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Calling of Alienist In Camorra Trial Shows Italy Equal to V. S. In Some Things
Blow Safe in Express Car
When Train Is in Lonely
Spot in Kansas,
Posses Are in Pursuit, But
None Have Been Captured,
Engineer Is Held Up.
Aagociatod Press.
Coffeyville. Kan., March 24.—For
two hours last night six masked men
held the St. Louis, Iron Mountain &
Southern passenger train No. 104 at
a standstill on the prairie, about six
miles south of this city, while they
blew open a safe in the express car.
They escaped in two automobiles car
rying with them money and valuables
which it *is believed will amount to
The train left Little Rock at 8:30
a. m. yesterday, bound for Kansas
City. It reached Lenapah, Okla., south
of this city at 10:30 last night, half
an hour late.
Just after the train left Tx-napah,
Engineer Lynch heard a sharp cry,
•'hands up.”
Turning he saw a masked man sit
ting on the tender pointing a revolver
at him.
“I am going to ride a little way
with you," said the man. "Drive on.”
Compelled to Stop.
The engineer obeyed. About four
miles out of Lenapah the robber com
pelled the engineer to stop the train
near a clump of trees. Five more
masked men came out of the woods
and, taking positions on either side
of the train, began shooting tn the air
and along the sides of the train. Then
while two of the bandits stood guard
to prevent any passengers from leav
ing, the four marched the engineer
and fireman to the day coach and
locked them in. One man took a posi
tion to guard the rear 6f the train
and three went into the express car.
forced the two express messengers to
jump out and stand where one of the
side guards could keep them covered.
Blow Express Safe.
After nearly an hour's work the
men had succeeded in Inserting a
charge of nitro glycerine into the
"through" safe in the express car.
They blew the safe to pieces and scat
tered its contents over the floor of the
car. They made no haste. They had
chosen a strategic position in which
to stop the train. They were at least
three miles from any human habita
tion. After the three men had spent
nearly an hour over the packages
taken from the safe, the lights of two
automobiles were seen drawing near
from the direction of the Oklahoma
line. As they came within about 200
yards of the train on the country road
the automobiles were stopped. Then
lights were extinguished and the
bandits and automobiles disappeared.
Passengers who had remained hud
dled in the coaches afraid to look out
of the windows, relaxed and the dis
organized train crew got to their
places. When the train reached this
city the sheriff was notified and with
two deputies started on horseback
southward in pursuit of the six ban
Associated Press.
Kansas City, Mo., March 24.—The
train reached Kansas City at 11:10
o'clock. The side of the express car
was entirely torn off by nitre glycer
ine. In the Oar was found a bundle
of unsigned twenty dollar bank notes,
which the robbers apparently scorned.
A. G. Greensmayer of Sioux City,
la., told of the happenings on the
"Some man in the smoking room
looked out as socn as the train
stopped," Mr. Greensmayer said. "A
bullet whizzed by the window when
he put his head out, so he slammed
the window down and pulled the blind
quickly. Then he ran to the end of the
aisle, shouting to the passengers:
'Wake up, the train is being robbed.'
"Shots left no doubt of it Men
scrambled tor their trousers. Women
came out of their berths in dressing
gowns. Every one expected the pas
senger csr to be invaded.
"There was a hurried conference
as to what to do with valuables.
Some one went ahead to see that all
the blinds were pulled down so the
robbers could not see what was be
ing done. Then the hiding began. The
women were the coolest passengers.
Most of them untied their hair and
placed their puffs about their pocket-
secreted valuables in their
clothing and under seats. The women
put their railroad tickets and some
change in a coin purse to mislead the
Express Superintendent Says Train
Robbers Only Got Few
Associated Press.
Little Rock. Ark., March •24. —Su-
perintendent George F. Johnson, of
the Pacific Express company, with
headquarters here, states that the
men who held up and robbed Iron
Mountain train No. 104 near How
den. Okla., last night got no money
from the express car, and that all the
booty secured consists of a few
“seaied packages," the value of which
is not great. "We no longer use this
route for through money shipments,
and there was not anything like $20,-
000 in the car. as is reported.
