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INCLUDING Star's Sunday Magazine And Colored Comic Section She WEATHER. ? l air today, followed by increas ing cloudiness by night: Monday snow or rain and warmer. FULL REPORT ON PAGE THREE. No. 456.?No. 19,430. WASHINGTON, D. C., SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 28, 1913* FIVE CENTS. Sheriff's Posse at Chester town, Md., Exchanges Shots With Attackers. THRONG SEEKS THE LIFE OF NEGRO MURDERER Plea to Besiegers Falls on Deaf Ears. Cries of Vengeance Ring Ont in Answer. ?HK!?rEKTOW\, "Mil.. Drrrmbrr 28. ?I'p to m o'clock there had been no rrarwal of the attack on the part of the mob. and It wan ween that It* num ber* had dwindled R rent I y. From fully l.(KN) men at the out net of the Mtruggle ?carcrly 300 remained about the jail at thin hour. Meanwhile the jail's defender.* had barricaded I he broken doom and were awaiting; further developments. CHE8TERTOWN. Md.. December 27.? Just at midnight tonight a mob which had gathered around the Kent county jail here determined to lynch Norman Mabel, colored, the self-confessed mur derer of John R. Coleman, a farmer, last Tuesday night, forced two of the doors Of the jail. Shots were exchanged be tween the defenders and attackers, but no one was hit on either side. The mob was met inside the jail by State's Attorney H. \V. V'ickers, Sheriff W. T. Brown and his corps of fifteen special deputies with drawn revolvers. Vickers pleaded with the men to leave the jail. This proving ineffectual, the sheriff ordered his deputies to tire over The heads of the mob. Two volleys brought the infuriated assailants to a stop. A suppressed growl ran through their ranks and cries of vengeance were heard. Merc and there from the crowd came scattered shots, but none of the bul.ets entered the corridor where the officers were gathered. Held at Bay for Time. The determined front of the law's guardians held the mob at bay^ for the time at least, but apparently did not lessen its determination to wreak ven geance upon the negro. They refused to disperse and Crowded close to the broken doors, seemingly waiting for some one to make the tirst rush against the little <and of officers. Presently tive men bolted into the cor ridor. the leader bearing a sledge ham mer. with which the cell door was to be broken. The others pressed around the door, watting to rush to the assistance of the leaders. For a moment it looked as if the guards v on Id be overpowered. Former Sheriff William H McKeen, who was acting as .* deputy, faced the would-be lynchers sirgle-handed, wrenched the hammer from the leader's hand and forced him and his four companions from the corridor. In sullen silence the mob withdrew a short distance outside, but only to open tire upon the windows on th? second floor, where Mabel and the other negroes under arrest In connec tion with the crime are connned Volley after volley from half a hun dred pistols and shotguns was direct ed at the second story, and scarcely a pane of glass in the windows was left. Sheriff Brown ordered the negroes to lie down close under the windows so as to escape the flying shots. Finding Its reckless fusillade of no avail, the mob desisted, but only to crowd again close to the jail, waiting for an opportunity to make another rush. . That it would be made seemed certain and the officers waited, determined to defend Mabel if it were possible. Sheriff Brown and Mr. V'ickers instruct ed the deputies as a last resort to fire jpon the mob and not over their heads. The midnight attack came after hours of suspense on the part of the officers. Begs Mob to Disperse. Former Judge James Alfred Pearce, who had spent several hours in the jail, went to the door and begged the mob to disperse. The next men heard in silence, but 'lid noi relax from their hostile attitude. When Vickers ap peared to address them -his appearance was a signal for an outbreak. "We will lynch the negro before morn ing." was cried by hundreds of voices. "You had better give him up now and save trouble." The jail here is not constructed to with stand a determined assault. Fearing mob violence, as the result of Mabel's con fession that he killed Coleman and robbed the body of $-V>. _the authorities earlier in the day made preparations to remove the negro to Baltimore for safekeeping and four other negroes who were under arrest for alleged complicity In the crime. They were prevented from carrying out their plans, however, by the mob of be tween .V*J and 1,000 men who surround the jail. Since early this morning the crowd in front of the little jail steadily increased and threats of lynching were freely made. Becoming uneasy over the threatening situation. Sheriff Brown made secret prep arations to tak?