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Former Aide of President
Out Squarely Against
Aryan Declares Preeidsnt Advocates
Policy Never Yat Endorssd by Na­
tion—Saya Europa Prepsred For Da
fonao and Than Plungad Into War—
Likens Arm ad Nation to Gun Totar
Who Sheets at Firet Affront,
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Washington, Nov. S.—Former Secre
tary Bryan came out squarely againat
President Wilson's national defense
plan today In a formal statement in
which ho took Issue with the presi
dent's view as expressed last night be
fore the Manhattan Club in New York*
"A departure from our traditions a
reversal of our national policy a
menace to our peace and safety, and
a challenge to the spirit of Christian
ity, which teaches to influence others
by example rather than exciting," is Mr.
Bryan's view of the defense plan.
Mr. Bryan's statement^ which reiter
ated views previously expressed, was
regarded as the opening gun in the
tight which administration leaders ex
pect in. congress against the adoption
of the plan. -v
Mr. Byrsn Sorrows. 4: •"•''••Pt
Mr. Bryan's statement says:
"I have read the president's speech
with sorrow and concern. He is doing
what ho believes to bo his duty and so
long as a man follows his conscience
and his-Judgment we can not criticize
hia motive, hut we may be compelled
to dissent from his conclusion*. If eel
it my duty to dissent, and aa he has
given hlsviews with clearness and em
phasi* those who differ from him are
under a like obligation to expreav
themselves with equal clearness.
I ^, H« says that hia portion is dlffer
^hr^i%IUt ot4ui private Jndlvldaah
aa ihelttAiVTdllii may risk his own
tfiniom This sentence la a little ob
fc^ra Insofar as. he expresses hie own
opinion he doe* not differfront the
private citizen except that he spealur
under a sense of official responsibility*
but where a nation's fate Is involved in
a policy ev.ery private citizen who
loves his country and tries to serve it
is conscious of responsibility. The
president will not assume that he is
more deeply interested in the welfare
of his country than the millions who
elected him for the time being to be
their spokesman. And if, as he evi
dently believes, he is giving voice to
the opinions of his countrymen, he is,
of course, anxious to have them as
frank with him as he has been wit'h
them how otherwise can he know
whether he represents or misrepresents
their views.
Policy Never Indorsed.
"He has adopted a policy never In
dorsed by any party in this countiV
end he has no way of Imcwlng until
he bears from the people whether he
has qoken the voice of the public.
"He asks the liearty support of the
country, meaning, of course, provided
the people favor the policy he has out
lined.- He could not, of course, ask
them to support a policy which they
did not Indorse.
From my view of the subject the
plan which he proposes is not only a
departure from our traditions but a
reversal of our national policy. It Is
not only a menace to our peace and
safety but a challenge to the spirit of
Christianity, which teacl'es us to In
fluence others by example rather than
by exciting fear.
Preparedness Lesds to Aggression.
"The president says that we should
be prepared 'not for aggression but for
defense.' That is the ground upon
which all preparation for war Is made.
What nation has .ever prepared for
ff^Swar' on the theory that it was prepar
ing for aggression? It is only fair to
-assume that the Europeon rulers who
are involved in the war thought they
irepared to maintain the tenents of
peace when they made elaborate prep
~r aratlons for defense. It is a false
philOMphy, and, being false, it inevlta
bly leads Into difficulties, The spirit
that makes the individual carry a re­
^volver—and whomever carries a revolver
except for defense?—leads hlmv not
„oniy to use it on a slight provocation,
but to use language which provokes
trouble. 'Speak softly but carry a big
,, stick,' is one of the delusive maxims
employed by those who put their faith
in force. There ate two answers to
lt-^flrst, the man who speaks softly ha*
not the disposition to carry a club, and
"r_ ''jg
oi»n with a soft voice is per
suaded to carry a club his voice
changes as soon as he begins to rely
the club.
