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Vol. LXXIX No. 26,580
First to Last?the^ Truthj^News - Editorials Advert?s
se ment s
rCopyrtith.. 1010.
New York Tribuno Iw.l
* * *
Unsettled, with probable local showers
and thunderstorm? to-day; to?
morrow fair and cooler.
Fall Report on Page 0
TWA rrvT? 5 In Greater ?w York and I THRKK CKNTfl
_ wu ubj? r? ? wjthin eommntin? distance J Elrtewhere
American Troops Order?
Bandit Chieftain Rep<
to Return From Mexico;
lain by U. S. Airman
Opening It to Let Shantung Out
(Copyright, 1919, Neu? York Tribun? Inc.)
City 'Phone
Drops 60%
In 3 Years
Many Factors Combined
to Cause Slump in
Service Here Since
Outbreak of the War
Labor Shortage
First Noticeable
Improvement Is Looked
For Soon. With Re?
turn to Normal in
at Least One Year
made an independent
studi/ of New York City's
mechanical nervous sys?
tem, otherwise called the
telephone service, which is
being investigated also by
the Public Service Com?
mission. Many interest?
ing and unexpected facts
hove been discovered by
?inquiry and observation,
and they are now to be set
forth purely for their news
What has happened to New York's
?"lephone service in the last three
Statistically this:
In 1916 you averaged to wait four
seconds for central to say, "Number,
Now you wait ?en and four-tenths
That is a Flump in service of 150
ter rent.
In 1916 one call in twenty-eight went
Now it is one in seventeen.
That is a slump of 60 per cent.
This loss of time is the "irritation"
io which people are reacting when they
say: "The telephone service is simply
rotten. What's the Public ?Service Com?
mission for?"
-The causes of the slump in the New
Wk Telephone Company's efficiency
are numerous; but always in the end
it's the girl that counts?or doesn't.
New York's telephone girls are doing
"early a third more work than ?b nor?
mal. They are overloaded by from 20
to 30 oer ce.it.
When the war crame to America the.
New York Telephone Company was han- I
d?ng .,500.000 calls a day?often more j
thai, 400,000 in a single hour, or 6,000
a minute. It had a plnnt equipped to ?
take care of 20 per cent "overload," or !
"f" haif-n.illion calls a day. It '
"ad 9,80? operators, of whom five out1
or six were "seasoned" by from one to
_en years experience. And the com?
pany was jrivinjr service which the pub- !
"c "cognized as nearly perfect.
Reserve Quickly
But by the end of 1918 the traffic
to ,"?ed l)y T50.000 calls a day
*? 3,250,000. This wiped out the re
?:,,,-??of!J!Rment and Put an overload of
-?* ,uu) ca.,s on the switchboards. At
?>? same time government war orders
!?Sn??dt5S cora?any'8 enlarging its
P'?nt, and the government even took
leL S?\T of thc "serve stock it had
for .?-it ,eovcr'the government called
Air, 8KU'etl operators to meet the sud
oen war demands in Washington?at
e_e_-.rmyi camP8? shipyards, coast guard,
_iw? a^L v.e company sent its best
In? i New York City force fe?l t0
eo.iM t l0_S:i of 700' in ?Pite of ?I' that
cou d be done to keep the chairs in the
centrals full. This meant a still
greater reduction in the quality of the
B-iii \.8?/ome 3'000 of the experienced
vL ?i bPen rePlaced by green ones,
th? ??. y.' when the influenza struck
?n V Iast faM the nun>oer of 'phone
s.m JumPei> another 100,000 on the
?e ovwworkfd equipment, while the
nimber 0f opvrators had fallen to
*?<?. a net loss of one girl in ten
in ?? ?*s of morc than 25 per cent
?n efficiency. And even out of this re?
cced force from 1,600 to 1,700 were
TO each day's sick list, making a short?
age of from 2,500 to 3,500 girls, or
?. a ?ne in eve*-y three, while the
epidemic lasted. This forced ttie aver
5f?. "umber of calls a girl handled
aaily UD from 1,089. which was normal
just before the war, to around 1,800.
almost double.
vi TuWas t'le Pe"?d ?* worst ser
ce There has been a steady improve?
ment ever since, but the irritation and
Resentment that grew up at the time
nave remained and the public con?
tinues more and more critical.
