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-— _ -rz^zii;z~:— ■*"*» — — —--— ——— — ~~ • VOLUME XXXXHI O BLRMJXdFIAM,' ALABAMA, SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 1914 52 PAOES (IN SIX PARTS) NUMBER 250 i.FIERCE REBEL ONSLAUGHT DRIVES FOES IN UTTER ROUT FROM OJINAGA FORTRESS WITH VILLA IN LEAD REBEL FORCES STORM AND CAPTURE CITY (General Mercado Makes Last Desper ate Stand and Retreats Across the Border Only When Ammunition Fails u VICTORY MOST IMPORTANT REBEL TROOPS HAVE WON SINCE REVOLUTION BEGAN i - . Horde of Panic-Stricken Federals Rush in Wild Disorder Across Border Following Five-Hour Engagement With Trium phant Foes—Rout Presents Wierd Scene—Huerta i Downfall in the North is Complete — ! Presidio, Tex., January 10.—The Mexican federal army, with Its ifine generals, evacuated Ojinaga, Mexico, at 10 o’clock to r night. The triumphant rebel forces under Gen. Francisco Villa immediately occupied the village. The rebels were still bombarding the federal garrison at 0 o’clock this evening, at which hour several shell- had fallen on United States territory. The entire border patrol was ordered • if out because numerous federal de f serters had already crbssed and more ; were expected. General Mercado of the federal garrison sent a note to General McNamee of the Fifteenth United States cavalry asking if the federals might send across the border some guns for which they had no ammunition. Gen. Salvador Mercado, who was Huerta’s ohief military commander, crossed the river and surrendered to Major McNamee of the United States army. It was impossible for Major Mc Namee to learn what had become of the federals, whether the bulk of them had taken refuge on this side or whether they scattered to points in (Mexico. The country about Ojinaga is mostly desert. The defeat of the federal army fol lowed only a few hours fighting in which Ihe rebels, beginning at sundown started to close in on the besieged garrison with a cannon and rifle lire. GIVE ORDER TO EVACUATE General Castro and Genera! Mercado, of the federal regulars, saw that the as •ault was to be nothing less than a mas sacre. The federals only had left 50 ^ rounds of ammunition for each man. Generals Castro and Men ado therefore gave the order to evacuate. AH the federal soldiers and their of ficers who could scramble to the Ameri can side did so. The others ran in all di/c-ctions. Gen. Pascuai Oiozco, the com mander of federal volunteers threatened with summary execution by Villa, was the first to cross. It was believed he had escaped into the mountains in Texas. About 9 o’clock, when the fighting had 1 been in progress about five hours, seven wagons loaded with documents belonging to tho Huerta government came over and were captured by the l.’nited States bor der patrol. Major McNamee immediately ordered all cavalrymen to meet an emergency. Women, children and wounded soldiers had bcjen crossing in numbers but the apparent advance of the rebels gave rea son to believe a greater rush across ;he border was imminent. For five hours the sharp flashes of ■the rebel fire had been seen drawing ’ closer to the federal entrenchments. The whole scene was bathed in moonlight, partly obscured by dust and powder •moke. Among the federals were nine generals, I Castro, Mercado, Orozco, Manuel I^anda. Inez Salazar, Antonio Rojas. Rlas Or pina, Lozaro Alavis and Roque Gbmrz. BIGGEST VICTORY OF REVOLUTION Defeat of the federal army at tills point marks the most Important rebel victory of the present revolution. It leaves the rebels in possession virtually of all the north of Mexico. Mercado, Castro and T.t.nda were the only remaining commanders of the fed eral regulars. The other generals com manded volunteers and had been threat ened with death by Villa should they be captured. -he downfall of the Huerta government in this section of Mexico was preceded ly a series of dramatic incidents, .lust si?: weeks ago tomorrow Gen. Salvador Mercado with his 4000 troops evacuated Chihuahua City. His flight across the desert to Ojinaga where he hoped to replenish his food sup ply and ammunition required almost a week. Tie was accompanied by many rich Mexican families, among them Uuis Terrazas, one of the most extensive land bidders in the world, who feared vio lence at the hands of the rebel forces. The flight of Mercado with his army drew forth a belief that ultimately he would be forced across the Rio Grande and seek safety in the United State**. How soon the retreat to1 foreign soil was to follow then hardly could be conjectured, but it was known federal troops were discouraged, without pay for m%iiy months and hopeless of ever defeating the growing revolutionary movement. They also were short of am munition. Appeals to Mexico City j brought money to pay the troops, but they could not overcome the impossi- ' bility of getting more ammunition through the United States. MAKES LAST DESPERATE STAND un tms utile