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THE SUN, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1917.
TROOPS QUELLING UPRISING IN CUBA Reports Hccoivcd of Minor En gagements in Santa Clara and Camaguey. INQUIRY ORDERED BY U. S. Investigation to Bo Made of the Economic and Politi cal Aspects. JUvaNA) Feb. 17. Reports of unim portant engagements between Govern ment troops and rebels In Santa Clara and Camaguey provinces were received hf re to-day. Aurcllo Hevta, Secretary of Government, who went to Santa Clara yesterday, reports all quiet there, with no Important rebel groups In the prov ince. Col. Amlel attacked a band of rebels under Fidel Cruz near Santtslma Trini dad. Hatita Clara province, reports say, and seven rebels were killed, Including Cruz. Troops hnv dynamited the brldce at the mouth f the Wver Zaza, in the southern part of Santa Clara province, to protect cable communica tions. It Is reported that Sanctl SrJtrltus, In the eastern part of Hanta-Clara province, has been captured by Government troops. Near Cldra, Camaguey province. Gov ernment troops killed two rebels, In cluding the second In command, named Pdelln. They also captured some am munition. Col. Jujol's forces have occupied CIcro de Avlla, the rebel headquarters In Camaguey province. The town was entered Thursday afternoon, the rebels fleeing at the approach of the troops. Cimernment forces now hold the Cuba and Jticnro and Moron railroads, and hao captnred suMlclent rolling stock for the transportation of troops. The rebels are reported to have broken up Into small groups, some head Inc for Camaguey and others for Las Villas, and their escape Is believed to bo practically cut off. Administration of ficials say the backbone of the unrlslng the occupation of Clego de Avlla one of (he two cavalry squadrons stationed In Camaguey, composed of eighty officers and men. surrendered at Tunas de Zaza to Col. Jane. WASHINGTON WATCHING. Order Sent for Thorough Inrrstl-R-atloa ln Cuba. Washington, Fob. 15. A close watch on the situation created In Cuba by the Insurrection of the Liberals was contin ued by tho State Department to-day, but no further stepa were decided on, and official reports Indicated no radical de velopment either In the plans- of the rebels or those of the Government. Tho rebel3 still hold Santiago and Cama guey and minor successes ln email towns snd in tho country nearby were re ported. The Government troops. It was enld. were moving steadily toward the occu pied districts, and reports from Havana Indicated President Menocal'n call for volunteers was being answered by many of the better class. Orders were sent to-day to Minister (onzalvs, the twelve American consular oflkvrs in Cuba and the commanders of American naval vessels at Havana, Santiago nnd Uuantanamo to make a thorough Investigation, not only of the military phases of the situation, but of its economic) and political aspects. It was declared that unless made necessary by developments no step toward inter ference by the United States -would be taken until the reports asked for had been studied. American business Interests let It be known to State Department officials to day that they would welcome the send ing of a commission to Cuba to review the election returns, -but there appeared little likelihood that such a measure ould be adopted at present Suspension of money order service be tween the United States and all post unices in uuba, except the city or Ha vana after to-day was announced by rostmaster-General Burleson, at the re quest of the Cuban Government. Pay ments on money orders drawn by post masters In tho provinces of Orlente and Camaguey. after February 12 will be suspended. The effect of this order will be to pre vent Cuban revolutionists from having financial Intercourse with the United States through the mails. which approached the harbor here late yesterday, Is being detained by tho United States minbont Petrel, in ac cordance with tho Agreement signed by me commander or the I'ctrcl and Major Lorct de Mola, the military Governor of the province. Tho commander of the hnrlque Vlllucndas. not know ne the situation here, camo ashore nnd whs arrested. Later ho was turned over to tho custody of Commander Knox of the Fetrcl, who returned him to his ship. iieports received hero to-day said the sugar mill owned by President