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122. NO. 84.
Satevo and was pushing the pur
uit. Sample's dispatch transmitted
message received via wireless from
cneral Pershing, relayed at Casas
Srandes. Prom this, it was under
stood that Pershing himself is below
vasas Grandes, though his location
Vas not known at headquarters.
If Dodd is holding Villa's trail to
ward the Parral district on the main
ail from Satevo, he is doing so re
dless of the supply situation, ac
ording to the belief here. The trail
a mere winding path in spots,
pklrting the edges of deep canyons
nd fraught with great danger. The
nere circuitous nature of the road
*ould make communication with the
nost advanced base a difficult under
sking, it was thought. As Parral has
een reported as Villa's objective
'ter the San Geronlmo fight, it was
°ot considered improbable that the
dvanced American force has chosen
Announcement of Roosevelt
fWas Not Considered by
CHICAGO, April 6.—Senator War
|*®n G. Harding, of Ohio, today was
Itnoflen as temporary chairman of the
I republican national convention by
unanimous vote of the committee on
I MTangements of the republican na
[uonal committee at its meeting here.
Harding, It is said, would prove ac
iceptable to both the conservative and
Progressive wings of the party. Some
I considered him a compromise candi
filla is Reported to Have Gathered a Large
Force Around Him to Make Stand
MICE FOR ft BLOODY ENCOUNTER
advanced Detachments are in Pursuit of the
Bandit Many Miles Away From Their
Avenue of Supplies.
PASO, Texas, April 7.—Villa to forge ahead and bring the bandit
gathered 2,000 men at Parral for I to bay If possible.
btand against the American expedl-1 Pershing's message •as so badly
according to information which
^ched Fort Bliss today from Mexi
he U. S. advanoe cavalry under
llonel Dodd was reported nearlng the
Inul district. The size of Villa's
rce was a surprise to officials here,
most liberal previous reports es
ated he had only a few hundred
lowers while It was generally he
lved that a mere handful was at
tiding their wounded leader on his
The Viliistas were poorly mounted
|d frequently compelled to rest ac
irdlng to the latest reports. If, con
general expectations, Colonel
bdd has gone so far south of the sup
Irtirig columns, he may catch up
1th the lagging bandits.
|A Carranza garrison Is supposed to
located at Parral where a number
foreigners are believed to have re
alned with their mining interests.
are now felt for their safety,
anunza troops from Chihuahua City
dd Torreon could easily reach Par
^1 by rail. General Pablo Gonzales
been appointed commander of the
orth by War Minister Obregon and Is
tported to be enroute to take su
|reme command of the defacto gov
nment's operations against the Vil
In Hot Pursuit.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 7.—
Pressing southward in defiance of
nger to their avenue of supply, the
Imerlcan advanced detachments to
lay were believed to be near Satevo,
orty miles south of Chihuahua City
)n the trail of Villa.
Major General Funston early today
ceived a message from Major
Sample at Columbus, indicating to
klm that Colonel Iodd, in command
the advanced patrol, has advanced
*n this a step toward con-
Roosevelt. Though Harding
|"elPed to nominate William Howard
at the last republican convention
E? friends said he had progressive
jardlpg*s selection as the "key
****j* uiwullw OMM aftsr
garbled as to be almost entirely un
Funston will attempt today to ob
tain a clear version of the report and
with it clear Information on the pro
gress of the advanced detachments.
Weight was added to reports of
Villa's escape southward from the
Guerrero region by a report from Col.
W. C. Brown, forwarded from Cusi
huirachlc, west of Chihuahua. Brown
reported he was hotly pursuing the
Will Pursue to the End.
[•By Carl D. Groat, United Press Staff
WASHINGTON April 7.—"We are
going to get Villa," was the official
word in Washington today. If there
has been any change in this purpose
it is In President Wilson's mind
alone, it was said, and has not been
communicated to the men charged
with running down the bandits.
How long this task will consume,
no one would prophesy.
"You might as well ask how long
is a piece of string," said one mili
tary man. Yet he, and his associates
have repeatedly expressed confidence
that the man hunters will succeed in
running Villa down.
Sub-surface talk that Carranza
may make early demands for with
drawal of American forces, had no
foundation in official messages. Some
time since, the first chief queried as
to how long and how far this govern
ment proposed to go in its chase, but
the question has gone unanswered
and he has not renewed it.
The supply problem is the most
vexatious before the administration,
though the war department daily sug
gests its motor trucks will meet the
situation, even if the railroads are
not opened. Press reports that some
private shipments have gone forward
from El Paso indicated perhaps the
renewal of requests upon Carranza
for opening the system may have
been effective. The latest messages
said the request was "under negotia
tion" and Secretary Lansing declared
he understood the partial permission
granted some days ago still stood.
