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VOLUME YYYYTT BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 1913 NUMBER 266 BALKANS DECLARE PEACE CONFERENCE MUST NOW BE CONSIDERED BROKEN OFF — Appoint Committee to Draft I Note to the Turkish Delegates POLICY OF ALLIES IS TO GAIN TIME Two Distinct Views Held By Balkan Delegates—Reason for Demand of Adrianople and Aegean Islands Set Forth London, January 26.—The Balkan pleni potentiaries, who have received^ull pow ers from their respective governments, appointed a committee today to draft a note to the Turkish plenipotentiaries, ex plaining why the peace conference must now be considered broken off. Jt is hoped the draft will be ready for ap proval by the full delegation Monday Eight. This action of the allies is part of a series of well considered forms of pressure with Which the Balkan delegates hope to cbialn their object without resuming th? ■war. The meeting today lasted for an hour and a half, and the course to be followed was given earnest consideration. Two ehBtinct views were manifested, one for the immediate rupture of the negotiations, leading to a resumption of the war, and the other favoring a temporizing policy, in order to avoid irrevocable steps. The latter course triumphed and a commlt^e was appointed, consisting of one member from each delegation, as follows: Michael Madjaroff, Bulgarian minister at London; Prof. Georgios Slreit, Greek minister to Austria-Hungary; Count Voy novitch, chief of King Nicholas' cabinet, representing Montenegro, and Dr. M. R. .Vesnitch, Servian minister to France, with the addition of M. Politis of the Greek delegation, owing to his knowledge of French and his thorough acquaintance with international law. Arguments Set Forth General lines were laid down on which the note is to be drafted, comprising the arguments already set forth many times at: to why the league demands the sur render of Adrianople and the Aegean inlands as an indispensible condition to the conclusion of peace. That the policy of the allies Is to gain time is patent, and does not deceive any body. The delegates decided that the ad vantages to be derived from the resump tion of hostilities would be in proportion to the risks they ran, and they would not take that step unless absolutely forced *o do so. It is realized that even a partial 1 e\ erse would have grave moral and ma terial consequences, apart from the loss of thousands of men. In addition the fact is not overlooked that there is danger of Rumania advanc ing from the rear and of Austria imposing Am fifeavia and Montenegro her conditions lor remaining neutral. The only disad vantage in delaying decisive action is !n keeping large armies inactive and on a ■war footing for a long time, thus heavily taxing both the financial and agricul tuial resources of the countries. Refuses Portfolio Constantinople. January 26.—Hakki Pasha has definitely refused the port folio of the foreign ministry and it has been offered to Prince Said Halim, who is expected to accept. Said Halim is an Egyptian prince. He is president of the council of slate and secretary cf the committee of union and prog ress. Big Loan Acquired London, January 27.—The Constan tinople correspondent of the Daily Telegraph learns that a contract has been signed under which the Ottoman government will obtain an advance of $10,000,000 to be reimbursed out of the next loan in connection with the new concession for the Metropolitan rail ways of Constantinople. Killing Was Premeditated London, January 27.—Uncensored Constantinople dispatches received in London confirming the previous ac counts of the revolt against ihe gov ernment and the shooting of the war minister, Nazim Pasha. The dispatches add little to the de tails already known, but state that the autopsy on the officers killed dis closed that the bodies bore dagger wounds, as well as bullet wounds, thus throwing doubt on the assertion tfcat the killing was unpremeditated. According to the Daily Mail, the Bal kan ultimatum to Turkey will give four days grace to enable the powers to devise any possible menas to bring pressure upon the porte. The Mail also says that Colonel Jos* toff, chief of staff of the third Bul garian army before Tchatalja, who is now acting as military adviser to the peace mission, will leave London for the front tomorrow and that all the powers, including Russia and Austria, have given assurance that the hostili ties shall he limited to the Balkan •tates and Turkey. Speaks Against Turks Ran Francisco. January 27.—Dr. Benjamin Ide Wheeler, president of the University of California, and a close student of European politics, de clared this afternoon in an adress be- | fore the San Francisco Y. M. C. A., j that the Turk must be driven from Europe at any cost, “if you cannot get arbitrators to do it, then let the sword be drawn streaming blood red." be said. “It is a struggle of a liberty loving people," he continued, “to free itself from the incubus Turkish domina tion. In essence this war is a strug gle of the freedom of the will as rep resented by European peoples and the fatalism of the Orient.” Vienna. January 2C.