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Increasing cloudiness and
armer to-day ; showers. ?
NO. 1632.
Ambassador to U. S. Called
to Aid Government.
1 Notifies President Tait and Sec
retary Knox.
Succeeds Enrique Creel, Whose Re
tirement from Public Life Itovr
Seems Assured Position Similar to
fhst of Secretary of State In This
Country Personal Krlend of !!
man to or Popnlnr In "Washington.
Francisco L. de la Barra, Mexi
can Ambassador to the United
States, has been appointed foreign
minister in the"new Diaz cabinet.
Senor de la Barra will succeed En
rique C. Creel, whose retirement
'from public life in Mexico now
seems assured.
The Mexican Ambassador received
word List evening of his appointment to
this Important post in the new cabinet,
and he immediately called upon Presi
dent Taft and Secretary Knox and In
formed them of his intention to leave
Washington Both the President and
Secretary Knor expressed their regret at
his departure, but extended their best
wishes for the important -work he is
about to undertake
Scnor de la Barn probably will leave
Washington to-night for Mexico Cit
His hurried departure is evidence of the
determination or President Diaz to bring
his new cabinet into power with the
least possible delav.
Senor" de la Barra has been identified
-with the Diaz administration for many
years, but has not been included among
the oligarchy of wealthy men whose
continuance in power has fanned the
revolationary spirit of Mexico He has
been particular!! active in the United
States in combating the Mexican revo
lutionary propaganda, and It Is doubtrul
whether his appointment will be accepted
b the revolutionists w lth nnj great sat
isfaction Senor de la Barra has the reputation
among Washington diplomats of being an
ex'vedinglj able man. He was Minister
to Belgium before he came to the United
btutcs He has been in the Washington
post onlv two or three ear, having suc
ceeded Enrique C Creel as Ambassador
tame a n nrpriHe.
Senor do la Barra said last night he
had hid no intimation of his appointment
until he had received President Diaz's
message offering him the portfolio Tin
post which Senor de la Barra will fill
is one of the most important in the cab
inet, corresponding to the Secretary of
SUtc in President Taffs Cabinet. Many
believe this cabinet post would go to
Senor "Limantour minister of finance In
the old cabinet, but it seems llkel now
that I.lmantour will retain his place as
finance minister in the new cabinet.
In the opinion of government officials
here, Scnor de li Barra's appointment
Continned on Page 10, Column 1.
Mexico Citj. March 25 What might
have caused a frightful scene of terror
here was averted by the government's
discovery late last night of a plot to
libT-vte the 5.CO0 desperate prisoners con
lined In Belem Prison
The matter was discovered last evening
and rlftv men concerned in the scheme
were arrested and placed in Jail Th
government assigns the plot to tne Ma
deristas, who are said to have premised
the prisoners to enroll them m the ln
SL.rrecto forces
President Taft yesterdaj received a
replj from the Bmperor of Japan to his
message of good will sent several dajs
ago through Baron Yasuya Uchlda, the
Japanese Ambassador here. Baron
Uchlda called at the White House to
present personally the Emperor's reply.
The President's message assured the
Emperor that he put no credence In the
reports that sought to misrepresent Ja
pan's relations with Mexico.
Here Is the Emperor's reply:
"To the President of the United States cf
"I was greatly pleased to receive jour
verj kind message conveyed to me
through my Ambassador In Washington,
and I thank you for It. I was already
well convinced that jou had givn no
credence to the false and wicked reports
regarding Japan, but It was especially a
source of profound satisfaction to me to
receive from jou the assurance that the
relations of amity afid good understand
ing between our two countries were never
better or more cordial than at this time.
I am most happy to be able enUrely to
reciprocate that assurance.
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Pnncan McRae, jr.. Loses Life
iiTUpper- Potomac. ""''
Three Fraternity Mates Strug
gle to Rescue Victim.
Caught in Dangerous Current Near
Sycamore 'Island, Son of Wealth)
Broker Disappear In Itlver "While
Friends llnke Krantle KCTort to
Save Him Searching Parties Re
cover Body nt Early Hoar.
