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• Papex\/br • California Homes. VOLUME 114. —NO. 165 OFFICERS KILLED IN AIRSHIP COLLAPSE Villa Hurls Rebel Army Against 5,000 Federals 1 BATTLE ISRAGING CLOSE 10 JUAREZ Victory Will Mean Control of State of Chihuahua and Fate of Mexico City May Be Decided BULLETIN WASHINGTON, Nov. 24.—8y the personal order of the secretary of the navy, Rear Admiral Fletcher started for Tuxpam, Mexico, today en board the battleship Louisiana. Secretary Daniels directed Admiral Fletcher to make the trip to obtain personal and direct information from Tuxpam, where the American oil interests are reported to be threat ened by the rebels. EL PASO. Nov. 24.—The federals and rebels, 5,000 strong on each side, are reported in battle today about 20 miles south of Juarez. General Pancho has massed almost his entire army at Samalyuca to make his grand effort at repulsing the thousands of federals moving on Juarez for a recapture. A few minor skirmishes between the advance guards of these forces have taken General Villa claims to have been victorious in these, but the main body of federals Is still advancing and a terrific battle is expected. Villa has made all preparations to fall back to Juarez in the event of defeat. VIM.A STAGES PHIZK I'KiHT General Villa sees the importance of the impending battle. He says vic tory will ultimately mean the over throw of Huerta. as he and Carranza have an agreement to unite their forces and make a determined attack in Mexico City. Villa has earned the title among Americans of "Nero II." Through his dictatorial methods he forced a prize fight between Vie Han son of Salt Lake City and Jack Her rick of Kewanee to be staged at noon so that he could witness it, and a bull fight in the same arena the same aft ernoon, rushing from the battle field to witness both. When Hanson's man ager, Fred Winsor, refused to fight on account of the small attendance Villa ordered him arrested. He was released upon going ahead with the ■ 'mtest. The fight went 20 rounds to 111 Kit I V IN DESPERATE STRAITS MEXICO CITY, Nov. 24.—The Mexi ran government announced today that General Navarret, the federal cora -uander. had reached Victoria, the cap ital of Tamaulipas, Saturday and re lieved that city. Exery effort within their power is being utilized by Huerta and his cab inet to conceal from the Mexican pub lic the disastrous straits of the gov ernment. The defeats of the federals are turned into victories In "official announcements and explanations ac companying the drastic relief meas ures, which are of such character as to make it appear they are being taken for the good of the populace. General Mlanrjuet, in speaking for his chief, declared today the government Is confident Juarez will again be in the possession of the federals before the end of the present week. The papers, which are under strict censor ship, received this information from the minister of war: YOUNG MERCHANTS Every boy who sells Calls not only makes a good prof it, but he acquires a foundation for a successful busi ness career. Be one of THE CALL NEWSBOYS THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL MEXICAN EMBASSY FOR JAPAN ARRIVES HERE Mexican ambassadors on their way to Japan. From left to right: Luis U. Garvan, Manuel Guasque, Rodolfo Nervo and Norberto Dominguez. WALTER M'CREERY SAFELY IN FRANCE Attorney MePike Learns News From Eccentric Millionaire's Brother, With Fugitive "Walter McCreery, the eccentric mil lionaire, who was declared an in competent by the courts a year ago, and who escaped from the Eos Muer tos rancho near Hollister on October 27, is in France, according to a tele gram received here from H. H. Mc- j Pike, his guardian. MePike went to New York in search i of his ward, and since arriving there [ has been In cable communication with > Eawrence McCreery, a brother of the j eccentric millionaire. Eawrence McCreery met his brother, I Walter, at Havre, France, after the 1 latter had landed on French soil, fol- I lowing his exciting escape from the Los Muertos rancho. The movements of Attorney MePike are contingent upon the outcome of his cable arrangements with Law- ! rence McCreery. In a recent tele- j gram to J. C. Murray of this city Mc- Pike stated that he might leave for : Europe to bring his ward back. Japanese Liner, With 60 Americans, Grounds YOKOHAMA, Japan, Nov. 24— With 60 first class passengers aboard, mostly American, the steamship Min nesota, from Manila to Seattle via Hongkong an d Yokohama. went aground here yesterday on a sand bank In the straits of Shimonoseki Tugs worked throughout the day without success. The vessel is not in a dangerous position. Guests of The Call Will Go to Oakland Next Sunday on Free Trip The fourth around the bay excursion of The Call will be given next Sunday. Prospective property buyers should register their namegjpdaddresses atTfisCall office immediately. For more particulars read article on another page of The Call today, and read the articles to follow every day this week. v. fP^ FOURTEEN PAGES — SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1913 WOMAN MAY BE WINDOW BURGLAR Apron Wrapped Around Stone Lying in Shattered Glass Is Clew to Mystery Is the "window breaking burglar" a woman? A cobblestone wrapped in a woman's apron