- his prisoners out of town in an automobile. The crowd was warned, however, and when the car appeared at the rear entrance to the jail it was sur rounded by infuriated men in ?uch nurn l>?rt? that the officers who were waiting to rush out with the blacks abandoned the idea and returned the prisoners to their cells Mob Surrounds Jail. Then the balk'-d mob swarmed up the jail steps The d-?ors had been securely fastened and no atis<\er was given to repeated knocks. After pounding on the doors foi several minutes the men formed a complete cordon about the jail, so that no one could enter or leave without their knowledge. I-ater the angry temper of the throng was talmed somewhat, when Mr. Vickers announced on the authority of County Hooper that the neuroes would be held there and that the court would call :i -v>? iat session of the grand jury next Morulav to take up the case. Mr. Vick ers implored the assemblage to uphold the law and allow it to tuk?- its course. IS MATRIMONY FIEND. Multiple Husband Janed When He Shakes Wife No. 10 for No. 1. MOW YORK, December 'J7.?The marry ,iV habit had Joseph Kohler so complete ly in tts grip that soon after he finished serving a prison sentence for having nine wives he took a tenth Wife No. to brought him into court today and he nleaded guilty to a charge of bigamy. When the tenth Mrs. Kohler had htm arrested he had gone back to his first wife, whom he married twenty-two years alio when be. was seventeen years old. and by whom lie has had eleven children. Three of Kohler's wives appeared against him tive years ago, when he was sent to prison for four and a half years. According to the records produced In court today his first wife was arrested for bigamy during his first honeymoon and his career as a multiple husband began soon after. QUIZZES RAILWAYS ON RATE INCREASE ? ? . Commerce Commission Sends Out Questions to Eastern - Territory Carriers. SEEKS TO DETERMINE ADEQUATE REVENUES Interrogations Go to Heart of Physi cal and Financial Operations of Roads. i " A series of interrogatories. was ad dressed by the interstate commerce com mission last night to the railroads of eastern classification territory in rda l'?n to petition of the roads for an ad vance of r> per cent in their freight rates. The inquiries are designed to develop such facts concerning the physical and financial operations of the roa as here tofore have r^>t been submitted to the commission. In its circular to the railroads the com mission points out that the fundamental questions which have arisen in the ad vance rate proceeding are: "Do the present rates of transportation yield adequate revenues to common car riers by railroads operating in official classification territory? "If not. what general course may car riers pursue to meet the situation?" Gets Helpful Information. The commission says that elaborate and helpful information already has been submitted by the roads showing the di minishing net returns from operations and lessened net income. "These statements of the financial re sults." the commission statement con tinues, "do not furnish fully the data deemed by the commission to be neces sary to determine the general course car riers may pursue to meet the situation. The commission requires for this pur pose additional information from the rail roads with a view to determining both the causes of the diminishing net rev enues and net income and the general course to be pursued." It is the understanding of the commis sion that some of the railroads are in position to make full responses to the questions submitted without substantial delay, while others will require some time to compile the data ordered. In Seven Groups. The inquiries are divided into seven groups, which go to the heart of both physical and financial operations of the roads. The various groups deal with the revenues and their conservation; returns received from transportation of various commodities and practices of carriers in granting to shippers special service and allowances; the purchases of equipment and supplier and tfee usee made of then*; financial history of the roads; inquiries to develop information regarding the financial interests of directors, officers or employes of the roads "in the business of parties to transactions in which the roads also are parties '; sleeping-car con tracts and parlor-car service, and re sults of such operations. Responses to questions relating to rev enues are expected to contain informa tion regarding allowances to terminal railroads owned by industries, free switching, lighterage. loading and un loading freight, free warehousing, recon signment. favorable rates and special train service and milling in transit privi leges. Seeks Light on Interests. The commission also expects to learn "the extent to which the directors and officials of railroads have other financial interests in the transactions of the car riers, and, with other things, it is de sired to determine to what extent con flicting and intertwining Interests, com monly described as interlocking directo rates. prevail, and what influence, if any, this practice has had in increasing rail road costs." It further seeks to develop informa tion as to whether the diminishing *et revenues of the roads are not caused .