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r volume xxxxm_Birmingham, Alabama, Saturday, December 6, 1913 u paces
Alabama Clashes In
Oratorical Conflict On
The Suffrage Question
Representative J. Thomas Heflin Closes Argu
ment Before House and Is Answered By Mes
dames Jacobs, Hundley and Baldridge

Eloquent Tribute Paid “Home-Loving Women of
America”—Alabama Women Respond to
Address In Telling Speeches
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Washington, December' 5.— (Special.)—Alabama clashed
today in ai oratorical 'conflict when Representative J. Thomas
Heflin closed the argument for the women who oppose women’s
,Buffrage, before the committee on rules. Mr. Heflin spoke for
over an hour, and in an oratorical flight gathered the moon,
the stars and skimmed the cream from the milky way, and of
these made a bouquet which he showered in rich profusion over
womankind in general and those opposed to the “cause” in
particular. ,
He was answered by three promi
nent suffragists from Alabama, Mrs.
Patty Ruffner Jacobs and Mrs. Oscar
R. Hundley of Birmingham and Mrs.
Felix Baldridge of Huntsville.
Mr. Heflin’s speech, which was de
clared by many to be the best he has
ever made upon this subject, was
liberally applauded, and when he fin
ished he received the congratulations
of an immense crowd.
He declared that the d n:l for the
ballot comes not from 'll" ’.wriest,
home loving women of th-.'country,
,but that as the rule, these women
were the restless, dissatisfied products
of unhappy homes; that woman suf
frage would create sex antagonism
and destroy sex sentiment; that it
would cause disturbances in the fam
ily, and that it was the enemy of the
Christian religion and the American
“When I heard you good women yes
tv- ■ T., . ■ .it! the viiTi'St
ness of your gentle natun- that the ba'
Iot be not thrust upon you, when I
heard you talking of your mission in
tho world and your duties in the home,
I felt like I was attending an old-fash
ioned love feast, and I said In my heail,
thank God for these gentlewomen, for
the home-loving women of America.'
Mrs. Jacobs was first called upon by
the suifragists to defend Alabama from
the charge made by Representative
Heflin In that women of the soutn
did not want the ballot and she re
sponded to the responsibility nobly.
“1 am happy of the opportunity to
refute the charges that the women of
the south do not desire the ballot,''
declared Mrs. Jacobs. “We are very
tired of being considered different
from other women.
“We are not angels, or lilies, or
roses,” she declared, "or even ‘moons.’ ”
This latter thrust brought a round
of laughter and applause because of
Mr. Heflin's reference to sun and moon
In his s]>ecch.
“if the House Is against suffrage, as
claimed by Mr. Heflin, why are they
afraid to have this committee appoint
ed?” demanded Mrs. Jacobs.
Mrs. Hundley declared that “many*
men and women in the south beliew
with the immortal Lincoln, whom tin
gentlemen from Alabama wo beaut’ful
ly misquoted when he said: *1 go for
al sharing the privilege* of govern
ment who asaist In bearing its bui
dens, by no means excluding the
Mrs. Hundley brought out the fart
that she had issued a challenge to Rep.
roBentative Heflin for a debate of the
suffrage question In Alabama, which be
had declined.
Mrs. Baldridge, a charming little sqf
fargette from Huntsville, next took a
■hot at the Alabama Congressman and
began by saying: "I regret that I am
not one of those ’mannish women' of
whom Mr. Heflin spoke, if he meant
those who had been trained In House
speaking, but I came directly from the
home to tell the gentleman from Ala
bama who represents a fraction of our
men and misrepresents all of our wom
en, that the women of the south do
wish the ballot in order that they may
protect the home."
After the meeting today the conven
ti m adjourns and Mrs. Hundley and
Mrs. Jacobs will go from this city to
New York.
The remainder of the Alabama dele
gation will return to their homes.
In connection with the pending propo
sition to appoint a committee on woman
suffrage in the House, Mr. Underwood’s
opinion on the resolution might be of in
East fall Miss Jane Addams, one of the
leaders of the movement, called on Mr.
Underwood and asked him to support the
resolution for the appointment of a com
mittee on woman’s suffrage in the House,
and to favor an amendment to the consti
tution to authqi.. all the women in the
United States to vote.
