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+ VOLUME XXXXII BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 1913 12 PAGES NUMBER 310 CULTIVATE FRIENDSHIP AND DESER VE THE CONFIDENCE OF LATIN-AMERICAN REPUBLICS Wilson Issues Formal State ment of Policy Toward Adjoining Countries NO SYMPATHY FOR PERSONAL AMBITION New President Reads Statement to the Cabinet—Friends of Peace, But Peace Under Stable Conditions Washington, March 11.—President Wil f§on today issued this formal statement •f his policy toward the Central and liouth American republics: “In view of questions which are natu | rally uppermost n the public mind just# Bow the President issues the following atatement: “One of the chief objects of my ad ministration will be to cultivate the friend •hip and deserve the confidence of our •Ister republics of Central and South j America and to promote in every proper, and honorable way the interests which j ara common to f he people of the two | continents. I earnestly desire the most j cordial understanding and co-operation between the peoples and leaders of Amer ica and, therefore, deem It my duty to! make this brief statement. “Co-operation is possible only when | lupported at every turn by the orderly processes of just government based upon law, not upon arbitrary or irresular j force. ,We hold, as I am sure, all thought ful leaders of republican government everywhere do, that just government rests always upon the consent of the gov i erned and that there can be no freedom without ordei based upon law and upon the public conscience and approval. We •hall look to make these principles the basis of mutual Intercourse, respect and helpfulness between our sister republics and ourselves. We shall lend our influ ence of every kind to the realization of these principles in fact and practice, knowing that disorder, personal intrigue and personal defiance of constitutional rights weaken and discredit government and injure non© so much as the people who are unfortunate enough to have their common life and their common affairs ao tainted and disturbed. No Sympathy for Personal Interest j “We can have no sympathy with those j who seek to seize the power of govern- i ynent to advance their own personal in- i tefests or ambition. We are the friends of peace, but we know that there can be no lasting or stable peace in such circumstance*. As friends, therefore, wTo shall prefer those who act in the in terest o£ peace and honor, who protect private lights and respect the restraints of constitutional provision. Mutual re epect seems to us the indispensable foun dation of friendship between states, as between Individuals. “The United States lias nothing to seek In Central and South America, except i the lasting interests of the peoples of the two continents, the security of gov ernments intended for the people and for no special gioup or interest and the de velopment of personal and trade rela tionships between- the two continents which shall redound to the protit and advantage of both and interfere with the rights and liberty •> “From these pn read so much of the futi is gov ernment as it is n w .o fore cast: and In the , r ■ o prin ciples. l may, I hop, ed with as much confidence as earnestness, to extend to the governments of all the republics of America the hand of gen uine disinterested friendship and to pledge my own honor and the honor of my col leagues to every enterprise of peace and amity that a fortunate future may dis i close.” Reads Statement to Cabinet The President took the above statement to the cabinet meeting today. He read it to the cabinet, which was in session for two hours, and issued it shortly afterward to the press. At the White House it was disclaimed that the statement was aimed at any particular country. It was declared that it would be sent to the diplomatic rep resentatives of the Ignited States in all Central and South American countries alike. While most of the countries in the western hemisphere arc enjoying domes tic as -well as international peace, state department officials have exercised a close watch on events in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, San Domingo, Cu ba and Salvador. While the Mexican situation was lie coming more and more acute In the dos ing days of the last administration, re ports wore received at the department from its various agencies in Central America that gave much concern to Jhe officials, Indicating as they did the exist ence of a general spirit of unrest, and of embryonic revolutionary activity in many quarters. In Salvador, where a long period of peace had preceded the assassination of President Araujo by a band of conspira tors, believed to have been the prelimi nary movement in a revolution startled tlie whole’ of Central America. Charges were made that tills revolution had been ^ fomented from outside, in Guatemala. In that name country there were hints of trouble. Then came reports from New Orleans that a combination was being ef fected between the Zelaylstas and dis contented elements in Honduras, looking to double revolutions, first in Honduras and later in Nicaragua. Costa Rica ap peared to be the only peaceful spot on the Central Amerlc-an map. The general tenor of the official re (Coatlnurd on Page Eight) •HINIMNIMtMMMIHMItHMHIItAltititimSi LEVI P. MORTON SERIOUSLY ILL LEVI P. MORTON Financier and former vice president of the United States, is seriously ill at his New York home. IlCONFBSIONS OF POLICE GRAFT HEARD BY WHITMAN Startling Stories Laid Be fore New York District Attorney—Many Con fessions Made New York, March 11.