reposing In shattered glass in j the show window of the Pacific States i Electric c ompany, 575 Mission street, ■ early this morning has opened this ; theory to the police. Two trade medals, one silver and one gold, were all that was taken ' from the show window. A small cir ! cular hole was first cut in the window with a glass cutter, but evidently this i was too small, for the cobblestone was j used afterward. j The "window breaking burglar" has 1 mystified the police. Plain clothes men stationed along Market street, I and other patrolmen on special watch, have failed to get any sight of the distinctive robber, who actually shat tered show windows and committed robberies under their very eyes. The woman's apron inclosing the j cobblestones used in last night's bur j glary, leads the police to believe a ! woman may have committed all the | burglaries, and this might explain j why the "window breaking burglar" ! has not been detected, for the police never thought to rook for a woman. MACHINE TOPPLES; TWO NAVAL EMPLOYES KILLED NEWBUROH, N. V., Nov. -i _Two men were killed today when caught under a hoisting apparatus as it top pled down an embankment at the l ulled States naval station on lona island in tiie Hudson river. Senoi rie ia Barra to Finish Mission in Which Diaz and Madero Failed Mexico, in spite of its internal trou bles and two previous failures, is makin ganother effort to thank Japan for its participation in the Mexican centennial in 1910. Incidentally, there is room for the belief that the southern republic is making one more attempt to convert the understanding between Nippon and Mexico into an alliance that will strengthen the hand of the trouble torn republic. Four members of a special embassy from Mexico City arrived today on the liner Peru and will leave for Japan Thursday on the Manchuria. President Hadero'a brother was the | first chosen to undertake the commis j sion, but his assassination caused h i postponement. Then came Felix Diaz. His credentials were canceled at Van ! couver and lie went back to find him ' self persona non grata in the Huerta DE LA BARRA HEADS EMBASSY The head of this latest embassy is , Francisco Leon de la Barra, Mexican I minister to France, who will meet the four who arrived today in Japan. De la Barra, with two military attaches, I will go to the orient via the Trans- Siberian railroad. Those who arrived on the Peru are: ; Noberto Dominguez, RoiOlfo Nervo, ! Manuel Gasque and Luis U. Galvan. Tbey are ail prominent in the polit ical life of the republic and represent the highest type of Mexican citizen ship. "Our mission," said Galvan. who Is •particular secretary to the governor of Mexico City,' "has no political sig nifle&nce. We are going to Japan on a long deferred errand of courtesy. President Madero's brother was to have gone, but was unfortunate enough to die. Fell* Diaz had to re turn to attend to personal business. W i are now on our way. Japan sent a Special embassy to our centennial in 1910 and we are going to return that courtesy." DEPRECATES RUMOR OK A 1,1,1 - AJfCE Galvan scouted the idea that the relations between Japan and Mexico were other than appears on the sur face. He denounced the report that Mexico was buying arms and ammu nition In Japan as absurd. "We Mexicans are tired of this con tinual war and hope it will soon be over. We have a rich country and should be developing it instead of fighting. Regarding the possibility of Huerta's retirmeent I know nothing. Nobody knows what Huerta will do. If he does go we have plenty of good men to take his place " Actor's Suffragette Sister Is Jailed BIRMINGHAM. Kng.. Nov. 24.—i Eliza Forbes Robertson, suffragette \ sister of the famous actor, was to day sentenced to Jail for 14 days for j smashing windows. SUSPEND 7 S. C. U. MEN FOR REVEL Two Star Footballers Among Those Listed "Persona non Grata" After Party SAN .lOSK, Nov. 24. —Students of Santa Clara university are much agi tated over the report that seven of the student body have been suspended on a charge of Insubordination, a de velopment of a recent "party" in which several undergraduates partici pated. Art Itamage, the star who played fullback on the All-American team against the New eZaland All-Blacks, and Gus Voight. varsity captain and forward on the All-American, are list ed in the number "persona non grata" to the faculty. Uamage and Voight are among the most popular men on the campus. Their friends, together with the fol lowing of the other exiles, contem plate getting up a petition to take before the faculty in hope of winning gentleness from "the powers that be." Train Conductor III; New One by Wireless ! NKtV YOR", ftm. 24—Thf> con ductor in charge of the Lackawanna Limited that left Hoboken for Buf falo Sunday morning was taken ill while his train was "0 miles this side of Scranton, Pa. Ordinarily a delay for changing conductors would have been necessaryl But there was no delay. The train was equipped with wireless telegraph service; it is the only train so equipped in the world. The conduc tor notified the wireless operator and he sent a message to the superintendent at Scranton. When the train pulled into Scranton a little more than half an hour later a relief conductor stepped aboard ready to take charge. Bramwell Booth and Brother Reconcile NEW YORK. Nov. 24.