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VOLUME XXXXIV BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA. MONDAY. MAY 18, 1914 Xl'MJiKR 12 MEDIATORS ON WAY TO NIAGARA FAILS I TO MAKE PLANS FOR : PEACE JNJIEXICO [ Conference Opens Wednes day and Delegates Pre Ipare to Leave Wash ington for Canada Bi " I DELEGATES THINK I HUERTA REGIME IS I NEARING THE END I Are Most Concerned in Securing Guar I antee That Constitutionalists Will I Not Confiscate Property—Will I Insist That No Man Who Has I Gained Military Prominence I Be Given the Presidency H Washington, May 17.—Mexican dele I gates to the mediation conference at I; Niagara Falls realize that the Huerta I administration is near its end, aecord 1 Ing to persons close to the Mexicans, ■ who talked with them before they I left here today for the conference. I Knowing someone must succeed Hu I erta, the delegates are most concerned. ■ it Is said, about what guarantees can I be obtained against possible confiscn ■ tlon of property by the constitution Hfalisls. V What kind of a government will be I established In Mexico City and pro I tectlon against possible anarchy also I are said to be troubling the delegates. ■ They wish a government that will be I stable and one that foreign powers will I recognize, persons close to the Mex ■ leans said. R It was learned that the delegates Hare extremely optimistic concerning the H chances for mediation. They will in II slat. It was said, that no man who has H gained military prominence shall take Hthe reins of government, which would ■ eliminate Generals Villa and Carranza. M Washington. May 37,-After a clay of ■ conference between the three ropresenta Htlves of the Huerta government, the South ■American medtatora and the American ■ delegates, the advance guard in the Mex ■ lean proceedings tonight was on Its way ■ to Niagara Falls for the conference to ■ open there Wednesday. The entire Mex ■ iran party. Including the three dele ■ gates, Sencirs Rabasa, Rodriguez and Kl Hguero, with tlielr wives, daughters and a ■ large suite, left at 3 o'clock for New York, ■ where they will remain until Tuesday be Hfore proceeding to Niagara Falls. ■ Two Mediators Leave for Niagara ■ Two of the media tors also started for Hthe conference, Minister Neon of Argen ^|tina, leaving at 7 o’clock tonight direct Hfor Niagara Falls, and Ambassador Da Huama of Brazil going by way of New ■ york, where he will be Joined by Madame ^|Da Gama and proceed to the scene of the ^|cohference tomorrow night or Tuesday, ^Htllnister Suarez of Chile will leave to ^Enorrow and the American delegates, Jits ^■ilce Lamar and Frederick \V. Lehman, ^|wlth the American staff, will leave in ■tlme to reach Niagara Falls Tuesday H^The 24-hour stay of the Huerta dele ^Lales In Washington gave an opportunity ^Klir a thorough canvass of their plans and ^■general views. Their conference with the ^|ir.ediators last night lasted nearly two Hhours, and it la known that there was a ^Ltscussion of the whole range of Mex Kait affairs. Also the meeting between ^Eustice lamar and Mr. Lehman and the ^■three Mexican delegates, after the dinner Hit the Spanish embassy last night, while f^|purely formal and social, gave opportunity ^■for closer mutual exchanges than have ^Kteen possible up to this time. E Refuses to Make Statement mm Before the Mexican patty left today the ^■thtec delegates drove to the home of See ^Hetary Bryan and made a call of eere Hnony by leaving their cards. Mr. Bryan ^Enou after-returned the call my leaving his ^Eard for the delegates at their hotel. There ^Evas no meeting between the Secretary of ^Etate and the Mexicans. Throughout their ^Etay the Mexican delegates steadily re ^Eused to make a public statement regard ^Eng tbeir mission and it was only lndiroet ^Ey through representative Mexicans with ^Hwhom they talked while here that a gon ^■eral idea of their viewpoint was ob ^Ealned. The chief military development of the ^Blay was a report front General Funston l^Eliat the San Francisco bridge on the In ^Eeroceantc railroad near \rera Cruz had |H[>cen destroyed. This confirmed previous ^■reports from naval aviators, who had ^Hnade observations along this route. The ^Htridge, which spanned a ravine and the IHilYer Antigua, was of steel. Its destruc H (Contlnned an Page Two.) I ncarOuna I ELECT! LAWS will Be Revived When the R State Convention Meets H Wednesday Hi Columbia, S. C., May 17.