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FE N IJP A M SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1915. NO. 263. VOL 50. SANTA MEX CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FAVORS A PERMANENT HOME IN OLD ADOBE MEMBERS VOTE UNANIMOUSLY TO JOIN CITY COUNCIL AND SANTA FE CLUB IN PROJECT TO BUY FAMOUS BUILDING OPPOSITE CATHEDRAL FAVOR MR. HUGHES' PROJECT TO GET A COMPANY TO BUILD HOUSES IN NEW-OLD SANTA FE STYLE-THANKS MR. TASCHEK FOR SPLENDID MAP. BUSINESS MEN URGED TO AID NEW COMPANY OF NAT L GUARD WHAT MEMBERS OF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DID LAT NIGHT. Decided to purchase the "center section" of the famous Old Adobe op posite the Cathedral for $2000 for permanent headquarters. Adopted several changes to the constitution. Extended thanks to John P. Dods and his associates of "Motor Ago" for publicity granted Santa Fe and environs. Volunteered to co-operate In every way with Ashley Pond, of Roswell, in his project to get the Ramon Vigil grant, 25 miles from Santa Fe, into -a game preserve for use of some Detroit millionaires who are enthusiastic over the climate of this region. Announced that the climate booklets have been mailed to a thousand physicians in the Mississippi valley. Voted to print a le'terhead to conform to illustrated envelopes, show ing Santa Fe the oldest city In the United States. . Extended vote of thanks to Ernest Taschek for splendid work on the road map showing points of interest near Santa Fe, and trails, etc. Following an eloquent address by Col. E. C. Abbott, recommended that business men back project to enlist another company of guardsmen in Santa Fe. Passed resolution calling on Warden McMnnus to furnish brick for pav ing around plaza. Informed members that the Circle Drive fund of $100 Is raised. Adopted resolution expressing sorrow at death of General A. S. Brookes and appointed a committee to prepare resolutions on death of Dr. E. Almon Leonard. Heard speeches by Judge J. R. McFie on the Increasing popularity of the New-Old Santa Fe stvle and on the Tippd nf an inniiiprntnr for Santa Fe. Appointed a committee to seek buildings in the New-Old Santa Fe stylo in Santa Fe, following suggestions of Levi A. Hughes. Applauded Mr. Justice Hanna for his suggestion to ask the women of Santa Fe to conduct a "Swat-the-fly" campaign early in the spring, and to adopt other hygienic measures for the health of the city. Before the adjournment of the meeting the president called attention of the members to the publication of a report of one of the committees in the Albuquerque Journal before that report was submitted to the chamber of commerce and politely but firmly asked the committee to report to the chamber of commerce first, and to the newspapers afterward. The above were striking features of the meeting of- the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce hs!! last night -In the new chambers presided over by Presi dent H. it. Dorman, with Secretary "George H. Van Stone keeping the min utes. Although the slippery streets, the dense fog and the snow kept Beveral members at home, there was a fairly good attendance and the business be fore the organization was dispatched with old-time swiftness and enthus iasm. Of surpassing interest to many, of ' course, was the proposal to purchase permanent headquarters in the old : adobe opposite the Cathedral. The Santa Fe Club and city council have decided to make that their home and they said to the chamber of commerce: "Come with us." And the chamber of commerce answered last night: "Yes." The chamber of commerce is to have the central portion of the build ing, provided the deal is put through. There is an option on the building un til the middle of February. "Can we get a separate mortgage?" asked S. G. Cartwright. He was as sured that the chamber of commerce would act separately in this matter. President Dorman explained the de tails of the project and J. W. Giddings made the motion to have the plan ac cepted. "I second the motion," said John V. Conway, who held a blue print of the famous adobe in his hand. The motion was carried unanimous ly. Changes to Constitution. As announced some time ago it was planned to make certain changes to the constitution and these were ac cepted last night. This was one of , the amendments. , "Be it resolved. That Article II of the constitution of this organization be amended by adding thereto the fol lowing: "(6) All members in arrears on their dues for six months may, upon recommendation of the