Nstional Pistol Toting,
serf. "If there is any truth In our religion
nation must win respect aa an Iridl
Vldual does, not by carrying: arms but
*y. an upright, honorable course that
invites confidence. This nation has
^wwon its position. In the worid without
to the habit of toting a pistol or
a club. Why reverse our pol-
^qr at this time? The president himself
•Jadihlts that there Is no reason for a
^change. He says:
Thecountry is not threatened from
any quarter. She stands in friendly re
With alT'the world. Her 're
sourcesand self respect and capacity
W*o can for her own cKlsens and rights
re wait •uiO'srn.' to make.the
stateanent nois emphatic, headds:*
"There is no fear among lis.'
Why- Imitate SurepeT
*Tii we'raaot thraatend by any nation*
if our relations will all nations are
friendly, if everybody knows we're able
to defend ourselves if necessary, and If
there Is no fear among us, why Is this
time chosen to revolutionize our nation
all theories, and to change our policy
for the policy of Europe? Why aban
don the hope we have so long enter
tained of setting an example for Eu
rope? Way encourage Europe In her
folly by imitating it? Why impose upon
the western hemisphere a policy so dis
astrous? May we not expect all Latin
America to be stimulated to prepara
tion if we enter upon a new era of
preparation? And will not such a pol
icy make conflicts between these repub
lic more probable? We shall do indefi
nite harm to the neighboring nations as
well as to our aelves if we are drawn
into this policy which provokes war
by a preparation which is Impossible
without a large increase In taxation,
and the arousing of a military system
which sets up false standards of honor.
Raps Manhattan Club.
"We are now spending more than
$250,000,000 a year on preparedness
ten times aa much as we are spending
on agriculture—and I feel sure the tax
payers are not in favor of Increasing
this sum at a time when a change is
"There has not been a time in fifty
years when there was less reason to
add to the expenses of the army and
navy, for we not only are without an
enemy, but our prosperity is increasing
as other nations exhaust themselves.
And there never was a time in our
whole history when our duty to the
world more Imperatively demanded
self-restraint, and the counsels
Kills Wife snd Blind Daughter, Fatally
Wounds Two Other Children snd
Then Ends Own Life With Gun
Slayer Believed Insane.
Seattle, Nov. 5.—George F. Roberts, a
plumber, killed his wife and blind
daughter with an ax, probably fatally
wounded two other children, and then
shot himself dead here today. He Is
believed to have gone Insane as the re
sult of a recent accident. The dead:
Mrs. SUla Roberts, head crushed with
"an as.
Miss Ella Roberts, aged 2S, slashed
with ax
-.Gedrge^R Sohtpts,. 43,f shot {hru
George Roberts, Jr., aged 14, head
crushed, face cat.
Villa Roberts, aged .17, shot thru
Mrs. Roberts and the boy were asleep
when attacked. Indications were that
the boy awoke and fought with his
President Calls on Mrs. Gslt st 9 a. m„
Despite Fatigue of Speech.
New York, Nov. President Wilson
planned to spend most of today with
Mrs. Norman Gait and relatives who
are in New York.
Despite the late hour at which the
president left the Manhattan Club
banquet last night be arose early to
day at the home of Col. E. M. House,
and called upon Mrs. Gait at her hotel
at about 9 o'clock. Later they were
to attend a luncheon given in their
honor by Cleveland H. Dodge.
President Wilson had planned to
leave for Washington at 10 o'clock, but
deferred his departure until late this
afternoon in order to attend Mr.
Dodge's luncheon. Among the guests
were Miss Helen Woodrow Bones, the
president's cousin, who accompanied
Mrs. Gait on her shopping tour here,
Miss Gertrude Gordon, of Washington,
and Dr. Cary T. Grayson, the presi
dent's naval aide and physician.
The president has taken advantage
of his visit to talk Informally with
various democratic leaders. William F.
McCombs, chairman of the democratic
national committee, who has been re
ported to have differences with the
president, had a long talk with him
late last night
Two Hundred Members of Plymouth
Church Subsoribs $6,000 to Finaneo
Pastor's Legal Contest With Frank
L« Ferguson.
New York, Nov. 5.—When the Rev.
