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i . HALLE LR MINIE DIVES ILLUSTRATIONS LAURERSTOUT # ! 4 § fSj U made aided ble with with SYNOPSIS. John Valiant, a rich society favorite, suddenly discovers that the Valiant cor poration. which his father founded and which was the principal source of his wealth, has failed. He voluntarily turns over his private fortune to the receiver for the corporation. His entire remaining possessions consist of an old motor car, a white bull dog and Damfory court, a neg lected estate in Virginia. On the way to Damory court he meets Shirley Dand rldge. an auburn-haired beauty, and de cides that he is going to like Virginia im mensely. Shirley's mother, Mrs. Dand ridge, and Major Bristow exchange rem iniscences during which it is revealed that the major,'' Variant's father, and a man named Sassoon were rivals for the, hand of Mrs. Dandridge in her youth. Sassoon and Valiant fought a duel on her account in which the former was_ killed. Valiant finds Damory court overgro with weeds and creepers and decides rehabilitate the place. Shirley from the bite of a snake, which bites him. Knowing the deadliness of the bite, Shirley sucks the poison from the wound and saves ids life. Valiant learns for the first time that his father left Vir ginia on account of a duel in which Doc tor Southall and Major Bristow acted as til* father's seconds. Valiant and Shirley become good friends. Mrs. Dandridge faints when she meets Valiant for the first time. Valiant discovers that he has a fortune in old walnut trees. with « n to Valiant eaves cars left and in the field CHAPTER XXL—Continued. "I got over it before I was enough to make myself a butt of hi larity," the doctor retorted. "I see by the papers they've invented a new dance called the grizzly bear, lieve there's another namejl the yip • kyoodle. I hope you've got 'em down pat to show the young folk tonight, Bristow." The major got up with some irrita Southall," he said, "sometimes old vas I be the and cap ing of tion. I'm tempted to think your remarks Irerge upon the personal. You don't have to watch me dance if you don't choose to. "No, thank God," muttered the doc I prefer to remember you when you still preserved a trace of dignity —twenty odd years ago." "I i dignity—" the major's blood was rising now,—"consists in your eternal tasteless bickerings, I want none of it. What on earth do you do it for? You tor. had some friends once. "Friends!" snapped the other, "the fewer I have the better!" The major clapped on his straw hat angrily, strode to the door, and opened It. But on the threshold he stopped, and presently shut it, turned back slowly and resumed his chair, doctor was relighting his cigar, but an odd furtive look had slipped to his face, and the hand that struck the match was unsteady. For a time both sat smoking, at first in silence, then talking in a de sultory way on indifferent topics. Fi nally the major rose and tossed his cigar into the empty grate. "I'll be off now," he said, he on the field before the others." As he went down the steps a car riage, drawn by a pair of dancing Who are those The no 1 must grays, plunged past, people with the Chalmers, I wonder, said the doctor. I They're strangers here. The major peered. Oh," he said, over his shoulder, "I forgot to tell you. That's Silas Fargo, the railroad presi dent from New York, and his daugh His private car's down on the siding. They're at the judge's—he's chief counsel for the road in this state. They'll be at the tournament, I reckon. You'll be there, won't you?" The doctor was putting some phials and Instruments into a worn leather bag. "No," he said, ghortly. "I'm go ing to take a ten-mile drive—to add to this county's population, I expect. But I'm coming to the dance. Prom ised Valiant I would, in a. moment of ter Katharine. * temporary aberration. CHAPTER XXII. A Virginian Runnymede. 