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-i -1 VOL. XX. NO. 145. BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1!»12. I’KICE FIVE CENTS SUITS TO RECOVER RAILROAD LANDS f __ TIIE GOVERNMENT ENTERS SUIT AGAINST UNION PACIFIC RAIL ROAD FOR *250.000,0O»>, MINERAL BEARING LANDS. SUIT BROUGHT UNDER ACT OF CONGRESS REQUIRING INTERIOR DEPARTMENT TO EXEMPT SUCH LANDS. illy A xxofialnl PrrxM.) Los Axckj.ks. Cjh., Dec. 20.—Govern ment enters suit against the Southern Pa cific Railroad for two hundred and fifty million dollars worth of mineral hearing lands in Fresno county and other suits are to follow, which will contest the own ership of seven hundred and fifty million dollars worth of lands granted to tin railroad company by a patent alleged have been seen ml under f raudulent rep resentation. Suit brought under the ae of Congress of IStMi. requiring the interim department to exempt mineral bearing lands. OPIUM OUTFIT IS CONFISCATED THE PROPERTY OF TWO YOUNG MEN WHO HAVE BEEN INVITED TO LEAVE THE CITY. The first opium smoking outfit ever found in Brownsville was seized by Chief of Police R. ,1. Tucker and Cus toms Inspector Laulom in a room in a house at Jefferson and Fourteenth streets yesterday morning. The out fit was turned over to t?ie customs of ficials. It consists of a pipe made of bamboo reed, a bowl, a lamp for rooking the opium prior to fJi«* smoke, and a small tin box eont;rf)iing ashes from opium already smoked. There was also a small jar that had contained the op ium paste, but it had practically been used up. Two young men. neither of them more more than 25 years old. who occupied the room, were convicted of vagrancy in tin1 corporation court jiestcrday morn iug. They were each fined *5. the fine being suspended upon their promise to leave town, which they will do on the early train this morning. It could not found that they had smuggled opium into the United States, therefore no charge of any kind could be made against them for having an outfit in their pos session. The owners of the house had no knowl edge that an outfit was in their home, and knew nothing of it until the oflieers seized the pipe and other items. The voting men came here about a month ago and claim they are from Oklahoma City. The elder admitted that he was addicted to the habit “of hitting the pipe” and had been a victim of it four years. The other young man had tried it a few times, but not enough to make him a victim of the habit. They gave their names as Willie Janies and Harry Jones. A machine that threshes grain* as it stands inn field has ben invented by Kansan. SERI WILL GET ADRIATIC SEAPORT AMBASSADORIAL CONFERENCE OF GREAT POWERS RECOGNIZE SER MAS RIGHT TO PORT. AND AL I! A NIA N INI) EI * E N1) E N<' E. DECLARED THAT TFRKS WILL NOT TREAT WITH GREECE, EVEN IF GREECE SHOT'Ll) SIGN ARM IS TICE. (lift Axxoriatrd Pros*.) London-, Dec. 20.—The Ambassadorial conference of the six great powers agreed today on the autonomy of Albania and ;l commercial port on the Adriatic for Ser via. The conference then adjorned until i after Christmas. Peace delegates aecom I plished nothing of a formal nature. It | is declared now that the Turks will not treat with Greece even if the Greeks should sign the armistice. GINNED BEFORE DECEMBER. (lift Axxoriatrd Prrxx.) Washington. D. C.. Dec. 20.—Cotton ginned prior to December amounted to r2.424.s52 bales, according to the census bureau's seventh ginning report, includ ling 75.772 round bales, and Sea Island. 5S.no| bales. Ginning by states:— Alabama . 1.222.22C Arkansas . 700.874 Florida . 52.822 Gerogia .. 1.000.899 Louisiana . 204.112 Mississippi . 884.992 North Carolina . 820.249 Oklahoma . 904.247 South Carolina . 1.127.480 Tennessee . 221.241 Texas . 4.270.540 All other states . 77.800 Sen Island:— Florida . 