Mcnocnl at I'alma Sorlaoc had been taken and that the forces thcro had retreated. The ateamsh d Pastorcs of tho United Fruit Company, entered the harbor here this morning, from Havann, nnd nil tlin passengers came ashoro to visit the city. LIBERALS SEE VICTORY. Cabana Here Say (ionics If im Occu pied Santa Splrltus. representatives of tho Cuban Libera! party hero received word last night that Gen. Jose Gomez, Ip command of the Liberal army, yesterday occupied Santa Splrltus, an Important city In the south ern part of tho State of Santa Clara, and Ms advance guard in tho Stale re ported that the pcoplo were flocking to nis colors. Thq advance of the Liberal army It was reported was muetlnfc with little on position, nnd tho Government forces were fleeing from tbelr attack. It wa cxpected thai tho Government force. would make a detcnnlned stand nt the city of Santa Clara, the terminus ot the Cuban Central Railroad, and con nected by another railroad with Moron, the only seaport In the State of Santa Clara. News was also received last night from Liberal headquarters at Santiago, Cuba, that Pablo Menocal and Fausto Mcnocal, brothers of President Menocal, had been captured. Tho revolutionists will hold them ns hostages, tho cablegram paid, until Pres ident Menacol yields to tho Liberal de mands. Tho Liberal" representatives ridiculed news despatches from Havana yester day that the Government forces hud oc cupied Clego de Avlla In Camaguey. They declared that Gen. Gomez captured tho town the day before yesterday and could not have proceeded to Santa Splr ltus If Clego de Avlla had been ln dan ger. Clego de Avlla Is on tho Cuban Cental Railroad, over which tho Gomez troops proceeded. "News despatches from Havana are very misinforming," Senor Cabrera de clared yesterday at the Liberal head quarters at the Waldorf. "While we. do not wish to call them out and out lies we say as gently as possible that the' facts have been very much misrep resented. All news despatches from Ha vana nre secured from the Government and It does not require much stretch of Imagination to realize that the Gov crnment might tamper with their ac curacy. ' One of the chief bones of contention In the Cuban election was the famous Cuban lottery. This Liberals yesterday called tho "shame of Cuba," and said they mado their chief campaign ngaiiwt It, They said tho lottery was a wonder ful graft for tho party In poncr; that politicians received consignments of tickets on the sale of which they re ceived commissions. Jn view of the fact that the lottery is held three times a month a favored fiollttclan's income in commissions alone would amount to $500 a month or more. PRESS WAR PLOT BOGY SHOOED OFF J. Hampton Mooro Tries in Vain to Have House In quire Into Charges. HIS ENTHUSIASM WANES Has No Troof for His Accusa tions Other Than Texas Gentleman's Word. RIVERSIDE PARK'S RUIN IS PREDICTED N. Y. Central Contract Ar gued by Women and Others at City Club. CUBAN GUNBOAT HELD. Detained at Saatlaso de Cuba by U 8. Warship. Fantiago cb Cdba, Feb. 17. The Cuban gunboat Enrique Vllluendas, "If the proposed agreement with the New Tork Central Railroad goes through tho children of New York will be deprived of their playground In Riverside Park within six years," said Mrs. Charles G. Bryan, president of the Women's League for tho Protection of Riverside Drive, at a luncheon yester day ln 'the City Club. Tho proposed agreement granting mo railroad com pany rights and lands ln tho Drive and other parts of the West Side Was discussed also by Comptroller Prender gaat, Charles L. Craig, attorney for the West End Association, and Jullu Henry Cohen. "Jens Jensen, a landscape architect, made a careful examination of the plans," Mrs. Bryan said, "and said that If they were carried out the park would be destroyed." Both Mrs. Bryan and Mr. Craig said they favored a subway from Spuytcn Duyvll to the Battery as a substitute for the proposed agreement. Sir. Cohen declared that the erection of an ele vated structure for the Central tracks would solve the problem, and that he did not agree with the conclusions reached by Mr. Jensen. Mr. Prender gast also declared that the proposed plan would ot .mean tho permanent spoliation of Riverside Park. "I would be opposed to It If It meant that," he said, "but I think It Is the best solution of the difficult