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Cloudy and Wann Tonight
(Full Report on Pago Two.)
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-I ftjr
Confident of Acquittal on Charge
of Instigating Husband's
Murder, She Resumes Nar
rative of His Cruelties.
Denies Money Transactions
With Alleged Negro-Accomplices
May Complete Her
Story This Afternoon.
raoviuENcn. n. i., .isn. 2-.-"i
knew 'n my heart that the doctor
lovcl me and no one else."
"With these words, Mrs. Elizabeth F.
Mohr resumed lhc story of her un
happy married life with the Rhode
Island physician. In the superior court,
where he Is being tried ori the chaijji
of "aiding, abetting and procuring"
three negroes to kill her husband.
Mrs. Mohr took up her rolatlons with
the doctor aftc'r the scpiiuto main
tenance) cult begun.
'"I wanted the children to seo their
father," she said, "even afttr I began
milt, nnd 1 sent them to have dinner
with him almost every night the lira.
week after 1 tiled the petition.
"On August 11!, I went to the Newport
home to bring my 3on Charles home.
The doctor wus not there, and while
waiting T talked with Victor Brown at
the stables about my new Morst-d aim
the saduio which I wanted tor myscit.
This wan all we talked about." sue de
clared. "1 saw Heal Is on Juno 12. He said he
wanted to call on me later, but Hpeii
man came In his place. That was tno
first timo I ever, saw' Spellman. XL. nut
Hcalla' custom, to visit mo when no
came on errands for the doctor.'
She denied ever having any motley
transactions with any ot the negroes,
and when askd about buying a motor
cycle for Brown, sue answered: "i
never gavo him money for a machine,
anu I never offered to get hlpi one.-
Two vivid statements made by her in
the direct testimony yesterday stood
tut fresh in memory as sh-j walked to
the atand. Ono wus to tho effect that
her husband struck her Lncauso alio
stayed ill night with her dying mother
and tho other wan her assertion of al
ways waiting fo.- a reconciliation be
cause she loved him
Although tears often filled tho wid
ow's eyes, she managed to give ier
testimony In a iulct but clear volco,
and tinder careful handling bv Attorney
Cushlng, her ,story was uninterrupted.
It Is bellovod that Mrs. Mohr's story
will bo finished late this aftcrnojn.
It is Intimated that her counsel will
eck to hold her on direct examination
throughout tho day, o that she nny
have a night's rest before being sub
.ccled to cross-examination at tho
hands of the State.
Story of Devotion.
The wife's devotion to the man whose
personal character een the Stale
does not now defend, will bo the domi
nating note of the defense.
Attorney Cushlng Intimated as muc'i
in his opening address and to apparent
ly guiding the defendants testimonv
along lines which -w 111 an ay the sla'n
mill's personality in shari contrast
to that of the wife whom he spurned.
Fpllowing Mrs. Mohr, Altori.cy Cusn
iig will take tho stand imd tell what
ho may of the lohr?" affairs.
That the State'.i attorney will snare
no form of legal uttcck to weary Mr.
Mohr'a brain into submission, alre.Uv
has been plainly Indicated by Rloe'3
notions even In the tlrst vert of her
direct testimony.
Mrs. Mohr was called to the stand as
soon as Mr. Gushing had finished his
lntioductory addicss to tho Jury, and
plunged at once into all tho details of
her life with Dr. Mohr. Their life to-
(Contlnued on Fourth Page.)
National Association of Ex
changes Begins Quarterly
Meeting At Willard Hotel.
Representatives of the real "state
bourds In ftftv cities t the country
gathered In lhc Cabinet room of tho
New Willard toda., the occasion being
tho quarterly mcotliur of the Natloral
Association ot Real I-Mate. Ex huiib'os.
Sessions will continue today nn1 to
moriow. Man matten. ot vital imror
tnuco to real estate brokers a-u on the
jirngrom for discussion.
At tho orenltnj session this niornln?
airangtmontii wore made for the ninth
upnunl convention" of the assoelnMnn.
vhlch will be held In New Gnenns
Match 28 ti. 31. Ro.ort that weiv nro
sfiilcii indicated thit tho attendance at
this convention will be, between 1.C00
and 1,5;"
Real estate boards In the following
places were received Into tho national
organization: Hnrrlsburg. Chester nnd
Washington. Pa.: Nlagare Falls. N. V.;
Madison. Wis : Canton ard Voungstown,
Ohio. Fort Smith. Ark.: Oklahoma City.
