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Hieb. Sil Us-, Bl.
Pall rep?rt on pos? lt.
Vol. LXXIV... .NO. _4.rUf>.
ICopyrlsht. 1911.
By The Tribune Association.1
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_> ?_ #??.. ?? v.. York Newark, ierwn City and Hobokea.
PRICE ONE CBNT^^^^usjS?B t?o tE>TB.
Three Excused, but Box Is
Filled and Whitman Will
Begin Case To-day.
Previous Preference for
Older, Married Ones Set
Aside by Defence.
?DaRo Frank's" Statement May
Be Ruled Out?New Witness
Will Quote Gunman on Plot.
Twelve men sat In the Jury ?Ml ?vhen
lourl adjourned at the third day'? ?es
... r | tsterday In the trial of Charlee
F?-ker. who is aoeused of the murder
ti Herman RosenthaL Compared with
the frit DsCBMt trial, when the selec
Boa Bl the jury occupied practically
? - art days, and with other famous
*g .r-.f-r trials, the present performance
p. considered remarkably quick work.
r?. boa was literally filled twice
re.-teida;.. After twelve men had been
? ? d by both sides and had taken
-ats at the middle of the after?
BSSStfl-a two were excused by Jus- i
ti ? Seal uiy, a< their own request and
r Fer.* of the District Attorney and
| for the defence. Nine Juror?
in all were chosen at yesterday's s?s?
il on.
There Is no reason to believe there
rill be ar.y furttast cha-ices In the Jury
- ?. Justice Seabury decided to hold
? day's session to-day, and Dia- ,
? Attorney Whitman will open the
RM the people when court con- ?
He expects to occupy about half
Rose Will Testify Monday.
?me four or five witnesses who
] at the first trial will then he
;alled to prove the "corpus delicti," or
;o establish the actual shooting and the
dintrli.ation of Rosenthal, the victim.
witnesses are Policeman John
v of the Weal 47th Bt. station,
SB on post In Times Square, op
484 st., on the morning of the
Bg; Pallceman William J. File.
? s off duty and in the restaurant
>f the Metropole Hotel; Dr. Dennis.
?wl.o came- with the amhulan-IS
Flower Hospital; Dr. Otto A.
?:, the coroner's physician "-?ho
performed the autopsy, anu Jacob
who wa6 a waiter at the Metro
. r.d ?aw the snooting- from the
? ay.
r'jrther testimony may be taken If
8 time permus. Justice Seabury ex
: ?eta to adjourn court at 2 o'clock.
Practically the same order of wlt
for the first few, at leaBt, will
t? foUows-fl as at the first trial. Louis
Krause, the waiter, and Giovanni
Stanlsh, two of the people's eyewit
I to the ?hooting, will come next.
District Attorney Whitman said that
BS expected "Bald Jack" Rose, the ,
principal witness against Becker, to,
take the stand on Monday.
11 was ?aid yesterday that proceed?
ings for contempt of c?>v?rt against W.
Bourke Cockran, of counsel for Becker,
probably would not be pushed. The
District Attorney obtained several affi?
davits of newspaper men who swore
? -^.ey heard Mr Cockran make the
-?mark that the trial was "an assassi
" or. which action for contempt
' r?e predicated. The District At
intends to hold the affidavits In
reserve, it was said, for future use If
the oce-asion should demand It.
Mr Co? ?4r;?n wan not In court yester
la**, Martin I, Mant?n, his partner
?nd chief counsel for the defence, said
that Mr. Cockran did not expect to ap
Bear in the case again It was said
ll it Mr Cockran never intended to
take flnv very active part In the case,
Mr. Mant?n said he expected to open
?he case for the defence, also examine
?Vltnesses and sum up.
Becker and Wife Like Jury.
