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THE BIRMINGHAM AGE-HERALD.
VOL. 36 BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA. THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 1906. 10 PAGES NO. 113 HOKE SMITH IS VICTOR IN BIGGEST LANDSLIDE IN HISTORY OF GEORGIA Has Probably Carried 128 Coun ties Out of 145—How ell Carries Eight JOYNER IS ELECTED MAYOR BY SMALL MAJORITY OF 255 Thousands of Dollars Were Bet On the Result In Fulton County, Which Smith Carried By 1500 Majority. — Atlanta, August 22.—(Special.)—Returns received in Atlanta tonight at 12 o’clock, from all the 145 counties of 'the state, indi cate that Hoke Smth will be made gov ernor of Georgia by one of the biggest landslides of recent years, carrying in the neighborhood of 128 counties, with Clark Howell next with 8, Judge Russell 7, J. H. Estill 3 and Jim Smith 3. In fact every additional return makes the Smith majority in the state larger and it now looks like there was never but one man in the race. Hoke Smith carried Fulton, Bibb and Richmond, and came within 200 votes of carrying Chatham, the home of J. H. Es till. Results simply proved the popularity »» of Smiths’ proposal to disfranchise the negroes of the state and to better freight rates. Smith also claimed to be running against the state ’’ring,” which made him Stronger with those desiring a change. Many Things Could Happen. While it was generally believed and has been seen for some time that Smith would poll a splendid vote, and would In all probability come to the convention in Macon with more votes than any other man in the race, it was the hope of his four opponents that combined they would have suftlcennt t- S tora to pi rent his nomination on t e first ballot, after which many things could happen. The result of today's primary leaves no room for doubt. Smith wil be overwhelmingly rushed Into office at the convention, and, of course, the Republicans will have no chance In a general contest. James Smith is reported to have carried McDuffie county, the home county of Tom Watson, who has been allied with Hoke Smith in the present campaign. Hoke Smith carried this, Fulton county, the home of himself and Clark Howell, by more than 1500 majority. Constitution Concedes Nomination. Mr. Howell’s paper, the Constitution, in its first edition concedes more than lftO counties to Hoke Smith, and says his nomination for governor on the first ballot in the convention is practically assured. | In the city primaries Capt. W. R. Joy- | ner, for twenty or more years chief of the ^ fire department, was nominated for mayor by a majority of 255 votes. Bate returns tonight from the Third con gressional district show that Congress man Elijah B. Bewis 'has been renominat ed. In the First district, Judge J. W. Over street was named to fill the unexpired term of the late Rufus E. Bester, and Walter Sheppard of Chatham for the reg ular term. Fulton Polls an Enormous Vote. Fulton county polled one of the heaviest votes in its history on account of the warm contest here between the home candidates. In addition to this the mayor s race brought out a heavier vote for gov ernor t'han would otherwise have been polled. There were large crowds around the polls all day, and the activity and excite ment were keen, though there was very little disorder. The police had the situa tion pretty well in hand and kept it so, and the closing of all, the barrooms no doubt aided them materially in the mat ter of preserving the peace. The followers of Hoke Smith left no stone unturned to carry Fulton. They had every follower wearing a Smith badge and a double force of workers at each of the polls. Partisans of Hoke Smith went around the city and county in buggies and carriages all day looking out for every chance vote. Hoke omitn nas oigns uui. John Cox. a well-known character about town, rode through the streets all the morning on an ox to which were tied a couple of rag dolls, with a banner urg ing people to vote for Hoke Smith. Others carried umbrellas with the Hoke Smith eigns and badges pinned all over them. The Smith supporters seemed to have plenty of money to wager on the county, and as fast as It was taken more was put up The Howell people, however, took practically all that was offered. There was no way of telling how many thous ands of dollars will change hands on the result of the election In Fulton. A keen Interest was taken In the race for mayor, and It looked this morning as If Tom Goodwin, who has been looked upon as about the weakest man that could have been picked out to run stood a good chance of carrying the day over Chief W. R. Joyner of the fire depart ment. Over at the Third ward polls this morn ing one man asked another If he was going to vote for Jim Smith for governor. ‘'Not on your life." he replied. "I worked under him for six months as a convict." v General Strike In Spain. f Bilbao, Spain. August 22.—The Labor federation has decided to begin a general strike here tomorrow which means that •f— Bui Two Moo Are Praised for Attitude Toward Labor MOST ANSWERS EVASIVE Says Lack of Knowledge and Lack of Sympathy Are Shown In Many of the Replies Re ceived. Washington, August 22.