executive com mittee and an affirmative vote- of the chamber of commerce, be dropped from the rolls for non-payment of dues." The other amendment was: "Be it resolved, That the constitu tion of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce be and hereby is amended as follows: "Art. Ill, Sec. 1. By striking out after the word -accompanied' the words 'by the admission fee which is hereby fixed at five dollars and.' By adding after the words 'in advance' the words 'which dues are hereby fix ed at one dollar per month payable quarterly in advance.' "Art. III. By adding See. 6. Any member of this association may re sign provided his dues are paid to the date of such resignation but such dues shall in all cases constitute a valid claim against such resigning member until they are paid." Thank Dods et al. ' The following-resolutions were pass ed unanimously: Whereas, in the Issues of the Mo tor Age of December 4th and 11th. two well written articles on Santa Fe and vicinity have appeared tmm the militarq prisoners held in the Btrikel ways and means for the erection of pen of Mr. John Dods, Illustrated by photographs taken by Mr. N. lazar nlck, whlch articles are doubtless of great value to New Mexico, and this section in particular, and will prove i of great worth in interesting the peo ple of our eastern states In the attrac tions of the southwest, and, "Whereas, Mr. Dods and his asso ciates have shown great generosity and personal Interest in the welfare and progress of our state, as evi denced by the well written articles referred to, and, ' ...... "Whereas, the chamber of com merce of the city of Santa Fe is de sirous of expressing its appreciation of the effort of Mr. Dods and his asso ciates, as well as our appreciation to he publishers of the Motor Age for the very favorable advertising which they have given this section of the southwest. "Therefore, be It resolved, by the chamber of commerce of the city of Santa Fe, that the thanks of this body, individually and collectively, be ex tended to Mr. J. P. Dods, Mr. N. Laz arnick, Mr. J. A. Harris and the Mo tor Age, for assistance to this section of the southwest in the effort they have made to bring the attention of the readers of the Motor Age, the at- tractions and things of Interest per- taining to our country, with the as- surances that this chamber of com- j merce greatly appreciates the work of the gentlemen referred to, and the co-j operation with them of the Motor years, was cross-examineu ai uie re ,! sumption of the trial today. Her r- ' 1 he cuamoer or commerce muu ui- fered to extend every possiDIe am tu Ashley Pond, a prominent resiaem. oi . Roswell, who is planning to turn the Ramon Vigil grant, 25 , miles from Santa Fe, into a fine game preserve for use of a club of well-to-do Detroit people. There are over 30,000 acres in the grant, it is said, and it is plan ned to fence the tract and build bung alows, a large club house, hunting lodges, etc. Ten men of Detroit have already pledged $2300 each and it Is planned to get forty men of Detroit to subscribe. The chamber of commerce will send out literature, maps, etc., to help the project. Climate Booklets. In the absence of Col. B. M. Cutting, chairman of the publicity committee, Secretary Van Stone announced that the climate booklets had cost $114.4U and had been paid for; that a thou sand of these booklets had been sent to physicians in the Mississippi valley and other physicians will be reached. It is realized that if Santa Fe is to draw health-seekers, physicians in the east and middle-west must be inform ed of the climatic advantages of a high altitude and a location sheltered from terrible winds. . Letterheads. The illustrated envelopes have proved a success that it was decided to print letter heads to conform, al lowing space for printed names and addresses of purchasers. . i A Splendid Map. ! The members were much pleased (Continued on p(a three), GRAFT CHARGED ! AGAINST CANAL ! COMMISSARY Washington, D. C, Dec. IT. ; Charges of irregular dealings between j John Burke, commissary manager for j the Panama canal work, and contrac tors who have been furnishing sup-j plies, are being investigated by the j government. It was admitted officially today that for the last six months the inquiry has been In progress, based on charges preferred by Chas. E. Walker, a former subordinate of Burke's in the commissary department, alleging that his superior officer, was demand ing and receiving large commissions from persons with whom he had