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Latest Details of Revolution in Mexico Will Be Found in 6 o'Clock Edftjon of The Call
• Mfslirst Tenperatarf Yentcrdar. 64. I,one«t Thursday
Murht, 4e. For detail* of the Weather wee page 18.
"Fresh Findings From Mark Twain"
in The Sunday Call
"Needed—A Powerful Navy,"
By Admiral Dewey
Mexican Congress Believed to Have Received Formal Notice of President s Abdication
Pacific Passenger
Boat Seminole Rammed
by Freighter Corcoran Off
Angel Island Yesterday—
Property Loss Is Heavy,
but the Passengers and
Crews Are All Rescued
Corcoran Floats Bottom Up
Outside Heads and Is
Towed Back by Tug-
Coolness of Captain Saves
Lives—Other Ships Stand
By and Assist in Taking
Scared People Off Boats
Mere than four score men and ■women
rarrowly escaped death when the
freight steamer H. J. Corcoran crashed
into the Southern Pacific passenger
Seminole oft! Angel island a
few minutes after 9 o'clock yesterday
Both vessels turned turtle within
?0 minutes after the collision oc
A dense fog , , that covered the bay
:ik»> a wet blanket added to the tur
moil of the disaster, which probably
would have caused an appalling loss
of life but for the fortunate c* ranee
Tiat t>roagrtit three r-scning ves?r
the scene almost Immediately.
The crews of both ships and the 50 S
passengers, among: them a woman with
her baby, were rescued jointly by the
steamer Napa Valley, headed in from
Vallejo; the steamer Angel Island, out
ward bound, and the tug Maryland.
In lifeboats the passengers, who be
haved with the utmost coolness under
the stern commands of Captain Benja
min Rideout of the Seminole, wer-e
taken aboard the Napa Valley and the
Maryland, attracted to the scene by
distress whistles from the paralyzed
Seminole. Women were lowered into
the boats first. No difficulty was ex
perienced in the rescue work, as the
bay was smooth as glass. The men
followed, after which the crew were
taken oft*. Captain > Rideout remained
aboard his vessel until she had sunk
to the bridge. He was knee deep in
"water when he left.
The crew of the Corcoran, numbering ,
1 Z, were rescued with comparative ease
by the government cutter. Angel Island.
Immigration Commissioner Backus,
who was aboard the Angel Island, per
sonally directed the work.
The Corcoran under half spec.d,
Ftrurk the Seminole amidships, tear
ing a great hole in her side below the
water line. In backing away, the Cor
■ 'iran left her entire nose sticking in
the timbers of the rammed ship.
In the fog neither vessel realized
the position of the other following the
terrific impact, which threw pasgengers
from their feet and sent slivers of glass
£' -ing about. The crew of the Cor
roran, before they became aware of the
serious damage done to the Seminole,
were severe in their condemnation of
Captain Rideout, believing that he had
proceeded on his way without offering
Where the blame lies for the collision
will probably not be known until after
an investigation.
An effort was made by the Napa Val
ley to tow the Seminole to shallow
water. A hawser was fastened to the
passenger boat and she was being
towed toward the shallow waters west
of Angel island when she began to fill.
The captain of the rescuing vessel
realized the danger to his own boat I
and ordered the line cut. This done,
the Seminole .sank rapidly, floundered
around and turned bottom up; finally
resting on a rock about 400 yards west
of Alcatraz island.
The Corcoran was bandied about until
she sank bottom up and floated out
through the Golden gate into the heads.
She rested at a point one mile off the
Seal rocks. Hundreds of persons who
had heard of the wreck hastened to
the Cliff house with marine glasses
and swept the seas for a glimpse of the
capsized freighter. The tugboat Pilot
and several launches of the life saving
station at Fort Point endeavered until
late afternoon to cast a line about the
wallowing boat, but the heavy seas
which swept over its bottom prevented
a salvage work being successful. Be-
Continued on l'age U, Cvliuun ii
"The People* Newspaper ,,
City hall in Puebla, which town was seized .yesterday by rebels sympathizing with General Diaz (upper picture). In the center is a view of Colonia
Juarez, the exclusive residence section of the City of Mexico, where the leading society women met yesterday to demand peace, even at the cost of interven-
I /ion. The view shows the corner of Liverpool and Dianamarca streets. There was fighting yesterday at the head of Liverpool street. The portrait at the
I left is that of Francis de Iα Barra, who has been named as provisional president by the Maderistas. The other portrait is that of Francisco I. Madero, who
I resigned the presidency of the republic yesterday.
Bulgarians Feign Retreat
and Moslem Ships Fire on
Own Men—Armies
Going to Pieces
LONDON, Feb. 15. —An uncensored
Constantinople dispatch to the Chron
icle reports that the Bulair line of
fortifications was- captured by the al
lies Tuesday.
According to this account, the Turk
ish fleet, operating from the Darda
nelles, was assisting to repel the Bul
garian attack. The Bulgarians feigned
a sudden detreat and were followed by
the Turks. The Turkish warships, not
realizing the situation, continued their
bombardment and Inflicted heavy losses
on their own men.
