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ryOL. 122. NO. 111.
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Is: tjk.
Boquillas, a mining center, a
prt distance below the border where
herlcan employes are reported in
In^er. Major I^anghorne's Eighth
Ivalry, from El Paso, encamped last
^ht at Henderson's ranch, tliirty
lir miles south ot Marathon and
inned a march of twenty-eight
flea today to Miller's ranch, hoping
on to follow Cole's command into
Sibley headed two cavalry troops
Id a machine gun platoon. The
ops are expected to try to over
ke the Fourteenth cavalry before
Ie border Is reached.
Deemer, rancher and Munro
ljia negro employe, are mlssln?
Td reported to have been killed.
«us Acalja, an American, was ar
8ted at the same time, at the Deem
ranch. The trio were lastreported
ling led across the international line
Glenn Springs with ropes
.Band their necks. Unconfirmed re
lets said they were strangled to
f&th later.
|0ther Americans for whose safety
fears are felt, are R. ft. Has
oock and Carl P. Halter, employes
the International Mining company
Porto Rico De Boquillas, Thomas
Roberts and his sons, Edward and
Washington, May 9.—Secretary
War Baker today announced that
Udent Wilson had authorized the
out of the militia of Texas.
«na and New Mexico.
**ker declared the outbreak of
"'Sean raiding in the Big Bend
""try of Texas had no far empha-
I the danger of further attacks
Resident Wilson authorized the
"•'a call.
[fkker issued the
_-.ni eat:
L__The outbreak in
onr own
following state
aifter the an-
the Big Bend
of the Rio Grande has so far
ner emphasized the danger of
•wr occurrences along onr Kxng
tier that the president has called
the militia of Texas, Arizona and
Q* Mexico and has directed them to
to Oeneral Fnneton, who will
them stations along the. bord-
Patrol duty.
addition to this, two additional
^J®nts of regular infantry have
directed to proceed to the
and such further arrangs
will be maide a» are necessary
OOBUltSU MOT**? of tlM KM?
leased wire^s.
Fourteenth Cavalry and Posse of
Cowboys Have Crossed the Line to
?4| 'Run Down the Bandits.
Vv iyH ®v't-
__ Fourteenth
n\rj and Sheriff. Walton's posse ot
Jtlemen have crossed tlie border ln
iXulco, below Glenn Springs, Tex.,
[tvenge the raid of Friday night, fo
iling to advices reaching the base
the new expedition today. Ten
ns are* missing, two of whom
[ie been officially reported killed
I the troops are riding hard in a
to save the lives of otherS.
L. Mathews, who arrived here
three men wounded in the raid,
a Carrantista officers' com
alon was found on the body of
Daniel Rodrlgues. one of the
Idem. The civilian posse came
dm Rodriguez's body and that of
her slain raider in a patch of buf
on .outskirts of Glenn
JfSti&ws safd.w
«ving Marathon at daybreak, Col
Slbley, commanding the expedl
declared the troops have pel*
islon to cross the border to save
pelican lives. Captain Casper Cole,
nnandlng the invading troops. Is
ding his force toward Porto Rico
v*.. t"
-iaV \.
of the Survivors of the Attack on Little
Town Was Awakened by the Arrival
of the Mounted Assassins.
iTHON, Texas,
rlcan troojps of the
May 9.—
S £& fi"1'
J. IB. Roberts and J. W. Cowan, all of
San Antonio, and a negro named
Four Americans at Tramway
Crossing, near the border, were re
ported to have eluded the 'bandits, in
delayed dispatches dated Saturday
afternoon. No doubt remained, how
ever, that Li. Coy, gave his life in a
futile effort to warn the Porto Rico
Pe Boquillas settlement of their dan
ger. He became separated from a
party that set out for the internation
al line and his body is reported to
have been found with the throat cut.
O. G. Compton, at first reported
killed, arrived here in an army motor
truck with Private Tyree, also re
ported captured and CoTporal Smith
and told a vivid story of-the raid.
"I was awakened Friday night by
cavalry marching pfvst nfiy hdinej,"'
said Compton. "I peered out of my
bedroom window and saw seventy
flve Mexicans riding in groups toward
the settlement. Two drew handker
chiefs about their faces ana rode up
to my door to ask if any American
soldiers resided with us. I told them
only my family lived there and they
asked the way to the camp. By this
time the advanced Mexicans had
reached the town and the shooting be
gan. The pair leaped onto their
horses and rode up to the fight. I
heard Shouting and rifle tlrp and took
my place at the window with my own
rifle, determined to defend my chil
dren, Garnett, Louise and Howard.
But they awoke and started crying
and I lost my nerve. I couldn't stand
being still any longer. Seizing Louise
in my arms I ran to the home of a
Mexican washerwoman and left her
"Things were pretty lively by this
time the wax factory was blazing,
lighting up the Whole town. I started
to run back for the other children,
but there were Mexicans everywhere.
