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German Plot story
Is Confirmed
Envoy Von Eckhardt May Be
Compelled to Quit Mexican
WASHINGTON, March 1. Complete and elaborate con
firmation that Germany has endeavored to line up Mexico and
Japan as enemies of the United States is in the hands of President
As a result representations now are being made to General
Carranza at Mexico City which may result in the withdrawal from
Mexico of German diplomatic agents and possibly of the German
minister to Mexico, Count von Eckhardt.
These representations are shrouded in complete secrecy by
the administration but it is admitted that General Carranza al
ready has been given to understand that the German plotting
against the United States on Mexican soil is a "grossly unfriend
ly act."
The entire international situation so far as the relations be
tween the United States and Germany are concerned was ex
tremely serious today. This latest manifestation of unfriendli
ness, complete proof of which has been gathered by the agents of
the United States, reveals a plot 01 such widespread ramifications
and serious enmity toward the United States as to be almost un
believable. It is thought here that witnin a very short time the
President will let all of the facts become known, either through
a direct statement to Congress from the White House or a com
munication to the foreign affairs committee of the Senate by Sec
retary of State Robert Lansing.
The text of the note written by German Foreign Minister '
Zimmermann to Count von Eckhardt, which was dated January |
19 and was sent to Mexico through Count von Bernstorff, the
German ambassador here at that time, has been in the hands of I
President Wilson for several days. It is not stated where it came
from, but it is known that its existence first was reported to the ,
United States by Ambassador Fletcher when he reached Mexico!
City to take over his duties there as the new American ambas
sador to Mexico.
The Zimmerman note was delivered to Von Eckhardt in Mex
ico through von Bernstorff's hands and was delivered to the Ger
man minister in Mexico City. The latter, according to certain
information which leaked out here, decided that it would not be
advisable to communicate the plot to Carranza. Instead, certain
Mexicans who were known to be unfriendly to Carranza, were let
into the secret. They agreed to the plot, it is understood, and 1
decided that, in the event that war between the United States
and Germany took place they would arrange for a new revolution
to seize the government and depose Carranza.
The details of what transpired are withheld by this Govern
ment because of the danger that would come to certain inform
ants. And in this connection Secretary of State Lansing today
said that he was not prepared to say whether there would be ad
aitional revelations.
All oi the facts in the plot were placed in the possession of the
Japanese ambassador by Counsellor Polk of the State Department.
He cabled them at once to Tokyo. It is expected here that a state
ment dealing with the facts will shortly be forthcoming from the
Japanese government itself.
Beckman brothers of Johnstown, have purchased from Ly-1
man Mauk and L. V. Means 400 acres of coal land in Perry town
ship. The land lies just west of the Mauk tunnel.
On Monday next the purchasers will begin the erection of a
tipple, and it is expected that coal will be shipped by May 1. A
siding will be constructed to the mine from the Shawmut railroad.
Two veins of coal underlie the land purchased, one a four foot
vein and the other three. They will be mined simultaneously. A
plane will be constructed to the lower vein and another slope open
ing will be made to the upper vein. The tipple will have a capacity
of 2,000 tons per day.
The land purchased was recently leased by Messrs. Means
and Mauk. Beckman brothers have coal operations in the vicin- j
ityof Johnstown.
Charles Smith, a motorman in the employ of the Dixonville
Mining Co., was fatally injured last Saturday when he was caught
between the motor and a trip of cars in Mine 27. Following the
accident he was removed to the Dixonville hospital, where he died
a short time later. Mr. Smith was 23 years old. He is survived
by his widow and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Smith. Funeral
services were conducted yesterday in the Clymer Presbyterian
church. The remains have been taken to Coalport, where burial
will be made today.