The Greek fleet, in the gulf of Saros,
supported the Bulgarians, who faced
about, drove homo their attack and
thereby captured the forts.
Thirteen thousand Greeks landed on
the Aegean coast at Aivajth on Mon
day. The Turkish position is consid
ered precarious all along the line.
The capture of Bulair has not been
confirmed by other sources.
A Dardanelles dispatch to the Dally
Mail, dated Tuesday, describes a similar
ruse as having occurred the previous
Friday, with the result that the Bul
garian batteries on the slope of the
Kurudagh opened a terrific shrapnel
flre. The Turks fled back to *the
shelter of the Bulair intrenchments
with a loss of 3,000 killed and wounded.
The Constantinople correspondent of
the Daily News describes the demorali
zation of the Turks at Bulair, where,
he says, the first fighting proved the
vaunted Asiatic troops to be worthless.
The correspondent adds that the Gal
liopoli armies are going to pieces ex
actly like Abdullah Pasha's host at
Lule Burgas and that chaos reigns at
Tchatalja. Schefket Pasha, he de-
dares, realizes that Turkey Is unable
to continue the war.
Heavy fighting with considerable
losses is reported to have occurred at
Bulair Thursday. Portions of the town
of Adrianople are said to be in flames
from the bombardment.
Sofia reports that a detachment from
the Turkish garrison at Adrianople
has deserted to the Bulgarian lines.
Turkey is expelling Greeks whole
sale from Constantinople and around
the Dardanelles. . —*•— ~ -~ ■-^
The map shows the section of the City of Mexico that has been the scene of fighting for a week- The arsenal
was the fortress of General Diaz and his adherents and from this point they raked that section of the city lying be
tween the national palace, where the Maderistas were entrenched, and the arsenal. In Indepencia street the Twen
tieth infantry of the federal army yesterday deserted to the rebels. In Victoria street a woman was killed by a burst
ing shell. Some of the severest fighting was in San Juan de Lateran street, where many buildings were damaged.
Warships, Well on the Way to Mexican Ports, Probably Will
Continue to Their Destinations
was received. Coincident with the receipt of this report a wireless message was flashed to the navy
(Special Dispatch to The Call)
TACOMA, Feb. 14.—An explosion
which blew out many windows, shook
the three story hotel Rhein to its
foundations and started a fire which
dangerously burned two men, was
caused today by a lodger's attempt at
suicide. George Biear, a laborer, had
unscrewed the gas pipe connected with
a small heater and crawled into bed
to await the end. George Havell, the
proprietor, smelling the ~ climbed
on a chair to open the transom and
struck a match. The explosion that
followed enveloped the proprietor and
the lodger in flames. The latter was
dragged out unconscious and Havell
was also painfully hurt.
Oregon* Kifciitlip and \ewspaprr
Man Come to Illown
SAL.EM, Ore.. Feb. 14.—Governor
Oswald West and Frank I* Perkins, a
Portland newspaper man, came to blows
tonight in the. capltol rotunda. Neither
was visibly hurt. —- — .—- .^
first of the six American warships to
reach its destination off the shores of
the revolution torn republic.
Five other warships are well on
thftir way toward Mexican ports, and
Acting Secretary Winthrop said to
night that in all probability they would
continue to their destination.
Not less prepared was the army. The
entire first brigade of the first di
vision, 3,000 strong, is under marching
orders and awaiting the command of
Major General Leonard Wood, chief of
staff, to entrain from their respective
stations in New York and proceed to
Newport News, Va., where four army
transports are fully equipped and pro
visioned to set out for the gulf of
Mexico to augment the naval forces.
• Of the battleships the Georgia is due
to reach Vera Crua .tomorrow, while
the Virginia Is due in Tampieo the
same day.
By Sunday the Nebraska and Ver
mont also should have completed their
Journey to Vera Cruz. The cruiser
South DakQta should He off Acapulco,
along a storm center of the revolution,
not later than Sunday. Aβ they are
ail so near their destinations, Acting
Cootipned on P«»e 3, Colurna a
"An Independent Newspaper ,,
(Spwial Dispatch to Tie Call)
RENO, Feb. 14.—Warden Cowing
will not again face the difficulty of
obtaining men to carry ouf 1 an execu
tion by shooting. He has an auto
matic contrivance which will do the
work. Three specially constructed
rifles fitted with maxim silencers, to
gether with a steel cage, complete the
equipment. The guns are aimed at
the condemned man's heart and make
no sound when fired- Spectators only
know a murderer has been executed
when his body collapses.
SEATTLE, Feb. 14.—An investigation
of the merger of the telephone and
telegraph companies of the country,
particularly the absorption by the
Sunset Telephone and Telegraph com
pany of the Independent Telephone
companies on the Pacific coast, will be
begun by the federal grand Jury which
will assemble here Monday, according
to an article which will appear in the
Seattle Poet-Intelligencer tomorrow.
warmi ' Ughf north wind.