'June in Virginia is something to Today the master of remember.' Damory Court deemed this a true say ing. For the air was like wine, and the drifting white wings of cloud, piled above the amethystine ramparts of the far Blue Ridge, looked down upon a violet world bound in green and silver. In his bedroom Valiant stood look ing into the depths of an ancient ward robe. Presently he took from a hook a suit of white flannel in which he ar rayed himself. Over his soft shirt he knotted a pale gray scarf.. The modish white suit and the rolling Panama threw out in fine contrast the keen gun-tanned face and dark brown eyes. In the hall below he looked about him with satisfaction. For the last three days he had labored tirelessly to tit the place for the evening's event. The parlor now showed walls rimmed with straight-back chairs and the grand piano—long ago put in order— had been relegated to the library. That instinct for the artistic, which had SENT TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES Vast Amounts of British Capital In vested in Colonies and In North America. Take first the capital supplied to countries for the development of new their railways, their oil fields, their rubber plantations, their agriculture. We all remember the political catch word of "capital going abroad, the campaign against British invest ments, organized and controlled by the unionist party, remarks the London Chronicle. The unionist leaders and the unionist ex-chancellor of the ex chequer solemnly told the country that money was safer abroad than at home, and there is no doubt that the invest ing classes, which are largely union ist took their word for it and did in vest abroad. Believing that Diaz, Ma dero of Huerta was a safer guide than Cam pbell-Bannerman, Lloyd-George, they neglected every thing English and subscribed for any thing foreign—a policy that they may bitterly repent today. The result cf this attitude in Eng* and Asquith or ing at in a by a made him a last resort in the vexing problems of club entertainments, had aided him in the Court s adornment. Out of the kitchens Cassandra's egg-beating chatted like a watchman's rattle, while Aunt Daphne put the fin ishing touches to an array of lighter edibles destined to grace the long ta ble on the rear porch, now walled in with snow-white muslin and hung with candle-lusters. Under the trees Uncle Jefferson was even then experimenting with various punch compounds, and a delicious aroma of vanilla came to Va liant's nostrils. ./ ♦ * The Red Road, as Valiant's car passed, was dotted with straggling pe destrians: humble country folk who trudged along the grassy foot-path with no sullen regard for the swift and comfortable carriage that cars left them behind; sturdy barefooted children who called shrilly after him, and happy-go-lucky negro youths clad in their best with Sunday shoes dan gling over their shoulders, slouching regardlessly in the dust—all bound for the same Mecca, which presently rose before him, a gateway of painted can proclaiming. , thé field to which it opened Runnymede. He halted his car at the end of the field and snapped a leash in the bull I hate to do it, old vas dog's collar, man," he said apologetically to Chum's reproachful look, There are to be some stunts, and in such occasions you're apt to be con vinced you're the main one of the con testants, which might cause a mix-up. Never mind; I'll anchor you where you won't miss anything." WKh the excited dog tugging be fore him, he threaded his way through the press with keen exhilaration. Now and then his gloved hand touched his cap at a salutation, scious of swift bird-like glances from pretty girls. Here was none of the rigid straight-ahead gaze or vacant stare of the city boulevard; the eyes that looked at him, frankly curious and inquiring, were full of easy open comradeship. Some of the girls wore gowns and hats that might that morn ing have issued from the Rue de la Paix; others were habited in cheap materials. But about the latter hung benumbing self-consciousness. All bore themselves alike. He was begin ning to realize that there might really exist straitened circumstances, even actual poverty, which yet created no sort of social difference. Opposite the canvas-covered grand stand sat twelve small mushroom tents, each with a staff and tiny flag. Midway lines of flaxen ropes stretched between rows of slender peeled sap lings from whose tops floated fanged streamers of vivid hunting. A pavilion of purple cloth, open at the sides, but I've got to. He was con a no I [fill of !» m V Snapped the Other, "The Fewer I Have the Better!" Friends! to of awaited for the committee, and near the center, a negro band was disposed on cajpp-stoote, the brass of the wait ing instruments winking in the Bun light. The stand was a confused glow of color, of light gauzy dresses, of young girls in pastel muslins with flowers in their belts, picturesque hats-j and slender articulate hands darting in vivacious gestures like white swal lows — the gentry from the "big houses." the a ar he last to the That had