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*rei)*rÿ day from yeverytrtiere, - •***:■ - •' '-***&: - ^âipfc f jaîEAD The Mit I soutian, for it l is the * old reliable 9 VOL.XLIV. NO. 226. MISSOULA, MONTANA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 12 J917. PRICE FIVE CENTS i 3 . m '■> !;«■ -i y*' **.i . • u 4 J USHER M LAST DESPERATE ASSAULT SEAMAN RESCUES &HIP COMMANDER Lieutenant Bagley of Torpe doed Jacob Jones Has a Narrow Escape. SAVIOR DIES BEFORE . HELP REACHES SCENE Pulls Superior Officer to Raft and Safety With Last , of Strength. c* - Base of the American Flotilla in British Waters, Dec. 11.—By The As sociated Press.—Lieutenant Comman der David Worth Bagley ot the Ameri can torpedo boat destroyer Jacob ■Jones, which was recently torpedoed by a German submarine was rescued by one of his seamen, who afterward died from injuries and exposure. Tlie seaman with six other members of the crew was swimming toward a raft when he bumped into a floating object which he thought was a bundle of clothes, but which proved to be Commander Bagley, with the fur col lar of his great coat wrapped about his head. Bagley appeared to be un conscious. Exposure Fatal. Although suffering Intensely him self from his injuries and the cold water, the seaman caught hold of the commander, and with the assistance of his shipmates, pulled him to the raft, where he soon revived. The seaman, however, succumbed a few hours later and was buried at sea. Before consigning the dead seaman to the ocean his shipmates cut up his blue shirt and lashed the pieces to oars as distress signals, but it soon became dark and the cold and the snfïering of the men increased without signs of a rescuing craft. The sea remained smooth throughout the night and when day broke the greatly weak ened survivors again hoisted their sig nals of distress, which were quickly sighted by a British sloop. Torpedo Follows Target Practice Base of the American Flotilla in British Water, Dec. 11.—By The Asso ciated Press.—The American torpedo boat destroyer Jacob Jones was tor pedoed _just after she had completed target practice. The torpedo struck ^he destroyer amidships, blowing the after part of the vessel to pieces. Some HO men engaged in that part of the vessel were killed. The remaining members of the crew got away on rafts and In boats where they re mained until the next morning, when the rescue steamer arrived. Several of the men died from ex posure, while the others suffered se verely during the 17 hours in the boats. The survivors of the disaster are reported to too doing well. SEVEN ARE ADDED TO MISSING LIST Washington, Dec. 11.—Seven men uot previously known to have been aboard the torpedoed destroyer Jacol Jones, were added to the destroyer's list of known missing in a dispatch to the navy department tonight toy Vico Admiral Sims. The message also named four members of the crew who were not aboard when the ship was lost, and fi\\e others not listed ai missing and possibly had been trans ferred to another vessel before the Jones started on her last cruise. The number of missing enlisted men was given as 65, or approximately the number given in earlier dispatches. The seven added to fhe known miss ing are: George F. H. Rogers, Lowell Mass.: James Cummings. Kansas City Mo.; William T. Clifford, l>ayton Ohio: Henry J. La Combe, Hinckley N. Y.; Eugene J. Morgan, Washing ton, D. C.: James S. Fitzgerald, Au gusta, Maine; Leon J. Wetzel, Winona Minn. r The four who were not aboard when tlie destroyer went down were Liliious F. Devilbish. Jeremiah Downing. Cor nelius A. Lane and James E. Mc Manus. Richards Is Secretary Commercial Secretaries Great Falla, Dec. 11.—J. H. Hara der of Bozeman was made president, L. E. Jones of Glasgow, vice president, and D. D. Richards of Missoula, sec retary-treasurer of the Montana Asso ciation of Commercial Secretaries, at the election today. Tmese with A. J. Breitenstein of Great Falls, and H. M. Robinson of Miles City, constitute tin executive committee. SIMMERS MI CUUS TO REFUGEE CHILDREN With the American Army in France, Dec. 11.—By the Asso ciated Press.—Contributions from officers and enlisted men of the first division toward a fund to buy Christmas presents for 600 refugee French children in the di visional area, already total nearly 20,000 francs. Local communi ties have been notified to obtain the names of all children under 12 years of age in their villages, who will receive oranges, can dles and toys from Christmas trees in all the villages. The refugee' children will 're ceive presents that will be useful to them, such as clothing and shoes, In addition to goodies. The Weather Wednesday, Dec. 12.