—General Bramwell Booth, commander of the Salvation Army, and General Paling ton Booth, commander of the Volun teers of America, were reconciled this afternoon after an estrangement last ing nearly 18 years. They met as the guests of Rev. Alden L. Bennett at the Alpha Delta Phi club house, and later there was a private meeting be tween the two brothers. The inter view was solely about family affairs and there is no possibility that the two organizations will ever merge. Railway Station Is Burned by Militants BIRMINGHAM, Eng., Nov. 24.— The Midland railway station at Castle Bromwich. a suburb, was to day partially destroyed by fire set by suffragettes, ,and placards threatening the destruction of all railway stations unless votes are given to women were found "in the vicinity. Try to Save Ship; Effort Proves Futile NAPLES, Nov. 24. —All guns and ammunition were removed today from the armored cruiser San Giorgie. 1 which ran aground under a full head |of steam near Messina Friday night. In spite of lightening the vessel it I remained fast. Nearly 100 feet of i the forward end of the ship is em j bedded in the sand and rock. Gompers and Aids to Debate Strike Here Most of the members of the execu tive council of the American Federa tion of Labor will come to San Fran cisco with President Samuel Oompers, following their meeting In Seattle to day, to assist in attempting to set tle the strike against the Pacific Gas and Klectric company by two wings of the Brotherhood of Electrical Engi neers. OPERA HOUSE PLAN IS WANTED Los Angeles Has Asked for Plan Which Mayor Rolph Vetoes, Says Polk Los Angeles wants"the opera house designs and plans which San Frau clsco turned down by the veto of Mayor Rolph, according to a state ment made this morning by Willis Polk, architect of the plans. Polk said that he had received a wire from a Los Angeles promoter asking that the plans be submitted to him and assuring Polk that he would raise the money from Los Angeles opera lovers to go ahead with the proposition at once. That an amendment to the law of eminent domain my be a solution of the opera house problem for San Franciaco was Indicated this morning when City Attorney Long, answering a query from Supervisor Bancroft, said that by changing the statute the city might condemn the special rights to the seats and boxes at any time in the future. Polk declares that this would meet the approval of ail the subscribers. "They would all be glad of it," said Polk. "They would be getting their money hack, nni when the efty* put up the seats and boxes for sab' t : would naturally »o to the same orig inal ►subscribers. They are the only ones who would buy them. SYSTEM USED I\ \BW VOHK "The real lovers of opera are In North Peach and the Mission, but the supporters of opera are those who nave subscribed to this fund. "That's the reason New York is Continued on Vaise 2, Column 1 Want This Railroad? It Is Guaranteed to Lose Money Every Day Here is a chance for some enter prising person to acquire a perfectly good railroad, guaranteed to lose raoney consistently s»nd in huge sums. Officials of the Klamath Lake Kail road company appeared befor ethe railroad commissioners this morning and gave many good reasons why the commission should allow them to abandon the line. They said that it had been built for a special purpose, namely to haul lumber to a sawmill that had been burned. Now that the sawmill is nil the railroad lias been losing many thousands dollars a year. As the promoters are the only ones to lose, it is probable that the com mission will grant the company per mission to abandon the line to weeds and wild animals. Witnesses in Graft Probe Intimidated NEW YORK, Nov. 24.—A campaign of intimidation to prevent witnesses in the police-swindler graft investi gation from backing up their charges before theg rand jury has been started by friends of the men whose names have been mentioned in the confes sions of the wire tappers. Every one of the squealers has been told "it will be better not to testify," according to District Attorney Whitman. "Remember what hapened to 'Big Jack,' " was the warning given to one witness. "Big Jack" Zelig was shot to death In the street. Shrimp Fishing Is Resumed by Chinese After two years of enforced idle ness the Chinese shrimp fishers are again on the job. Shrimp fishing was resumed yesterday under the new conditions Imposed by the state law. The ancient junks are not to be used any more. The law forbids the use of the Chinese bag and the stationary net, and in order to comply with the legal requirements the." fishers are now using the gasoline.launch. Firvst Gi*ea.t Dai^y Founded. -1856 j "Men Must Have Nerve,"SaysOffi= cer in Command CAPTAIN A. W. COWAN, commander at the avia tion camp, would comment only briefly on the effect of the accident. "Aviation must be con tinued," he said, "even though men are killed. Men are killed also in automobile races and in various other ways that have to do with the scientific development of all sorts of transportation. I can only say that men must have nerve." $ 40,000,000 RATE INCREASE ASKED Railroad Head Admits 5 Per Cent Boost Would Be Costly to Shippers WASHINGTON, Nov. 24.