Other Factors
Causing Slump
^ __L__re 8eVefal other factors which
Continued on page four
Outstanding Features
Of Great Aerial Race
npiIE greatest aerial race in history
starts at 9 o'clock this morning
simultaneously from this city and
Toronto, Canada. The oustanding
facts are as follows:
Number of airplanes entered:
From New York, 43; from Toronto,
Course ? American entries. New
York to Toronto and return; Cana?
dian entries, Toronto to New York
and return.
Total distance of race, 1,042 air
Prizes, $10,000 in cash and three
Prizes for fastest flight?First,
$1,500; second, $700; third, $300.
Prizes under handicap conditions
for best performances?First, $2,500;
second, $1,500; third, $800; fourth,
$600; fifth, $550; sixth, $500; sev?
enth, $450; eighth, $400, and ninth,
Control stations, Roosevelt Field,
L. I., Albany, Syracuse, Buffalo and
Leaside Camp, Toronto.
Entries comprise the best airplane
design of America, Canada, Great
Britain, France, Italy and Germany.
The race will take most of two
Cuban President
To Call on Wilson
Fear of U. S. Interfer?
ence in the Island's
Affairs Reputed Cause
New York Tribune
Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24.?President
Menocal of Cflba, it was learned to?
day, is expected to have a conference
with President Wilson in Washington
within the next month or six weeks.
In Havana the administration papers
have stated that Menocal would confer
with Mr. Wilson about the high cost of
living and discuss ways and means of
remedying it.
Information reaching other^quarters.
here is that. Menocal is disturbed over
the possibility that Major General
Crowder, who during his recent two
visits to Cuba drew up a new set of
election laws, might also recommend
that the United States government as?
sume the r?le of fiscal adviser to the
Cuban government, thus exercising
some check over the expenditures of
public funds. This, it is reported, Men?
ocal emphatically does not want.
Also it is reported that Menocal is
disturbed over an agitation conducted
by members of the Liberal party in
Cuba for United States supervision
over the next Cuban Presidential elec?
tion. Menocal is understood not to
oppose the enactment of the election
laws recommended by General Crow?
der, .but he does not wish this govern?
ment to go further.
In the near future, according to the
reports from Havana, a resolution will
be introduced in the Cuban Congress
permitting the President to leave the
country in order to have this confer?
ence with President Wilson. In copy?
ing the United States Constitution the
Cubans went^t one better, writing in
a provision tWt the President must not
leave the country during his term of
3 Boys Prown in Harlem
As Hundreds Race to Aid
25 Boats Are Launched From
216th Street, but Reach
Spot Too Late
Hundreds of men and women who
lined the banks of the Harlem River
at 216th Street yesterday afternoon
took part in the launching of a fleet of
small boats in a vain effort to save
three drowning boys. The third of
the exhausted swimmers had sunk for
the last time when rescuers reached
Benjamin Roseman, fifteen years old,
270 S\?uth First Street, Brooklyn, was
swimming against a strong tide when
ho suddenly began to sink. He called
to his seventeen-year-old brother
Charles, who was near him, for as?
sistance. Charles and his chum, Harry
Samuels, seventeen years old, respond?
ed, , at the same time calling to the
crowds on shore for aid.
Men raced for launches, rowboats,
and every small craft that was avail?
able. Within a few minutes at least
twent&five boats were skimming the
wateraoward the spot where the swim?
mers had been seen. Two of the bodies
sooi\ were recovered. Police .were
searching for the third late last night.