problem which has been offered nfter five years of careful consideration." Washington, Feb. 17. Confronted by the demand that the sensational charges mado against leading newsoapers of the country by Representative Callaway of Texas to the effect that twenty-five of them had been subsidized by British In tercsts be either cleared up or dis proved, Representative J. Hampton Moore attempted to-day to obtain unani mous consent for immediate considera tion of a resolution calling for an in vcstlgallon Into the charges. Objection by Representative Adair of Indiana pre vented tho Houso from considering Mr. Moore's Resolution. Mr. Moore's enthusiasm appeared to be distinctly on tho wane. It was learned that with Mr. Callaway's absolute re fusal to bo specific he is as much In the dark as any one else ns to tho probable authenticity of tho charges which ho was Induced to sponsor. His move to-dav In any event probably will result in nothing- oeyonu mo print paper consumed In tell ing or It. The legislative jam In the" House, the desire to avoid nn extra session and the ract that ultimately Mr. Mooro's resolu tlbn must frnd Us way to tho Rules Com mittce of the House, whloh Is certain to Heckle against pursulmr another 'will o' the wisp of backstairs gossip, all point to the failure of his resolution to reach a vote. i Callaway Flits Away, Representative Callawav left Wash Ington to-day for a flying trip to Chi cago, no will return Monday. While still refusing to. disclose Ms information ho reiterated before leaving his previous promise to turn tno data over to the proper committee. Mr, Mooro In Intro ducing his resolution to-day simply yielded to nn Insistent demand on the part of the newspapers whose reputa tions might have been besmirched by tho wldo publicity given tho Callaway charges had they been backed by any thing nt nil to Indicate their substance. ln presenting his resolution Repre sentative Moore said : "Certain Important and responsible newspapers have demanded an Investi gation of this question, and It seems im portant in tho Interest of honest Journal Ism In the Unlcd States that the charges mado by the gentleman from Texas, Mr. Callaway, should be Investigated. As there Is but a brief time before tho ad Journamcnt of Congress it seems evident that the resolution ought to be acted upon Immediately." "Does not tho gentleman believe this Houuo nlready has wasted enough of the peoplo's money In making Investigation's of charges that have no foundation?" asked Representative Adair of Indiana. "That may be," responded Mr. Moore. "Tho Houso has been very wasteful in making Investigations, but this Is an Important matter affecting not only the welfare of the House but tho welfare of the country." Word nf n fJrntlrnisn. Asked ns to whether he had any Inside Information on which to base his charge", ReprehCntatlvc Mooro replied : "I have tho statement from tho gentle man from Texas that he can prove his charges." "A few weeks ago," continued Repre sentative Adair, "wo had the assurance of the gentleman by tho name of Law son that he could prove his own charges. Wo Investigated them and now the tax payers will pay tho expenses." "The Investigation," said Mr. Moore, "undoubtedly developed facts that are of Interest to the common people, and they camo from very high sources." Chairman Dent of the House Military Affairs Committee prevented Immediate consideration of Representative Moore's statement on the ground that it would put asldo the army appropriation bill. "I do not disagree with the statements contained ln the resolution," said Rep resentative Dent, "but I do not think It ought to displace consideration of this bill." Tho resolution provides that "the Speaker of the House of Representatives appoint a select commltteo of seven members of tho House with Instructions to Inquire Into tho charges made respecting an alleged nrrangement by which J. r, Morgan Interests and others conspired to engage certain persons 'to purchase the policy, national and Inter national, of certain newspapers In the matter of prcparedncis arguments and misrepresentations as to the present condition of tho United States army and navy and tho possibility and proba bility of tho United Stntcs being at tacked by foreign foes' and for 'tho sup pression of everything ln opposition to the wishes of the Interests served. , Inquiry