nintop oi ojinaga. in ; an obscure border village, G7 miles from any railroad, and that in tin* United .States. Mercado elected to make a last desperate stand. He said he never would give up un less his men ran short of ammunition. Me kept his word. For six days, end ing last Sunday, he had fought pluekily against odds. The rebels fired more than 3,000,000 rounds into the federal trenches without avail. It was not until Villa, military head of the revolution, appeared on the scene that the reverse came for the federals. General Villa arrived only a few days ago. His presence, together with the coincidence that the federals had only 50 rounds of ammunition left for each man. seemed to take from th" federal generals their last vestige of hope. None of the weird scenes in the moonlight while the horde of rebels was pouring Into Ojinaga and federals were rushing about in disorder, was more intensely pathetic than that of Gen eral Mercado, an old campaigner in ! various revolutions, who appeared at j the river bank and informed an or derly of the United States army that he | I wished asylum In a foreign country. General Mercado was taken to Major | MeNamee, the commanding officer, who held him pending orders from Brlga- j dier General Bliss. Major MeNamee was convinced at a ! late hour that many of the federal sol diers had not succeeded in reaching United States territory but bad scat tered on the Mexican side and prob ably would come over later If they were not captured by the rebels. A later report received by Major Mc Namee was that the federal cavalry did not cross to the American side, but prob ably succeeded in getting into the interior of Mexico. Despite the report that General Orozco crossed 'to this side at a remote point and escaped to the Texas mountains near here. Major MeNamee was informed that Orozco and General Ynez Salazar (Continued on Page Ten) % SENATECLAIMANTS Cases of Blair and Glass 1 to Be Taken Up Monday Washington. January .10.—(Special..)' #fhe Senate committee on privileges and elections is expected soon ^fler it convenes Monday to take up for final consideration the cases of Senator sleet Blair Lee of Maryland and Frank P. Glass of Alabama, appointed by the governor of Alabama to succeed the late Senator Johnston. It was reported iv today that a meeting of the commit tee would be called for Monday. Sen ator Kern, however, is not in the city rnd he Js chairman of the committee. 'This report could not be confirmed. ‘The general opinion seems to be that Neither of the contestants will be seat ed. although it is said Lee has a pos sible chance for favorable consideration at the hands of the committee. UNIVERSITY BARS MODERN DANCES Indiana Students Must Not Do “Kitchen Sink,” Says Presid :r.t JJJ_ Bloom iggton, Infl# January 10.—The tango, the fish walk and kitchen sink and similar modern dances are barred from Indiana university, according to announce ment made today by President William howe Bryan. “I am not an expert on dancing,” said President Bryan, "but I know there is a right way and a wrong way to dance.” The dance question was left to the stu dents to solve last autumn, and it was expected they would force the new steps out of use by the feeling of disrepute against them, but, instead, it became ap parent that the modem dances were be coming the rage at the various student social affairs and today’s edict was is sued. . f. Principals in Eugenic Marriage in \Viscons; -- -A >?• .O,'. GRACE' MARGARET^ 1I liaWIN MAXWELL GRK<3 Considerable interest is show n in Milwaukee in the marriage of Irwin Maxwell t.regg and Miss (irace Mar garet Knoll, which took place recently . The couple were the first man and woman to be married under the new eugenics law in Wisconsin. FOUR KILLED IN AUTO ACCIDENT Switch Engine Backs Into Machine at Fort ( Worth, Tex. _ i Fort Worth. Tex., January 10 Four Texas business men were killed on thtf outskirts of Fort Worth early tonight, when a switch engine backed a string of cars onto their automobile at a street crossing. , The dead are: E. E. MeLemore. Dallas. Eugene Corley, Dallas. F. X. Blain, Fort Worth. Allen Blain, Fort Worth. Charles 8. Berry of Dallas, general sales agent for the Murray Gin company, the fifth occupant of the car, was thrown to one side by the impact and escaped1 with minor bruises. The negro chauffeur fell under a freight car, caught a brake beam and emerged uninjured when the train was stopped left yards from the scene of the accident. MeLemore and Corley were decapitated; the Blaine, father and son. lived but a short time. The party had just left the plant of the Fort Worth Cotton Oil company, which they had visited in relation to a business deal. The chauffeur rounded the end of a number of box care on a side track when the approaching train, shunt ed by a Belt Line engine, crashed into the automobile, hurling five of i he oc cupants of the machine under the wheel*. Ambulances conveyed the dead to the morgue and started for a hospital with tile Riains. K. X. Blain was manager of the Foil Worth (’otton Oil company, his son Alien was assistant. Corley was office manager of the Murray Gin company of Dallas and MeLemore was his head bookkeeper. ! TODAY’S AGE-HERALD 1— Rebels capture OjJnaga. 