Dr. Newell Dwlght Hlllls returns from
Marengo, 111., he will be Informed by of
ficials of the Plymouth church In
Brooklyn, of whicfr lje Is pastor, that
200 members of that "church have sub
scribed $5,000 to finance Dr. Hlllls' legal
contest with Frank L. Ferguson, for
merly president of the board of trustees
of Plymouth churqh and attorney for
the pastor.
The mosey waa contrlbnted at a
meeting of the church members last
Dr. Hlllls had Instituted an Inquiry'
thru the courts concerning Mr. Fergu
son's conduct of his affairs while acting
under power of attorney.
Murdersr (tainted May.
Denver, Colo.* Nov. S.—The Colorado
supreme court* today granted a stay
of execution until Jan. t, 191C, in the
case of James C. Bulger, sentenced to
die during the present week for the
murder of Lloyd F. Nicodemus, a
Denver hotel man. The court also
directed that. In the meantime, an
inquiry be conducted by the district
cburt to determine ^the question of
Bulger's present mental condition.
The effect of the postai savings fund
In this country has been to' cut down
the amount of many ^heretofore sent
•broaUtw^T' ',(« V.i. .yit ,y
Allies Do Not Expect Grec
ian Split to Affect War
Allied Aid For 8erbiana Coming
Slowly—Bulgariana Reported to Have
Been Held in Check in Mountain
Passes—Bsrlin Reporta Complete
Defeat of French Force in Serbia
and Capture of Portion of Command.
London, Nov. 5.—The all night meet
ing of the Greek chamber, the new at
tack of Former Premier Venlzelos on
the policy of the government, and his "%dec'arf 'Ilv!.
Constantlnes inter-
peace. ference with "constitutional liberties to assume "full liberty and self de
"I hope the president will not be de- of the Greek people," are recent stages velopment" Significantly. He said
ceived by the atmosphere of the Man- of the Greek political crisis which for I that "with ourselves in this great mat
hattan Club. That la the one place in the time being has overshadowed the ter we associate all the peoples of
the United States where the Mammon- military situation in the Balkans. Ac- our hemisphere," adding that "we
worshiping portion of the democratic cording to latest news from Athens, the wish not only for the United States,
party meets to exchange compliments—iking is expected to retain the Zaimis but for them the fullest freedom ofi
there Is no group further removed from cabinet rather than to permit M.
the sentiments of the masses, whether
you measure that sentiment by eco
nomic, social or religious standards."
Venlzelos to return to power.
King Constantino is said to be in
sympathy with the conduct before the
chamber of General Yan&kltas, war
minister, whose remarks brought on
the crisis, and to have demonstrated
appreciation of the minister's force
by appointing him an aide de camp.
Alliea 'Not Benefited.
In view of the large range of pos
sibilities and the difficulty of predict
ing with certainty any definite un
raveling of the present snarl, London
is not indulging in premature optimism
over the defeat of the Zaimis cabinet.
It is disposed to await developments
before accepting the situation as in
any way indicating Greece's intention
to fight with Serbia.
The Invading Bulgarians are reported
to have reached a point six miles from
Nlsh and to hare advanced among the
hills sast and southeast of the city.
AM Cameo Slowly.
The Germans on the north Serbian
front are not so fortunate hut are
slowly pressing baek their opponents.
The promised assistance for the
Serbians iS new lfaaterlalislnff, and only
two divisions of British troops have
arrived at £trumltsa, Joining the
'German and Austrian reports, altho
indicating things are going well for
the Teutons on the Russian front, make
it clear that they are now occupied
chiefly with defending themselves from
Russian attacks. Except in the way of
counter attacks, their own initiative
apparently has been spent. Russian
attacks are recorded along the Dvlna
and Stripa.
Appear to Have Crocked Bulgar At
tack at Mountains.
Paris, Nov. 5.—Reports from the
Serbian front Indicate that determined
resistance is still being offered to the
Bulgarian attacks. The Havas cor
respondent of Saloniki, telegraphing
under yesterday's date, says the Ser
bians are holding out flmly in the
Babuna pass and that the Bulgarians
are suffering severe losses in the fight
ing there.