Little Boy Kills Sister
With Revolver at Play
"Look What Tve Got!" He
Cries, Firing Weapon
at Girl
Seven-year-old Charles Emmerich was
searching his father's dresser drawera
for playing cards at the Emmerici
home in Woodhaven, L. I., yesterday
afternoon when he found a far morr
interesting toy.
"Look what I've got," he called to
his three-year-old sister, Anna.
The child turned and saw her brother
point a revolver at her. A momen
later there was an explosion and 11
girl fell, a bullet having pierced he
Charles ran. first to a telephone to
call his grandmother, then to a baso
ment "room to summon his mother. A
few minutes later Charles T. Emmerici
sr., father of th? children, reach,
home. Dr. Harold Stamm, who attend
ed the child, took her to St. Mary
Hospital, Jamaica, but ?he died on the
'Plane Race
Starts To-day
43 Machines Will Leave
Roosevelt Field, L. L;
14 Canadian Entries
to Fly From Toronto
$10,000 and Three
Cups Are Prizes
Army and Civilian Pilots
Will Man?uvre Over
City This Morning
Forty-three airplanes will be
started at 9 o'clock this morning from
Roosevelt Field, Long Island, by Major
General, Charles T. Menoher in the
greatest aerial handicap race ever held
in America.
At noon, in Toronto, Canada, the
Prince of Wales will start fourteen
Canadian entries in the international
In this race the pilots of the fast
machines will attempt to establish new
world's records for speed over the nine
legs of the 1,010-miie course between
New York and Toronto and return.
The first phase of the race will be
in full view of the citizens of New
York. For the first time in the his?
tory of the city a group of machines
will be seen together over the "Great
White Way" engaged in competitive
Immediately after General Menoher
gives the signal for the start the forty
three machines will take the air at
Roosevelt Field, and after circling
twice for altitude will set a course for
the Queensboro Bridge.
Start From Pershing Square
Entering the city, the contestants
will turn south as far as Pershing
Square, at the corner of Forty-second
Street and Park Avenue. Here they
will make a complete circle before
striking for the northern course along
the Hudson River to Albany, the first
control stop.
To-day's race is being held under
the auspices of the American Flying
Club, of 11 East Thirty-eighth Street.
In it are entered army airplanes and
civilian craft. They are racing for
510,000 in prizes offered by the Hotel
CommQdore and three silver trophies
offered by the American Flying Club,
the Aero Club of Canada and the
Canadian National Exhibition.
Although the army aviators are pre?
cluded by law from accepting money
prizes, they will be permitted to re?
ceive the trophies in the event of any
army machine winning.
The army entries include every type
of craft in the United States Air Ser?
vice, American and foreign. They
nave been entered in order to give
them the first severe competitive test
for efficiency and performance. The
pilots entered in the race are among
the most famous in the world.
Race to Take Two Days
The race is expected to cover two
complete days. All machines must
make a compulsory landing at each of
the control stations situated at Al?
bany, Syracuse and Buffalo. There
they must remain at least thirty min?
ute while representatives of the con?
test committee inspect the machines
and determine whether they are in a
condition to continue the race or not.
Every possible factor of safety has
been employed in controlling the race.
No machine of unsound construction
or design has been accepted as an en?
try, and no machine will be permitted
to continue that shows inherent faults.
Wireless stations have been estab?
lished at each of the starting fields,
and at the control stations. Army
headquarters at Hazelhurst Field, L.
I., and the American Flying Club will
be kept in constant touch with every
phase of the race and its progress.
The race has received the official
sanction of the Unived States Army
?\ir Service, and that body has under?
taken the task of policing, supplying
and controlling the race. One major,
a lieutenant and ten mechanics have
!>een aEsigm-d to each of the control
stations ! ? assist all ?he contestants
in the race.
Jack Binns, in 'Plane, to
Cover Race for Tribune
The final stretch of America's great?
est airplane race, which starts to-day
between New York and Toronto, will
be covered by The Tribune from the
air. For the first time in the history
?of journalism the world's most modern
form of transit will be used to report
an aerial race.
