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NUAlBEB 8848.
Battle Raging Forty Miles South
of Dvinsk Half a Million
Russians in Aotlon.
Kuropatkin Delivers Attack
Along 150-Mile Front of von
Hindenburg's Troops.
IXWDON, March 23. Half a million
well-equipped Russian troops, under di
rect command of General Kuropatkin,
are now assailing von Hindenburg's lino
on . front of ISO miles.
The Russians, It Is officially announc
ed at Petrograd, have dented the Ger
man line at haltNa dozen places. Un
official dispatches today report the
battle raging with grpat fury forty
miles south of Dvinsk. The Slavs om
this sector are driving westward toward
the Vllna-Dvlnsk railway.
Offense Begins.
Whether Kuropatkln's heavy blows
are. the beginnings of a great offena-
, Ire' or merely an attempt to lift the
1 pressure on Verdun, t la too early to
determine. Th'aPetrorrad corres'poneT-
"ntof the Morning Post cables thatf
"the great Russian move has begun,
pointing out that Kuropatkin Is em
ploying large forcos.
Other dispatches from Petrograd de
scribe the Russian offensive as an
attempt to batter In the dungerou
German wedge In the Dvinsk region,
removing the threat of a German of
fensive on that sector when weather
conditions are more seasonable.
View of Critics.
This Is the view held by the majority
of London critics, who bellovo the
weather In tje Dvinsk region will not
be favorable for a great offensive for
at least a month.
Northwest of Verdun, the Germans
are striving desperately to capture a
dominant height In the Avocourt je
glon, from which to bring gun-fire to
bear upon French positions. Emerg
ing from the Avocourt woods, the
Bavarian roglmcnts found themselves
upon an open plain, raked by the
fire of scores of French Ktmi.
The German attempt has met with
some success. The official stntement
from the French war office admits
that the Germans gained a foothold
on Haucourt hill, between Avocourt
and Malancourt.
17. S. Official at
Sofia Is Arrested
Chancellor of Embassy Charged
With Bribing .Passport
PARIS, March 23. The chancellor or
the American legatton at Sofia has been
arrested by the Bulgarian authorities,
according to a dispatch received here
today. t
He was charged with bribing a police
official to Issue certain passports.
TheAmerlcan minister has demanded
his release. '
French Take Trenches
East of Pont-a-Mousson
PARIS, March 23. The Germans made
no new attacks on the west bank of
the Meuse last night, and tho bombard
ment northwest of Verdun slackened
perceptibly, tho war ofTJce announced
this afternoon.
Ni.nr Favenhaye. east of Pont-A-
Mousson and about fifty miles south
east of Verdun. French troops attack'
ed German trenches, taking a number
of prisoners.
Thn lrronnh maintain their positions on
the slopes of Haucourt hill, between
Malancourt and Avocourt. ine uer
mans made no new attempts to enlarge
tnelr positions at this point.
Vlolont bombardments occurred at
several points last night, particularly
east of the Mouse, 'mere was inter
mlttent cannonading in the Woevre.
Germans Take French
Prisoners in Greece
BERLIN. March 23. German troops,
newly arrived at the Greek frontier,
made their first capture of French pris
oners in the recent skirmish between
patrols, the Cologne Gasette's Balkan
correspondent reported.
The two scouting; parties came upon
each other unexpectedly and Immediate
ly clashed. After the Infantry fighting,
artillery exchanged shots across Uio
Son-ln-Law of Milionafro Under
Guard, and Traces of Ar
senic Are Found.
NEW YORK, March ,23. District
Attorney Swann today ordered the
arrest of Dr. Arthur Warren Walte,
son-in-law of John E. Peck, Grand
Rapids millionaire, who died here on
March 12, supposedly of arsenic poi
soning. A colored maid Is said to have told
District Attorney Swann's secretary
that the night before he died Peck
drank a cup of tea shortly after he
had tried to take some soup that he
complained tasted bitter. According
to the statement Peck refused the
soup after he had taken but a couple
of spoonsful.
As soon as word was received from
Grand Rapids last night that an au
topsy showed arsenic poisoning, Dis
trict Attorney Swann ordered the
home of Dr. Walte guarded.
After the order for the arrest of Dr.
Walte, Attorney Jbhn B. Otanchfleld
told the district attorney that Walte
was ill and could not be removed
from his apartments.
The guard at the Walte home Is
.being maintained.