T'ecker and BUS ?rife 88881181] pleased
S lth the Jury as it was finally made
Up. though neither of them expressed
?n opinion openly. The de fendant had
a good deal to ray in the selection of
tha BS1 en men who ?rsra needed yes?
terday. He conferred with his counsel
?,'?:>? respecting the? final word
fen e in regard to some of the
881 under examination. He often
looked to h:s wife for a nod of ap?
At the flr?t trial Becker and hit? ?rife
favored men of large stature, with firm
?hlne and trustful eyes, and wanted
them middle aged, married and prefer?
I rth families, it was notke-ii..
?hat these articular prefer? nces were
sot followed so ?losely at the new trial.
Because of the- first verdict tne d?;
? endant may have lost faith in the
type of man who passed upon the '
evidence at that time.
The Jurors chosen yesterday are all
?omphrativeiy young men. While there
?MM ?nly two single men on the
"r?t Jur.v. ?ix unmarried men have
??at? in the box this time. There are
5v? marr;ed men and one widower
average age of the Jury is torty
?Vosuaued vu ease 8. cul mua i
No. 1?F. Meredith Blsgden. twsn
ty-eight yssrs old, bond saletmsn, 33
Pins st.; horns. 16 East 10th at.
| Foreman.)
No, 2?Jimci M. Faust, twenty
nine, real estate, 58 West 45th st.;
home, 16 Estt tSOth st.
No. 3?Thomas W. Edwarda,
thirty, chemist; horns, 507 Wsst
186th st.
No. 4?Edward E. Van Eman,
fifty-five, retired! home, 455 Fort
Washington av.
No. 5?Paul V. Camora, forty-six,
bond ssleamani home, 590 West 172d
No. 6? Robert N. Bsxtsr, thirty
flve, clerk, 64 WsM st.; home, 600
West 176th at.
No. 7?Dio L. Holbrook, fifty-two,
mechanical engineer, Eleventh av.
and 26th st.; home, 46 Esit 21st tt.
No. ?3?Phillip Loff, forty-two, civil
engineer, retired: homo, 400 River?
side Drive.
No. 9? Wslter Goodyosr, fifty
eight, books, 339 Fifth av.; home, 421
West 57th st.
No. 10?Gilbert Schsul. thirty
two, neckwesr msnufscturer. Yon
kers; home, 479 West 152d st.
No. 11?Ephraim Plummer, sixty
eight, retired salesmen; home, 4241
No. 12?Wilbur F. Rswlins, fifty
one, salesman: home. 249 West 135th
There ere six aingls men. five
msrrled men end ons widower on
ths jury. The avsrsge sge Is forty
She, 80. Leading Him, Is Con?
fused by Car Light?
Both Will Die.
Confused by the Klare of the car's
lights, Mrs. Altea Townsend and her
?on, Joseph, of li? West 46th st.. Brook?
lyn, were struck by Dr Jacob Shapiro's
large touring automobile'just before
midnight, arel both were rushed to the
Polyclinie Hospital In a dying condi?
Mrs. Townsend. who is a feeble
woman of eighty, had been with her
son to a concert for the blind at Aeolian
Hall. With f-tlte-ring steps she started
to guide her blind son across 43d st. at
Fifth av. Half way acros she lorkrd
around and saw Dr Shapiro's car bear?
ing down, upr.n them. The? glare of the
lights terrified her. Helpless, confuse-d.
she turned hurriedly and, losing all
sense of direction, walked toward the
Before Dr. finar tro, v\ he? was himself
driving e-oiild che-r-k the momentum of
the automobile or turn aside, the heavy
car had pa ?-sed over Mrs. Tovvnser.d's
!?? ?? mil had hurled her SOU a score-- of
(eel avvav. Rr?th were picked up un?
conscious and v,?re rushed in a htir
rle??!!;. e-onimnnde-cred car to the Poly
After an examination Dr Tobin said
their- was no hope of the- recovery ?>f
either. Both ere SUtTerin? from inter?
nal injuries and both probably have
fractured skulls
Carranza Reaches Torre?n.