—The grand jury and District Attorney Whitman spent today listening to the confessions of men and women that they paid money to policemen in return for immunity from interference while they violated the law. A hotel owner and several women who ran disorderly resorts told how they contributed to the coffers of the "system." Minch of their testimony corroborated stories already told, in volving police officers and politicians. Trto rest of it brought under suspicion men not hitherto suspected and must in turn be corroborated In Mr. Whit man’s efforts to bring the guilty un der indictment. One vlffible result of confessions made yesterday and today was the de motion of another police inspector, one of a dozen or more high police officials whom witnesses have accused of tak ing graft. Commissioner Waldo, after reducing Inspector John J. Murtha to rank of captain, transferred him and suspended him without pay. Murtha formerly was in charge of the pre cincts in Harlem, the district that fig ured most prominently in the graft disclosures made thus far. One of tiie most remarkable wit nesses examined by Mr. Whitman was Mary Stacom. who confessed today at the age of 71 years, that 50 years of her life have been spent as keeper of disorderly resorts. Known throughout the underworld as "Mother” Stacom this woman pieced together the experi ences of her life with facts that are expected to serve Mr. Whitman inval uably. Another startling story has reached the prosecutor in the form of a writ ten report by one of his investigators. It told how a woman, Annie Cl^ey, was reputed to have accumulated a for tune of more than $100,000 as a dis orderly resort keeper. Racked by a former sheriff and a one-time police commissioner, according to information available to the prosecutor, Annie Grey conducted several of the most noted resorts of their type in this city. She will go befoVe the grand jury with an account of her underworld experiences, according to Mr. Whitman’s expecta tions. Samuel Levy, a hotel man, went be fore tlie grand jury today to repeat a graft story he related to Mr. Whit man. In this story he told of paying $75 monthly for the privilege of sell ing liquor without a license. Once he refused to pay, he declared, and there was a “fake raid” on his hotel and was brought to court, but when he slipped $75 into a policeman's hands the case against him fell through for “lack of evidence.” lie was told that this would “be a lesson” to him, he says* APPOINTMENT OF GRAVES DOUBTFUL Washington, March 11.—(Special.) — It I was learned today that the appointment of General Bibb Graves of Alabama, as assistant Secretary of War. which a few days ago appeared to he assured, from some reason not disclosed, seems less : certain. It was expected that his name wotild be sent to the Senate yesterday ! or today* but such was not the case, and j inquiries develop that no one has yet been definitely decided upon as assistant | Secretary of War. GRANDSON OF NAPOLEON IS FOUND IN LUMBER YARD Los Angeles, Cal., March IX.—Search by the Crittenden Memorial society of San Francisco for a reputed grandson of Napoleon Bonaparte ended today In a Los Angeles lumber yard.' William Gordon, a working man, is the person sought. i William Gordon was a son of the Ik late John Gordon, a San Francisco j Jeweler, who, according to the Crit tenden society, unquestionably was^ a son of the "I-ltUe Corporal.'' The body of John Gordon rests in a cemetery Mar Um Golden Gate. KL&ioi.*''' . .r\: \ '7. _ William Gordon is 60 years old. He says his father was not born on the Island of St. Helena, as has been as serted, but near Edinburgh, Scotland, on November 11, 1818. John Gordon's mother was a Scotch woman—matron of the hospital at St. Helena when Napoleon arrived there on the Beller ephori—and he was given his mother’s faintly name. John Gordon married Amelia Jones, a Welsh woman, in London, Conn., where William was born In 1847. "Having the blood of the great em peror In my veins has never excited me," William Gordon said today as lie .turned to his faak of piling lumber. Republicans Insist That the Senate Committee Act Upon Appointments NO APPOINTMENTS ARE AFFIRMED Not Purpose of Republicans to Con duct General Opposition—Demo crats Concerned Over the New Developments Washington, Miik'w 11.