—(Special.)—In the forthcoming number of the American Federationlst President Samuel Gompers of the American Federation of Labor will publish with editorial comment the re plies of a large number of congressmen to the circular letter of the American Federation of Labor inquiring as to their attitude on the questions discussed in labor’s bill of grievances which was pre sented to President Roosevelt, the presi dent protem of the Senate and the speak er of the House in the last session of Congress. Among other things President Gompers says: "In the bill of grievances we appealed to those responsible for legislation or for the failure to enact and expressed the hope that the appeal would not be in vain and added that if perchance Congress did not heed labor’s request the toilers would appeal to the conscience and support of our fellow citizens. Submitting to the dictation of its vested and responsible leaders Congress utterly failed to accord the rights or grant any relief requested. Calls It Flagrant Disregard. "The indignation felt among the wage earners and the people generally of our country at. this flagrant disregard of their liberties and the'r interests made itself promptly and spontaneously manifest in all sections of the country and from all quarters came inquiries from their re spective constituencies regarding the atti tude of certain congressmen. "We have received a large number of replies and in compliance with announce ment we publish many of them. "In certain respects their replies speak for themselves. "There will be little difficulty in arrang ing some of them under the heads of ‘In different, negligent, or hostile,’ while oth ers are clearly non-commital and evasive in their tone. One of the most remark able things is the lack of knowledge and the lack of sympathy demonstrated by some of the replies. "All will understand that he who Ts not with us is against us. "Pleas of ignorance, promises of care ful consideration or similar phrases can not entitle a candidate to the support from organized labor and its friends which should be accorded him who states frank ly and unmistakably that he Indorses fundamentally the bill of grievances and will vote for the legislative measures nec essary to correct the evils of wfcich labor complains.’’ First Letter Is From Griggs. The first letter in the list to be Rublished is that from Representative J. M. Griggs, chairman of the democratic national con gressional committee. It says: "I have carefully read the list of labor’s grievances and I think I understand same. I agree fully with you in every demand therein made.’’ On the above letter Mr. Gompers makes the following editorial statement: "Mr. Griggs’ answer is brief but un qualifiedly in approval of the bill of labor grievances.” Mr. Gompers has few good words to say of any of the republican members of Con gress. Of Senator Dick of Ohio he says: "Senator Dick’s letter is general In character and discloses that he believes he knows better than the working people what Is for their best interests. He evades any speclfls statement as to his position regarding the bill of grievances.” Other republicans who write evasive let ters to the labor leader come in for a severe lambasting. Griggs of Georgia ar*l Champ Clark of Missouri, both democrats, are about the only members receiving praise from Mr. Gompers. STILL ON REEF. Tugs Have So Far Been Unable to Move Manchuria. Honolulu, August 22.-The Manchuria re mains on the reef where she struck. An chors are being put out to prevent he'* from drifting further toward the shore. The revenue cutter Manning is the only vessel now tugging at the big steamer. The cableshlp Restorer which has very powerful engines has gone to the scene to render assistance. The fate of the Manchuria depends largely on weather conditions. There is believed to be a fair chance for her to last until the arrival of wrecking appa ratus from San Francisco. Stensland Not Yet Found. El Paso, Tex., August 22.—Chief of Police Antonio Pondo De Leon of Ciudad Juarez, opposite El Paso, received today the following message from Aguas Cal ientes, Mex.: “No truth in report of arrest here of Paul O. Stensland, embezzling Chicago banker. No man of that description here. "D. A. JEAPOLITICO." Four Perish In Cleveland. Cleveland, O.. August 22.—A week's period of high temperature reached an almost intolerable degree of intensity here today. Four deathes from heat prostra tion occurred during the day. Nearly a score of other prostrations are reported. WOULD MAKE COIN rim REVOLUTION £ Unique Scheme /j Overthrow Castro is/jiscowed / UNCLE SA!, TAKES A HAND Insurgents Would Use Dies to Coin Money and When They Get In Power Would Declare the Money Legal, New York, August 22.