The light athletic figure, towed by the white hull-dog, drew many glances. Valiant's eyes, however, as they swept the seats, were looking for but one, and at first vainly. He felt a quick pang of disappointment. Perhaps she would not come! Perhaps her mother was still ill. Perhaps—but then sud denly his heart beat high, for he saw her in the lower tier, with a group of young people. He could not have told what she wore, save that it was of soft Murillo blue with a hat whose down land was great activity in the new undeveloped countries. In the capital market, when the tap is working easi ly, some one is sure to be there with a bucket, and foreign borrowers .did take money from London in bucket fuls. Exactly how much has been subscribed in the last few years no one can say, but the Economist figures, which are the most conserva tive of all the published statistics, place the amount of new capital pub licly raised in England during the last five years at £1,044,609,000 —one thou sand millions in five years in adver tised prospectuses alone! Of this sum by far the greater part has gone to British colonies and South America, Canada alone taking nearly £200,000, 000 and Argentina nearly £100,000,000. In to of their catch the and ex that home, invest union in Ma than every any may Eng* and Hi» Sympathy for the Old Maid*. It is being told that the mayor of oM bachelor and an Iowa city is an witty, and among his constituents are a family of spinsters who are precise and cranky. One night a charivari oc curred near the home of the spins, and disturbed their slumbers and peace of mind, and the following morning they or him. she the and The she did of in to curved brim was wound with a shaded plume of the same tint. Lier mother was not with her. She was not look ing his way as he passed—her arms at the moment being held out in an adorable gesture toward a little child in a smiling matron's lap—and but a single glance was vouchsafed to him before the major seized upon him and bore him to the purple pavilion, for he was one of the committed. But for this distraction, he might have seen, entering the stand with the Chalmers just as the band struck up a delicious whirl of "Dixie," the two strangers whom the doctor had ob served an hour before as they whirled by the Merryweather Mason house Be hind the judge's grays. Silas Fargo might have passed in any gathering for the unobtrusive city man. Katha rine was noticeable anywhere, and today her tall willowy figure in its champagne-color lingerie gown and hat garnished with bronze and gold this tles, setting in relief her ivory statuesque face, drew a wave of whis pered comment which left a sibilant wake behind him. The party made a picturesque group as they now dis posed themselves, Katharine's color less lovelinèss contrasting with the eager sparkle of pretty Nancy Chal mers and the gipsy-like beauty of Betty Page. "You call It a tournament, don't you?" asked Katharine of the judge. "Yes," he replied, contest in which twelve riders com pete for the privilege of naming a Queen of Beapty. There's a ball to night, at which the lucky lady is crowned. Those little tents are where the noble knights don their shining See, there go their capari sure was la no It's a kind of armor. soned chargers." A fi'e of negroes was approaching the tents, each leading a horse whose saddks and bridle were, decoratedwithj, fringes df various hues. In the center so of the roped lists, directly in front of the stand others were planting up right in the ground a tall pole from whose top projected a horizontal arm like a slender gallows. From this was suspended a cord at whose end swung tiny object that whirled and glit tered in the sun. The judge explained. "On the end of the cord is a silver ring, at which the knights tilt with lances. Twelve rings are used. The pike-points are made to fit them, and the knight who carries off the greatest number of the twelve is the victor. The whole thing is a custom as ancient as Virginia— a relic, of course, of the old jousting of the feudal ages. The ring is sup posed to represent the device on the boss of the sfaield, at which the lance a thrust was aimed." "How interesting! arine, and turning, swept the stand with her lorgnette. " county's F. F. V.'s are here," she said laughingly to Nancy Chalmers, often wondered, by the way, what be of the Second Families of Vir " exclaimed Kath I suppose all the I've came ginia. mostly emigrated The ones There "Oh, they've North," answered