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140 Girls Sacrificed in Awful Holocaust
De la Barra Leaves Washington
to Promote Peace and
Reform in Mexico
New Minister of Foreign Af
. fairs Expects Support From
i ■ Revolutionary Leaders
President Taft Expresses Pleas
fure at Appointment in
Personal Interview
WASHINGTON, March 25.—Mex- f
lean Ambassador do la Barra:
was today named as minister
of foreign affairs In the Mexi
't»n cabinet by President Diaz. Senor
He la Barra haa telegraphed his accept
ance to Mexico City.
Immediately after telegraphing his
acceptance, de la Barra went to the
"White House and informed President
'Taft. The president expressed pleas
tire at the ambassador's appointment
and congratulated him warmly. As the
ambassador has decided to leave here
tomorrow for Mexico City, the presi
dent bade him farewell. ■
De la Barra also called upon Secre
tary of State Knox and informed him
Of the appointment Knox congratu
lated the ambassador and bade him
Minister Expects Peace
The new minister of foreign affairs
■aid that he did not know whether any
other members of the cabinet had been
decided upon, but he believed that the
changes that were to take place would
lvring back to the folds of loyalty to the
"government practically all the members j
of the insurgent party and re-establish
peace and quiet throughout the repub
lic. ,7. i*»**"f*7"V* ,f*l*. "
With the ex<3^' possibly of a few
revolutionists who are fired with per
sonal ambition and a few others who
persist in their opposition to the gov
ernment simply through" obstinacy, he
thinks that all will be satisfied with the
new cabinet, and will show their, pa
j triotism by stopping their insurgency. >
; Reforms to Satisfy All
The reforms to'be instituted he feels
"pure will satisfy the people that the
government is, looking out for their in
' terest. The new cabinet will show It
| eelf heartily in sympathy with the re
forms started several years ago, which
, have not been fully granted. Among
these are the laws governing water for
Irrigation and . power purposes and
"that regarding the redistribution of
The fact that De la Barra was a
candidate for the post of minister of
"foreign affairs had been known by
friends in Washington for some time.
."he ambassador, however, always had
expressed a desire that publicity should
not be given to such information. His
reason was that while he would feel
It a duty to his country to accept the
post If It were offered to him, he really
preferred to remain in Washington,
°^vhcrc, in the position of ambassador,
lie might continue in the work of ce
menting the friendly relations between
Mexico and the United States.
.Named by Both Sides
In discussing privately the proba
bility of his appointment as minister
cf foreign relations, the ambassador
disclosed the fact that his name had
been mentioned by supporter! of both
the federal -government and the revo
lutionary movement. He said he hoped,
however, that Diaz might confer the
honor of the premiership in his cabinet
•on some one else, but that if the post
•were offered to him he would feel it a
duty to accept.
The ambassador said he had not the
• .slightest idea who would succeed him
In his post at Washington. Asked if
be ought Senor Creel, who once was
tHe Mexican ambassador here, might re
turn, he answered he had absolutely no
information on the subject
De la Barra has not been identified
.•with any particular political party in
Mexico, and the significance of his ap
pointment Is that It Is expected to meet
with the approval of all factions.
Devoted to 'Foreign Affairs
He has devoted himself chiefly to
the foreign relations of Mexico, having
been ambassador to various- countries.
He has taken a deep Interest in arbi
tration and universal peace and has
made a special study of international
law. For many years he ,was a profes
sor in jurisprudence and logic at the
University school in Mexico City.
For five years he was a member of
the Mexican federal congress, and in
1902 was appointed minister to the
South American republics on the At
lantic side. In 1904 he became Mexi
co's representative at Belgium and The
Netherlands, and In his four years In
Europe successfully negotiated treaties
for his country with Italy and Holland.
He represented Mexico at The Hague
_ i ill ■MtnnwiHlniriir"' ****" *" "*'"'• —**
Continued on rage IS, Column 3
Rubber Trust to
Reorganize Mexico
Through Rebellion
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
WASHINGTON*. March 25.—
From reliable sources it was
learned today that out of the
Mexican revolution great good
la expected.to come to the in
ternational rubber company,
which is the raw rubber trust of
the United States.