plac ed large contracts for food and other Bupplios for the canal workers. Also, it is alleged lhat Burke had awarded contracts to the Colon import and ex port company, in which he is a stock holder, and that he had" profited at least $50,000 from his operations. His 'salary was $4500 a year. Several im I portant contracts were placed in j Europe, j Only Hearsay. I New York, X. Y., Dec. 17. Officers I of the Panama Railroad company said today that they knew only by hear say of the charges against John Burke. "Mr. Burlte's accounts were approv ed by Colonel Eugene L. Wilson, head of the subsistence department of the isthmian canal commission," said Syl vester Demlng, treasurer of the road. "In due course of routine, we receiv ed the accounts here for auditing, but bad not other relations with Mr. I Burke. I do not think, however, that his expenditures have been as much as $6,000,000 . "Some time ago we heard in a roundabout way that charges had been made agaiiiBt Mr. Burke. We heard nothing further of them." Burke Is about 45 years old and was formerly a resident of Indianapolis. Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 17. John Burke, whose work in the commissary j department of the Panama canal is being Investigated, was found here this afternoon and denied that he ever received money from any source, other than his salary, while connected with the commissary department. Mr. Burke came to Indianapolis two weeks ago on his vaction. "There is not a word of truth In any charge that I have profited financially 'on the side' In connection with my work in the canal zone," said Mr. Burke. "Complaint against me arose last September on account of informa tion given out by a disgruntled em ploye. The complaint was that the de partment had made purchases abroad. I never made answer to the complaint for it was the policy of the depart ment to purchase supplies wherever they could be had the cheapest. "The charge that I have made money out of my position is news to me. It would be impossible, as I am not In full charge of the commissary department. I have to make detailed reports to my superior officer." Mr. Burke said supplies amounting to about $8,000,000 were purchased annually by the department. SCHMIDT WAS A "BOOB" SAYS SCHOOLMATE New York, Dec. 17. Hans Schmidt slayer of Anna Aumuller, today noti fied counsel conducting the defense in his trial formally, that he was un der a "divine inspiration" to take the witness stand and tell his story in his own way. The inspiration had not ex- tended to his lawyers at noon and tuey were sun unaecmea wneiuer 10 call him. Mrs. Elizabeth Schadler, Schmidt s favorite sister, who came here from Germany with her father to testify that Schmidt had been insane for story will probably be unchanged by (the district attorney's questioning. Tnere were lutroduced depositions ,f Car, Schmldti brother of the ac- cuged Hnd of KatnHrine Schmidt, a cousin. Both reside in Germany, and both testified as to Schmidt's marked eccentricities as indicating an unsound mind. Depositions from other Ger man witnesses were to the same ef fect. The Rev. Johannes Siebacher, who was associated with Schmidt in a seminary in Mainz, told of the priest's peculiarities and Baid he had coine to the conclusion that Schmidt was not mentally responsible. "I told him the priesthood was not his calling and said be was a boob," said the deposition. Dr. Ludwig Benzig, presiding officer of the ecclesiastical court at Mainz that investigated charges against Schmidt, deposed lhat the court found Schmidt morally responsible, but did not pass on bis mental state. It de prived him, however, from further ex ercising his functions as priest. At the request of counsel for the defense, the court adjourned early un til tomorrow. DENIES SELLING ANY OF MEXICAN INTERESTS. London, Dec; 17. Lord Cowdray in denying today a statement published In New York to the effect that he was to dispose of his Mexican oil interests, to an American concern, said: . "Neither my firm nor I have sold nor are about to sell our Mexican oil interests to the Standard- Oil , com pany or any one else." :'!' REPUBLICANS ADOPT NEW PLAN IF RATIFIED BY A MAJORITY OF THE STATE ORGANIZATIONS, THE NEW SYSTEM WILL CUT OUT A TOTAL OF 62 DELEGATES FROM THE SOUTH AND EIGHT FROM NORTH. REPORT ON PRIMARIES AND PROCEDURE Washington, JJ. C, Dec. 17. The Republican national committee met again today to conclude the reform measures il has undertaken to re unite the party, to clear its conven tion machinery