The Serbian city of Monastir in the
southwest corner/of the country, near
the Greek border, is said by the cor
respondent, to be safe for the present,
as is Prllep, twenty-five miles north
east of Monastir.
The Bulgarians bombarded the
French positions at Krlvolak on Wed
nesday but without tangible results.
Telegraphic communication Is still
being maintained for the exchange of
official messages between Saloniki
and Monastir and Saloniki and Nlsh.
Bulgarian artillery violently bom
barded advanced forts of Nlsh Wed
nesday. says a Saloniki dispatch to
the Matin, filed yesterday. They cap
tured Nlsh- Kavola, a small town two
hours' march northeast of Nlsh.
Berlin Is
Reports Army in
Msking Progress.
Berlin, by wireless to Sayville, Nov.
5.—Advances all along the line by the
Teutonic forces invading Serbia are
announced today In the official army
statement. The capture of 2,700 Ser
bians Is reported.
It Is officially reported that the Bul
garians have completely defeated, at
a point northeast of Prillp, the French
forces which were landed at Saloniki.
Part of the French contingent was
routed and the others were made pris
oners. The first of the French pris
oners have arrived .at Kustendll.
Recapture of a trench northeast of
Le Mesnll In the Champagne district,
which the French have held since Oct.
24, was officially announced by Ger
man army headquarters today. A
counter attack by the French to the
north of Masslges failed with heavy
losses to the attacking forces.
Count De Hemptinne Not Executed,
Amsterdam, via London, Nov. 5.—
Count Joseph De Hemptinne, reported
executed at Ghent on Oct. 26, has not
been put to death, according to a dis
patch from that city to the Telegraaf.
Rome dispatch, Oct 1», said that
Pope Benedict, at the request of the
British and Belgian legations, had 'In
terceded with Emperor William on be
half of Count De Hemptinne, who had
been condemned with five others oy
the German authorities In Belgium. on
a charge of espionage.
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Zalmls cabinet and it is expected the
ministerial crisis will end wlUjin twen
ty-four hours.
Bembardmenta FutileJFronch Claim.
Paris, Nov. 5.—Bet«NRen the river
Aisne and the Olse German troops yes
terday, after attempting to surprise
the forces in the French trenches, di
rected very violent but futile bombard
ir.nt yrwwch positions.
To Cut Off Serbian Retreat.
•Berlin, by wireless ta SayviUe, Nov.
6.—A new movement te cut off the re
treat of the Serbian arnorjr is reported
by the Overseas News Agency. The
Austriana are said to have begun an
attack, along the border Of Montenegro,
in which country the Serbian forces
are expected to seek refuge.
Preaidant Delivers Opening Opening
Address of Campaign in Behalf of
Party Meaaure and Hia Own Re
election—Saya lasue la Non-Partisan
New York, Nov. 5.—President Wil
son opened the administration cam
paign for Its national defense program
in a comprehensive and carefully pre
pared address delivered here Thursday
night at the Manhattan club banquet
States had no aggressive purposes,
be prepared to defend itself
independent growth of action." I
The president received enthusiastic.
applause as he entered the banquet:
hall and during his address. The hall!
•was decorated with American flags
and filled, even to the galleries, with
democrats happy over their victory of
Tuesday in New York City. When the
president arose to speak, every one
jumped up and applauded until he was
forced to signal for quiet.
"Within a year," said the president,
"we have witnessed what we did not
think possible, a great European con
flict Involving many of the greatest
nations of the world. The influences
"pt the great war are everywhere in
the air. All Europe is in battle. Force
everywhere speakf out with a loud
and Imperious Voice In a titanic1
struggle of government, and from one
end of Our own.dear country to the
other men are asking1 one another
what our own forte Is how tar we are
prepared to maUidn ourselves against
any Interference^ with our national ac
tion or developmjpit'*
Devoid of Partisanship.