—The Tageblatt's Constantinople correspondent asserts that the sultan and the ex-sultan ef fected a reconciliation at the palace the day before the coup d’etat. Investigate Bank Charge Paris, January 20. -The French Judicial authorities are investigating charges against the directors of the South Span-1 1th Agricultural hank, among whom ate eminent Frenchmen and Spaniards, in cluding Senor Seeasta, governor of the Pank of Spain. J. Perex-Caliallero, was lor a time president of the hunk, but as he Is now ambassador of Spain tn France, he cannot be Inculpated it is alleged that the ban'; obtained large sums or jftoney from Investors on false statements tn lta prospectus. New Ski Record Chippew a Fails, Wis.. January 2* .-A n. Oerst Haugen of Chippewa Falls today e*-J tatlished a new hill record at the skll meet here, jumping a distance of lt!h feet ’ ■ad patting Uie former record by U ft'.'. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••«•••••••••••«•••»> TALKS TO GATHERING Expresses Interest in Sub jects Treated—Talks of the Health Depart ment Hoboken. N. J., January 26.—Presi dent-elect Wilson today addressed a private gathering of prominent social workers at the home of Mrs. Caroline B. Alexander, where he and his family were week-end guests. Tn a statement given out by Mrs. Alexander setting forth Governor Wilson's remarks, he is quoted as declaring that in forward ing the movement for a national bu reau of health it van desirable to re move the impression that the govern ment expected to set iip “a medical trust.'1 The governor is reported as having said that there was no inten tion to put any school of medicine In charge of national health projects but that all schools of medicine should work in harmony on the question of sanitation, which he considered most important. Several speeches v ere made embrac ing immigration, child labor, prison contract labor, workmen's compensa tion and industrial lelations. No news paper men were admitted and Governor Wilson could not be reached tonight to make any'comment on the conference. The statement given out at the Alex ander home quotes the President-lect as saying: Interested in Topics “Evry subject treated here today en gages my* deep Interest and enthu siasm. My enthusiasm is in proportion, generally to the practicability of a scheme. I htave always been eager to forward general principles, but I do not feel the breath till my lungs until I see the practical plan. 1 hope you will always come to me with plans and you may depend upon me to consider those plans with interest and friendliness. ‘ Most of the things that you have spoken of are without political embar rassment. One that does have political embarrassment is the health department pioject. Already, In dealing with medi cal education in New Jersey, we have had political difficulties, because of the vaii ous independent schools of medicine that have sprung up c>, all sides. There is a fear in many minds that we are about Jo set up what has been called a medical trust, and it is very desirable to remove that idea. I have never seen any serious proposal to put any particular school <>f medicine in cntu'gfe of the natHoral health Difficulty Exists “With regard to the children's bureau, another similar difficulty exist?. My own party, in some ot its elements, represents a very strong slate's rights feeling. At Is very plain that you would nave to g«» much further than most interpretations of the constitution would allow, if you were to give *o the government general control over child labor throughout the country. It is important to make it gen erally understood that the purpose c£ your bureau is to collect and co-ordinate information on the subject. “I want above all things to enjoy the confidence of and to have at my service the information and counsel of those who are engaged in these fundamental thing*. Most of the vita’ity of public action corr.ee from outside the government. “The government does not originate. It responds to public opinion. You all try to regard yourselves as forces playing upon the government and A hope that during the next four years you will lind *•. sensitive part of the government at the top.” A. J. McKelway, secretary for southern states of the national child labor commit tee and chairman of the juvenile advisory committee of the children's council of Washington, D. O., while speuking on ‘ Washington as a Model City,” criticised ihe system of government of the District of Columbia, as controlled by men “with connections in speculative real estate. ’ In commenting on this. Governor Wil son is reported in the statement as say ing: “Dr. McKelway excited me because he j ut under my nose a fresh trail and the l ind of a trail that A always will follow with zest.'' SOUTHERN BAPTISTS CLOSE CONVENTION Nashville, January 26—A mass meet ing at the First Baptist church here this afternoon marked the termination of the three-day meeting of the South ern Baptist Educational assocciation, which was attended by leading Baptist educators of the south. Nashville was sleeted as the next meeting place of the association and officers were elect ed as follows: Dr. E. M. Potcat, re-elected presi dent; Prof. J. Henry Burnett, re-elect ed secretary: S. P. Brooks, D. M. Ram sey, Edgar God bold, members of the executive commlt'ee. A committee was named to urge the southern Baptist convention to consider the advisabil ity of establishing an educational board in the south. John T. Whitney Dead Glassboro, N. J.. January 26.