Nancy, that are left are all ancient. families here that don't admit they ever began at all." Silas Fargo sh5bk his stooped shoul Up North," he are ders with laughter, said genially, "we've got regular fac tories that turn out ready-made family trees for anybody who wants to roost in one." And now over the fluttering stand and the crowd about the barriers, a stir was discernible. Katharine looked again at the field. "Who is that splen did old man giving directions? TJie who looks*. like a lion. He's com . one ing this way, now." "That's Major Montague Bristow," 'He's been master of The tourna said the judge, the heralds for years, ment could hardly happen without the major." Bun gwered. of talking to!" with hats-j the major from the lists, "big in a low voice, I'm sure I'd like him," she an "What a lovely girl he is It was Shirley who had beckoned She was 'Why has leaning over the railing. Ridgeley Pendleton left?" she asked Isn't he one of the twelve?" He wasn't But he's ill. feeling up to it when he came, but he didn't give up till half an hour % We'll have to get alqng with "He was. by one, she sud saw of told soft ago. eleven knights." She made an exclamation of dismay. "Poor Ridge! And what a pity! There have never been less than the full number. It will spoil the royal quadrille tonight, too. Why doesn't the committee choose some one in his piace? Listen. Why not ask Mr. Va liant? He is our host tonight. I'm called on the mayor to remonstrate. "It is a shame that small boys are permitted to make such hideous noises in this city," said one of the spins, who assumed great dignity. I assure you that I am shocked at the conduct of those boys, and had 1 known that a charivari was going on I certainly would have sent the entire police department to the scene of the grewsome activity, I agree with you that noth new easi with .did been no pub last thou adver sum to Ladies, said the mayor. ing like that should have -occurred in this city of civilized people. And if everybody were like you and me there would be no mean little brats to make such a hideous racket."—Kansas City Star. Are You Alive? There is no way by which you can "probe" to another that you "are alive." It is a matter-of conscious ness, of your own consciousness, and he who doubts your existence must keep on doubting so far as any ar gument that you may be able to offed him is concerned. If he will not take your j controversy is forever- settled, of and are precise oc and of they word on the matter, the whole a the but And one to der ter of out he'd be glad to help out, even without the costume." "Egad! perial. him. mount, of course. I'll do it. It's exactly the right thing. You're a clever girl, Shirley." He hastily crossed the field, while she leaned back, her eyes on the flan neled figure—long since recognized under the purple pavilion. She saw the committe put their heads together and hurriedly enter. In the moment's gloved fingers clasped and unclasped somewhat nervously. The rider3 had been chosen long before John Valiant's coming. If a saddle, however, was perforce to be vacant, what more ap propriate than that he should fill it? The thought had come to her instantly, bred of an underlying regret, which she had all along cherished, that he not to take part. But beneath this deeper passionate wish that she did not attempt to analyze to see him his place with others long habituated to that closed circle a place rightfully his by reason of birth and name—and. to lighten the gloomy -shaddw, that must rest on his thoughts of his father, with warmer sunnier things. She heaved a secret sigh of satisfaction as the white-clad figure rose in acquiescence. The major returned to the grand stand and held up his hand for silence. "Our gracious Liege," he proclaimed, in his big vibrant voice, "Queen of Beauty yet unknown, Lords, Knights and Esquires, Fair Dames and gentles all! Whereas divers noble persons have enterprized and taken upon them to hold jousts royal and tourney, you hereby acquainted that the lists of Runnyniede are about to open for that achievement of arms and grand and sure he said, pulling his im None of us had thought of He could ride Pendleton's He reflected a mo ment. a * wait, Shirley's was was a assume are noble .tQprnamenUfor,wbicbythey bar© so long been famed. an ûo " r since one of our noble knights, prick ing hither to tilt for his lady, was be set by a grievous malady. However, lest our jousting lack the royal num ber, a new champion