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Governor of Alabama Issues
, Statement in Reply to
That of Defaulting
Clerk’s Kinsmen
Governor’s Special Counsel Says He
Had Never Understood Lacy
Would Turn State’s Evi
dence Unless He Were
Disposed to Do So
Montgomery, March 8.—(Special.)
p Every proposition looking to the re
turn of Theodore Lacy, convicted of
embezzling $50,000 of state convict
* department funds, contemplated the
return of the money which he had
stolen, together with a full disclosure
of all the facts connected with the
I theft, according to the governor of
Alabama, who issued a statement late
tonight in reply to a lengthy inter
view given out last night by E. W.
Pettus and Charles A. Patterson,
kinsmen of the defaulting chief clerk.
Regarding the agreement alleged
by Messrs. Pettus and Patterson to
have been made in January last, in
which it was proposed that Lacy
should return, plead guilty or not
v guilty, be tried on only those indict
ments which alleged the embezzle
ment of $90,000, and be allowed to
make bond in the sum of $20,000 or
less, the governor states that this
proposition was declined by him, be
cause he thought it was a matter for
the solicitor and trial judge to handle.
The governor says thot in this conver
nation he asked about the return of the
money, and that tooth Mr. Pettus and Mr.
Patterson declared that they would not
• onsent for “Lacv to retain om dime of
^ the state’s money.”
Thegovernor closes wUn tie positive
• . ueuieift that ■ ; t •
any kftul to the effect that Lacy should
not be prosecuted for all of hi? offenses.
\ The Governor’s Statement
His statement in full follows:
“The statement published Sunday morn
ing by E. P. Pettus and C A. Patterson
requires a brief statement of the facts
concerning the return of Lacy
“After Lacy’s ,light from Montgomery
1 offered Immedifitclya r».;v nrc! of $o,OH“j
for ids capture and return. I also em
ployed the Burns Detect*v° agmit y. con
ride red to be the be hi in the United Starts,
u nd paid them about VW> for services
which extended from Match until July,
also employed other detectives and called
to their aid the chiefs of nolle? of Moii|
gomery, Mobile and Birmingham.
'Through these instruments an unremit
ting search was made for Lacy and every
rumor of his whereabout* w is investi
gated. In June I was informed by the
Burns agency that they were unable to
accomplish results and that their further
efforts would bo unavailing. Notwith
standing this statemet, my anxiety to ap
prehend Lacy was so ",reat that t In
structed this agency to continue its ef
forts, which it did until late in July.
Shortly prior to the Urn*l abandonment
«.j the search by the Bimns agency 1 em
ployed Detective E. <). Miles, who had
l been recommended to mo as n h1gh class
dete live. Mr. Miles got Into communica
tion with Mr. Pettus and .Mr. Patterson,
who represented Lacv':? family. They
sought an interview with me, to which
J acceded, on account '*f the fact that all
. ffc* ts to apprehend Lacv had been un
productive and 1 was cnxiious to pursue
■my line leading to his capture or sur
render. This interview was held at the
Exchange hotel, there being present Mr.
Pettus, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Selbcls, Mr.
Troy, Mr. Miles, and myself.
The Attorneys Proposition
\t this meeting the following proposi
tion was made in writing by Messrs. Pot
las md Patterson: ‘Lacy to come back
to Montgomery and give t«p all money he
took, less any ■••earonablo amount that
may have boon expended by him for per
sonal expenses, not exceeding $5000 to
$ 0,000, and ne shall also tell the governor
or iiis representative exactly what wa?
done with the monev that tie did not take
away with him (outside of the courtroom!
and without obligation rn Lacy’s part tc
testify against Oakley Then Oakley t?
to b tried, and after Oakley is cried, then
,Lac> is to either (a) plead guilty in one
ease and ta»:e a sentence < one year and
one day, ah other indictments against him
V to 1- edlsmissed; or (bi Lacy, then can
plead not guilty and let the law take it’s
course as if this stipulation had not been
“To that part of the offer which
made it incumbent on Lacy to return,
to deliver up the money which he had
earried away, and make a full disclos
ure to me of all the facts and persons
connected with the theft, I assented.
To that part o fthe offer which pro
1 used that Lacy should receive on a
v plea of guilty a punishment of 1 yeai
and 1 day in the penitentiary. I re
^ fused to accede, saying that I would
Philadelphia. March 8.—The Mexican
situation and the present status of the
Monroe doctrine will be thd principal
subjects discussed at a national con
t fe mnee on foreign relations of the
. ; 1 States under the auspices of the
f* . can Academy of Political and So
| ?!; elenco to be held here April 3
HU" Delegates have been appointed
by vernors of nearly all the states
V ^legations from leading trade and
j' Ini. rial organizations throughout
t, yuntry are expected to attend.