This Is the organization .In
which the Rockefeller interests
are dominant. Former Senator
Nelson W. Aldrich and*' his son
hold a huge block 7of its stock.
Aldrich is the father in law of
John D. Rockefeller Jr.
Out of the Mexican revolution
is to come, the Morganlzing ,or
Standard Oiling of the whole
railway system of Mexico. .* '
This might mean the Morgan
izlng of Mexico, for the railway
virtually is the only system of
transportation available to in
terior Mexico. Unlike the United
States or Canada, Mexico has no
great navigable arteries like the
Mississippi, Missouri, the Ohio,
the Hudson or the St. Lawrence.
The men , who control the rail
ways control the nation.
It is alleged that funds to aid
the revolution are supplied regu
larly by the International rubber
company. These funds are serit
to one John McCarthy, a dummy,
who is in reality the rebel chief,
Hatter.. The funds are handled
through the hank of P. Gross &
Co. .of San Antonio. *
It is said that the purpose of
the Morgan-Rockefeller syndi
cate is to acquire at' wreckage
prices ownership of the lines now
owned by Mexico whenever the
bottom shall drop out of the
present Mexican government.
Passengers and Crew Perish in
*•■ - •
Storm Within Mile of Van*
couver Island
VICTORIA,; 8.C.. March 25.—Every
person on. boa; , tlie small wooden
steamer Secheit perished when .he ves
sel capsized off Beachey head, Vancouver
island, during: a gale yesterday. Ap
parently the sea gulped down "every
morsel of the vessel.
. It is not known positively how many
persons were on the Secheit when it left
Victoria for Sooke. The prevailing re
port is that there were 39, that 13 of
the passengers landed at William head
and that 22 pasengers and the crew of
four went down with the boat.
Of the 13 passengers who landed at
William head, 10 were bound for a rail
road construction camp at Peddar bay.
Frank McKenna, aged 21, formerly in
the United States navy, also landed at
William head.
The Secheit was making direct for
Sooke. The seas were running high.
The wind was biting, hail and • rain
falling and a heavy mist prevailed.
The vessel was making good speed,
when it swung around into the trough
of the sea, with its head pointing to-'
ward Port Crescent. About six minutes
later the wind appeared to strike the
boat a full broadside, and it keeled over
and disappeared almost instantly.
Owing to weather conditions, all.the
passengers were shut up In the cabin,
and must have been carried below when
the vessel foundered.
Rev. J. W. Burns, Presbyterian mis
sionary at Sooke, was returning with
his wife from Victoria, wher*e their son
had Just been married,. the father of
ficiating. J. I. Henderson of Cody,
Wyo.. aged 26, a railroad lineman, was
drowned, as also was George K. New
ton, a surveyor. .
Doggies Go to the Bowwows,
Latest Paris Edict
; NEW YORK. March 25.—The latest
Parisian fad in pets, according to
Americans Just back from France, is
the Jersey calf. The newest of ? the
new fashions In Paris, it is said, is for
milady to be accompanied by a wee
Jersey calf on a gold 7chain when she
goes for an airing. The calves look
pretty, hut ■ stupid, according to ob
servers, and they have the attraction
of being cheaper than ; pet dogs. '■-.; 7
Flames Were Spreading to Gas
oline Tank
, PLEAS ANTON, March, 2 Women;
formed a bucket brigade last night to
fight a fire in the rear of the __.Arei.dt
company's storeroom, ana assisted the
fire department in putting out a blaze*"
before serious damage, was done. The
fire . started In a pile of boxes,"and was !
rapidly spreading to a number of gaso
line and coal oil tanks stored in the
storeroom. *' ■-
Colonel Roosevelt Lays Down
Law in Second of Earl
, Lectures
Discusses Rights of Women
When Requested by a Large
Bundle of Letters -
Opinions of the Former
President on Suffrage
"Xo man is north his salt who
doesn't think deeply 'of woman's
rights, and no woman in north
her salt .who doesn't think a
thousand times more deeply of
the rights and duties of her
home.'*" i "
"Personally I'm very tepidly la
favor of woman suffrage, hut It
seems to me. It is infinitely less
Important than innumerable
other questions which are worthy
of our-thought and effort."'