—On a charge of making dies to counterfeit the standard silver dollar of Venezuela to finance a rev olution In that country, secret service of ficers today arrested Capt. George Boyn ton, former resident manager of the Orinoco corporation of Venezuela, and L. R. Thompson, an attorney, both of this city. Both prisoners were admitted to bail in $5000. Joseph Keller and Sidney Keller of Kel ler Brothers, die workers, were also ar rested in connection with the case. The two principals in the case aver that the plan to duplicate Venezuelan money is not counterfeiting. Later, after the revolution proved successful, they said it was to legalize this issue of money both by executive decree and by act of the Venezuela junta. The accused men char acterize this plan as a "war measure." They also allege that half of the South Americans’ risings are similarly financed. Chief Wilkie Is Present. So important did the federal authorities regard the arrests that Chief Wilkie of the secret service came oqt from Wash ington to be present on the ground when the men were apprehended. With Chief Wilkie was a foreign looking man who was said to be the secretary of the Vene zuelan legation. The story of the arrests and the facts leading up to them are interesting. Ac cording to Chief Wilkie and Chief Glynn of the New York division of the sercet service, Captain Boynton came to New York in June last to finish and lay the preliminary plans for a, revolution against President Castro. Ho had with him an authorization which purported to bear the signature of leading revolutionists ap pointing him special commissioner to America with power to do practically any thing and everything in order to get the movement started. Puts Up Plausible Story. Capt. Boynton, it is said, has been for years the locaJ and resident manager of the Orinico concession, capitalized at $5,000,000, and controlling practically the entire Orinoco delta. It is charged that when Capt. Boynton came to New York in June to get the alleged revolution on foot, he undertook to put in operation a plan similar to that whereby the revolu tion against Dom Pedro in Brazil was said to have been financed, that of getting dies, buying bullion and turning out what silver coin was necessary. Later if the movement proved successful the issue could be legalized, if unsuccessful no one could be injured, it was argued, as the coins were to be made of the same fine ness as those regularly coined by the gov ernment. In scorne way Capt. Boynton met Law yer Lewis M. Thompson, an old acquaint ance, and interested him in the revolu tion. The captain said he wanted to find a man who would advance $10,000 with which to buy the silver bullion. Sporting Men Interested. Lawyer Thompson had difficulty in in teresting men of means, and finally ap proached some men described as sport ing men. One of these called to see Flynn and talked with him about It. There is a federal law protecting the coinage of other nations, and Chief Flynn decided to Investigate. Through agents he gained the confidence of Boynton and to them the latter confided i/s plans. Dies were to be secured in New York, and with $10,000 of silver bullion they *ere to go to a place in delta of the Orinoco and there coin the money. As soon as the $20,000 made from the silver bullion had been expended, another purchase of $40, 000 of riiver bullion was to be turned into $80,000 of Venezuelan money. With this money munitions of war, ships and other things necessary for a revolution were to bo purchased, the captain de clared. Chief Flynn's agents asked to see the dies and the captain acquiesced. When all seemed harmonious and working favor ably, Chiefs Wilkie and Flynn arrested Boynton. WILL NOT LET HER GO. Father Will Not Permit Daughter to Try to Identify Negro. Atlanta. August 22.—(Special.)—The father of Miss Mabel Lawrence, who with her sister, Ethel, was outrageously as saulted by a negro Monday evening Just beyond Copen Hill, positively refuses to permit his daughter to come into the city for the purpose of seeing If she can Identify Arthur Reed aB the negro who committed the assault. Reed is now held in Jail as a suspect. Sheriff Nelms refuses to have the negro taken out to the Lawrence home for the purpose of identification, because he fears a lynching if this is done. The police re fused the same request yesterday on the same ground. Just what will be done about the matter has not been determin ed. but it is likely that Reed will be held until it can be established in some way whether or not he is the guilty party. Miss Ethel Lawrence is still alive, but the chances for her recovery are con sidered extremely doubtful. One Death In St. Louis. St. Louis, August 22.—One death and two prostrations Is the day's local heat re cord. Two prostrations are reported from East St. Louis. The maximum tempera ture in St. Louis was 90. > mm THE COQUETTE PIG STILL POLOS CENTER OF STAGE In Some Centers Feverish Con dition is Subsiding PRICES AGAIN ADVANCE t In the South $15 to $16 Is Being Ob tained Easily for Spot Shipment. Next Year’s Sales Made at $14.50. 1 Cleveland, O.. August 22.