Th confeernce has been divided Into
‘ . »t>: cessions and addresses will be de
j 1 by naval officers, scientists.
members of Congress and men prom
inent In the business world.
Although the programme has noi
been completed, those who have al
ready accepted invitn Jons to deliver ad
dresse include r Admiral F. E
Chadwick. T’ ’ear Admiral C
M. Chester, 1 Rear Admira!
Richard Wai 8. N.; Repre
sentative .Tam *n, Texas; W
Morgan Shusti Rowe, pro
fessor of pol'tlcai : University' o
Pennsylvania; L isnell Hart
professor of gov rvard; Dr
Simon N. Patten, - ,f politics
economy, Universl . . sylvanla
Dr. E. C. Stowell, f inter
national law, Colunr* da a. fty, anc
A. Maurice Law, Am .‘ lean .tponri
ent of the London Mo> mu » Wash
lngton. ' \ '
Former President of Con
vict Board Reaches State
Capital—Stage Set
for Hearings
Birmingham People Leave for Mont
gomery to Attend Trial—State At
torneys in Party Which Left Last
Night—Many Believe Oakley
Will Prove His Innocence
Montgomery, March 8.—(Special.)
James G. Oakley, former president of
the state board of convict inspectors,
will be placed on trial in the city
court here tomorrow on one of 14
indictments charging the embezzle
ment of nearly $100,000 of state
Oakley came to Montgomery last night
from Birmingham, where he was in a
hospital for nearly a week.
It is understood that the defense is
ready for the trial. The attorneys of
the former president of the convict bu
reau stated that they were ready for
the trial before it was called last Wednes
day. but Oakley's nonattendance forced
a postponement.
Whether or not any new developments
will come out at Oakley’s trial is purely
a matter of conjecture. Various re
ports have been circulated to the effect
that Lacy may be placed on the stand,
though it is hardly probable that this will
be done.
Capt. Frank S. White, special counsel
for the state, came to Montgomery to
night, and was in conference with the
governor and state's attorneys until a
late hour. Kvery possible effort will be
made to prosecute Oakley on all of the
That "something will drop" during the
progress of the '‘as** of the state against
James G. Oakley is generally believed in
The trial of the case will begin this
morning in Montgomery. Yesterday aft
ernoon <’apt. Frank S. White of Birming
ham and R. B. Kvins of Greensboro,
I* state attorneys, left Birmingham for the
scene of the trial. Others who departed
on the same train were Col. Peyton G.
Bowman and Dr. G. B. Crowe, warm
I personal friends of the defendant. In
addition, there were several newspaper
reporters who went for the purpose of
reporting the proceedings.
Renewed Interest in the disappearance
of funds of the convict, department, fol
lowed by the trial, conviction and pun
ishment of Theodore Lucy, formerly chief
clerk of the department, and the Im
pending trial of Oakley, asserted itself
yesterday morning following the circu
lation of The Age-Herald. In that issue
of the paper was contained statements
of R. W. Pettus and C. A. Patterson,
Selma attorneys, and relatives of Lacy,
purporting to be a declaration of an
agreement alleged to have been entered
Into between attorneys for Lacy, on the
one hand, and the governor of Alabama
and his attorneys on the other, as a re
sult of which, Lacy, on his return and
restoration of the money which he was
charged with having stolen, would he
prosecuted on only one charge and l.is
sentence limited to a period of a year
nnd a day.
There was also great Interest in Bir
mingham in the report that Oakley would
call Lacy to the stand to give testi
mony In his behalf. Tiutt eventually the
whole story will leak out through om
channel or another Is confidently be
Friends of Oakley in Birmingham are
sanguine in regard to his chance oi
establishing his innocence.
leave to the tr5al judge and solicitor
the pnnishmetn to be inflinteted.
"Mr disposition cannot interfere in
the matter of punishment but to leave
It where It propefly belongd, with the
court, was based entirely on the ex
pressed understanding that Lacy should
surrender himself, return the money
which he had stolen, and make a full
disclosure of all the facts connected
with the theft.