Ton-eon, Mexico, May S ?Oner.? \>
nustlano Carranza, first chief of the Con?
stitutionalists, arrived here to-day with
his staff and established his temporary
capital. Among those in the party were
General Maclovlo Herrera. General Tomas
Vrbina and General Manuel Chao, Gov?
ernor of the State of Chihuahua. Gene-ral
Villa met General Carranza at the station
and escorted the party to his re?idenc?
This Morning's Sews.
Oe-man Ship Forcing Rattle. 1
Frederick W. Lehmann Peace Delegate 1
Burn Capital, Huertas Threat. 2
Says Carranza Is Friendly. S
Tampico Refugees Appeal to Bryan . 3
City to Honor Navy Dead Monday... 3
Cmmandf-ered for Transports. 3
Rryan Denies Huerta's Charge. 3
Refugees Appeal to Bryan. 3
Cull tor Militia Expected. 4
Ree-ker 1-iry N?-nv Complete. 1
White to Seek Debate In Church ... . 4
Tombi ri"t Rlame Shifted. S
Lawyer and Wife Indicted. 8
Rich Lumberman Stole Wife. Charge 13
Two More Linked in Vote Fraud
Polue Get Clean-up Order.
V "s. to Probe (Jltjr Rank Soon
V on't Legislate Against Strikers
Woman's Varied Interests.
Kditorial .
Society .
Obituary . S
Literary .-O and 11
Sports . 12 and 13
Religious .14
Army and Navy . 15
Court Calendars. Police. Fire Dept.. 15
Financial and Markets. IS, 17 and 18
Real Batate . is
Weather .-*
Shipping .l*
Exclusive Photographs of
Mrs. William G. McAdoo's
See the Woman's Section of the
Sunday Tribune for the only re?
productions o? the gowns worn at
the White House wedding, and those
the President's daughter is wearing
on her honevmoon.
Treasury Official Thinks
N. H. R. R. Borrowed
$11,000,000 Illegally.
Criminal Prosecutions May Be
Result?Pullman Contract
Under Fire.
I From Th? Tribune fluresu i
Washington, May fc--As a result of
the testimony <?f John L. Billard before
Interstate. Commerce Commissioner
McChord yesterday, the Treasury De?
partment has in-gun an Investigation of
the loan of 111,000,000 made by the
National City Bank to the New Haven
on Boston & Maine stock. It wants to
know whether the bank violated the
national bank law.
This became known to-day when
John Skelton Williams, Controller of
the Currency, asked the Interstate
Commerce Commission for a copy uf
Mr. Billards testimony and also for
the check for $11,101,10?*. NS with which
the New Haven company paid the loan.
It was declared at the Treasury De?
partment that the largest loan the Na?
tional City Bank could made to one
person, according to its capital, was
The Department of Justice has asked
for copies of all of the testimony !n thu
New Haven investigation to determin?
whether there should be criminal pros?
These two incidents, together wltn
the belief among interstate commerce
officials to-day that John L. Billard
had "double crossed" the New Haven
Railroad in its purchase and sale of
the Boston _ Maine stock, formed an?
other interesting chapter in the in?
vestigation of the New Haven. Ac?
cording to the records the $ll,(X>>,????i)
loan was made by the National City
Bank on June SO?, 19uS, and matured
on April 1<>. 1010. It was paid on Oc?
tober 5, 190'.), however. The records
show that the bank collected a com?
mission of |86,000l, The loan ?..as paid
by a check for tll.101.188a on the
Farmers' Loan and Trust Company,
signed by H. If. Kochsperger, one of
the vice-presidents, and by A. S. May,
treasurer of the New Ha? ?n compan.v.
This check has been produced.
Summons for Rockefeller.