I backed into the main corral, stop
ping to fire an occasional shot. Then
I was hit. I dropped and crawled to
a creek bed some distance away and
came across Tyree. He was terribly
burned about the arms &nd body. Sat
urday morning I saw Mexicans still
running about the town. We could
not stay there in the creek Bed in
the sun all day so we crawled to a
(Continued on page 2.)
iilitia is called out
PatK5naI Guard of Texas, New
Mexico and Arizona, 'Or
dered to the Front.
pie of the United States against raids
of this character."
In addition to the militia, the fol
lowing infantry was ordered to tbe
Thirtieth, Platteburgh, N. Y. Third,
Madison Barracks, O-swego, N. Y.
Twentv-flrst, Van Courer, Washing
ton Fourteenth, Port Lawton, Wash
The militra of the three states
drawn upon, numbers about four
thousand men.
Secretary Baker declined to say
whether the new orders were the re
sult of General Scott's message con
cerning the Obregon conference.
Baker declared it was based on
recommendations from Scott &na
Funston as a result of the Big Bend
raid. He would neither affirm nor
deny that Obregon had demanded
withdrawal of troops under penalty
of a clash between American and
Carranzista forces.
Oeneral Funston Is authorised to
dispose tie freeh troops, militia and
raaririars as he sees flt. Secretary
Baker emi^hasl^ed th*t fee more te
for "border protection." Yet the
forces will
available fw «ervlce
Inside of Mexico, if required. Ai
present there are rtottM.OM regu
lars In Meet too and 10,000 along the
*°TSr present's step wlH reqtf™
no action by congress TOless nrllWa
PARIS, May 9.—A violent German
attack on Hill 304 at three o'clock this
morning was completely rep
til sod, the
war office announced today,
On the east bank of the Mouse,
iMttheaat of Verdun, French counter
attacks during the night the re
gion northwest of Thiaumont, threw
the Germans from the few points In
the French first line trenches they
•till held as the results of Sunday's
heavy attack against the French front
The German attack on Hill 304
made early today followed a night
of heavy bombardment. The Germans
played shells upon the French defen
sive positions on the hill until nearly
French curtain fire brought the
charge to an Immediate halt. On the
east bank of the Meuae, the Germans
made no attempt a vigorous offen
sive, contenting themselves with bom
barding violently the Douaumont-Vaux
front. The raid by which the French
recaptured leat ground was the only
Important Infantry action on this side
of the river.
French troops carried a German
post near Boland in the Argonne last
night, killing all the occupants.
The crown prince has lost ten thou
sand In dead and wounded since he
renewed his drive against Verdun
with a heavy thrust from the northwest
early Friday^ French military men
German prlaoners confirmecf the be
lief of French officials that the pres
ent violent attacks northwest of Ver
dun constitute the beginning of a
fourth great assault against the fort
ress. They declared they were order
ed to take the dominant positions on
Hill 304 and Dead Man's hill guarding
Verdun from the north at all costs.
State Convention Being Held at Cli
ton With' Meredith at the
CLINTON", Iowa, May 9.—State
democratic leaders claim fully 1,200
delegates will attend the democratic
state convention which meets here
this afternoon. E. T. Meredith of Des
Moines, slated fbr temporary chair
man, W. W. Marsh of Waterloo and
James Doty of Council Bluffs, the
latter a candidate for lieutenant gov
ernor, were among the early arrivals.
Jack Dalton of Manson, is talked of
as sergeant at arms of the St. Louis
convention. Meridith will be chair
man of the delegation.
The morning was devoted to the re
ception of delegates.
The convention opens with an ad
dress by Congressman W. W. Wor
landt of Missouri, at the coliseum
this evening.
District caucuses will be held at
ten o'clock on Wednesday morning
and the convention proper opens at
11 o'clock Wednesday.
Iowa Supreme Court Oeclsions.
[Special to The Gate City.]
[By E. T. Conkle, United Press Staff
EL PASO. Texas, May 9.—Working
unseen, interventionist forces were
active along tho border today, striv
ing mightily to upset the negotiations
between Generals Scott and Obregon
for a solution of the Mexican situa
tion. The decision of American com
manders to send the Marathon expe
dition across the border caused fric
tion in last night's meeting between
the two war leaders, coming in the
face of General Carranza's request for
the withdrawal of the Pershing
column and the meeting broke up
without a conclusion having been
reached. Though no arrangements
have been made for another meeting,
there is a feeling that negotiations
have not vet been declared ofT. Indi
cations pointed to another conference
within the next few days. While
Mexican authorities suspected that
European interventionists haT prior
knowledge that the Glenn Sprinp
raid was to be made, there is
tinct suspicion here that the guiding
force lay nearer home.