of certain features and to reduce representations in national conventions from southern states and congressional districts which are re gained as hopelessly Democratic. Only two propositions remained to be acted on today and a report from a special sub-committee headed by Na tional Committeeman Warren, of Michigan, offered a solution of each. The Warren committee finally agreed on a plan of re-apportionment providing for four delegates at large from each state, one from each con gressional district and one additional from each district where the total Re publican vote was 85 per cent or more of the total vote cast. No district, however, would have more than two delegates, no matter how large the Republican votes. States having con gressmen at large would be entitled to one vote for each. . The congressional election of 1910 probably will be used as the basis for determining the exact representa tion in each state. Territories and the District of Co lumbia would have two delegates each. The plan provides also that it shall become effective when it is ratified by states representing a majority of th electoral college. Under the Warren plan representa tion in national conventions would be reduced by 70 delegates. The follow ing named states would lose the fol lowing number of delegates: Alabama, 6; Florida, 2; Georgia, 6: Louisiana. 7: MWsslPDi. f 8: North Carolina, 2; Oklahoma, 1 ; South Caro lina, 7; Tennessee, 4; Texas, 14; Vir ginia, !i. Total loss for the south, 02. Illinois, 2; Kentucky, 1; New Jersey, 1; New York, 4. Total loss for the north, 8. A plan for additional delegates where the Republican vote was more than 10 per cent of the total was re jected because under it the north would lose proportionally more than the south. . Under it New York's rep resentation would be cut by 8 and Ohio's by five." The sub-committee unanimously agreed on the 35 per cent plan. The sub-committee's report oa pri maries and proceodure, reads, in part, as follows: "Be It Resolved, That this commit tee, when it issues the call for the na tional convention to be held in the year 1910, to nominate candidates for president and vice-president, shall pro vide in such call: "(A) That in any state which shall have provided by law, prior to the election of delegates from such state for the election of such delegates to national conventions of political par ties at direct primaries, such dele gates from that state shall be elected in conformity with such law. "(B) That all delegates from any state may be chosen from the state at j large, or part from the state at large ; and part from congressional districts in conformity with the laws of the Btate in which the election occurs. "(C) That delegates presenting cer tificates of election from the canvass ing board or officer created or desig nated by state law to canvass the re turns and issue certificates of election to delegates to national conventions of political parties in a primary elec tion, shall be placed on the temporary roll by the national committee." The nlan of the sub-committee to recognize primary lawB and change j the rules governing conventions was'" adopted by the national committee by a unanimous vote. On a point raised by Committeeman Chubb, of Florida, It was announced that the resolution would be changed so that in states where it is optional whether a party shall hold primaries for the elections of delegates they shall be selected in j the old manner and the primary plan i shall be observed only in states where the law provides specifically for such action. With the resolution for re-apportionment of delegates and amendments was accepted providing that the basis for the selection of delegates from each congressional district, in addi tion to one, should be based on "the Republican vote for Republican presi - dentiai electors in 1908, or for the Re-1 publican candidate for congress in j 1914, which ever is the higher.' R. B. Howell, of Nebraska, submit ted a minority report. He concurred ! in everything except the apportion ment scheme and declared that be be lieved the proposal of the majority would be subversive of. the object of the meeting and result-In future em-, barrassment to the. Republican party. ' He contended that the principal pur j pi.so of the meeting was to reduce jsoiKherii representation in Republican l national conventions and that he did I I believe thai the reapportionment I scheme as proposed would remedy the j difficulty. The eleinination of only (!2 delegates from all the southern