Former Governor Folk, counsel for
the commerce commission, has sent out
subpoenas to William Rockefeller,
Lewis Cass Ledyard, George F. Baker
and Mr. Iflbier, four directors of the
load, who were present at the meeting
on October B, 1!?<?'.?. the minutes of
which showed that the New Haven
company had understood that It was
to take over all of the profits realized
by Mr. Billard, less a reasonable com?
pensation for services and risks. Mr.
Folk has also subpoenaed < "liarles S.
Mellen, former president of the New
Haven Railroad, to appear at the in?
vestigation next week.
Mr. Billard, In his testimony .ester
day, said that he had made $".74?,000..
He said he had kr>pt this money be?
cause he believed that he was Justly
entitled to it. Mr. Mellen. It was said
here, testified at a previous Investiga?
tion that he did not believe Mr. Billard
had made any profit out of tils dealings
in Boston & Maine stock.
The extract from the minutes of the
meeting of the New Haven directors
on October ?S, 1909. is as follows:
"Meeting of the board of directors of
the New York, New Haven _ Hartford
Railroad, October S, 1909. Present:
Messrs. Mellen, Rockefeller, Morgan,
Miller, Brush, Warner, Milner, Skinner,,
Barney, Taft, Elton, Hemingway, Mc
Crea, Robertson, McHarg, Ledyard.
Pratt and Lawrence It was voted that
the plan explained at this meeting f"r
carrying out the contract of June 30.
1909, regarding the 109.04-, shares of
Boston & Maine common stocK and for
acquiring securities of the Boston Rail?
road Holding Company to be issued for
said stock in the rate of fll stock and
I1SI 4 rer cent bonds of the holeling
company for each share of Boston _
Maine Railroad stock is approved, pro?
vided, that all the shares of the Billard
Company and all its profits, actuslly
or nominsl, realised by Mr. Billard.
less s reasonable compensation for his
servies? snd risks, and the amount of
his actual expense? in connection with
tha purchsse snd tale of Boston _
Maine stock, be firtt vested in the New
York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad
Company, snd subject to the disposi?
tion of its board of directors."
Mellen to Testify.
Mr. Mellen will take the stand in th
New Haven Investigation on Tuesday.
Among the things he will be called
upon to explain is a contract made
with the Fiiilman Company on Janu?
ar? 1, U'Ki. whereby the equipment
and business <-f the sleeping car and
parlor car business of the New Haven
Railroad was turned over to that com?
pany for ?9400.000 a year.
This was testified to this morning I y
Arnold C Hanson, an examiner for ihe j
Interstate Commerce Commission, who
said that in 11*11 the sleeping and par?
lor car equipment of th* New Haven
Railroad represented an investment ?>f
HL290.000 and that the net revenue ?le
rived from it -nos $901. 11?, or '.'7 ;er
In 191?.. according to Mr Hansen,
the Investment In sleeping and parlor
Cou?aucei co ime 4. volums ?
Former Solicitor General
Appointed to Mediation
President's Choice a Law
yer of Wide Experience
and Ability.
One of His Colleagues To Be a
Justice of the United States
Supreme Court.
I l<v Tr;??T?rih to Th? Tribun? )
St. Louis, May B. -Frederick W Leh?
mann, Solicitor General In the Taft ad?
ministration, has been appointed one of
th? American delegates to the meelia
tion conference.
Mr. Lehmann la now on hi? way to
Washington to confer with the Presi?
dent, and expect? to reach there to?
morrow morning. He Is n lawyer of
wide experien-'e and exceptional ability.
and his resignation as Solicitor General
was ihe cause of sincere regret to the
Taft administration
rPlVNB The Tribut??- Bure?!! !
Washington. May 5.? The President
ha? determined to name a Justice of
the United States Supreme Court as
one of the delegate? to the mediation
conference. In addition to Justice La
mar, the names of Chief Justice White
and Justice Fltney are under consider?
The names of Secretan' Lane and
Mayor Newton D. Baker of Cleveland
are among those known to be under
consideration by Mr. Wilson.
