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The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR. Number 35 9th Cavalry At the Front Contributed by 1st Sergt. Edward York. About 6 o’clock p. m. on the evening of March 6, 1913. a report was sent into the camp of the American sol diers that the Federals from the garrison of Agua Prieta, across from Douglas, Arizona, to the number of fifty, were marching on the Mexican town of Naco. With Sergeant Major Hilton T. Dean, 9th Cavalry. 1 cautiously wended my way to the line. Mount ing on top of the Copper Queen Mercantile Store, only a few yards on this side of the line, we, through our field • glasses, observed the ap proach of the soldiers. In number they were, Cavalry 21, Infantry 23, a total of 44 sol diers, entering a town to take the same. At the time of their approach there were no Rebel soldiers or Maderistas of sufficient number in the town to make any showing against them: therefore their entry was without a shot be ing fired. After trance and ifter all the offi cials of the town-who, be fore their arrival were out spoken Maderistas these same officials went out a dis tance to greet them with friendly overtures. So amid the cheers of the peons of Vive Huerta, Vive Diez, the braves take possession of the custom house, barracks and storehouse in which latter building are supposed to be •stored quantities of arms and ammunition. As the soldiers, accompa nied by the town otUcials, are marching to the barracks, the Justice of the Peace, hereto fore a staunch Maderista, es pied a city police and at once points him out as being a Ma , derista. The "brave" soldiers arrest him, put him in their midst and start to continue their march to the barracks. The prisoner, seeing the good old American line only one block away, and also seeing numbers of the Americano Soldas along the line watch ing the soldiers, decide that a break for liberty and a dash for the line would serve him far better than submitting to a possible early shooting, breaks and runs toward Ihe line Wc see the break for liberty only a block away, but developments are working so rapidly that no chance is giv en us to seek cover, well know ing that the soldiers will fire upon the fleeing prisoner. 80 it is that we find ourselves di rectly in the line of fire. In quick succession four shots are heard, two rifles and two revolvers. One of the rille shots passed between Ser gcant-Major Dean and my self, a space of only about six inches separating'us, artd the other passing directly over our heads, both shots hitting the walls of the Copper Queen store directly behind us. A third shot fell on the ground not ten feet to our front. This was from a revolver. It so happened that Sergeant-Ma jor Dean had only a few mo ments before permitted his wife and little baby to cross over in order that they might the better view the Mexican soldiers. When the firing be gan they were in the midst of it, and though shots were coining pretty close to us where we stood, the Sergeant- Major at once rushed across the line that he might rescue his family. But before that could be accomplished, the firing had ceased. The prisoner, though fired ! at five times, was not hit, again | showing the poor marksman- j ship of the Mexican soldier, i He made good his escape j across the line and is now awaiting in Naco. Arzona, [the arrival of 300 Maderistas who are expected to arrive Sunday night. Tonight 100 Maderistas will leave this side of the line to meet their ; friends who are in camp only a few miles outside the city. A message has been received by the Federal Commander, that if he has not evacuated the town before the arrival of this force, he will be com pelled to so do'and no quarter will be shown his men or sym pathizers. There are two troops of the 9th U. S. Cavalry stationed at , this town, and daily a strong patrol is kept along the bor der line out of range but in dose touch with every move ment made on the other side. Having spent twenty days’ j leav" of absence in New Mex ico with my family, and at the time of my Ibaving here, knowing that the conditions along the border were quiet, it was quite a surprise upon my return on the morning of | the 6th of March, to find so I much real war talk and action, [l was truly glad to be back and to have an opportunity to 1 witness the little sortie. Yet I am not so pleased to have come so near being hit by a bullet from a gun of a Mexi can, especially as as they are such poor shots. An almost complete exodus of the Mexicans from the oth er Jde of the line to this side has been accomplished. All Maderistas were forced to come across and are now lo cated on this side, under the friendly protection of the American government. They have rented floor space in the postoffice building and are now sending out instructions and orders from this side of the line. No one molests them in any way whatsoever. Nightly both parties are seen upon the streets of the Ameri can town of Naco, coming and going freelv. Edward York, First Sergeant Troop A, qth Cavalry. In camp at Naco, Arizona. LEARN THE SILVER PLATING business and be assured of a good liv ing for life. A fascinating profession with very little competition; make money while living at home. Simple Instructions. Write for free pamphlet. C. E. Clark, B. 137, Leavenworth. Kae. ARE YOU CONSTIPATED7 If so. get a box of Dr. King’s New Life Pills, tnke the mregularly and your trouble will quickly disappear. They will stimulate the liver, Improve your digestion and get rid of all the poisons from yonr syatem. They will surely get you well again. 