He stated to Miss Addams that he was
not in * such a committee in the
Hou mendment to the federal
cons -ause the control of the
rwas in the state govern
hc thought it would be
ke the power away from
tl* that he favored each state,
f c question for itself.
; M December 6.—Hearings
»ef ouse committee on rul.*s
Pub he proposed creation of
U uaed on Page Ten)
Force Approval of I)irect;
I Slate Wide Primary Law.
Prominent Republicans
j Arc Present
New York, December 5.—The radi
cals ruled tile republican state confer
ence this afternoon and forced the ap
proval of a direct, state-wide primary
law. state Chairman William Barnes'
motion to reaflrm the more conservative
primary plank in the last republican
platform was defeated by a vote of
.m <« HR, . - - •
Tile radicals, led by Henry I„ Slim
son. former Secretary of War, split
with Mr. Karnes and Ills followers over
the question of retaining party conven
Tile state chairman's proposition was
that the conference favor tile direct
nomination of congressmen, state leg
islators, county and municipal officers,
but keep the state convention for the
nomination of governor and other state
officers. Delegates to this convention
were to be chosen directly by tile
voters, who should hnve the right also
to express direct preference for nomi
nations for state officers if they so
This did not suit Mr. Sttmson and
his friends and after a long debate they
carried a small majority of the con
ferees with them. The resolution
adopted declared that all candidates
should stand on an equal footing. It'
opposed the use of party emblems on
the general election ballot an$l the fac
tional column on the primary ballot.
At the same time it expressed belief
In party organization and reiterated
the doctrine of former Governor
Hughes that the direct primary should
be an adjunct to and a check upon,
rather than a substitute for, the de
liberation and conference of the party’s
Prominent Republicans Present
The conference was called by the
state committee to recommend legis
lation to the republican members of
the state ussembly, which was re
(Continued on Page Ten)
Most of Striking Teamsters
Return to Work
Indianapolis, Ind., December 5.—There
will be no general strike in Indianapolis
at this time, ami teamsters whose em
ployers have signed union contracts will
return to work tomorrow morning. This
course was decided upon late today at a
meeting of the teamsters’ union, which
was addressed by Daniel J. Tobin, inter
national president of the teamsters’ or
“The talk about a general strike in
Indianapolis at this time is all nonsense,’’
declared President Tobin. “The time is
not right.
“It is better for us to have 700 team
sters wearing union buttons at work than
to have twice that number Idle in the
streets. If we expect fair treatment, wo
must be fair and I urge you to permit
the teamsters, employed by team owners
who have signed union contracts, to re
turn to work."
The vote in favor of the proposition
was unanimous.
Four non-union drivers wrere shot to
day, the fifth day of the strike. Jacob
Sonenfleld of Chicago and George t\
Williams of Cincinnati were wounded.
Sonenfleld seriously when a crowd at
tacked a transfer wagon. Two negroes
on an ice wagon were peppered with
shot, but not seriously hurt, when fired
i pon by men who escaped in an automo
bile. k
Villa Dispatches Troops to
Overtake'Refugees From
Rebel Chief Abandons Occupation of
Chihuahua to Overtake Retreating
Army—Will Confiscate Money.
Powers Grow 1 ~ „ -ss
Juarez, December ■/J intend of o<*
copying < hlliunliun.jf • state capital,
®*“- Francisco vlth hla TOO«>
rebels, who were .<4^ mped along the
railroad north o^ f oily. today re
tlirnril hurriedly^ $ Ilia Ahumada, the
telegraph alntt o dispatch more
men In pursuit he federals retreat
ing toward OJlnaga, on the border.
A garison of 600 rebels occupy the fort
at OJlnaga and General Villa said his
soldiers would not permit the federals to
reach the border or cross over into the
United States without a- fight. His pur
pose la not only to capture the federal
troops, but also to seize the arms and
The federals, however, will be In the
majority unless they are overtaken by the
rebel pursuers. With the 2000 dr more
fugitive federals are General Salvador
Mercado, the deposed military governor
and commander, numerous other generals
and officers and members . of wealthy
Chihuahua families, who left the city
precipitately on foot In fear of a rebel at
To Confiscate Money
General Villa expressed his Intention
to confiscate the money which the fugi
tives were reported to have withdrawn
from the banks before the evacuation. He
said he would protect the non-combatants,
except such as were considered polltloai
offenders. Members of the Terrazas fam
ily were placed by him In the latter class.