VOLUME 32.N0. 62
Every Farmer Can
Get This New “Jag”
Wharton Man Discovers Fumes from
Green Feed in Silo Will Make
Men Drunk.
Associated Press.
Wharton, Tex., March 24. —The
seala of a wealthy prohibitionist of
this county tn behalf of temperance
has possibly resulted In the discovery
of a substitute of llauor as a "jag"
producer which places such within
the range of even the humblest work
er on the farms of Texas. He says
he has long been horrified by the
appearance of his employes in a
drunken condition about the place,
and knowing there was no liquor on
the premises, he was long at a loss
to account for such.
Determining to probe matters to
the bottom he went with his mep and
actively engaged in moving green feed
from silos erected to keep It In such
condition in winter for stock, and to
his astonishment he shortly found
himself bordering upon the "nutty"
and with an overweening desire to
climb trees.
Profiting by this experience, he
continued his investigations only to
demonstrate beyond all peradventure
that inhaling the fumes from the
green feed would make any man hi
lariously boozy in a very few min
Impassioned Oratory of Coun
sel Brings Tears to Eyes of
The Bethea case was slated
to go to the jury about 3:30
o’clock. At 2 o’clock. Judge A.
B. Storey, of counsel for the
state, began to dose in * spech
that was expected to run an
hour and a half. Judge Dwyer,
It was said, would charge onlv
on first and second degree
murder, and the reading of his
charge will not be lengthy.
Both sides were confident of a
With not a dry eye about him. and
in the certainty that the court meant
to charge only for murder In the first
degree and murder in the second de
gree, with mitigating circumstances,
because of the drunken condition of
the slayer Carlos Bee. of counsel for
C. C. Beffiea, charged by Indictment
with the killing of J. H. Head, spoke
[for over two hours this morning, argu
ing. pleading, begging for mercy for
the aged defendant, pointing to
Bethea's prostrated wife and children.
I and using every phrase and art of
which he is possessed to gain a verdict
of acquittal.
Coming with his plea for mercy,
came a scathing arraignment of that
portion of the prosecution which had
been, he said. Inspired by the Sap rail
road and the Order of Railway Con
ductors. To secure It they had sent
Into court two of its most astute, most
learned, most skillful counsel —refer-
ring to Judge A. W. Houston and
Judge A. B. Storey—who. he asserted,
vehemently, would be the first to op
pose the demand of Head’s widow If
Head had been killed through the neg
ligence of Hie railroad and had sought
I damages.
Mr. Bee’s argument had been made
only after he had argued with the
court, the jury being excluded, for a
charge to the jury of manslaughter
and self-defense. The defense, he said,
was entitled to a charge on man
slaughter. because no element of hate
or malice entered Into the shooting. It
was. he said, merely the result of a
j disordered brain, made so by whiskey.
Arguing for a charge on self-defense,
he asked who could pass Judgment on
I whether or not Bethea, seeing Head
approaching him. did not conjure dan
| ger In his clouded brain and did not
|tnstinctly seek to defend himself?
Judge Dwyer, aftar hearing, declared
he was of the same opinion still, which
was. as Mr. Bee said, to charge only
i for murder in the first two degrees.
The entire burden of Mr. Bee’s ap
peal to the jury was for mercy—mercy
for the old man. who, giving himself
to a weakness, had drank to th p point
where reason was dethroned and he
killed: mercy for the faithful wife •*
his bosom, for the children of the
pair, doomed to go through life, even
now. with the stigma that their father
had shed human blood. Far be It from
him. declared counsel, to minimize the
pain and suffering and heart aches of
the black-garbed widow of Head, and
the sorrowing countenances of his
fatherless children, but he cited that a
verdict giving a death penalty or a
term of prison stripes would do neither
side any benefit. At many of his al
lusions. Head’s widow bowed her head
and shook with grief, while Bethea’s
daughters, sitting barely two feet
away, also broke down and sobbed
convulsively. In the audience many
eyes were wet. ,
Judge A. B. Storey, of the prosecu
tion. closed for the state this after
noon. His line of argument was not
Indicated, but other counsel for the
prosecution said that he would ask the
extreme penalty. It Is. of course, im
possible to forecast any jury's action,
but the concensus of opinion In the
court room this morning appeared to
be that the state had made out a case
I wherein the jury could not fall to find
a verdict of guilty. No one, however,
was found who was venturesome
enough to attempt to forecast how
many years in the penitentiary would
be assessed in the event the verdict
went against the defendant.