12» killed in mine explosion in Tusca loosa. New Haven agrees to reorganize Fear strike may cause native upris ing. 2— Bodeker defies anyone to show he ever made dishonest dollar. 3— Crook announces for prohate bulge. 4 Three counties pleased by stand of House leader. 5— Fnderwood's friends full of confidence Steel suit hearing closes here tomor row. w Steiner Brother's to build apartment house. County, races getting active. 6— President holds public reception at Pass Christian. 7— Eight governors of Alabama. 8— Church new*. 9— Renewal action jn market expected. 10— Go-to-church' idea being taken up over country. 11— Issues becoming sharply drawn In governor's race. * 13— HauSttiannizing London. 14— Sports. 15— Fraternal news. Iti—Ensley Wesley . House entertains. 17—Poultry news. 21— Democrats not wholly agreed on trust legislation. 22— Welsh ladies to be at Ensley this week 23— Automobile gossip. .24—Real genius In want is found playing violin on Birmingham streets. 26-39—Society. 28-29—Ned Brace and editorial comment. 31—Warrior school and people it serves. 34— The theatres. 35— Russian exports to 1 nited States on increase. 36— Dolly ’s dialogues. 37— Common sense in the home. 38— The young people. 39— Markets. 40— Curious mandat's. Issued by Yuan. 41— 48— Magazine section. 43-62—Comic supplement. EXPLOSION IN ROCK CASTLE MINE KILLS 12 MEN; CAUSED BY GAS Disaster Occurs at 8:40 O’Clopk in the Seventeenth Right En try—Assistant State Mine Inspector Smith Humes to Mine and 54 Men Reach Surface Without Injury. Company Doing Everything Possible for Stricken Families v T " 111 By LEON HltADLLH Abernaut January 10.— (Special).—In a one-entry explosion n the I took Castle mine of the Davis Creek Coal and Coke Co., at S:40 o’clock this morning, five white men and seven negroes were killed, 'flit' other 54 men in the mine were got out without injury. The Dead—White: Wood Quarles, do, foreman, married, widow and three Frank Tillery, (id. married, widow and five children. Joe Shasniek, married. Felix M a lender. married. John Hudelin, single. .Negroes: Sam Brown, John Brown, Charles Fancher, Nathan Blakely, Dennis Thomas, Ham Tinker and Elmore Lyons. EXPLOSION OCCURS IN SEVENTEENTH RIGHT ENTRY The explosion occurred this morn ing at 8:10 o'-lock in the seventeenth right entry, . -1;rJ'f'i'y killing the 12 men, who were , Oi., burned. Within five minutes after the explosion, George, Kuffner, superintendent, had entered the mine at the head of a rescue party. The first thing done was to notify ail men in the mine who were unaware of the explosion. Fifty-four came to the surface un injured. Assistant Stab Mine Inspector \V. H. Smith, stationed at Tuaraluuaa. was noti fied of the explosion and Hurried to Davis creek. He entered the mine ut noon and the work of brattlcing waa begun In order io dear the air so the bodies could lie reached. At ri o'clock six bodies were brought to the surface, the Hist to bt removed. At !i o'clock three were brought up and at 6;30 three more were rescued, clearing the mine. . Inspector Smith did not come to id./* surface until xdit) o'clock. INSPECTOR SMITH SAYS LAS CAUSED EXPLOSION The explosion is attributed to gats by Inspector Smith. In a brief statement he said that tin- explosion was not. tin* Result of a windy shot but was caused by gas which some uf the men had set off. With the exception of seventeen light, none of the mine was aff**cted by the explosion. Immediately following the explosion Thomas Tutwilor. chief clerk, notified .1. <’. M&ben. president of the company, in Birmingham, and the office of the chief mine inspector was also apprised of tie accident. The mine rescue car of the government at the station in West Ktul, carrying Chief Nesbitt and several others, came to the scene. Two helmet men ac companied the car and. assisted in the rescue work. The inspectors on the scene besides Mr. Smith, are Chief Nesbitt, Frank Hillman and Dave Kelso. Mr. smith made the following state ment in regard to the explosion tonight: "I was notified of the explosion shortly before 11 o’clock and immediately hur ried to Rock Castle, which is 23* miles from Tuscaloosa. I entered the mine at noon and Immediately began assisting in the work looking toward the removal of the bodies from the mine. 1 attribute the accident to a gas explosion, which was set off by some of the men them selves. It was not a windy shot, as there was no shooting in the mine in the morning. 