>y inadequate returna on passenger trs ?ic, in view of the large expenditures r? at ing specifically to passenger service. The carriers are directed by the commission to submit their responses before January 31. IN PRINCETON LIBRARY. President Wilson's Inaugural Ad dress in Archives. PRINCETON, N. J., December 27.? President Wilson's personal transcrip tion, from his own shorthand notes, of his inaugural address, made in the uni versity library at Princeton, has been placed in the library archives, along with the original of the inaugural ad dress of President Madison, who was also a Princeton graduate. President Wilson went to the library twice to work on his address, and it was set down in shorthand. He then transcribed it himself on his type writer. but this transcription was not used by the President when he deliv ered his speech. He read from printed slips. The original shorthand notes could not be located by the President and he gave the library the next best thing. GATTJN SPILLWAY OPENED. Water Raises Many Feet From June to Present Time. PANAMA, December 27.?Gatun spill way, which regulates the level of Gatun lake, was opened today for the flrst time since June 27. During the elapsed period the water had risen from 48.26 to 84.7 feet above sea level. While the maximum level the-lake can attain is eight-seven feet, the water will not be allowed to go and higher at prew ent because the diking of the low ridges forming the rim of the lake basin has not been completed. It has been planned to open one gate of the spillway for an hour or so each day to keep the water at the existing level. This process is to be utilized to rid the lake of the vast masses of swamp vegetation in it., commonly known as floating islands. These are to be towed to the spillway by a tug , and sent through the channel and out I to sea. I Files Bankruptcy Petition. MILWAUKEE, Wis.. December 27.? I^efly's department store company, one of the largest of the downtown stores, filed a voluntary petition in bank ruptcy late today. The firm has been in business here six months. The lia bilities are placed at $200,910; the assets at $226,01S, cash, $1,000. ! Congratulatory Messages Pour In on Wilson at Pass Christian. EXPECTS TO WORSHIP IN TINY CHURCH NEARBY Chief Executive Prefers Rest Ashore to Sea Trips?Fireman Tells of "Call-Down." ^PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss., December 2~-?President Wilson will be fifty seven years old tomorrow, and letters and telegrams of congratulation poured in today from all parts of the country, home of them were from per j sonal friends, but the great majority j were from persons hitherto unknown to the President. Some were written in pencil and half scrawled, and others appeared more formal, but all brought ' a feeling of happiness to the President as he read them. The birthday will mean no change in the quiet atmosphere of the cottage J w hich the nation's chief executive has chosen for a vacation lu re. In the fore- i noon he probably will attend services ! in the small Presbyterian church 1 which is perched on the edge of the beach road, half projecting into the Mississippi sound. It is a tiny wooden i building scarcely thirty feet wide, ' with a belfry that extends practically over the entire roof of the structure, j Taking Life Easy. The church seats less than a hun dred. With the exception of church services the President has no definite plans for tomorrow, although lie prob ably will take an automobile ride with his family. He is taking life just as easy as possible here. After a game of golf beyond Gulfport early todav lie returned home and dictated a few' let ters, lolled about the parlor of the i house for a while reading some news papers, and then took a nap. President Wilson is doing very little work here. His mail is carefully sifted I for him beforehand, and thus far he has had no communications of impor tance from Washington, and his rest has been practically undisturbed by official business. He has had ample op portunity to vary his diversions with a sea trip, as the Winona, a United States revenue cutter, hfts been Iving just a mile off shore in front of his cottage, and is at his disposal during his visit here. The President has de clined to use it, however, and has done i likewise with an invitation from the conservation commission of Louisiana to use its yacht. Mr. Wilson finds variety and rest enough ashore. The sea was quite rough today, the hitherto still waters washing the sand flats anci running a surf to the shell road that borders the lawn of the President's cottage. Members of the President's family are enjoying it here. Misses Margaret and Eleanor Wilson took a long horse back ride over the shell road today. They entertained Misses Mary and Lucy Smith of New Orleans, close friends of the family, who have visited them in Washington. Caddies Praise Wilson's Play. GULFPORT, Miss., December 27.?Presi dent Wilson was chilled when he reached the clubhouse at