—A hint of opposition to P» ht Wilson’s ap- i polntments came ^ in executive ses sion of tlie S^5* today, when re- i publican senat/ & ^insisted that ap-| polntments be * 9 1 upon by the Sen ate commit te/t & jj ore being taken up for confirmaj & As a result no ap pointments confirmed, although those of Daniel C. Roper, Alexander M. Dockery and James T. Blakesloe. ap pointed respectively as first, third and fourth Assistant Postmaster Genera!, were ready for action. The appointments made by President Wilson had been referred to committee yesterday. When the Senate went into executive session today Senator Bank head offered the Dockery appointment for gonfirmation, Senator Penrose the Blakeslee appointment and Senator Smith of South Carolina the Roper ap pointment. Senator Townsend of Michigan asked whether the full committee on post offices had acted on the appointments Democratic leaders answered that the usual custom was being followed of reporting the appointments after the lapse of one day, but without the formality of a committee meeting. Concern Is Felt As the result of Senator Townsend's objection the names were at once with drawn and arrangements made for a committee meeting. Republican sena tors said tonight that there was no purpose on their part to conduct any general oppostition to the Wilson ap- j polntments, such as the democrats did , to the Taft appointments in the last session. Today’s development, how ever, has given concern to the demo crats. Senator Kern, the democratic leader, announced today that the "steering" committee expeoted to complete Its work on the new Senate committees that they might be. presented in full Thursday. The Serial** wns in session but a half hour and adjourned until Thursday at 2 o'clock. It Is expected that officers will hr* elected then and all committees named and that the Sen ate will bo prepared to bring- the spe cial session to an end. The democratic committee of nine worked throughout the day trying to complete the committee assignments but many obstacles have been encount ered, particularly in the organization of the new committee on banking and currency which is taken from the finance committee the problems of cur rency reform. The hard fight that is being made by Senator Tillman for the chairmanship of the appropriations committee has also been an important factor in delaying* the eomplelion of the "steering” committee's work. Per sistent efforts have been made to in duce Senator Tillman to give up his claim to N is post. It was declared to night that no definite conclusion had been reached as to whether or not lie shall have the chairmanship. To Consider Ur. Neill A meeting of the committee on edu cation and labor to consider the ap pointment of Dr. Neill lias been called for Thursday. Several democratic senators have asked that no action be taken on the Neill appointment until the' Senate lias been reorganized and the new commit tees named. Senator Borah said that lie would not take the responsibility for sucli action, but would submit Dr. Neill's appointment to tin; committee as it now exists. ORDERS PATROL TO Strikers and Militia Clash Near Erie, Pa. Erie, Pa., March 11. Mayor William J. Stern late today ordered mounted police to patrol that section of the city where this morning striking stovemakers and strikebreakers battled. During the fight ing May Sohollsor, aged 17, was shot in tlie right leg; John Engle, forman of an iron works, was knocked unconscious l» a bricl; /and another man shot in the arm. A sgtiad of police stopped the rioting and arrested throe strikers. After the arrests 500 strikers held an indigna tion meeting. They claim the shoot ing was done by strikebre&kers. The striking stovemakers are demand ing a complete union system in Erie. It is said that nearly 1000 men are out, the strike affecting about a dozen factories. TODAYS AGE-HERALD 1— Wilson gives rlAtement of • policies toward adjoining countries. More confessions of police graft. Opposition shown to Wilson's appoint ments. Expect no change in disposition of troops. Supreme court to consider murder cases. 2— Closer union is wanted by board. 3— Good programme for convention. 4— Editorial comment. 5_Eager to see fee law in effect. Thrown Into jail without chance to secure aid. Lauder source of delight at High school. Events wait on newspaper frolic. 6— Society. 7— Sports. 5— Much interest in convict situation. 9-Wilson has two hour conference witli cabinet. 11— Markets. u 12- Senate discord only cloud In demo cratlc sky. \ THOS. NELSON PAGE MAY BE AMBASSADOR THOMAS NELSON PAGE The noted author, will probably be chosen as ambassador to Austria or Germany under the new administra tion. npsANiura Russia and Austria-Hun gary Both Desirous of Continuing Peace — St. Petersburg. March 11.