1 will remain here for several days until the investigation lias been made and the cause of the accident has been officially determined." FIRST ACCIDENT SINCE MINE HAS OPERATED The Rock Castle mine is owned by the Davis Creek. Coal and Coke company, of which .1. C. Mahan is president. The mine has been in operation for 14 years and this is the first explosion. It is a slope mine with a capacity of 600 ions per day and works 110 men The remains of Wood Quarles will be taken to Vance tomorrow morning for inteiment and that of Frank Tillery t> Bloeton. The company is bearing all ex penses of interment and is doing all pos sible for the relief of the stricken fam ilies. There was high praise in Rock Castle tonight of the tireless efforts of Super intendent Kuffner toward rescuing the men. He labored for hours without rest, not 'Dining to the surface until s:h o'clock tonight. All the miners here did heroic work in going into the mine in the face of the afterdamp without hel mets. Several of the bodies were located sometime before being brought to the surface hut It was deemed best to make very thing safe before taking them out. TASK OF VALUING RAILROADS WILL BEGIN NEXT WEEK A., B. & A. Road Will Be First Property in the Nation to Be Put to Test H.v C. E. STEWART Washington, January in.—(Special.) After months of preparation, the col losal task of valuing the railroad prop erties of the rolled States will be gin next week, and the Atlanta, Bir mingham and Atlantic railroad, now In the hands of receivers, will be the first property in the nation to be put to the test. Four other properties In widely separated sections of the coun try have been selected- for valuation purposes following closely upon the inauguration of the work In the south. They are: The Kansas City Southern, the Norfolk Southern, the Salt Lake and San Pedro, and the Elgin. Joliet and Eastern railroads. Begin in Atlanta The Atlanta, Birmingham and At lantic valuation work will begin in At lanta Monday when representatives of the interstate commerce commission will meet representatives of the rail road William G. Brantley, former con gressman front Georgia, left Washing ton today to meet with the government's engineers Monday. He bus been en gaged by the railroads of the south to appear as their legal representative In the valuation work. That the Atlanta. Birmingham and Atlantic was signaled out as the first railroad In the country for valuation is due to the fact that the government engineers for tile southern division have been a bit more oxttedltious In getting ready for work. Otherwise the valuation work would have been be gun Simultaneously in the five divi sions into which the country has been divided for the purposes of valuation. Howard M. .Jones of Nashville, one of tlte division engineers representing the government, and 1!. M. Kayliss, his as sistant. will .be in immediate charge of the valuation of the Atlanta, Bir mingham and Atlantic, as they will be also of all other railroad properties in the southern division. I’routy in Charge Interstate Commerce CumniisisoTicr Cbarles A. frouty, who has been placed COUNTY COMMITTEES MAY FIX UPON THE PEAN THEY PREFER —TYLER GOODWYN State Committee’s Ruling as to Two Primaries Does Not Apply to Coun ty Elections _ Montgomery, .lanuary id. (Special.) The democratic state executive committee construes the primary resolution recently passed at Its meeting here to mean that county committees have the right to fix upon either the majority or plurality plan for nominating county tickets according to expressions of more than two-thirds of Ihe members who have telegraphed Chairman it. Tyler Goodwyn to that ef fect. Chairman Goodwyn announced to night that he had received telegrams from a large majority of the committee placing this construction on the committee’s res olution. The majority plan, according to Chairman Goodwyn. applies to all candi dates to be voted for from more than one county, his statement follows: "More than two-thirds of tin members of the state committee have wired me to day construing the primary resolutions as not effecting the right of county commit tees to fix fltliei the majority of the plu rality plan for nominating county tickets. ’’I shall, therefore, udvlse all county chairmen that the county committees may adopt either the majority of plurality plan as they see lit for the nomination of \ all local candidates to be voted for by me county. "In other words, the majority plan ap plies to all candidates to he voted tor in more than one county. When a candidate Is to be voted for In two or more counties the majority plan applies. All others arc I nominated under the plan fixed by the county committee." in general charge of all the physical work, explained today that the At lanta. Birmingham anil Atlantic, with the other four properties, had barn se lected for the first application of tin law because they are regarded as "generally typical." "One railroad was selected In each division," he said, "for preliminary m experimental purposes, because eacli is supposed to present in one form or another all phases of the questions that it til arise." NEW HAVEN AGREES TO REORGANIZATION UNDER SHERMANLA W FEAR SOUTH AFRICAN SHE MAY BIG Rand Threatened With Seri ous Warfare—Martial Law Proclaimed THE SITUATION ARISES FROM RAILWAY STRIKE I Labor Uprising Assuming Serious Proportions—Boer War Veteran Placed at Head of Troops to Quell Disorder Pretoria, South Africa, January 10.