Discussion Grew Out of Apprehension
I "The discussion of the mater of pun
ishment with me at all grew out ol
their expressed apprehension that my
indignation at Lacy's crime and hit
betrayal of me would lead me to em
ploy nil the resources of my office
to inflict upon him extreme punish
ment. I feared this apprehension ol
theirs would operate to prevent Lao
from returning or surrendering. The
proposition referred to was made npor
the suggest’on that Lacy would returi
within apjjrox’matel.v 30 days, namely
by August 20. Lacy not having re
turned within that time, the proposi
tion expired by its own terms.
"Subsequently, about January 11
Messrs. Pettus arid Patterson again
sought an Interview upon the subjecl
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PuK*\E 1
If Bright Colors Hurt Your Eyes Keep Off the Streets During Fashion Week
Will Visit Industrial Centers
From New York to San
Francisco—To Visit
Washington, March 8.—Public hearings
ir, important industrial centers from New
York to San Francisco will be held during
the spring and early summer by the
United States commission on industrial
This exPnouncement was made today by
Frank P. Walsh, chairman of the com
mission. The hearings, said Mr. Walsh,
will embrace in their scope all the main
divisions of the inquiry directed by Con
Among the cities that probably will be
visited are New York, Philadelphia, Bos
ton, Patterson, Scranton, Pittsburg, Buf
falo, Wheeling, Charlotte, Greenville. At
lanta, Birmingham, Nashville, Louisville,
New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Uleve
land, Chicago, Houghton, Milwaukee,
Madison, St. Louis, Kansas City, St. Paul,
Denver, Trinidad, Dallas, Houston or
Galveston, Los Angeles, San Francisco,
Seattle, Butte and Lead.
Will Examine Witnesses
Through examination of witnesses com
petent to speak for employers, trades
unions, other labor organizations, unor
ganized employes and the general public
the commission hopes to obtain informa
tion concerning the industrial situation
that will lead to constructive recommen
Some of the subjects to be inquired into
in each city are irregularity of employ
ment, possibilities of ending irregularity
and Increasing production through scien
tific management, the activities of trades
unions and employers' associations, and
the extent and operation of governmental
machinery for regulating the conditions
of industry, including the relations be
tween employers and employes.
.successful methods of maintaining har
mom ms relations beneficial to both em
ployers ::nd employes will b$ inquired into
particularly, with a view to their adop*
tion in other centers where no such meth
ods have been tried.
Eminent authorities in subjects to be
included within the scope of the inquiry
have joined the staff of the commission
and are now aiding in planning the hear
Witnesses desired by the commission
will be summoned under the authority
granted it by Congress, and volunteer
testimony will be welcomed.
Walsh Issues Statement
Announcing tlie plan for hearings Chair
man Walsh said:
"The commission will carefully avoid
ucline as a board of mediation and con
ciliation, and will not allow Itself to be
drawn Into local controversies or r cognize
! such controversies unless in doing so
it can obtain information that has more
than local and temporary significance.
"Every interest will be given a hearing.
Tin, commission will strive to put aside
ull bias and prejudice. It will urge others
to do the same, In the hope that the in
dustrial problem may be studied ir, the
light of reason. The open mind will be
our watchward. and we shall endeavor
to provide n forum whpre men represent
ing all factions can meet In the common
purpose of finding u way out f. om bitter
ness ala’, strife. To accomplish this wv
shall need the co-operation and help of all
concerned. We shall ask those who meet
with us at the hearings to come not as
imployers or employes, but .is rnen be
longing to the same human family.
■•The heatings are to be undertaki n a
one mums of carrying out liio instructions
of Congress to inquire into the industrial
situation and to report o.tr conclusions anil
' jecommendations
"The commission wishes in particular
to invite the help of even person who
has a constructive suggestion. Such sug
gistions will be especially welcome when
they are supplemented by testimony ns to
the stticessful carrying out of tne ideas
they embody."
According to present plana the hear
will begin the latter part of March.
IIy 1,. M. BF/m
Montgomery, March 8.— (Special.)
In a strong statement issued tonight,
Will T. Sheehan, editor of the Mont
gomery Advertiser, charges that ex
Governor 11. H. Comer carried on a
secret ileal with Charles Lewis f *> the
•beer and wlnaky \ot« ol Alabama, and
declares that he went to Nashville for
♦ he purpose of protesting with Mr.
Lewis against such a trade.
Mr. Sherifan’s statement was in an
swer to a question propounded by Mr.
Comer in his speech at Troy Satur
day, ir. which the latter asked what
Mr. Sheehan and S. I\ Kennedy, cam
paign manager for Charles Henderson,
were doing in Nashville with Mr. Lewis
on .January 18.
