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iVOL. XXIV. NO. 310
Relieved Decisive Encase-!
inent of the Present Re-
volution Has Been Begun
With Thousands Lined
Up In Battle Array
On This Battle, It Is Con
ceded, Hinges the Fate!
of the Revolution Pre
liminary Skirmishes Give
EL PASO, March 24.
The )attle of Torreon open
ed yesterday afternoon and
is still in progress early
this morning. A dispatch
was received here late last
night by General Cliao. mil
itary governor of the state
of Chihuahua, signed by
Villa, telling of the engage
ment. "I have just begun the
attack on Palacio Gomez,
and will take it tonight,"
Villa wired. The message
was wired from Elver.jel.
three miles from Torreon.
Gomez Palacio and Laredo are with
out important defense, and these towns
were never seriously defended in the
previous revolutions. The real test of
strength is expected when Villa hurls
his force against the defenses of Tor
reon. On this battle, it is conceded, hinges
the fate of the revolution.
Preliminary skirmishing, which en
abled the rebels to bring their batteries
into action, began at daybreak. The
advance was preceded "' furious can
nonading directed at the federal bat
terio.jL,aad Jnfajuijsiipuorts on the
mountain slopes.
At this hour the battle is reported
stil in progress. Streams of wounded
are being brought to the field hospital
here as fast as possible are being sent
back to the general hospital at Bcrmc
jillo. The losses on both sides are re
ported heavy.
Expect Fall Soon
JUAREZ, March 23 Officials here
are jubilant tonight over the news from
Elverjel and predicted that news of the
fall of Torreon would be received here
in time to be included in the reception
to General Carranza, who is expected
to arrive next Thursday.
Scraps of information by wire indi
cate that the federals are fighting des-
(Cfintinued on Page Two)
Villa is Centering Forces on Torreon Attack; Should ,
This City Fall Way Would Be Opened Toward Capital
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' This map of the northern part of Mexico shows the extent of the present activities of the constitutional
ists and the federals in preparation for the decisive actions that are expected to settle the fate of Dictator
Huerta or of the forces of Villa and other generals who are operating against Huerta.
The principal objective point of the constitutionalists is the city of Torreon, in which, according to the.
latest advices, there are about 10,000 federal troops, besides many cannon and machine guns. Should Villa cap
ture Torreon, it is believed that lie will find few other obstacles in his path to Mexico City. . . .
1 iwMlwC i
js., General "rancho" Villa. j
Consul Perceval
Makes His Report
On Benton Killing
WASHINGTON, .March 23, .March
2:;: r.ritish Consul Perceval, at Gal
veston, reported to lhe British am
bassador the results of his indepen
dent investigation of the Rcnton kill
ing. From the incomplete evidence
he was able to secure, Perceval re
ports that Benton was unarmed
v. hen he entered Villa's office and
that theie was a scuffle, followed
by perfect quiet. No witnesses could
lie found who heard the sound of a
shot. Kenton did not emerge from
the office alive, but the report does
not disclose where or when the boily
was removed.
The consul drew the inference that
Lenton was killed by a knife, his
bodv secretly removed, and interred
til the immediate neighborhood,
though there was no direct evidence
to sustain this inference.
This leport will be given to Secre
tary firyan and the British foreign
office. According to the British
view, there is nothing further to lie
done at this stage.
Perceval was originally ordered to
Kl Paso to co-operate with the com
mission appointed by Secretary Bry
an, but finding the American com
mission helpless to act as a result
or the lefusal of the rebel leaders to
;.ilow them to exhume and examine
Benton's body, be conducted an in
vestigation of his own. .Much of the
evidence was collected in secret, be
cause of the witnesses' fear of pun
ishment at the hand of the const! -
(Continued on Page Two.)
Charles Killman Confesses
He and Three Others
Planted Dynamtie In
House Where Union Men
Their Own Eagerness to
Give Information to De
puty Sheriff hYsults In
Arrest of Two On Sus
SEATTLE, .March 23. Charles Kill
man, a prisoner in the county jail, con
fessed, according to Kdgar Wright,
deputy prosecuting attorney, that he
and Jack Sample, professional strike
breaker also in jail, and two other men
not yet arrested, planted dynamite in
a house where union teamsters were
believed to live, with the intention of
causing the arrest of the teamsters for
conspiracy. The d namite was care
iessly planted, according Ut the alleged
confession, on the premises of men
who had no connection with the strike
and Kilhnan was arrested on suspicion.
According to his alleged confession,
the Team Owner's Association, sus
pecting John Clark, James Pat ton and
Jack Hogle, striking teamsters, leaders
of the strike with being responsible for
harness cutting on the streets, cm
ployed Killman anil Sample to "get the
goods" on the three strikers Killman
an,; Semj le, alleged they could find no
evidence against strikers and hatched
the dynamite plot.