— John T. Whitney, a former president of the Na tional Association of Glass Manufactur ers, died at his home here today. He. was one of the iotinders of the Whitney Glass company and was 56 years old. Air. Whitney's only child, Mr.s. J. Boyd Nixon, lost a race with death across the continent. She arrived here from her home in Berkeley, Cal., two hours after her father's death. Will Soon Make Recommen dations to the President Elect TO START WORK ON TARIFF BILLS Currency Problem and Question of Liberating the Philippines To Be Included in New President's Scheme of Action Washington, January 26.—Although the scope of the legislation to be taken up at the approaching extra session of ^’on grtss has not yet been outlined, Con gressional committees are rapidly push ing their preliminary work to a point where recommendations can be made to I’iesident-elect 'Wilson and plans laid he ir rt- him for the early work of his admin istration. Work on tariff bills will soon b»- started, the hearings reaching an end this week. The * money trust” end of the Mouse banking and currency committee Is p.ready working on u report while the "currency” branch of the same commit tee will push its investigation this week Into other branches of the currency ques tion in the effort to secure comprehensive suggestions for euriency reform. Legislation Unsettled Senate ami House leaders do not yet k iow what legislation, If any, beside the work of tariff revision, will be taken up at the extra session. Several who have t.'.’ked with Governor Wilson express the confident belief that the currency question and the question of liberating the Philip pines will be included in the new Presi dent's scheme of action for his first con rritfesional session. St Is the general opinion in democrat® circles in Wasnington that President Wilson will at ieast not ‘ foreclose” Con gress against acting on everything but the tariff at the special session. A ma jority of the democrats in the Senate ex p-ct little legislation but the tarltr to be taken up, but they believe President Wilson in calling the extra session will l ot specifically limit its work. Postpone Currency Action An effort is under way by some demo ciatic senators to postpone action on the currency until the next regular session, unci it is expected that a movement will be promoted to secure an extension of the present Aldrioh-Vreeland emeigency cur- j rency law for at least a year, so that' h\j emergency measure will still he at ! band in case of Industrial or financial , disturbances. Under this plan no at- j t* nipt would be made to tefcisjete on cur- i rency questions until nexFwitiftr. *. j The full extent of the llg*ht between the j republican and democratic factions In the , Senate over President Taft’s appoint- I nients is expected to develop this week. ] A republican caucus, the first of the ses- I sion, probably will be held early In the j week and the majority of republicans now ii sist there will be no concessions to the democrats, but that* the demand will again be made for confirmation of all of the appointments now before the Senate The House will devote Its lime this week to the consideration of appropriation bills and by the end of the week It Is expect ed that several big supply measures will ! e ready for the consideration of the Sen ate. MEXICAN REBELS Peace Negotiations Are Not Progressing Very Fa vorably El Paso, Tex., January 26.—Rebels early today cut the Mexican Contra! railway a few mil •» below the border. The rebel general, Marcelo Caraveo, with 500 men. la reported to be operat ing south of Juarez in retaliation for yesterday’s movement of troops out of J uarez. Related reports from Jlmlnez below which point the Central railway was out last week, say rebels under Checho Campos,' have tak^n Esealon on the Ohihuahua-I mrango state boundary. A small federal garrison resisted brief ly. Peace negotiations are progressing unfavorably. Telegrams said to come from President Madero today request the place of Ahuamaua between Juarez and Chihuahua City. It is offered to withdraw the federal garrison and al loxv the rebels to occupy the town. The | rebelH Insist on Guadalupe on the Texas border. 