states, Mr. Howell asserted, would never in his opinion, be satisfactory to the Repub licans of the country. Mr. Howell suggested as an alter native a plan of the Republican con gressional committee, providing four delegates at large for each state and one delegate in addition for each 10,- 000 votes or major fraction thereof cast for the Republican candidate in 1I10X. That plan would reduce the total number of delegates in the con vention of 945. The south, which had 272 delegates in the convention of 1 St 1 2, would have only 11!) if that plan were adopted. William Barnes, Jr., of New York, proposed us u substitute for the Howell amendment that the report of the special committee be adopted with a provision that no congressional district should get the benefit of an additional delegate unless that district had cast at least 7300 Republican votes for presidential electors, or in 1914 for candidates for congress. He said that it would he a fundamental mistake to adopt any scheme of re apportionment which would eleminate the congressional district as a unit The proposal of Mr. Howell, he said, would absolutely shut out twelve slates from the congressional district delegate plan. Mr. Barnes' substitute proposal he said, would reduce the southern repre sentation by 77 votes in the conven tion, and the northern states by eight, of which New York would lose four. An agreement on a plan is looked for tonight. National Committeeman Howell of Nebraska led the fight for a radical red ...tion of southern repre sentation. National Committeeman Remmel of Arkansas, violently op posed such a plan. He said that the history of Republican conventions showed conclusively that the southern contingent always had followed the lead of a northern majority in support of presidential candidates. ' Are you going to kick us out and make the Republican party a section al party?" he asked, shaking his fist at Mr. Howell. "Treat us fairly En - courage us as we deserve to be en cou raged and don't try to throttle ns,' UNIONS PLAN FINE PROGRAM FOR COLORADO Denver, Colo., Dec. 17. Reports of the committees on resolutions and policy were matters of absorbing In terest at today's session of the special convention of the union labor dele gates. The open discussion of yester day served to outline quite clearly the views of Individuals and the local unions they represent on the question of a state wide strike in sympathy with the members of the United Mine Workers of America on strike in the Colorado coal fields. Early today it seemed practically certain that the convention would not Issue a formal call for such a strike but would confine itself to the ap pointment of a committee empowered to call a state wide strike of all unions represented if it finds condi tions warrant. It was explained by labor leaders that this condition has not power to enforce such a strike and should one be called under the plan outlined it would rest with the various unions, through their national officers to make the strike effective. Yesterday's discussion, it was said, clearly outlined the position of the delegates on the chief questions under consideration by the resolutions com mittee and furnished a reasonable basis for predictions on its recommen dations. These include resolutions for the recall of Governor Amnions, the removal of Ceneral John Chase as commander of the militia, the recall of Jefferson Fair, sheriff of Huerfano county; a constitutional amendment for the state operation of coal mines; compulsory arbitration of labor dis putes, speedy recall of the militia from the coal fields, urging Colorado's delegates In congress to support the resolution by Congressman Edward Keating for a congressional Investiga tion of the Colorado coal situation. Just before the noon adjournment a suggestion was made to have the 500 delegates march to the: 8e P""1 " , "' " ..... . ,,a nS the recal of the militia and the oisnussa. or aojuihui m- 1 UK ugt:liuil gallic ni ,nr- vivoc speech by "Mother" Jones, in which she. : demanded the release of the military prisoners held In the strike zone. Many delegates had already left the ha.ll for the march on (he state house when William B. Green, secre tary and treasurer of the United Mine Workers, took the floor and counseled moderation. He urged the delegates to make their demands upon the gov ernor in an orderly manner, in the form of resolutions. Secretary Green in his address to the convention today discouraged the plan of calling a general strike, declar ing (hut l:ilinr