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Sees Death Before Him Because of
Help He Gave Author of Expose
of Slavery Methods In
Charge Is Denied
"I am not an anarchist, never have
been one and never will be one. I am
not in sympathy with anything that sa
vors of disorder. I am a Socialist who
believes In the brotherhood of man.
"My arrest Is the result of persecution
by the Mexican government, and It Is
largely due to the Information which 1
furnished John K. Turner for hU series
of articles In the American Magazine,
entitled 'Ilarbarous Mexico.'
"If I am deported I believe firmly that
I will no sooner be on Mexican noli than
I will be done away with. 1 may be
placed In some prison or I may be shot.
Possibly they will even deny me that
courtesy. I may be murdered by a hired
"I look for justice at the hands of the
Immigration officers, and 1 believe 1
will receive it, for I do not believe any
liberty-loving mini, no matter what his
political or religious belief may be f will
see an Innocent man sent to bis doom.
"My arrest Is based on the allegation
that I am an alien anarchist who has
been in the L'nlted States less than three
years. I first came here more than
three years ago. I do not believe my
brief return to Mexico with Mr. Turner
can In any way bo construed as a per
manent return, no that my second en
try may bo catted a new or original en
, "If I am cent back to my doom I
shall go gladly, knowing that I have
been a political ftftcrlficfi and that, In the
end, Justice will prevail.
"All I ask Is justice, nnd 1 believe I
will receive it.
"420 West Fourth street."
rested yesterday morning by
• T'nitod Sautes Immigration offi
cials, and Is held in the county Jail,
charged with bring an alien anarchist.
The arrest was made immediately after
Police Justice Rose, on the motion of
Deputy District Attorney Alexander,
had dismissed a charge of disturbing
the peace, under which De Lara was
held on bail since lust Wednesday.
De Lara declares he is not an an
archist and that he has lived more than
three years in the United States. He
declares also his belief that the Mexi
can government seeks to have him de
ported In order that Mexican officials
may avenge themselves against him be
cause he accompanied John Kenneth
Turner on his trip through Mexico
while gathering data for a series of ar
ticles entitled "Barbarous Mexico," now
running in an eastern magazine.
Charles of disturbance preferred
against Miguel Lozano, a native of
Cuba, Quirino Lemon and Manuel Ro
mero were also dismissed. Lemon was
rearrested, charged with resisting an
officer, Lozano was rearrested, charged
with being an alien anarchist. Berto
lome Bertone, charged with disturb
ance, failed to appear when his case
was called. His bail of $50 was de
clared forfeited and a bench warrant
for his arrest was issued.
Wife Denied Conference
The principal witnesses against De
Lara are Detectives Talamantes and
Rico, connected with the local police
department, who were active In their
connection with the arrest of Ricardo
Flores Magon, Antonio T. Villareal and
Liberado Rivera, who are now in an
Arizona prison on charges of having
conspired against the Mexican govern
Permission to see De Lara was denied
his wife and scores of American friends
yesterday. His attorneys, A. R. Hols
ton and Clarence Meily of the firm of
Goldberg & Meily, were allowed to
communicate with him, however.
Mrs. do Lara, a refined and well edu
cated American woman, who married
the Liberal a few months ago, was al
most prostrated by the shock of her
husband's arrest. She stated repeated
ly that her husband is not an anarchist,
and that in his writings, lectures and
teachings he was opposed to everything
anarchists are popularly supposed to
espouse. Her husabnd, she says, Is a
Socialist, and of the type of hundreds
of thousands of American Socialists op
posed to violence of ar.y character.
"My husband has been In the United
States more than three years," said
Mrs. de Lara, "and only made brief
business trips out of California since
first coming here. He Is peace loving,
quiet, and his very soul recoils against
violence of any sort, most of all against
the assassination of public officials and
al! others. Surely American civiliza
tion will not be guilty of his blood.
Have we not boasted that our govern
ment Is founded upon principles of
truth, Justice and civil and religious
liberty? Surely my country will not
commit the criminal paradox of surren
dering to a foreign power a man who
has committed no crime other than ad
vocating political freedom for his fel
low countrymen.
Stood Only for Liberty .