The war department had a number of
border messages over-night, though
whether these told of troop move
ments, authorities would not say early
today. 'Reports have been lacking
While the American riders have
plowed deeper into the land south of
the Rio Grande, military men have
considered whether they must ex
tend their operations. Thus far, how-
(Continued on page 5.)
ISENATOR HARDING SELECTED
AS TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN
a few minutes deliberation by the
Chairman Hilles of the national
committee said that Roosevelt's an
nouncement of his probable candidacy
had not entered Into the discussion.
"Roosevelt's announcement was no
surprise, to me," Hilles said. "But it
did not have any effect on our choice
of a chairman."
Hilles declined to comment other
wise on Roosevelt's candidacy.
Committeeman Ralph Williams of senger.
Oregon said his only surprise was
that the colonel's announcement was
Harding was in Chicago at the time
his choice was announced.
Lafayette B. Gleason of New York
WOO VUVOVU nw
was chosen as temporary secretary of blankets or
the convention and George L. Hart of
Roanoke. Va.. official reporter.
Secretary Reynolds of the commit
tee, who made the announcement of
Harding's choioe, said "there is no
more nsws in this minting
LONDON, April 7.—The French
position at Bethlneourt, greatly im
periled by the surrender of Haucourt
to the Gwmang, was under terrific
bombardment all day yesterday, ac
cording to Paris reports today.
The Germans apparently were pre
paring to concentrate In a heavy
smash against this salient aa the next
move in their new drive northwesft of
Verdun. Only a brilliant defense that
threw back the charging grey lines
time and again saved the village
from capture In the heavy fighting
west of the Meuie Wednesday night.
The capture of the strongly forti
fied position at Haucourt seriously
menaced French positions on a three
mile front, extending from Avooourt
on the southwest to Behtinoourt.
Haucourt barred the German advance
on the highway from Malancourt. Its
guns swept a two mile sector and pre
vented the Teutons from getting a
foothold on the south bank of Forges
Though It is becoming Increasingly
more probable that the French may
be thrown back upon the town of
Banes, seven and one-half miles north
weat of Verdun, no alarm Is felt here
over the situation at Verdun.
Hot fighting .Is going on along the
British front at St. Eloi.
The Germana are attacking In large
foroe. Canadian regiments, It la un
officially reported, are In the thick of
the fighting at this point.
PARIS, April 7.—The Germana
launched heavy attack# against the
Bethlneourt salient last night, after
violent artillery preparations, the war
office announced this afternoon.
In an attempt to crush in the south
eastern side of the slallent, the Ger
mans penetrated French trenches on
the Beth incourt^Ohattl ncourt road.
They were Immediately ejeoted by
a French counter attack from all but
300 yards of the newly captured posi
Unable to make further progress in
the Haucourt region, because of the
terrific curtain of fire from French
dominating positions on the heights,
the Germans shifted their attack to
the southeastern side of the Bethin
The German onslaught reached its
greatest fury between Bethlneourt
and Hill 265. The Germana drove
forward In an attempt to reach the
Bethlncourt-Esrves road, leading south
from Bethlnoourt, thus cutting off the
French retreat from the Bethlneourt
On the east bank of the Meuse in
termittent bombardment continued
last night. The -French made further
progress in enemy sommunication
trenches southwest of Fort Douau.
mont, whore a Substantial gain was
reported last nig hit.
Artillery duels became violent
the Woevre region last night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.. April 7.
wet heanry snow fell over Kansas
Won Twelve Cent Suit MORE PROGRESS.
BOSTON. M^.. April T.-Charles pETROGRAD, April 7—Destruc
R. parting, of Newton, won his sultlt|on
against the Middlesex and "Boston|
street railway. It was for twelve Qa||cjan village of Svetkavtze, was
cents they have owed him nearly
Died After a Song.
NEIW YORK, April 7—Dying of
pneumonia, John Bardsley, a tenor,
sat up in bed, sang "Drink to Me
Only With Thine Eyes," and fell back
Snow in Kansas.
WITH THE AMERICAN ARMY IN
MEXICO (April 4, via Motor to Co
lumbus, N. M.), April 7.—Colonel W.
