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Urquidi, of Junta Here, Takes
Message 1o Mediators Si
lent on Contents.
NIAGARA PALLS, Ontario, ilay 23.
The exact position of General Carranza
on Mexican mediation was to' be pre
sented to the A. B. C mediators late
thls afternoon. Juan Urquidi, of the
constitutionalist junta in Washington,
arrived here today with a message from
the rebel chief.
Urquidi declared that he came here
only as "a messenger. He Insisted the
document he carried made no sugges
tions or proposals, but set forth the po
sition of Carranza as to the general
mediation proceedings Urquidi declared
the "flrtt chief" had always maintained
that conferences here should have no
bearing upon the Internal affairs of
Mexico, but declared it should not be
taken that this was the position set
forth In the document to be submitted
to the mediators this afternoon He re
fused to state the contents of his mes
sage -
I rquidl declared lie did not -oirc
with uny intention of partlclpat.ng n
"conversations" between the mcdiatois
nd Americans 01 Mexicans As noon
as his message is delivered he a:ii'l he
would return to Washington, lie de
clined to discuss any position that Car
ranza might take In the mattsr of tne
establishment ot a provisional goern
ment after the abdication of General
Huerta, saying he couiu only cite the
d daratiun of the constitutionalist chief
or the occasion of his refusal to par
ticipate in the peace negotiations here.
The fact that Carranza had seen fit to
communicate with the mediators, hew
r. led to the belief that Important
deve'opmenls might be expected.
The mannei of establishing the provis
ional government to he set up In Mex
co Is now the real keynote of the ne
gotiations The pust twenty-four hours
las teen a period of inaction, so far
ah the American ar concerned Noth
ing 1 ad been heard from Washington
ffi that length of time, up to noon to
ds) Members of the Mexican deli- ,-ation.
however, rcrelve-l lone mfai,"i fio'n
Mexico C'ty, but outside of the Fhort
vis t of mbavt!iu'0r Da Garni to the
American headquarters estenlay. Jus
tiro Lamar and rrederlck W Lehmann
nji not been In ccmmunlcation Vith the
nfdlators as to any pointn these mes
sages may have cleared up.
The Upper Arrow Points To Where The Empress of Ireland Sank, About Fifty Miles Northeast of Father
Point. Marked by the tower Arrow, Rcmouski Ii Just Inland Fro m Father Point and Approximately
155 Miles From Quebec, Nearer the Mouth of the St Lawrence.
Few Polygamists Among
Mormons, Says Senator
Senator Sutherland, In a brief speech
on the floor of the Senate today, de
clared the people of the Mormon church
wire not addicted to polygamy.
The matter came up whn. Senator
Overman presented a communication
from citizens of West Durham. N. C.
in favor of an amendment to the Con
stitution against polygamy.
Senator Sutherland declared only the
older people of the Mormon church, who
contracted polygamous marriages years I
ago. were IKing In polygamy, and that
11 mis auestion were lert to a vote of
the church, polygamy would be opposed
tfT "everwhelmlsjc majority."
Carranza to Join
Mediation Program
Secretary of State Bryan today informed President
Wilson and members of the Cabinet, that General Car
ranza, the' constitutionalist commander, has requested of
the A. B. C. mediators permission to send delegates to Ni
agara Falls. The request is expected to be granted at once.
Within a week, Secretary Bryan believes, and so ex
pressed himself to the Cabinet, constitutionalist represent
atives will be participating in the deliberations for the per
manent settlement of Mexico's troubles. All prospect of
United States' intervention in Mexico, the Secretary de
clared, has been eliminated by the new turn of affairs.
As a result of what the premier of the Cabinet con
fided to his colleagues, a feeling of general optimism has
spread throughout the Administration. '
During the deliberations at Niagara Falls the big,
.mcerlain quantity, upon the determination of which-hung
all prospect of success or failure, has been the attitude of
Carranza and his followers. Without their acquiescence
in the conclusions reached through mediation, it was ad
mitted by the most hopeful friends of peace that mediation
could never succeed.
Most of Those Saved Members
of CrewTwenty Die From
Secretary Bryan has bn In daily
conference with Attorney Charles Doug
las and other local reprenttlvca of
the constitutionalist. And while the
latter Drive been without standing In
the conference at Niagara Falls. Mr.
Bryan has lecn conducting negotia
tions "on the side" which have made
the demands of the rebels known to the
mediators. CarranzVs failure to take
part In the formal conferences up to
ihls time has ben due to his unwill
ingness to tie up prematurely with any
program of settlement until he had"
been given assurances that Huert was
to be eliminated. He has now been
convinced. It is said, that not only will
Huerta be eliminated but that tho me
diators are disposed to effect a set
tlement which will insure justice to
the peon c'asps represented In the con
stitutionalist cuse.
President Wilson and Secretary Iiryan
held a long confercrice this morning
prior to the Cabinet meeting. While it
is ttlll stated ro.sltlvilv at the White
Huns that a definlt' pntocol. including
sloners of the general nature of a ten
lath e protocol.
Would Postpone Protocol.
It Is assumed the msdlators. advised
of the fact that Carranza would ask to
be represented at the conference,
thcught It better to postpone submit-
1 ting the protocol until after the Carran-
3-lptHH hail Decome iiiznunea wun tne
mediation proceedings.