Dr. Waits, the son-in-law. Is twenty
right. At n'gh ichool an-1 at tho Uni
versity of Michigan he mado brilliant
records both as studont nnd athlete.
He holds the Indoor tennis champion
ship of Now York.
He married Miss Peck at Grand Rapids
ouVHopteniber 9. ,
.-Xhtudeath of Mrs. Emma Ring, sixty,
is the cehttfr bf a second mystery. She
was--thewealthy wUow ot Uvorcro " I.
Ring, a broker. She died on Tuesday.
Coroner Rlotden Is now holding up
the 'funeral ponding an autopsy. He is
said to have received an anonymous
telephone call asking that he look into
the case.
Demand Far Exceeds Supply of
Tickets for Willard-Moran
Bout Saturday.
NEW YORK, March 23,-Havlng work
ed Itself up, first, from a state of
doubting curiosity to a stago of mild In
terest, New York threw all restraint
into Its numerous snow barks today
and simply went nutty ovnr the Willard
Moran fight.
When tho imlo of J3 nnl V tickets,
railing for seats In the topmost gal
lery qn Madison Square Garden, started
today thero were four times as maty
v.'lld-eyed tight fan. clamoiing at the
doors as there were tickets to be sold.
At noon .the 33 and 5 seats were de
clared "all sold." Speculators were
busy about tho Garden, and though it
was declared precautions had been
taken to prevent more than one or two
tickets falling Into any one person's
hands, they wero being offered on the
street from $10 up. Many ln the ticket
line were declared to be agents for
.speculators. Hundreds were turned
away from the ticket window when the
"sold out" sign was hunc un.
The scat sale bejan at 0 o'clock. The.
iiuu dckuu lurnuMif ai uayiignt, ana by
the time the ticket office opened at
least 6.000 men and boys wero Jammed
In the streets about the Garden. Extra
police were hurrlud to the scmo to ton
(Contlnued on Page Twelve.)
Tirpitz Policies
Losing Support
thmann-Hollweg Likely to Wic
Over Reichstag to
BERLIN, March S3.-Chancollor von
Bethmann-Hollwog, supported by tho
Kaiser and military loaders, In all prbb.
ability will be victorious In tho Reich
stag over the von Tlrpltzltes.
Tho policies advocated by the von
Tlrpltz follbwers have won no new
support since the admiral's resignation,
despite the loud utterances of some of
the newspapers supporting von Tlrpltx.
On the other hand, tho Kaiser's in
fluence and later calm consideration of
tho possible results ot'an Iridlscrlmlnnte
suhmurinn warfare. Is winning support
ers for Bethmann-Hollweg.
The controversy has brought to light
the pluln truth thut to pursue the von
Tlrplts policies to the extreme, by sink
ing all ships bound for Ihigland. Ger
many must again faco danger in her
relations with the United States. This,
the Reichstag la anxious to avoid.
Group of Washington Clergymen
and Laymen to Visit Evan
gelist in Baltimore.
A final and concerted effort to get
Billy Sunday to come to Washington
for a campaign will be made this week.
Acting under Instructions of the
Pastors' Federation of Washington, the
Rev. Dr. Clarence A. Vincent, president
of the federation, fend a group of ciergy
mon and laymen are going to Baltimore
this week to confer with the evangelist.
They will make a report to the
Pastors' Federation Monday morning at
11 o'clock at tho Y. M. C. A.
Though Sunday Is booked for two
years ahead. It Is believed that some of
the dates are tentative, and that they
could be canceled for a Washington
campaign. This Is tho point about
which the Washington committee wishes
! to talk to Mr. Sunday.
The committee expected to go over to
morrow, but the fact that several ot
the clergymen who were to go have
other engagements may postpone the
trip until later in tho week.
Yesterday two Presbyterian clergy
men, tho Rev. Samuel Bower and the
Rev. Harry Haremore Angus, who were
In Baltimore arranging for the Prenby
f terlan excursion on April 1, sounded out
ueorge bunaay on a wasnmgion cam
paign. Beyond advising them to see
"the boss," young Mr. Sunday shed no
light' on the possibility of getting Mr.
Sunday to come.
The rlntfi of the PrnshvtnrlAn jiTciir.
elon wan to have boon on April S9. but
It was found that not enough cats,
could lvoirciserved 'then, so " the date
waaNehifted.Xrf April U Oeorgo Bunaay
would only allow 00 seats for 'the
Washington visitors' .He said that more
applications for reservations alreauy
(Continued oji Second Page.)