Crowds of persons with automobiles
camped at Presidio, Tex., opposite OJina
ga, in anticipation that the refugees, in
cluding the federals, would cross the
fiver. Should the federals, disheartened
by their long siege In Chihuahua and by
the decision of General Mercudo to flee
because ol the bankrupt condition of Ids
army, decide to cross they would have
to give up their arms on the American
Th ?'f(fjfti't Ti AT hell Ojinaga that the fu
gitives hidl been in great distress, since
their route was across a waterless des.-r,
plateau, swept by cold winds at night and
sandstorms by day.
Turn to West
Rebels reported that part of the fugi
tives had turned to the west and were
approaching Palomas. on the border op
posite Columbus, N. M. With them were
said to be Gen. Jose Salazar and paseunl
Orozco, both of whom are under indict
ment in the l nited Stntes for violations
of the neutrality laws.
Another reason why Villa returned
northward to Villa Ahumada was to com
municate with General Carranza, head ol
the constitutionalist party, who is in
Pleased at his victories In the north
and confident that bis projected march
toward Mexico City will lie marked by
desertions from the federal ranks ir
evacuations by the federals. General
Villa himself showed no haste to enter
Chihuahua, the largest city now held
by the rebels. Some of his troops, com
manded by General Chao, went Into
the city several days ago for police
_ •
Powers Restless
Washington. December 6.—Guarded
Inquiries are being made at ttie sine*
department by representatives of some
of the European governments as to
the prospect for an early termination
of tlic present condition* in Mexico,
which ate imposing grievous burdens
upon foreign interests
There is no evfdenie that these In
quiries have had any effect upon the
development of the administrations
policy in regard to Mexico. There is
much unofficial talk however, of a
piobable early lecognitlgn of the fact
that the constitutionalists nre in pos
session of more than half of the coun
Administration officials here are
looking for some important develop
ments as a result of the extraordi
narily successful campaign of the conv
Btitutionalists and every precaution is
being taken to make certain the pro
tection of foreign lives and property
at the scene of the trouble. The navy
has a fleet of 10 warships on the east
ern const of Mexico. On the west coast,
twice as extensive and with almost* no
means of communication by rail, how
ever, the American naval force is much
below the needs of the situation, hence
It was announced today two gunboats.
Hie Yorktown at San Francisco and
the Raleigh at Bremerton, were sailing
for Mexicay waters.
Thomas Continues 111
Nashville, December 5.—No improvement
is noted tonight In tne condition of John
W. Thomas. Jr., president of the Nash
ville, Chattanooga and St. Louis railway,
who is critically ill at his home here.
Physicians are constantly In attendance
and grave apprehension for his recovery
Is felt.
1— Heflin clashes with Alabama women
on suffrage question.
Federals fleeing pursued by rebels.
Prohibit shipping of arms into Ire
Taft decides rate problem in favor of
Fifty believed killed in flood.
2— Citizens agree that city should get re- '
glonal bank.
3— South finds flaw In primary sugges- i
4— Editorial comment.
5— Policeman Moore dead from wounds.
Judge Lane replies to Spain.
Hopeful that extra . session will be
Wiggins to head city's detectives.
6— Society.
7— Sports.
10— Delegates refuse to change name of
11— Stevenson sees need of reform In Jef
13— Markets.
14— Trade lower in industrial lines.
VftArv^V f.
ZV/4.1. (,'& V
For First Time Grasps Net
tle of Revolution in
Ulster—Steps Toward
liOiirlon, llecvpiher ft.—-The British
1‘nliluH, by n royal proclamation pro
mulgated tonight prohibiting the Im
portation of arms and am mu nil ion Into
Ireland, for the first time grasped the
nettle of the revolution in Ulster,
which It had hitherto Ignored, although
the followers of Sir Edward Carson
for months have been advertising their
military’ prepnrations In every possible
wav and daring Interference with them.