Okla.. and Sin Antonio. Tex., bringing
the association's membership up to 1(0
boards, with a total of 6,600 brokers. It
was announced.
Social features In connection with the
meeting Include a banquet at the New
Willard this evening and a luncheon to-
Kaiser Spends 57th
Birthday in Field
No Elaborate Celebrations of
Anniversary at Request
of Emperor.
BERLIN (via Amsterdam). Jan. 27.
Kaiser Withelm spent his fifty-seventh
birthday today In tlie Moid with ills
troops. Chancellor von Bcthmann
Hollwcff, who left Berlin late last
night. U eh muto to army headquarters
to Join the Emperor
At the Kaiser's special request tno
elaborate celebrations of the years
precodlng the war were not duplicated
today. Kings 'weie hung out In Ber
lin and other cltlvM of tho empire, U'j;
the usual parades and street demon
stratlon were lacking.
The Kaiser has now completely re
covered from his recent illness, ac
cording to reports received here.
Twenty Clothes Baskets of
Signatures Presented to the
Senate By Kenyon.
Carried In twenty clothes baskets,
with an additional bundle besides, a
monster petition for an embargo on
arms and munitions was presented to
the Senate today.
This petition was presented by Sen
ator Kenyon and was prepared by the
Organization of Amorlcan Women for
Strict Neutrality, of which Miss M. L.
Miller, of Brt.lt inioio Is the head.
Each Of the baskets contained a
lot of rolls, tied up with red, while
and blue ribbons. In all, there were
1.100 rolls, and each roll was about
forty feet lnufir, or nearly vlht miles
of petition.
Tho petition. Avas (itartcd from Bal
timore in a huge vnn this morning
at 7 o'clock and arrivod at the Cap
Itol a little before noon.
Senator Kenyon presented the
petition with a brief speech, in
which he approved an embargo
on arms. Senators' Clapp and
Sheppard approved the notion of an
embargo. Senator Hitchcock read
telegrams from grain men and others
In his State, Nebraska, declaring the
arms traffic was-' causing car short
age and Interfering 'with grain ship
ments. He denounced the arms and
munitions exportation as "damnable."
Senator Stone trteJ to head off dis
cussion, but he Vloe President ruled
the- motion, in order and debatable.
A Sharp parliamentary wrangle result
ed from the. ruUnjfot the fchnlr. Sena
'tor Stone appealed from it. Senator1.
Clarke took, the view that therullng or
the Vice President was correct, but that
the Tintftfrtn fihnilM frrt trt the ft'nrnli-n
Koltulono Committee. He said this
! country shquld stop the traffic In arms.
Senators Martlne, Ashurst, Lane, and
"Works denounced the arms traffic, and
urged an embargo. Senator Ashurst de
clared this country was In no position
to help bring about peace when It had
"Its hands drenched In human blood."
He predicted that greed for private
profits would block the bill for a Gov
ernment armor plate factory.
Senator Works said: "1 believe if It
hud not been for this nefarious trade
In arms the people who went down on
the Lusitanla would never have lost
their lives."
Senator Townsend spoke for an em
bargo on arms. , and declared that on
the other side "we are retarded as one
of the' allies."
J. S. Van Fleet Takes Appeal
From Conviction For Viola
tion of Automobile Laws.
Fines and costs aggregating J103.1S
were Imposed on Joseph 8. Van Fleet,
of Washington, by a Justice or tho
peace at rtockvllle jeiterday In two
cases In which Van Fleet was cnargea
with violation of Maryland State auto
mobile regulations.
Van Fleet was charged with reckless
ly operating an automobile truck, and
with operating the machine without
having obtained a proper permit from
the State motor vehicle commissioner.
An appeal was taken and the case will
be tried at the next session of the cir
cuit court.
The arrest of Van Fleet followed an
accident on the Washington and Rock
vllle pTUe. three miles east of RocKvine.
on January 6, when a truck operated
by Van Fleet Is said to have run into
several horses belonging to William o.