One of the famous Curtiss "Oriole"
biplanes entered in the race, piloted by
Roland Rohlfs, holder of the world's
altiture record, will be used for this
purpose. Jack Binns, aviation reporter
for The Tribune, will make the flight
as observer with Rohlfs from Roose?
velt Field, L. I., to Toronto to-morrow
Rohlfs is one of the most famous
American aviators. He is a son of
Anna Katherine Green, the authoress,
and has been chief test pilot for the
Curtiss Company for the last three
years. During the present year he has
established three new world's records
in aviation with Curtiss machines.
Jack Binns was wireless operator on
the White Star liner Republic, sunk at
sea after collision with the steamship
Florida, January 29, 1909. During the
war he was an instructor in wireless
and aerial navigation with the British
Royal A_tr Forces In Canada and Eng?
land. ,f
Treaty Fight
Is Centred
On Shantung
Forces of Administration
Are Rallied to Prevent
Adoption of Kiao-Chau
Amendment in Senate
Further Changes
In Pact Unlikely
Republicans Expected to
Stand on Lodge. Plan;
McCumber on Defence
Shantung 'First Break9
In Treaty, Says 'Temps'
p.ARIS, Aug. 24.?The "Temps" in
*? an editorial under the title
"The First Break" deals with the
Shantung situation. The article
declares that there is nothing to
prevent France from concluding
with the United States an arrange?
ment such as suggested before the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
by Thomas F. Millard, adviser to the
Chinese government, "for mutual
aid where territorial integrity of
China or the principle of the open
door is menaced."
In his testimony in Washington
Mr. Millard said a clause should be
put in the Franco-American treaty
binding Great Britain and France
to support the Hay doctrine in
New York Tribune
Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON. Aug. 24.?The deci?
sion of the Foreign Relations Commit?
tee to recommend to the Senate that
the Shantung section of the peace
treaty be amended to restore German
rights at Kiao-chau to China has
awakened Administration leaders to a
realization thai over this one question
the hardest fight will come in the de?
bate on the floor. Democratic leaders
are straining every nerve to tighten
their lines and hold them against pas?
sage of the amendment in the upper
There is no expectation that the Re?
publicans of the Foreign Relations
Committee will run amuck following
their success with Shantung and at?
tempt to write half a dozen amend?
ments to the Paris document. On the
other hand, no further textual changes
are likely, as the committee is intent
on carying through the original Lodge
programme, consisting of one amend?
ment?on Shantung?and four reser?
vations, virtually those suggested by
Elihu Root. The committee's action on
the Shantung amendment opens the
way to adoption of the full Lodge pro?
Other Amendments Futile
* Other amendments to the treaty
doubtless will be offered, ho\vex*er, re?
gardless of their chances of success. It
is believed that there are not enough
votes behind any other one proposal
change to carry it through the commit?
tee. Senator Johnson will offer one
amendment to give the United States
equal representation in the league as?
sembly with Great Britain. Senator
Fall has several in mind to alter the
personnel of committees set up by the
treaty in such a way as to remove all
Americans from their membership.
Among the first of the et'Torts of the
Administration in its attack on the
Shantung amendment is nn interview
with Senator McCumber, given out to?
night by the League to Enforce
Peace, in which the North Dakotan de?
fends his vote in committee when he
sided with the Democrats against his
party colleagues. His statement reads,
in part:
"I voted against what is known as
'the Shantung amendment* because, un?
der the covenant and treaty as it
stands, all the nations of the world in
joining it agree no longer to rob
China. For this and other reasons as
good I believe in the early ratification
of the instrument unchanged, because
it substitutes justice for war in set?
tling international disputes and right?
ing international wrongs, of which
China has suffered many.
"First. Japan has not yet a title
to the territory. She holds it as part
of the results of the war until its
disposition is decided by this treaty.
Japan's Promise Definite?