C. Brown's colored troopers of the
Tenth cavalry today are believed to
be in the vicinity of Cusihuiriachic.
following their victory over the Vil
listas at Agua Calientes last Satur
day. The details of the fight have
just reached here by mounted mes
In the narrow valley twenty miles
southeast of Bachlneva, groups of ban
dits squatted about camp fires where
cauldrons of frijoles were bubbling
and strips of "Jerky" writhing over
others lolled about
mending bits of harness and clean
ing guns. The scene was military
but peaceful withal.
The Mexicans comprised a band
which formed from scattered groups
KEOKUK, IOWA, FRIDAY, APRIL 7,1916
HASE AFTER VILLA GROWS HOTTER
LONDON, April 7.—Heavy loss of
life is feared In the sinking of the
Peninsular and Oriental liner Sllma,
reported in government aervice aa a
transport In the Mediterranean, east
reported it was believed there had
been a large loss of life.
The Sllma was owned by the same
company that owned the liner Persia,
sunk In the Mediterranean last De-'
cember, with heavy loss of life, but
was a slightly smaller steamer, dis
placing 5884 tons. She was 430 feet
long. Several months ago her regular
sailings were cancelled and ahe was
taken over by the government.
Six of the crew of the steamer
Vesuvlo, reported sunk last night,
were drowned, It was learned today.
Thorough search by patrol ships has
failed to discover any more survivors
of the torpedoed liner Zent whlcji was
sunk with a loss of fifty lives. '.
PEACE IS FAR AWAV.
Ed L. Keen, United Press 8taff
LONDON, April 7.—Peace Is no
nearer In war-torn Europe as the re
sult of th« German chancellor's reich
stag speech Wednesday.
Every British official interviewed to
day scoffed at the idea that the allies
might agree to end the war on the
terms stated by Germany. For the
most part they saw little prospect that
the war might end "by autumn," a
suggestion made by a high German
•government official to a United Press
correspondent at Berlin.
The Germans have modified their
peace demands for two reasons, offi
cials here declared. One is the crown
prince's failure to tak'e Verdun. The
other Is the Increasing seriousness of
(Continued on page 2.)
PETROGRAD, April 7.—Russian
troops are now advancing on the
Turkish Black sea port of Trebizond
Despite the fury of their at- from both the east and south, ac
tack, they only succeeded In taking
front line trenches a mile east of this
cording to official dispatches received
here today, in an engagement south
of Trebizond, the Turks were driven
out of fortified positions which were
occupied by the Slavs.
In a Black sea naval fight, Russian
submarines sank a Turkish steamer
being convoyed by a torpedo boat and
eleven sailing ships laden with coal.
A Russian battleship bombarded at
long range the former German cruis
er Breslau, now the Turkish Miduliu,
Qerman air8hi 80uthweBt
Dvinsk and the capture
reported officially today.
Flight Lieutenant Barbas brought
down the enemy dirigible, presumably
a Zeppelin. It fell behind the Ger
man lines. The war office reported
areat aerial activities on the north- ....
sixty of their number The
were killed. They felt they had earn
ed a rest and the?' were enjoying it.
Thoughts of combat were far from
their minds. Many rifles were still
strapped in mule packs. The alti
tude of a mile and a half lent a nat
ural chilliness to the air. but the
noon sun shone brightly after many
days of snow and rain and the weary,
saddle-worn Mexicans basked in its
Then, without warning, a cyclone
ofo colored cavalrymen led by Colonel
Brown, rode pell-mell down the steep
slopes toward the Viliistas. The
Americans punctuated the cracks of
rifles with shrill yells.
Over a score of Viliistas pitched
headlong in the dust before the Unit
ed States troops reached the outer
rim of the camp.
irl W. Aoloerman, United Press
Bl^tLIN, April 7.—Chancellor Bath
mar ®H©llweg laid before the world
the crms on which Germany will oon
senr gto the ending of the war In his
add -ss before the reichstag Wednes
No official statement haa been Issu
ed by the admiralty and the Simla's uaj
owners thus far have no confirmation I 1 Wa was the Interpretation today of
of preas dispatches. Th« Sllma la be-|t»e -okal Anzelger, Vosaische Zeltung
lieved to be the transport reported in an. the Tageblatt, three of the most
an Athens dispatch to have been aunk
Influential newspapers of Germany,
off the 'west coast of Greece. Athens All three papers emphasized the state-
ment of peace terms to the exclusion
of all other features of the chancel
lor's most comprehensive speech.
Count Reventlow, the "German Are
brand" alone laid stress on the Im
portance of the chancellor's remarks
regarding the submarine, assuring his
readers that Bethmann-Hollweg had
reiterated firmly Germany's determin
ation to continue the present policy.