30 miles east of El Paso, as the point of meeting. Manual A. J,ujan, who was General Orozco’s representative at Washington,! arrived here today from Los Angeles. He doubtless will hear the rebel dele gation should actual negotiations oc cur. He will visit Guadalupe tomor row to confer with General Salazar. Judge Platt Dead Meriden. Conn.. January 26.—Judge jatnes P. Platt of the United .States district court died at his home here this afternoon after a long illness of throat trouble. He was 6° years old and had occupied his position on the federal bench since J902. TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE SPACE FOR PARCEL POST Washington. January 26.—To provide adequate spare for handling parcel post business it will be necessary to revise plans of many public buildings in which postoffices are located ami negotiations to this end already have been instituted by Postmaster General Hitchcock. To day the Postmaster General invited the supervising architect of the treasury and his assistants to co-operate in tiie ►matter with the building committee of the postoffice department and the spe- j jpial parcel post committee. At present 174 public buildings arc1 under contract and 233 additional have i been appropriated by for Congress, j They approximate in cost $50,000,000. | The plans for these buildings have been ■ prepared without regard for the needs of the parcel post system and it now is) essentia! that changes lie made in their I construction in order that the increased volume of mail may he handled advant ageously. Iri 75ft postoffices located in govern ment buildings, it will he necessary to make alterations to meA the require ments of the panel post. In some in-; stances the purchase of additional ground on which to construct annexes will have to be made. Denies Government Power to Regulate Its Affairs BRIEF IS SUBMITTED Claims No Regulation Whatever Is Within the Hands of Congress. Present Rules of Exchange • Are Defended Washington, January 26. Members of the Houae money trust committee who are to draft a report on results of the Inquiry into financial affairs thus far conducted hffVe before them for con sideration a brief just filed on behalf of the New York stock exchange by Its attorneys, denying that the federal* government has power to compel its incorporation or to regulate its af fairs. Tiie state of New York, it is admitted In the breif, has power to enact laws for the guidance , of the exchange, though the belief Is expressed in the argument that no law either by state or nation will stop certain transactions. It is further asserted that the members of the stock exchange are better able to control Its affairs than any legislative authority. "We assert. saj'S the brier, that no regulation whatever is within the power of Congress. But we are far from as serting thru the state is without any power of regulation. "That the state muv legislate with re spect to transactions, such as improper manipulation, is unquestionable. How effectively it can legislate as to such matter is another question. Hopes and expectations in that direction are apt to be in adverse *rfttto of accurate knowledge and experience. It is a regu lation interfering with and diminish ing the responsible self-government of such an exchange that we argue against as detrimental in an incalculable de gree as well to the interests of the pub lic as those of the exchange." Defending the rules of the stock »>x ehange, thq brief declares that its bus iness is of either interstate or of for eign character, “nor do Its operations In any respect come within the sphere of the federal jurisdiction.“ Rules of the exchange, the brief declares, prohibit manipulation, short selling and general gambling, reports of which are said to be exaggerated by the general pub lic. The answer to all charges against the exchange is s«Jkl to lie in the statement that all transactions are mat ters between customers and broker with which the exchange l^as nothing to do so long as highest standards of business honesty are maintained. The brief also cqtttainsy many legal decisions submitted ip prove that the stock exchange <ap,nkt b# subject to the interstate cwiftm v TO SETTLE GARMENT Confe-®nce Proposes Sliding Scale of Wage In creases New York. January 26. The strike of garment workers of this city seemed j tonight in fair way of settlement so ; far as the larger portion of the 1 strikers is concerned. At a conference today a proposition providing for a sliding scale of wage increases to l»e applied to both regular and piece workers and a 52-hour week was made by representatives of manufacturers employing about 75,000 or the more than 100,000 garment workers who have been on strike for four weeks to leaders of the Uni'ed Garment Work ers of America. Th it ihe union repre sentatives tentatively accepted the proposal, agreeing to place it before their executive board for final action, is accepted as a favorable develop ment. The proposition of the Manufactur ers and Merchants’ association and the Clothing Contractors* association as tentaivel.v accepted calls for an imme diate Increase of 10 per cent for all workers receiving $12 a week or less; 7*4 per cent for all workers receiving more than $12 an*l less than $16, and for all receiving more than $15 an in crease of 5 per cent. In no case is the increase to b • less than $1 per week. The New York <‘lothlng Trades' as sociation. which has refused to recog nize the union or to deal .with its rep resentatives, is not a party to th» agreement. A letter addressed to the union officials an! signed by the rep resentatives of the two manufacturers' associations, agre.