—Changes in jllhe rules governing state-wide primaries ^Urlll be considered here Wednesday, when |^|he democratic state convention meets. H^Ehe convention will embrace 336 dele |1 Leaders In the movement to revise thr trimary assert that the present regu H ztlons leave the way open to fraud and H hat voters are able If they so desire K o cast more than one vote. ■ Senator E. D. Smith Is a candidate foi Hi e-electlon and is opposed by Gov. Cole H> ft Bleaee. In the recent county conven ■[ Ions to select delegates to the stati ■ teetlng the supporter, of Senator Smith Hu laim they obtained a large majority ol Hi he delegates. K H Governor Blease faked to H- selected H s g delegate to the donvc t froir EB Is home county. Senator smith will ■ tra ft mat la the meeting. FORMER PRESIDENT GIVES VIEWS OF MEXICAN POLKY William H. Taft Says Medi ation Will Accom plish Little DELIVERS ADDRESS AT FREE SYNAGOGUE Says There Is No Popular Pressure for a Military Policy and Calls Upon the People to Support Pres ident Wilson New York, May 17.—William H/ Taft plves his views on the Mexican situa tion today In an aOdrrss at the Free Synagogue's celebration of Peace Sun day. While the former President ex pressed little hope that the pending me diation conference would accomplish its Immediate purpose, he declared the of fer of mediation and the United States' acceptance was an important step toward the future settlement of international dif ficulties in the western hemisphere. The former President asserted that there was no popular pressure for a mil itary policy which the administration can not resist. He said that the people wer/ determined to do their duty, even shouf ^ that duty Involve war. But for war. ^ added, the people at present have Y enthusiasm. Mr. Taft criticized the Wilson a ! istratjon for aid, which, he said, t ^ f ministration had given to the f \ constitutionalists. Tells People to Back President “It is my judgment.-* ue said, “that 1f, in our course toward Mexico during the past year, we had not exerted such direct influence as we have to aid one of the contending parties, we should not now be so near general intervention and war.” In conclusion, Mr. Taft called on all Americans to aid the President in his efforts to find peace. Mr. .Taft, took the place today of Sec- j retar,y of State Bryan, whose duties at j Washington prevented him from filling i an engagement to address the eongre- ; gallon on “International Peace.” Oscar Strauss also spoke. He pointed out thut the Russian-Japanese war was settled through mediation and that interference by an outside power in an international dispute was no longer regarded as an unfriendly act. Mr. Taft’s Speech Mr. Taft's speech follows in part: “With our dreavinaughts and olir other j biittleSkIpfi assemhled at Tampico; Vera' CrUz and Mazatlan; with f»W> or more of our regular army in possession of a Mex- 1 lean city, and with the rest of our avail able force assembling at convenient stra tegic points for possible further inva- j sion of Mexican territory, it may occur j to some that it is not appropriate to have a peace Sunday or to hdfd a peace! meeting. For those of us, however, who ; hope that we may not be involved in j further warlike activity, or in actual war,1 there could be no time, more fitting for an expression of that hope. “Tills is not a time for wishing that the past had been otherwise, but it is a time for candor and for a clear under standing of the situation. With deference to the views of others, it is my Judgment that if, in our course toward Mexico, dur ing the last year, we had not exerted such direct influence as we have, to aid one of the contending parties, we would not now' lie so near general intervention and war. Nor would we have been so responsible for law and order in Mexico to the world, as we are now likely to be if a new gov ernment comes into power through our in fluence. But not for this reason can 1 or anyone who agrees with me in this, fail to approve and applaud every honorable ef fort that our government can make and is making to avoid intervention and fur ther conflict. Earnestly Desires Peace "I yield to no man in my earnest de sire for peace and In my detestation of war; but an advocacy of peace that Ig nores conditions and takes no note of what Is practical is futile and inef fective. Threatened war between two stable nations Is much easier to deal with than such a condition as confronts us In Mexico. I am glad to feel that there is a noteworthy movement toward the adop tion of practical machinery for avoiding war between responsible governments. But what we have to contend with In Mexico, however, is the disease of revolu tion. Eighty per cent of the people are Ignorant and illiterate. They have suf fered wrong and are struggling blindly with purposes more or less ill defined, in a state of society whose bonds are almost entirely loosed. "A three-year war has laid waste the country, destroyed Its Industry, and ex posed all foreign residents to lawless vio lence and all their Investments there to de struction. It has In fact become an In ternational nuisance. In such a case a neighboring nation may properly Inter vene and help the forces of law and order to end such anarchy just because it wishes to live In a quiet