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INDEPENDENT PROGRESSIVE JOURNAL T WENT Y-FO U I iTH YEAR 14 PAGES PHOENIX, ARIZONA, TUESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 24, 1914 ,r ' 14 PAGES YOL. XXIY. NO. 281 THE Will Di salth Board of Trade to Hold Special Meeting Looking to Action to Save Yalue of Stream to Yallev Much Water Wasted YE KM) K CONTINUES TO ACT YERY UGLY Meanwliile Torrent (Con tinues With Reports Ar riving of Damage Done Private Works In Red of Salt River The condition of the torrential Verde lias so aroused public s"ntinient in I'hoenix that civic and commercial bodies are about to take up the propo sition of empounding the flood water? of the little stream that gets big on a night's notice, and thus save not only the water itself, but for ever present damage by reason of the mad rush of the ugly current down through the val ley at unthought of periods. In pursu ance of this the board of directors of the board of trade will hold a special meeting this afternoon and the matter, will be thoroughly discussed from every angle and a possible campaign outlined whereby stops can be taken to interest those in authority in Washington to carefully consider the justice and pro priety of such an action. It has been known for some long time that eventually a dam will have to be built on the Verde somewhere, but of late (lie condition of affairs that washed out the Gila valley several years ago, following the exhaustion of certain areas near the source of the stream," has prevailed in the Verde country and in consequence the tor rential floods have been of greater oc curence and have annually been larger than previously. This year had there been no dam at Koosevelt to em pound the waters there, so great would have been the combined streams that untold 'damage would have been done to the valley. The les Bon of the Roosevelt dam is .construct another on the Verde, devoted to the purpose of storing the flood waters, so that forever there will be no danger from floods neither from possible droughts. The Verde river fell a little locally If A View of the Water at yesterday, but this intermittent surcease or flood was followed by information from the region of the source of the Btream that it was raining and snow ing again and that the rise might come again. There is still as much water rushing over the Granite Reef dam as was chasing by the barrier on Saturday and the water value measured at the cost of water in this valley is away up into thousands of dollars-. Information from Roosevelt is to the effect that the situation there continues to improve. The Salt and Tonto are adding their life giving floods to the balance already in hand and yesterday over IX, 000 acre feet more came over the intake, placing the height over the llir. foot level. Tlu news from the other streams. however, is not so reassuring. The ' w fot:'.-- ft!'?!'''! - k' , , . t Liquid Wealth Stored Against Summer's Drouth t ;:'vr' v..i:", The Salt River Valley's leuss Wastimi f Verde Today DAM LAKE CONTINUES ! TO INCREASE IN SIZE j j (Special to The Republican) j j ROOSEVELT, Fob. '23. The j reservoir is still rapidly rising-, the ! gauge now registers over 133 feet j j and nearly 20,(100 more acre feet I ! of water has been added to the j great waterbank. It is raining i again with clouds looking heavy. ; For the greater part of the day teleplionic communication with I I'hoenix was cut off. Agua Fria and Hassayampa are still j up and adding their portion of danger ' to the eVrde's plenty that is chasing down the Salt and Gila river:-,. j Utah Dam Gone. Maybe I From Utah comes the report that the I'tah canal's dam in the Salt river, one j of the independent diversion plants be- , low Granite Reef, mav have been washed out by the Verde's flood. The) water yesterday was so high how- ever, that it was imiiossible to tell if j the dam withheld the pressure or not. : The water wiy have to recede several j feet yet before this is found out. No j news was obtainable from other inde- I pendent dams in the river, but it is j supposed that with few exceptions, the i wasting flood waters have swept those before them. At Center Street Bridge Visitors at the Center street bridge yesterday, enjoyed seeing the force of the telephone company fish "talkie" wires out of the river and restring new poles hurriedly erected. The wind which hit the section late Sunday even ing broke off two of the poles near the river at the bottow, and the wires were dragging down in the water when line men got to the spot. They dragged out the wires with grapples and strung them so as to again have communica tion with the south side. The approach to the bridge on the south side was fairly safe at sundown last evening, the water having (piit cut ting away, the earth built in to