You the
Call's Picture Film
if you are on Market Street
this afternoon at 2 o'clock.
American Embassy Unable to Confirm Positively Report
That Head of Battle Torn Republic Had Tired of
Continuous Revolt and Had Quit; For Hours Preced
ing Spread of Rumor Streets Are Filled With Roar of
Cannon and Whir of Machine Guns; Losses Heavy
MEXICO CITY, Feb. 14.—The senate called a session at 7:30 o'clock
tonight. Senor de la Barra, on his way to the senate, made a brief address,
assuring the citizens who crowded around that an early settlement was as
sured, possibly before morning.
SAN ANTONIO, Tex., Feb. 14.—A dispatch to the Express from Mexico
City says, heavy cannonading was heard at 10 o'clock tonight and it is be
lieved the federals again are advancing.
MEXICO CITY, Feb. 14.—
The resignation of Francisco I.
Madero from the presidency is,
believed to be in the hands of the
Mexican congress. It was au
thoritatively stated that Madero
agreed to resign if the senate so
wished. The senate was called
into session about 8 o'clock to
night to take action on this im
portant phase of the situation.
At the British legation, where
Senor de la Barra took refuge
Thursday, it was stated that Ma
dero's resignation practically had |
been arranged for and that De la
Barra probably would succeed
him in the presidency.
Later, Senor de la Barra, while
proceeding through the streets in an :
automobile, stopped and made a brief ]
address, assuring the crowds that a
peace settlement was certain and
probably would be reached before
morning. De la Barra had been in
consultation with both Madero and
Diaz regarding a quick settlement in
order to avoid intervention.
At 6 o'clock tonight General Huerta,
the federal commander, gave the order
to cease firing. Soon detachments of
federals were seen marching from
their positions to the government
base near the palace, their guns slung
on their backs.
The laws of Mexico make it neces
sary for the resignation of the presi
dent to be submitted to congress, and
for this reason official announcement
of the resignation of Madero may be
delayed considerably, even if already
decided upon.
Another development of the early
evening was the resignation of Rafael
Hernandez as minister of the interior.
Whether hostilities will be resumed
tomorrow naturally depends upon the
action of the president and congress.
In case of dilatory tactics it is not
impossible that Diaz may decide to
force the action. He repeatedly has
said that nothing short of the resigna
tion of the president would satisfy him
—that Madero must resign or he him
self die fighting.
Another exchange of notes took place
today between General Huerta and the
rebel commander. That of Huerta was
of a conciliatory character. It offered
Diaz permission to retire In peace with
his men. Diaz replied that he would
continue to fight.
His army repulsed with great loss
and after his absolute failure to sub
jugate Diax, with not half the number
of men, Madero was subjected to the
pleading of his closest friends, many
going so far as to demand his resig
The government has not been
whipped, nor have the rebels. Diaz is
not attempting to whip the govern
ment at present, but merely to resist
it, and for six days he and his forces
have done that in an eminently bril
liant manner, although the methods
employed resulted in a ruthless bom
bardment of the capital by two heavy
forces of artillery.
The damage done today was not as
great as on previous days, but this was
due merely to a change of tactics, and
Mexicans high in public life, knowing
that a continuation of hostilities in
Development in Mexico
Fifth Day of the Revolt
The resignation of President
Frandiro I. Madero and the
substitution of De le Barra as
provisional president «hie s«e
ond tenure of (hat office), was
reported In private and newa
dispatches from Mexico City.
John Barrett, director of the
Pan- \iiier'can I a lon. extol*
General Harrl««m Gray Otis of
Los Angeles ■■ peculiarly fitted
by military service and lofty
character 1o act as mediator
between contending: element*.
During , forenoon and afternoon
main body of federals under
General Huerta, supported by
machine guns and artillery.
planted »«<> squares nearer ar
aennl, made several unsuccesa
ful attempt* to dislodge Fell
Former American ambassador
narrowly escape* death from
stray bullets while entering;
the embassy.
Thousands of hungry peon* are
penniless and clamoring; for
food. The governor of the
federal district is Issuing free
bread to prevent hunger riots.
Orders were Issued regarding the
transports at Ne-roport News to
leave tomorrow vrlth 3.000
I'nlted States troops for GaJ
veston. Tex. A force of 5,000
marines Is assembling oft th«
Mexican coast.
President Taft maintains his at
titude of nonintervention and
will not ask congress to act
unless either belligerent as
sails American or other non-
Mexicans deliberately as "for
eigners. ,. The president Is said
to be holding "hands off until
at leaat 20,000 United States
troops are ready to cross the
the city might easily result In Inter
vention, spared no efforts to bring ,
about a settlement.
To those watching the battle It was
no surprise to hear the bugles sound
the order for the federals to cease
The tired soldiers obeyed with alac
rity, but.the effect on the rebel lines
of Huerta's order was different. The
small arm fire increased In volume, as
if the besieged were expressing de
fiance. Ten minutes later all firing
along the federal lines ceased, but that
from the rebels continued, though in
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