War Department Decides
to Heed His Call for
I From The Tribun? Burtau. )
Washington, May 8.?It Is evident
that the War Department, at least,
puts no faith in the effort to settle the
Merdosa situation by mediation, and
full plans have been made for sending
reinforcements to General Kunston In
Mexico General Funston has asked
for more soldlers in Vera Cros, a? was
told In The Tribune this morning, but
the President is reluctant to sanction a
further military movement pending I .:
effort of the mediator? to rea? h an ad?
President Wilson la between two
fires. He 1? pressed by the army to
take step? which officer? declare are
militarily necessary, while the State
Department urges no forward move?
ment whatever.
Step? have actually been taken for
chartering transports f?>r the army.
Wher orders were issued for Funston'?
brigade to move the field artillery wan
delayed several da>s while merchant
steamer? were being fitted to carry
troops and animal?. The War Depart?
ment is not going to be caught agam.
and when the next movement of troops
occurs sufficient transports will be
a'- ailable.
In secordsnee with the reque?t of
General Funtton, it ha? bean d?:-d?d
looiuiue?! oa IM?? 2. ?.oliinm 1
The administration is confronted by a situation as difficult as
that which led to the investiture of Vera Cruz. A Hamburg-Amer?
ican vessel loaded with arms and ammunition consigned to the
Mexican government has reached Puerto Mexico, south of Vera
Cruz, and other vessels are on their way to that port and believed
to be bearing arms.
Frederick W. Lehmann, of St. Louis, Solicitor General in
President Taft's Cabinet, was appointed American delegate to the
mediation conference at Niagara Falls. One of his associates will
be a justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Secretary Bryan, replying to a protest from Huerta that the
United States was violating the armistice, answered that the
United States was doing nothing to change the military status
quo and would do nothing pending the outcome of the efforts at
The military authorities are making every preparation to rein?
force Funston's force at Vera Cruz. Secretary Garrison urged such
reinforcement at the Cabinet meeting yesterday, but was turned
down by the President. Transports are being chartered to convey
the 2d Division from Texas to Vera Cruz
There is a somewhat circumstantial rumor that Federals at
Tampico have ordered that all Americans leave the oil fields there
within ten days, under penalty of the destruction of their wells if
they fail to do so.
The ABC mediators are working quietly and industriously,
preparing for the conference, but they are reported to be some?
what discouraged by the alleged partisan attitude of the Secretary
of State.
Carranza, through his agent in Washington, has issued a state?
ment expressing the utmost friendliness for the United States. This
is construed to be an effort to secure the lifting of the embargo
on arms.
Details of Villa's flouting of a warning by the United States
Consul at Torre?n, which warning bore the consular seal of the
? United States, designed to protect Spaniards and their property,
and which act is construed as a positive insult to the flag, have
I been received by prominent Senators.
Wet Season Opens with Typical Tropical Shower and
Americans Begin to Watch Mosquitoes
and Take Their Quinine.
Vera Cru?, May fi.?The rainy seasoi
began this morning about 10 o'clock
The sky was suddenly overcast, then
was a drop in the temperature, a sharj
w ind and pouring rain tor half an hour
then all was clear and hot again. II
was a typical tropical shower, although
the rains are more likely to come at a
regular hour toward the end of the
Outpost duty will be less pleasant
from now on, probably, and th?
mosquitoes must be more carefully
watched Health officers advise all
Americans to take five or six grains of
quinine daily.
While the gossip goes on in portals
and new lots of Americans arrive from
the capital and everybody asks what ?3
going to happen, scores of curious 1't
tle dramas are being played between
those who are trying to get an ordi?
nary civil government going and th?m,>
who formerly had tilings in chargf.
One corner of the Municipal Placo
court, held every morning, is strang-.-ly
like Jefferson Market, except that there
are sentries on guard instead of police?
men, and a military officer in place of
a Judge.
Vigorous efforts are being made to
get the schools started, but the diffi?
culty here, as elsewhere, is the sensi?
tiveness of the former teachers in ac?
cepting office under the Americans.