19.505 Georgia . 24.527 South Carolina . 4.702 GOVERNMENT OF CANAL ZONE. - i I /iff Axxoriatrd Prrxx.) Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 20.Whether the time is now’ opportune to establish cLyiJ government in the canal zone is the pur ix>se of President Taft's visit to Panama he announced here tonight, it being the first explanation given of his trip. lie said. “I expect to issue an order creat ing a new government in the dial zone if I find conditions warrant it." TIIE MARKET REPORT. Kansas City. Mo.. Dee. 10.—Cattle re eeipts. 10.000, including 400 Southerns: southerns, steers. $-4.75 and $7.40. Hogs Receipts, 4.000; steady to strong Sheep -Receipts. 1.000, steady. -- Fort Worth. Dec. 20.—Cattle receipts 1,800; beef steers slow and lower. $5.50 and $7.50. I Hogs Receipts. 1.500. 5 cents lower, top. $7.50. Sheep—Receipts, 020. steady. COTTOX. New Orleans. La.. Dec. 20.—Cotton fu tures closed barely steady at decline. 1 ' ito 21 points. Spot cotton quiet 1-8 off. I WHILE IN THE VALLEY I DON’T FAIL TO VISIT g c7WISSI0N Elevation, 14o feet. I Irrigation, unexcelled. | Drainage, natural. | WE PROVE IT. To be the most progressive, high* | Sly developed, prosperous, thriv- $ ing proposition in the Lower Rio y Grande Valley. g A oersonal investigation will con- p I vince you of the greater advan- | tages and opportunities offered. 1 MISSION UNO IMPROVEMENT COMPANY MISSION, TEXAS | JOHN J. CONWAY i President if Sole Owner \ CITY STREET PAVING IN COURT NEXT _ PROPERTY OWNERS QUESTION RIGHT OF CITY COUNCIL TO TAX THEM AND DECLARE THE ORDI NANCE UN<'(INSTITUTIONAL. IIOMSETEAD LAW CITED—WILL NOT SUBMIT CASE TO COUNCIL LATTER TO PROCEED TO GET PAYING NOTES SIGNED. — j j Giving Him* reasons for action of thirty-four property owners in the pav ing districts protesting against assess iTents for improvements in front of their property, Imt stating that he withheld several oilier bases for the protest lx* ;cause >f tin* fact that he was uncertain jas to them. Attorney Harvey Davenport at the hearing before tin* city council last night caused a sudden cessation of pro ceedings. The meeting adjourned liefore jit had hardly started, and it is probable that when next heard of. the city's pav • ing matters will be in the courts. Mr. Davenport first questioned the au thority of the council to pass on the rights of the propery owners, which tin mayor admitted. He said in the second I place, that the ordinance* upon which the council based its paving procedure is un constitutional. The third obstacle that he I cited was the* homestead law. Mr. Davenport gave the* council little to do. and after talking to it a minute at the* most, it was eleciele*d that all that could lx* done was to adjourn, which was promptly elone*. Judge W. E. Hawkins representing the paving company, asked Mr. Davenjwirt. who at first did not give an inkling as to the nature of the* prei t«*sts, if he* would state any reasons. Mr Davenport then outlines! the* reasons with the e*xception of some of the* correct ne*ss of which lie was uncertain, and which he therefore hesitated to give. Representatives of the paving company attended the hearing with the expectation that they would learn the nature* of the pre>te*sts which the projmrty owners in teneleel to (‘liter, but were forced to leave with little* light on the subject. Then are* ‘‘tip in the air’’ as to the situation TTfTft truiu irhat can be learned it is doubtful if any more paving*Vill lx* done until the paving company find where they stand. The*y have not yet accepted the paving certificates which the* abut ting property owners are to give for pav ing already done. From Mr. Davenport’s atttitude it was gathered that the* property owners would carry their protests to the courts at the projx*r time, and would