Duncan McRae, jr., tw cut) -one
j ears old, living in the Theta Delta
Chi fraternity house at Eighteenth
and K streets northwest, was
drowned jesterday afternoon in the
Upper Potomac Rier, near Sca
more Island, when a canae which
he was paddling overturned.
He was a son of Duncan McRae,
a prominent broker of Macon, Ga.,
and a nephew of Maj. James H.
McRae, U. S. A., of the Northum
berland apartment hoube, who is de
tailed at the War College in this
city. At 2 :45 o'clock this morning
the body was recovered.
"With the drowning of McRae comes
a stori of heroism which reflects credit
on his three companions Robert L.
Jones, Harold Keats, of 1S0G S street
northwest, and Reamer Welker Argo, of
Hattsvllle, Md , the latter two mem
bers of the dead bo's fraternity, played
a part in the tragedy liy attempting to
rtscue their companion
The four lads were- seated in the fra
ternity house yesterday afternoon, when
it was suggested that they take a trip
up the river. A fraternity mate of Mc
Rae was found who was a member of
the Washington Canoe Club, in George
town, and from him they procured a
written order to the commodore of the
.club to use his boat.
The four bojs left the fraternity house
about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and took
a car to the club Upon their arrival
there It was explained to them that no
canoes were allowed to leave the boat
house unless the owner of the craft was
present to launch It and see the party oft.
Undaunted by this. It was decided by
the quartet to take an Old Dominion
car and rldo to a station near Sycamore
Island, where -Jones had a canoe stored
for the winter. Upon alighting from the
car the four boys walked to the shore
line and followed a path up the rlver'to
the summer camp.
Known to Be Dan serosa.
Keats suggested that one of the canoes
be launched and that he be .allowed to
paddle for a few minutes. The canoe
was taken from its winter home and
placed In the water. Keats climbed In
Contlnaed on Pace 1J Column 5.
Pboto by Ednotulra.
beoxne minister of foreign affair.
Slayer of Contractor Soon Captured
by Posse.
Blueficld, W Va, March S. Two hours
after he shot and InstanUj killed Mor
ovcr Lambert, contractor for the Walton
Construction Company at Cedar Bluffs,
Va., this afternoon, John H. Morgan, a
negro, was swinging from the limb of an
oak in the sunshine with his body rid
dled with bullets, lynched by a potse
which had run him down.
Reply to Protest Demanded
by March 28.
St Petersburg, March IS. China re
ceived Russia's final ultimatum to-day
In a telegram sent bj X Neratoff, the
acting minister of foreign affair to M
Korostevttz. the Russian minister at
Pekln, the Russian government demand!
that a replj to Russia s note of
rebruarj 16 be submitted not later than
March 2 If this is not done, China will
be held responsible for the consequences
Tc-da s ultimatum contends that
China his atempted to evade positive re
plj to Rusii i's note protesting against
the conditions imposed upon Russian
traders In Mongolia and Western China
in Violation of the commerce treaty and to
the five lesser points of the note. Fol
lowing is the concluding paragraph of
tho telegram. "If an exhaustive and
satisfactory replj to all six points of the
note of February 16 is not received by
March IS, Russia reserves the freedom
of action and will make the Chinese
government responsible for the obstinacy
displaced b It. '
Martin Nakashian Asks Po
lice to Find Strangers.
Martin Nakashian, an Armenian mer
chant of: 1443. P street northwest, yester
day asked for the arrest of'two men
who, he claimed, swindled him out of
$175 by a variation of the old switched
envelope game.
Nakashian described one of the men
as being stout, light complexioncd, and
well dressed. The other was of slender
build, shabby In appearance, and claimed
to be a Swiss. Both spoke French .flu
enUy. -
Nakashian told the police that about
two weeks ago he was approached by the
stout man, who said he bad beard Naka
shian talking- French, his naUve lan
guage. vA. friendship- sprung up between
the two, and on Thursday night the
stranger asked Nakashian if he Intended
going to market Upon being told that
he did. he signified his intention of ac
companying him.