—Not vince the Boers laid down their arms o the Britons in 1902 has the Hand beer vo near war as It is tonight. Martial iatv will be declared tomorrow. Many predicted failure, for the strikers have become fo alarmed they are pleading for white unity as protection against the horrors of a native uprising. Johannesburg has the appearance of a besieged city. The calling out of tin burghers haa resulted in the gathering of 10,000 of the old Free State burghers, un der command of the veteran Boer gen eral. Jacobus H. De l,a Hey. The proposed mass meeting of the trades federation has not been prohibited, but he martini law proclamation probably means an attempt will bo made to pre vent a demonstration which might result in an even more tragic affray than thin of July 4 last, when rioters were fired on by the troops. mu' 11aaei red nation has asked h gen era 1 strike and has ordered that a bal lot he taken by all the unions before Tuesday. The federation also has passed I u resolution condemning the government for Imprisoning strike leaders. Troopers. Infantry' and police, are posted at strategic points along tile reef. It Is considered a grave question whether the burghers will Hie on their fellow Itoers, who eonipose the majority of the Hand railway men. The strikers scorn to shure this belief. Secretary Bain of the Johannesburg Trades federation, for whom a warrant has been Issued, was at a meeting In the trades ball tonight, surrounded hy II bodyguard of 3000. The police, realty ing lie could not be arrested wltho'd bloodshed, decided to await a more favor able opportunity. Nothing further lias developed with re gard to the native unrest. At .mgersfnn teln. where, in an outbreak today be tween whites and natives, seven native laborers were killed and 30 wounded. Ilenry Burton, minister of railways, to day said all grievances of tile railway men, except those relating to retrench ment and thj^ reinstatement of certain men, are being considered. Strikers have formed a police force of mu lo assist in the maintenance of order. One of the tlist acts 01 the citizens' com mittee was tile closing of nil saloons TWELVE WORST BOYS IN THE UNITED STATES BROUGHT TO CHICAGO Chicago, January 10.—The 12 worst hoys In the Culled States were brought together hero tonight. They will leave Sunday to 1 stabllsh , the Last Chance Boys’ dull on a nine-acre ranch 27 miles from Iteno. Xev., where an effort will lie made to make valuable citizens of them. The club Is supported by Jack Lon don. Cpton Sinclair, Robert Hunter and Jack Robbins. The boys range In age from 12 to 15 years. I line v\ ere selerled from among Soon bad boys in 12 states and each is rated at more Ilian *7 per cent had. Mr. Robbins started October ! in sen rcli of I hem. In the group are seven Americans, three I Bulgarians, one Jew and an Italian. 'lo "Ot believe In anything of a police nature in the reformation of hoys." said Mr. Robbins. "We are go ing to give our plan several years' tiial. If successful it will start tbe greatest bad boy reclamation project ever known." WRECKS AEROPLANE TO SAVE TWO LIVES Oakland. Cal.. January 10.—To avoid wlmt appeared certain sacrifice of two lives. Lincoln Heuehey deliberately wrecked his biplane late today and fell 25 feel, sustaining slight Injuries. Headley was descending and directly below was an automobile driven by Barney Oldlldd, carrying 11 passenget. The aviator swerved bis machine, which collapsed and Turned almost complete ly over, burying Beuchey beneath It His only injuries are bruises. Announce a Preliminary Agreement With Depart ment of Justice to Prevent Dissolution Suit ELLIOTT EXPLAINS BRIEF STATEMENT ROAD’S POSITION IN Road Will Dispose of Holdings in Boston and Maine Railroad and Various Other Systems—Final Ad justment Is Not Expected at Once " nahtnuton, January 10,—Tkf Xew ' °rk, New Haven and Hartford rail road and the department of justice to nlaht announced a preliminary agree ment de«tgnnl to effeel a rroiganitH tlon of the New Iluvett and to prevent n atilt for Ita dfaaolut Ion under the ^ her limn Ian. In compliance with department de mands, the New Haven will dispose of Us holdings in the Boston and Maine railroad, cancel its Joint agreement con trolling the Boston and Albany, give up its trolley lines and several of its steamship lines. The question of its re tention of the so-called Sound lines of steamships will be left to the interstate commerce commission. Under the Panama canal act the road Is required to give up all steamship holdings by July 1, unless the comm's sion finds their continued operation by the