Member of University Faculty
Says Mexican Ruler Is in
Good Health as Ever.
Associated Press.
Galveston. Tex., March 24. —
President Diaz of Mexico continues
to enjoy good health, according to
Dr. Geo. H. Lee, a member of the
faculty of the University of Texas,
who returned home today from a trip
to Mexico City, where he had a long
talk with Diaz a few days ago. Dr.
Lee says the venerable president Is
in possession of all his faculties and
outside of a slight Impairment in his
hearing, due to advancing age. ne
is just as hale and hearty as he was
ten years ago.
Dr. Lee expressed the personal
opinion that Diaz requested the
United States to send troops to the
border, fearing that the revolution
would reach such proportions that
the government would be unable to
guarantee protection to Americans
and extensive American interests in
Mexico. He also thought that the
Mexicans would bitterly resent any
interference on the part of the United
"President Diaz is liked and re- I
spected by the Mexican people." said
Dr. Lee, "but conditions in Mexico
have changed and the people are de
manding reforms. Diaz cannot seem
to realize that his countrymen are ;
unwilling to be ruled today with the !
same iron hand with which they
were ruled yesterday. The fact that ;
he does not incenses the populace ।
against his advisers, although the
people are In no sense hostile against
Diaz personally.”
There was no sign of trouble in
Mexico City, Dr. Lee declared, and as
far as h«\ could learn the revolution
was confined to the state of Chihua
hua. He said there were less than
1000 soldiers in Mexico .Inring the
time he was there.
Dr. Lee said the Mexicans re-,
sented the attitude of the sensa
tional American press in the pres
ent crisis and felt aggrieved beenuse
some of the papers in this country ।
had suggested an Invasion of Mexico.
Dr. Lee owns a large plantation in
Mexico, and for the past ten years
he has made quarterly trips to that
Associated Pr**sx
New York, March 24.—’’If ‘Ham
Dignowitty was shot by federal sol
diers.” said R. G. Johnson here today,
"there’s going to be trouble about it.
‘Ham’ was in Mexico to protect the
property of his family and for noth
ing else. He was no insurrecto and
had no part in any revolution. He
kept to his own business but he had
no end of nerve and so have all his
family. They’ll never let this matter
drop If they have any case.”
Associated Press.
Washington. D. C.. March 24.—The
state department today Instructed the
United States consul at Chihuahua to
Inquire into the report that John
Hamilton Dignowity and three ether
Americans had been shot to death in
the state of Chihuahua under orders
of a Mexican courtmartial. The con
sult at Nogales will investigate the re
ported execution of four Americans:
Adams. Yeung. Howard and Shanley
after having been captured with the
insurrectos at Agua Prleta.
Special Dispatch.
Del Rio. Tex., March 24 —A party
cf Mexicans eluded the river patrol
northwest of here yesterday afternoon
and crossed the Rio Grande, supposed
ly to join the Insurrectos in Mexico.
A number of citizens who saw the
band have reported the movement.
So far as can be ascertained here
today there is no foundation for the
story that a party of Mexican insur
rectos is menacing Las Vecas. No
Mexicans have crossed the river going
north and officials say there are no
bands in the vicinity of this place.
Only a few troops have been left
near here, and they are co-operating
with local authorities in maintaining
a patrol along the river bank.
Associated Press.
New York. March 24.—The resigna
tion of C. S. Clark as a director and as
vice president of the Missouri Pacific
was accepted today to take effect upon
the election of a new president.