Second Visit Made in Vicinity
of Q Street Bridge Hole
Cut in Pane.
On the heels of the "second story"
burglory of the home of Lieutenant
Commander Reynolds, near the Q street
bridge, on Tuesday night, burglars at
tempted to enter the home of Arthur
Hale. 1830 Phelps place, last night.
Climbing a tree, the Intruders reached
tho roof of the front porch and cut a
hole In the glass of ono of tho windows
leaning Into a bed room.
Ttiey were frightened away before
thoy had entered the house.
Mrs. HaJe believes that tho attempt
was made while the family was at din
ner. She said that as she roso from the
dinner table she say a man wearing a
dark overcoat and at peeplngvlnto the
dining room window.
Mr. Hale Immediately searched tho
piemtses, but found no one.
This morning Mrs. Haleaw the hole
which had been cut In the window, it
had been mado beneath tho catch of the
Baker Asks Hearing
On Aqueduct Bridge
Secretary 0f War Wants Citizens
to Express Their Views as
to Its Location.
Secretary of Wop rtv i ...
qunested th- District Commissioner to
win a puouo Hearing at which Wash
ington, Georgetown, and Virginia resi
dents may express their views as to the
test location for the proposed new
Aqueduct bridge.
A bill pasted the House recently pro
viding for tho constrductton of a new
bridge at u point some place between
Thirty-fourth and Thirty-sixth atresia
northwest. Whllo the bill -wua ponding
.In tho Senate, a resolution by Senator
ncison was adopted requesting the
Secretary of War to slvn hl vl.,
to the best location for such a bridge.
oini-u receiving we request contained
In tho Nelson resolution, Secretary Ba
ker has been asked by the Georgetown
Citizens' Association, the Alexandria
County anions' Association, tho Co
lumbia Dredging Company, and several
Individuals, to accord a hearing before
announcing his views as to tho best
bridge site.
btcretary Baker believed that an ex
pression of views can beat be brought
out by a public hearing, -and has so ad
vised the District Commissioner,
FUN is hub
Garrison-Gardner Proposal Is
Overwhelmingly Defeated
Without Standing Count.
Action Indicates There Is
Trouble Ahead for Conferees
on Chamberlain Bill.
Tho Houso today rejectysd a pro
posal to crento a "volunteer army"
elmllar to that proposed by Secretary
Garrison tefore he left the War De
partment. Resuming consideration of tho Hoy
umv bill, the Houso debated for an
hour the Gardner amendment proposlnr
a "volunteer army" Instead of a "Fed
erallzed militia." When thu vote was
taken the 'noes'" were of such over
whelming numbers that Congressman
Gardner did not even ask for a stand
ing vote,
Mr. Gardner's amendment proposed
an army somewhat similar to that rs-
poiised by Secretary Garrison, who was
tho orlsluator of th" "OonUnintl
Army" plan. Tho Massochusctta mem
ber has fought contlstcntly the. Hay
plant to Federalist the rUate militias,
his contention being that sine? tho
militia is offered by ,tato appointees
tho National Guard will never bewmo
really effective fighting force ' t ha
Federal Government. It moanaJ'iS'iJtT
tlo armies," according to -Mr. Gardner,
To Pay Guardsmen.
The "voli'iiteer army"' amendment
pponsorcd by Mr. Gardner was ofTored
in lluu of that section of the bill pro
viding for the payment by the Federal
Government, of certain sums to tho offi
cers und men of the National Guard.
The action of the Hcusu demonstrated
that Uio rower body is wr-dded to the
Hoy idea and that the Garrison-Gardner
plan for a Continental or olunteer
army has llttlo support in,'' ie ljver
The "volunteer army" pfh l Is carried
In the Senate bill, which has been Intro
duced by Senator Chamberlain. That
there will bo troublo In conferonco over
this item Ih apparent, assuming that tho
Senate accepts the Chamberlain bill.
The House will make a determined stand
for building up and Federalizing tho
State militias, Instead ot creating a
volunteer urmy.
Congressman Gardner's amendment
today was presented to tako tho place
of section 76 of the Hay bill. This sec
tion provides that In tho Federalization
of the State militias the officers shall
bo paid from tho Fcderul Treasury sal
aries ranging from 3200 for a second lieu
tenant to JM for officers with tho rank
of captain or higher. Enlisted men, ex
cept when In actual service, will receive
one-fourth tho regular Day ot enlisted
men of corresponding grades In tho
regular army provided the cnlistod men
attend regular drills.