hath at this last hour been found to fill the laDie Round, who of his courtesy doth con sent to ride without armor." A buzz ran over the assemblage. It must be Pendleton who has defaulted,' said Judge Chalmers. VI heard this morning he was sick. Who s the sub- stitute knight, I wonder?" At the moment a single mounted herald before the tents blew a long blast on a silver horn. Their flaps parted and eleven knights issued to mount their steeds and draw into line behind him. They were brill.antly decked in fleshlings with slashed doub- lets and plumed chapeaus, and short jeweled cloaks drooped from their shoulders. Pages handed each a long lance which was held perpendicular, the butt resting on the right stirrup. - Under the pavilion, Just for the frac tion of a second, Valiant hesitated. Then he turned swiftly to the twelfth tent. Its flag-staff bore a long stream er of deep blood-red. this from its place, flung it about his waist and knotted it sash-wise, drew the rose from his lapel and thrust it through the band of hia Panama, leaped to the saddle of the horse the major had beckoned, and with a quick thrust of his heel, swung to the end of the stamping line. The field and grand stand had seen the quick decision, with its instant ac tion, and as the hoofs thudded over the turf, a wave of hand-clapping ran the seats like a silver rain. in He snatched he He a across "Neatly done, upon my word!" said the What a daring Is it—bless my judge,- delighted, idea! Who' is it? soul, It Is!" Katharine Fargo had dropped her lorgnette with an exclamation., stood up, her wide eyes fixed on that figure in pure white, with the blood red cordon flaunting across his horse's flanks and the single crimson blossom glowing in his hat. "The White'Knight! "Who is he?" Judge Chalmers looked round in sud den illumination. "I forgot that you would be likely to know him, he said. . "That Is Mr. John Valiant of Damory of She the an is she breathed. was has the Court' CHAPTER XXIH. . but The Knight of the Crimson Rose. The row of horsemen had halted in curving line before the grand stand, and now in the silence the # herald, holding a parchment scroll, spurred before each rider in turn, demanding As this was given he the his Va I'm I his title. whirled to proclaim it, accompanying each evolution with a blast on his "Knight of the Golden Spur," Lord of horn. ""Knight of Castlewood, FELT CALLED ON TO REBUKE Deacon Had Suffered From Appearance of Evil and Realized Sense of Duty. went to One day a western deacon make a fraternal call on an esteemed brother, and while engaged in conver sation there came a knock at the door and the host was summoned to attend to a matter of business. impressively remarked "Brother« the deacon when the host returned, feel that it is my duty to tell you that should avoid even the appearance ! you of evil. "Why, deacop," responded the host in a surprised voice, "to what are you referring?" "Those decanters on the sideboard," solemnly answered tha deacon, "each of them is filled with what appears to be ardent spirits." "That's a conceit of my wife's, dea con," laughed the host, greatly reiiev The bottles were so pretty that she filled them with floor stain and furniture polish just for a show. "That's why I'm cautioning you, ed. L mÆ Knight,' "Westover's Brandon. "Knight of the Silver Cross": the names, fanciful, or those of family es tates, fell on John Valiant's ear with a pungent flavor of medievalism. He started as he became aware that the rider next him had answered and that the herald had paused before him. "Knight of the Crimson Rose! sprang to his lips without forethought, echo, perhaps, of* the inoprovised sash and the flower in his hat-band, but the Bhout of the herald and the trumpet's blare seemed to make ths words fairly bulge with inevitability. And through this struck a sudden ap palled feeling that he had really spoken Shirley's name, and that every one had heard. He could not see her face, and clutched his lance fiercely to overcome an insane desire to stoop hideously in his saddle and peer un der the shading hat-brim, should do this, be fastened his eyes determinedly on the major, who now proceeded to deliver himself of the "Charge to the Knights." The major made an appealing cen ter to the charming picture as he stood on the green turf, "the glass of fashion and the mold of form," his bead haye, his shock of blond-gray hair thrown back, and one hand thrust between the buttons of his snowy waistcoat. His rich