In a telegram to Indiana friends the Hon. S. Taylor North of
Punxsutawney, congressman from this district states that he
has named David Dufferin Henderson of Indiana for a vacancy at
the United States Naval academy at Annapolis, Md. David Duf
fern Henderson is one of the twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Hen
derson of West Church street and is vastly pleased at the news
of his appointment. He has not yet been notified when he will be
required to take the entrance examinations. Congressmen from
every district are busy with similar appointments at this time.
Published Weekly by the Patriot Publishing Company
Photo by American Press Association.
One of the most interesting exhibits shown at the aeronautical show in New York city was the autoplane, a
unique combination of an automobile and an aeroplane—a vertitable "aerial limousine," which will not only run over
the ground at approximately forty-five miles per hour, but will leave the surface of the earth and fly away like
the mastfe chariots of old. _
Included in the sundry civil
appropriation bill, which passed
i the house at Washington Friday
was an appropriation of $64,-
1500 for the completion of In
, diana's new postoffice building.
'The W 7 ilson lot, corner of Church
and Seventh streets, recently
| purchased for a site for the pos
session of the government next
month and it is expected that
shortly after this time the pre
liminary work for the building
will start.
Announcement has been made
here by Game Protector Iddo M.
Lewis that the first number of
a consignment of rabbits from
Crawford county had arrived.-
Mr. Lewis also stated that ship
ments will be made regularly un
til the allotment of 200 is com
pleted. They will be distribut
ed over the nearby woodlands.

In all probability the frame dwelling long known as the A. W.
Wilson homestead, and which occupies the lot at the corner of
Church and Seventh streets, purchased by the Government as a
site for Indiana's new postoffice building, will become the parson
age of the First United Presbyterian church.
Without any solicitation on the part of the congregation, Har
ry W. Wilson, who is the owner of the dwelling, has offered the
home as a free gift to the church and it is altogether likely the
church will accept it and move in onto the lot in the rear of the
church, at the corner of Carpenter avenue and School street, a
most desirable site for a parsonage. The only condition which is
attached to the generous offer of Mr. Wilson is that the dwelling
must be moved from its present location by June 1, when he must
surrender the lot to the government.
The W T ilson dwelling is one of the stately and most substantial
houses in Indiana and in recent years the interior was remodeled
and made one of the most attractive and convenient homes at the
county seat. The living room, dining room and commodious hall
are all finished in hardwood and beautiful tapestries adorn the
walls of the hall. In the living room are book cases, constructed of
hardwood finished in ebony that surround two sides of the room.
These attractive features and the other modern comforts and con
veniences make it an ideal home for a minister and there is a grow
ing sentiment among the members of the congregation that Mr.
Wilson's gift should be accepted.
HARRISBURG, March I.—The house of representatives ad
journed today after a half hour session and will meet March 12.
The senate adjourned Tuesday until that date.
The session today was devoted to receiving bills and clearing
the first and second reading calendars.
During the recess the house appropriations committee will |
visit numerous hospitals and sub-committtees of the judiciary
general committee will sit in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on capi
tal punishment abolition bills. * <
deal involving the payment of
approximately $BOO,OOO has
been consummated in the pur
chase of the Johnstown plant
and properties in Mifflin, Juniata
and Huntingdon counties from
A. J. Haws & Co. by the Haws
Refractories Company. The pur
chase became a matter of record
today when deeds and a mort
gage for $700,000 to secure in
debtedness were filed for record
The purchase of the A. J.
Haws & Co. properties was the
first step in a campaign of plant
extension and improvement that
will involve the expenditure of
several hundred thousand dol
lars. A contract has already
been let to Sheesley & Janney,
of this city, for grading at Lew
is town Narrows, where a new
plant, to cost between $250,000
and $300,000 will be erected. The
new plant will have a produc
tion capacity of between 80,000
and 100,000 nine-inch bricks per
day, which will double the out
put of the company. This plant
will be ready to begin operations
about May 1.