-ing to carry out their part of the new contract, will 1m* delivered tomorrow. The annwer of the union executive »<>ard Is expected to be made early this week. TO INVESTIGATE GUGGENHEIM CASE Chicago, January :18.—The divorce In 1901 of William Guggenheim of New York and Mrs. Grace Brown Guggenheim, will he investigated further tomorrow in the su perior court neve before Judge Heard. All partie* to ho suit will be called on to show why the proceedings should not be cancelled and Hie Guggenheim* restored tc their original mate of wedlock, TODAY’S AGE-HERALD 1 —-Balkans declare conference must now be declared off. Governor Wilson talks to gather ing of social worker*. Mounter action by stock exchange. Plana complete for big corn con vention. House committee to conclude tariff hearings this week. Crevasse In Beulah levee Is slowly widening. 2— Investigation **f social evils nearly complete. 3— Auburn prepares for “Home-coin ing" week. 4— Editorial comment. f>—Chamber election may be contest. Birmingham's traveling salesmen. But six more days to pay poll tax. 8— Kports. T—Kaiser is angry at loss of Diary. 8—Expect agreement in waiter's strike. . dUix.'* * THE POWERS HAVE GIVEN UP ALL HOPES FOR PEACE K irs«3- ^EHTEEre" OF SERVIA tNir-JO- Cj-EOf3<3r& Of= aiSEECE KlNCV MiCHOla,& CPF MONTENEGRO T&AP F- e fSAfs D O** f*V-JL <Sr ^ «5». » Following the revolution at Constantinople, which has resulted in the overthrowing of the Cabinet of kiamil Pasha and the formation of a new Cabinet, Turkey is again clamoring for war. Unless the powers again interfere and force Turkey to yield, the Balkan States will be obliged to resume the war and begin hostilities once more. PLANS COMPLETE , FOR BIG NATIONAL CORN EXPOSITION Exposition Will Embrace Exhibits from Twenty seven States—Starts Today Columbia, SC., January 26.—Withprac tlcally all preparations completed, the Fifth National Corn exposition will open here tomorrow. The exposition will embrace exhibits from 27 states, the federal department o? agriculture fnd ot her ,rfources.'r dearting- with practl cally every phase of agriculture. The formal opening exercises will take place tomorrow afternoon when addresses will he delivered and an In spection made of the buildings and ex hibits by a body of men representing the various agricultural colleges of the country. At the exercises tomorrow afternoon addresses will he made by Mayor T. II. Thompson of (Miattanooga. Mayor W. H. (Jlbbes of Columbia anti probably Dr. S. C. Mitchell, president of the University of South Carolina. The state exhibits for the exposition were made up at the agricultural col leges and experiment stations and pre sent the results of their research work along all lines of agriculture. All of the exhibits are devoted to a funda mental treatment of vital problems In the social life of the rural community. There are Individual exhibits from farmers in 30 or more states, selected to insure on aggregation representative of the best in each state. These are entered in competition for honor cer tificates and trophies. The exposition programme Includes a number of feature days with addresses by prominent speakers. Tuesday is South Carolina day, Wednesday is Jive stock day, Thursday is National farm ers’ union day. Friday is national edu cation day, snd Saturday Is boys’ day. Sir Horace Plunkett, the well known leader of Irish agricultural reform, will visit the exposition on Thursday, and James Wilson, secretary of the agricul tural committee of the House of Rep resentatives. will be here Saturday, which will be celebrated as the lari day of the prize winners' school, conducted during the first week. A large number of prize winning corn club boys from various southern states have arrived at tin* exposition grounds for this school. The membership will in clude prize winning tomato club girls from 12 states, and the student body when complete tomorrow night will be representative of every southern state. The exposition will continue through February 8. Railroad Shows Deficit Paris, January 26.—The report of the genera! man a.