The photograph above shows two
Broadway show girls wearing harem
skirts in the act of perpetrating a
campaign of notoriety planned by ths
show's press agent—a little call upon
Mayor Gaynor to ask his opinion re
garding the modesty or immodesty of
bifurcated gear for women. The
mayor, however, declined to commit
“Men Wanted" to Be
Made Into Soldiers
Wild Skirmish of Recruiting Offices Is Startling Com
mentary of Unprepared ness of United States
For War at This Time.
(By (apt, Geo. A. Schreiner.)
—Pnoto by Coses.
mont go. out on the street with hand
bills asking men to enlist in the army
must have touched a staccato chord
that rung in shrill and sinister tone. It
Is said that the handbills bore the le
gent: MEN WANTED. Men. Indeed,
are wanted when the tocsin of war
rings to the welkin. Peace theorists,
short sighted politicians and molly
coddles are not the individuals which
are then in demand. The "thing”
wanted then is the man; the human
being that will shoulder a gun and
take a chance to have limbs torn from
the living body, or to have the spark
of life extinguished/ It takes just
such handbills to remind the average
citizen that war is still with us.
Let us look at the handbill soldier
in times of stress —of war. In a man
ner the story Is old. In this country
it has been told and retold many
times. The government finds Itself
face to face with a crisis. War seems
Inevitable. Soldiers are needed. But
men are advertised for. That the men
will become soldiers before the en
emy shall have had a chance to gain
a foothold in the country is the hope f
of the government and every good I
citizen. In a vague fashion everybody i
knows that not every man Is a sol
dier. and that soldiers must be made
out of men before they will count on
the battlefield.
Suppose that an enemy strong
enough to threaten the national in
tegrity of the United States had act
ually opened hostilities. You may
flatter yourself with the fond illusion
that this is Impossible. Do this, if
you please, but for all that suppose
that in some manner or other this
had really taken place. What would 1
himself upon this important matter,
and the venturesome females, escort
ed by the aforesaid press agent, re
tired crestfallen from the city hall
without seetrig the city’s chief execu
tive, and with ho 'other advertising
than that afforded by a crowd of Park
Row newsboys who heralded their
presence by loud cries of “Hey, Jim
my, pipe de harem skotts."
] happen? The government would is
sue handbills for "men”; the volun
r I teer and the militiaman would be
sought. The handbill soldier would
I be recruited from the social stratum
■ | eternally grappling with the employ
s ment problem of the city; the volun
t teer would come Impelled by patriot
• ism and no other qualifications, and
3 the militiaman with just experience
• enough to go Into camp and keep out
’ of the rain—an accomplishment not
• to be sneered at.
What Unpreparedness Does.
1 This is not necessarily the picture
[of the alarmist. To what extent It
‘ I may have the qualities of one depends
• j entirely on the viewpoint taken. The
' । citizen who sees in a population of
i 90.000,000 a large army that could ac
' quit itself honorably without prelim
■ Unary training, is privileged to laugh
' 1 while reading this. He who has his
' doubts in the premises is also at 11b
' erty to think what he pleases. But
there is one fact that none should
overlook, and that is. that numerical
1 superiority is not always strength.
• During the Boxer campaign in China
a mere handful of regulars penetrat
; ed as far as Pekin and took the capi
tal of a nation numbering no less than
400.000.000. A few years later the
small nation of Japan made things
: very lively for Russia, and just a lit
tle before that eventful war, a hand-
1 ful of Boer farmers, all of them with
good military qualities. If little or no
training, gave Great Britain the most
: interesting time that empire has had
; In at least a century. Here are three
weighty arguments against numerical
, superiority. That the Chinese failed
to successfully oppose the allied
, forces was due to military unpre
That the Japanese succeeded In
keeping Russia at bay until the credit
of both had been exhausted, was due
tc better conditions in the army of the
mikado, and that the Boers managed
to keep fully occupied for two years
।or more, an army of 375 ono mon ■
[explained by the fact that from a
; military point of view th ' «er m, |
[efficient than the British. Mentk n |
should be made here of the fact that i
the greatest number of Boers ever in
the field was 35,000. while the great
est number employed by the British
at one time was 225.000. and that it
ultimately took the combined efforts
of 375,000 British regulars and vol
unteers, and the persuasion of the
concentration camp, to bring the
Boers to terms.