The President declared nt the Cabinet
meeting with a considerable show of en
thusiasm that things ware In Hno
Little Business Done
By District Commtttee
The Senate District Committee held a.
MONTRDAL. Quebec. May . Only
twelve women were iaed when the
Empress ot Ireland aa sunk, according
to dispatches received here early this
Tlicj .iy that most of thi survivors
woro iLeinfiiTH of the crew, as tho pas
sengers. In their berth, had little
chance tc escape, owing to tho awlf.
sinking of the ship Many of tho pas
sengers. It Is reported, were killed In
their berths, when the bow of tl-e
Storstad crashed through the Empress'
Twenty of the saved from the Em
press are reported to have died from
exposure. The total list of savcJ nnu'
stands at 337.
While police all over the District wor
supposed to have been searching for
nearlv a week for an lulomoblie owned
by Frank E. Saunders, uf Ltcsburg,
Vs., which was stolen last Bunday from
Fourteenth and Euclid streets north
west, the machlno had been standing
apparently unobserved at Fifteenth and
Allison streets.
Mrs Klrby O. Stultz, of 1503 Buchanan
street northwest, called up Police Head
quarters this morning and said an aban
doned Ford car had been standing just
around the corner from the Stultz home
for nearly a week. Mrs. Stultz gave
the police the license number of he ma
chine, which was that of Mr. Saunders'
automobile Mrs. Stultz said she would
claim a reward of $26 which had been
offered by Mr. Saunders.
Since the machine was stolen several
messages have been sent to all members
of tho force to observe carefully the
port his bill for the relief of King Theo
logical Hall and authorizing the convey-
the terms of settlement has not been '""' ee",un " l ', ..
laid bcfor the President, the latter hiS' University. R was later passed by the
been advised by the American commis- Senate.
brief meeting today but transacted little I numbers on all Ford cars standing In
business. A bare quorum was present.! the street, and descriptive cards offer-
Senator Hollls was authorized to re
Inr s reward for the recovery of the
machine were sent to authorities of all
nearby towns and clues.
Creation From Beginning To End
is pictured and told at Belaaco The
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Only 337 Are Rescued in Lifeboats From
Night Horror When Norwegian
Collier Rams Steamer.
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Quebec, May 29 More than 1,000 persons perished
in the St. Lawrence river early today when the
liner Empress of Ireland was rammed in a dense fog
and sunk, according to admissions shortly before nopn
by Canadian Pacific authorities here. N , - .
. JlQre;;ha aboard theEm-
press of Ireland when she was sunk by the Norwegian
collier Storstad. So far as can be definitely ascer
tained about 337 were rescued by the Storstad and
the Canadian government boats Eureka and Lady
Evelyn. The latter rushed to the rescue when a
wireless "save our ship" crackled through the air to
the Marconi wireless station at Father Point, ten miles
west of the scene of the disaster.
Crash Comes Without Warning
Night, fog, and suddenness all lent horror to the acci-'
dent which came in as startling a fashion as that other
disaster when the Titanic went down.
Screams of women and shouts of men rang out
through the night as the Storstad, low-lying, heavy laden,
solid,'1 came out of the night murk and smashed, head-on,
into the Empress.
Confusion followed.
Roused from sleep by the crash of the meeting ves
sels, the passengers of the liner flocked to the decks, many
clad only in their night clothing, and a rush for the boats j
The crew of the ship and most of the male passengers
aided to quell the tumult and, though the big vessel listed
and sank in ten minutes, several lifeboats were got into
the water.
Details of the scenes which came as the efforts to
v were made had not been received here up to noon. It I
was believed, however, that Captain Kendall, of the Em
press, was one of the last to leave his ship. He was report
ed to have been picked up from wreckage after the govern
ment ships arrived.
Information, gathered by wireless from Father Point
and from Rimouski, says that when the Eureka and Lady
Evelyn arrived at the spot where the Empress went down,
they gathered up a number of survivors from nine life
boats. These survivors were at' once rushed to. Rimouski,
whence they will be brought by special train this afternoon
to Quebec '
With her bows stove in, by impact with the Empress,
the Storstad passed Father Point, up-river, shortly after
daylight. She had on board some survivors and. some
dead, but a wireless from her failed to say how many. The
Storstad was low by the head. The tug Strathcona was
sent to her assistance. She will arrive here tonight or to
morrow. '
Not a word of positive information had been received
here at noon as to the rescued or their identity.
Whether "women and children first" prevailed at the
wreck is as yet unknown.
Stories of individual experiences in the disaster will
not be told until the survivors reach Quebec and, until a
dose scrutiny of the ship's passenger list, compared with
the list of the survivors, there will be no way definitely to
estimate how many 'lives were lost.
"S. O. S." calls for aid came from the stricken
liner directly after the crash at 1 :30 o'clock this
morning. Government steamers at once rushed to
the rescue.
Among those saved were Captain Kendall, com
mander of the liner. Whether any of his crew were
saved was not known at daylignr.
Kendall was picked up out of a lifeboat after his
vessel had sunk beneath his feet.
The first news of the disaster came in a tele
gram from the Marconi station at Father Point,
which is 155 miles down the river from Quebec, at.
the head of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It announced
the fact of the collision and that the Empress was
The liner's "S. O. S." was immediately responded
to by the Eureka, a Canadian government steamer,

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