bass voice rolled out to the farthest corner of the field: "Sir Knights: "The tournament to which we are gathered'today is to us traditional; a rite of antiquity and a monument of ancient generations. This relic of the jousts of the Field of the Cloth-of Gold points us back to an era of knightly deeds, fidelity to sacred trust, obligation to duty and loyalty to wom an—the watchwords of true knight It a Lest he hood. "We like to think that when our forefathers, offspring of men who es tablished chivalry, came from over seas, they brought with them not only this ancient play, but the precepts it symbolizes. We may be proud, in deed, knowing that this is no hollow ceremonial, but an earnest that the flower of knighthood has not withered in the world, that in an age when the greed of gold was never so dazzling, the spirit of true gallantry has not faded hut blooms luxuriant in the sparkling dews of the heart of this commonwealth. "Most Noble Knights! In the name of that high tradition which this day preserves! other knights who practiced the tour ney in its.old-time glory! In the sight of your Queen of Beauty! I charge you, Southern gentlemen, to Joust with that valor, fairness and truth which the enduring glories of the knight hood of Virginia!" Over the ringing applause, Nancy Chalmers looked at him with a little smile, quizzical yet soft. In the memory of those are Dear old kV '• « l * V sud you r /(t "Who la That Splendid Old Man Giv ing Directions? Looks Like a Lion. The On* Who major!" she whispered to Betty Page "How he loves the center of the stage? And he's effective, too. Thirty years ago, father says, he might have been anything he wanted to—even United States Senator. But he would never Not that I blame him Td rathqr be a leave the state, for that," she added; church-mouse in Virgin*« than Croesus daughter anywhere else* (TO BE CONTINUED.) Heavy Smokev, Unique among the devoieqs of "My Lady Nicotine"- is a named Berkin, whose boast ft Is that for the last 65 years his pipe has con sumed a pound of tobacco weekly. It requires no skill in arithmetic to dis cover that the "Dutch chimney," as he is proud to be known, has dissipated in smoke more than 30 hundredweight of tobacco, which is exactly 24 timer his own weight! in he Dutri) sailor his of sadly rejoined the deacon brother, "Feeling a trifle weak and faint, helped myself from the larger bottle." Russia's National Debt. For several years Russia has beer* increasing its national debt, and fig ures show that over 45 per cent, o! loans emitting in the course of tb«i last five years were subscribed in for eign countries. The Russian government is am from other landi to door ipu 3 to get money and is expected to seek furthes safety in European markets very shortly with which to meet requirements fen that ! the present year Statistics show that during th« 5169.6 million ruble! host you "each to dea reiiev that and you, past five years were raised by Russia, 3657.1 million« in the country, and 1059.3 abroad. Th* value of a ruble is about 51 cents. Very striking is the manner in whîcl the Russian national debt has been in creased in the course of the last twt also the additional amouw years, as of money borrowed on foreign mat kets in the year 1912, whicn junape« from 256.0 million in 1911 to 418L mif lions last year. ■isiS THE FLEEING FEOERALS MAKE LAST S1AND into ists, Gen. of ive with den cial a la to the GEN. PIA8CUAL OROZCO REPORTED DESPERATELY WOUNDED. FEDERAL8 TRAPPED. ANGELES HEADS THE REBELS Fight for Their Lives at Soledad—Ad vice» from Zocatecas Say That Escape Is Impossible for Fédérais. Torreon, Mexico. — Five thousand Federate under Gen. Pascual Orozco and Marcelo Carveo are fighting for their lives at Soledad, half way be tween Zacatecas and Aguas Calientes. The Fédérais constituting the reg ular troops of the Zacatecas garrison have been pursued by rebel cavalry every mile of the distance they have covered in their flight. A report re ceived here from Zacatecas says the rebels succeeded in overtaking the fleeing Fédérais at the little town of Soledad, and that in the battle already 500 Federate and three rebels have been killed. Among the woumfed Fedefals is said to be Gen. Pascual Orozco, the Chi huahua miner, who won the Madero revolution by his successful attack on Juarez, and who is regarded by rebels now as the worst enemy of the revo lution, because he forsook Madero dur ing the seven days' fighting in Mexico City. Unofficial reports say Gen. Orozco