The presidentV*«Uled upon "men of
all shades pf pofrajft^^lnion' 'to- rally
to the support ©r the program. He
said It represented "the best profes
siofial and expert opinion of the coun-1
try** and gave warning that "If men
differ with me In this vital matter, I
shall ask them to make It elear how
far and in what way they are inter
ested In making the permanent inter-:
ests of the country safe pgainst dis
There Is no need for the country to
feel panic stricken, the president dc
Cjared, because It stands in friendly re
latlons With the world. He spoke of!
the United States "as a nation too big:
and generous to be exacting, but yet
courageous enough to defend its rights
and the liberties of its people wherever
assailed or involved."
Outlining the defense program, the
president said it included an increase
in the standing army, the training
within the nevt three years of 400,000
citizen soldiers to be used In annual
forces of 133,000 and the strengthening
of the national guard. He laid partic
ular emphasis on the need of ample
The president declared that the navy
already Is a "very great and efficient
force," but that in order to bring it to
a point of "extraordinary force and ef
ficiency,' 'a definite policy must be
adopted and hastened and an adequate
supply of men and equipment pro
Agitators Forewarned.
In addition to speaking on national
defense, the president attacked "men
who love other countries better than
America" and men who stir up relig
ious and sectarian antagonism. He de
clared that such to be called to a reck
Just before the dlnne rthe president
shook hands with all the guests, In
cluding Charles F. Murphy.
The guests at the banquet Included
Secretary of War Garrison, Senator
O'Gorman, Mayor John Purroy Mitchell,
Dudley Field Malone, collector of the
port of New York Judge Edward
Swann, district attorney elect of New
York county Charles E. Murphy and
other Tammany leaders Roger C. Sul
livan, of Chicago, and more than 400
other democrats, most of them promi
nent in New Yoric.
Greek Lsadere Sumihoned.
Athens, via London. Nov. 5.—King
Constantino haa summoned lender* otj
all parties to confer on the situation 'the Interference of the British authori
MMtytinff from the overthrow of the tiM In tlie case Is unwarranted.
Stats Department Protects Against In
terferonce With Shipment of Pocking
Hsuse Produots to Sweden—Britons
Ask Changs of Deetination.
Washington, Nov. 5.—Protests wer«
eent to Great Britain today by the state
department against the action of Brit
ish authorities In interfering with ship
ment of packing house products on the
Norwegian-American steamer Kris
tlanlafjord, due to salt from New York
Nov. 6, for Christiana.
-Counsel for the American packers
made representations yesterday that,
because of British threats of confisca
tion, Instructions had been made to the
steamer prohibiting tta further loaullng
of Chicago packing house products
destined to Sweden, unless the ulti
mata destination should be declared to
fee Norway and uoiuwimptlon there
gnarimteed. The British tear the goods
will slip Into Germany from Sweden.
-The State department's view Is that
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Believed to Be Striking For
Pacific Coast to Attack
American Surgeons Reported Killed by
Calles' Troops Now Believed to Be
Held Captive by Villa—Four Men
Declared by Villa to Have Been
8hot, Seen Alive Thursday Night-
Normal Condition at Ague Prieta.
Washington, Nov. 5.—Confidential
reports to the war department Indicate
General Villa, In his movement to
Naco, is carrying out part of a plan to
strike from there thru the interior to
the Pacific coast to capture the port of
Guaymas to get a base of supplies and
then, after recouping his military
strength, probably move on toward
Mexico City.
Villa's first plan was to get supplies
at Agua Prieta if possible, but that It
was planned long ago to go on to
Naco, to Hermislllo, and then on to
the coast, where the American embargo
on arms will not prevent the receipt of
Consular dispatches contained no
rfeference to the border report that Dr.
R. H, Thigpen, his assistance, Mr.
Miller, and J. B. Pylant, and A. I* Wil
son, chauffeurs, all Americans, reported
killed while giving medical aid to the
Villa forces, had been vseen alive late
yesterday. The official dispatches re
garding the men as killed and said
they had accidentally been shot while
between the firing lines.
American Surgeons Believed Held to
Care For Mexican Chief's Wounded.