"Second. Japan has promised pub?
licly in her treaty with China to sur?
render the leasehold right over this
tirrritory which Germany held under
its treaty with China, not at some in?
definite future time, not a thousand
years hence, but as soon as Japan has
acquired these rights under the pend?
ing treaty.
"Third. Japan renewed this promise
at Paris through its mission and has
repeated thtj promise to the President
of the United States, who has every
reason 4ro believe that Japan will scru?
pulously keep her pledged word. I
agree absolutely in this belief and
fnith of the President in the sincerity
of Japan.
"Fourth. If Japan should fail to keep
the treaty with China, then under the
preamble of the league, which provides
that all joining it shall Tnaintain 'a
scrupulous respect for. all treaty obli?
gations,' China can go Defore the coun?
cil of the league, and all the nations of
? the world will unite to force Japan to
Continued on next page
Board to Fix
Fair Price on.
Milk Proposed
Slate Licensing System Is
S -gg?-stcd by ?i.yim and
Finley to Governor if
First Plan Doesn't Work
Dr. John H. Finley and Martin H.
Glynn, whom Governor Smith ap?
pointed commissioners to investigate
and report to him upon food costs,
mode a preliminary statement yester?
day. They suggest two methods of
controlling milk prices?first, by a
"fair price committee," or, second, by
legislation and the appointment of a
milk commission, from which dealer!!
would have to obtain licenses. The
second suggestion is described s? "a
regrettable alternative," and consti?
tutes a threat against distributers who
fail to co-operate in making the first
method successful.
The milk situation, especially in
this city, is regarded by the commis?
sioners as "so pressing" that the Gov?
ernor is adviaed to take immediate
steps to relieve it, without waiting for
final reports of investigators. He is
asked also to relieve Dr. Finley and
Mr. Glynn of the task of investigating
charges against the Department of
Farms and Markets.
Prompt Inquiry Urged
Such an investigation, in view of the
reports in circulation, should be
prompt and thorough and have the
entire attention of the investigators,
the commissioners say, and they hav?
not the time to devote to it. They de?
clare also that as one of them is the
head of a coordinate state department
they are scarcely the ones to under?
take such a commision, and ak Gov?
ernor Smith to appoint another com?
missioner or commissioners for the
Federal, state and local authorities
are investigating the high cost of ne?
cessities, they point out. Declaring
that at present the most, important
thing is to avoid duplication of effort
in a general food investigation, they
recommend that the Governor call a
conference with the various investi?
gating bodies and determine upon a
plan of action.
Milk prices are the chief concern of
Dr. Finley and Mr. Glynn in this state?
ment. They have risen rapidly since
1916, they point out. despite inves?
tigation after investigation, and are
"likely to go still higher during the
coming winter." The farmer, who re?
ceives about half of the price the pub?
lic pays for bottled milk, is not at fault,
the commissioners believe.
Reported Surplus Cited
Nor do they think economic condi?
tions and the cost of distribution in
New York City can be wholly to blame
for the price the city pays for bottled
Continued on page three
I/. S. Navy Airman
Killed at Sea Girt
Lieutenant Monteith Dead
and Lieutenant Micelli
Injured in 300 Foot Fall
SEA GIRT, N. J., Aug. 24.?Lieuten
I ant R. Howard Montleth. U. S. N., was
! killed this afternoon, and Lieutenant
| Paul Micelli narrowly escaped death
| when an airplane at the state encamp?
ment, piloted by Micelli, fell from an
altitude of 300 feet. Lieutenant Mon
tieth went up with Lieutenant Micelli,
who intended to do some stunts for
the pleasure of a thousand people on
the grounds. He was doing a tail spin
when his machine was caught in an
air pocket so close to the ground that
he could not regain control.