Favors "Federalized Militia."
In defeating the Gardner plan the
House virtually O. K.'d the, "Federalized
mtlltta," which 1b to be brought about
by pay frdm tho Federal Treasury nnd
a supervision by the War Department ot
the training Qf militiamen and tho ap
pointment of Its officers after examina
tions aro conducted ulong lines pre
scribed by tho War Department. Theso
appointments, however, will still be
known as State appointments which
fact caused opposition to tho plan
among some House members.
foiiovwng tne oeuate on tne Gardner
amendment, about which centered one
31 tho principal tights during the acbato
n the bill, tho House Is making com
paratively rapid, progress this afternoon
on' the Hay bill. There Is a possibility
that u voto may be reached tonight, al
though there will be considerable dis
cussion of the proposal to establish a
nitrate plant for the manufacture ot
explosives ln time of war.
Gardner's Amendment.
Congressman Gardner's amendment,
which was close enough to the Garri
son plan to make It possible to sound
out sentiment on tho "continental
army" Idea, read as follows:
"The Volunteer Army. The President
la hereby, authorized, at any time, to
uiBuiuftu, iiiuiiiiuju. uiiu num. uuuur mu
provisions of section 3 to 12, both in
clusive, of an act entitled 'An act to
provldo for raising tho volunteer forces
oi tne united states in timo of actual
or threatened war.' amiroved Anrll 2a.
19H, volunteer forces, not exceeding an
averago ot COO officers and enlisted mon
for each Congressional district. Tho
term of enlistment, which shall In no
event be greater than that of tho reg
ular army, thu period of service with
the colors and with the reserve, and
tho period of training shall be as the
President may prescribe, those Passing
to the reserve to havo tho status and
obligations prescribed for reserves of
tho regular army. Officers and enlisted
men of tho volunteer forces raised
(inder the provisions of this section shall
be entitled to the pay and allowances ot
officers anl enlisted men of correspond.
lng grades In the reirular army during,
"Temporary upiuliuiuunts and promo
tions of offlceis of tho regular army
arising from the operation of this sec
tion may be terminated at thn diners-
tlon of tho President.
orricers ot tne regular army who re
ceive commissions In the volunteer
army herein authorized shall In time or
peaco receive tho pay and aflowances
ot their rctpectlvo grades in the regular
army, and bo mors.'
Tourists Are Taken Off
trains For U. . Troops
DENVER, March 23-WUhJn
a fortnight of their return,
from long servico in tjjo
Philippines the Twenty
fourth United States Infantry
left Fort D. A. Russell, near
Cheyenne, today for the
border in cars taken from
trans-continental trains or
gathered in a genral combing
of Western railroad yards. ,
Passengers wore shooed out of
tourists' coaches at La Junta,
Colo., and forced to crowd
into the remainder of the
train when railroad officials
received hurry orders for ad
ditional cars for the troops.
The yards at Pueblo, Denver,
Colorado Spring and Chey
enne were emptied of avail
able passenger coaches.
The first detachment passed
through Denver early today.
Col. W. G. Penrose is in com
mand of the regiment con
sisting of 1,700 men.
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Senators Sherman and Ashurst
Plead for Protection and
Senator Sherman has prepared a new
resolution authorizing and directing the
President to call for 00,000 volunteers
for Mexican servico.
Tho new measure Is a Senate resolu
tion, which wlU not require cither tho
joint action of thn House or tho signa
ture of the President, nor will it neces
sarily bo referred to a committee.
Senator Sherman has ben led to
do this because it became clear today
that Administration leaders, headed
by Senator Stone, would try to side
track the original resolution by bury
lng It in committee.
lie laid emnhaals on tho conditions
which he believe call for such action.
He said he had lived ln Mexico and
that he spoke as one having a per
sonal acquaintance with the people
and the country.
"Why rlBk the lives of men on a
slender thread which may snan any
hour?!' asiked Senator Shorman.' "If
the northern states of Mexico should
be unfriendly. Brigadier General
Pershing and his forces are. ln .dangsr
of finding a hostile country In the
rear and no communication with our
Ho characterized the. present policy
as "trusting to luck."
Senator Ashurst of Arizona, ln an In
terview, said that garrisons should be
doubled and vlgtlancQ exercised.
"I am fearful," said the Senator,
"that largA numbers ot Carranza troops
will Join VlUa and may glvo trouble to
General Pershing's expedition. The sit
uation along tho Mexican border, I be
lieve, Is graver than the departments
think It Is."