—The Iron ’ Trade Review tomorrow will say: Pig iron still occuled the center of the stage during the past week, being very active with prices showing further ad vances. In some centers feverish condi tions are apparently subsiding and buyiers and sellers are showing a disposition to wait, especially before entering Into con tracts for next year's requirements, hut for the most part the week has witnessed keen anxiety in the buyers to place orders, and of their failure in many cases to get Iron for prompt shipment. In the south from $15 to $16 is being obtained easily for spot shipment, and while some sales for the first half of next year have been made at $14.50, $15 more nearly represents the market. In the east the scarcity seoms to be confined largely to steel making irons. The sales In the New York district in cluded 26,000 tons of basic, 6000 tons of foundry Iron and 4000 to 6000 tons of gray forge. In the central west sales includ ing 115,000 tons of basic at $18, valley; and 20,000 tons of Bessemer at $18.25, valley; both for delivery the first half of next year. Both Bessemer and basic for the first half are scarce and one large buyer has not succeeded in placing an order for 75, 000 tons of Bessemer. In both Chicago and Cleveland No. 2 foundry has been sold at $20. One large elecrtc interest is Inquiring for 16,000 tons for deltvery at Allegheny, and Cleveland, and many other buyers are in the market. General expectation is that still higher prices will prevail throughout the coun try. The principal contract of the week in structural material was for 42,OfO tons for the next Manhattan bridge, taken by the Jones & Laughlln Steel company through Its Cleveland agency. An advance of $2 per ton on sheet prices seems to bo Imminent. RESENT IMPORTATION OF MORE NEGROES Natives Around Louisiana Railroad Camp Fire Into Tent When Men Are Quartered. Lake Charles. La,, August 22.—No direct news has been received from Sheriff Reid and his deputies who have gone to Hie scene of the riot at Ten Mile. L4, a mea gre report of which reached here last night. It Is learned from other sources, how ever, that a crowd of natives of that vicin ity, incensed at the importation of negro laborers to be employed In grading a new section of the Santa Fe railroad, tired into a camp tent in which were quartered three white men and eight negroes. It Is said the natives used shotguns, pistols, and rides, with the result that two men are dead, six mortally wounded and three other persons, Including a negro woman, are 9lightly hurt. The wounded men, the names of whom none could be learned, are employed by the Grigsby Construction company. ♦ ♦ ♦ TEN DEATHS IN CHICACO. ♦ ♦ - ♦ ♦ Chicago, August 22.—The heat In ♦ ♦ Chicago today was responsible for ♦ ♦ ten deaths and twenty-nine r*os- ♦ ♦ tratlonB. As early as 11 o'clock In ♦ ♦ the forenoon the thermometer at ♦ ♦ the weather bureau registered 91 der ♦ ♦ grees. It remained at this point for ♦ ♦ four hours, when the 92 mark was ♦ ♦ reached. Later in the day a slight ♦ breeze came from the west and ♦ ♦ brought a little relief, but the fore- ♦ .*. cast for tomorrow calls for a con- ♦ ♦ tinuatlon of the hot wave. ♦ ♦ ■*' PRESIDENT’S LETTER IS GOOD FOR DEMOCRATS Washington, August 22.—(Special.)—"I regard t’he letter of President Roosevelt to Representative Watson of Indiana as extremely fortunate for the democratic party.’’ Representative Patterson of Tennessee, the democratic party’s gubernatorial can didate in that state, gave expression to the above tonight. “Aside from Its boastful spirit,” he con tinued, “and Its lack of fairness In fail ing to give the democrats in Congress any credit for the laws passed, it exhibits partisanship of the most pronounced type. It Is amazing to hear from so well Informed a man as the President that the tariff has nothing to do with the for mation of trusts. The assertion is bound to weaken his cause, for It. Is not true, and the American people know It Is not. That the tariff has amassed enormous wealth In the hands of a few, that this wealth has combined to fix prices and control markets are economic and politi cal truisms, which are not affected by the President’s assertion to the contrary. The Issue which the President offers should be squarely met. The fight should be from now on for tariff reformation. This is the historic battle ground of the parties, and on It the democrats have al ways fought a good fight and have more often won than lost. , “The party has a great opportunity' to go into t'he next presidential contest on the unmistakable issue of whether there shall be tariff reformation or un absolute surrender to the protected interests of the country. Tariff reform Is common ground upon which all democrats can unite and forget past differences. Honest trust reg ulations must begin with tariff reduc tions. BEVERIDGE OPENS MAINE COMPA1GN INDIANA SENATOR MAKES PLEA TO HAVE SENATORS AND CON GRESSMEN NAMED WHO WILL AID ROOSEVELT IN WORK. Portland, Me.. August 22.