neighborhood, and not from a spirit of conquest and greed of territory. If we are to be Involved In war because of Mexican anarchy, let us have It fully understood that we go Into It In the service of mankind,' as the President phrases It, and not upon the Is sues of a mere punctilio In naval cere monies. l.et us not enter lightly or un advisedly on a course that will Involve a sacrifice the extent of which may well make us pause. Would Need Larger Army ■'There are 14,000,000 people In Mex ico. Much of It Is In the tropics. There are 760,000 square miles. Barge parts of It are trackless deserts; large parts of It are difficult mountain ranges' large parts of It are troplcdl jungle and forest. We have, say, (0,000 mobile troops of the regular army fit to take the field in Mexico. If the available military force of Mexicans trained and made hardy by a three years* war were to be massed against our troops we should need a much larger force than we now have to capture the large strategic inland towns. After we bad captured them and dispersed the armies the forces against us would adopt a system of guerilla warfare. That is easy to carry on and difficult to sup press In such a country. The best ex pert estimate of the force required by us to garrison the necessary towns, suppress guerilla warfare and tran qulllze the country Is 400,000 men and It Is said that this would take tjvo or three years and ltivolve an expendi ture of 11,000,000 a day. Blockade Porta * “The wisest course for us to pur sue, If the duty Is before us of sup pressing anarchy In Mexico, would be C r. SCENES AT NAVY YARD WHEN HOSPITAL SHIP BROUGHT HOME SICK AND WOUNDED <3ROUPC)F OISADLED'*=IGHTEK.S, WOUNDEO at VEKA CHlfT. Bearing a burden of bluejackets and marines, whose chief concern appeared to be burning anxiety to get back to Vera Cruz again with their comrades, the hospital ship Solace reached New York navy yard from Mexican waters. Of 101 wounded brought north, 62 were taken to the Navy Yard hospital, 28 of them having to be carried on stretchers. The others of the wounded will be able to return to Mexico when the Solace steams south again. They were brought north more for the recuperative effect of the sea Voyage and north ern air than because of the nature or their disabilities. In the accompanying illustration is shown one of the wounded being borne from the ship to the Navy Yard hospital, a group of disabled fighters and Robert E. Lee, who was crippled at Vera Cruz. LAITY RIGHTS TO WOMEN TO BE VOTED M .E. Conference Still in Ses sion at Oklahoma City. Many Important Mat ters to Come Up Oklahoma City, May 17.—Proposals for the granting of laity rights to women; division for the church Into Episcopal dis tricts; creation of separate women’s and men’s missionary hoards and for an en larged Sunday school hoard will prob ably be disposed of during this week by the general conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, south, meeting in quad rennial session here. It is also probable that an effort will be made to secure reconsideration of the Vanderbilt matter, disposed of yesterday by the adoption of a majority committee report which provided for tbe return of whatever rights the church retalhB In the university to the eight original patronis ing conference and establish another school as the representative educational Institution of the church. The committee on episcopacy, which al ready has passed on the character* of all bishops, is expected to report' Tuesday. It Is announced that the committee will recommend that Bishop E. • B. - Hoss be granted a year's release from -active work because of his physical condition. Another report likely to be taken during the week Is that of the committee which considered the advisability of the or ganic union of the Methodist Bpiacopal (Continued nu Pave Twa) PLAN ORGANIZATION OF FEDERAL BANK 4 A1UUHK ANS AMI ymH AIfl t 4 I' VW.’.w i-■. »»;\H4Wiv * 4 - 4 4 Vera Cruz, May 17.—Americans 4 4 and Mexicans met In a friendly 4 4 battle on the baseball field here 4 4 today and the Fourth Infantry 4 | 4 team defeated the Aguilas, an all- 4 i 4 star Mexican team; in a four-tnnln^ 4 i 4 name, 4 to 0. 4 ’ ♦ iSIi . CITIES OF MEXICO —REV. WILLIAM WALLACE President of Presbyterian Theological Seminary at Mexico City Makes Ad dress at New Orleans New Orleans, May 17.