Almost at the time of publication of tlie
proclamation Premier Asquith made the
longest step toward the conciliation of the
Ulsterites that tlie government has taken
by announcing his acceptance of the prin
ciples of a basis of agreement which Sir
Edward Carson suggested in his last
speech. These principles are:
1. That the settlement must not be
humiliating or degrading to Ulster.
2. Ulster's treatment must not be dif
ferent or exceptional from that meted out
to the ytlier parts of the United Kingdom.
3. Ulster might retain full protection
of the imperial Parliament. v
4. The home rule bill must not be such
as to lyad to ultimate separation of Ul
ster from Great Britain.
Extends Olive Branch
Thus the government extends to the*
signers of the Ulster covenant the olive
The proclamation prohibiting the impor
tation of arms and ammunition into Ire
land, which King George signed at a
meeting of the privy council Thursday,
and Which is published in the Royal Ga
zette tonight, was milder than rumors had
anticipated it would be. -Instead of re
viewing the Irish crimes act, so odious to
the old-time home rulers against whom
It was directed, which prohibited the
carrying of arms and gave drastic power
of search for arms, it invoked the cus
toms consolidation act of 187*i.
The only reason given in the proclama
tion for taking the step Is the statement,
“whereas, it is expedient that the impor
tation into Ireland of arms and ammuni
tion and other goods hereinafter men*
(Continued on l*nge Ten)
/ .....
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The House Spends Most of
Day Discussing the
Measure •

Washington. December 5.—The House
spent most of the day discussing thu
southern omnibus claims bill carrying
a total of $1,729,000 for claims grow
ing out of damage to person's or prop
erty during the civil war. A filibuster,
led by Representative Mann of Illinois,
the republican leader, prevented ac
tion on the bill, which, however, proba
bly will come up again next‘'Friday.
Democratic leader Underwood took
personal charge of the fight for tho
payment of the claims and served no
tice on the republicans that wh«n the
opportunity offered the bill would be
passed by the House regardless of dila
tory tactics ot any other opposition
from the minority.
The bill carries $1,191,000 for indi
vidual claims for stores and supplies:
$♦86,000 for claims on account of dam
age to churches, colleges and other
buildings, and $51,000 for miscellaneous
claims, all in accord with the findings
of the court of claims.
New York, December 6.—The jerky
walk of two firemen going aboard the
Ward liner Matanzas today attracted
the attention of customs inspectors.
They searched the two and found on
each 7000 rounds of ammunition clever
erly concealed in canvas vests. The
ammunition was confiscated. The
Matanzas is due to sail for Havana
on December 11.
It is thought the ammunition was
Intended for the rebels in Mexican
Shippers Fail to Show Dis
crimination Against Cin
cinnati in Rates South,
Says Opinion
Cincinnati, December 5.—City shippers
and civic organizations failed to make
out a case in their charges that the Cin
cinnati, New Orleans and Texas Paclfift
railroad was discriminating against Cin
cinnati in freight rates, according to the
opinion of former President Taft of the
United States.
He was attorney for the trustees of the
Cincinnati Southern railway and practi
cally was referee in the rates contrc
Mr. Taft's#decision rendered today ex
pressed the opinion that the petitioners
had not presented a showing sufficient
to warrant the trustees of the Cincinnati
Southern, which is owned by the city,
taking action against the Cincinnati. New
Orleans and Texas Pacific company, to
which it is leased.
Mr. Taft said, however, that If the pe
titioners could furnish available trus
tees with additional evidence the trustees
might consider It.
Character of Evidence Needed
This evidence would be how much move
ment from the south to Cincinnati there
is over the lessee's line in the commodi
ties specified; how conditions properly af
fecting the reasonableness of rates differ,
if at all, as between northbound and
southbound traffic, and how far the dif
ferences in rates complained of really
acutely affects the business interests of
Cincinnati as a whole.
The petitioners claimed that the trus
tees have tlic right to forfeit the lease
if the lessee company was discriminating
on rates.
Mr. Taft* In his opinion, further says:
“If after receiving the additional evi
dence your conclusion is in the affirma
tive, 1 advise you that your duty would
be to bring the proceeding.