—The republi can campaign In the First conyesslonal district was formally opened here tonight with a rally at which Senator Albert J. Beveridge of Indiana was the speaker. Senator Beveridge discussed national af fairs and urged that congressmen and senators be elected who will aid President Roosevelt to purify American business, and aggressively support his policy of in creasing the prosperity of the country. Senator Beveridge said in part: "The Issue in this national congressional campaign Is moral rather than economic. It Is not the tariff exclusively (protection Is a permanent American policy, but tariff schedules will receive all necessary atten tion before the national election), but so much of the whole policy of the adminis tration, not so mucli a mere partisan struggle for mere party success as the continuing of the movement tor the moral rengeration of American business; not the condition of the country alone, but that condition in connection with legislation urged and secured, and the execution of existing laws by Theodore Roosevelt and the moral advance for which he stands. Whoever lights under that flag will win; whoever appeals to the people on any smaller Issue will wage a harder and more doubtful battle. "Do you believe In Theodore Roosevelt? That Is the question. If you do, you will, elect congressmen and senators who will support him. Do you believe that Ameri can business should not only be the great est but the purest In the world? If you do you will elect congressmen and sena tors who will aid President Roosevelt in his policy of purification. Do you believe in increasing the prosperity of the nation and at the same tome uplifting the moral ity of the nation? If you do, you will elect congressmen and senators who will aggressively support President Roosevelt's policy of constructive righteousness.” BROWN OUT ON BOND. Preliminary Hearing Is Held for Pool Room Manager. New Orleans. August 22.—Interest In matters pertaining to the operations of Brown & Co., brokers, prior to the sus pension of the alleged poolroom feature of that establishment, was centered to day in the preliminary arraignment of the senior member of the firm, H. D. Brown, turfman, before the criminal district court on two of five pending Indlcements, the other three coming under jurisdiction of another court. Brown entered a plea of not guilty and was released on a bond of |1000. His trial will probably occur at the Sep tember term of court. Although eight police officers have been suspended for alleged negligence In con nection with the Brown & Co. matter. It is now said there will hardly be further Indictments In the case, as the district at torney seems satisfied with having se cured the Indictment of Brown. BIG BROKERAGE FIRM GOES UNDER M. J. SAGE & CO. POST NOTICE OF DISCONTINUANCE—HAD ABOUT 300 BRANCHES BETWEEN MAINE AND NEW ORLEANS. New York, August 22.—M. J. Sage & Co., brokers of No. } Montgomery street, Jersey City, and No. 57 Broadway, this city, at the close of business hours to day posted a notice at their Jersey City office informing their correspondents that they had discontinued business. Sage & Co. was incorporated under the laws of the state of New York in 1904 with a capital stock of 960,000. The president of the firm is Maurio J. Sage, a young man who came to this 1 city about twelve years ago from Bing hamton, N. Y. It is stated that the Sage system con sisted of a string of at least three hun dred branch offices stretching from Maine to New Orleans, and in some quarters the failure is declared to involve possibly $2,000,000. Although a groat business was done by this stock commission firm it has no stock exchange mebership here. At the outbreak of the activities in the cotton market a few months ago the Sage company had one direct wire run- j ning from their New York office through out the southeastern states, through to New Orleans. There were 175 branch of fices of this firm connected with this wire. As a result of the campaign the firm came out a winner to the amount of $1, 000,000. This large sum, together with the incorftlng of a bear campaign In the stock markt, enabled the firm to recover all its previous losses. The firm had more than 25,000 accounts outstanding, which it was learned tonight that the managers of the firm had been appealing for several days to their prin cipal financial backers for more money to tide over the crisis, but he decided not to make any further remittances. AVENT IS NOMINATED. Tennessee Committee Endorses Bryan for the Presidency. Nashville, August 22.—The democratic state committee today nominated Frank Avent of Rutherford county as candidate for membership on the Tennessee railroad commission, to succeed the late J. N. McKenzie. Resolutions were adopted endorsing Wil liam J. Bryan for the democratic presi dential nomination In 1908, and inviting 1 'him to come to Tennessee to speak dur- j ing the coming congressional campaign, j The chairman was directed to appoint a | committee to attend the Bryan recep- [ tion In New York and to formally Invite him to Tennessee. The resolution specifies ! that Governor Cox be one of this com mittee. ♦ BRAZIL GIVES *666,000. ♦ ♦ - ♦ ! ♦ Rio de Janeiro, August 22.—The ♦ ♦ Brazilian congress has voted an /p- ♦ > proprlation of $666,000 for the relief ♦ of sufferers by the earthquake at ♦ Valparaiso. ♦ ♦ CAPTURETOWN ANDHAVEBASE Cuban Revolution Is Beginning to Give Government More Trouble Than Expected ATTEMPT MADE 01 LIFE OF HAVANA'S GOVERNOR Discontent Has Sprung Up All Over the Island—Isle of Pines Joins Forces With the In surrectionists. Havana, August 22.