not bring up their cases before the* council for disposal by that body. So far as the council is eon ce*rne*d. the hearing is entirely closed and it will probably next proee*eel to obtain the* signatures of the property owners to the* paving certificates, or notes, in pay ment for the improvements made. Whether or not the council can forcel the objecting preqierty owners to pay foi the improvements maile* is a matter which |from all indications, will be fought out jin the courts. The projierty owners who have listed as protesting on the elate set for the hearing. December 14. follow: II. A. and J. A. Mstlthy. Jose (Vlaya. W. F. Den nett. Mary Waltgenbach. Mrs. M. E. Vi vier. A. I\ Rarreda. F. Lo|x*z. e*state* of F. Thielen, estate of F. Yturria. estate of S. Celaya. Mrs. A. C. Truwit. Mrs. A Lorber. Mrs. E. C. Forto. Mrs. C. Yuitton net. M. Resteiro. Mrs. L. E. Wreford. A. Rollack. Mrs. S. Ashheim. First Nation al Rank, John Young. E. 1*. Comlx*. C I*. Rarreda. John R. McAllen and son E. L. Hicks, Mrs. Jas. A. Rrowne. Albert A. Rrowne. estate of Mrs. Sander. Ras ilio Garcia. Mrs. Julia P. ele Resteiro. Valentin Gnvito. J. Resterio & Rro.. E. G. Fernandez, and J. L. George*. 0 Tlu*re will also lx* other pro|>ertv own ers in the list it is expect eel. The* list given ente*red on the day se*t for he*aring. December It. and after their name*s wore re*orded bv the council the* hearing was (•loseel to all other projierty owners. How jever. at the jxistponed lmaring We*diie*s day afternoon additional names were sub mit ted by the attorneys, but were stricken from the list by the council because thev were not in the list that ajqx*are*«l on the 14th. the legal day for jirotests. CHARGED WITH PERJURY. _ Jim Phillip, a Svrian. was given a hearing beforee* United States Comission je*r Wm. J. Russell yesterday afternoon on ! a charge alleging perjury. Tie was held over to the grand jury on lxmd in the sum of $100. Phillip is allege*d to have given jierjured evidence in a hearing lx* fore Immigration Insjx*etor S. R. Hop kins in the case* of Alexander Abraham j also a Syrian, who is an alien. The tes , timony in Abraham’s case has lx*en sent ito the* Department of Commerce and La j lx»r to be passed on. DIAMOND MERCHANT FOUND MURDERED BODY OF .T. II. LOCUE FOUND IN HIS OFFICE. WITH SEVENTEEN KNIFE WOUNDS, AND PISTOI BULLET IN SHOULDER. BELIEVED THAT WOMAN WAS AC COMPLICE IN CRIME, AS IIE WAS CACHED WITH PIECE OF RIB BON. (By Associated Press.) C'hincAfio. Ills., Dec. HO.—A mystery surrounds tin* brutal murder today of J II. Logue. diamond merchant, found dead in his office with seventeen stab wound.* in his laxly and a pistol bullet in hi* j shoulder. Logue was responsible for son .teiicing diamond tlieives many years ago | and it is thought revenge may have bee the motive, although a woman is suspect j 1 ed hi complicity in tin* plot, as In* was ‘gagged with a piece of black ribbon. Whether robbery entered into the crinit is not known. The office safe was found unlocketf but there were bloody finger prints am' a bloody rag inside. Chicago. Dec. 2ft.—Twelve hours aftei .1. II. Logue. a diamond merchant had .been murdered within a block of Cliica [go’s busiest street corner in the most bru tal manner known in local police history, i four were arrested for the crime. Oik is Claud Stratton, escaped from the Ohi< penitentiary. The names of the otliei [three, two men and one woman, are not revealed by the police. SCHOOLS CLOSE FOR HOLIDAYS. With special exercises in several of the grades, and with a Christmas cantata land Santa Claus in Miss Clara Belle Smith’s the fourth grade, the publb schools closed yesterday for the Christ mas holidays. Secretary C. M. fiarza of the school board stated yesterday afternoon that the re-opening date of the schools has |lieen set for Thursday. January 2. This [was agreed upon by members of tin lioard yesterday afternoon. ___ j The Incarnate Word Academy and otliei iCatholic schools also closed vesterdav foi I the holidays. TAFT CONORATULATS SOUTH. St. Augustine, Dec. 20.