—Demobilisn j tlon by Russia and Austro-Hungarv was announced tonight in an official commun ication issued by the two countries. This sets forth that the exchange of letters between Emperor Francis Joseph and Emperor Nicholas have proved the con tinued friendship of the two nations and that both are desirous of maintaining peace. ‘Tlie two governments, therefore,”’ continues the communication1, “have ar rived at the agreement that certain meas ures of a purely defensive character in the frontier provinces are no longer re I <iuli ed and accordingly have decided to reduce the Austro-Hungary foroes in GiJ’cia to a normal footing, while Russia will disband the reservists, which should have been disbanded in autumn.” A semi-official Russian agency is au thorized to state that as a result of the, explanation) exchanged with the Vienna ctbinet, Austria cherishes no aggressive policy against her neighbor in the south. ENGLISH STOCKS KEPT TENSE Igmdon, Ms j <:U 11.—The European [ chaceUories amf stock markets are being k«pt in a co>wUtloi» of nervous tension. No sooner dock one thorny problem seem in the way of solution than another crops up. Tonight the long expected agreement for Austro-Russian demobilization is pub lished: the allies have accepted the pow er’s offer of mediation under certain con ditions and arrangements have been com pleted for the settlement of the dispute between Bulgaria and Rouniania, by a oor.ierenee of ambassadors at St. Peters burg. presided over by Sergius Sazonoff, the Russian foreign minister. Thus tlie way seems prepared for the restoration of peace in the Balkans. But at the same moment a new difficulty has been raised by Austria w’hich objects to Servla going to the assistance of Mon tenegro and is endeavoring to enlist tlie powers to her aide to coerce Servia. Fur ther, Austria declines to demobilize as far as the -Servian frontier is concerned. 'It, appears, therefore, that the fate of Scutari still is a menace to the peace of Europe. Austria is determined to make Scutari the capital of autonomous Al bania. Montenegro is equally determined on the possession of Scutari and in the I present temper of the allies, it seems hard-ly likely that. Servia will desist in her intention of going to the assistance of Montenegro at Austria’s bidding. ! According to dispatches from Vienna and Belgrade. Greek transports are land ing more large. Servian forces at San | Giovanni Di Medua. These will assist In | the capture of Scutari and a general at i tack on the towrn will commence next week. j It is understood Russia will disband 230-, 000 reservists under agreement with Aus ! tria, but that on Austria’s side it can j hardly be described as demobilization, since a much smaller number will be j dispersed and only from the Russian j frontier. A Constantinople <nspaten lomgnt re ports that fighting has been resumed both at Tchatalja and Bulalr. No particulars are given except that the Bulgarian ad vance posts have attacked on both wings ! the Turkish positions on the' Gulf of Sarcs. To Act Collectively Vienna, March 11.—Austria, it is under stood, has taken steps at London to in duce the powers to act collectively in demanding from the Servian government an explanation regarding the dispatch of additional- troops by Servia to Durazzo. A growing irritation is displayed *in official circles of the military party here over Servia’s action, which is believed to be encouraged by the apparent help lessness and dilatory procedure of the am bassadorial conference at London. As It is well known that Servia has no real desire to see Montenegro become more powerful, her action is assisting in the attack on Scutari excites suspicion at Vienna where the opinion is held that it is designed to strengthen t lie Servian position on the Adriatic. The organs of the military party arc urging Austria to take vigorous steps to guard her threatened interests with out further regard for the selfish aims of the other powers. In the meantime it is declared that the forces assembled cn the Servian frontier cannot be weak ened iri the slightest by dispersing any of the reservists. To Affect Frontier Vienna, March 11.—It is stated here that the Au&tro-Rufisian agreement to demo bilize will affect only the Russian fron tier. It makes no provision with respect to Austria’s southeastern frontier. Allies Accept Mediation Sofia. March 11.—The official newspaper Mir says that the Balkan allies have ac cepted the proposal for European media tion. The allies stipulate, however, that Turkey must pay an indemnity. Hostili ties. if iq sfated, will continue during the negotiations; Viscount Tredegar Dead London, March 11.