-' «>f the western section of the state raUioad, published in the of ficial Journal, ►hows that the service for the year 1f*11 u s ilted In a deficit of ?J8, 911.7H6- Tiie total deficit for ♦ he service for the three years the railroad has been under < ontrol of the state amounts to 188,846,865. -- A. J. Mathewson Dead Perth, Ont.. January 26. A. I. Mathe son. treasurer of the Province of On tario, died suddenly at. hi3 residence here late last night. He was 70 years old. His father, Roderick Matheson, was head of the Scotch clan Matheson. Colonel Matheson was elected treasurer in 1805. HEARINGS THIS WEEK Lively Session Predicted When the Wool Schedule Is Taken Up For Con sideration Today Washington. January 2*1. The tariff hearings, covering the 11 schedules of the present law along with the free list and miscellaneous articles m>,1 gen eral administrative prtfvl’sdons will come to a close wjt'i tho,ew •!*» ,’V‘ek. Tffe Wool *chWhile. p#rlw\pjr fhr* v«Wv«t formidable of all from the tariff makers* standpoint, will bo taken up tomorrow with prospects for a lively session and plenty of arguments from wooj grow ers, manufacturers, importers and cloth iers. The importance of the schedule Is shown by the average of *>0 per cent ad valorem as n barrier for protection of the big woolen Industry of this country. Tlie imports under the schedule last year produced 9 per cent of the total government revenue, covering the im portation of more than $48,000,000. Representative Underwood, chairman of the ways and means committee, has I frequently voiced to witnesses the com- j niittee's policy regarding the tariff. “We cannot," lie said, “consent and allow tuxes to be.so high that they pro jhibit importation, where the taxes will 'go to the manufacturers and none into the government’s pockets. We are not complaining against taxes where there is a reasonable amount of Importation but we are protesting against those i taxes where they are prohibitive and j where, therefore, practically nothing iconics In. If we pull down the prohibi tive wall so that there is some com Ipetition and the government gets some j benefit, the public will be benefited by I the gathering <>r these taxes for- public I improvements, military maintenance and 5 the courts. There is no intention of reducing the tariff along competitive lines so low as to disturb business pros perity. Tills is the general position o£ the democratic majority of the commit tee that will set about during the first week of Uebruary the framing of the entire new tariff law in a tentative way for the Im-omlng Congress." Many of the witnesses have indicated that they represented virtually all of their ’respective Industries . as well as their individual concerns. CALIFORNIA MEMBER OF LEGISLATURE DEAD Isis Angeles. January -6.—Represen tative Hlyvester Clark«Smith of Ra k« rstteld, member of Congress from the Klghth California district, died here today after a long ISlhess. Representative Smith was born near Mount Pleasant. Fa., August 2<». 1858. | and camp to California nearly 38 years ago. ID* was elected-to the Fifty-ninth i Congress and had s< rved consecutively since, although because of Illness he spent but little of his last' term In the national capital. Fire Causes Panic Omaha. January >1) A fire which started in the basement of the slx siory I’a-.ton hotel early today caused a panic among the 100 guests. All es caped but nearly 10 of them, Includ ing K. II. Shaw of Staunton, Miss., bud to t»e taken out, scantily dad, on | ladders set up by firemen. Damage to l the building was small. BODY OF JOHN PAUL JONES LAID TO ITS FINAL REST Annapolis, .71*1., January 20.— \\ ill) j simple but Impressive ceremonies, the body of John Paul Jones, first admiral of the American navy. was today placed In Us final listing place In the new crypt under the Naval Academy chapel Secretary of the Navy Meyer, French Ambassador Jusserand and Governor (loldsborough were among those present. Kscorted* 1» a brigade of 700 mid shipmen. Ht whose head was the naval academy hand playing a funeral dirge, the casket was transported fruxu Ban croft hall to the chapel on a car drawn by a squad of bluejackets. Ii was then carried on tin* shoulders »»f the •Jack ies’ into the crypt and lowered ini » a receptacle chiseled out of solid mar ble. A heavy marble lid was placed over it. Afterward memorial services were held in the chapel conducted by Chap lain Scott Of the naval academy and" Chaplain C. (1 B. Pierce of the Coil ed States Senate. 'Die eulogy was de livered by Chaidain pierce. The bod\ of the famous sea tighter bail lain in the rotunda of Bancroft hall since it was brought to this coun try from France soveral years ago. I CREVASSE IN THE BEULAH LEVEE IS Six Feet of Water Is Pouring Through the Crumbling Breach TRAIN SERVICE IS INTERRUPTED No Lives Vet Lost as Water Is Spreading * Slowly—Farmers Preparing lor Emergency. Ohio Stationary Greenville, Miss., January 26 At a late hour this evening the crevasse in the Beu lah. levee was widening very slowly after having reached a width of 125 feet. It pouring out at a depth <»f six feet of a a ter. Train rfarvlee on tire Riverside division of the Vasoo ami Mississippi Val ley railroad, running within a few mile* of the Beulah levee, had not been Inter rupted. It Is not believed any lives have been lost as the water Is spreading very slowly, filling up the depressions and the natural streams. The planters In the Pogue Phalia baun have been preparing for emergency and little loss of stock and cattle Is antici pated. Efforts will be made to tie the ends of the levee at the break, and as the levee is constructed of stiff buckshot earth, the belief Is expressed that the crevasse will not widen to any great ex tent. The serious feature of the break 1* the fact that, coming this early, the chances are that it cannot be closed dur ing the high water season, which may last until May, and the expense of caring for stoejt and labor In the overflowed sec t on for two or three months will be heavy and a great burden. Heavy Rains Continue Vicksburg, Miss., January 26.