—In a speech here tonight the President congratulat jed the South on the election of Wilson, and predicted nation-wide prosperity un der the new administration. Taft said: ‘*1 congratulate you on tin* prospect that in this aministration to come South and North may be brought more closely to get her and the South may have a widei influence because of the success of tin democratic party.” FORECAST. East Texas—Fair in the north, local rains in south portion Saturday; Sunday fair. West Texas—Fair Saturday and Sun day. SLOWLY CROWS THE FUND FOR CHARITY. A box of clothing, contributed by II. jGrunewald, including ten cassimere coats and vests for men. was the largest dona tion received by the cahrity eommitte* yesterday. A large, warm woolen com fort contributed by some gentlemen whose name has lieen inadvertantly mis laid, and $l.r>ft in cash given by T. R Tomlinson, completes yesterday’s re ceipts. Welcome additions these to the slowh growing fund for the house of shelter foi the poor and suffering ones in our midst The thought of the warmth and conifer* which they will bring to some of thosf who would suffer when the biting cold comes again, but for these benefactions will lie ample reward for the generous donors. It is hoped that, as our jienple awaker gradually to a realization of the din need of so many of the poor Mexicans they will respond in greater numbers t« the call. If all could but know how many deaths have occurred among thesi poor people since the winter began, and could realize that poverty—dire, unrelent ing poverty—is the chief cause of all thi suffering, probably all of us would Ik eager to include a few at least of tin sufferers in the list of our Christina) giving. Just a dollar or two out of the sum spent for gifts, for people who generall do not need them, if given to that littl< shelter for the poor on Fourth street would hardly lie missed by the donors am yet would add so much Christmas cheei to the lot of those needy ones. Have you given—and you? MAYOR COLE 10 ASK FOR A NEW HEARING ATTOBXEYS EXPECT TO FILE M<> TIOX TODAY WOBK X1C11T A X I * DAY TO BE BEADY BEFORE COFBT AD.IOFBXS. IX EVENT XFAY TBIAL is xot CBAXTED THE CASE WILE BE TAKEX OX FP TO THE IIICII EB COFBTS. Attorneys for tile respondent. Mayor A. B. Cole, in the city election eases, upon which Judge W. B. Hopkins Thurs dny afternoon handed down a verdict P Hie effect that the municipal election was ; void, will not take advantage of tin twenty days allowed by law in which to tile a motion for a new trial. Attorneys B. B. Creager and Cordon Boone an preparing tin* motion, and will submit it to Judge Hopkins for a decision this morning. in an effort to tile the motion before the adjournment ot this term of the dis trict court, today being the last day of the session. Attorneys Boone and Creag er were engaged the entire day yesterday jam! last night in the effort to have tin motion prepared for submission this morning. They were also engaged in go ing through the court stenographer's notes to gather the exceptions of which thev gave notice when the decision wa> ! • | made Thursday afternoon. In the event that a new trial is not granted, the case will be appealed to tin j higher courts. It the case goes to tin highr courts, as is exjiected. it is not pro liable, according to information obtained that a decision will he had in the next six months. Pending a decision from the higher 'coutts. the personnel of tile cit.