"V good woman * must he now,
as In the past, n good wife, a
good mother, and able to train
up' healthy children."
.'."A man isn't fit to exercise the
right "of suffrage himself If he
isn't decent and doesn't occupy
a proper position in the borne." '
"I don't ask you to put duty
in the place of pleasure, but to
put It ahead of pleasure. Of
coarse, If , you . have the pure
bridge club type of mind I can't
expect to appeal to you." '
"Unless , everyy American Is m
pretty good fellow and his wife
is a better fellow It will he Im
possible for this nation to rise.
Xo ability atones for the lack of
•band family life."
"Be ready to fight if necessary,
but be decent. If yon are willing
enough to fight nobody will com
plain about your being virtuous."
thusiastlc in the cause of woman
suffrage. He believes in It; but
. the liking an.l the belief are. as
he expressed It yesterday, merely "tep
id." Even the latter word seemed a
rather strong adjective to apply to his
favorable leaning after he had finished
qualifying It. He admitted that he had
voted for suffrage whenever the occa
sion arose, but he _____ that he had
done so without any particular warmth
or enthusiasm.
The question of woman's rights was
among the topics treated by the for
mer president In the course of his sec
ond Earl lecture yesterday afternoon
in the Greek theater at Berkeley. Just
before entering the theater Colonel
Roosevelt was handed a letter by mem
bers of the Equal Suffrage league,
asking him to say something on the
suffrage. He did.
The suffrage question fitted nicely
into his lecture; which was on the sub
ject of "The Home and the Child." :It
did not exactly dovetail Into the trend
of the general discussion, but it
formed a closely related side issue. All
around it was woven the theme of a
woman's duty to her home and her
children. Incidentally there was some
straight talk for the men about home
duties, a few specific pointers for
bridge whist 7 devotees, and then a
declaration of principles regarding race
Applause Was Varied
Just how far the views of the audi
ence on the subject of suffrage coin
cided with those of the speaker was
Impossible to gauge from the applause.
There was general applause when the
colonel announced his intention to go
into the question; there was decided
applause when he said he favored suf
frage, but It came from only a portion
of the audience; there was vociferous
applause when he said that the; topic
wasn't one-thousandth as. Important as
many others that should engage the
attention of women, and this time the
applause seemed to come from still an
other portion of the crowd. When he
finished with the subject the applause
was of a.mixed.character.! 7»}jP"if||
Just before. Colonel Roosevelt arose
to speak he was handed. a letter of
voluminous size, written on several
sheets of note paper. He? glanced at
one or two pages, frowned and 7 delib
erately tore'the missive up. The crowd
laughed and ; the colonel smiled. 7He
referred to the incident when he began
the discussion of woman's rights.
"Before I. came on . the platform to
: day," [he said, "I was; handed a letter
from the Equal, Suffrage league, asking
me to say something regarding women's
rights." •■■'[^SfS^Sm\^'' ■ ■ ■
"It wasn't the letter '. I tore up/ he
added, ; after a , pause which ■■. had ■ been
punctuated with a general laugh. Then
he continued:
"I;have always told my. friends ,that
Continued on I Page 30, * Column 1
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T. R. Favors Suffrage
He's 'Tepid' on Topic
| Former president addressing great gathering in the Greek theater at Berkeley.}
•' DENVER, March . 25.—A game of
seven up, with the stake, a hangman's
noose, was played by two condemned
murderers In their cell at the county
jail today., The, players were? Michael
H. Murphy, whose sentence had been
fixed at life imprisonment by the Jury
that found him guilty of the murder
of his former' sweetheart, Anatolia
Wunderle; the other, Lewis Weicjiler,
adjudged guilty of murdering W. Clif
ford Burrowes. In his case the Jury
had fixed hanging as the punishment,
NOGALES. Ariz., : March 25.—E.' W.