railroad is to the commercial ad vantage of the public and not in re straint of competition. Every Point (.aim'd M was conceded tonight that the de part mom of justice gained virtually every point demanded. Announcement of the agreement was made In the fol lowing statement from Chairman How ard Elliott and President A. T. Hadley, a member of the New Haven board. Chairman Elliott Issued the following statement; "An agreement has been reached be tween the department of justice and the New Haven railroad. The New Haven, in addition to the cancellation of tho Boston and Albany agreement, which becomes effective February J, will dis pose of its holdings in the Boston and Maine railroad, the various trolley' sys tems, the Merchants and Miners Trans portation, the Eastern Steamship ccJk Rpration and the Maine Steamship com A puny, under a plan, the details of which, will be worked out us promptly as pos sible with representatives of the de partment of JUBtlee. ■Concerning other tkeamer lines, ap plication has been made under the Pau lina canal act, to the Interstate com merce commission, and their disposi tion will be determined by that body, t nt 11 plans are put Into effect, the man agement mid operation of the properties will be continued as at present. "The confluence was between the At torney General anil Hpeciu) Assistant to the Attorne\ General T. VV. Gregory, Assistant Al tornes General Jessie C. Adkins. Special Assistant to the Attor ney General Frank M. Swacker, repre senting the department of Justice, n nd Howard Klllott, Arthur T. Hadley and K. S. Stores, representing the New Haven company. No Hearing on Criminal Suits 'Hu* announcement of the agreement does not have any bearing on the much talked of criminal suits against former directors and officials of the New Haven road. There has hern no decis ion iiiion this point. Home of these are known to feel such suits would avail but lit Hi* since the men generally un derstood to he responsible for Hnunclal operations involving the New Haven probably could not he reached by the i HM-rai government Department of Justice officials were of the opinion tonight that the New Haven agreement was as big a victory for the principle of peaceful settlement of anti trust cases ns that registered in the ease of the American Telephone and Telegraph company. They pointed out the complex ities of the New Haven were greater than in the telephone ruse, and that a suit to separate the Now Haven from its great holdings might have resulted in disaster to the road Itself, and in reflex action upon business that would have been wide ly felt. They recognized that the Now Haven could not be expected to dispose of its holdings in a few months, and rec ognized that to force the road to get rid of its interests within a specified time would permit prospective buyers to wait until that time limit expired and then pa;, their own price. « A5. long as Hhalrtnan Elliott and his as sociates show their intention to carry out i he terms of the agreement, assurances ii* given that the department of justice will not press them for haste. Although no one in authority would pre dict how long a time such a reorganiza - t'nn will require it generally was believed that final readjustment cannot he reached for many months, and. on some points, probably not for years. No Official Statement No official statement wan forthcoming from the/Attorney General tonight. Negotiations with the New' Haven Ih* sjan more than two months ago. shortly after Mr. Elliott came 3t to take active charge ot the operation of the road. (Continued on Page Eleven > HMMMaMMMMtWtfMtNMatttnittNNMNMMW SUFFRAGE COMMITTEE MAY BE CREATED BY THE HOUSE Chairanin Henry Returns From Texas a Convert to Proposition, and a Strong, Favorable Sentiment Has Developed Among Representatives—Problem Important One Washington, January 10.—The creation of a standing House committee on equal suffrage loomed today at the capital us a strong probability. Chairman Henry of the committee un rules returned from Texas a convert to the proposition on which his committee must taken action, and a strong favorable sentiment hAs de veloped among representatives who have talked over the subject during the con gressional recess. Representatives Taylor and Keating of Colorado and other pru-suffragUt incut hern have been diseasing the outlook with colleagues, and returning members point to the growth of the woman suffrage movement as warranting the appointment of a committee to deal with nothing else. The rules committee recently completed hearings on a proposal that the hones should ileal with the suffrage question through a regular standing committee. So far the committee has not considered tho plun In executive session. Chairman Henry's position is that woman suffrage has heroine a great issue and that the problem is as important as the subjects no wdealt with in many of the present standing committees of Cong rose.