Particular stress has been laid here
* (Continued on page 3, sixth column)
for war is a very
sad thing. The
country or gov
ernment that has
been guilty of it
finds Itself in the
position of the
man whom fire is
robbing of his
four walls and
who has been
to not take out
fire insurance. To
many an Ameri
can the press dis
patches in yester
day's papers must
have had a pecu
liar meaning. To
see hi s govern-
Report Says Federal Troops
There Are Preparing for
Attack by Rebels.
Authentic news in official circles
reached the city today that the Mexi
can government troops at Las Vacas,
across the river from Del Rio. ware
fortifying the barracks of that city in
anticipation of an attack by the reb
els. The news received was In the way
of a brief telegram. It is the opinion
of the officials here that the attack,
if one be made, will be by the 600 rebel
troops which were reported about fifty
miles south of there in the Light about
a week ago. This will open up a new
territory for the revolutionists in the
present fight.
It was here where an outbreak oc
curred in July. 1908.
Associated Press.
London. March 24.—Private cables
received by London business men
from representatives in the far east
today are disquieting. They assert ■
that it is expected Russia will soon de
clare war against China. The rate at
Lloyds to cover risks on the outbreak
of hostilities within four weeks jump
ed this afternoon from 5 to 10 guineas
per cent. On the other hand the latest
advices from European capitals indi
cate a general belief that the tension
i between the two countries has less
| ened.
। The dispatch adds that apparently
l the Chinese government intends to
I prolong the negotiations In the hope
. that Russia will back down.
Asnciatcd Press.
St. Petersburg, March 24. —An offi
cial dispatch to the government from
Pekin today states that China remains
obstinate regarding the question of
I the freedom of Russian trade in Mon
| golia. maintaining that Russia is en-
I titled merely to import non-Chlnese
I goods and export local products.
Lieut. W. E. Honeywell of St. Ixwls.
the famous aeronaut, who has won an
international reputation for his notable
feats in conquering the obstacles of
aerial navigation in many mammoth
gas balloons, arrived In San Antonio
last night and within the next week or
two will attempt to lift the Lahm bal
looning trophy for the longest distance
traveled in a balloon tn America.
Lieut. Honeywell is the third aero
naut to bring his monster aerostat to
this city with this object in view with
in the last two years.
The most recent of these flights was
by Wm. F. Assman. also of St. Louis,
who. in the balloon Miss Sofia, travel
ed over 900 miles through the air from
San Antonio before being forced to
make a landing.
The first to discover the advantages
of lifting quality of the gas manufac
tured here and the favorable condi
tions as to wind currents and the dis
tance to the north that can be made
overland was Clifford B. Harmon of
New York, the noted aviator and aero
naut who left here in February, 1910.
in the balloon New York, and after a
stormy voyage after leaving the Texas
line, was forced to descend in Ar
Lieut. Honeywell has many friends
in San Antonio and is familiar with lo
cal conditions as he had the Centennial
at San Pedro park last winter where he
operated it as a captive balloon and
made several free flights to the sur
rounding country with passengers.
AMocinted Pffm.
El Paso, Tex., March 24. —A con
tract closed today by El Paso busi
ness interests with a Pittsburg firm
to erect an eight-story reinforced con
crete hotel building, on a site 110 by
114 feet, to coat at least $750,000. El
Pasoans put up bonus of $lOO,OOO.
Work starts in two weeks.
Comparatively temperature this
year and last year.
1910 18111
4 a. m 61 57
8 a. m 63 55
9 a. m 64 55
10 a. m .. ,68 57
12 noon 77 63
1 p. m 83 63
K to the wise, ‘Take
if care of your eyes.'
H. C. Rees Opt. Co. K
842 W. Oom.
So Think Officers at Camp In
View of Developments of
Last 48 Hours.
Every Indication Points to
Actual Service—News of
the Big Camp.