Douglas, Aria, Nov. 5.—Information
from several reliable souriffs today
definitely contradicted Francisco Villa's
statement to General Frederick Fun
ston, at Naco yeaterday, that Dr. H. R.
Thigpdfc-Chlef surgeon of the. Cananea
Consolidated Copper Company, his as
slBtaht.t Dr. James ^Mlller.i and two
American" chauffeurs, J. D. Pylant and
A. L. Wilson, had been killed Wednes
day by Carransa. riflemen near Agua
The four men are declared held
prisoners at Villa Verde, twenty miles
south of Naco, and the belief is gen
erally expressed that Villa deliberately
told the story of their death in order
that he might hold them and supply
his urgent need of surgeons without
being subject to inquiry or the neces
sity of Kiving them up.
The Cananea Consolidated Company
officials diplomatically assumed, how
ever, that Villa merely had been mis
taken and went to the Mexican out
law chief today with a request that
they be released.
Held For Medical Service.
The request was based on the ground
that the copper company, had agreed to
care for seventy-five of Villa's wounded
and could not carry out the contract If
deprived of the services of Thigpen and
Doubt was first cast on Villa's story
last night when Dr. Fred U. Wlckman,
of St. Louis, Mo., rushed across the
line into Naco, Ariz., and after declar
ing he had barely escaped execution,
made the assertion he had seen the
American doctors and chauffeurs alive
Wednesday night.
Today George .Snow, a motor truck
driver, delivering supplies to Villa
Verde, reported he had seen Drs. Thig
pen and Miller and Wilson and Pylant,
at that point. They were held prison
ers, Snow said, but he could not learn
what charge had been made against
Funston Meets Villa.
General Funston, commanding the
American forces here, went to Naco
yesterday, after Villa had reported to
Major Evans, of the cavalry force at
Naco, that the four Americans had been
killed and burled on the battle Held.
General Funston and Villa con
ferred at the line and the Mexican chief
told him a story that varied somewhat
from that given by Major Evans. Villa
«ald the men had been killed by rifle
men and later said shrapnel shell had
killed tliein while they were on the field
under a Red Cross flag.
Since Villa is an outlaw in the eyes
of the American government. General
Funston could take no action In the
Burying the Dead.
The Agua Prieta battle field, still
dotted with the slain, became offensive
today and burial parties were hurried
out by General Calles with orders to
burn bodies to prevent danger of pesti
Gen. Alvaro Obregon Is expected here
today to take command of a campaign
ngnlnst Villa. Calles' alleged failure to
take advantage of opportunities to de
feat Villa has caused some dissatisfac
The Agua Prieta commander insisted
on remaining In his trenches while Vil
la's army, In widely separated divisions,
Was coming thru a narrow pass of the
Chirlcahua mountains, east of here. A
The Wsather.
Sun rises Nov. at 6:36, sets at 4:63.
I Iowa—Mostly cloudy tonight and Sat
urday probably showers warmer in
east portion tonight cloudy In west
PAGE ONfc '"':f
The Battle Cry.
The Governor and the Druggists.
Suffrage In the Elections.
The Army of Iowa Schoolma'arms.
Topics and Iowa Opinion.
Looker-On In Iowa.
General News:
Peril to Wilson Seen In Elections.
Miscellaneous Matters.
City News:
Packing House Stockholders Object.
Serve Notice on Directors Not to
To Build High Tension Line West.
LeGrand School Districts Consoli
Miller Auto Victims Improving.
General and Brief City Ntews.
Markets and General:
December Option Passes May Wheat.
Export Business Lifts Corn.
Cattle Market Weak.
Hogs Firm.
Hundred Million Meat Animals
Slaughtered Yearly.
their homes on the Mexican side.
American ranchers have sought fed
eral assistance to prevent the return
of their horses, which were stolen, to
Mexico. They claim Calles' raiding
parties had driven 1,600 head across
the border.
Villa's plan of campaign as revealed
here today by Col. Christobal Martinez,
a wounded staff offloer on parole, was
to draw Alvaro Obregon's army to the
northwestern boundary, capture Agua
Prieta, and then strike southwest thru
Sonora and SlulOea to
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Telegraphic Newsi
Bryan Takes Issues With Wilson.