protect it, and the filling made by hurridly employed gangs Sunday, was affording sufficient protection. However, the i ise of a few feet, which is forecasted for tonight, may bring the river high enough to cover the south approach and take away the filling between the high ground and the bridge proper. At the present time a gang of men is employed at the bridge tearing out . v v SI ' r,"4..J 7 7 H the Center Street Bridge the old roadway and putting in a new one. Construction of the new roadway is still in progress, the rains having in no manner effected the work. At its highest point the water reached a point on the bridge just two feet below the causeway early yester day morning. It was at that time 2150 feet across the river, and the depth at the center of the bridge to the lowest spot in the river, was near twenty feet. At noon yesterday the water rushing down from the Verde had dropped be tween twelve and eighteen inches, and j The commissioner also instructed the consequently the mark on the bridge i men that they could be seen by their fell much lower. However, dispatches I friends and that during these meetings from the north state that rain has toeen (they would be .under guard of an offi falling in that part of the state for the -er standing close by but that their at past twenty-four hours and that there torneys could see them in private at (Continued from Page Two.) Greatest Asset: Picture Taken BELIEVE GANG OFCAR TlflEVES S UE1 Three Conductors and One Rrakeman Attached to Yuma-Gila Rend Division of S. P. Charged With Robberies - r - 1 1 IT I IILTM ATr - UA IH" 11L1,j -U A J RE CO-CONSPIRATOR i e AlTCStcd Oil Charge Ol I."illino- lil-llx C11V1 T) Rut billing iJiaivtllUn, 11U Ma' Re Olie of a Gang Working Freight beries Along Line Rob- (Special to The Republican) TUCSON, Feb. 23. Facing a term of ten years in the federal penitentiary or a fine of $r,0(i0, four freight trainmen attached to the Tucson division of the Southern Pacific are now confined in the county jail on warrants sworn out by a special agent of the company be fore United States Commissioner F.d- win F. Jones. The men are, K. B. Winkler, J. J. Smalley, A. R. Crute. conductors, and Charles G. Harrison, brakeman, all running on the Yuma-Gila freight di vision. They are charged with break ing into and robbing box cars. The warrants were sworn to by special of ficer R. T. Smith. It is known that more warrants have been issued but as some of these must still be served the officials refuse to Hay how many hiye been issued.. .. Search warrants were issued by Justice of the Peace Comstock and in the rooms of some of the men were found, corsets, shoes, cigars and silk hosiery. It is said that the railroad officials have positively identified these goods as having been taken from box cars and they will be able to produce I witnesses to show just when these goods were taken and from exactly which car. The men were placed under arrest ' Sunday and were taken before Com missioner Jones at nine-thirty Monday ! morning. j The commissioner told the four men that he had caused them to be brought , before him in order that they could be : instructed as to their rights and to as certain when they would he ready to '. proceed with the investigation, i Attorneys Tom Ritchey and Charles Ij. Hardy represented the men and said i that they would be ready Thursday. ! Commissioner Jones then announced 'that he would be forced to give the United States officials the same rights I and would tentatively set the case for j trial Thursday, providing this would be i satisfactory to United States Attorney , Flinn. If, however, Flinn would be un able to be on hand at that time he would postpone the hearing so that the United States officials could be on hand. He then set the bail at $1300 and on the plea of Ritchie that this seemed to be high he told Ritchie that this was an infamous case and by the act of February 1913 was punishable by a heavy penalty and that in similar cases the bail had been placed at $2500 but that he had set the bail at $1500 be cause he thought this was sufficient to bring the men into court and that was the purpose of fixing a bond. Ritchie immediately withdrew his ob jection. (Continued on Page Slx. Last Year When the Water Stood D THEY MAY BOTh 3L THE OREGON AT THE OPENING Oi? . HE CANAL. By John i McCv wCheon. I E. MARRIED TODAY IN MY GUY Assistant Secretary of State of Arizona Wed ded to Charming Chicago (Jirl. Will Return to Duties After April 1 (Special to The Republican) CHICAGO, Feb. 23 Miss Eleanor M. Murphy, member of a prominent Chicago family, and Richard K. Mc Gillen, assistant secretary of state of Arizona, will be married at nine o'clock tomorrow morning at St. Sebasiian church, Reverend Father John J. Doody officiating. The attractive church in