25c at all druggists. DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 1913. So the People May Know With the purchase of “The Denver Star” by The Den ver Independent Publishing Company, the company has changed management and nameof the paper “The Denver Independent” has been temporally dropped. The servi ces of Mr. Campbell have been dispensed with and Mr. Chas. S. Muse selected to pilot the newspaper over the edi torial sea with Mr. Geo. G. Ross as his assistant. Mr. Clarence Langston, who har, been chosen to take charge of the business as manager, has been connected with The Star for four years and thoroughly understands the methods by which its forme* owner dealt with The Star customers. Mr. Langston id an all around and compe tent mechanic, which fact of itself assures the public that all job work will be up to the standard and that courtesy and fair dealing will be given alflce to all. To the advertisers, patrons dnd subscribers, we desire to say that in combining the two papers we will give them double strength in news and advertising service. Physicians having aggravated and important cases will be accorded the courtesy of the paper. The office is still located atflo26 19th Street. Phone ' Champa 2962. In order that all may understand, the paper will re main in name The Denver Star. All subscribers and pat rons are requested to make all remittances to The Denver Star direct, omitting name of manager or editor. All back accounts due The Denver Ineependent and ; all future accounts due The Denver Star, will be paid to this office; all advertising accounts prior to March Ist, and ; all subscriptions to and indesiverJof March 8, should be paid to Mr. C. A. Franklin direSlPMd 19th St. Relics of Slavery. A Gatherisf oi Reuuti of the “Pe culiar lottitntioD." A handful of living relics of slavery days in the South ma\ be found at BluejPlains, at the entrance of the liastern Branch of the Potomac River, near historic Giesboro Point The District of Columbia Almshouse is located at Blue Plains, and one of the build ings of the institution is known as the “Old Mens Home.” In the home are less than a score of aged colored men, former slaves, most of whom came to Washington as contrabands at the close of the great war in 1865. Some of them followed in the wake of Sherman's vic torious army after its march to the sea. Others came from the adjoining States, Virginia and Maryland. Their ages range from about 70 to 100 years, and tne old fellows never tire of relating reminis cences of bygone days. Like the American buffa loes, or bison.these venera ble reminders of the period of human slavery in this country are last disappearing, and in a few years the aged slaves of the Southland will be but a memory. Prior to the remov al of the Old Men’s Home to Blue Plains the former slaves occupied an old war-time magazine structure near the Congressional Cemetery in extreme southeastern Wash ington. The place had been re modeled, and the aged colored men were permitted to have gardens in they raised all kinds of vegetables, succu lent watermelons and enough tobacco to supply their needs At eventide they were wont to gather about the doorways of the home and sing in tremu lous tones old-time plantation ditties and campmeeting hymns while complacently puffing away at their clay pipes. One of the most interesting IN characters at the Old Men's Home is familially known as ‘.'Maj. Bragg," of alleged Mex ican war fame. He declares he was a Major of Artillery in the War with Mexico and says at the battle Cherubusco, while his guns were moving down the ranks of Santa Ana's soldiers, Gen. Scott galloped up to his batteries and shputed: "Maj. Bragg, for heaven's sake, desist; cease firing. You are converting this battlefield into a slaughter pen.” Another relic of slavery days tells some remarkable stories of the war in the '6os. He says the first description giv en him by the whites of the "Yankees" was that they had horns and tails like “cattle blasts," and that they blew tire and smoKe from their mouths and nostrils. "Deed, boss,” the old fel lo w commented, “d it made us niggers moughty traid of de Yankees, but we found out diff'rent after dey cum among us an' gib us food an' done told us we was free men an’ wimen.” Altho njt very easy of ac cess, the Old Men's Home, with its dark-skinned relics of another century, is one of the most interesting places in or about the Nation's Capital City. Notice to Clubs. Clubs in State and jurisdic tion will kindly send state dues to the treasurer, Mrs. Josephine Cassells, 1936 Og den St., Denver, Colo. Names and addresses ot delegates and alternates to annual meet ing, also those of club presi dents to be sent to my ad dress, 723 E. Costilla street, Colorado Springs. Please be prompt in attending to these very important matters. Yours for our work, E. B. Butler, President Federation of Col ored Women's Clubs of Colorado and Jurisdiction. Interesting