Scores Preparedness Policy.
Villa Changes Campaign Plana
To March on Guymas.
Cabinet Crises In Greece Unimpor
McGowan to Head State Teachers.
Iowa Newsi
Dairy Cattle Breeders in Milk Cam
Farm Sales Active at Advances.
Rural Schools Scored.
To Develop Eldora Coal Fielde.
Governor Suspends Druggists' Fines.
Muscatine Pool Halls Reopen.
he planned to move eastward, jut
Obregon off from hit base, and then
Dash for Mexico City.
Center of iritireet Shlfte.
Naoo, Arts., Nov. 6—With
laconic statement by Gen. FrarfOiSCO
Villa that he was on his way to
Hermosillo and was busy getting pro
visions for his men at Villa Verde, tho
center of interest In border hostilities
between Mexican factions, today,
shifted to the south. On the roads
stretching south and southeast from
Naco, Villa said he had 13.000 troops
which he was planning to concentrate
along the line of march to the south
west metropolis.
In the face of Villa's reiterated as
surances that no property In the
Ctinaifiea mining district would be
molested It was reported that the
Cananea Consolidated Copper Com
pany paid 125,000 for Immunity. Con
flicting reports were received here
concerning looting and destruction of
property in this district.
New York Agsnts For Rio Lagss Be
lieve Dsmsge Is Not Serious as Ves
sel Mode No Request For Assistsnce
From Nesrby Liner.
New York. Nov. 15.—No word con
cerning the British steamer Rio Lages,
reported on fire 300 miles south of Hal
ifax, N. S., had been received here to
day by the steamer's agents, Simpson.
Spence and Young. The agents ex
pressed the belief that the fire was not
serious, as the Rio Lages apparently
did not request the Frederick VIII,
which sighted the distressed steamer,
to stand, but merely to notify Halifax
by radio.
The Rio Lages sailed from New York
for Queenstown, Oct. 31, with a cargo
of sugar. The local agents denied to
day that the steamer carried munlons.
The Frederick VIII, which left New
York for Copenhagen on Nov. 2, re
ported sighting a steamer flying the
signals "R. #. W. V." and receiving a
radio from the freighter that she was
on flre.'Xhe signals correspond to those
of the ,Rlo Lages.
The report of the fire revived dis
cussion In shipping circles of previous
fires In shipping ships.
Crack Safe snd Csosps With $2,800—
Wrecked Vault Indicstss Work Wss
That of Profeeeionale—Officers From
Iowa City Working en Csss,
Special to Times-Republican.
Iowa City, Nor. 3.—Burglars robbed
Parnell Savings Bank, at Parnell,
comparatively small force, according to Iowa county, this morning and escaped
military menr could have held Villa out
of the valley Indefinitely.
-Villa was preparing to leave Naco
this morning and did not Immediately
Conditions were rapidly assuming
normal proportions today. With the
exodus of 'the last Villa forces from
this section, work of clearing the
battlefield of dead'and wounded was
proceeding. Most 6f the 3,000 refugees
with $2,800. Iowa City officers were
called thither.
The bank was robbed some time
after midnight. The safe-blowers are
believed to have entered the town in
an automobile, and are believed to have
been four in number. The wrecked
safe Indicates that the work was that
of professionals.
who sought shelter in Douglas anil "the! until after It has attained Us thirtieth
surrounding^ oouptry, have i»turned to"year.
The bamboo tree does not blossom
Weather Far font:
Cloudy Satudaj
P*oh«W|y Showm^
J. S. XcGsfu
Head StateA'^dstlon
of T« JHUL
Committee Reoommends JEllmlnatleai
of Soma of Frills of Higher Mathsv
maties and Complieated Method*
Des Moines, Nov. 5.—The second day
of the Iowa state teachers' convention
here promised to break attendance
records. The total attendance yester
day reached nearly 6,000, and the del
egates were still coming Into See
Moines this morning.