—Sun rises, 7.EG; sun sets, 5:04. Forecast — Snow ahd colder on Wednesday; cold wave in extrema northwest; Thursday probably fair. LOCAL OBSERVATIONS. Maximum ....._...................................40 Minimum ..........................................18 6 a. m..................................................32 6 p. m................................................34 Only 11 more shopping days until Christmas. Yesterday's moderation in temperature made the snow in the downtown streets into slush, but the holiday spirit is seizing the whole fam ily and shopping goes on apace, no matter the condition of the weather. The sun shone some during the day. and at other time snow fell. Gill's Move Will Not Stop Impeachment Proceedings Seattle, Dec. 11.—Joel K. Warren was appointed chief of police today to succeed Charles Beckinghani, who re signed at the request of Mayor Hiram C. Gill. Mr. Warren tonight said he hoped to police the city so satisfactor ily that tlie order closing Seattle to Camp Lewis soldiers because of alleged ire conditions here would soon be re voked. It is stated that the change in tlie po lice department will not stop the move ment for the impeachment for Mayor Gill now before the city council. Women to Plead Suffrage Cause With Congressmen Washington, Dec. 11.—Four Jiundred women, gathered here for the 49th an nual convention of tlie National Amer ican Suffrage association, will mardi the capitol tomorrow to present Arguments to their state congressional delegations in favor of the passage of the federal suffrage amentment re ported today by the house Judiciary committee without recommendations. Senators from each state will receive women from their states In their of fices. Proclamation to Reduce Beer Alcoholic Content Washington. Dec. 11.—At the re quest of Food Administrator Hoover. President Wilson will issue within the next few days a proclamation reduc ing tlie alcoholic content of beer to 2% per cent. The use of grain for brewing will be cut by the order about 30 per cent. It was decided to set a weight instead of volume standard to protect brewers of ales and stouts In whose heavier product the alcoholic' content runs higher by volume. Relief Ordered for Coal Shortage Menacing Ohio Washington, Dee. 11.—Immediate relief for the Ohio coal shortage was promised tonight by the fuel admin istration. The situation In the state was brought to the attention of Fuel Administrator Garfield in a sharp telegram from Governor Cox, who also appealed to the White House over the long distance telephone. Coal will be diverted for the stage's needs. L. at J. M. tin Rome Celebrates War Declaration by U. S. Rome, Monday, Dec. 10,—All Home is decorated with Italian and American flags today to celebrate the declaration of war by the United States against Austria-Hungary. A parade several miles in length, comprising senators, deputies, clubs, associations and towns people, marched through the city to the square facing the American em bassy, where a great demonstration was held. der the to to the of of • Death Penalty Is Paid by 13 Negro Troopers for Rioting in Texas Great Secrecy Around Ex ecution at Early Hour Wednesday Morning. HAD BEEN MEMBERS 24TH U. S. INFANTRY Convicted by Coiirtipartial Shooting Houston Resi dents During Riot. Sun Antonio, Texas, Dec. lb—Thir teen negroes, soldiers of tlie Twenty fourth United Slates Infantry, were hanged to death simultaneously at dawn (odH.v in expiation of their mur der of Houston citizens last August, when members of that regiment en gaged in mutinous rioting in the city's streets. In the dark of the night army motor trucks conveyed the lumber for the sea .'old to the little clearing in a lonely mesquite thicket on tlie big government reservation, where the ne groes, convicted by court martial, were to die. Matter Kept Under Cover. And there by the light of bonfires, army engineers erected the death traps to which at r, o'clock in the morning other motor trucks hurried the con demned negroes and the officers and men of the military guards, it was the army motor truck, the only inci dent which made this military execu tion different front previous ones that enabled the officers in charge to keep secret the time and the place of the hanging. The following men paid the ultimate penalty; Gems Were Officeri. Sergeant William C. Nesbitt. Corporal i-arnon J. Brown. Corporal James Wheatley. Corporal Jesse Moore. Corporal Charles W. Baltimore. Privates William Breckenridge, Thomas C. Hawkins, Carlos Snod-* grass, Ira