the country club golf course this morning, and immediately sought the comfort of a log fire. Later he played golf with Dr. Grayson, ap parently enjoying the game. The chill of the early morning soon was dispelled by bright sunshine, the President pronounc ing the day perfect for golf. Leo Cruthirdes was selected from a group of eager youngsters as the Pres ident's caddy. Mr. Wilson today played more slowly and carefully than he did yesterday, making a better score. He left for Pass Christian at II o'clock. After the President left the caddies discussed his golf ability. "He's a good player," enthusiastically said young Cruthirdes. "He's careful, too." "I didn't think he played so good, con sidering he's th# President," said Warren Aggregaard, yesterday's caddy, disap pointed he was not again selected. "Presidents don't have to be good golf players." sagely suggested another young ster. and thereupon the discussion ended. President Wilson really plays a good game in view of the fact that he took up golf a little more than a year ago. FOUND DEAD IN PARK. Suicide Believed to Have Gone to New York From Norfolk. NEW YORK, December IT.?A man be lieved to have come to this city from Norfolk, Va., on the steamer Princess Anne, December 24. was found dead among the shrubbery in Bronx Park to day, a suicide by shooting. He was about thirty years old, well dressed and with nearly $100 in cash in his pockets, besides papers and trunk checks. The checks led investigators to the Old Dominion pier, where search of a suit case revealed a receipted bill of the J. G. Wilson Manufacturing Company of Nor folk, Va., bearing the name "E. Meza ros, ' the initials corresponding with those In a derby hat the man had worn. A physician's prescription blank with the name "Dr. R. D. Glasser, r?7.'l Church street. Norfolk," also was among the papers found. The police have commu-. nicated with the Norfolk authorities in an effort to establish definitely the man's identity. MEMORIAL TO ASTOR. Window in Rhinebeck, N. Y., Church to Memory of Titanic Victim. BEACON, N. Y., December 27.?A win dow la memory of Col. John JacoD Astor. who lost his life in the Titanic disaster, was dedicated todav in the Church of the Messiah at RhinebecK It was placed by his widow, Mrs. Mad eline Force Astor. Mrs. Astor and a party of relatives from New York were present. Col. Astor was senior warden : of the church at the time of his death j and his funeral services were held In the edifice. . The window contains three panels. The central one represents Christ walk ing on the water. The side panels show , standing female figures. The words "Be not afraid" are near the top and the memorial inscription at the bottom reads: "In loving memory of John Jacob Astor. Bofrn July 13, 1864. Died Aoril 15. 1912." \ v 1 China Sends Eggs to United States. SEATTLB, Wash., December 27. Im ported Chinese eges are competing suc cessfully with storage eggs on the Seat tle market. The Chinese eggs are of dark shell, even siae, well packed and slightlv smaller than standard ranch eggs but larger than pullet eggs. They are poachahle, in this respect being superior to storage eggs. PREPARATIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR. FARISS, TRAIN BANDIT, IS SENTENCED TO DE Convicted as John Bostick of Slay ing H. ?. Montague, in 2 Honrs and 18 Kinutes. LOS ANGELES, Cal., December 27.? Ralph Fariss, alias John Bostick, on his own confession, was sentenced here to day to be hanged within ninety days for th* murder of Horace E. Montague, a passenger agent, slain December 1, when Farriss held up a Southern Pacific ex press train at El Monte. Cal. Fariss was arraigned in a justice court, held to the superior court, arraigned there before Judge Gavin Craig, and tried and sentenced in two hours ami eighteen minutes. He waived all rights and made no defense. Throughout the proceedings he clung to the name John Bostick. which belongs to a Bakerstield, Cal., man who once worked where Fariss was employed. He was sentenced under tills name, but with in an hour, when SherifT Hammel of Los Angeles county told that his parents were coming from Bakerstield to see him, he revealed his identity. Married Marion, Iowa, Girl. "Don't let them come," he said. "I am Ralph Fariss. and I have made trou ble for them all my life. X cannot see them now." Fariss told the sheriff he had married a girl at Marion, Iowa. Fariss was picked out of a crowd in San Francisco four days ago by A. E. Colen, who with his bride was a victim of the train robbery. He was carrying a watch which belonged to the. flagman of the train, and when Sheriff Hammel started south with him he made a con fession, admitting also an attempted train robbery in Richmond. Cal., across the bay from San Francisco. Whimsically enough, he objected to the introduction of this part of his confession as evidence today. ? It has nothing to do with the case," he said, rising, and the court sustained him. Fariss is to be hanged at San Quentin penitentiary^ JOBS