"For this offense of daring to stand
for liberty my husband is already tried
by an autocratic power and condemned
to death without a hearing. I cannot
believe my country will deliver him Into
the hands of thoso seeking to destroy
"If De Lara is taken across the
Mexican border he will be killed as
Ferrer was killed in Spain last week,"
said John Kenneth Turner, author of
"Barbarous Mexico," a serial article
running in the American Magazine.
"De Lara's fate will be no less tragic
than that of Ferrer, though It may
be less dramatic. There may be no
hastily scooped trench and a firing
squad—that Is to say the public may
hear of none. Within an hour after
he is delivered, however, If the United
States authorities decide to hand him
over, ho undoubtedly Will be inside of
prison and his friends and relatives
will never know his fate.
"To my mind the Mexican govern
ment simply wishes to punish the man
for the assistance he gave me in gath
•rlna the material for the articles
■PR JH «flP^ ** iflflH
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which the American Magazine is now
publishing under my name."
A Peaceful Resident
Asked about De Lara's political or
philosophical beliefs Mr. Turner said:
"De Lara is not an anarchist. I have
known him for over two years. Dur
ing that time he has been a peaceful
resident of Los Angeles. I am as
sured he has lived here for more than
three years. The only time he has
been away from California was when
he Was in my employ during our trip
to Mexico. I am convinced the Mexi
can authorities are making tremen
dous efforts to get De Lara across the
line. De Lara has frequently ex
pressed himself to me as being op
posed to the theories, of anarchism. I
know him to be unalterably opposed
to violence and bloodshed. He is
frankly in favor of political freedom
in Mexico and that alone would be
considered as sufficient cause for the
Mexican government to seek his 're
moval.' "
Death Believed Certain
According to present plans, De Lara
will be held in Jail until next Monday,
when he will be taken before Albert
•'. Ridgway, inspector in charge of the
local United States immigration of
fice. At the healing testimony will be
taken which will bear upon De Lara's
political beliefs. A transcript of this
testimony will be forwarded to United
States Immigration Commissioner
O'Keefe, who will decide as to the
facts. If he finds there is warrant for
De. Lara's deportation, Secretary Na
gel of the department of commerce and I
labor will be asked to approve the
proceedings, and De Lara will be sent
across the International border to
what he, his friends and his attorneys
declare to be swift and certain death.
About three years ago, whe,n po
litical refugees who were charged with
having established the Junta in Los
Angeles and directing their efforts
against the re-election of Diaz, were
arrested and confined in the Los An- !
geles Jail on various charges ranging j
from "John Doe murders," time, place
and names not specified, to spitting on
the sidewalks of the streets of the
city of Mexico, De Lara was taken
into custody. Later he was released
upon request of Oscar Lawier, then
United States district attorney, who
said there was not j the slightest iota
of evidence connecting De Lara with
any revolutionary plans.
According to Mr. De Lara's friends,
the efforts of the hired agents of the
Mexican government operating in Cafe
ifornia were not exhausted. Charge
after charge was preferred against the
political refugee in an effort to se
cure his extradition to Mexico. One
charge was that he had been guilty
of spitting on Mexican sidewalks. An
other one was that he had stolen, or
had conspired to steal, a cord of wood.
After months in Jail De Lara was
given his freedom. These friends de
clare that he has been under hourly
surveillance by detectives in the em
ploy of the Mexican government.
Family Is Well Known
De Lara's family is well known In
Mexico. He has several brothers who
are influential men there, though they
do not agree with him politically. As
an attorney, he practiced several years
in the City of Mexico. Of decided liter
ary tastes, he turned to writing, and it
was through a book entitled "The
Bribers" that he first incurred the
enmity of the authorities. He was not
a liberal at that time, but afterward
became affiliated with that party.
De Lara's ancestors were liberators,
his great grandfather fought under
Hidalgo for the original independence
of Mexico and was sent to Washington
as an official envoy during the presi
dency of George Washington.
One week ago Sunday afternoon, the
day before the arrival of President
Taft, a meeting was held at the Plaza
at which there were many speakers
and many peculiar statements made.