Nakashian, together with the stout man,
visited several wholesale merchants and
finally, in front of dnter Market, were
met the thin man, who was recog
nized by the companion ot .Nakashian
and invited to Join them. He spoke In
French and claimed to be a Swiss, sav
ing that he .was going to the Swiss
Legation, where Iho Minister would
direct him to some responsible men.
through whom he intended to distribute
money to the poor.
Eventually the stout' man prevailed
upon the newcomer to take Nakashian
intbthe deal, and the three of them
put all the money they had with them
into a tin "box, which was given Naka
shian to hold unUI called for on Friday
night When tho two -men did not ap
pear1 at the time appointed, 'Nakashian
became suspicious, and upon opening tho
box found that It contained nothing but
paper. - - - ,
December 5, 1876. .Brooklyn Theater , 297
May 25, 1887 Opera Comique, Paris 200
February 6, 1892 . . . Hotel Royal, New York City 28
May 4, 1897 Charity Bazaar, Paris 150
March 17, 1899 Windsor Hotel, New York City 45
June 30, 1900 Hoboken piers and ships 145
February 2, 1902. . .Park Avenue Hotel, New York City. . 21
December 30, 1903 . .Iroquois Theater, Chicago 602
June 15, 1904 Steamboat General Slocum 1,021
November 26, 1910.. Factory in Newark, N. J 30
Suggests Alliance Between
England and America.
Britain's Supremacy on Sea;
Ours on Land.
Believes tbnt if Peace Advocates of
Both Aatlons Will Work Together
World Will Follow the Example.
Says Taft Saw Remote Possibility
of War In Mexico When Troops
"Were Dispatched to Border.
"If England and the United
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oitiva wuuiu jum iujuus aim oiy iu
die other nations "Peace be with
jou,' I believe international peace
Dy arDirrauon wouia oe a reamy in
the near future."
Sitting In the robes of his office before
a bright fire in the library of his host
Rev. Father Thomas G Smyth, rector
of St. Ann's Catholic Church, last night
his eminence James Cardinal Gibbons,
the most exalted prelate In America,
talked at length on the subject closest
to his heart to see world-wide amity
among all peoples, with armies and navies
abolished and wars and carnage a thing
of the past.
"Bj right of her supremacy on the
seab England has a deciding voice in
international affairs," Cardinal Gibbons
said "The United States Is equally pow
erful on land, ruling well and wisely a
great amount of territory, and recognlxed
as the foremost power in the universe. If
the peace advocates of these two English'
speaking nations would work together I
believe the world would follow their
leadershlp "
"What do jou think of the Mexican
sltuaUon?" ho was asked.
"If by the resignation of tho Diaz
cabinet peace Is to be restored, I am
more than glad," he"Tcplied.
ConUnuing. CardraU Gibbons said he
was sure President Taft knew what he
was abou when he ordered American
troops to the Texan fronUer, and that
there was no idea of conflict between the
two naUons in the Chief Executive's
War a Possibility.
"I suppose President Taft did not see
fit to make public his plans," the Car
dinal continued, "but I feel sure ho
knew all along that war was a remote
possibility "
As for the Japanese war scare. Car
dinal Gibbons said It was mosUy, in his
opinion. Jingoism, or something to that
"I understand Japan was supposed to
have laid a cable between her Islands
Family of d'Auvergnes Believes an Adequate Dot
Should Be Part of Marital Agreement.
Paris, March 25. Princo de la Tour
d'Auvergne, Insistent suitor for the hand
of Miss Martha Bacon, daughter of the
American Ambassador to the French re
public. Is being held backiby his family,
Paris hears, from going too far too pre
cipitately. According to what Paris hears, it is
permitted to be understood by the
d'Auvercnes that the young man has been
Induced to draw the rein upon his im
pulse and bring himself to a standstill
at trie very brink of a proposal.