FOUND FOR 1,000. San Francisco to Have Positions for All Unemployed. SAX FRANCISCO, December 27.?One thousand men were put to work today by the city and by Monday there will be jobs for It.OCO, which, from present indi cations, will be about 1,000 more places than are needed. Unfilled applications for work today numbered only IKK). In the meantime the co-operative em ployment bureau, a private organization, has been supplying all the hungry who apply for food. I^ast night there was trouble between the management of the bureau and the culinary committee of the unemployed because the men wanted the kitchen kept open all night, and the management refused. At 11 o'clock the police were called in and the kitchen was closed. FIGHT AGAINST HIGH TIDES. Water Front of Southern California Damaged by Huge Waves. LOS ANGELES, Cal, December 27.-All the available men and quantities of ma terial for the construction of temporary bulkheads were gatliere today along the water fronts of the various beach resorts on the coast of southern California from Santa Barbara to Long Beach to com bat the effects of the unprecedented high tides now running. v The huge waves yesterday morning de stroyed property variously estimated at from Jl.'iO.OOO to *2.50,000 and the tides today were expected to be even higher than those of the day before. It was be lieved that the emergency preparations made during the niKht to protect the water fronts woulr fevent further serious damages. The absence today of serious atmos pheric disturbances far out at sea which were present yesterday lessened to some degree the destructive force of the waves. BRIG. GEN. TORNEY CALLED BY DEATH Was Head of the Medical Branch of United States Army. DID MUCH TO PROMOTE EFFICIENCY OF SERVICE Body May Be Buried at West Point,! Where He Was Idol of ! Cadets. Brig. Gen. George Henry Torney, sur geon general of the United States Army, died at liis apartment at Stoneleigh Court at 0:50 o'clock last night. Gen. Torney nad been confined to his bed for | three weeks with bronchial pneumonia. At the bedside when death came were members of his family and his attending physician, MaJ.~ Deane G. Howard, Medical Corps, 1'. a A. Gen. Torney is survived by his wife, his daughter, Mrs J. B. Ryan, the wife of Maj. J. B. Ryan. U. S. A.; Dr. George H. Torney, Jr.; Lieut. F. J. Torney. U. S. A.; E. J. Torney of San Francisco and H. W. Torney of New York, sons. Although funeral arrangements have not been completed, it is understood that (Jen. Tornev's body will be taken to West Point for burial. He probably will have a military escort to the Union station, if it is decided to take the body to West Point. Woi'k for the Army. ? The death of Gen. Torney takes away from the army one of its most efficient medical officers, and one wrho has done much toward building up the medical branch of the service. Some of the most important advances in military surgery have been inaugurated in the United States Army under his direction. Many of the army hospitals about the country were erected under his direction. He brought fame to himself during the San Francisco earthquake, at which time be was commandant of the Letterman General Hospital in that city. When he realized the seriousness of the disaster he. opened the hospital to the public upon his own responsibilit> and took care of the refugees. He assumed immediate charge of the sanitary work in that city after the earthquake, and it was due to its efforts that such a remarkable health record was maintained In the city immedi ately after the disaster. Native of Baltimore. j Gen. Torney was born in Baltimore, Md.. June 1. 18T?0, and had he lived, would have been eligible to retirement from the service June I. 1914. His first service was in the navy, he having been appointed assistant surgeon November 1, 1871, and passed assistant surgeon in 1874. Resigning from the navy June 30, 1K75, he was immediately appointed a first lieutenant and assistant surgeon of the army, being promoted rapidly until he reached the rank of major surgeon June ti, 1K95: lieutenant, colonel and deputy surgeon general. August 8. 1903; colonel in command of the Medical Corps. April 23. 1!!08, and surgeon general of the army, January 14, llkiO. succeeding Brig. Geii. Robert M. O'Reilly, retired. Gen. Torney studied at Carroll College, Md., and later entered the University of Virginia, from which he graduated in medicine in 1870, entering the navy soon after his graduation. Noted for his lovable disposition and quiet manner. Gen. Torney was the Idol of many a cadet at West Point. So well did they like him that the Cadet Howit zer, the Military Academy year book, was dedicated to him by the class of 1898. This was the first time that such an honor was accorded an officer, but the practice of dedicating the book to some officer has been followed each year since the action of the class of 1808. His popularity at West Point when he was (Continued on Second Page.) I TUMULTY EXTENDS AID ? FOR A NEW