Mr. de Lara was one of the speakers,
but he spoke on Socialism. What others
said or did is absolutely unknown to
him, he says. But he, with others, was
arrested and held In Jail until last
Wednesday, when he was released on
$50 ball. The charge against him was
disturbing; the peace. When the case '
came to trial yesterday morning he
was promptly discharged.
Orders from Washington
The arrest yesterday was at the re
quest of Washington authorities. The
only information received was: "Arrest
and hold De Lara until further notice
from the department of commerce and
It is supposed that the proper legal
papers will reach here next Monday at
the latest.
De Lara's legal affairs are being
looked after by A. R. Hols(on and
Clarence Meily of the firm of Goldberg
& Meily. A host of friends of De Lara
have come to his aid.
WASHINGTON, Oct. IS.—The war
rant for the arrest of Gutierrez de
Lara, a Mexican attorney and author,
in Los Angeles, Cal., today, on the
charge of uttering threats against the
United States government and of being
an undesirable citizen, was signed by
Ormsby McHarg, assistant secretary of
the department.
The papers in the case were at the
assistant secretary's office, so that he
could not, when seen tonight, recollect
the details, but stated that the infor
mation contained in the Associated
Press dispatches, according to his rec
ollection, was in accordance with the
information he had received.
The accused man will be given a trial
to determine whether he is an anarch
ist. Under the law, a person found
guilty of such an offense as giving ex
pression to threats against this govern
ment can be deported within three
years after his arrival.
Arguments in Local and Northern
Cases Are Presented — Joseph
Loeb Supports Southern
[By Associated Press 1
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18.—Sitting
for the first time en bane in San Fran
cisco the interstate commerce commis
sion met here today to consider rate
cases in which the Pacific coast and
the southwest are interested.
Today's session was occupied by ar
guments in the San Francisco and Los
Angeles switching cases, testimony In
which was taken some time ago by
Commissioner Franklin K. Lane at
hearings held in this city and Los
In both these cities the railroads
make a switching charge for each car
and as no similar charge is collected
in other cities shippers of the two
coast points contend that the charge is
Joseph Loeb supported the conten
tions of the Los Angeles shippers and
the grievances of the San Franoiaco
merchants were presented by Seth
The Southern Pacific was represent
ed by Peter F. Dunne and Assistant
Counsel Dubrew. The taking of tes
timony in the San Eranclsco distribu
tive rate case was set by agreement
for December 15, when the commission
will meet in Washington.
Tomorrow the commission will take
up the bearing on the alleged exces
sive rates from coast terminals to Ne
vada points. Theae charges were pre
ferred by the Merchants' Exchange
Traffic bureau of this city, '
Alleged Unfaithfulness of Husband
to Be One of the Grounds
on Which Decree Is
[By Associated Press.]
NEW YORK, Oct. 18—The second
trial of Mrs. Frances Burke-Roche Ba
tonyi's divorce suit against Aurei Ha
tonyi, the noted whip, was begun here
In outlining her case, Mrs. Batonyi's
attorney told the jury that two* of the
questions to be decided related to the
defendant's alleged unfaithfulness. Ba
tonyi w;is on hand when the case was
tailed, but his wife had not appeared
by the time a Jury was obtained.
Mrs. Batonyi's first suit wan discon
tinued last June, when her attorney
walked out of court after he had failed
to obtain a delay to find an abstnt wit
The horseman pressed his suit for a
separation and won it, but his victory
did not interfere with the present ac
Four women were mentioned in Mrs.
Batonyi's complaint, but her counsel
announced today that charges involv
ing two of them might be withdrawn.
Chauffeur Witness
The first witness was Eugene Ar
court, a chauffeur. He said that on
March 4, 1908, he drove Batonyl and a
woman, whom he did not name, in his
taxicab as far north as One Hundred
and Fifty-ninth street, and then re
This taxicab trip is the basis of one
of Mrs. Hatonyi's charges. Arcourt
said he did not see anything wrong in
the actions of the defendant or his com
panion that night.
Other witnesses testified about the
taxicab incident. A druggist related
how Batonyl entered his store to pur
chase some aromatic spirits of ammo
nia, while the taxicab, with the curtain
drawn, remained standing at the curb.
In a moment, he said, a woman allght
td from the vehicle and entered the
store against the defendant's protest.