The annual eleotlon of officers was
the Important event on today's pro
gram. The nominating committee to
day reported to the convention the list
of nominations which are to be formal
ly passed upon at the business session
tonight. They arei
President, Joseph 8. MeCowan, high
school principal, Sioux City fimt vice
president, G. E. Marshall, high school
principal, Davenport second vice
president. Miss Agnes Helslg, grade
school principal. Mason City third
vice president, D. B. Heller, superin
tendent, Seymour secretary, O. E.
Smith, superintendent, Indlanola
treasurer, G. W. Samson, Iowa State
Teachers' College, Cedar Efells execu
tive committee member, W. I* Hanson,
superintendent, Burlington.
William Lowe Bryan, president of
the University of Indiana, was to de
liver the principal address at tonight's
session. Departmental meetings and
round tables occupied the day. I
Arithmetio Reform Urged*
If the Iowa State Teachersf Associa
tion adopts the recommendation of op#
of its special committees, school chll
dhen in this state will not IwrtHo
learn cube root, exchange, tke metrla
system, long division of frneUOns,
more than one. system compazine fe*
"tercet, ptogntoslens,
weight, deoimals beyond thlie^liaiNii#i^
and a lot of other hard part of1 suMtfa- ,-r ftr
methlc. Neither will they be reqafredi
to lesrn to spell correctly more then,
1,000 words and a lot of things' in
geography and history which they
must now know.
It became known yesterday that the
committee would recommend a con
siderable reduction In the work given
Iowa school children. The committee,
of which G. M. Wilson, of Ames, was
chairman, will make lte report to the
educational council Thursday morning
at the auditorium.
Tho recommendation on elimination
of arithmetio topics follows:
"Any teacher can estimate the use
fulness of the above by testing her
self. her family, or some farmer or
business man as to the practical use
made of any of the above during the
last year," sayts the report. "In a city
of considerable size, the committee
found practically no use for any of
the above among a large group of pro
gressive business men, and they read
ily agreed that the topics should be
omitted from- the work for grade chil
dren. A recent examination of two
popular arithmetic tests showed that
one of them gave 16 2-3 per cent of
the printed space to the above topics,
the other 20 per cent. Their omission
would free more than 20 per cent of
the pupil's energy for the better mas
tery of the essentials and tho practl
the application of the arithmetic work
to worth-while situations."
Calls Desks Prison Cells.
Arthur D. Deans, of New York Unl-»
versity, declared before the Iowa State
Teachers' Association here today that
for his part he would do away with
the little cells called desks In schools
In the early years." The eastern edu
cator, who is also supervisor of indus
trial work in New York state, said
there was great need of the public
schools training the plumber, the car
penter, the machinist and the chauffeur
as thoroughly as the doctor, the
preacher and lawyer.
As to desks In the early years he
"The more a child wiggles, the more
It develops. If you believe It Is well to
tie a child down, as teachers some
times try to do, Just blind eyes, tie
his hands and feet, plug his ears,
and see what he amounts to In five
years. He will be a fool.
"The school should develop the pupil,
not only in figuring, writing or In
geography, but In character, in health,
and in those other respects shown to
be necessary."
Reek Island Rsilwsy Compsny Elects
New Officials.
Chicago, Nov. 5.—The new board of
directors of the Chicago, Rock Island
& Pacific Railway Company todey
elected John G. Shedd chairman of the
board, and chose Nathan L. Amster,
chairman of the executive committee.
Would Disqualify Prosecutes
Los Angeles. Cal., Nov. 5.—Nathan C.
Coghlan, chief counsel for Matthsw A.
Schmidt, on trial tor murder in con
nection with the destruotlon of the Los
Angeles Times building, Oct. 1, 1910,
asked the court today to disqualify
James W. Noel, special prosecutor, en
the ground that Noel Is not a cltisen of
California nor an elector of the county4
and has not been admitted to the prao^
tice of law in the state. Noel cam*
from Indianapolis.
Association to Be Given
to Inaugurate Greet Wafawa iaa.
Methods of Teaching Arithmetic**

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