To the north of San Antonio the
divisional army, the largest and most
compact fighting machine that tho
country was capable of assembling'
without depleting every’ garrison In
the United States, is being drilled. In
spected and recruited In order to 1
bring It to the highest possible state
of perfection. The two thousatkJ re
cruits that have to date been received
by the division are being drilled un
ceasingly in an effort to convert them
into first-class soldiers, and urgent I
appeals have been spread broadcast
over the country by the war depart
ment that more recruits be enlisted sr.
as to bring the division up to war
strength. All Impedimenta and sup
plies not actually required for cam
paign purposes have been ordered de
livered to the base of which Genera,
Duncan is in command. These vari
ous facts lead piany close observers
to the conclusion that It Is only a
matter of days until the division
moves for other purposes than "ma
neuvers.” The war scare hangs
heavy over camp. Some predict that
action will be taken before congress
convenes on April 4. others contend
that the president will not dare maze
any hostile demonstration without the
sanction of that august body.
This morning all sections of the im
mense camp teemed with action
kvery recruit was put through the
daily grind with unprecedented thor
oughness; the blare of bugles was to
be heard; numerous bands played
martial music and the entire Fourth
field artillery underwent minute in
spection by Maj. William lAsslter. to
which General Carter was a specta
tor. Every bffleer, man. mule and
gun of the "jackass battery" came
under the eye of Major Lassiter and
everything was found to be In fight
ing trim. After the band had been
Inspected It retired to the rear of the
regiment, rendering sweet music until
the Inspection had been completed. In
April the entire artillery brigade will
go to Leon Springs and engage In a
series of target practices and Majbp
Lassiter will inspect the brigade un
der battle conditions.
shout 700 membm of
the Eleventh cavalry will proceed bx
Leon Springs for rifle practice and
maneuvers. This number Includes all
of the recruits, numbering 450. and
others of the regiment In need at in
Examining B<»n<rd Named.
has been r<> celved by the
j general ‘he division of
the officers In this vicinity who will
be examined to test their fitness for
promotion. There are ninety In all
and their examination will start on
Monday morning. A physical exami
nation win first be undergone before
they are tested mentally The exam
ining boards for the different
branches have been appointed and
are as follows:
Infantry board to examine Heat an -
™ v a V’ r °V M ‘ Ekw “»«I. medical
corp; Major Kent Nelson, medical
corp, < apt. Eli Helmick. Tenth in
fantry , ( apt. John W. Heavey Elev
enth infantry. Capt. Dana T Mer
rill. Twenty-eighth infantry.
Infantry board to examine captatng
—Lieut. Col. J. c. F. Tillson. Eigh
teenth infantry; Major Willis T. Mar.
fifteenth infantry; Major James M.
Arrasnilth. Fifteenth Infantry; Major
P. C. Hutton, medical corp; Major J.
A. Hurtagh, medical corp.
Artillery board—Col. A. B. Dyer.
Fourth field artillery: Col. Lotus
Niles. Third field artillery; Col Ell
D. Hoyle. Sixth field artillery; Major
G. A. Skinner, medical corp; Major
J. H. Allen, medical corp.
1 ax airy board—Ooi. James Parker,
Eleventh cavalry; Major James B.
Erwin, Ninth cavalry; Major George
W. Goode. Eleventh cavalry: Major
William M. Roberts, medical corp;
First Lieut. John P. Fletcher, medical
First Brigade Reports.
Brigadier General Smith reported
from Leon Springs that the brigade
reached the Schasse ranch on the re
servation in good condition yesterday.
Although he found enough water to
supply his brigade, he reports there
is not enough for the division. The
men showed up much better on yes
terdays march than on tho first
day. they having become hardened
and having bettor marching condi
tions. the mud having dried up. To
day. tomorrow and Sunday the bri
gade will maneuver on the reserva
tion. breaking camp the next day and
marching half the distance back to
The Seventeenth infantry wont five
miles in the country this morning oa
a practice march.
No flights were made this morning
by Lieutenant Foulols and Phil Parm
alee. They may ascend this afternoon,
although the matter had not been de
cided up until noon.
All of the pontoons have now been
haul'd to the camp of the Third bat
talion of engineers, and men of that
organization were busily engaged this
morning In caulking leaks and tn giv
ing the boats a fresh coating of tar.

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