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THE BIRMINGHAM AGE-HE RALD
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.
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