Mr. Sheehan admits that he went to
Nashville and declares he told Mr. Lew
is that "if the trades proposed by Mr.
(’oniei to beer and whisky men were
made the local option vote could not
be tied hand and foot and delivered to
Mr. Comer."
The statement follows:
"I have a direct and positive state
ment to make and no explanation. I
went to Nashville to tell Charles Lew
is that if the secret deal then pend
ing between former Governor Comer
I and the beer and wliisky men in Ala
bama were consummated, men who were
sincere believers in the principle of lo
cal option would not stand for it. I
told him there that if the trades pro
posed by Mr. Comer to beer and whisky
men were made the local option vot«
could pot he tied hand and foot and
delivered to Comer.
"Mr. Coiner knows that 1 know o
his secret conference with represen
tatives 01 the beer and whisky men it
Alabama. He knows that I know that
he not only wrote a letter containing
ft secret agreement on the prohibition
question, but that his agents have gone
back and forth from him to men en
gaged in the whisky business and rep
resenting that business. Mr. Comer
might have satisfied the whisky men
with ’he assurances which he sent them
but In* could not satisfy thousands o!
she ere believers in local self-govern
ment in Alabama.
"Now, will Mr. Comer explain why
uk a candidate for governor, on a pro
hibition record be has had secret con
ferences with the beer and liquor in
terests of Alabama? Will he tell what
was raid at these conferences which
have been held up until the past few
days? Will he explain publicly the
details of the offers which he made
them and which offers he refused to
put in writing?”
Claim That It Places Case
in Entirely New Light.
Will Ask New
Atlanta. March 8.—Evidence was
made public here today which attor
neys f<>r Deo M. Frank, sentenced to be
hanged April 17 for the murder here of!
Mary Phagat), a factory girl, in April
| of last year, claim has placed the case i
in an entirely new light. Frank’s law-|
I yers today asserted that they are in
I possession of proof that the mysterious
“murder notes" which figured so prom
inently in the trial of the factory su
I perintendeni, wore written in the base
1 merit of the factory where they were
found hear the body of tlie murdered
girl, and not in Frank's office, as
claimed by the prosecution.
.lames Conley, negro sweeper at the
factory and chief witness against
Frank, testified that he wroio the
notes at the instance of the convicted
man and at Ills dictation. Conley said
on the witness stand that. Frank took
an order pad from the desk and hand
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1— Texas Rangers get hotly of Vergara.
Trial of Oakley begins today.
Governor issues statement anent
agreements with IJfccy.
Sheehan charges Comer made trades
with whisky interests.
2— Howie declares railroads have not loffl
rate case. ■ >.*
3— Johnston issues curd on tactics "of
Hobson adherents.
Tariff not serious asi>ec't of woolen'
4— Editorial comment. ,, .
o—Heading women sulfrugiH* in Itir
nilnghoin u*|*y.
Go-to-Chureh Suhdity very successful.
To begin decorating towfitown streets
for Fashion Week.
Dr. H. P. .Mkftt’s sermon.
6— Sports.
7— Helping Hand Hints.
.8—Crowds attend Temple Kmanu-EI
Dr. Edmonds wucsenas to iiotarians.
% L .,y
y c.J* -r
Eight-Story Building Prob
ably Will Be Destroyed.
Roomers Driven Out in
Night Clothes
St. I.oul*. March S,—Fire early this
morning nan (Uncovered humllng from
the wlndowN of the lower four stories
of the IMInnoiirf Athletic club, at I’ourth
and Washington avenue*. The fire
drove Mores of roomer* at the club Into
the atreet In their night clothe*.
Several nre unaccounted for.
At 2«30 o'clock., every fire fighting
engine In the city and every fireman
wan on the aeene, but the blase apread
In nil directions and wi»* beyond control
of the firemen. The entire block
bounded by Fourth atreet, llroadway,
Washington avenue and l.in-o* avenue,
probably will be deatroyed.
Of the 135 roomers at the club, not
more than 20 have been accounted for.
The remaining men nre believed to
have been trapped on floors above the
fourth. If this proves to be true, not
one of them will escape alive, as the
building Is now a mass of flames.