B. Davis, James Divins, Frank Johnson, Uisley W. Young, Pat MacWhorter. The condemned negroes hud known of their fate since Sunday. Twelve of them sought spiritual consolation of army Y. M. C. A. workers. The thir teenth gave no inkling that lie knew. Outwardly all of tlie negroes were stoical. Ores« as for Parade. Aside from less than a dozen officers of the southern department and the sheriff of Bexar county, no one in the city or the army camps knew of the execution, date or place. The other negro defendants were ignorant of the fate of their companions until after tlie formal announcement had bedn made. The condemned men were aroused this morning a fqw minutes before regular army reveille, 5:30 o'clock. They dressed in their regular uniforms a.s carefully as for Inspection. • Bing Hymn on Way. Tlie negroes executed displayed neither bravado nor fear. They rode to the execution singing a hymn, but the singing was as that of soldiers on the march. Arrived at the clearing, the singing stopped, the men shackled were helped from the trucks to the scaffolds and seated on chairs. A low "goodbye, hoys." addressed to members of their military guards, who had been in charge of the negroes since they were brought here from Fort Bliss, was the only expression from any of them. The men's feet were shackled. An army chaplain offered prayer. An offi cer called "attention," and as on pa rade, the negroes stood erect. They stood quietly while caps and nooses were util us ted, and then stepped on the traps. The major in charge of the exe cution gave a signal and soldiers sprung the traits. The negroes plunged nine feet to an instant death. Churches in Mourning. Even after tlie execution and the re turn of the guard to camp, news of what had occurred did not spread through the camp or through the city until announced by newspapers, created some demonstration among negroes who had followed the progress of the trial in the naturing of "mourn mgs" at a few negro churches. Crowds at these, however, were small. No announcement has been made whep the 41 negro defendants, given life sentences by the courtmarttal, will be taken to Fort Leavenworth. In spite of the executions and an nouncement of the other sentences this morning, the riot at Houston is not closed Incident. Investigation is still in progross and it is expected addition al courtmartialu will follow. EMBARGO ON DOUGLAS FIR. Beattie, Dec. 11.—That an embargo has been placed on the exportation of ail Douglas fir lumber which can be utilized in government war work for airplanes and wooden ships, was revealed here tonight with the offi cial announcement of an organiza tion to administer it. Severe Blizzard Strikes Montana Helena. Dee. 12.—Thirteen inches of snow had fallen here at midnight, when the thermometer registered 12 degrees below zero, a fall of 44 degrees In nine hours. The storm was general over the western por tion of the state. Severe cold is predicted for tomorrow, with con tinued snow. Also at Great Falls. Great Fulls, Dec. 11,—This city was enveloped In a blizzard tonight about 7 o'clock and the snow blown by a heavy wind fell in large quan tity. It was the worst storm the city has experienced in t\vo # years, but it lasted only about two hours. Tlie mercury is about li degrees be low zero tonight. RISK THEIR LIVES ON BURNING SHIP Halifax Firemen Board Mu nitions Vessel Afire and Extinguish Blaze. Halifax, Dec. 11.—With complete disregard for their own lives in an effort to save tills desolated city from another catastrophe, a group of Dart mouth citizens eaily today boarded a steamship said to have been laden with munitions, wnleh was afire and was being abandoned hastily by lier crew. The vessel carried a oi4ck load of oil and as she came in dose to shore Ith smoke pouring from her super structure, tlie sight of her fleeing crew stirred the watchers ashore to prompt action. A volunteer fire fight ing force was quickly organized and the burning ship was boarded. After hard work tho flames were extin guished. Carried No Red Flag. According to statements obtained today from survivors of the Norwegian steamer lino, which collided with the Mont Blanc, tlie latter ship flew no red flag to indicate that she carried a cargo of explosives. They also de clared they were not. aware that tho Mont. Blanc was munitions laden and that when they saw her crew running away they thought it was due to the fire and not fear of an explosion. They asserted the Mont Blanc was coming into the harbor on the wrong side when the collision occurred. A man who survived the explosion was found among tlie