The press Interpretation may be of
the greatest significance in view of a
statement to the United Press by a
high German government official that
peace In Europe by autumn Is a reas
onable possibility. This statement
was made in the course of an inter
view In which this official, whose
name oannot be u*ed, emphasized the
complete unity of the government on
all war policies, and denied that there
was anythina alarming in the food sit
On the first point, .he explained, the
government leaders know Just where Jh6 cheerlng of foraer Presi
they stand, an Important ministerial!
'conference having fully Informed
them. Concerning the food ques
tion, he added that he had just re
ceived personal assurances from the
Interior and commerce ministers.
"We have not an abundance," said
this official, "but we are not going to
starve or be forced by hunger to
The newspapers pointed out today
that for the first time the chancellor
made a statement of Germany's Inten
tions regarding Belgium. He demand
ed no annexation of Belgium, but ask
ed only that the Independent Belgium
set up after the war, be free of allied
In one respect the chancellor In
creased Germany's previous demands
as made In official statements. He de
clared that not only Poland but all
Russian territory from the Baltic to
Volhynia now held by the central em
pires be freed from the rule of the
czar. In previous official utterances
only the Independence of Poland had
been referred to.
On the other hand it was emphasiz
ed today, the chancellor made no ref
erence to a demand for Indemnities at
the conclusion of the war.
Sword Into Audience.
•NEW YORK, April 7 So fierce
was 'Lou Tellegen's stage fight in "A
King of Nowhere" last night, that he
whirled his sword into the audience.
No one was hurt.
Will Become Unpopular.
CHICAGO, April 7—John D. Shoop
probably will become the most un
popular school superintendent in the
minds of the Juveniles Chicago ever
had if his plan to abolish the sum
mer vacation is adopted.
Sltill an Important Factor.
Glldden Graphic: As time puts the
1912 republican national convention
farther in the distant past, the na
tion's respect and admiration for Wil
liam H. Taft grows stronger and
.'stronger. As a politician (and, per-
fng (Serman positions and the Ger-' president) Mr Taft was not
In the capture of Svetkavtze, near fairs he ranks amon^ the leaders of
Tarnopol, the Russians captured for-1the nation. The ex-presidents three
ty-two land mines and much other addresses at Ames last week made a
Austrian attempts to retake profo\md impression. Taft is still an
the village were repulsed. I important factor in American life.
Mexicans Scurried to Tall Grass
When Negro Troops Swooped Down
[By H. D. Jacobs, United Press Staff! fight with Colonel Erwin's Seventu tempted to return the fire. They sent
cavalry at San Geronimo three
a harmless volley at the Americans.
Viliistas were completely sur
prised. Those unable to reach their
horses scurried into the tall grass
like rabbits. These quickly lost them
selves in the dense undergrowth and
deep arroyos and escaped. The mount
ed Viliistas spurted south into the
Mexican was out of sight.
While Colonel Brown's men con
tinued south, a mounted messenger
carried word of the fight to Major
Evans who with another squadron of
the Tenth was encamped at Rubio,
ten miles east of Bachineva.
The scrap marked the first encoun
ter of Uncle Sam's colored troopers
in Mexico. One of the bandits they
killed was reported to be Mannel
Baca. Villa's lieutenant who ordered
Twenty more lined the execution of several Mexicans at
the Corralitos ranch
Onlr a handful ot tbs bawttf afr- treat from Columtoua,
standpatters were still in con-
trol of tho Missouri G. O. P. The
only reference to the colonel's name
In addition to naming Jacob Babler
national committeeman. selecting
delegates and alternates at large and
condemning the Wilson admlniBtra
i'.on, the convention endorsed former
Governor Herbert S. Hadley as "de
serving of further honor by the
American people." Today Hadley
boosters said it looked as though the
former executive would be a presiden
tial factor at Chicago.
Conference Is Important.
NEW YORK, April 7.—Special sig
nificance was seen today in a con
ference here between Colonel Roose
velt, Representative Victor Murdock,
chairman of the progressive national
committee, and Geo. W. Perkins,
chairman of the active committee of
the party. It was the first confer
ence the colonel has held since pub
lication of hiB statement from Oyster
Bay virtually announcing his candi
Murdock brought word to the pro
gressive leader that the Chicago con
vention of progressives will consider
no other candidate for presidential
Down to Roosevelt and Hughes.