TAMMANY Politicians Declare an Understand ing Exists Regarding Mitch el's Appointments. NEW YORK, December 27.?An under standing?It can hardly at this stage be called an alliance?is reported to have been reached between Joseph Tumulty, secretary to President Wilson, and Thomas E. Rush, Tammany leader of the twenty-ninth district, for the purpose of accomplishing the downfall^ of Charles F. Murphy as democratic'leader in this city and slate capturing the organi zation for the President. Mr. Rush, who is a law partner of J. Montgomery Hare, has been held to be the chief of the Tam many leaders who are eager to purify the 14th street organization from within, starting with the ejection of Mr. Murphy. This interest of the President's secre tary in New York politics is believed in certain quarters to have been shown in the manipulations and conferences about the appointments to commissioner ships in the incoming municipal admin istration. The understanding with Mr. Rush, it is argued, explains the ap parent victory of the partisans of J. Montgomery Hare in having George V*. Mullan declared out of the race for corporation counsel. The reports thai there had been suggestions from Wash ington. inspired by the friends of Mr. Hare, that Mr. Mitchel would do well to consider another man than Mr. Mul lan for this important post are 'now taken to indicate Mr. Tumulty's interest, ami Iiis inspiration is assumed to have come from Mr. Rush and other friends of Mr. Hare. McAdoo Also Interested. And it is said that the interest of Mr. Tumulty in the local situation has been shown in other matters than that of the corporation counsel. Suggestions?com ing in roundabcut ways, to be sure, but suggestions none the less?have been re ceived in the places where thir ffect would be most potent, and there have been de- i velopments that are expected to bear substantial fruit aftr the list of ap pointees Is made public December 31. William G. McAdoo, Secretary of the Treasury, is a New York member of President Wilson's cabinet who also is interested in the local plight of the democ racy, and it is said that his active in terest has been quickened, as it were, by reports of Mr. Tumulty's interest. Mr. McAdoo it is said, would never j venture to even suggest an appointment to Mr. Mitchel, but he has deeply at heart the reorganization of the party in this city and state, and he is imbued with the conviction that the work shall be done here and by New Yorkers and without suggestion or dictation from any body outside of the state. Mr. McAdoo's friends go even further and say that he will direct all the force of his influence not only among political leaders in this city, but at Washington, to have the situation here left entirely in the hands of the local democrats, and that when the crucial time comes it will be found that the Secretary of the Treasury has a political force behind him that will make it impossible for other and outside interests to have a say-so. SAILORS HAVE VARIOLA. Two Cases Landed From Battleship Ohio?Vessel to Be Fumigated. LEWES, Del., December 27.?Two mild cases of variola were landed to day from the battleship Ohio, which arrived at the Delaware breakwater Christmas day with smallpox on board. A large quantity of baggage and a number of hammocks were also brought ashore and placed in a disin fecting chamber. If the weaker con tinues to moderate it is planned to bring the crew ashore. The officers will be the last to leave the battle ship. The Ohio will be thoroughly fumigate^ tomorrow, and the govern ment doctors say they do not (ear the disease will spread. WARN MEXICANS NEARINC BATTLE Troops of U. S. Say There Must Be No Firing Over Border. REBELS APPROACHING FEDERALS AT OJINAGA Rumored Huerta May Retire Early Next Year in Favor of Gerostieta. Jl'AHEZ. Mexico. December 27.? Warnings were given today by United States troops to both federals and rebels that If there is a battle at Ojinaga there must be no firing across the border. The warnings were sent from Presidio. Tex., because of the ad vance of the rebel army from Chihua hua to attack the federals at OJinaga. The late reports were that the rebels were not yet within sight of the fed eral stronghold. An agent of Gen. Villa arrived from Chihuahua today to arrange for the release of Luis Terrazas. son of the Mexican landowner, who is held by Villa for a ransom said to be $250,000 gold. The father of Terrazas has ex pressed willingness to pay the money, but has asked for a guarantee of his son's safe conduct to the I nited States Tiie prisoner has been kept in a cell in the state capital at Chihuahua ever since the rebels occupied that city. Officers Get Property Ail of the homes of the Terrazas, Creels and other rich Mexican families charged with having sympathized with Huerta, have been deeded over by Gen. Villa to his officers. The property was confiscated several weeks ago. Alberto Terrazas. a colonel in the ranks of t.ie i federal volunteers, who accompanied the federals in their