News Concerning the Race. To Be or Not to Be. If conditions as given in the following letter are true, those who are full-fledged members of the “I Told You So Club” will have just reasons fb per mit their tongues to wag at will—Ed. Special to The Amsterdam News. Washington, March io. — New Yorkers need not be sur prised if they learn the Hayti ministership has been ten dered, unsolicited, to Bishop Walters, and that he has ac cepted because the President insisted he should go. There were not a few who were here during the inauguration who got next to the fact that th»* good bishop is not wholly in different to the honor and that his v. ife would enjoy the honors and rest that would come to him as a diplomat. The several candidates for that job who have been satel liting and fawning for the bishop, and who believe they have his indorsement, migh f ’ as well awake to the fact that their hopes are soon to be j dashed. It can also be stated absolutely without fear of contradiction, that Bishop Walters has not been given to understand that he will either be dictator of colored ap pointments or even called in to confer about colored ap pointments or removals. Presi dent Wilson has never given the bishop to understand that colored appointments must come through him, and he has never hinted to him that he will first confer with him i about such appointments.! ■ The matter of colored pat-: ronage, it is said by a personal frienci. intimate and advise 1 with the President, is to be ignored — neither referred to| in state papers or conferences. The offices not held by color : ed men, when vacated, will be tilled by white men quietly without notification. T h e committee appointed by Bish op Walters on patronage will be a committee as impotent of achieving results as a com mittee from South Africa to demand legislation for Eng land. l'he minister to Hayti may be a colored man, though that is not positively assured, for there are many hungry white Democrats, same as un der the Cleveland adminis tration, who stand ready to accept this $10,000 plum. If it goes to a colored man, keep your eye on Bishop Walters. The minister to Liberia will go to a colored man, and of course even no poor white man would accept it, but none of the colored men now in the mad, wild scrimmage for it will land it. When the time comes to name him an un known will be unblanketed and handed a ticket for the country of sleeping disease, deadly malaria and fatal black fever. From what has leaked out through congressional sieves and caught on the rebound by attendants around the Senate and House, it can be stated positively that when Wm. H. Five Centb a Copt Lewis retires as Assistant At torney-General a white man will take up his duties; that when J. C. Napier is asked to resign as Register of the Treasury, a white man’s name will go on the money as Mr. Napier’s successor; that when Ralph Tyler ceases to audit the navy accounts, a white man will perform the duties; then when Henry Lincoln Johnson ceases drawing the salary for Recorder of Deeds, a white man will succeed him, and that when James Cobb retires from the post of Spe cial Assistant District Attor ney to private practice, a white man will g?t his place. “No Ifs and Audi About This.” There are no “ifs and ands about this, it is the straigth tip on an assured happening to be. No colored man will succeed Whitfield McKinley as Collector of Customs here, tor his office is to be consoli dated with Baltimore,. to take\ effect July’r, which lets him out. Judge Terrell's time is out a year hence, so the wise ones say, and as he cannot be forced out before that time save by impeachment pro : ceedings. the white man slated ■ for his job will have a year to wait, but he will get it when the year is up. As the Wash ington Post significantly pro claimed last Sunday: “The : South is in the saddle at Washington,” and the mythi cal colored Democrat on a strenuous hunt for office might more profitably “take up the shovel and the hoe, and the natural colored Re publican office holder can make ready to lay down the ) fiddle and the bow.” Negro Soldiers Honored. A troop photograph and a communication has been re ceived at this office from Troop “G,” 10th Cavalry in , Vermont, The troop is cred - i ited with being the best drilled in the regiment, and the only i troop exhibiting fancy drills. At the Hudson-Fulton cele bration they won several cups in competitive drills with the 15th U. S. Cavalry and the |N. Y. State Cavalry (both | white). In April the troop goes to Canada to attend the British-Canada-Ottawa and Montreal Horse Show and will perform for Princess Pat ricia of Connaught and other notables. William H. Will iams, First Sergeant of the troop, is a very young man, likewise the members. The negro regiments are now made up of young men of in telligence, consequently com paring favorably with the white troops, who no doubt, is the cause of a desire to rid the army of them. The na tion likes them as fighters but as exhibitors of their skill, they do not. We doff our hats to the Brittish for exten ding the negro troopers the invitation. COME AND SKATE. Skating rink at Manhattan Beach Is still open. Skating Friday after noon and night until May SO. Skat ing on Monday will be discontinued.