Not heeding him, she stood before a
mirror and smoothed her disheveled
Mrs. Batonyl's lawyer called other
witnesses in an attempt to prove the
defendant visited a woman in her
apartments on Riverside drive.
Mrs. Batonyl also testified. She was
asked but two questions —one her name,
which she said was Frances, and when
she was married to Batonyi. On March
4, 1908, she replied, and was then ex
cused. The. case will be continued to
Emperor Nicholas to Change Itinerary
on His Way to Visit In King
Victor's Realm
portant and unexpected change of itin
erary has been made on the eve of
Emperor Nicholas' departure for Italy.
It is understood it was due in part to
recent criticism of the emperor in the
Bavarian landtag, but as well to other
and deeper reasons, which, according
to the best information obtainable here,
resulted in the emperor's decision to
avoid Bavaria and Switzerland, and
make a long circuit through eastern
France to reach his destination.
The new route chosen is by way of
Odessa, Posen, Frankfort and Besan
con, France, and involves a railway
Journey of nearly 2000 miles.
A meeting between the emperor and
the president of France during the trip
is possible, though nothing official on
this point can be obtained.
The elimination of Switzerland from
the itinerary causes no particular re
gret among the Russian authorities re
sponsible for the emperor's safety, as
the small force of police and military
In the mountainous country constitutes
a most serious problem In the safe
guarding of the emperor's train.
Vessel Is Towed Ashon and Turns
Over, Which Causes Man to Roll
Out Barely Conscious
CRISFIELD, Md., Cut. 18.— When the
George M, Collier was wrecked In
Chesapeake bay last Friday and turned
turtle, James O'Donnell, one of the
crow, was caught in the forepeak. He
was rescued eighteen hours later weak
from hunger and exposure, his life hav
ing been saved by the compressed air
which formed in a chamber under the
O'Donnell's escape is regarded as one
of the most remarkable in tin 1 history
of bay shipping. He was given up
for lost by the crew which clung to
the sides of the boat for hours, only a
few feet from their imprisoned com
About noon Saturday when O'Don
nell had been a prisoner fully eighteen
hours, the craft was towed into the
ship yard and turned over. O'Donnell,
now barely conscious, rolled out. He
was bundled Into blankets and a few
hot drlnkl were given him and before
night he was able to tell of his ex
Feature of Opening Day Is Address
by Allen Ripley Foote on "Cor.
rect Accounting"
DENVER, Oct. 18.—The feature of
the opening day of the convention of
the American Association of Puhllc
Accounts, was the adilrrss of Allen
Rfpley Foote of Columbus, Ohio, pres
ident of the International Tax asso
ciation, who spoke on "Correct Ac
counting—a Basis for Regulation and
Mr Foote declared that the corpora
tion tax which recently became a law
was n "crime against American busi
ness men," that It worked a hardship
on every corporation stockholder and
that It was directly opposed to all
established laws and customs of busi
ness. The convention will continue
four days J
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First Assistant Surgeon of the United
State Public Health and Marine
Hospital Service Tells of
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18.—There are
1000 victims of pellagra in the United
States. This approximation is on the
authority of Dr. C. H. Lavinder, first
assistant surgeon of the United States
public health and marine hospital
service, who finds records of the
dreaded disease in thirteen states.
Medical men find that it is not com
municable except through the eating
of poisoned food or, as occasionally
happens, the drinking of alcoholic
liquors made from poisoned grain. At
its inception it is curable in some
cases, but when it affects the reason it
is necessarily fatal.
Little attention has berti paid to
pellagra in the United States, but now
it is believed that much of the scurvy
and insanity which was prevalent in
southern military prisons during the
civil war was pellagra. The diet, for
the most part, was maize in the form
of meal which was often wormy and
seldom, if ever, thoroughly cooked.
The Indictment against corn as the
cause of the disease has been partly
lifted by the report of Dr. Lavinder
from a Peoria, 111., insane asylum
which contains twenty-four pellagra
patients. Some of these cases have de
veloped in the asylum, where corn
rarely has been used in the diet.