—The Insurgents In the province of Pinar del Rio captured their first city there today. At nine o'clock this morning the force led by Pino Guerra, an ex-congressman and an influeuntlal man, and who was thought to be many miles eastward, and sundry oth er Insurgent bands, attacked. San Luis, which is situated on the railroad about ten miles west of Pinar del Rio city. A sharp and decisive engagement fol lowed, during which a number of men were killed or wounded. The town was defended by less than 100 rural guards, fifty of whom surrendered to the Insur gents and are held as prisoners. The in surgent forces are in possession of the railroad station and of the town, which is resuming its normal condition. By the capture of San Luis, which has about 5000 inhabitants, the Insurgents have ob tained an important base for future oper ations. Try to Minimize Matter. At the palace here there was a disposi tion late this afternoon to minimize the importance of the insurgents’ sunccess at San Luis, the statement, being made that while the Insurgents were in possession of the town, the rural guard!, in their quarters, were still holding out. The agent of the Western railway at San Luis station, which is a mile and one third from the town, reports that the town has been taken by insurgents, who have surrounded the station. The agent did not know the number killed or wound ed. but believed it was small. The fight ing was quickly over. The garrison of San Luis is known to number less than 50. The population of the town is 5000. Recruits Start Westward. One hundred recruits started westward this afternoon on a special train, but it is not likely that they will be permitted to reach San Luis. An attempt is being made with 200 mounted rural guards and regulars to corner Quentin Bandera, who, with 150 men, is continuing his dodging tactics in the western part of the prov ince of Havana. Three large bands of Insurgents are out in the province of Santa Clara. The in surrection appears to r>e growing, but the loyalists of the towns claim tha1> they will be able to resist the movement. Thinks Cuba Is Competent. Havana, August 22.—General Rodriguez, commander of the rural guard, tonight after relating the incidents of the day, said to the Associated Press: “You can tell the American people that Cuba is entirely competent to deal with fhe Insurrection. The rumors in nil direc tions about the organization of Insurrec tionary bands In great numbers are not borne out by our reports, or as far as can be learned by the facts. The result of the encounter at San Luis is still not known definitely, but It Is known we in flicted some losses on the enemy In that vicinity. The much-talked-of movement in Santa Clara province has not been en countered and no Insurrectionists have been seen there by our forces. “We have today equipped and sent out In various directions 9)0 volunteers under competent officers. We have plenty of Remingtons and ammunition for all who enlist, and more have been ordered from the United States, besides we have thou sands of old hut serviceable guns. Wo believe the loyal people are taking up arms for the government faster than the insurgents are Increasing.” Insurrectionists Increase. While the foregoing Is typical of the ut terances of the government officials, there Is evidence of threatening Increases In the numbers of the Insurrectionists. In the province of Santa Clara the disaf fection Is widespread and in the province of Havana a great many people are In sympathy with the Insurgents. In some cases whole communities appear to have been carried away by the re crudescence of insurrectionary times. The extent to which this will lead to open rebellion Is still uncertain. Attack on San Louis. The principal event today was the fight ing at Sun Luis. The reports of the com manders of the rural guard are to the following effect: Bands of Guerra. Poso and others, ag gregating about 400 men. concentrated this morning In the vicinity of San Luis. Sev enty rural guards under command of Ma jor Laurent were to attack t’he Insur gents from the east and thirty men under Lieutenant Azcuy were to attack from the west. Azcuy arrived first and got Into an illy timed engagement with a far superior detachment, with the result that he was forced to retreat hastily to San Luis, pur sued by a portion of the enemy. The rural guards took refuge In their quarters and Guerrar’s men remained In posses sion of the town. This afternoon Major Laurent hud a hot fight with the Insur gents under Guerra and other insurgent commanders, and reports that several were killed or wounded He pursued Guerra, but so far as Is known did not retake the town. According to other fragmentary reports the Insurgents continue In possession of San Luis. Railway trains have not been Interferred with. A telegram late tonight stated that Major Laurent with his detachment of rural guards fought Guerra and his 800 men for three hours this afternoon, com pletely defeating him, killing or wound ing many Insurgents and taking three prisoners. The dispatch adds that the rebels dispersed In all directions, being chased long distances. None of the rural guards was hurL (CONTINUED ON PAGE 7j