What made him do so, it Is credibly
reported, was his family's decision that
Mr." Bacon, although an AmDassaaor,
ought to consider it worth while, in order
to acquire a-tltle even. In a republic to
setUe upon his daughter more of his
property than Jie seems inclined o, al
though he harf threes sons' to be taJt
into account... " JS "
If the d'Auvergnes find hint formally
prepared to" allot to CMIssi MartMrn
adequate 'dot. tothelr thinking-, tfiey will
let the young man,, loose the rein and
jump into a proposal ot marriage.
The jjtrlacely suitor to deeceaded trow
ind the little island of Guam," he added.
"Thin ould have, of course, given her
a great base of operation In the Pacific,
and would have been most objectionable
to this government, but how she could
have done so secretly fc moro than I
can comprehend "
The cardinal sees no possibility of con
flict between the two powers, and to
quote him literallj, "wishes to dismiss
from his mind all things bearing on the
Cardinal, Gibbons' kindly blue eyes
twinkled with merriment when told that
persistent rumors In the National Capi
tal seemed to Indicate that "Uncle" Joe
Cannon has ft In for President Taft, un
til recently his Intimate friend, and Is
turning to former President Roosevelt for
"I have heard nothing to that effect,"
and ho smiled opnly, as much as to say
he would not express himself In a po
litical way.
"Do you think Mr. Roosevelt will be a
candidate for the Presidency in 19137"
"I do not think It Is Impossible at all,"
said the cardinal, becoming serious. "Mr.
Roosevelt is a man in the full vigor of
life, understanding politics thoroughly,
and is a great leader of men "
Further than this the cardinal would
not sa. excusing himself on the plea of
being wearied with a full day's work
He arrived from Baltimore yesterday
afternoon at I o'clock, and went Imme
diately to inspect the half-finished build
ing of the Church of the Blessed Sacra
ment, at Chevy Chase. Father Smith ac
companied him
Honor for Dr. Rossell.
This morning the cardinal will deliver
a sermon at St Ann's Catholic Church,
near Tennalljtown, returning to Balti
more in the afternoon Cardinal Gibbons
iid he would officially confer the title
of monsignor upon Dr William T. Rus
sell, pastor of St Patrick's Church, some
time (n June, Just what date he did not
state Dr. Russell will receive this slg-
inal honor at the haras of his eminence.
ho ,3 the ,,,, representative of the
Pope In America
Cardinal Gibbons aid not receive many
of the Catholic dignitaries yesterday. It
Is expected a number of the more prom
inent will visit hint to-day, and bear him
When It Gave Way Four
People Were Killed.
New York, March 23 Miss Bessie
Rosen, of SO East Broadway, an operator
for the Triangle Waist Companj, recov
ered consciousness In Bellevue Hospital
at 11 o'clock to-night and told a story
of the saving of about a dozen girls
from the burning building by means of
a human chain formed by three young
men in the University Building, which is
separated from tho wrecked building by
an allejway about eight feet wide
The joung men, who were apparently
gjmnasts, managed, by clinging together
in fome peculiar waj, to form a bridge
across Uiis alleywaj-. Twelve of the
terror-stricken girls crawled over the
backs of the joung men and through
the window of tho University Building
to safetj.
Then a man tried to cross, said Miss
Rosen, and his weight was so great that
the bridge gave way and all four men
crashed to the bottom and were instantly
Yale and Army Win Place.
West Point, N. T. March 25. In the
fencing contests held here to-night to
eliminate ono team from compeUUon in
the Intercollegiate tournament in New
Tork, March 31 and April 1. Cornell and
West Point won the right to compete
with eighteen victories apiece and Yale
and Harvard tied with nine bouts apiece.
They will fence nine more bouts to de
cide which shall compete.
the soldier whom Napoleon I called "the
first grenadier of Franco" because he
would not accept the Utle of general.
He was kllcd leading his grenadiers In
Bavaria in 1S00. So great was the ad
miration of him that his company for
four years kept his name on the roll, and
when his name wa3 called tho color
sergeant would proudly respond, during
those four years: "Dead on tho field of
New York, March 25 Ambassador
Bajcon and family are in New York for
the wedding of their elder son, Robert
Bacon, Jr., a secretary in the State De
partment, to the beautiful Cecilia
Jacquelln May, of Washington, daughter
of Col. Henry May, and niece of Mrs.