Welling ton i-venue will be effectively dec orated for the event with a wealth of Kill;, tney roses and greenery as the predominant note of the floral scheme. The bride, who is of the petite bruneitt type, will wear an exquisite costume cf white crer de chine and rare o'd Toint de Venice lace. A white lace hat ornamented in a white bird of paradise will complete the charming costume. She will carry a shower boiptet of white sweet peas and lilies of the valley. Miss Alice Katherine Murphy will be her sister's maid of honor and only attendant. Her gown will be of pink crepe de chine and shadow lace and the hat she will wear is of im ported net trimmed in apple blos soms. She will carry tin arm boquet of Killarney roses. James V. McGillen, the well known publisher, will be his brother's best man. Following the ceremony a wedding (Continued on Page Five.) A "-. "W '-. FV About as It Does Today Kill II . 11 . Jl ' i 4 5 I Copyright: Mt; liy John T. McCutcheon.) j FIVE PRIESTS DIE I FROM BOMB EXPLOSION DEBRECZJN, Germany. Feb. . Five priests were killed by I 2 a bomb explosion in the office of Hishop Miklossy, prelate of the I Greek Catholic church, and the bishop, who is suposed to have been the object of the outrage, had a narrow escape. The vie- tims included the bishop's vicar, j whose daughter has become in- j sane on ber father's death. The j creation of a Greek Catholic bish opric here a year ago created much hostility. I Miner Is Foundt Alive Although Imprisoned Week f ASSOCIATED PRESS DISPATCH! .SEATTLE, Feb. 3 Mike Davasco nick, one of the two coal miners en tombed a week ago in the Cannon mine at Franklin and given up for dead sev eral days ago was rescued alive today. Although terribly weakened from hunger, the mine physicians say there is every prospect he will soon recover his normal strength. Since the cave-in last Monday, gangs of men have been working night and day to recover the bodies of the two men buried in the mine. The body of Andrew Chernick was recovered from under a heap of stone and gravel last Thursday. Although all hope of res cuing Davasconick alive was given up at the time the rescue squads were kept at work to recover the body. I.ate today the workers removed the debris which blocked the chamber in which Davasconick was working at the time of the accident and discovered the miner alive. He had lived for a week on the contents of his dinner pail. He was able to obtain water from the seepage in the chamber. Two Others Entombed BUTTE, Feb. 23 After eighty hours rescue work, all hope of finding John J. Sullivan and John Hart, entombed in the Southern Cross mine at George town was given up. o THREE CHILDREN DROWN ASSOCIATED PRESS DISPATCH1 PARKERSBURG, W. Va.. Feb. 23. Thre2 children, all under 16 years of age, were drowned when a boat containing nine persons was upset, and sank in the West Fork river. The others were rescued with diffi culty. Overloading of the boat is believed to have been the cause of the tragedy. PARACHUTE AND AEROPLANE ASSOCIATED PRESS DISPATCH SAN DIEGO, Feb. 23. Glen Mar tin, carrying Charles Broadwick, a parachute jumper, and Lieutenant Muller, an army aviator, demonstrat ed that Jumping frcm an aeroplane can be safely done. Broadwick, equipped with a parachute, jumped while the plane was high in the air. and six seconds afterward he landed with scarcely a lar. MINERS HELD BY MILITARY Fact Admitted In Colorado Congressional Investiga tion In Striking Region. Constitutionality of Ques tion Now Up f ASSOCIATED PRESS DISPATCH TRINIDAD, Feb. 23 The direct ad mission by Captain W. H. Hanks of the Colorado National Guard, that the militia has arrested and detained men as military prisoners, removed today the question of alleged unconstitutional imprisonment from the realm of fact to that of judicial interpretation. The j house investigating committee barred further testimony on the subject, Rep- resentative Eyrnes explaining that the members would decide for themselves whether the facts admitted by Captain Hanks constituted an infringement of constitutional rights. Today's develop ments came after two witnesses had testified that they had been held more than twenty days without formal charge and then released. Captain Hanks, representing the judge advo cate, then addressed the committee formally admitting that in many cases prisoners had been held substantially as recounted by witnesses. "In every case investigation had been made as promptly as possible and pris oners who were found guiltless have been released" he said.. Representative Byrness then suggest ed that no further evidence of the ar rests by the militia be received, saying that Captain Hanks' admission settled the fact. J. M. Hendrick, deputy district at torney, was called by the strikers and testified that since the calling of the