Killman says he and his companion,
on February jf, went to the Milwaukee
tunnel in Rockdale, at the crest of the
Cascade Mountains. Killman worked
there five hours under the name of
William Brown. When he. and his
companion quit work that night, they
came back to Seattle with twelve sticks
of dynamite. Killman says, the four
met at Georgetown and manufactured
a bomb out of pieces of gas pipe.
This, with the dynamite sticks were
placed under the house of F. Lyons,
who is a tannery workman and had
nothing to do with the teamsters
strike. Killman said that Semple then
(Continued on Page Twoi
says ran IS
ill II! 80ND
President Explains His Po
sition Regardinu,' Exemp
tion of Tolls Clause With
Relation to the Baltimore
Democratic Platform
WASHtXOTo.V. March 2.",. Presi
dent Wilson asserted that in seeking
the repeal of the Panama tolls exemp
tion clause, he is not only asking the
nation do what it is in honor bound
to do. but also is going the way of
the majority in the democratic party.
He pointed out that when the tolls
act was passed a majority of the
democrats, then in Congress, voted
against the exemption. This was taken
as the president's answer to the argu
ment that the f'.altimore platform
made the tolls exemption its doctrine.
The president is confident of victory.
The president declared that the tolls
exemption only passed Congress by a
coalition of the minority of the demo
crats with a. number of republicans.
The president is understood to be
lieve that the majority opinion of the
democrats then expressed the result
of a more deliberate consideration
than was possible at the Baltimore
Representative Munlock, progressive
leader, declared during the debate in
the House that if instead of the con
templated fifteen hours, forty hours
were allowed for discussion, the senti
ment of the House , would shift, and
that the .votes wolud change "Ameri
ca's way, instead of England's."
That all the progressive party mem
bers of the House are not opposed to
the repeal of the tolls exemption was
disclosed when Representative Charles
M. Thomson, of Chicago, issued a
statement declaring his intention to
support the president.
Representative Chandler, of Xew
York, also a progressive member, sup
plemented the recent statement of his
party leader in the House, declaring
his opposition to the repeal "because
I believe a political platform is the
covenant with the people, a sacred
thing, to be loyally observed, and
faithfully executed by the representa
tives tif the people."
DEXVKR, March 23 With !ton,OH0
cash in the banks and vaults and ail
its securities still undisposed of, the
German American Trust company
will open its doors tomorrow to meet
the third day of an inexplicable run
By John T. McCutcheon.
ICocyrixlit: 19H: By John T. McCutcheon.)
' ORAM) JL'XCTIOX, March 2.1
T. 1). Powman. Dale Mitchell. ;
I ami Ceo,se Hughes, all promi- j
i ncct cattlemen of Western Colo- :
lado. wire arrested on an indict-
ment charging them with the ;
murder of Peter Swanson, seven ,
j years ago. Swanson was shot to
death by a band of cowboys, while
! guarding two thousand sheep. The
: killing grew out of a feud between :
the sheepmen and the cattlemen, i
Mother" Jones
Is Again Under
Military Arrest
WA1.SEXWRO, March 23. 'Moth
er" Janes is held here incommunicado
and the I'nited 'Mine Workers of Amer
ica, are trying to induce the military
authorities to transfer her to other
The aged woman strike leader is held
in a little room in the basement of the
court house, which is used as the city
jail and also as a hospital for prison
ers, on orders of Adjutant General
Chase. Formal protests against hold
ing her in this place, which they de
dare unsanitary, damp and poorly
heated, have been made at military
headquarters by John R. l.awson and
other union leaders.
Chase Makes Statement
DENVER, March 23. Adjutant Gen
eral Chase said tonight: "Mother"
Jones, arrested in Walsenburg early
today, on the way from Denver to
Trinidad, will not again be confined
in the hospital.
"I will either leave her in the county
jail in Walsenburg or remove her to
the county jail at Trinidad," Chase ex
plained. "I expect to be in Walsen
burg tomorrow, and will examine the
iiuarters in which Mrs. Jones Is held.
I believe Walsenburg's jail is better
than the one in Trinidad. T'nless I '
find differently, she will stay right
where she is. I understood Governor
Amnions orders the same as before
that "Mother" Jones be imprisoned un
til she is ready to leave the strike
Governor Amnions said he kept in
close touch with all developments in
the "Mother" Jones case, knew exact
ly the nature of her incarceration in
Walsenburg and declared, that all his
previous instructions relative to
Mother Jones given to Adjutant Gen
eral cbase are in effect at the present
upon its deposits, according to God
frey Schrimer, president of the bank.
The bank has not yet accepted prof
fered help from the Denver Clearing
House Association.
Approximately $300,000 was with
drawn today, and about $100,000 was
received in deposits.
! MIL flit
Congressman MaeDoiiahl
Says Until This Is Dissi
pated Operators Will
ever Be Able to Settle
WASIUXGToX. March 23. The
Western Federation of Miners at
present has nothing in common with
the Industrial Workers of the World,
although the federation participated
in the organization of the latter. John
Mitchell, labor leader, testified be
fore the house committee investigat
ing the Calumet strike. There is
new no connection between tile two
oi ganizations.