Hoy Would Avenge
Mother and Sister
President Wilson has received
the following cablegram from
Austin Y. Hoy, whose mother
and sister were lost when the
Laconia was torpedoed without
warning by a German submar
"I am an American citizen re
presenting the Sullivan Machin
ery Company of Chicago, living
abroad, not as an expatriate, but
for the promotion of American
trade. I love the flag believing
in its significance. My beloved
mother and sister, passengers
on the Laconia, have bet i foul
ly murdered on the high seas.
"As an American citizen out
raged and as such fully within
my rights, and as an American
son and brother bereaved, I call
upon my Government to pre
serve its citizens' self-respect
and save others of my country
men from such deep grief as I
now feel. lam of military age,
able to fight. If my country can
use me against these* brutal as-
sassins I am at its call.
"If it stultifies my manhood
and my nation's by remaining
passive under outrage, I shall
seek a man's chance under an
other flag."
NORMAL ON 8., R. & P.
A prominent official of the 8.,
R. & P. Railway, speaking of
traffic conditions at the present
time, says that they are more
nearly normal now than at any
time during the past months.
This is due to moderating of the
weather which permits of great
er motive power efficiency. The
company has also received dur
ing the past month fifteen large
freight locomotives which were
purchased last fall, and with this
motive power, traffic conditions
on the 8., R. & P. will be great
ly improved. In addition to the
fifteen locomotives just received
the company has on order thir-l
ty more engines, a large propor-1
tion of which are Mallet com
pounds, several of these engines
ranking with the largest in the
Ffvk Cents
—Japanese Ambassador Sato
today denied any knowledge of
the alleged implication of Japan
in the reported German-Mexi
can plot but admitted that the
report that Germany had made
such an attempt through Mex
ico was probably true.
"It is a very interesting story
which I have heard for the first
time from press reports, he said.
"If any advances were made to
my government 1 have had no
knowledge of it.
"Germany is very much mis
taken if she thinks that my
country would combine with
Mexico and herself to make war
against the United States.
"In this I speak authoritative
ly for my government.
"This is as clear as a noon
"Germany would not stop at
anything, however, in the pres
ent state of affairs," 'added Sa
to, "which makes report of such
a plot very probable.
Sale of Coal Land Placed on
Two big coal land sale deeds
were left with Recorder Harry
S. Miller, for placing on record
at Greensburg Saturday. The
first was the 600 acres of coal
lands and mining rights to a
tract lying in the vicinity of
Hillside wherein the Latrobe
Coal Co. transferred 3,264
shares out of a total of 3,490
I shares of stock to Wilbur P.
Graff of Blairsville. The consid
eration is given as $544,200, and
$114,200 is to be paid as soon as
■ the deed was delivered.
The Pittsburgh Coal Co. has
sold to the Union Coal and Coke
Co. a vast acreage of valuable
coal land including a number of
plants in operation in this coun
ty, Washington, Greene, Somer
set and Allegheny counties. The
deed is a voluminous affair, be
ing printed in book form and
covers 554 pages. The deal was
completed February 21 and cop
ies of the deed will be recorded
in the counties in which the
property is located. The consid
eration is nominal, being sl,ooo r
but the new purchasers assume
all indebtedness and obligations
binding on the selling corpora
$15,000,000 STOCK BONUS
NEW YORK, Feb. 28. An
increase of the quarterly divi
dend from $1.75 a share to $2
was declared by the directors of
Sears, Roebuck & Co., here to
day, and a special meeting of
the stockholders authorized the
directors to distribute as a stock
dividend $15,000,000 of new
common stockholders on the ba
sis of one new share for each
four shares now owned.
L. J. Rosenwald, son of Pres
ident Rosenwald, of the com
pany, was elected a director,
succeeding J. F. Skinner, deceas
ITALIAN LOAN $440,000,00$
ROME, Feb. 26 Official an
nouncement was made here to
day that the subscriptions thus
far received for the new war
loan amounted to 2,200,000,000
lire ($440,000,000). Of this
amount 1,470,000,000 lire ($294-
000,000) is new money.

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