flight from Chichua hua, resigned and crossed to Presidio. Japanese agents who feared that Cien. Villa might show resentment to their countrymen in Mexico because IJueito had placed orders for arms in Japan said they had received word from Mexico City tliat Japanese subjects would be protected by the British vice consul in Chihuahua. Villa had assured the Japanese he was not unfriendly to them. On hearing that his father, mother, wife and child had been burned to death by the federals at Torreon. a rebel sol dier In Juarez today became insane. He was told his family had been kulea because he was fighting with the rebels. Huerta May Retire. MEXICO CITY. December 27.?That Enrique Gerostieta. minister of justice, will become president of Mexico early ill the new year, and that Gen. Huerta will take the field against the rebels who refuse to conform to this arrange ment, is the report that has been re ceived with credence by some of the diplomatic representatives here. Geros tieta is to be named minister of foreign affairs, according to the version of the story in circulation, and Gen. Huerta will retire from the presidency, in which case the foreign minister suc ceeds him. Senor Gerostieta is well along in years. He was a lawyer at Monterey, who was brought to the capital to take the port folio of finance, hut. instead, was ap pointed minister of justice. Railroads Face Tie-Up. The railroads are again facing the pros pect of a tie-up for lack of fuel oil. The interruption by the rebels of the line be tween Tampico and Sair Luis Potosi, if maintained for a week, would mean that not a wheel wiil be turning in any por tion of tiie national system, according to a high railroad authority. The Mexi can line between the capital and Vera Cruz has a sufficient supply, it is said, lor twenty or th.rty days. It is believed in railroad circles that th<* efforts of the rebels are being di rected with more persistence than ever toward accomplishing this tie-up. which would practically put the northern coun try at their mercy. Protest Sent to U. S. Mexico has forwarded a protest to its representative at Washington, which, it is announced, will be presented to the State L>t partment. against alleged assist ance given by Americans to the. rebe'.s ( at Tampico and Mazatlan. The com plaint is based on representations made by the governor of Tamaulipas and the federal authorities at Mazatlan to the de partment of the interior. Tlie governor alleges that Clarence A. Miller, the American consul at Tampico, helped the rebels to obtain arms and made adverse comments against the fed erals. He further alleges that the rebels used launches Hying the American Hag to communicate with the forces along the river and that during the attack against Tampico, provisions were furnished to tiie rebels in these launches. Said to Have Aided Rebels. The authorities at Mazatlan, in their complaint, asserted that American ves sels along the coast were in constant communication with the rebels and fur nished them with war material. These complaints were taken under considera tion immediately by the Mexican foceign office and a protect was prepared. El Dlario Official today carried a warn ing to lorei^n corresepondents that they would be deported as undesirable aliens if they sent out of Mexico alarming or false stories. President Huerta promised to attend a bn 11 at the Country Club tonight, hut conditioned his going on the promise of the American charge, Nelson O'Shaughn essv, to attend. Tampico Attack Probable. VERA CRUZ. December 27.?A care ful estimate of the number of rebels in the state of Tamaulipas places the total at 15,000. The majority of these are around Victoria, but a considerable force is near Tampico. and It is pos sible that another attack against the port will commence early in the week. The federals defending TampifO and outlying districts approximate 3,00u. and have the assistance of two gun boats Twelve hundred of the federals are at Altamira, twenty-three miles to the north, and a little farther north ward rebels in large numbers continue to hold positions. An additional car- ; load of ammunition sent from Victoria i reached these rebels yesterday. Control Oil Zone. To the southwest of Tampico the rebels under Gen. Candido Aguilur hold Panuco and the railroad from Tampico to San Luis Potosi is reported to be cut. The rebels are almost in absolute control of the oil zone. An element of international (Continued on Twelfth Pa*e.) J Grand Jury to Probe Alleged Assault Upon Strike Leader in Michigan. MINE OPERATOR DENIES HE AIDED DEPORTATION Business Manager and Employes of Socialist Newspaper Arrested on Conspiracy Charge. Able to Handle Strike. BIG RAPIDS, Mich.. December 27.?Gov. Ferris does not look with favor upon an investigation by the government of affairs In the. ?'s1u niet strike zone. "I have notiiieJ President Wilson that so far as an investigation of the copper strike is concerned we can look out for our own affairs without outside interference," said the governor. CA LIT MET, Mich., December 27.