“If you are doubtful and think suc
cess is not oloar, I advise you to notify
I the petitioners that you do. not fpel
I Justified in taking the action they ask but
that you will await the result of their
own proceedings before he-interstate com
merce commission, and that In the event
of a favorable finding by*the commission
you will then give all the assistance the
lease affords in tlie enforcement of it*
Lower Than Similar Kates
“It fairly appears that the rate.* now
in effect from Cincinnati to Chattanooga
Upon the numbered classes ate lower than
similar rates prescribed by the railroad
commissions of most states in the south.
•‘They are as low and usually lower
than tlie interstate rates made by south
ern roads for similar distances."
While Mr Taft was the attorney for
the trustees, yet the attorneys for the
railroud and the shippers agreed to abide
by his decision.
The case plates back 22 years and has
been before the supreme court of the
I'nited Slates twice and the commerce
! court once, each time being sent legally
back by lack of Jurisdiction.
Katherine McPherson De
scribes Finding of Wom
an’s Body—Photograph
of Craig Identified
Shelbyville, Ind., December 5.* Miss
Katherine McPherson, office girl for Dr.
Helene Knabe, fcrr whose murder Dr.
William B. Craig is on trial here, late
today was placed on the witness stand
by tlie state. The witness described the:
finding of Dr. Khabe's body, the condi
tion iof the flat and her employer's habits.
Miss McPherson testified that she had
Ber n Dr. Craig In Dr. Knabe’s apartments
twice and had seen the former bring her
employer in his automobile to the house
several times. She identified a photo
graph of Dr. Craig and hiB daughter.
Marion, as one which Marion had*glven
to Dr. Knabe.
That witness said that when she en
tered in the room in which Dr. Knabe
bad met death, the window curtain was
raised about one foot from bottom of the
window-. Tiie state insisted upon this tes
timony, it was said, on the theory that
when Joseph Carr, a previous witness,
passed the house Dr. Knabe was being
Saw No Light
Carr on cross-examination today de
clared that when he passed the apartment
house in which Dr. Knabe lived, lie heard
screams, but declared he saw no light in 1
any of the rooms. The state contends
that the murderer had ‘pulled down the i
curtain and waft cutting Dr. Knabe*
throat when Carr passed. Hater, It is
contended, the slayer returned to the
tlat. raised the curtain and turned on
the electric lights.
Dr. Knabe's kimono which the state
attempted to get before the jury yester
day and which was found in possession
of an Indianapolis undertaker, was Identi-"
fled by Miss McPherson. She said the last
time she had seen the garment it was “a
pretty navy blue with poppy flowers and
now' it looks like* u fad<*d rag.”
The state contends that the garment.
1 was washed with chemlculs to take out
blood-stains, after it had been carried
awa.N from Dr. Knabe’s office.
When Miss McPherson was turned over
to the defense, she was "excused after a
few questions.
Hundreds Ask Governor to
Stay Mrs. Wakefield’s
_ Sentence
Hartford, Conn., December 5. i^ei
ters protesting against the execution
j on March 4. next, of the death sen
tence of Mrs. Bessie Wakefield for the
[murder of her husband, continue, to!
poor into the governor's office. Fif
teen hundred were received yesterday
nnri 600 up to noun today. Practical!'/
(ail of these are from outsiri« of the
state, the greater number coming from
t he West. Hundreds »>f the^c letters
are idled up on the desk of the gove*
nor and many of them unopened as yet
because of lack of opportunity on the
part of the clerical forces.
Governor Baldwin has frequently
said that he has no authority to par
don Mrs. Wakefield or mitigate her
sentence. He Is a member of the board
of pardons, having on« vote. A par
don granted by the board must be
unanimous vote No petition for pardon
or oonvmuk ’ion of sentence has hem
filed by Mrs. Wakefield’s attorney. The
board of pardons meets on Monday,
| but the Wakefield case will not come
; up. The next regular meeting ot the
board is in June.