Penrose Announces Candidacy
Philadelphia, March *. Senator Boiei
Pwhrdse today made a formal announce
frffen t Of his candidacy for r%»c4ectloi
,to the tlnitfed States Senate. In a state
ment .he orltciaes the leaders of the dem
ocratic and progressive parties for ‘‘mak
ing slates and Issuing their orders to the
electors as though the popular primary
were a mere formality unworthy of con
sideration," ami declares for the lHipulai
•primary. Senator Penrose declares tin
paramount national Issue is the protectlv*
tariff and announces h.'s strong opposi
-tfpn to a, Mexican policy of ^watchful
IVhat's in a Name'/
' V Anniston, March S.—(Special.)—12. W
Bullard, u. well known cotton man of thta
city , m plaintiff in a stilt against *h*
Southern railway in the city court of An
nitfton Saturday. The road was being rupc
fOi killing a setter bird dog. The engined
offending was named Quail and the chlel
witness for the plaint iff was tin met
Pointer Judge T W t :olcman "set*1 or
tli# L'ttAt:. -
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Texas Ranchman. It Was Discovered, Had Been Shot Twice and
a Burned Hand Indicated That His Executors Had Tor
tured Him Before the Shooting—Governor Colquitt
Says the Action Was Not An “Invasion”
of Mexico
Austin, Texas, March 8.— The Texas Rnhgers last night
crossed the international border into Mexico, disinterred the
body of Clemente Vergara, Texas ranchman, in the Hidalgo
cemetery and returned it to American soil.
Governor Colquitt, who was recently refused permission by
the state department to send the rangers across the Rio Grande
to pursue the alleged slayers of Vergara, tonight would not
comment on the incident or say whether Captain Saunders and
his troop acted under instructions from him.
‘‘We wanted Vergara's hods to determine the manner of
his death and wo have it.” said the governor tersely, and added,
‘some people may call this an ‘invasion,” hut it was not.”
’The official report of Captain Saunders oil the incident was
given out by the executive department. It said simply:
‘‘I proceeded to Hildago, secured Vergara's body.and re
turned it to Laredo.”
Laredo, Texas, March 8. Texas Rangers, who secretly
•rossod into Mexico last night, today brought to the American
side the mutilated body of Clemente Vergara, Texas ranchman,
uid established the fact of his execution after lie was seized b\
Mxican federate.
Senator Fall Advocates Ag
gressive Action in Mex
ico and May Lead
Washington, March 8.- Despite ef
forts of tin- administration to prevent
discussions of the subject, a general de
bate on the Mexican situation probably
will be precipitated tomorrow on the
floor of the Senate in open session.
Senator Fall of New Mexico, long an
advocate of aggressive action In deal
ing with Mexico, has given notice of
his intention to speak and is expected
to vigorously attack President Wilson's
waiting policy.
To meet tin- attack, Senator Shive
ly, acting chairman of the foreign re
lations committee, has obtained from
the state department the latest re
ports on the situation in Mexico and
is ready to defend tin* President’s at
While only tho two set speeches are
scheduled, other senators undoubted
ly will have something to say. Senate
leaders are looking for a general free
for-all discussion of all phases of the
No Action on Tolls
There will be no action during the
week on the President’s appeal for re
peal of the Panama tolls exemption.
The subject of absorbing Interest will
oe for the Senate committee and will
he discussed Informally only on tin*
Houno side until after the House Iihh
disposed of the pending rivers and
harbors appropriation bill. Advocates of
repeal have polled both Houses and
promise overwhelming majorities to
sustain the President. Senator James of
Kentucky lias made n poll showing that
54 senators are for tin* repeal and 22
against with the remainder doubtful.
Wher tip* Sims repeal bill Is taken
up in the House two days of debate will
be proposed by Representative Adam
son of Georgia, as leader of the ad
ministration fight.
The Senate committee on interoeeanic
canals will consider this week either
flat repeal <»i a compromise to give the
President discretionary authority' to
regulate tolls and asses* charges.
The hearing stage of the proposed
antitrust and commerce regulation leg
islntion is about to close in the House.
Testimony will be beard by the judi
cial*'/ committee until March 21 and
the interstati commerce committee tills
week will conclude It* hearings on
railway capitalization control.
The interstate trade commission bill, on
which the Senate committee on interstate
commerce is also working independently.
Is completed in the House committee.
Subject only to the approval of the ad
The House tomorrow may set aside
“District «f Golumbla Day.’’ and pro
ceed with the agricultural appropriation
bill. The House committee on labor will
begin bearings on the Palmer anil-child
labor hill.