—Viscount Tredegar, one of fhe '•few who returned from the charge.of the Light Brigade at the battle of BaUiklava, died today, aged k- years. There is no heir fo the title of viscount. Courtenay Chase Morgan, a grandson ot the first baron, • succeeds to the title of iJmou Tredegar. .... EXPECT NO CHANGE IN DISPOSITION OF TROOPS ON BOROER Patrols No Nearer Inter national Boundary Than Necessary TROOPS ARE USING GREAT DISCRETION Mexican Authorities Ask Thai Kxtra ordinary Precaution Be Taken to Preserve Neutrality Alone International Boundary Washington, March 11.—No change in the disposition of United States troops on ' the Mexican border between K1 i’aso, Tex., and Nogales, Mex., Is likely, in view of a report to the war department today from Brigadier General Bliss that no patrols are nearer the international boundary thun absolutely necessary. After the recent clashes near Douglas between Mexican soldiers and American troops, General Bliss was asked by Sec retary Garrison personally to investigate the frontier situation with a view to mov ing tli© troops further back from the boundary so as to lessen tlie danger of border fighting. He reported today that the troops are performing difficult duty with great discretion and that in the vi cinity of Douglas no patrols or detach ments are under observation from the Mexican side. The war department will accept General Bliss' view of the situation and will con tinue his Investigation along the entire American-Mexican border. Mexico City, March 11.—Federal au thorities have taken cognizance of the reports that American capital is being employed in the constitutionalist pro paganda and the threatened Invasion of Sonora by an organized band of American filibusters. It is announced that representations will be made at Washington requesting that extraor dinary precautions be taken on the border for preservation of neutrality. Forces under Emilio Campa. compris ing part of the Orozco army, will be employed in the Sonora campaign. The L’ederals have been instructed to use every effort to avoid a conflict on the bolder, where there is a possibility of injury to American life or property and to protect foreign interests in Sonora and other states. The government is determined to exert every possible effort to prevent ex-Governor Maytorena from precipi tating a clash with the United States. Conirrpsn to Take Action Congress tomorrow will be asked to declare Sonora In a state of rebellion and the nomination of Col. Francisco H. Garcia as military governor will be presented. General Ojeda probably will direct tlie federal forces against the consti tutionalists and General Gil will have charge of the campaign directed at the subjugation of the Indians in Sonora. The cabinet tonight discussed the elections and it is reported a decision was reached to order a presidential vote early in July. David De La Fuente will take the oath tomorrow as minister of com munications and public wrorks. The legislature of the state of Mex ico has unanimously ratified the elec tion of Francisco De La Barra as' gov ernor. Senor De La Barra plans to go to the state capitol this week to take l he oat. He w ill then ask for an In definite leave and return to Mexico City to resume his duties as minister of foreign affairs. In contradiction to the ominous sit uation in the north there has been marked importance in the pacification in the sourli. Almazan Offers Services Gen. Juan Andrew Almazan, the principal rebel leader In Guerrero, ar rived in the capital today and proffered (he government the services of his forces and those of Jesus Salgado and Julio Radilla, totalling 4000 men. Almazan denied that any of these forces were implicated in the recent depredations in Guerrero. He declared they were ready and anxious to crush Gertrudio Sanchez, the rurale chief un der Madero, who revolted with 700 men last week and since lias been engaged in pillaging. Acceptance of the new' administra tion by these rebel chiefs removes all the Important rebel and bandit leaders in the south, with the exception of KmUlano and FOXifemto Zapata. While the federal authorities are con cerned principally over the situation in Sonora there is some fear of May torena’s plan to obtain, if possible, recognition hv the United States. Con ditions in Coahuila are still far from reassuring. I NEGRO WANTS TO GO TO DAHOMEY I Washington, March 11.—(Special.)—-Ru- | fus J. Stout, an old time darky, who I reached Washington a few weeks ago, is the victim of npractical joke. He was I firmly convinced that there was a posi tion in the blue hook as the minister to Dahomey. He refused to believe that this position was created by the author | of a roaring political farce that was pro | duced some years ago. Rufus made in (juiries and found that there was In truth no such job. Adopting himself to the i situation with great readiness, as is the ■ case wMth most office seekers, he is now l willing to take anything available. He I has made application to the Texas dele / gation, hut they have given him very little encouragement. In fact, they ad vised him to return to Texas. SUSPENDER BUTTON CAUSES ARREST ■ Chicago, March 11.