Dosh. Of Galthersburg. seriously Injur
ing three of them and hurting a colored
bov riding one. The machine was badly
Why Switzerland was not overrun by
Germany as was Belgium, was told the
Senate Committee on Military Affairs
today by Captain Christian, a Cincin
nati physician, formerly a Swiss army
That part of Switzerland over
which tho Gcrmahs would have had to
nass had been studied In Swiss ma
neuvers for years he said, and It had
been ascertained that more than 300,000
1 men could be concentrated In two days.
I The whole problem had been specifically
studied and solved.
The Swiss system In the United States.
I ho said would raise 9,000,000 men. and i
I train them so thev ivmiM nimllv hA
transformed Into effective soldiers In a '
short time. Recruits would serve sixty
days a year, and others eleven days dur
ing military age.
Senate District Body
Will Meet Tomorrow
The Senate District Committee will
meet for Its first ineetlua- of the session
tomorrow. Senator Smith, chairman.
Isiued the call today
It Is expected consideration will be
given a nutnber ot pcndlwc bills.
ci cnuR
President Reiterates Views on
Suffrage, But Refuses to
Argue With Interviewers.
Chief Executive Spending Busy
'Day in New York To Make
Several Speeches.
NEW YORK, Jan. 27.-Presldent Wil
son, after being besieged by 2S0 suffra
gists at the Waldorf today, granted
them nn interview, reiterated his views
on suffrage, but refused to be heckled.
He told thoso who grew Insistent that
he did not care to argue the question,
and withdrew to the privacy of his
The Pres'dcnt was ftnalty "smoked
out" bv tho suffragists after they had
laid siege to the Presidential suite for
tnrce hours. Having failed to obtain an
engagement with the President at
Washington, leaders of the Congression
al Union working for the passage of
tne surrroge amendment herons con
gress, rented a room at the Waldorf and
appeared with 10ft followers when Presi
dent and Mrs. Wilson arrivod In New
York todav.
Thcv opened hostilities by bombarding
me vnicr uxecume with notes. .
Declined An Invitation.
The President dec'lned an invitation
to address the suffragist? on the plea
that he was too busv nrcnarfnj the
three speeches he was scheduled to do
liver In New York today". He was ably
re-enforced by Oscar, limltro d'hotel of
the Waldorf. Oscar refused t- carry
nny more notes to the Presidential suite,
on the ground that the excessive pcr
spliatlon Induced bv errand running for
the suffragists had ruined his collar.
Outmaneuvorod In the diplomatic ex
changed the suffragists quit writing
nqtes, and agreed upon derisive action.
They sent an aggressive delegation to
tho floor on Which the Presidential suite
was located, and begun an attack on
Secretary Tumuliv. - -
The Tumultv oiHcr defenses feae wrv.
and a third appeal was carried directly
to tho President. He flnallv capitulated
and descended to tho cast room
Mrs. Wilson did not accompany him,
and the suffragists had no opportunity
of Impressing their arguments on tho
new First Lady of the Land.
Airs, Tiffany Dyer, Mrs. Mary Beard
and Mrs. Henry Brucre first addressed
President' Wilson, asking that he take
(Continued on Second Page.) ,
Will Exclude All Unnecessary
Imports to Relieve Shipping.
Joint Note By Allies.
LONDON. Jan. 27.- The Prltlsh gov
ernment has decided upon a partial
prohibition cf tho importance of many
iirtlr.les not absolutely necessary. In
order to rclWe the shipping situation,
President Walter Runclman, of tho
board of trade, announced In Commons
this afternoon.
Tho whole British ncrcantlle marine,
ho stated at thu same lime, will be
placed under government control.
Neutral countrlffd, pilncJpally the
Fnltcd States, from which most of tho
articles on the prohibited lift were Im
ported, nre the hardest hit by the no
tion of the government.
Iinporte or wood yvw, giats ann to
bacco will bo permitted only In llmltod
amounts. It is ponniblc that the gov
ernment will later mohlblt the impor
tation of furniture, woods and othe.
raw material and the export of rans
and waste from which paper and other
products may bu manufactured.
A Joint not signed by all the allies,
answering the latest protests from the
United States and Sweden, and setting
forth the allies' position toward neutra.
trade for the period of the war, also Is
in contemplation, it wss learned today.