Chicago Pastor Scores Members of
Congregation for Tiny Pittance
Put Into Collection Box
CHICAGO, Oct. 18.—In Pilgrim Con
gregational church the Rev. F. E. Hop
kins yesterday commented on the fact
that the collection at a great revival
meeting amounted to only 4 cents for
each person in the congregation, say
ing in the churches during the Bamo
weeks contributions did not average
3 cents from each person in the con
"it is high time," he said, "that the
notion that churches are managed ex
travagantly and that preachers have
fat salaries wa.s exploded, With nearly
every one of them it is a tremendoul
struggle to make both ends meet. If
is was not for the love of God ami man
they could not press the shiny coat
and dust the antique derby and look
neat so long as they do.
"It is doubtful whether there is a
church in Chicago in which 60 per cent
of Its members pay as much as $1 a
week for the support of ministers,
choir, Janitor, fuel, light and the usual
expenses. In a good many 25 cents,
the price of an ordinary lunch, is all
that a family of three or four with a
good salary will contribute."
Report from Cincinnati That Orestes
Vessella and His Heiress Wife
Have Become Estranged
CINCINNATI, Oct. IS.—The Times-
Star prints today a dispatch from At
lantic City, N. J., saying that Band
master Orestes Vessella and his young
wife, formerly Miss Edna Kgan, daugh
ter of Thomas p. Egan, millionaire
.manufactorer and former president of
the Cincinnati chamber of commerce,
have separated. It became known here
today that Mrs. Vessella has been liv
ing with her parents in Cincinnati 'for
two months.
Vessella, with his long raven hair, Is
well known on account of his peculiar
mannerisms while wielding the baton.
He married Miss Egan five years ago,
following a wooing that excited wide
spread attention. During the summer
visit with her mother at Atlantic City
Miss Egan fell in love with the Italian
bandmaster. Vessella reciprocated and
dedicated a dreamy waltz to the object
of his admiration, and played it every
When Miss Egan returned to her
home here Vessella carried on his
courtship by telephone daily, at a dol
lar a minute. The wedding occurred In
Cincinnati three months later.
SAISAUTO, Cal., Oct. 18.—"LOST —A
husband; mlddleaged, of handsome looks
and winning ways; a blacksmith by
trade but handy at most anything. Af
finities beware! Answers to the name of
Charley. Has belonged to me for several
years. Plpase address all Information
regarding his whereabouts to Mrs.
Charles Peterson, Sausalito, Cal."
This advertisement appeared in _jm
terday's Issue of a local newspaper and
created a nutter among the people of
Siiii-nlitn. Mr». Peterson says her hils
baud "strayed" away a fortnight ago.
Joint Army and Navy Board Will Go
to Isthmus and Inspect
WASHINGTON, Oct. 38.—The impor
tant work of constructing fortifications
for the entrance to the Panama canal,
it was raid today, will be given careful
consideration by a joint army and navy
board during the coming winter. This
board will visit the isthmus and go over
the entire ground, investigating condi
tions so that congress may be pre
pared to act intelligently.
Col. Goethals, chairman and chief en
gineer of the canal commission, has
promised the canal shall be ready to he
opened by January 1, 1915, and the pres
ident and his cabinet feel that the work
of placing: that waterway in an impreg
nable position should be finished or at
least well under way by the time the
canal is ready for practical uses.
The board will consist of Brig. Gen.
William L. Marshall, chief of engineers;
Brig. Gen. William Crozer, chief of
ordnance; Brig. Gen. Arthur Murray,
chief of toast artillery; Brig. Gen W.
W. Witherspoon, assistant chief of
staff; two canal officers yet to be
selected and possibly others.
The general question of the fortifica
tions for the. canal has been discussed
by the army and navy for years.
It is possible if the report of the
board is made in time congress may
appropriate money for the work at this
Successor to Present Chief Officer
Will Be Chosen from City Where
Next Meeting Is Held
Architectural League of the Pacific
Coast met today in conjunction with
the fifth annual exhibition of the San
Francisco Architectural club. At the
morning session a number of papers
were read, and in the afternoon Caps
Gilbert, president of the American In
stitute of Architects, delivered an ad
dress. Delegates from all parti of the
coast tire in attendance.
A suggestion which met with favor
today was that the successor of Presi
dent Polk of the league, who is to lie
elected tomorrow, be chosen from the
city which may be decided as the next
annual meeting place. Los Anseles,
Portland and Seattle are aspirants for
this honor.