\ adminis Itratiou will remain as it is at present. : MEXICO MUSI GIVE state department i aimiitity PKEPAK1 N<« NOTE OF KEPEKSEX TAT ION TO MEN ICO OEM AN01 NO* PEOTE« TION FOR AM EE IVANS. DEMAND AEISES FROM FACT THAT MEXICAN' VON HIT IONS HAVE STEADILY CROWN WORSE SIXFK MONTH OF SEPTEM It EE. - • ( It if 1 xsnriithil /Vcvm.) * i W\siiin'..tox, D. V.. Dee. 20. Henry Lane Wilson. X li i lei I States Ambassador to .Mexico, left here today for New York. i from where lie will sail at once for .Mex I iro, without the expected note of repre mentations which this government is pre paring for the Mexican government de niauding protection for American citizens and property. This action is taken as a further evi dence of the intention of the administrn lion to deal with this delicate and diffi cult situation with caution. A commiiii 'nation is being prepared with the great est care at the state department and will be transmitted to Wilson shortly aftei his arrival in Mexico t’ity early in dan nary. The deliberation with which the Fn itcd States officials are moving is ex petted to result in demands that will In* unanswerable except by prompt and ade ipiate action to fully meet the demands of the Fnitcd States for the protection of Xmcriean interests in N^exico. The justification for the demand is found in the fact that conditions have steadilv grown worse in Mexico since the dispatch of Secretary Knox's protest in Septem ber. and that there has Iiihui marked increase of brigandage, kidnapping of Americans, and levying forced war h by rebels on American mines and plan tat ions. Ii SAN BENITO THE BIG CANAL TOWN | The livest and largest new town in Texas in the LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY San Benito has grown from nothing to ov»r four thousand population io 1 four years and today offers best location for commercial and ir> i dustrial nterprises in Sou rawest Texas Natural advnn ages ;!'! and improvements already made insure city rf i in par Lire e 1 Ths growth and development hrvn ">*»|v *tsrr<*d NEARLY HALE A MILLION i i i Dollars railr< d business on St Loui-t. Brmv m.. ille and \1< xim K.nlw*' at San Benito, in one year, ^ixiy-seven per eoi» ..rue owr • • >• / of previous year. Year ending April 80th 1911 19i » Freight received 142,819 4 1 235.880 ?r Freight forwarded 42,839.23 96.100 2! Express received 12,339.64 15.426 23 Express forwarded 18.09s.24 19.ft?; 41 Ticket sales 31,46ft 95 43.96ft 66 jii Excess Baggage 292.25 178 7ft Switching, storage, and in demurrage No recoru 3,201.11 » .- -. || Total Value of Business 248,030.95 414,075.65 Above represents only the amount paid to the fit. I,. B. ft. M. for hand ling business shown and NOT THE VALUE OF PRODUCTS HANDLED Eighty Thousand Acres of Rich Delta Soil irrigated from the big San Benito Canal surround the town of San Ba nito. Twenty-five thousand acres already in cultivat'on. Intcrurban Railroad Now in Progress over 40,000 acres of this tract serving every farm with convenient freight and express service. Extension being made on the balance of the tract. Rio Hondo, Santa Maria, Carricltos, I/os Indies and La PaJoma on interurban road out of San Benito. Convenient schedule. It will Pay you to Investigate San Benito before engaging in farming, commercial or Industrial en erprlse* else- , .BENITO LAND 5 WATER L j ' Mil BENITO, THUS._j 111 ■ mu mi Til a » wiiia I II I t- t r r rr r row •• • • • • • • ♦" • » •» • • • • • • —»»■ »■ KO-PRES-KO-KAKE ; • • Means Profit and Economy TO CATTLE FEEDERS: H Call at our New Oil Mill and let us convince you. First!5000 pounds sold to T. J. Lawson, of this city. • "! We continue to manufacture the best ice obtainable. | : PEOPLES ICE AND MANUFACTURING CO. I ' H ii r rt . _ ___i J • _i0_. 1 9 & rtW~ r ** r • ■ • ' » » J 1 „ , -T — . - ...A. m ww, — m » . » • ♦ —ft -+■ -• — -■ .<§ I * * —* .+ £ +- * ‘ * -* *• * 1 i * 4+ .