By uniting all the entente powers In a
single declaration of policy, the allied
diplomats plan to make an Impressive
showing of unified purpose that will In
fluence all actions by neutral. The tlrst
official hint of such & program was
dropped by S'r Kdward Grey in his
speech on the proposed blockade yes
terday. Female Mosquitoes
Spread Malaria
General Gorgas Says Only That
Sex Is Responsible for
' Disease.
For weeks Congressman Tarley of
New York city, has sat silent In the
hearings ot tho House Military Affairs
Committor whllo his colleagues n.-cd
question at witnesses. Parleys oppor
tunity came when Surgeon Genet si
Gorgas dlsrussed malm lal fever.
"General, Isn't It ttue that only the
female mosqultc bites'" Farley asked,
breaking hla long tllonoe.
Fv wemon spetTntoiv abruptly
stalked out when Gnicas smilingly an
swered in tho affirmullve.
Atlantic Coast I.lne, "Florida & West
Indian Limited. ' All Florida resorts
leaphed. 4 trains dally. H0S N.Y. ave. nw.
Secretary of War Sends Favor
able Report on Measure to
Rebuild Aqueduct.
Army Engineers Believe Work
Can Be Done Within Limits
of $1,500,000 Fund.
Following a onfercnc today with the
District Commissioners Secretary of
War Garrison sent a report to the
House District Committee approving
the Carlin bill providing for the rebuild
ing of the Aqueduct bridge at a max
imum cost of $l.M0,00o.
Although the content? of the report
will not be made public until it has
reached the committee It Is understood
Secretary Garrison recommends that
the cost of the new structure be shared
equally by the Federal Government and
the taxnavsrs.
His reason Jor recommending this di
vision of the eost !s based. It Is under
stood, on facts presented to him with
reference to the direct benefits accruing
to the people of tho District from the
bridge traffic. Owing to the fact that
the matter of Virginia's I r- crest In the
structure wi not presented to him In
nny official way, the Secretary, It Is
an Id, did not recommend that the tax
payers around the Virginia end of the
bridge be required to share In the ex
pense. It Is also stated that because 'of the
buMneas Interestr which have developed
around either terminal of the bridge by
icason of Its present location. Secre
tary Garrison does not recommend a
change of location.
Present at tho conference with the
Secretary were rommlss'oners Newman,
Brownlow and Kutx. General Kingman,
Chief of Engineers of min t 'aDejpart
ment. and Colonel Jcdwln. ln trie 'dis
cussion tho conferees had before them
the report of the chief of engineers
stating that tho bridge could be safely
located at or about the present site
within the $1,500,000 called for In the
Carlin bill.
This reoort further stated that the
present structure was In an unsafe con
d'tlon, and should be replaced at the
earliest possible time.
Men, Women, and Children
Engaged in Campaign to Aid
War Sufferers.
Tags sold on the Mrrets of Washing
ton today. National Hebrew Relief Day,
to raise funds to trlleve the suffering
of war-stricken Hfbnws In Kurope,
went like hot cakes.
The entire cltj was blanketed with
volunteer ticket seller-men. woman,
and children. There wert few refusals
to purchase. Befotc tho day was many i
hours old ihmuviiuis of persons were
wearing tags on which wai printed
"Official Ameilcan Relief Day. Jan.
27. 1916. for Jewish AVar Sufferers."
The volunteers set no fixed price on
the tags Kach purchaser cave what
he oV ehe wished, the contribution being
dropped into seal boxes carried by the
vendors. Twcntv thousand tags were
distributed to the volunteers at Eighth
Street Temple At 8 o'clock this morning.
At noon several automobiles carried
IO.000 additional tags to the volunteers.
David H. Aloher. chairman of the
tag day committee, said this afternoon
that there was everv Indication that
the hope of the volunteers to raise more
money here than was contributed in any
other city the sire of Washington
would be realized. He added that all
tho volunteers would bilng or s-nd their
contribution boxes to tho Eighth Strett
Temple at T o'clock tonight and the
committee then would count the money
and announce the total donations.
Aged Man Killed by
Fall From Window
His daughter, Critically 111,
Awakened as He Drops to
William Sinclair, aged' seventy-six,
was found dead early today by his son-in-law.
Richard H. Lewis. In the rear
areaway of his home, 630 Third street
northwest. Coroner Nevltt Issued a cer
tificate of accidental death. Investiga
tion having established the fact that the
aged man fell from a window on the
third floor.