Suffrage Amendment Held Over
Senator Ashurst's resolution proposing
an amendment to the constitution giv
ing women of all states the right of fran
chise will be His “unfinished business" In
the Senate this week It was not certain
tonight. howt*or. whether advocates of
the measure would press for a vote at
this time. Some suffragist leaders luiva
advised Senator Ashurt to postpone final
action, as it is feared the necessary two
thirds vote will not be forthcoming. Sev
eral senators, however, wish to force the
issue to a vote and if tide programme
Is followed, a vote is expected Tues
The Alaskan railroad bill as approved
by' the conferees and adopted by the
House will come befoiv. the Senate this
week for final disposition. Senators ex
pressed the opinion tonight that its adop
tion was assured.
Action by the Semite immigration com
mission on tlie fturnett Hill is scheduled
for this week, and, if no developments
arise to delay, the bill probably will be
received with committee amendments in
the Senate Thursday.
The federal supply measures und the
! District of Columbia appropriation bill.
supplemented by numerous measures of
' minor importance will consume time for
routine work.
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Inc rangers were not opposed, ac
complishing their search without the
slightest violence, taking the body
from a grave in Hidalgo cemetery al
most within sight of the Texas bor
der. The seizure was divested of
possibly grave aspects in international
complications by reason of the fact
that the rangers were practically
making use of permission granted of
ficially by Mexican federal authorities
several days ago for recovery of the
body. This permission had been given
to United States Consul Alonzo Gar
rett at Nuevo Laredo, but he did not
! Ret the body because of what he re
kported as dangers attending search
for it. io the immediate vicinity of
I Hidalgo.
Vergara was shot twice through the
' head and once through the neck, his
r skull was crushed as by a blow from
a rifle butt and the charred fingers
] of the loft hand indicated that he had
been tortured before being put to
I death.
Identification was made by tlm dead
| man's son and by a number cf frl. tula,
many of whom were In the party of
i Inc led by elate border patrol, which
made the grim journey to the Hidalgo
cemetery during the early' morn!nc:
hours today. The body was not badly
oecotnpoaed, despite It (|ree weeks'
I burial, and lit addition to recognising
features, young Vergara took a ldt of
cloth front tile trousers which en
closed the body and matched It to tbs
coat which Ills father had on the day
he crossed the Rio Urande.
The body was brought Into tile United
States at a point miles northwest
of Laredo, opposite Hidalgo ami near
the Vergara ranch. American Consul
ilarrett of Neitvo Laredo, depute sher
iffs and other anthorities were waiting
to receive It, and pending the trrlval
of an undertaker front Laredo, art
armed force stood guard over the body.
Recovery of the body wan made by
;i force of Texans, largely friends of
the dead man. acting with the troop of
Thxhx Hang-erg, under f'aptatn Haun
dcr«, who have been Investigating the
cj re inn*! Hiueg of Vergara's (leisure by
federal* for Governor Colquitt. A secret
Investigation, in which many Mexicans
l ad be^n questioned. 1* understood to
have preceded the trip into Mexico
Leading the force was a man who
«laimed io have been a witness to both
the «’\ecui bui and burial of Vergara.
The fort " gathered near the Vergara
rain'll, not fur from the dpot where Vei
Kara, crossed iho river to meet the Mex
ican federal* who promised remunera
tion for stolen horses. Moving silently
they began the overland march to
Hidalgo, a distance of about five miles.
They avoided the town, it wn*- said,
under the covet of id :1 i and met no
one to question their Journey
Location of i be grave where Vergai
was supposed to lie proved an oils'
ihsU. for It hud been a •.•enter of speeu
!. tioi anil wonder slr.ee it appeared,
after R( swinging body bad iu»n ctu
down from the place of execution, after
the hue and cry over Vergara's disap
pearance started an investigation. The
l*od> had been rudely interred, with
little effort to protect It from the
earth. With their burden fixed on. a
stretcher carried by six of the i^ead
man's friends, the procession started
unchallenged on the return journey
which brought Clemente Vergara home
again to the United States.
It 1* understood a thorough examina
tion of the body has been ordered by the
state authorities.
Vergara left his ranch, near Palafo.x.
j Tex., Friday February 13, and crossed
{the river into Mexico on a message from
! three federal soldiers that (’apt. Apolonlo
! Rodriguez of the Hidalgo garrison,
wished to settle for 11 horses taken from
Vergnra’s island pasture In the Rio
Grande. Mr*. Vergara pleaded with her
husband not to risk sell ore by the Mex
ican*. but disregarding her warnings, he
crossed the river in company with hi*
voting nephew. Mrs. Vergara ha* since
told how she saw her husband assaulted
by the waiting soldiers, and after being
knocked unconscious, carried off. Ver
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