—A suspender button was responsible today for Moy Dune be | ing deported to the Orient. The Chinaman was arrested several 1 months ago by the Immigration authort | ties on the charge of being in the country in violation of the exclusion act. inspec tor Howard Ebey searched the prisoner. On his tro’users was a suspender button on whi* h was stamped the word "Mexi ! , o." The inspector concluded Moy had j been smuggled in across the Texas bor der by "Chinese runners,** and he was held for a hearing ih the United States court. Strenuous arguments were made in behalf of the Oriental, but the court held the evidence to be conclusive. SUPREME COURT AGREES TO A CONSIDERATION OF SEVEN MURDER CASES DEFINE OBJECTIONS TO AMNESTY LAW JOSE MIGUEL GOMEZ President of Cuba, who will make a thorough definition of the United States' objections to the amnesty law, I which is pending in Cuba. IfATrall PARRAL BY MEXICAN REBELS IS REPORTED Great Loss of Life Results From Fifty Hour En gagement—Towns people in Riot El Paso, Tex., Mnreh 11.—Desperate ] fighting in an attack on I'arrnl, (Vial- ! huahna, eutalllng n large Iomh of life ' In a fifty lion rut lialtle wan reported In belated ad vice* reaching here late today. Some I5<»0 constitutionalists, rebelling against Huerta's government in Chihua hua, were driven back by almost an equal number of federal regulars, anti the city, center of American mining and Industrial interests, greatly damaged by bombard ment and street fighting in which towns Vie»/blfc also engaged. insurrecto troops who• rebelled against the Huerta government and left Pa rial last W'eek after mobilizing and recruiting at Santa Barbara, nearby, returned on March f>, to retake the city. One thousand federate from Chihuahua city had rein forced the 200 regulars at Parral. On the afternoon of the fiftli the in surgents attacked, and the battle con tinued until th» evening of the seventh. On the morning of the last day the rebels took the fortified hills surrounding the city, driving the fed ora Is to cover in the town. Colonel Mercado, the garrison commander, and Colonel Castro, who had brought, the reinforcements from the stale capital, called for volunteers to retake the outlying positions. Five hundred men responded and after charges and almost hand to hand fighting, drove the Insur gents from ihe hills. Then the constitu tionalists concentrated their fire on the southern sec tions of the town, driving the city officials from their houses and kill ing many residents. At night the In surgents withdraw when pursued. During the fighting mobs of townspeo ple rioted, burning t!he market place and attacking the banks. Volleys from the soldiers’ ranks soon quieted the Internal disturbances. Issue Formal W arning Nogalez, Ariz., March 11.—A formal warning against endangering American lives was made today by Consul Frederick Sinipicii to both General Obregon, com manding tiie Sonora insurgents and Col onel Kosterlitzky, in charge of the fed eral garrison at Nogales. Sonora. Tiio American consul to tlie Mexican border town journed 20 miles south to deliver personally the message of the constitu tionalist chief. The rebels are prepared to move against Nogales with nearly 1000 men and several machine guns, Consul Slmpich reported on returning here tonight. The state troop are marching north witli intentions of taking positions by sunrise. CALL ON WILSON REGARDING THE DECATUR POSTOFFICE Washington, March 11.—(Special.)—Sen ator Johnston and Representative Rich ardson called upon President Wilson to day regarding the Decatur postoffice sit uation. The consolidation of tlie offices of New' Decatur and Decatur was strongly and successfully resisted under tlie last ad ministration. and it was with the hope that the matter might be permanently settled that there shall remain two of fices that Senator Johnston and Mr. Richardson saw the President. He as sured them that the matter would be thoroughly looked into by the Postmas ter General. Hardware Store Entered Decatur, March U. — (Special.)—The hardware store of Britain Bros., was brdken hito during the inght and several hmdred dollars' worth of watches, ra zors, knives, pistols and other articles stolen. Seven Convicted of Murder to Argue Applications for Rehearing CASE BELIEVED TO BE WITHOUT PRECEDENT Special Session of Court Necessary <»» Prevent Resetting of Dates for Execution—Three Birming ham Men Arc Involved Montgomery, March U.