—Heavy rains continued today In the lower Mis sissippi valley and federal and state engi neers have ied their efforts to re pair and Hucueui^u the levees along the big river and prevent another crevasse. Maj. J. A. Woodruff, in charge of the third federal levee district, stated tonight that prospects of tying the ends of the Beti-e luh crevasse ore favorable and by to morrow, he .said, he hoped to have 'lie Fitters levee In shape to withstand the expected further rise in the river. I Tomorrow citizens' mass meetings will j he held in Greenville, Vicksburg and other Mississippi cities to consider plan* i(for the relief of t h*. pef/pW >rbo \v,tu bn jFN*yas*te. r Col. C. D. Townsend, president of the MbsleGppt rl\Mr commission, will meet. Major Woodruff and other army engi neers at the Beninh crevasse Monday to Consider the feasibility of tying the ends of that break and to map out a definite plan of action with regard to the general ipee sltuatiton. The Mississippi river rose seven-tenths of a foot here today. Memphis. January 2C.--Dlspttchea re ceived tonight from Modoc, Ark., report residents of that vicinity moving their stock to high grounds and building rafts as precautionary measures, although with •issurwnces of I’nitod States engineers that the levee at that point can with stand all the water now in sight. At Modoc and Ferguson, south of Helena, Ark., the crevasse last spring has not been completely closed. No alarm Is felt at other points In tills district. A slight rise w is reported today at all points south of Cairo. At Mem phis the stage at 7 o’clock tonight was 38:3. a rise of one tenth in 12 hours. Paducah reported a fall of one-tenth and, with the exception of Parkers t burg. where the river rose three-tenths, | the Ohio is failing. The Tennessee and (Cumberland rivers, tributaries of the Mississippi are rising Ohio Stationary Cairo, 111., iatmaty 2b. The Ohio river temained stationary today, but reports of j widespread damage both north and south [ «'i* Cairo were received. The Cotton Melt j railway was forced to suspend traffic be | tween Jllrds Point and Malden. At Hen I ib rson Mounds, Mo., the track was cov I cred by two feet of water. Investigate Situation Washington, January 26. MaJ. William Fillott of tlir quartermaster’s depot in St. Louis, lefl here today under order* from the war department for Evansville. Jtarl., to make a thorough investigation of ihr flood situation and to report hli find ing!, to the department. Me was auttior ixed. if hr found that the flood stricken t ofugees needed immediate attention, to order supplies from the quartermaster’s department hi St. Louis, officials here expert Major Elliott to report in u day o- two. Evansville. 1ml., January Ji <’apt. William Elliott, assistant to the depot quartermaster of the 1 nited States army ar St. l.onlv. arrived in Evansville todas* under assignment from Major General Wood to survey flood conditions in this vicinity and to furnish any relief from federal re*ourcc*B th.r may be needed. Me ha.** authority to draw upon army funds. Vhe assignment came In response to hp teals from Kentucky, and Representative A. o. .Stanley'* proposal in the Mouse i flday for a $1 appropriation for food relief. ( aptain Elliott spent tne anernoon wim Mayor Heilman and other flood relief workers, who are familiar wifh conditions U\ the Evansville district. Mayor Heilman believes that federal aid will be most acceptably In the Ashbys burg, the Walnut Uottoms and Union town districts, vo • dies below Evansville, in Kentucky. Captain Elliott will a'®** go .to ShaWnectown, 111., before he re turns to 8t. Lolfls Captain Elliott spent two months hi flood relief work on ?h< lower Mississippi liver last yen*. The expected ris tn the river here to day did not ma». idallze. The effect of up river rains inert Iv checkd the rate t i fall. The stage tonight is 44.4 feet. COLUMBIA SHOOTING RESULTS FATALLY Nashville. January 2d.—Rufus Hunt, who with Miss Hassle Hurt was shot •» i one of the mai l streets of Coluinl ia. Trim., last night l»,v Peter Haimway, who then com mil lad s'Vcide, died this ranru ing. Miss Hurt, vho. it is sail, was the innocent cause of the tragedy, will e tover. The shooting created i senna Molt at Columbia, aim hundred* of persona v baited the scone today.