strike, the civil court has been open for business at all times. When questioned as to whether or not his official work (Continued on Page Two.) Movie Shots At Miss Hobbs On Saloon Closing Mission ASSOCIATED PRESS DISPATCH COVE, Ore., Feb. 23. Miss Fern Hobbs, secretary of Governor West, arrived here today, investiagted the local saloon conditions, conferred with the mayor and the common council, examined the city ordinances, questioned several persons who made complaints to the governor, and left again for Salem, after two and one half hours' work. She did not close the saloons, nor order them closed, as she did in the Copperfield case six weeks ago, nor did she declare martial law. Miss Hobbs declared she would report her findings to the governor and that further action in the case VILLA INSISTS DEM TRIED 10 SHOOT HIM Constitutionalist Leader Gives His Yersion of Af fair to Reporters and It Corresponds to State ment Made at Juarez SAYS BENTON MADE CONFESSION Before Execution, Alleges Britain Made No Plea for Merev, Only Asking That His Property Be Turned Over to Widow t ASSOCIATED PRESS DISPATCH CHIHUAHUA, Feb. 23. General Villa's story of the killing of William S. Benton was told today to re porters. In detail it corresponds closely to the official statement giv en out Saturday at Juarez. The Juarez statement declared that when Benton reached for his hip pocket. Villa knocked him down with a blow of his fist. Villa said that when Benton made his move, he poked his own pistol into Benton's stomach and then turn ed him over to the guards. Villa in sisted that Benton came to take his life, and referred to Benton's mission concerning the welfare of his ranch as a "pretext" to gain admittance. According to Villa. Benton after the verdict of the court martial con fessed his guilt, and declined to ask for mercy. He merely requested that his property be turned over to his widow. Villa contradicted his official re port to the American consul at Jua rez that Gustav Bauch, a German American accused of being a py, had been brought to Chihuahua. Gen. Villa said he knew nothing of him. All Eyes on Washington EL PASO, Feb. 23 Interest in the execution last Tuesday of William S. Benton by General Villa continued with liiile abatement today, but with all eyes on the developments at Washington. Consul Edwards at Juarez said tonight that at the state department's request, it was a re quest and not a demand, that Ben ton's body be -turned over tj the widow, had met with no response from general Villa, who if at Chi huahua. The request was telegraphed last Saturday and it is reported that General Letcher at Chihuahua will renew his plea. While Washington may, for diplo matic reasons, accept the official version of the court martial at which the rebels are alleged to have" tried Benton and found him guilty of at tempting Villa's life, there is no dis- ' position among Benton's friends to ! change their verdict of "murder." i They are working tirelessly with I some hope of finding a witness to the shooting, w hose word may be re- lied upon. There is said to be evi I dence that an American witnessed the shooting, but that his associa I tions with the rebels make it un likely he will speak unless unusual pressure is brought to bear upon him. The federal junta, which has ener getic secret agents at work, as well as many sympathizers, are engaged in an attempt to ascertain the truth for the purpose of discrediting the constitutionalists. "11 Anxiety over the fate of Gustav Bauch, the German American official ly reported by Villa to have been removed to Chihuahua, for a review of his case wherein he was alleged to be a spy, cropfied out anew today when it was reported that Consul Letcher, who had been instructed by the state department to safeguard the prisoner's interests, was unable to see him. Legal documents setting forth Batten's birth of German par ents in New Iberia, La., were re ceived today by Mrs. J. M. Patter son, his sister, and they will be for warded to Chihuahua. Rebel agents are frequently to be met with in public places, volubly exchanging opinions as to Benton's temper. Their favorite story today vas that Benton, in the Foreign club at Chihuahua, once ;-sserted (Continued from Page Two.) would rest with him. Miss Hobbs made the trip unattended and was met by Mrs. Ella Anderson, a mem ber of the city council. To the accompaniment of the click of the motion picture machines, the two went to the city hall where Mayor Wilson said in reply to her statement that it had been reported to the governor that the saloons were running openly in defiance of the legally registered voters, that they be abolished, and that the county judge believed the result in the entire county, which voted "wet' governed the case In the Cove f, pre cinct, which voted "dry."