Senator Sherman took the flqor to
make It plain that he would call up his
resolution at tho earliest opportunity.
Senator Stone's anxiety to repress
debato Is taken to mean that the Ad
ministration is aiixloils to prevent the
Mexican situation from being aired.
Wants Wilson to
Put Price on Villa
Congressman cott Would Have
President Give $50,000 for
Bandit's Body.
President Wilson (s nuthorlzed to pay
$50,000 for tho delivery of the body of
Pancho Villa Into tho hands of the mili
tary authorities of the United Btatos, In
a resolution Introduced today ay con
sressman Scott of Philadelphia.
"My thought Is that such a reward
would stir Mexicans to activity In cap
inrinir Villa, and would Bave the lives
nt mnnv American soldiers." said Con-
Igrcssman Scott. "Villa would not bo
haata nmnnar hln own followers whon
onco It became known that a prlco was
hanging over his head, as the sole ob
ject of his followers seems to be pillage,
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Six New Hydroplanes
About Ready For Navy
MARBLEHEAD, Mass., March 23.
Builders' trials on six hydroplanes of a
new class, built at the Burgess Com
pany's plant, were held today In re
sponse to rush orders rrom the Navy
The machines were originally bunt
for school work at lenaco'a, but owing
tn the shortage which exists In navy
aircraft and the rush orders. It Is
thought they may be used in Mexico.
Eleven Mexicans Arrested in Conspiracy to
Burn and Loot El Paso Brother of
Carranza General Held Two Hundred
Involved, Police Say.
EL PASO, March 23. (Jeneral Pershing has taken
over control of the Mexican Northwestern rllilroad south
of Casas Grandes, his base in Mexico, it was unofficially
stated here today.
He is said already to have begun transporting infantry
forces over the line to Madera, Chihuahua, in an attempt
to get behind Villa while Colonel Dodd's cavalry squadron
push the bandit's followers southward.
The American troops are reported to have been load
ed on the Mexican railway at Casas Grandes, Pershing
using equipment obtained from Pearson, and Casas
United States cavalry is understood, to be protecting
the line to. prevent raids by'Villista bands.
It-.is.tmknown'here whether Pershing forcibly took
possession of the line or received the permission of the de
facto government. Pershing took this action three days
With telegraph wires and rail communication intact,
the absence of official denial of Gen. Luis Herrera's revolt
it Chihuahua City was generally commented upon here.
A denial by Carranza Consul Garcia, based on Her
rera's reputed enmity against Villa, was Garcia's personal
c pinion. Herrera has been a member of both Carranza
and Villa factions at different times.
SAN ANTONIO, March 25. "If General Pershing is
rsing the Mexico Northwestern railroad south of Casas
Grancjes," said General Funston today, when informed of
a report to that effect from El Paso, "he is undoubtedly
ncting with the consent of the local Mexican commander.
I have no knowledge of it."
Geftera'l funston denied a report that he had asked
,for any further re-enforcements.
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Militia Ready To
EL PASO, March 23. Police Captain Hall today
claime dto be in possession of facts showing a plot of 200
Mexicans in El Paso to loot and burn the city.
Eleven men were arrested, including Melchor Her
rera, brother of General Luis Herrera.
Night machine gun practice is part of the war exer
t'ise at Fort Bliss. As a result of the choking of the Amer
ican machine guns at Columbus during the Villa raid, be
cause the soldiers were unaccustomed to operating them
in the dark, the commanders at the fort are putting the
soldiers through nightly drills on the rifle range.
In addition to the rapid firers at Fort Bliss there are
others held near police headquarters, manned ' by 300
militia infantrymen, ready for service in case of a local
Mexican uprising or an attack from Juarez.
Carranza Protocol
Meets Further Delay
With unofficial reports from the bor
der piling up to show that Gen. Luis
He,rrera, Carranza's former military
commander at Chihuahua, has joined
the cause of Francisco Vllfa, and has
declared war on tho United States. It
was learned today that further delay
has developed In the "negotiations be
tween the State Department and the
Carranza government for the estab
lishment of a protocol under which the
(two governments enn co-operate In tho
pursuit of tho bandit forces.
It was expected that Kllseo Arrcdondo,
Carranza'a ambassador-designate, and
tho Secretary of State would meet to
dny In n final conference on the sub
ject, and that out of this conferonco
would come the formal agreement tu
Kor reasons which were not given at
the State Department, it was said it

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