unions should alwavs ,. to thel. contracts with em- piover8. Jt was exPected that action on reso- Ilutions would be reached late today. .e,.yER NAMED FOR SALT LAKE OFFICE Washington. D. C, Dec. 17. Presi dent Wilson today nominated Charles Gammon, of Utah, for assayer in charge of the assav office at Salt Ijike City. 37 ARE KILLED IN VULCAN E THIRTY BODIES HAD BEEN RECOV ERED UP TO NOON TO-DAY. RESCUERS STILL WORK TO RE COVER BODIES. NO LIVING ARE HOPED FOR. ARRANGETo CARE FOR WIDOWS AND CHILDREN! Newcastle, Colo.. Dec. 17. Twenty five bodies of the 37 men killed in "yes terday's explosion had been removed from the workings of the Vulcan mine cf the Rocky Mountain Fuel company early today. Three more bodies had been located in the rooms of the west entry. After a rest of one hour wearied rescuers started into the mine with pick and shovel to release the corpses imprisoned by broken timbers, stone and coal. With the coming of day Newcastle, relieved of the tense excitement of yesterday, was just beginning to real ize the full meaning of the catastro phe. Women and children thronged the morgue for a final glimpse of hus band, brother or father. Tentative plans were made today for a general funeral at which the victims of yester day's disaster would be buried In the same cemetery where relatives of vic tims of the explosion In 1S9G still go to mourn for loved ones. E. E. Shumway, general manager of the Rocky Mountain Fuel company, and State Mine Inspector Dalrymple arrived here today. Dalrymple Imme diately entered the mine on a trip of inspection. The thirtieth body was taken from the mine at 11 o'clock. Parties of res cuers are at work in both entries, re moving the masses of dislodged coal 1 and rock. Coroner Hopkins, of Olenwood Springs, nnnounced lhat he would ar range for an inquest as soon as the I last body had been recovered. Arrangements are being made to I care for the widows and children of I thn mtnf. victims. The state mine inspector spent four hours In the mine. Upon his return he said that he would have no state ment, to make until later. Thirty-one bodies had been brought out up to 2 o'clock. CURRENCY BILL TOBEUOTED ON FRIDAY Washington,' D. C, Dec. 17. A ten tative agreement was reached late to day between Democratic and Republi can leaders of the senate for a final vote on the currency bill before the end of the legislative day of Friday. Other changes are favored by many Democratic senators. The proposi tion against "member banks" extend ing any of the benefits of the new federal system to "non member banks" probably will be modified. Efforts will be made to bring about an agreement of Democratic senators on all amendments, which then will be offered in the senate by Chairman Owen. Democratic House Leader Under wood assured senate leaders the house would not take much time in dispos ing of the bill. He predicted that if the bill passed the senate tomorrow, it would be disposed of by the house before Monday. At a conference of Democratic sen ators tonight it is proposed to elimin ate deposits guarantee from the cur rency bill, change the "lawful redemp tion" to make treasury notes redeem able in gold, and arrange, if possible, j for a final vote Thursday night. THE DAY IN CONGRESS Senate. Met at It) a. m. Currency debate resumed with Re - publican senators predicting the ad - ministration hill would pass by Satur - day. House. Met at noon. Alaskan railway bill, involving MN sue of government ownership debated, jgees, chiefly Spaniards from the north Secretary Bryan, before foreign af- em states, each of whom brought an fairs committee advocated purchase i of embassy buildings at Tokio, Mexico City, and Berne. C. K. Mahoney, of Denver, vice president of Western Federation of Miners, made charges against mine operators in Michigan copper districts at rules committee hearing. Representative Roberts of Massa- chusetts urged interstate commerce j silver ror tne redemption or tne pa committee to report his bill to re- per on account of the refusal of an quire all steel cars on railroads within four years. Representative Fowler of Illinois, and Marsh Lambert of Shawueetown, urged rivers and harbors committee to appropriate $600,000 to repair and strengthen levees at Shawneetown. W. L. Gazzam and Jas. L. Gibson, of Seattle, declared requirements of La Follette Beaniens' bill physically im possible on Puget Sound vessels, at merchant marine committee hearing. Judiciary committee heard delega tion of American bar association in advocacy of removal