—"The time will come when the name of President Wil son will he cheered in the streets of Mexico City," declared Rev. William Wallace, president of the Presbyterian Theological seminary at the Mexican cupital. in a sermon on Mexican con ditions delivered here today at the First Presbyterian church. Dr. Walluce was one of two refugee ministers to occupy local pulpitB today, the other being Rev. J. H. Malloy of Merida. According to Dr. Wallace, the facul ties and students of many Mexican schools welcomed revolution and also the landing of American troops at Vera Crux. Without an American dem onstration, he said, there could, In his opinion, have been no lasting peace in Mexico, whether the constitutionalists or the federal” arc In control. Property holders In this city favor a settled form of government for the southern republic. “I am not one of those who proclaim the landing of American marines at Vera Cruz as an act of peace,” the speaker asserted. The rebel leader Zapata was pictured as "a stubborn old Indian who wants : only local control.” and the minister expressed the opinion that Zapata's troops would not enter Mexlgo City, and that the Zapatistas would demand no further reward than the right to rule their own section of the country In the event of a constitutionalist triumph of arms. Left Mexico Ten I>aya Ago Dr. Wallaoe left Mexico City .10 days ago and said that he did so merely as a. precaution against future develop ments. Prior to his leaving, he said, ho had mingled freely with the popu lace and had felt in no danger of bodKj harm. “The middle class of people, in Mexico City treated Americans muoh after their accustomed manner' arid It was only the upper classes that were Stirred with a patriotic hatred ol Americans when troops were landed on Mexican soil. Huerta made desperati efforts to arpuse ontl-Amerlean sentl mezft and two Mexicans whom I knew personally told me that they aaw Hu ej-tk's son lead a mob that tore down the. statue of George Washington,” til* minister stated In his sermon Dr. Malloy did nol touch on Mexican conditions, the look refugee missionary colony havlni agreed that Dr. Wallace should b< thetr pulpit spokesman. Dr. Malloy anc five other missionaries from Progress) vicinity are pow guests of local ;Pre« byterlan ministers, having arrived from Mobile by. Fall, and reaoblng that cltj on “The Wolf,” a small steamer. REVENUE CUTTER COHAN BOAT Four Are Saved, But Are in Pitiable Condition. Death List Now Totals 15 Boston. May 17.—Four survivors of a boatload of IB who escaped In the third boat of the freight steamer Columbian, burned at sea May 8. were picked up to day by the United States revenue cutter Seneca 40 miles south of Sable Island, according to a dispatch received here from the cutter tonight. When their short allowance of biscuit and water had failed the men maintained life by chewing boot leather ami the few stray crumbs of hardtack. Rainwater served them when their water cask went dry. The first two days after drifting away from the Columbian they saw three steamers, too far away to be signalled. The dispatch from Capt. Johnston, of the Seneca, follows: "Ten a. in., 40 miles south Sable is land rescued lifeboat with Officer Robert Telre, Sailors Oscar Kendal. Peter Bel anger, Fireman Michael Ludwigsen, sur vivors of 15, Oiler George Hull died tenth. Peter Trlol today. Others between. All died exposure and hunger. Short al lowance biscuit and water. Eating first two days, none since. Much rain. Fino today. All under doctor doing well. " JOHNSTON.’• Halifax, N. S., May 17.—After 13 days (CORilniittd imi Puis* Ti»«» HELD AT PULASKI Virginia Sailor Killed at Vera Cruz Honored in Death ] • j Roanoke, Va., May 17.—The funeral of William Henry Pulliam, the flrat claea fireman of the United States bat tleship Utah, who was wounded In the fighting at Vera Cruz, and subaeijuent ' ly died, was held at PulaBkl, Va., to ' day. Five thousand people attended tile services, which were conducted by the Rev, J. T. Trolllnger, a veteran of Gen eral Jackson's brigade In the Confed erate army. Among the numerous floral offerings was one from President Wil son. Pallbearers were selected from vari ous militia companlea. The body waa carried to the cemetery on a flag-draped caisson, drawn by four black horaes. and having on Its sides the letters "C. 8. A." The body arrived here Friday and laid In state at the county courthouse, watched over hy a guard of honor from the local mill*** comuanv. 'k. vr. , • . w Atlanta District to Get Busy Today on Preliminary Work I Atlanta, May 17.-PreHmInary work to ward the organisation of the federal re serve bank of Atlanta, to be created af a part of the new federal current® sys tem, will be done here tomorrow. Representatives of the Ftr/t National bank of Montgomery, Ala., title Exchange National bank of Tampa, Wla., the Hi bernia National bank of New Orleans the First National bank of Jackson,' Miss, and tbe First National bWtk of Chat tanooga, Tenn- will meet /here for thi purpoap. .li . ' . V It was understood here/ tonight tba the president, or vice president, and thi cashier of each bank wot/kl attend. Thi federal reserve organisation -board a Washington recently designated the banki named to organise the local federal re serve bank. i2t-" ' . - i.' . -.t- .-V !