WASHINGTON, April 7.—With a
cloak room talk indicating that sena
tors believe the republican fight now
is between Roosevelt and Hughes,
Action is Expected to be
[By Robert J. Bender, United Press
WASHINGTON, April 7.—When
President Wilson and his cabinet met
today to discuss for the fourth time
the relations between this country
and Germany since the wrecking of
the Sussex, uncertainty, solemnity and
anticipation mingled in the atinos
pliere about the white house. Little
doubt remained that the (government
will soon announce its intended ac
tion, but the length to which the presi.
dent may go was little discussed by
Secretary Lansing had ready for pre-
submarine. The evidence was compll-
San Antonio canyon. Practically the n'ect^'foTthe'i'aM*few davTby the United States will have passed,
entire Tenth cavalry squadron pur- "CVICV1
sued them fifty miles until the last
Snow and colder. Local temp
—7 p. m. 39 7 a. m. 32.
Ex.-President Taft's Name Was Cheered, but
Mention of the Colonel Got a Chilly
IS A DEAD ISSUE III THAT STATE
Senators at Washington Say Republican Race
Has Narrowed Down to Roosevelt
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo., April
7.—Stay-overs among the delegates to
the Missouri republican convention
here yesterday today said Theodore
Roosevelt was a dead Issue in Mis-
over a docen conservatives who here
tofore have Indicated no sympathy for
Hughes, declared themselves for him
Five of them came out in the open
to say the sentiment in their states
easily placed Hughes ahead of Roose
velt—Warren and Catron from the
far west, Curtis and Nelson, from the
middle west and Galllnger from the
(Hughes is more available than
Roosevelt in the opinion of four. The
other, Catron, demands that he col
onel should keep out of progressive
primaries—Ire voted as a moose In
the New York contest—If republicans
are to consider him a probable presi
"A dozen men who have no use for
Hughes at heart, have told me they
are for Mm," said Senator Poindexter,
who has declared for Roosevelt to
day. "They see the treii9 T. R.-ward
and it's anything to beat it."
"I don't want to say anything
against the colonel," said Senator
Warren, "He's my friend and I am
his. But sentiment out my way is
"No doubt about It: no doubt about
it," said Galllnger. "Our delegates are
for Weeks, but you can be sure they
will swing to Hughes before they will
"I'm for Root first," said Catron, of
iNew Mexico. "Then for Weeks and
Burton, but you can bet I'm for
Hughes ahead of Roosevelt. Let
Roosevelt" get back into the party."
One other conservative, however—
Penrose—is likely to come out for
Roosevelt within the next day or so,
a close friend of his said in the senate
GERMANY'S BOAT CAMPAIGN
WILL LEAD TO A RUPTURE
at the wfhJte house and the state de-
partment, that this government, out
of diplomatic courtesy, would take no
action until word has come from Am
bassador Gerard at Berlin regarding
the German position, tt is believed,
however, that this should not require
muoh longer. At any rate this gov
ernment will not allow the matter to
Expecting No Rupture.
[By Carl W. Ackerman, United Press
BERLIN, April 7.—'Ambassador Ger
ard does not believe the German-Am
erican situation is serious.
In spite of reports received here
through English sources, Germany, the
ambassador believes, will meet Ameri
ca with complete willingness to set
tle any question regarding the cases
of the five ships now at issue.
sentation additional proof that tho, relatione committee, said today
Sussex was torpedoed by a German
apparently regardless of assurances fay- im adjustment of any- difficulties
given the United State3 government Ils said Or. Hecksher.
onth a^o I Officials generally believe that if the
The apparent seriousness of the Present storm is weathered, all dang
international situation has been re-
absolute secrecy established both at
the white hoi33e and the state depart
The lid on news has been clamped
down tight. Conferences between the
president and Secretary Lansing and
Colonel House have yielded no light.
As fast as data comes in to the
state department, it is forwarded to
President Wilson. During the last
few days the state department mes
sengers have taken a score of confi
dential papers to the white house. The
contents of these have at no time
JfcJttt besn stated by official*, both
Heksher, of the reichstag for-
ed by the French government and by (.Ranged since the chancellor's speech
American naval attaches. In addl-1 Wednesdav
tion the secretary had numerous dis-j
patches indicatinc Germany has em-1
barked on a new submarine campaign
ton© of the reichstag
-was fermerly anti-American has
"Where Germany shows her good
will toward America as she does to-
of a diplomatic break with
[:By Robert ,T. Bender, United Press
WASHINGTON, D. C., April 7.—The
United States government Is abso
lutely convinced a German torpedo
struck the channel packet Sussex. A
statement from Berlin is now awaited
as to Germany's intention. In the
light of this fact, the administration
does not propose to wait long.
These facts were made known to
day as the president's cabinet g&th-
juiW'-v. to "2:.- Ik* S.