The nollce were told that Mrs. Ajinlo
Louis Davis, the aped man's daughter,
whi has been critically 111 for several
wt r ks. and who occupies a room en the
second floor, was awake at 5:0 o'clock
this morning and saw a dark object
flash, across the., window. A moment
later she heard groans. She aroused
her husband, whi hurried to the area
way where Sinclair's lifeless hodv was
Because of her Illness Mrs. Davis has
not been told of her father' death.
Officers Who Differ On
Use of Potomac Park
Above BRIG.
W. E. HAK-
.Below COL. 1
District Militia's Request For
Privilege Denied By Secre
tary of War Garrison.
Secretary of War Garrison hss turn
ed down the request of Brig. Gen. W.
R. Harvey, commanding the District
National Guard, for permission to use
a portion of the Potomac Park tract,
east of the railroad bridge, as a drill
ground for the field artillery and
other mounted organizations of the
local militia. The Secretary Indorses
the position taken by Col. W. W.
Harts, superintendent of public build
ings and grounds, that use of the park
for such purposes would spoil It for
recreation purposes.
Garrison's Answer.
The letter to General Harvey fol
lows: "I have given careful consideration
to your letter of December 29. with
reference to a drill field for tho field
artillery and other mounted organi
zations of the District of Columbia
militia. The proposition to use Po
tomac Park for this purpose was re
ferred to the officer In charge of pub-
(Continued on Fourth Page.)
Commissioners Ask Druggists to
File Statement of Objections
First, However.
Replying to a request for a public
hearing, the Commissioners today sent
tho Retail Druggists' Association a let
ter, asking that a written statement be
filed With the board of the points in
the new regulations governing the use
of the common towel and drinking cup
and providing for the sterilization after
each UBe of glasses used at soda foun
tains upon which the association desires
enlightenment. .
A date for a hearing, the Commis
sioners" say, will be set as soon as
practicable thereafter, unless It should
later appear to the association that no
hearing Is required.
The association recently sent to the
Commissioners a letter saying It was
believed the language of the regulation
should be made sufficiently definite to
make clear to the unscientific mind ex
actly what Is required. The association
or any bf its individual members, the
Commissioners say. can obtain Infor
mation as to the details ofcompHnB
with the regulation by Inquiring at the
Health Department.
The West Knd Citizens' Association,
which asked for a hearing on the new
regulations, also was requested to nle
a written brief setting forth its views.
The regulations become effective Feb
ruary i.
Lieutenants Face Court-Martial Because
They Led Expedition Across Rio
Grande In Effort To Save
Captured Comrades
Government Will Call For Immediate Re
turn of Soldiers Seized By Mexican
Civilians While They Were
In Bathfng at Border
Three United States army officers are under arrest
and face a court-martial as the result of the sensational raid
of fifteen troopers across the Mexican border yesterday.
In a desperate attempt to rescue two of their com
rades, who had been captured by armed Mexicans, the
American soldiers crossed the Rio Grande, a technical in
vasion of the neighboring republic.
Formal representations will be sent to General Car
ranza demanding the immediate return of the two soldiers
captured on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, opposite
Mercedes, Texas.
With the representations, it is understood, will be
sent a statement advising the head)f the Mexican cle facto
fJventnient that- Lieutenants Mort, Peyton, and WaldronV
commanding thcexpedition of fifteen American troopers
who dashed across the border in vain pursuit of the cap
tors, have been placed linger arrest awaiting court-martial.
Coincident with these startling developments here,
2,000 clergymen in New York were listening to an outline
of President Wilson's policy toward Mexico in reply to their
expression of appreciation of his efforts to keep the coun
try af peace.
With his keynote of "justice without aggression,"
Wilson declared tht he was committed to the policy of
allowing Mexico to work out her own affairs.
"Live and let live," he declared, "is a homely phrase,
but the basis of existence."
Justice Is Keynote
Of Mexican Policy,
President Declares
NEW YORK. Jan. 27. "Justice with
out aggression" is the keynote of
l'tesldent Wilson's policy toward Mex
ico, ho told 2,000 clergymen as
sembled In Aeolian Hall here at noon
today. '
"The foundation of peace is justlco
without aggression," the President
declared, adding that he was com
mitted to the policy of allowing Mex
ico to work out her own affairs.