\..v ''••-T-r TOLLS DEBATE SOON TO END; ANTITRUST MEASURES ARE NEXT Administration's Legislative Programme Is Near to Completion MANY DELEGATES OPPOSE FREE TOLLS Of 867 Delegates to Baltimore. 702 i Register Opposition to Plank—May Have Vote on the Measure Within Eight Days Washington, May 17.—With debate In the Senate on the tolls question nearing the end. the House this week will take up for consideration the throe go-called antitrust bills, which with appropriation bills make up the administration's legislative programme Senate democratic leaders who advo cate repeal of tolls exemption expect to see debate closed by Saturday, hut House leaders do not believe the trust measures can be passed under three weeks. The trio will be taken up by the House under a special rule, which as framed In committee will limit gen eral debate to 40 hours, but there will be no limitation to debate under the five-minute rule and upon amendments which may be offered. Aside from the fight troin the broad principles laid down In the bills there will be a par ticularly hitter struggle by members favoring exemption of labor and agri cultural unions from the operation of the Sherman antitrust law. President Wilson is understood to have said he does not approve this exemption and there is little doubt that his desires will be met. 1 May Adjourn in July Members of both houses are greatly interested In prospects for adjournment by the middle of .July but unless Sen ate leaders decide not to press anti trust legislation there seems to ho lit tle probability of adjournment It 3' Au gust. There lias been some talk that the Senate should pass only one trust bill, which would create a trade com mission and that one of its duties would he to investigate Interlocking directorates, holding companies and railway capitalization and report its findings next whiter. With eight approprhitton hills u* be passed and a vote yet to be taken oil tolls bill democratic Senate leaders yet may turn to the course as the only one to assure adjournment in July. Majority leader Kern is hopeful that , a vote may be taken on the tolls bill within eight days. A statement issued tonight from headquarters of the dem ocratic national committee declared that in response to an inquiry by Sen ator Gore 702 delegates to the Balti more convention of S67 heard from have registered opposition to th»* free tolls plank of the democratic plat form. The statement says 127 dele gates stand for the free tolls provi sion and letters from 38 others are noncommittal. Way Cleared for Trust Bill The House has about cleared the way for the antitrust hill. The rules com mittee tomorrow will pass on the in formal understanding reached by some of Its democratic members to present a blanket rule for the passage of the trio. This rule, as now' contemplated, would provide for taking up first the t’ovington antitrust bill and last the Rayburn bill. Tomorrow will be devoted in the House to a final effort to clear up : some minor pending bills. The plan is to present the trust legislation rule when the House convenes Tuesday with | a view to a brief discussion before its adoption and then to begin debated Many speeches are In prospect. Talk of Another Caucus Meantime there is talk of another caucus as soon as the trust bills are out of the way to discuss a rural credits bill, several conservation bills and other measures. Advocates of rural credits have gained some strength and contend that all differences could In smoothed out If the full banking and currency committee would tak»* th»* subcommittee on the Bulley bill and confer w'ith the President. The bank ing and currency committee*, however, is virtually closed for the«-sessiori. A further urgent deficiency bill ap propriating upward of $6,000,000 be cause of army and navy activities in Mexico, w'ill be passed by the House as soon as possible. The sundry civil , appropriation hill, the greatest of all the annual supply measures, will be re ported for consideration after the anti trust bills are passed. To Test Ultra Violet Kays Rome, May 17.—The Italian govern ment lias requested the Italian in ventor. Qiullo ITllvl, the discoverer of the ultra violet rays, by means of which gunpowder and torpedoes have been exploded from a long distance, to test his discovery in the Mediterranean. According to conditions fixed for the test he will have to cause an explo sion at a distance of about. 15 miles through the hills. TODAY’S AGE-HERALD 1- Mediators leave for Niagara Falls. Ex-President Taft, gives views on Mex ican policy. i Carranza s forces may try to cut off light and power from Mexico City. Methodist conference to vote on giv ing laity rights to women. 2— Dulaney says railroad rates are used to lorce money to the east. 8—Marine’s parents are dead in Annis ton. 4— Editorial comment. 6— Await arrival of President Bullock. Two large audiences see Biblical mo tion pictures. Nashville Booster club arrives today. Capt. White’s competitive examination will be held Tuesday. 