Aldermen and Health Department De.
cide That Cutting of Weeds Will
. Stop the Epidemic
CHICAGO, Oct. 18. — The task of sav
ing Cbicagoani from hay fever next
summer will be undertaken this week
by an aldermanic committee and the
health department.
The aldermen have decided that the
cutting of all the weeds within the
city limits will prevent the malady.
An ordinance has been prepared re
quiring every one to mow their weeds
under penalty of a fine.
This measure places upon the health
department the duty of seeing whether
the measure is complied with.
Can Pay All Deposits
GUTHRIE, Okla., Oct. 18. --Sufficient
Cundi are now in the tailed Columbia
Bank and Trust company at Oklahoma
City for the immediate payment in full
of all the individual deposits, accord
ing to announcement made here by
State Bank Commissioner Young.
Many Saplings from Orient Will B«
Planted Along Potomac and Riv
erside Driveways — Mrs.
Taft Recipient
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18.—When tha
honorary commercial commissioners of
Japan arrives in Washington, Novem
ber 1, they will be taken on an auto
mobile ride which will include Poto
mac drive, along which 2000 cherry
trees to be presented to this country
by the emperor of Japan are to be
The shipment of the trees and the
planting thereof have been entrusted
to Toraklro Watase, proprietor of a
Tokio plant and seed company, who
is one of the commissioners.
Speaking of the gift of the emperor
to the city of Washington, Mr. Watase
said the trees would be sent to Mrs.
Taft, wife of the president, and by
her presented to the government for
transplanting- along- Potomac drive.
Former President Roosevelt and
President Taft are chiefly responsible
for the improvement of the Potomac
river front, and it was Mrs. Taft ivho
gave the name Potomac park to that
section of the city. She made popular
the afternoon promenades on the drive,
which were a feature last year of
summer life in the capital.
New York Remembered
The emperor of Japan Is sending to
New York also a large number of
cherry trees to be planted along River
side drive and Grant's tomb.
In Japan, the land of the cherry
blossom, there are many beautiful
legends about the trees and flower of
the cherry.
The blossom of the Japanese cherry
is of a peculiarly delicate beauty, and
there is a tradition in Japan that if
that same tone appears in the blos
soms of the Japanese cherry planted
in another country, that country can
he taken and subjugated by Japan.
Mr. Watase is authority for the
statement that while many Japanese
cherry trees have been brought to the
United States, the color of the bloa
eoms, although just as beautiful, is
unlike the blossom which appears in
•Therefore," he said, "we conclude
that we could not take America, even
if we were so disposed."
Head of Interior Department Pays
Visit to Laguna Dam and Later
Is Toasted at Banquet
YUMA, Ariz., Oct. 18.—Secretary of
the Interior R. A. Ballinger arrived in
Yurrui, this morning at 6:35 o'clock and
whs met at the station by a large dele
gation of representative citizens and a
brass band. Mr. Ballinger, accom
panied by his private secretary and
Louis C. Hill, supervising engineer o£
the southern division of the reclama
tion service, are guests today of the
officials of the reclamation service
here, the Water Users' association and
the citizens of Yuma in general.
Frederick Haynes Newell, director of
the reclamation service and Arthur
Powell Davis, chief engineer, who are
both in the west, are expected to join
the secretary here during the day. Ac
companied by the officials of the recla
mation service, Mr. Bullinger this
morning made a trip of inspection to
the government project at Laguna
dam and returning visited the work
of the California Development com
pany at the lower heading.
The afternoon was passed in an auto
mobile tour of the Yuma valley and to
night the distinguished guests headed
by Mr. Ballinger were tendered a ban
quet at the Southern Pacific hotel to
which a hundred invitations had been
issued. The party left for the east on
the 9:30 train.
Does Not Expect to Go to China
CHICAGO, Oct. 18.—A speciaj says
Charles E. Magoon, former provisional
governor of Cuba, last night stated
positively there was nothing in reports
he was likely to succeed to the post of
minister to China, vacated by the resig
nation of C. R. Crane.- He has received
no proffers of public office and has no
other plans than to finish out a year's
rest advised by his physician when he
left Havana.

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