—President Daniel %Yillard of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad today. asked the inter- state commerce commission to author ize a flat Increase of 5 per cent in the freight rates on 52 railroads operating east of the Mississippi river. He ad mitted the increase would cost ship pers of the United States approxi mately $10,000,000 on the present ay- With Eggs 75 Cents, U. S. Starts an Inquiry Into High Living Cost WASHINGTON. Nov. 2 4.—The gov ernment will Investigate the high cost of living. Attorney Oeneral Mcßey nolds today issued instruction* to all federal district attorneys to begin at once a sweeping inquiry of cold stoi age conditions. The probe will be nation wide. The purpose of the investigation, outlinen by the attorney general Is to ascer tain whether there is concerted ac tion between commission merchants and others to increase the cost of the necessities of life. The soaring of eggs and butter this season is believed to be the Immedi ate cause for this action. Veteran Remits $10 For Groceries He Got 30 Years Ago STOCKTON. Nov. 24.— W. B. Hard acre, a Stockton civil war veteran, received a letter and check for $10 today from a Mind, 85 year old vet eran of Long Beach. More than 30 years ago the blind veteran, acted as clerk for Hardacre in a grocery in a small Kansas town. The Long Beach veteran stated that he took $10 worth of groceries once and never paid for tiiem. He asked for Hardacre's for giveness. Stolen Coat Found; Other Woman Had It Mrs. O. L- Becker of 1330 Buchanan street, today recovered a $500 seal skin coat, which she lost a year ago, and by the payment of $5 for re pairs to the woman who- won it re gained its possession at once. The coat was stolen from Mrs. Becker at a nickelodeon. Today, riding on a streetcar, • Mrs. Becker saw a worn a a wearing the coat and followed her to 4534 Grove street. Then .she sum moned Corporal E. AY. Brock. 1 lie woman said she had found the gar ment. Vesuvius Rammed and Barely Escapes Sinking NEWPORT, R. U Nov. 24.—The tor pedo practice ship Vesuvius, which served as a dynamite ship during the Spanish-American war, was rammed by a submarine while the two boats we're changing berths in -the harbor here today. Desperate work with the pumps saved the Vesuvius. PRICE ONE CENT MACHINE DROPS AS CONTROL IS LOSI Drop of 80 Feet Ends Lives of Lieutenants Kelly and Ellington Near San Diego SAN DIEGO, Nov. 24. —Two young United States army officers were dashed to deatli here this morning when the aeroplane in which they were riding crashed to the earth from a height of 80 feet. They were Second Lieutenant Eric L. Ell ington, 24 years old, and First Lieu tenant U. M. Kelly, 32 years old. Botl: were exceptional officers in the mili tary service, and their records for daring have been of a high character. The accident occurred at the army aviation camp pear Point Loma. The fvftcers were flying in the same ma chine, Ellington driving and Kelly acting as a passenger. They left cairfp at 7:30 o'clock for a test fligr.-.' over Long island and intende& / ''4../v>all through the clear morning sky for a half hour before breakfasf. THE AKROPLAVK CHIMBI.KS The machine gilded with perfect ease over the still waters of the bay and the officers made several circles over the fortifications of Fort Rose crans before starting south over the Sandy beach. Then suddenly as they rose to fly higher over the land the aeroplane was seen to crumble and fall. They were then 80 feet from the earth. The machine shot like a rock earthward, burying the two young officers under the heavy engine. It is believed they met Instant dead. Offi cers from the aviation camp immedi ately rushed to the scene across the strait in motor boats, but the young men had breathed their last before they were taken from the wreck. An examination of the wreck leads the army officers to believe that loss of control is the cause for the disaster. Both Kelly and Ellington were in the best of spirits before starting on their flight. They were proud of their brilliant records of tb3 past few days and expressed confidence that they would be ordered to the Mexican border if Uncle Sam in tended to intervene. XXI.I.V XATIVK OK 1.0 l ISVILI.K LOUISVILLE, Nov. 24. —Lieutenant Hugh M. Kelly, who was killed in the aviation accident at San Diego, was a native of Louisville and a son of Colonel R. M. Kelly, formerly ed itor of the Commercial. He was a brother of Elisha W. Kelly, a New York newspaper man. FHKNCH AIHJIA.V KILI.KI) CREILL, France, Nov. 24. —Aviator Corbeau was killed here today while monoplaning. WF.L.L KXOWX m THIS CITY Lieutenants Kelly and Ellington were well known by local officers of the United States army. Their rec ords In aviation have been the talk of the local garrisons for the last few weeks. Deep sorrow was expressed this morning at division headquarters of the army over the report of the death of these two young men. Ellington was a second lieutenant of cavalry, unattached. He was ap pointed to the army from civil life. He was born in North Carolina ir, 18S9. His most recent detail was that of second lieutenant of the Third United States cavalry. Kelly was a first lieutenant of in fantry. unattached. He was born in Kentucky >n 1881 and was appointed to the army from civil lite from his native state. His most recent detail was company commander in tbe Twenty-sixth infantry.