of technicalities in judicial procedure. ... VILLA HAS BEEN BRANDED TOO j ! BLACK CONSUL LETCHER REPORTS THAT THE REBEL GENERAL HAS NOT MISTREATED AMERICANS IN CITY OF CHIHUAHUA. NORMAL CON DITIONS RESTORED AT TAMPICO. MEXICO CITY BANKS STILL IN TROUBLE El Paso, Texas, Dec. 17. United States Consul Letcher at Chihuahua telegraphed to Consul Edwards today that almost all foreigners had left Chihuahua and that the city under the rebel occupation was now quiet. Reports from other sources were that the next activity between Gener al Villa and the federals was expected south of Chihuahua, but it probably would be some time before the oppos ing forces would meet. Luis Terrazas, Jr., is still held a I prisoner by Villa. The avowed pur pose is to compel the Terrazas family to pay a large sum of money for his release. Villa asserts the family suc ceeded in taking much of their cash and securities to the United States before the rebels arrived and it is planned to hold Terrazas until $250, 000 or more is sent back. Not is Bad as Reported. Washington, D. C, Dec. 17. Consul Letcher has advised the state depart ment that many reports of maltreat ment of Americans in Chihuahua are without foundation. The department issued this statement: Consul Letcher reports that many of the statements published In the El Paso press relative to conduct visited on Americans since the entry of the constitutionalist forces into Chihua hua are without foundation as also are reports of discourtesy to him on the part of the revolutionist leaders." Rear Admiral Fletcher reported to day that normul conditions were be ing restored in Tampico. His reports state that the weather has moder ated and that he has been able to transfer all the refugees back to the Sumner. A later dispatch advises that the refugees have all been returned safely to Tampico. Further advices say the Ward liner Morro Castle sail- ed on Tuesday at 8 p. m., but eight Americans desiring to leave on board her. Rebels to the number of about 4,000 are reported to be camping eighteen miles northwest of Tampico. For the present the army transport Sumner will remain at Tampico, Mexico City, Dec. 17. The rebels who have penetrated the federal dist rict and who yesterday clashed with federa.1 troops at Milpa, Alta and San Ijorenzo, are said to be accompanied and directed by Emiliano Zapata. Fe lipe Neri and (lenevo de la O, other southern rebel leaders, are reported j nearby and in daily communication jwith Zapata. I General Zapata is alleged to have j taken possession of Nepanpa ranch, a few miles from Milpa Alta. At one Mime this property was a favorite rest ing place of General Porflrlo Diaz. According to government reports re ceived at the capital today, a further rout was administered to the rebels tat San Lorenzo yesterday, j After the engagement the followers i of Zapata took refuge in the rough I country at the base of Mount Ajusco, twenty miles south of Mexico City. Crowds again formed this morning in front of the doors of the Central Bank hours before the opening, in order to exchange their state bank hills for cash. Notices had been post ed over night to the effect that the Central Bank would redeem to their holders only half of the amount of the state bank bills. This was for the j purpose of relieving as many of them as possible and the redemption was to be made conditional on the Central I Rank having on deposit funds of the state banks to cover the bills. It was 'announced that as fast as the de- j posits of each of the state banks -was 'exhausted the redemption of its bills i would he stopped, The panicky condition growing out of the refusal of state bank bills was j augmented today by the flooding of is-lthe city with this currency by refu- accumulation. The refugees naturally applied to the Central Bank, which was quickly confronted with the prospect of being drained of redeemable paper and left with notes possibly good hut not easily convertible. This was due to the fact that the bauks of issue woro nnaMe to ship express company to carry the money through districts where rebels are numerous. Villa as a Strategist. El Paso, Tex., Dec. 17. General Francisco Villa, the constitutionalist leader of Chihuahua, again appeared in the light of a military strategist yesterday when it was announced by his officers that instead of sending the column of constitutionalist troops under General Maclovio Herrera, to attack the federals at Ojinaga. he had dispatched them to Torreon to trap it i i m.i (Continued on page four)..