nmong many members of the House to-day failed to disclose that the Callaway charges were being taken seri ously except by a small group of paci fists. But there fs considerable Interest In the matter In the Senate, and at least two Senators are meditating somo action. Senator Lewis of Illinois said to-day that he regarded the subject as one of such Importance that he would Introduce a resolution for nn Investigation unless somo other Senator did so soon. Senator Lewis said he had been advised that Mr. Ii Follette was planning to ask the Senate for nn Investigation. Inquiry from Senator La Follette brought no definite response, but it was learned that he has been giving some thought to tho matter. Senator Lewis admits that he has no definite Infor mation, and no Senator can bo found who places very much credence ln the charges of Mr. Callaway, but they feel that accusations of such a serious na ture reflecting on the press of the coun try, made on tho floor of the House, raise a situation that ought to be In quired Into. URGES BOND ISSUE FOR NEW EXPENSES Senator Weeks Suggests $766, 945,460, Payable in 20 Years, Instead of Tax. , $38,000,000 IN BILL FOR VOCATION WORK Congress Passes Measure Urged hy President and Makes Three $5,000 Jobs. PAYMENT NOW NOT FAIR Future Generations to Benefit by Preparedness, He Says, and Other Items. j Lord & Taylor 1 o 38th Street FIFTH AVENUE 39th Street j? y Washington, Feb. 17. The Senate agreed to-day to the conference report on the bill In aid of vocational educa tion, a measure that has been before Congress for several years. President Wilson recommended It ln his message to Congress at the beginning of the ses sion. The act will be known as the Smith-Hushes act. In honor of its Joint authors, Senator Hoko Smith. Georgia, and Representative Hughes of the same State. The President Is expected to approve the act early next week. The bill appropriates over a series 01 years beginning with the present a sum annually. Increasing gradually from Jl, 700.000 this cir to $7,200,000 In the fiscal year ending 1925. The total that may "be appropriated Is $38,000,000. ap portioned each year among the States on conditions that they provide an equal amount on tho basis of rural population to promoto vocational training. The bill creates a Federal board for vocational education to consist of the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce nnd Labor, aud tho Commissioner of Education: of three citizens to bo ap pointed hy tho President from civil life, one of whom shall be a represcritatle of agriculture, one of labor and one of commercl.il or manufacturing Interests. The civilian members nro to receive J5.000 a year, which adds another to tho list of special commissions which the President will have ai opportunity to All -with "deserving Democrats." The commission or board Is 'author ized to cooperate with States In carry ing out n plan of vocational training. States to obtain the benefit of the act must create a State, board to cooperate with tho national board. Three funds are created, one for the employment of teachers, supervisors and directors of agriculture, one for salaries of teachers of trado and Industrial suhjects and one for training the teachers of agri culture, trade and Industry and home economic subjects. Tho State may avail Itself of either of these funds up to the limit' of its proportional share. Allot ment Is on the basis of rural population ln tho first class, urban population In the second and general population ln the third class. Final Prices on Furs The opportune time has arrived when Fur prices have reached their lowest and economical purchasers arc taking advantage of the important savings for Furs bought at these prices will nearly double their value between now and next Fall. $275 to $795 FUR COATS at $150 to $575 Of Caracul, Mole and Seal. ' $ 1 25 to $250 FUR SETS at $75 to $175 Of Cross Fox Slate Fox and Pointed Fox. $95 to $495 CAPES & STOLES at $65 to $345 Of Seal, Mole and Kolinsky. $30 to $95 MUFFS $18, $25, $35 to $75 Remaining Winter Apparel at absurdly low prices AFTERNOON AND EVENING GOWNS Formerly $95 to $225 at $55 & $85 HANDSOME FUR-TRIMMED WRAPS Formerly $225 to $395 at $145 to $22 i Ford hum Aimiinl I'rom' To-inorrorr The annual "prom" of Fordham Uni versity will be beld In the grand ball room of tho