The President's address was in reply
to an earnest expression of apprecia
tion of his efforts to keep this coun
try at Dcace.
"Villi tint n.M .. W.UA. t.AMnM A
day," he said. "I feel that you have
unduly honored me as a man. In my
efforts for peace I have been constantly
recognising the spirit of America and
have acted through no convictions of
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w.a. . v 0 UL4 U KM IIUIU UIO 1aiBHVC
when so many passions are Involved.
tsui i xeei mat it is the purpose of the
people to maintain that balance.
"One must search for the foundation
of peace. I can find no better founda
tion man justice without aggression.
The greatest force In the world is char
acter, it can be expressed on a na
tional scale. America has always stood
resolutely for the right of every people
to determine its own attitude toward
Its own affairs. I am committed to
take that altitude toward our distressed
neighbor to the south."
"The Pence of America," the Presi
dent added, "depends on tho attltudo
cf the different races of which she Is
made up. I have been deeply dis
turbed at the recradercence of religious
antagonism. That Js a dangerous thing.
"Live and lot live Is a. very homely
phrase, but is the ery basis of ex
istence." Reverting once more to the subject
of peace, the President ald:
"I welcome the acceptance of a chal
lenge to fight. I know that Ujo best
purpose will prevail. Peace does not
mean lnoctlon. Thoro may be infinlto
llmost violent, aptlvlt. Peace 1 In
consistent with tin? loss of tclf respect
and abandc-mont of principles. Tbeio
things, I prax God, may never bo
"We believe In peace, but we be
lieve also In righteousness and llbetty."
In clorlng his address the President
said "We are nil nplrltubl kith and
kin and building up a family w.iicli
will set an example to tho world."
Franz Josef Reported
Stricken With Apoplexy
ROME, Jan. 2T. Reports received by
diplomats here today said that Em
peror Franx Josef of Austria suffered
two strokes of apoplexy, and that his
condition U critical,
Officers' Action
Secretly Condoned
By Some Officials
Although acknowledging that Lieu
tenants Mort, Peyton, and Walden,
who commanded the expedition that
crossed into Mexico to save two Uni
ted States soldiers, violated an express
order Issued moflths ago, prohibiting
American soldiers from crossing the
border without express Instruction?
from Washington, subordinate offlcla's
of the War Department jecretly con
done the offense. They declare that the
American troops along the border have
beoti for so long subjected to wanton
attacks and Insults from the Mexican
side that It was too much to expect
them to sit Idly by while the Mexicans
made off with the Americans. In this
connection attention is called to the
fact that the two troopers were Strip
ped for swimming and defenseless, and
also to the fact that the last time an
American trooper was captured on the
Mexican side he was tortured and kill
ed. Officers of the navy, while admitting
that similar orders against the In
vasion of Mexican territory have been
Issued to commanders of ships on both
coasts, say that none of them wou'.l
hesitate a moment to violate them unaei
similar provocation.
They proudly recall the fact toda
that Vice Admiral Mayo threatened t
blow up tba stuport of Tanplco if the
commander of the Melcan ga'rNon
thcie did not aiolosisc for arreatlnr .i
rnrty of American sailor?, who had gone
aEhore for mall
At tl.o State Department, however
no effort was made to spire th of
ficers under crrest on l!'e border front
criticism Theli action In cioj. Ing the
border was chnracterl7.ed as "an lie
of hostility," although It was admitted
that the. first act of lolenc cnn
ft om the ether side when the Mexicans
seized the- two troopers.
In army circles there Is grave ap
prehension over the fate of the twt
troopers. In view or the threats con
stantly made by Vllllsta adherent
that they will kill all Americana ther
Set hold of. Dispatches to the Wa
epartment did not make clear the
circumstances under which the three
other troopers who were swimming
across the river were drowned. Inas
much, hotyevcr, as the reports state
that the Mexicans fired on those In tn
water. It Is reared that some of them
were struck by bullets,
H. L. Hollls, representing the Cusi
Mining Company. ftftv?n of whoso em
ploycs wero victims In the recent ma
sacre of seventeen Americans and on
Canadian at Santa Ysabcl, called at th
State Department today and presented

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