n\/LD h TLiniiOAMn ^
I _
! Swollen Texas Rivers Tak
ing Big Death Toll and
Causing Untold
Late Reports Add' to Enormity of
Flood Disaster—Property Loss
May Total $5,000,000—For
mer Alabamian Drowned
Near Bryan
♦ ^
* DEATH 1,1ST OF t
* Bryan and vicinity. Including j
* Hearne, about 20. *
* Belton 5. *
* Brown wood 1. *
* Dallas 3. a
* Grand Prairie 1. •
f Highhank 6 tneprot >
* Austin 3. *
* Warn 3. A
* Temple 1. *
* Marlin 1. •
f San Antonio 1. A
f Batrop 1. *
$ Valley Junction L A
i ♦
Bryan,1 Tf\., December \ dent ft
IIM of more than 50, with score* of
flood refugee* "pending tonight In
imminent peril nnd po**lhl.v n thou*nnd
other* marooned nnd *nffer|ng from
prolonged hunger nnd eold, wan indl
ented by tonight** report* front the
flooded Ilra/.o* river bottom* In thin
*eet lon of mouth central Texan. For
over 50 mile* I he Hra/o* wn* three to
five mile* wide and running with mill
rare speed.
The known dead in Texas floods num
bered 33 hlfore reports from the inun
dated territory In this district began com
ing in late today, brought by men on
horseback, which was about the only re
liable means of communication. These
couriers’ reports Indicated at least 20 more
lives lost. About two-thirds of the
drowned wi*rc negroes.
The riders’ reports Indicated that the
property loss would total $4,000,000 or $5,
000,000, when losses along the Brazos are
added to the already heavy damage in
other portions of the state.
Henry Martin, vice president and gen
eral manager of the International and
Great Northern railroad, was drowned at
Valley Junction, near here, late today,
while attempting to rescue marooned flood
victims. Mr. Martin went to Valley Junc
tion, where the confluence of the Little
and Pig Brazos rivers made a swirling
lake six miles across, to personally di
rect the road s relief forces, and was at
tempting to navigate a boat alone when
the frail cruft was upset. His body has
not been recovered.
Six members of the Galveston life
saving crew and a train load of motor
boats from Houston, which were to have
(Continued on I'ngc Kleven)
Tin* Age-Herald tomorrow will contain
some unusually Interesting feature*,
among them# being the following:
B. F. Yoakum, one of the greatest rail
road men in America, describes his project
for the low grade railroad from the
Mississippi valley to Colon on the Pan
ama canal.
James Morgan will begin oM of the
most remarkable features ever under
taken by a newspaper, entitled, “In the
Path of Napoleon." He describes his jO.hOu
mile trip taken 100 years after Napoleon’s
downfall to all the scents of the great
Emperor’s life activities.
Bill Vines writes tomorrow on ‘ Fighting
the Trusts."
Frank G. Carpenter’s subject is, "With
Roosevelt in South America."
Osborn Marshall writes an inspiring
story on *‘A Dressmaker Who Does Big
C. F. Marked writes on "The Bruin
City in tlie Heart of Helvetia."
A classic in a page Js "The Duke of
Milan.” by Philip Massinger.
Articles by women writers will include:
" ‘Homemade’ Christina- Presents Aug
ment the Peripatetic Band.” by Dolly Dal
"All the World’s a Stag**." by Karl
"Alamuchee, On** of the New Consoli
dated Schools of Sumpter County,” by
Flora Milner Harrison.
“Mothers and Their Daughters,’’ by
Marion Harland.
"A Trip of Southern Town -Greensboro,’*
by Mrs. J. B. Reid
• ~
On i1' editorial l,aiure page will be
tin* following:
‘ A Revolution in An * rica s School Sys
tem.'' b> Richard Spillane.
' Lafayette’s Reception 111 Alabama,” by
I)r. B. F. Riley.
The Domestic Cat,” by Dr. W. E.
’Von* •■'•nine Tab- -xil by Dr.
George Eaves. *
“Heart to ’Let Ta!'. I*v James N
Lui ie.
Some of the illustiated feature articles
from European capital- include the fol
1-lsbon—"Dr. Affoasu Costa. Dh tator of
Portugal,” by Earnest I.. Heitkamp
Ijondon—"Great Brain Specialist Indicts
Women Suffragists." by E L. Scott.
St Peter shore “Grand Duke foil stun*
tiro < New ReltgL" - If s * i Offends the
Hold Synod.” by Julius Ostman.
Tie « utc • •* t«n 111 coles will tell all
a ut Lm1'!* Angd rhild. old Doo
Yak and the other funny people.
The Age-HeraU1 is the only Sunday
newspaper in Birmingham carrying the
dispatches of the Associated Press, the
greatest news gathering organisation ia
the world.

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