is desperately wounded. Villa has said he would rather capture Orozco than any other Federal com mander. Gen. Felipe Angeles, Villa's chief of artillery and regarded as Villa's choice for provisional president, is pursuing the Federal from Zacatecas. Gen. An geles reported to headquarters that his men were in close pursuit of the Féd érais. He asked that the supplies be sent to him near Soledad, and said a number of skirmishes had taken place between the retreating Fédérais and the pursuing rebel cavalry. Gen. An geles' dispatch was sent before the Soledad fight had started, in the opin ion of rebel officers here. Advices from Zacatecas say Orozco and Caraveo, with their commands, are so hemmed in at Soledad that escape from the rebels is impossible. Addi tional troops were sent tonight from Zacatecas to assist Gen. Angeles. to It as la Washington.—Agents of the Mexi can Constitutionalists in Washington awaited final instructions from Gen. Venustiano Carranza regarding the invitation to participate in informal conferences with resperesentatives of AWAIT CARRANZA'S REPLY Zacatecas Victory Said to Have United Constitutionalists—Villa Is to * Direct the Army. the United States and the Huerta government on plans to complete the pacification of Mexico. Gen. Carranza telegraphed his rep resentatives here as he left Saltillo that he would make definite his posi tion on reaching Monterey. From Monterey it was reported Gen. Carranza planned to proceed to Nuevo Laredo, where he would be in direct telegraphic communication with the Washington authorities. This was taken as an assurance that the invi tation to participate in informal me diation over Mexico's internal affairs would be accepted. Gen. Villa's victory at Zacatecas is declared to have ironed out all of the rough edges in the Constitutionalist ranks. Villa for military aggression; Carranza to direct diplomatic negotia tions, was declared to be the align ment of the Constitutionalist forces « agreed upon. CARRANZA USES BIG STIGK a Places Financial Agent at Piedras Ne Under »Arrest—Charges Not Made Public. gras Eagle Pass, Texas.— G. M. Seguin, constitutionalist financial agent at Piedras Negras, who recently was called to Saltillo by Gen. Carranza, has been placed in jail there, it was learned in charges which, it was said, were be ing investigated, were not made pub lic. Several other Piedras Negras of ficiate have been removed from office and it was reported among constitu tionalists there that there would be entire change of civil officiate. Constitutionalists at Piedras Negras deported twonty-five Mexicans alleged be Huerta sympathizers. They brought to the international The Piedras Negras. It he an to were bridge and ordered to leave Mexico. Breach Is Widened. Monterey, Mexico.-—The breach be tween Carranza and Villa is growing deeper and more menacing every day, notwithstanding the protestations of loyalty and common interest issued by both sides for the newspapers of the United States. ^ fig o! tb«i for • To Protect Mines. Wahsington. been reached between States and Great Britain to protect mining properties in Mexico, similar to that made to protect oil interests. An agreement has the United fen All Hope Not Gone. Washington—Despite many conflict ing reports concerning the mission to Washington of Mexican constitutional ists, it was asserted in offical quarters that there is every expectation that Gen. Carranza's agents will accept the invitation of the American commis sioners. th« in twt Quit San Lui* Poto*!. Federal troops which mif Saltillo. have been stationed at San Luis Po tosi already have evacuated that town, with the exception of a small garrison, j THE REBELS AT ZACATECAS Report of Victory le Received at Juare*. Rebel Lobs Was 2,200— Two Generals Are Wounded. Bl Paio, Texas.— Zacatecas, an im portant city of Central Mexico, feil into the hands of the constitutional ists, according to announcement by Gen. Villa's officials at Juarez. Two of Villa's generals were wounded. The constitutionalists were heavy losers, according to an official dis patch. No mention is made of the federal killed, but it was said many prisoner's were captured, with much arms and ammunition. It was believed Villa's lack of effect ive artillery ammunition had made it necessary to rush the federal positions with infantry, taking the city by a sud den attack, which, according to offi cial reports, resulted in the capture of a large portion of the garrison and its munitions. The