—(Special. )-f When the supreme court meets Monday seven Alabamians convicted as murderer* will send attorneys to the court chamber to argue their applications for rehear* ings. If they convince the court they did not receive fair trials and proper con sideration on appeal they will be granted rehearings. If not they will give up their lives in atonement for the sin of murder. Associate Justice John C. Anderson, acting for Chief Justice ,T. S. Dowdell* who was detained at his homo at.Fayette by the Illness of his wife, issued an order Tuesday afternoon for the meeting. He old so after conferring with six other justices and talking with the chief jus tice over the telephone. The session will determine wrhether or not Arthur Jones and William Watson of Birmingham and Jay Smith of Gads den shall he hanged March 21, and Walter Jones of Birmingham, C- Walter Jones of Montgomery, Arnold Gilmer and John Adams of Montgomery. April 4. The cases were affirmed recently, hut ttip convicted nfen filed applications for re hearings. The court had recessed and the special session was necessary to pre vent the resetting of dates for the ex ecutions. Discuss Matter Minutely The question has been important for several days and I hr- supreme court, it la Understood, discussed the matter min utely, believing that the reassembling of the court din ing recess would set a prece dent. A meeting was held last week, but Justice UeOraffenretd was absent and a division of the justices caused a postpone ment until the arrival of Justice deGraf fenreld Tuesday. Jones. Watson and Smith will know only a few hours before the time of their executions whether or not they will be granted reheatings. It i» probable that consideration of applications will consume two or three days, and if the justices take much time in deciding about whether or not the men ought to be given rehearings it is probable that Governor I O'Neal will be asked to grant reprieves for a few days. The order of Justice Anderson is: “it is hereby orcjeied by this court, that .\Tofida>. Martffl T«, at IfPa. m.. he and is hereby set as the time to take up pending applications for rehearing in all general < onference cases. The same to be con sidered ami the result to be announced as soon thereafter as practicable.” Arthur Jones and Watson were sen tenced to death for killing John Holland. Walter Jones of Birmingham for killing Lawrence B. Evans. Jay Hmith for killing Policeman Patterson at Gadsden, C. Wal ter Jones of Montgomery for the murder of Sloan Rowan. Arnold Gilmer for kill ing Mrs. Lucille Tippetts and John Adams for the murder of Policeman Berry in Montgomery. WOODFORD MABREY MAY BE HER Alabama Man Is Strongly Urged for Minister to Honduras Washington, March 11.—(Special.)*— ; Among1 the Alabama visitors at the capi-* tal today is Woodford Mabrey of Cam I den, who desires to be minister to Hon duras. It is said that he has influential backing. Sydney J. Bowie and E. lv. Campbell of Birmingham are also In the city. Mr. Campbell came to visit his daughter, who in in school in Washing ton. Before he vacated his office postmas ter General Hitchcock issued an order abolishing the postofflce at Cahaba, which place wan once the capital of Alabama. Rural free delivery service it was said made an office at Cahaba unnecessary. It is claimed, however, that 10*) people or more get their mail at Cahaba and ( they protest against the abolition of the office. Senator Johnston succeeded in getting the order of the former Postmas ter General revoked and Cahaba will re main as a postofflce. LIBRARY FOR THE NEWSPAPER MEN | New York. March 11.—A library and | press room for the use of newspaper men I hr to be one of the features of the New j York stock exchange In the future. The I equipment of a room on the fifth floor of [ the building was begun today. The room i will be provided with files of financial publications and statistical matter for newspaper men and others who desire to investigate financial matters. This in novation. it is said, has grown out of a desire on the part of the governors to refute the idea that the exchange has been opposed to publicity. TO DEFINE OBJECTIONS TO GENERAL AMNESTY BILL Havana, March 11.—President Gomez probably will sepd a message to con-, gross tomorrow defining precisely the objections which the American govern- , memt has to the general amnesty bill. This message will be based on a re port from the Gtibuu minister at Wash ington. Senor Martin Hlvero, which la | expected to l»e received here tonight, j In the meantime it is announced on the best of authority tiiat the president will retain the bill and will veto it within thret* days unless congress con seats to modify it in accordance with suggestions of the president. [ A conference between President Go mez and leading members of congress* on the subject took place this after [noon, but no definite understanding was reached except that the president determined to await further advice;? from the Cuban minister relative to the attitude of the administration at Washington. The message which lie will send to congress, it is announced will recommend modification of the first and second sections of the bill. The latter section grants amnesty to 4*^ faulting public official*.