Major Miller, in charge of this part of
the municipal machinery, had a session
yesterday with the former teacher
some of whom argued at great lengtl
quoting pree-edents of what Frene
teachers had done during the occupa
tion of Paris by th? Hermans durm
the Franco-Prussian War
Similar dirtVtiltlcs are f?'Und :n th
municipal treasury rooms of ledgers an
BOb?7*dy to ?"xplain them. f.ieutenan
Manly, in the charge of the tr??asur
work, tried the expedient ?rsterday o
giving the f.-rmer employes writte
statements that they were serving unde
military compulsion, which may indue
them to take up the work again
The treasury rooms were cleaned ou
this morning and bushels of old ledger
burned. Some of these went back ta
in last century and were full of vvrltini
in the fine hand of days be-fore type?
writer? were invented, and grand old
tax lists and ice-ount?. some half enter
away with moulel
Among the ledgers e.f this sort was
one used to keep the account of taxes
p,n?i for bullii?-hts. public dances, the?
atres, circuses and ?o forth. On each
page w.is posted a programme, together
with the tax collected, of show bills of
travelling eircuses, for instan? e. whi? h
worked their way down here years
ago. with old vvood?-uts of barcb.uk
riders, snake ?harmers and names like
Se?oritas Annie and l,e,ttlt> and Broth?
er.? Patterson contrasting strangely
with Spanish, la which the rest of the
bill was written.
Bride, on Seat with Chauffeur,
Points Out the Way.
I Cornish. N. H.. May 8,-Wllliam O.
McAdoo, Secretary of the Treasurv,
and his bride, who was Miss FJleanor
Randolph Wilson, daughter of rite
President arrived to-day to spend their
honeymoon at Harlakenden. the sum?
mer WhftS House
They had come by train as far as
West DssrflsM, Mass , where they wer-?
met by an automobile. Part of th<i
journey along the banks of the Con?
necticut River to Cornish was made
with the bride on the front neat givng
the ?hauffeur road directions and with
Mr. McAdoo sitting alone behind.
Three servants preceded them here
by threo hours, and the house, whi:h
had not been occupied since last fall,
had barely been opened when the
? couple entered its door?. mm
Body Identified After 5 Weeks
by J. F. Prescott, Father.
? R- Telegraph IB Th? Tribune J
Philadelphia. May S-The body of a
man who killed himself with a revolver
April _ in Dooner's Hotel here wr?s
identified in Potters Field to-day as
that of Thomas B. Pr?s? ott, thirty-two
years old. th" ?on of J. F. Prescott, of
South Weymouth, Mass
The Identifikation was made by the
father H" got permission to exhume
the bod?, which waa buried two week?
Arrives at Puerto Mexico with
600 Other Refugees.
Vera Cruz. May 8? Dr Edward Ryan.
who ??as condemned to execution at
Zacatecas and then released. Is reported
to have arrived to-da? without mishap
at Puerto Mcxko. together w;th 600
other refugees from the capital.
They will go dire??t to New Orl?5ans
on board t_t Esperanza. j
Ship Reported Trying to
Land Its Cargo at
Puerto Mexico.
Seizure of Custom House
May Precipitate Gen?
eral Conflict.
Administration Finds Itself Face
to Face with Perplexing
[From T>.? Tribur.? Bur??u I
Washington. May 8.?The admin?
istration is face to fa?.e with a situa?
tion identical with that which led to
the landing of sailor? and manr.es at
Vera Cruz and the battle which c<?s?
the lives of nineteen men The Ger?
man steamer Kronprinzessin <>cilie, of
the Hamburg-American Line, ha? ar?
rived at Puerto Mexico, the Gulf ?>f
Mexico terminus of the T? hu.intep???