-Th.e deportation of Charles H. Moyer, presi dent of the Western Federation of Min ers and leader of the copi?er miners' strike, who was escorted from Hancoc.c last night after i?eing shot and clubbed, will be investigated by t ; special grand jury when it resumes its sessions next Tuesday. Sheriff Cruse today began sin inquiry into the facts of Moyer s departure :n response to telegrams from Gov. Ferr.s I and George Nicholls, the special prose tutor in charge of the grand Jury. Both requested hint to make a full statemeu? of the result of his investigations. News of the circumstances of Moyer a departure did not become generally known in the strike region until Moyer had reached Green Bay, Wis., today and told of his Injuries. McNaughton Contradicts Moyer. "Any charge by Mr. Moyer that I h<i4 any part in the occurrences of last l ight at Hancock is absolutely and unqualified ly false." said James M Naughtoii ot the Calumet and lleela Company today "I passed the evening in Calumet ac companying my wife in calling; o.i friends andiater walking across the street from their home to a social club. I certainly could not have been in Hancock at tna I time indicated." An Associated Press representative saw Mr. McNauglitoii in the club about 1>:45 6'clock last night. Warrants were served tonight on the business manager and a do^n or more employes of a socalist newspaper in Hancock, the charge b*^* ? conspiracy to publish misstatements calculated to ''The warrants were sworn under the statutes relating to felony, and the men were held in bonds of The complaints were made by b*ariff Cruse, and were a sequel to an extia published yesterday In which charges of grave misconduct were made some deputy sheriffs and others tried to assist victims of the Christ mas eve disaster. Substance of Accusation. The article, according to translators, accused the rescuers of slugging mothers and fathers who tried to reach the hall where their children were ? dead or in peril, and used the Finnish equivalent of "murder" in its de scription of the disaster. John Nuomavarl, business manager of the paper, was taken from the edi torial room after the paper had ??"<?* to i.re?s today. Two members of the editoru! staff" were taken from their desks and service was made on a dozen others as they were found on the I streets this evening. w|,i,?h they Because the charge on *h'<-h tnajr ire held is a felony, it is probable that their cases will be considered b> the special grand jury. inves The irraiul jury "as called to inves tigate ^actsoi lawlessness ans.nff -"ui the irrand jury was hand piiKeU anu ?"5i.er.uu th.i. nied in official circles A sur\t> oi the personnel of the body showed A 1 . i \f ?? Vaunhton. th^ neral nuin .h?ctttESt and H.c,h Mining i romnany. Two superintendents of i stamp mills, a few mechanics and a ' numU-r .-f merchants made up the rest of the membership. No mine man agers or other executive officers of th? corporations are in the 11". Funeral Plans Completed. preparations were pronounced com plete tonight for the funerals which the Western Federation of Miners is to conduct over some seventy of the victims of the panic # of last W ednes day The task of digging the numerous craves was accomplished by a hun dred strikers, and the federation s re li'ef committee finished its canvass of the stricken homes. There was anxietv as to whether enough cofflt.s i would be available, the number of vic tims having overtaxed ilia ?tocks of loj leal undertakers. Arrival of a ?arloau I of coffins, however, ellininattd th s indications were that the thousands who are to march to the cemetery wul have to make their way through nno? COr'tinde'snow began falling steadily late today and promised to continue ,11 niirht. Thus far the winter has been unsually mild, but residents who had experienced the rigor of past win ters predicted that this condition at an end. .. , ?,n It will not be an easy task that w.ll confront the marchers if the storm de velops into a blizzard The cemetery lies more than a inite west ot this citv and the men who are to bear the tiny coffins on their shoulders may I have to face the full force of a. wind off l.ake Superior. Then. too. strikeis from the Keweenaw county mines in tend to march tive miles or more early tomorrow, and some funeral pur ties'are to come into Calumet Iroin locations a mile or more (" ?ni this city. Strike Situation Unchanged. The exciting events of the last twen ty-four hours left th? general strike situation unchanged. Mine managers rej?orted "daily accessions" to their non-union working forces, and those statements were as promptly denied by union officers. .?.k The mine managers said li?al no fresh peace proposals had come from Presi dent Mover preceding his departure. The.v held' a long meeting in Houghton today, but said that no plan for ending ihf "strike was mentioned. Employes of the W addell-Mahen Cor* poration and local members of the C1u? ?