Astor Hotel to-morrow night. Instead of being listed among the Junior week festivities as formerly the alumni-will bupervlse the dance, and the undergraduates thereforo have post poned all other affairs until after Easter. Dr. Cornelius Orben '87 Is chairman of the executive committee. The advisory aids will be composed of the class presidents of the school of arts for the last ten years. Washington, Feb. 17. Senator Weeks of Massachusetts Introduced to-day a substitute to tho Democratic revenue bill eliminating the excess profits tax and the Increased Inheritance tax and pro viding for a twenty year serial bond Issue amounting to 1766,945,460 to cover the preparedness programme and all other Items Included In the measure re eently reported by Chairman Simmons of the Finance Committee, A speclat preparedness fund similar in purpose to that contained In the Democratic measure, but composed en tlrely of money to be derived from the sale of the proposed bonds to the amount of $400,000,000, Is pro vided In the Weeks measure. Funds to reimburse tho Treasury for Its expenditure In. the Mexican situation: trato and armor plants: for the Alaska railroad; purchase of tho Danish West Indies: shipping board and for the re demption of the Spanish-American war loan, are provided ln the same manner. Provision Is made for the gradual re tirement of all the bonds Issued so they will expire at the end of twenty years. Will Leave f 175,000.000 Free. The plan proposed by Senator Weeks for financing the Government, If adopted, will leave untouched the additional revenue derived -from the revenue act of last year amounting to $175,000,000, which under the Democratic revenue measure would become a part of the preparedness fund and will therefore make It available to cover any further appropriations for submarines and other objects otdefence. Speaking of his proposed substitute to day Senator Weeks said: "It is generally conceded that when the Government expends Its money for purposes which will benefit equally the future and the present generation, the burden of that expense should not rest entirely on those who see the expendi tures initiated. It requires only a casual reading of the Items for which Congress Is now asked to provide to reveal that they are not ordinary propositions or solely for the benefit of the present, and that the funds necessary for carrying them out should not be contained all In one year, but should be Spread over a period of at least five years, as provided In the proposed amendment I have of fered. Will OntllTF Bond Ianne. "The preparedness programme on which Congrs has entered is not In tended solely to assure us Immediate security from attack, but alms also to assure the continued Inviolability of the nation, and practically all of the other facilities provided for In the revenue bill the Alaska railroad, the nitrate and nnnor plate plants will outlive the twenty year serial bonds with which I propose that they be financed. "My plan provides for an even dis tribution nf the tremendous cost of these undertakings and permits thoso for whose future security nnd welfare we ; are preparing to contribute their Just share. The Government's liability for ! the redemption of these bonds Is not left to some dim distant date to descend upon the people at a time when they are unable to pay It, for I have provided that one-twentieth of the entlro bond Is sue shall be retired every year until the entire Issue has been withdrawn. "I do not think It proper that we should take the entire cost of these un precedented projects out of the private and corporate Incomes of a single year and I feel confident that the plan I have suggested will meet with wide ap proval when Its provisions are understood. 