"The autocratic control of all busi
ness opportunity by the big mining
corporations was a vital thing in
the Calumet situation," declared Rep
resentative McDonald, of Michigan."
McDonald said that unless this
autocratic control is dissipated, they
will never be able to settle the dis
turbance and asserted that all forces
of the government in the copper
country were nullified during the
sti ike.
"The sheriff made no bonafide ef
fort to enforce the law," McDonald
said. "Mr. Waddell, of the company,
which imported the gunmen took
charge of the sheriff's office just as
soon as th" strike began."
President Cha.se of the Calumet
and Heela company, will be called to
testify regarding the attitude of his
company toward union labor.
The Calumet and Heela mining
(ompany. through its attorney, James
Minter Wants Gun Schrank
Used In Shooting Roosevelt
MILWAUKEE. March 23. The re
volver with which John Schrank at
tempted to kill Theodore Rohsevelt
here in October, 1912. will be pre
sented to Roosevelt, together with five
unused bullets which remained in the
weapon when Schrank was handed
over to the police.
This was the understanding today
when a man named E. E. Minter. who
claims he wrested the gun from
Schrank, made a request to Judge A.
C. P.ackus, of the municipal court
where Schrank was tried, for posses
sion of the weapon. Judge Backus
granted the request after obtaining a
Believing They Were to be.
Sent Against Ulster Men,
Officers of Infantry Bat
talions Quit the Ser
Arthur Bonar Law Receives
Letter Quoting Officer
As Saying "Bv Saturdav
Uundreds Will Bo Dead
In Ulster.
LONDON, March 23. Defection of
army officers in Ulster resulted from
a misunderstanding of orders by Gen
eral Paget, commander, who told the
officers they were to move upon Ulster
for a campaign for repression, accord
ing to inferences made in the House of
Commons. Parliament is turbulent and
excited. Unionists believe the gov
ernment participated in a fiasco and
that the officers' resignations alone
prevented the government from mov
ing troops on a wholesale basis to ov
ercome Ulster.
According to official statements, mis
understanding of military orders was
cleared away after three officers were
summoned here -for a conference. Th
general belief is, that they were assured
they did not have to fight against Ul
ster men. This is considered a dis
tinct surrender by the government,
Lord Merely stated that the King ap
proved of orders sending the officers
back to Ireland after the conference.
The part the King played in the crisis
was not disclosed. It is reported that
the King used his influence with the
cabinet to secure a compromise with
the army. Unionists believe Lloyd
George and Winston Churchill are thi
c hief movers in the plan to overcome
Ulster by a show of superior force and
the arrest of the leaders. Some un
ionists members assert that Andrew
Bonar Law recently received a letter
quoting one of the highest officers in
Ireland as saying "by Saturday there;
will be hundreds dead in Ulster." Un
ionists accuse the government of blam
ing Commander Paget for their own
"colossal blunder." Unionists believe
the army checkmated the government.
They will be surprised if the govern
ment soon relinquishes its armed force,
as it's action had the immediate result
of striking a shower of sparks of class
Liberal newspapers of high standing
and influence, like the Daily Chronicle
and The Daily News, printed bitter de
nunciations of the officers as part of
the Tory aristocracy which insists
upon the prerogative of ruling the
country against the people. These pa
pers demand the democratization of the
army, that the system of officering it
from the sons of the rich be supersed
ed by a system whereby officers may
be promoted from the ranks.
The labor papers are equally bitter.
They demand to know why privates
should not have the same privilege of
refusing to fire upon working men
when they are called upon to suppress
strike riots.
"What about strikers?" is the shout
with which labor members tried to
drown Eonur Law's defense o tin
rights of the officers to refuse to obey
orders, against their consciences. Con
ferences of high officers with the King
continued today. Sporadic resignation
of officers was announced, including
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A. Emery, was requested to furnisli
data of the financial .conduct ami
history of the company.
Attorney Emery cross-examined
Mitchell and endeavored to show that
the constitution of the Western Fed
eration of Miners and its history,
and showed it was opposed to col
lective bargaining as a principle.
"I want to show." said Emery,
"that this organization would not
feel itself bound to carry out any
contract that it might make with
mine operators, and that therefore
the offer to make such a bargain is
hardly an attractive one to the op
erators." promise from Minter that he will
hand the revolver and bullets to
I Roosevelt when the latter returns
from South America.
Want Word of Roosevelt
XEW YORK, March 23. Failing to
receive further advice from the Roose
velt party, who lost their equipment
in the rapids of the Amazon Itiver, in
Brazil, the American Museum of
Natural History wired American Con
sul Para to procure the earliest pos
sible information. It is not believed
that Roosevelt is in any danger, un
less the food supply was lost with the
pother equipment.
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