6—Sports. 17—Marlon Harland's Helping Hand hints for the home. £—8ales of American Bibles increase in Mexico despite war. MAY TRY TO CUT OFF LIGHT AND POWER Band to the South of Vera Cruz Is Now Meet ing With Much Success BLUEJACKETS ARE BACK TO ROUTINE LIFE ON SHIPBOARD Shore l.iherty Not Granted to Avoid Clashes With Natives—Everything Spick and Span and Officers and Men Are Ready for Action at a Moment's Notice Vera Cruz. May t7 That a constV t ut Iona list detachment which has been campaigning along the coast north of Vera Cruz may he sent on a short cut across the country directly toward the capital, is a move regarded by military men here as not Improbable But It is not considered likely that the consti tutionalists will attempt to worry the federal* now in front of the American . lines. It generally ?*. believed that the greater part of the constitutionalist army under General Gonzales will be sent forward from Tampico to unite with the main body in the campaign against Saltillo and San Tails Potosi, but that those under Gen. Candldo Ag uilar. who occupied Tuxpan, will be sent to the vicinity of Necaxa, where electrical energy is generated for Mex ico City. This would place them In a posi tion to cut the capital off from light and power. General Aguilar also could utilize to advantage that part of the country to organize numerous bands of Independent constitutionalists. To the south of Vera Cruz a band of constitutionalists under l»r. C-amancho lul^i been meeting w 11li considerable sucres*. His forces last were reported as surrounding Tierra Blanca, a divi sion pointk op the Vera Cruz and Isthmus r n41 roa dU— T he re was only a small garrison there djjd he would have UU1« difficulty in gaining ", | session. The occupation of this point**’" [would enable the constitutionalists to break General Huerta’s last line of communication with the east coast. Would Stop Train Service Another point connected with the oc cupation of Tierra Blanca is that it would probably result. In stopping th© train service from the capital to Puerto Mexico and Interfere seriously with the departure of refugees. Sanitary work at Vera Cruz under the American administration In pro ceeding vigorously. Col. H. P. Bir mingham of the medical corps is di recting the work. Ills staff has been aided by Dr. John Guiteras. chief san itary officer of Havana. A Mexican lawyer from the capital 1* aiding in the work of codifying the health laws for the use of the Amer ican officers. Vera Cruz one© was considered the pest hole of the gulf coast. Under Perflrio Diaz it was thoroughly cleaned up. modern sewers were established and crude oil was ap plied to standing water, mosquitos be ing virtually eliminated. The American authorities ore merely enforcing rigid ly the regulations then enacted. The provost marshal is handling the native population on similar lines, ap plying the Mexican laws. Foreign resi dents are held accountable under mil itary laws promulgated by Brigadier General Funston and are being dealt with entirely by the soldier police. Customs House1 Records Gout* Tiie customs house reports show that 25,000 pesos <$W00) in gold was collected yesterdav on inbound shipments, making u total of more than 100,000 pesos re ceived since the occupation. Warehouses are jammed with goods, largely con signed to interior points. It Is esti mated that th*> goods in storage amount in value to t.OiKUOO pesos. They con sist principally of mining machinery and general merchandise and liquors. No at tempt lias been made by interior mer «limit.- to get their goods through. Bvt tContinued on Page Two) American Consul Succumbs to Heart Disease—Was Appointed in 1909 __ \ J London. May 17.—Johei L. Griffiths, th«* American consul general ai'.Lon* don, died suddenly of heart diseu»e\to nlght at his residence. Wll Consul Griffiths hud suffered from i slight illness recently, but was con sidered convalescent. Me was out driv ing today and apparently was quite well until the fatal attack. Nothing was decided tonight regarding the fu neral. John L. Griffiths was born in New York. October 7, ISMe studied law at the state university of Iowa and was admitted to the bar at Indiana Or oils, where he practiced for a time, lie was uprolnted consul general at Lon don in 1909. Mr. Griffiths was engaged in writing the life of ex-President Ben** Jamln Harrison. Indianapolis, Ind.. May 17.—John L. Griffiths, the American consul general in London, who died there tonight, tor years was prominent In republican poli tics in this state. Former President Benjamin Harrison ami Mr. Griffiths were close personal friends and it was at the request of Mra. Harrison that Mr. Griffiths was wriUug the life of the former President. idflsW* r V i liS'biiklYi'* x .. , i.