130,000 Ship Yard Fire. Fai.i. River Mnm 17 Tk. r..j Pros, ship yard at South Somerset, Mass.. was destroyed liv fir ... gether with the four masted schooner i.umer i.ime, valued at 100,000, which was under construction for Rogers & it pun ui iiosinn. -i n. n.. wm iika nun The flames started in a, boiler room. 18 Faubourc Poissonniere. Paris S5et&Co. Rflh Avenue at Thirty.fiflh Street, New.York Falcon Street E. C. London The Liliputian Bazaar The Liliputian Bazaar now occupies the entire fourth floor of Best & Co. and is devoted exclusively to the needs, comforts and luxuries of babies and little children up to 3 years old. It is a remarkable fairyland of baby wear. Nothing that will add to the comfort and pleasure ot the little ones has been overlooked here. Baby dresses, caps, socks, coats some plain and simple, some beautiful examples of the needle-worker's art, others handsome imported articles with frills, insertions, laces and embroidery. Dainty little smocked designs that are bewitching. Carts, carriages, walking slalls, chairs and furniture and all toilet, bath and other to the heart ot every motner are nere in o Reg. Trade Mark- Established 1879 1 baby necessities so dear 1 great variety. Everv mother will feel at home in Best's Liliputian Bazaar and will find that nothing is left undone to make her shopping here. thoroughly enjoyable. Monday From Paris Baby's Hand-Made Dresses 10 different practical models, 153 pieces, just received. Of fine white Nainsook, hand-made, hand-embroidered, scalloped or wide hem, insertion at neck or sleeves, lace trimmed; dresses that particular mothers will be eager to obtain at the attractive price 2.75 ch. "It's Alwavs Better At Best's" Exhibition and Sale Extra Fine Kermanshah and Persian Mahal Rugs The Kermanshah Rugs in their exquisite and unusual designs, in their shades of soft rose, blue, taupe, mulberry and old ivory, lend themselves admirably to the color requirements of present day decorative schemes. The Mahal Rugs show the stronger color effects in rose, dark blue and ivory, in both medallion and all-over designs. Kermanshah Rugs Sizes Prices 10.10x8.7 $265.00 11.4x8.8 $370.00 9.7x8.8 .' $325.00 10.5x9.3 $380.00 13.8x9.4 $375.00 11.0x8.0 $275.00 14.0x9.0 $495.00 13.0x8.8 $450.00 15.10x10.10 $525.00 13.4x8.2 $285.00 11.0x8.8 $365.00 1 1.2x8.10 $375.00 Persian Mahal Rugs Sizes Prices 9.3x7.3 $115.00 10.4x7.3 $135.00 11.0x7.0 $150.00 10.3x7.3 $140.00 10.0x8.8 $145.00 12.3x9.2 $195.00 10.9x7.6 $125.00 11.3x8.7 $150.00 13.2x10.7 $200.00 13.0x7.8 $175.00 13.7x10.0 $195.00 17.6x10.5 $350.00 Very Special Values in Small Oriental Rugs Fine Mosul Rugs j Fine Kermanshah Rugs Sizes averaging 3x6 feet, j Sizes averaging 4x7 feet, $32.50, $37.50, $42.50 j $95.00, $110.00 to $175.00 Fine Iran and Kurdistan Rugs Sizes sMSX to 5x7 feet, Cabistan and Daghestan Rugs bizes averaging 3x0 lect, $35.00, $40.00, $47.50 j $55.00. $65.00, $95.00 I Fifth Floor. The New Spring Cretonnes Are Rich in the Season's Colorings The choicest selections from both European and domestic mills have .been gathered for this display in our enlarged Cretonne Section. Color contrasts and harmonics contribute to these new designs a radiance as cheerful as the first note of Spring. "American Made" Cretonnes Special quality and exceptional colorings. The colors have been tested and found absolutely water-fast. Especially adapted for slip covers. 36 inches wide; a yard 55c Pretty yet inexpensive Cretonnes with all of the beauty of design of a costly French linen. Colors arc water fast. Tor cushions, curtains or slip covers. 36 inches wide; a yard 60c Imported Cretonnes A fortunate arrangement brought this shipment to us just at this time. The designs are unusually attractive and present some new and striking color combinations. 31 inches wide; a yard 65c a,ul 75c Slip Covers Made to Order At Attractive Prices Fifth Floor. The Midwinter Sale Features Cabinetry of Distinction At Prices Greatly. Reduced William and Mary Oak Dining Room Suite 10 pieces Sideboard, China Table, 5 side Chairs, 1 Arm Chair Same Suite in Mahogany Cabinet, Serving Table, Extension Formerly 295.00 S225.00 contr nn Mahogany Side Table. $20.00 Mahogany Inlaid Side Table... $20.00 Mahogany China Cab inet $22.50 Adam Mahogany Side Table $25.00 Mahogany and Ivory En amel China Cabinet. $25.00 Mahogany Dining Tabic, 48 inch top $32.50 Jacobean Oak Dining Table.. $37.50 Mahogany Inlaid China Cabinet $42.50 Mahogany Cellarcttc, $47.50 Adam Mahogany China Cabinet $55.00 Mahogany Dining Table, 54 inch top $55.00 Adam Mahogany Exten sion Table, 6o inch top $75.00 Fumed Oak Dining Rc-ci Suite, 9 pc $135.00 Sixth Floor. $295.00 Colonial Mahogany Din ing Room Suite, io Pc $250.00 American Walnut Queen Anne Dining Room Suite, io pc... $265.00 Adam Mahogany Dining Room Suite, ) pc, $285.00 Queen Anne Mahogany Dining Room Suite, io pc $295.00 William and 'Mary Ma hoganv Dining Room Suite,' io pc $295.00 I if I w w I w 9 T