Montieth died in Governor William
X. Runyon's automobile while he was
being conveyed to the Ann Mary Hos?
pital at Spring Lake Beach. Micelli
was taken in the same car. He sus?
tained a broken hip, two broken ribs,
a broken collarbone and many cuts
and bruises. *
Lieutenant Montieth's home is in
Easton, Penn. He was the disbursing
officer for the naval overseas trans?
portation service, with an office at 45
Broadway, New York. He had been
coming to Spring Lake Beach for the
week-ends during the summer and stop?
ping at the New Monmouth Hotel. Mi?
celli is a French ace. He left the
French service when the United States
entered the war. He served here as
an inspector of aviation. He holds a
commission as captain in the New York
aerial police reserves. He is said to
be one of the most dependable fliers
in the country, as well as one of the
most sensational. He has been giv?
ing exhibition flights during the state
encampment hers and has taken up
m*iny prominent men.
Governor Runyon witnessed the fall
from the porch of the Little White
House. He quickly jumped into his
automobile, and wken on the scene
helped to get the two in/ured men
from the wreckage and into his car.
Julian Maynard, of New York, a friend
who came down here to see Lieutenant
Montieth to-day, ?-cached the state
camp a few minutes after the acci?
dent. He took charge of the body
pending the arrival of relatives.
Lightning Kills Two Who
Seek Shelter Under Tree
Couple in Canoe Hasten Ashore
During Electric Storm
and Meet Death
Special Correspondence
NEW ROCHELLE, Aug. 24.?Harold
Odell and Catherine Slattery were
struck by lightning and killed instantly
on Glen Island during a severe electric
storm to-day. They were canoeing on
Long Island Sound and sought shelter
from the approaching storm by landing
on Glen Island and standing under a
Odell'a father is captain of the gov?
ernment boat which plies between New
Rochelle and Fort Slocum and resides
at 10 Clinton Lane. The girl's father
is one of the oldest postmen in New
Rochelle. He lives at 66 Grove Avenue.
She was assistant secretary in thj Na?
tional City Bank, New Rochelle.
Baker Upholds
Old System of
Army Courts
Approves Gen. Kernan's
View They Are for En?
forcing Discipline; Not to
Fix Technical Law Rules
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24.?On approv?
ing the report submitted to him by
Major General Francis J. Kernan, head
of the special War Department board
on courts martial and their procedure,
Secretary Baker to-day took the official
stand that the present system should ?
not be changed except in minor details.
Inferentially, the Secretary upheld
General Kernan's view that "courts
martial have always been agencies for
creating and maintaining the discipline
of armies," rather than agencies for
the "nice exemplification of technical
rules of law."
The War Department board's report
reflected the opinion of 225 officers who'
were circularized. More than half of
these gave hearty approval to the pres?
ent system, 43 condemned it as basi?
cally wrong, and the rest, a total of 67,
pointed out specific weaknesses which
they thought should be remedied.
Fighting Units Favor It
"It is noticeable," the report said, ?
"that officers who served with lighting
units are as a class favorable to the
present articles. On the other hand,
officers whose duties kept them re?
mote from the scenes of battle view
the system with a more critical eye and?
manifestly compare it with criminal
practice in the civil community, to the
advantage of the latter."
The report criticises the pending
Chamberlain bill, which would take
from the President and the War De?
partment heads the power to review
court-martial findings and plact? appeal
in .civilian hands.
"Under such a system," tho report
holds, "the. power to discipline effect?
ively, inseparably bourjd up with the
power of effective command, would be
Oppose Enlisted ?Men
General Kernan and the other mem?
bers of the board express strong op
posi:ion to the Chamberlain bill's pro?
posal that enlisted men be appointed
to sit on courts.
"T-his change," the report .ays,
"would seem to be more in harmony
with that form of discipline which in
Europe recen.ly resulted in the estab?
lishment of soldiers' and workmen's
Editor To Be Heard on Charge
PARIS. Aug. 24.?Orders have been
issued for an examination of Ernest
Judet, former director of "L'Eclair,"
accused of having had dealings with
the enemy in the purchase or founding
of French newspapers with German
capital. . .