ruins today, lie had been caught between two beams at the North street railway station, and beyond a few bruises was unhurt. The city's workers today began the task of clearing the streels of thou sands of tons of broken glass. Inter ments took place all day at the ceme teries. The American hospital and relief units were working full blast today. Enough supplies have been received to relieve distress. American surgeons are still picking tlie broken fragments from the faces, eyes and heads of hundreds, many ol whom may be marked for life or blind. Surgeons took stock today and found that glass wounds predominated. WILL CUT DEADWOOD FROM REGULAR ARMY Only Best of Officers Will Be Retained. Washington, Dec. 11.—All general of ficers of the regular army and national guard are being examined by medical and efficiency boards, with a view to determining the advisability of sending them for service abroad. Secretary Baker said the step was necessary on account of the unusually severe condi tions of service in this war. Commanders for American troops ul the fighting front are to be selected only after .rigid Investigation of their physical and professional fitness for their task. Early announcement or the retirement or discharge of some of the general officers is to be expected as medical boards already have reported against men in both the regular and national guard services. The new order undoubtedly Will elim inate a very considerable number of general officers, even of the grude of major general. It is understood that |to steps will be taken toward the ap pointment of lieutenant generals as corps commanders until the war de partment is satisfied with the result of its weeding out process among the major and brigadier generals, Get This Fighting Jaw—Ifs Byng's V M I lows* this for a lighting Jaw .' The u head is Hyng Sir Julian lie who era eke is by Francis Dodd, the famous artist v the British generals and admirals. Y on eminent that this *ts a real likeness It's ol I In |.aw and Hie high l'ore llimli nlmrg line. The portrait as made portraits ol most ol tlie word ot the. British gov dflcial picturi After Hogs Secret Agents on Food Speculators' Trail. Washington, Dec. 1 1.-—Invastlga - tors of the federal trade commis sion left here tonight for various sections of the country to begin an inquiry into reported speculation in foodstuffs. Designations of the various agents were kept secret. Alleged offenders will he lulled summarily before the commission, an unprece dented step, and ordered to stop any improper practices. Violation of tlie order would result in curry Ing the case to n federal court. Evidence of law areaklng, es pecially' of provisions, of the food law will be turned over to the n partnient of Justice. Full publioil> will be given in any ease where the commission believes that spec ulators are taking advantage of their country during war time. FIRST GUN SLAV CIVIL WAR FIRED Maximalist Forces, Troops Under Komiloff Collide at Tamanovka. London, Dee. 11.- A lleuter d patch from Petrograd dated Monday, says the Pruvila announces t^g* first collision between tlie Maximalist troops and from 3,00b to 4,000 troops tinder General Kornlloff, armed with machine guns at Tamanovka station. 2s versts from Ollegorod. of of as of Make Short Work of Boteheviki I-ondon. Dec. It.—Itusslun official In London, who are establishing direr communication with General Kaledine and other leaders of democratic organ izations in Russiu, declared to tlie As aoeiated Press today that the move ment to overthrow tlie Bolshevik! w supported by not only the Cossacks but by almost «II of the leaders of Hi other parties. These leaders. It wa said, are confident they will be able to make short shrift of the Bolshevik! Want Amsriean Support. Officials In London assert that tin plans embrace the solidification of tlie loyal fighting forces, the complet ellniinatlo/i of the Bolsheviki organi zations in the cities and towns of southern Russia, the reestablish nient of order, the reorganization of sui plies and the establishment of a new allied fighting front to protect tin rich Rusaian granaries and coal and mineral fields from the Germans. The question of allied support which the officials declare is necessary if (Continued on Page Four.Ji 90 NEW RECRUITS FOR ARMY IN DRY Missoula Enlistments Rise Rapidly as Time Limit Approaches. Ninety V »liint .'fis W< IV e II 1 ist e 1 ill : He t nil «1 St;» »■s nri i) Hie Mis soula i r tilth ir oft ire yosti ni IV While III in Hi,. n loo Otl CIS tv lit*.) vainly or ;i 'IlillUT tu like tin e\ - n minât l< n. The d ■> ' s im i «»in.n 1 rouglit the total of illsti Kills hen since Ii« - comber o .IT 1, «111(1 .the 11 II til lx 1 of waiting in •n h (llcMtV 1 tl ml at .'rust 50|) min nt« rrs will In V«; been si Kuril up with ii t wo weeks wl on tlie Inn go (low ul- 1 •nislet •ii mu to 11*01 n j w nig it. s nee .1 1 lie 1 Hie .Mis Simla sti lit m h; s . nils tc 1 ' -".la li n. boon Today 1 s L mit. Men •'H 1st. f ■d for the draft may 1 oluillei HIM until not n tnila y. A telegran rum ( 'apt. in Kelso last night a It 1 oi izc d the lot al offi( o to accept ul inter IS Ol !y until noon. Enlist iin to ball nt s of régis ere« < |, v men but a were 1 Wll day exl union was a HUH meed. <\ip tain lie so en n •filed this Fl f ty •Ig lit n f the HO •eel Hits who pa kswiI 111 ■Ir * xa min 1 1 io is yest •nia y joined t he a vit t Ion c >rps I I ! j I Forestry Men Feted. A lining tile 1 »hinten were Hin e well known be Cnltei Stu tes 'oifMt se Cool and ( leorge 1 »mean who lias been a the (k Iraught in if oflici Ht se punters lore, en listed it iployc Frank • "ool, I mi ii Mis soula nan. win lead Ii lilillng p for a year, job ■nginei is. A given in honor iimn y •steriiay fellow employes The M issoula lmd charge is of tlie servi the Twenty-third j farewell luncheon was of the two men at I tlie Palace litdcl by of Hie forest service, men who enlisted tenia y are Carlos Matbeiiy, Charles Baldwin, .hdin Freeman, aviation sec tion; Harry Crane, Tom Watson, John Shelly, medical department; George Duncan. John Shaughiiessy, Twenty third engineers; Frank Cool, Twenty (C'ontinueil on Page Four) if 11 ONLY More Shopping Days Until CHRISTMAS HUNS TO STRIKE v REFOREYANKEES, SET INTO ACTION Troops Rushed From Rus sian Front Strengthen Line in West. ARTILLERY BLAZES ALL ALONG FRONT From France to Adriatic Hot Fire Is Maintained by the Enemy. I I Oil l I I raiding By Associated Press. Along the entire western fro the North to the Adriatic Sea. ar tillery duels of great magnitude ur« being fought which doubtless are : ho forerunners of the expected great of fensive the Teutonic allies have tu view before the American troops call reach the battle fronts In great num bers. (in the Vines and Arras fronts held by the British <m various sectors eastward from St. Quentin to Alsace, m the hill country bordering tho Italian plains, and at potuis along :lm I'lave river, the big guns everywhere me in operation. Airplanes Aid Enemy. On tho British front huge numbers of airplanes are continually winging ibelr way over the lines. In battles in the air or searching out points where troops are being concentrated. The only Infantry activity taking place on any of tho fronts is in the nature of 'pel Otic New Divisions Arriving. Tile Teutons d illy * oulliilie to rein force Io large numbers their already superior forces on nil Hie fronts. In tho rush of troops and munitions to I the theater In which the British are I operating, one German train is n — ! ported to have collided with another, j resulting in a great explosion in which 1 several hundred soldiers were killed. Between Hie lirenta and the Plain rivers on the northern fronts In Italy the artillery fighting Ik described by tlie Rome war offiec as Intense and I here is similar activlly In Ihe coastal region near the mouth of Hie Plnvo, when* the Austrians Monday cap tured a. position ill Hie Capo Silo re gion. lull later were driven out with heavy losses In killed and men iriado prisoner. AUSTRIAN BATTLESHIP \ TORPEDOED 1ND SUNK London, Dec. 12,—The Austrian " battleship Wien was torpedoed and sunk Sunday night, according to a Vienna official statement re ceived in Amsterdam and forward ed by the Central News. Most of the crew of 441 were saved. * IMPARTIAL JUSTICE FOR ALL RELIGIONS London. II. pro pa q.li int Ii j British million • proclamation lu of Joru salent which was lierai Allcnby to Is* issued on bis formal entrance in tho city today. It is a shorter message than the famous one "to the people of Bagdad" when that city was taken, but il is in the same vein unci was prepared by the same hand. The arrangements made at Jeru salem provide Huit the Sheiks of tlie mosque of Omar, the patriarch of tho Latin church and tin' patriarch of tho eastern church arc to form local com mittees lo welcome the British com mander and receive the proclamation. The English as wardens of tlie holy* city will do impartial justice to Christian. Moslem and Jeiv, confirm ing the Moslems in tiieir office as doorkeepers of the church of tlie holy sepulchre, which office they held un interrupted since tin- days of Caliph tiniur, except fur the time of the cru saders.