border city of Juarez immedi ately plunged itself into a celebration. The telegram describing the victory was received by Col. Ornelas, the Juaçpz commander, and by Lazaro de la Garza, Villa's agent here. It was signed by Gen. Orestes Pereyra, com mander at Torreon, and read: "I have the honor to communicate to you that the important city of Zaca tecas was captured by the forces of the division of the north. We took many prisoners and captured a large quantity of ammunition and arms. There were large losses on our side. "Gen. Trinidad Rodriguez was seri ously wounded and Gen. Maclovio Her rera was slightly wounded." VILLA PURSUES FEDERALS Rebel Who Killed Britisher Benton Is Mortally Wounded—Five Hun dred Prisoners Are Taken. Villa Torreon, Mexico. — Pancho started rebel troops in pursuit of the Federal army of Gen. Medina Barron, which he has driven from Zacatecas. The greater portion of the Federate had escaped from the city before the rebel troops forced their way into it, and only the wounded and the strag glers fell into Villa's hands, were many, however, numbering, ac cording to accounts, nearly 5,000. The dead of the Federal garrison still were in the streets of the town, but rebel soldiers have been gather ing them up. It was found necessary to burn many of the bodies and fun eral pyres were burning in many places in the town. Villa's losses in the battle have not yet been deter mined. Unofficial estimates by army officers at Zacatecas placed the rebel losses at 2,000 in killed and wounded. It is knowfi that fully 1,000 Federate were killed, their bodies lying in the trenches and streets, and that twice as many were wounded. The fighting was at close range, Vil la driving his men into the town un der a withering fire of Federal guns and permitting the Federate no time for retreat. Ammunition and guns secured by the rebels will prove a great aid to Villa in pushing the cam paign to the south.* Gen. Trinidad Rodriguez, who was desperately wounded while landing his men in the attack, died from his wound, according to a dispatch re ceived by E. A. Benavides, Sr., and Gen. Maclovio. ed, is reported dying, ther left El Paso to join his son at These Herrera, also wound Herrera's fa Zacatecas. Col. Rodolpho Fierro, accused by rebels of the murder of William Ben ton, the British subject, for whose death Villa was blamed, is reported to have been mortally wounded. Gen. Teribio Ortega is reported killed. CARRANZA MAY TAKE PART Representatives of Rebels in Washing ton are Hopeful—Say That Car ranza Will Accept Offer. Washington.—Representatives of the Mexican Constitutionalists in Washing ton expressed confident hopes that Gen. Carranza would accept the invita tion of the South American mediators to participate in informal conferences to compose the internal affairs of Mexico. Whether Gen. Carranza would ac cept the invitation, however, still re mained an open question, despite the fact that some of his agents here had telegraphed him at Monterey for a definite ànswer. The message was sent after the arrival in Washington of Gen/ Carranza's private secretary, Alfredo Breceda, who brought personal information from the Constitutionalist leader to his Washington agents, Ra fael Zubaran and Luis Cabrera. Mr. Lubaran said he believed Gen. Carranza would authorize participation of his representatives in the proposed conferences but that the military cam paign against Gen. Huerta would pro ceed. Mr. Cabrara declared he was al most certain informal conferences would take place. Mr. Breceda said he was awaiting instructions. Carranza Wants Time. Washington.—Gen. Venustiano Car ranza has replied to the invitation ex tended for participation by his agents in an informal conference with repre sentatives of Gen. Huerta and the United States, asking that he be given time to consult with his generate. Secret Negotiations. Vera Cruz.—Sfecrbt peace negotUv tions between Gen. Carranza and President Huerta have been in prog ress in the capital, according to An tonio Magnon, an American, who ar rived from Mexico City. of by Agent Arrives. , Washington—Alfredo Breceda, per sonal representative of. Gen. Carranza, reached Washington from Saltillo, bringing communications believed to have a bearing on the proposed in formal negotiations for the pacification of Mexico. to the Envoy Dies. Washington.— Private dispatches re ceived at the Pan-American union re ported the death of P. Ezequiei Rojas, minister from Venezuela at Atl&atio Po j City, W. J.