Rain Washes
Out Trails;
Renew Chase
Jesus Renter?a Shot by
Lieut. Cooper, Whom
He Attacked, Ransomed
Aviator Peterson Says
Pilots Lost Sight of
Pursuing Troops
Decision to Withdraw is
Wholly Military Move
and Not Due to Protest
by Mexicans, Says Baker
MARFA. Tex.. Aug. 24.?Three hun?
dred American cavalry troops to-night
were making their way back across the
Rio Grande through a driving rain storm
after an unsuccessful campaign begun
last Tuesday to overtake the bandits
who captured and held for ransom
Lieutenants Harold G. Peterson and
Paul H. Davis. They were scheduled to
cross the Rio Grande into Ruidosa at
8:30 o'clock to-night.
Contact with Carranza soldiers also
on the trail of the bandits and a heavy
rain which wiped out the fresh trails
resulted in a decision to abandon the
chase. The Mexican Federals were en?
countered last night by a scout patrol
and after a conference army officers
decided to give up the pursuit until
this morning. Meanwhile the rain had
wiped out the trails of the bandits, who
were only a few hours ahead of the
The punitive expedition is returning
in single column, with three cavalrt
troops leading, pack trains, machine
gun troops and other units following.
Two troops are acting as rear guard.
Five Bandits Killed, Nine Captured
The six days below the border re?
sulted in the killing of four bandits by
troops and death of one by machine
gun bullets from an aeroplane. Nino
bandits, said to be part of the Renteria
band were captured at Coyame, in s
dance hall, by Carranza soldiers.
Announcement of the withdrawal wa?
made at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon bji
Colonel George T. Langhorne, who sai<j
the American forces would resume theii
station to-morrow along the Ric
Reports that Jesus Renteria, Ieadei
of the bandits, had been killed, brough
to the border to-day, could not be con
According to one version, told Lieu
tenant Peterson, Jesus Renteria wa
killed by Lieutenant R. II. Cooper whei
bandits fired on Cooper's machine
Lieutenant Peterson and his com
panion, Lieutenant Davis, returned b
airplane to Royce flying field this a,
ternoon, having been with the expedi
tion since Tuesday.
Reports ?\re Conflicting
Peterson's report failed to chec
with other reports at military hear
quarters. An official army report sai
Jesus Renteria was believed to ha?
been located sixty miles south c
Chihuahua City, where he was said t
be hiding.
Peterson said he received his info
mation that Renteria had been kille
from scouts.
"Two bandits we were pursuing ye
terday told ranchers along the rou
that Jesus Renteria had been kill?
when Lieutenant Cooper returned ti
rifle fire of three horsemen," said r,
"The ranchers, in turn, informed o
scouts." ?_?
The Americans were hot on the trt
of the bandit gang last night with t
intention of continuing the pursuit ;
night, according to Lieutenant Pet?
son. He said he accompanied a sco
patrol which was endeavoring to f?
low the bandits and that they t
countered a Carranza outpost, guai
;rf_; u force of three hundred Fede,
Mexican soldiers. The patrol return
'o the main command and after a cc
ference it was decided advisable
wait until daylight, in view of 1
presence o; Carranza soldiers.
Carranza Outposts Encountered
"The trail we were following \
believed to be that of Apolino R
teria, brother of Jesus Renter
Lieutenant Peterson said. "Th
others were believed to have been
th?; ranch house where they
camped the day before. They pas
through the place we were search
at 2:30 o'clock yesterday aftern
and we were hot on their trail fi
| that time.
"We had started on this hot t
| when we encountered Carranza ?
| posts after dark. It was decided
1 return, as it was estimated that ti
j were 300 Carranza troops there.
j had planned to overtake the ban
| during the nicht."
That plans had been nia<|e for cr
! ing the border last ?Sundav night, n
than twenty-four hours before the n
: ing aviators were ransomed, bee
known to-night. Colonel Langh?
I hoped to be able to recover the s
tors without paying the ransom. ^
i this idea in mind troops were sta
1 for the Rio Grande fr?m Presidio
other points, ?pproacling in sue

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