Hawkins, a Wells-Fargo express mes
senger running between Nogales [and
Mazatlan, is reported to have decamped
with an express package containing
150,000 Mexican money.
Hawkins left-Nogales on his run
Wholesale Election Frauds in
LEXINGTON*. Ky., March 25.—A spe
clla from Prestonburg Ky., says that
the?grand Jury of Floyd county, which
has been investigating vote selling, has
returned 210 indictments, and that many
more true ,bills w'lll_ be + found against
voters before the inquiry is concluded.
This is an increase of about 100 indict
ments over" the last report. '
Policeman , Finally Captures
7 Man for Insulting Women
ST. JOSEPH. Mo., March: 25.-r-A.ter
he had chased; a "masher" for 'almost
half [a.-; mile ln an engine ' which he
pressed j into ' service In ■' the* Burlington
railroad yards, Patrolman. David Born
berg captured?, the? man ;at the point
of a revolver. He was Jailed, 7 charged
with insulting women on the streets.
j But the game was not finished, for
Murphy, was taken into court, there" to
be sentenced to life., imprisonment ,by
Judge Bliss. "You need not look to
this court for any.'-mitigation' of your
sentence."' said Judge Bliss.
• Weichler. was dealing in the game.
,; "Let's'play for * sentences," ,r said he
.to Murphy, his cellmate." "If I win, I'll
take your place. 'if I lose I*ll;take my
own medicine. ..It's my life against
■yours." I:■ 7 ,!'", . :"' .
• "Done.'' said Murphy, and the game
started, never to be finished. *** s■' ].
south March 21, the money; being In a
safe consigned to Guaymas.'? ' " -„." o
; The loss-was not discovered".until the
safe was opened, and In the meantime
officials, of the express ; company .'say;
Hawkins and a companion chartered a
gasoline launch at 77 Mazatlan, 7 since
which ? nothing hasT, been 7 heard from
him. : Detectives are 1 in pursuit.
United States Pension Office At
tache Suffers? From Apoplexy
BERKELEY. March Captain
Adolph Mautner, chief clerk .in the
United States pension bureau In San
Francisco, < was stricken with apoplexy
this ' : afternoon at the Greek theater
'.while listening to Theodore Roosevelt's
lecture. Mautner ■,-■ was y removed ;to
Roosevelt hospital. .His age, 65 years,
is against his recovery.'. Captain
ncr lives at 2930 Washington street,
San Francisco.
: -OAKLAND,; March \ 25.—The : flrst con
struction work on the new million idol
lar city . hall will be commenced. May 4,
according to the J present plans '*• of i the
board of £ public i. works. ? Just * Ander
son, 7 the contractor -in. charge of ex
cavtlng ' the . pit on the ; city ■ hall; site,
has -started to : erect ja.:-?, clam"; shell
dredger, which will ;make 7it possible
to , finish^ the work at the 7time .*,that
all of the 27' contracts7for. the con
struction work are awarded.
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Workers Caught in Top Floors
B Of Ten Story Building Have
mf O
No Means of Escape
Stream of Human Bodies Tears Through
Rescuers' Nets and Sidewalks Into
Vaults in the Basement
NEW YORK, March'23.—One hundred and forty-eight persons—nine
tenths of them girls from the East side—were crushed to death on
the pavements, smothered in smoke or burned to a crisp in a factory
fire this afternoon in the worst disaster New York has known since
the steamship General Slocum was burned to the water's edge off North
Brother island in 1904. *,
One hundred and forty-one bodies had been removed from the. ruins at
midnight, .and seven of the 40 injured had died in hospitals. This, it is
believed, completes the list of dead,"most of whom are unidentified.
Grief crazed relatives besieged the morgue as the bodies were laid out.
Nearly all, if not all, of the victims were employed by the Triangle waist
company, on the eighth, ninth and tenth floors of a 10 story loft building at'
23 Washington place, on the western fringe of the downtown wholesale dis
trict. Partners of the firm, Isaac Harris and Max Blanck, escaped, carrying
with them over an adjoining roof Blanck's two young daughters and a
governess. There was not an outside fire escape on the building.