The steamer has on board a shipment
of arms and ammunition for Huerta
It was the impending arriva! at Vera
Cruz of the German steamer Tplranga
with 11^000,000 rounds of ammunition
and 2W machine gun? which led the
President to order the seizure of the
Vera Cruz custom houae.
The Assistant Secretary of the Navy
gave out the following statem.-nt this
"On Wednesday the Navy Depart?
ment was notified by the State Depart?
ment that they had receive?! Informa?
tion that the ?teamer Kronprinzessin
Cedlla had ?ailed from Hamburg on
April 11 and the steamer Bavaria on
April 17 with consignment? of arm?
The acting Secretary of the Navy i\
i once telegraphed Admiral Badger to
keep watch for the steamer and to re?
port .it once If he could locate it
"Ob Thursday m??rning Admiral Bad?
ger wired that the Kronprinzessin Ce?
cilio was th?T due in Puerto Mexico
On Thursday evening he wired that he
would arrive Friday. The Bavaria i
not due at Puerto Mexico for about
two weeks.'
The Kronprinzessin i'ecilie h.i? ar
ilved at Puerto Mexico .??cordrr.g t?. a
dispatch received to-night from Ad?
miral Badger As the Amen? an nav ?
has no vessels at Puerto Mexi.-o it will
be imponible for the administration t??
prevenf the lan?ling ?.f th?- munition*. ol
war. Admiral Badger ala
that the AlfOltan XIII. of the .-;
Line, had arrive?! at Puerto M.xi?--i
Whethi r b*m carrle*] si i
Criais LNta V?ra Cruz.
If the Kronprinzessin <>?:li>- SB
ready arrived at I'uert?? M?-M... noth?
ing .-an be ri"ti?. bu?. if other
ships are approa.lv . Puerto Mexi o
with arms and ammunition th? ad?
ministration fa?-es the same problem ol
cutting off Huertas supply of muni?
tions of war which it faced when the
Ypiranga approached Vera I ruz.
Communication between Puerto M. x
ico and Mexico City Is good, and on ?
the munition? of war were ?an?i? ?1 tit? y
could be transported BPSSdlly to M? ?
ico City and there, utilu?.-?!. ?.
again.it the American ad ?a? ?
so many think is Inevitable.
There enters into the question
ever, the truce between the '
States atni Huerta. S.-izure of the c'U
tom houa? at Puerto M? Bl? <> m??*h:
precipitate a g??ini,?l conflict ll
would undoubtedly mean that Hucri.?
would throw th? pending m diation
overboaid, a.-..??rung that .he
States, while bound hy an am.
took overt action. There is a force of
Federals at '"uerto M?-xi- a.
The administration also 'a ??_??? thi
grave question of the? mi.I'.i. . :
bllity of attempting another , .
seizure of a custom houae. It a i?.
Iieved by naval officers that if Am.ri
? an forces should be ?ent shoro wit.i
instructions similar to those of rhe
Unding force at Vera Cnz not to flr?
unttl fired on-thi. lose of Am.-ncaii
liv?..s would be gnat. There ta a gen?
eral opinion in Washington that if the
Unding fore?, at v"era Cruz had gone
ashore while the tug gun? of the bat?
tleship? were ?ending their ?hot
the town th? occupation couid In
been accomplished In the m!d?t -f i
panic with small -? ? f Mfe.
Avoiding Act ef War.
On the other hand, sending a "bel?
ligerent" force ashore: would be \n *et
ef war, and thie the administration 1?
keenly deslrou? of avoiding. Another
phase of the? situation concerna the
.enure of only the custom hous* or *"* ?
whole town. The lesson of Vera Cru?
shows the necessity of taking poase?
?lon of the ?ntire city In order ?o -,ii
the American force of tha dangers ?if
con?tant "sniping''
It haa alao been reporte?i that ship?
ment?? of arms arc ~n the way to th??
Constitutionalists al Tampico. Mr.
Daniela ?aid this afternoon thit h?j
knew nothing of this. If it provea true

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