted.
The general manager was asked
about the incident in his office this af
ternoon. "Who told you that?" he asked a vis
itor. It is the usual witness-chair-examination
of a railroad official, so the in
terviewer admitted his source of in
formation. Then Mr. Kouns laughed.
"Why, those scallywags!" he said.
"They promised me a rear entrance
into that banquet room and then they
waited for me with 'Dixie! "
The general manager is in the best
of spirits, looks strong and healthy.
and. insists that he feels "bully!" (just
like that), despite his enforced stay at
home.
CUE MURRAY SAFE.
Former Topekan Not Caught in Ter
rible St. Louis Fire Trap.
Mike Murray, former well known To
pekan, was not reported among those
missing in the disastrous St. Louis fire
early Sunday morning. Murray, who lived
in the burned dab building. Is safe.
Murray lived in Topeka for several
years and was employed at the Crosby
Brothers store. He has many friends
here who will be glad to learn be is safe.
Weather Forecast for
Fair and. slightly warmer tonight;
fair and colder Tuesday,
SEfiDSOUTAGflU.
Republican State Central Con
mittee to Topeka.
J. C. Gaffori Hay Be New g&a
FCJ TEiTATTtE FUTRZ
Leaders Bellere Flan Will Ea
Voted Down.
Dolley's Name Is Only a Lost
Feature in 1914.
Acting Secretay J. C. Gafford thsi
afternoon Issued a call for meeting
of the Republican state central com
mittee to be held in Topeka at I
o'clock Tuesday afternoon March SI.
A new state chairman probably Gaf
ford himself will be elected as
chairman to succeed J. N. Dolley. re
signed: and action will be taken look
ing towara tne calling of a state con
vention to ratify the work of the na
tional committee and to draft a ten
tative state platform.
- The Gafford call, however, merely
asks for the election of a new state
chairman and the formation of plana
for the carrying on of the work of
the p re-primary campaign. Such oth
er action as may be taken by the com
mittee will be supplemental to the for
mal call. The question of tentative
state platform will doubtless be dis
cussed at the meeting, but it is the
belief of many of the party leaders)
that the plan will be voted down. - A
number of the state candidates ' aro -opposed
to a tentative platform and it
is believed that the committee will
respect the wishes of the candidates
and keep the platform Ideas In stor
age until the meeting of the party
council in August.
"Just how far the state commute
may go in its actions, I am unable to
state," said Gafford this afternoon.
"My call Is merely for the election of
a new state chairman and for the
making of plans for the primary cam
paign. The matter of a convention
or platform Is not mentioned in th
call."
It is believed that Gafford will prob
ably be chosent the new state chair
man. J. N. Dolley. who resigned to
Join the Progressive party, came, back:
to support Arthur Capper for gover
nor before ' his successor - as state
chairman was chosen. - - -
On several occasions Dolley's name
has been suggested for state chairman,
but it is not believed that his name
will be presented at the meeting March
31. Dolley managed the 190S-10-12 cam-
I paigns and -it is not improbable that if
:fM return proves to be the genuine
article, that he will again be urged for "
election at the meeting of. the party -council
.. following the August prU
tnarles. . .
KILLED DY TRAU.
John Footer off Osage City Struck by
Santa Fe at Turner.
John J. Foster of Osage City, Kan.,
was struck by Santa Fe train No. lit
at S o'clock Sunday afternoon and. .
died two hours later, The accident
occurred between Kansas City and
Turner, Kan. He was taken oft the
train at De Soto, where he was at
tended by Dr. A. M. Fortney. He died
at 7:20 o'clock last night.
Just before reaching Turner, Santa
Fe No. 10 passed the local train which
was going from Kansas City to Em
poria. Foster was standing on one
track watching No. 10 go by and did
not hear the other train round the
curve. The pilot of the local struck
him and knocked him off the track.
The train was going about 35 miles
an hour.
Kngineer Paxton stopped the train
immediately and backed to the spot
where the unfortunate man lay. With
the help of several K. U. students and
other passengers, the man was placed
in the baggage car. He was conscious
when picked up. gave his name and
address, but complained of great pain.
One leg was fractured, his chest was
badly crushed and it was evident that
he was fatally injured.
At Holliday, James O'Byrne, con
ductor of the train who resides at S2f
Madison street, wired ahead for a
physician to meet the train. At De
Koto, Dr. A. M. Fortney was at the
depot and Foster was taken off. At
that time he was barely breathing and
the doctor said that he would net live
long. The train then went on, arriving .
at Topeka a few minutes late.
From letters in the man's pocket
and from information he was able to
give when first picked up, he lived
in Osage City. He asked the conduc
tor to notify his mother, who lives at
Twin Falls, Idaho. A brother-in-law,
W. A. Jurnigan, lives at Osage City,
and was notified last night.
Foster was probably "beating his
way" to Osage City or to some other
point along the line. It was unusual
that he was discovered at the time, as
the engineer did not see him when he
was struck. The fireman was on the
coal car and saw Foster thrown off
the track. He called to Paxton, the
engineer, and the train was stopped.
FAIR AKD DRACTuG.
Week of Good Weather Is Promised
the Entire Country.
Washington, March 9. Hope for a t
week of bracing seasonable weather '
with generally fair skies, is held oat
by the weather bureau forecasters to
practically every section of the storm
battered snow and ice-covered coun
try.
"No important storm is charted to
cross the country during the week,"
the bulletin said, "although a disturb
ance of moderate intensity will pre
vail over the middle- west Wednesday
or Thursday and the eastern states
about Friday; the precipitation at
tending this disturbance will be gen
erally light and confined to the north
era states.
"There will be frosts at the begin
ning of the week in the gulf and
south Atlantic states except central -and
southern Florida."

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