How the fire started perhaps never will be known. A corner on the
eighth floor was the point of origin, and the" three' upper floors only were
swept. On the ninth floor 50 bodies were found; 63 or more persons were
crushed to death by -jumping; more than 30 clogged the elevator shafts.
Loss to property will not exceed $100,000.
Pedestrians going home through Washington place to Washington square
at 10 minutes to 5 o'clock were scattered by the whizz of something rushing
through the air before them; there was a horrible thud on' the pavement,
and a body flattened on the flagstones. Wayfarers on the opposite side of the
street shaded their eyes against the setting sun and saw the windows of the
three upper, floors of the building black with girls crowding to the sills.
"Don't jump!" yelled the' crowd. ' But the girls had no alternative. " The'
pressure of the maddened hundreds behind them and the urging of their own
fears were too.strong. They began to fall to the sidewalk.
Four alarms were rung within 15 minutes. Before the. engines could
respond, before the nets could be stretched or the ladders raised, five girls
had fallen from the eighth and ninth floors so heavily that they crashed
through the very streets to the vaults below. In an hour the fire- was out;
in half an hour it had done its worst; probably.the death list was complete
in 20 minutes.
The building 1 stands on a corner, with exposure on two sides, but the
only fire escape was in the interior, opening on a light and air shaft. In.all
there were seven exitsthe single fire escape, two freight elevators at the
rear, two passenger elevators in front and two stairways.
All of them proved almost useless, and practically all who escaped either
climbed to the "roof and scrambled thence to the roof of the building occupied
by the American book company, adjoining, or fled in the first rush for safety
before the crush and smoke grew too thick. - ,
The building stands tonight as a shell intact; the partitions of architec
tural tiling between floor and floor are sound, and it is impossible for one
who, sees it to imagine how the flames in so short a space of time could
have wrought such havoc. \
Seven hundred hands, 500 of them women, were employed by the shirt
waist company. They sat in rows at* their whirring machines, the tables 7
before them piled with flimsy cloth, the floor littered with lint, the air itself
full of flying, inflammable dust.
The first rush of flame was almost an explosion. Operators died in their
chairs, their lungs seared by inhaling flames. * Others rushed for the elevator
shafts after the cars had made their last trip. Still others were pushed off
the inadequate interior fire escape.
In such a horrible stream did the bodies overflow from the windows that"*
the firencts stretched by the first company to arrive were soon gorged
beyond capacity. Twelve ■ bodies weighted one net to the bursting point,
but ; the bodies kept on tumbling the pavement below through meshes that
could no longer sustain them. When the first breath of flame curled over
the edge of a pile of shirting on the eighth I floor, five minutes before quitting
time, hundreds were in line before the cashier's window.
In the office buildings across Washington place scores of men. detained
beyond office hours, worked at their desks. One of them saw a girl rush
to a window and throw up the sash. Behind her danced a seething curtain
of.yellow flame. She climbed to the sill, stood in black outline against the
light, hesitating, then with a last touch of futile thrift slipped her chatelaine
bag over her wrist and jumped. Her body went whirling downward through .
the woven.wire glass of. a canopy to the flagging below. Her sisters who*
followed flashed through the air like rockets. __B_H
It was 85 feet from the eighth floor to the ground, about 95 feet from the
ninth floor and 110 feet from the cornice. The crackle of the flames drowned
the cries of the victims. *
Six girls fought their way to a window on the ninth floor over the bodies
of fallen, fellow workers and crawled out to the eight inch stone ledge. More
than 100 feet above the sidewalk, they crawled to a swinging electric feed
wire spanning Washington 1 place. The leaders, paused for their companions
to catch •up at the end of ; the ledge, and the six grabbed the wire simul
eaneously. It snapped like rotten whipcord and they crashed down to death.
A 13 year old girl hung for three minutes by her fingertips to the sill of a
tenth floor window. A tongue of flame licked at her fingers, and she dropped
into a lifenet held by firemen. Two women fell into the net at almost the
same moment. -
The strands parted and the two were added to the. death list.. A; girl
threw her pocketbook, then htr hat, then her furs from a tenth story window.

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