) Randolph, who died as the second "Mrs.
William C. Whitney.
Neither Ambassador nor Mrs. Bacon
could he reached to-day for comment
upon this dispatch.
Mr. Bacon is of a New England family,
antedaUng in effective patriotic service
jthat 'of the d'Auvergnes. He himself
was Assistant Secretary of State before
being made Ambassador to France, and
previously was second only to J. P.
-Morgan In tho powerful banking firm
of J. P. Morgia C
New York Is Scene of Grewsome Tragedy,
Due to Insufficient Protection.
Blaze Starts On Eighth Floor of Big Building and 800
Persons are Trapped Eyewitnesses
Describe Efforts to Escape.
New York, March 23. Long rows of coffined dead on the shedderl
morgue pier last so used at the time of the Slocum disaster marked
the work of a fire in the Asch Building, at Greene street and Washington
place, late this afternoon.
There were 133 of the coffins at 11 o'clock, and more were coming
in. Chief Croker estimated the dead at that time at 150, but only 142
dead had been recovered. Eight died in the hospitals, where seventy
five wounded had been taken. The dead were shirt-waist makers, mostly
women and girls, employed by the Triangle Shirt Waist Company, of
which Max Blanck and Isaac Harris were proprietors. The ten-story
building, owned by Joseph Asch,
machines on three of the floors,
down into a rear courtyard.
When the fire came, men and women leaped into the street by dozens
and died there. There were fifty-three corpses on the Greene street side
walk, w hen the reporters got there. There were more dead -at the bottom
of the elevator shaft, and many more, some of them burned to mere
skeletons, on the upper floors.
The women and girl machine operators who were found dead on the
street had jumped from the eighth, ninth, and tenth, or top, floors. They
jumped in groups of twos and threeb into life nets, and their bodies
spun downward from the high windows of the building so dose to
gether that the few life nets stretched below soon were broken, and the
firemen and passers-by who helped hold the nets were crushed to the
pavement by the rain of falling bodies.
Toward 6.15 p m the police, directed
by Deputy Commissioner Driscoll, In
spector Schmittberger. Inspector Daly,
and Capt. Henryt began to gather up
the bodies from the sidewalks close to
the buildings, and to haul more bodies
from the water In the basement through
the hole In the vault light which the
bodies had made when striking.
In the meantime, firemen led by Chief
Croker had got to the eighth and ninth
floors the woodwork of the windows on
the tenth floor was still burning briskly
almost two hours after the fire started
and the firemen came out a little later
to report that they had come across not
only half-bumed bodies, but had seen
Charred limbs of bodies that had been
'The worst fire in a New York build
ing," "said Chief Croker, as he came out
among the ambulances and fire appara
tus again, "since the burning of the
Brookljn Theater, in the "iffs"
Bring; Rongh Coffins.
The police had carried to the east side
of Greene street about fifty bodies of
women They spread a great canvas of
dark red on the sidewalk and laid the
dead in rows. Working their way be
tween the clutter of amblances, mounted
policemen, patrol wagons, and throbbing
fire engines, came men bearing rough
brown coffins on their shoulders. The
police had sent to the morgue for 73 or 100
coffins, but all the morgue could pile into
the patrol wagons was about 65.
When the bodies had been covered with
tarpaulins the police crossed again to the
sidewalks under the windows from which
the girls had jumped, and picked up the
cheap belongings that the girls had
clutched when they ran to the window
There were many leather handbags,
broken combs, and hair ribbons, some
dimes, and pennies, parts of clothing that
had been torn off In the wild panic in
the floors above and In the gutter water
a policeman picked up what appeared to
be a necklace, but which under the elec
tric light proved to be a set of rosary
Pat Bodies In Coffins.
The police piled all these scraps with
the bodies and then began the task of
placing the remains in the pine coffins.
They piled the coffins into patrol wagons
and ambulances and they clanged away
toward Broadway, where a gaping, silent
crowd pressed against the fire ropes trj -ing
to see 'the fire and with only one
break in the wall of humanity, the lane
where the coffins were being carried
Even while the bodies were being car
ried away It was almost dark at the
time a haUess girl about twentj years
old came shrieking out of nowhere up to
the plies of bodies. There was no time
to ask her name or whether she had been
Inside the building. The white-clad am
bulance surgeons all around closed upon
her and dragged her to an ambulance.
She bit and screamed every foot of the
way, but they forced her onto the am
bulance cot and took her to St. Vin
cent's. '
Does "Not Kaovr Caase.
Chief, Croker was asked after he had
come fromhe building whether-he knew
the cause of the fire. He said -lie did not.
There was" one story ,to the effect that
the lire,, which started in the cutUng de
partment on the Greene street side of
the eighth floor, was caused by the ex
of South Norwalk, Conn., had 1,500
and only one fire escape, which ran
plosion of a gasoline tank. The motive
power of the sewing machines was elec
tricity. There might have been fewer fatalities
if so much time had not been lost in
turning in the first alarm. Because of
the half-holiday, the emplojes of a cloth
ing firm, Mejers, Crown & Wallace, just
below the waist factory, had gone homo
at noon and all the other floors except
the three floors that were burned had
been closed for the daj. As a result,
there was no one In the building who
knew ot the fire for some time, except
the emplojes who were trapped and tha
runner of the elevator, who was cusy
taking girls to the street.
Edward Reardon. formerly a detecUve,
stationed in the district attorne-'8 office
and now superintendent of the Fidelity
Secret Service, told a reporter that ha
was on his way into tho building to
keep an appointment with Mr. Blanck
when some one shot past him from the
vesUbuIe yelling "Fire1"
Heard Girls Shrieks.
Two clerks, Joseph Marron and Richard
Garner, were passing at the time. They
saw no sign of smoke, but heard shrieks
and saw girls beginning to jump, and
so they ran to the fire box across the.
street and sent in an alarm.
Three youths employed in the neighbor
hood sought the ambulance surgeons
after the worst of the escltment had died
down and had their hands and arms
patched up. The three Harry Kanzor,
Sol Kanzor, a brother, and Joseph Su
garroann were on hand when the fire
men came from the nearest fire house,
Great Jones street, came with their nets.
The three young men helped man the
nets on the Greene street side. As body
after body came down, someUmes two
and three striking at the same Ume, tho
three clerks and the firemen were
knocked to the sidewalk under the heap,
and the Kanzor brothers and Sugarmann,
as well as the firemen, crawled out bleed
ing with cuts on the hands and face.
The firemen under Chief Croker"s di
rection fought tht blaze principally with.
a water tower on the Washington place
Sjfde of the building, and they were also
able to direct a number of streams from
Uie roof of the building occupied by the
United Piece Dyeing Company on the op
posite side of Greene street. They had
little difficulty in getting a stream as
far as the ninth floor, but experienced
some difficulty in flooding tho top floors.
BnlldlnK Ulce a Furnace.
The blaze was of the kind that the fire
men describe as a mushroom fire. In all
so-called fireproof buildings Chief Croker
explained, the flames of the woodwork
trimmings and inflammable goods in. the
lofts stay inside the building, but shoot
upward to the top floor and then ''mush
rooms" spreads out like a mushroom
along the top celling and creeps back
downward along the four inside walls.
The result, of course. Is a furnace in
side the building with little evidence of
flame or smoke to be seen from the
street unUI the fire has far advanced.
Chief Croker estimated the-damage to
the Asch Building to be J100.0CO, at mid
night. Representatives of fire Insurance
companies at the- Are placed their esti
mate ot the damage at more than half
a million dollars.
SfiOO Employed la Balldlnr.
The ten-story building, of which the
threo top floors were occupied by the
Triangle concern, was considered fireproof.-
There were upward of 2,500 women
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