Officials acquainted with the situa
tion said intervention might bp de
sired by two Interests. European
cowers, they declared, might desirr.
that the United States be occupied
•with the Job of intervening for their
influence such a conflict would have
on the American toward European
conflict. American Interests owning
hum properties in Mexico were re
garded also as likely to want inter
vention to redeem their holdlnes.
The force starting from Marathon
was regarded as pitifully small for
-lnrtl Funston. however,
anb Constftntion-IEtanocrat.
xploded During' the
and Twenty of
he Orew Were
Nine Men Who Took to Life Boat,
Lost T^eir Lives When tl^a
Little Boat Was
SALT 8TB MATtlB, Mich., May 6.—
'ilie steamer Kirby Is reported to
have been lost d&ring last night's gale
with all on board. She carried a crew
of twenty-one men.
The steamer went down off Eagle
Harbor In Lake Superior, in the sixty
mile gale that has swept the upper
lakes for twenty-four hours. One man
of the Klrby's crew of twenty-one is
reported to have been rescued by the
steamer Joseph Block which arrived
at the Soo today with details of the
Kirby disaster.
The barge Hartwell in tow of the
Kirby was picked up by the steamer
Berry and taken to shelter under
Keweenaw point. ..
Life Boat Swamped.
DULTJTH, Minn., May 9.—The
steamer S. R. Kirby*s boilers blew
up when she put on high steam to
battle a terrific sixty mile gale, ac
cording to the second mate, who ar
rived here today.
The mate, who waa picked up by
the steamer Berwind, upbound, claim
ed that the Kirby carried a crew of
tiyenty-two and that one other mem
ber tyf the Crew was picked np by the
Joseph Block, down bound. The Ber
wind tried to save another, but he
was so exhausted that he slipped
from a raft and was lost before the
Berwind reached him. When the
Kirby's boilers exploded, she cut loose
the barge Hartwell.In tow. The mate
claimed to know definitely that the
Hartwell's crew of seven with Cap
tain Oliver Pitts and Engineer Syl
vester Smith of the Hartwell took to a
life boat which was swamped and1
that the nine were lost. The steamer
XJtley, he claimed, later picked up the
abandoned Hartwell. The Kirby and
Hartwell were both from Ashland,
Wis., where the Kirby had been load
ed with ore.
Plotters are Sentenced.
NEW YORK, May 9.—The first
prison sentences imposed upon princi
pals In German plots were pronounc
ed by Federal Judge Howe at noon to
day, when he sentenced Lieutenant
Robert Fay to eight years In the At
lanta pen, Paul Daech two years and
Walter Scholz four years for conspir-
peS T^'of^^oU^et^'ca?- acy To Wow up ships carrying muni
uvwaui, TO.
foil county, affirmed, Ladd, judge.
Massacres by Mexican Bandits
Planned on This Side of Border
was unable to reinforce the battalion
now heading south.
"We have no more men to send," he
said, despairingly.
The country into which the men
must penetrate is the most difficult
in northern Mexico. Little water or
forage is to be had enroute and the
chances of catching the bandits under
the handicap were believed small.
The country along both sides of the
border has long been the refuge of
desperate characters from both Mex
jjco and the United States. The Big
Bend country has been to the bad
man of Texas and northern Mexico
what the Bad Lands of the north
were to the desperadoes years ago.
Funston felt secure regarding Per
shing's expedition. He believes they
will be able to take care of them
selves. Their supplies are ample and
their line of communication has been
developed to a high point of efficiency.
Both Scott and Obregon submitted
long reports to their governments fol
lowing last night's meeting.
Villareal Is the Agitator.
WASHINGTON, May 9.—The raid
on Olenn Springs, Texas, which re
sulted In the death of three troopers
and one civilian, was organized In
the United States, Mexican Ambassa
dor Orredondo charged in a confer
ence with Secretary Lansing today.
The Carranza representative named
I. Villareal. formerly Vllllsta general,
as the principal agitator responsible
for border raids and plots.
Arredondo said he had no Indica
tion of any further request by Obre
gon or any Mexican official that the
United States troops be withdrawn
UU1 h« kux, ha said was that Obrs-
LONDON, iMay 9.—The London
newspapers dwell at length today on
the German peace rumors but either
declared the kaiser insincere or sug
gested that Germany must prepare to
yield far more than she has yet hint
ed if the allies are to enter peace ne
The foreign office gave out a mes
sage from Sir Henry Howard, British
envoy to the Vatican, denying that
Pope Benedict telegraphed President
Wilson and the kaiser, urging peace
The Dally Mall deotared Germany
not stnoere In her move for peace,
attributing the peace hint In the Ger
man reply to a desire to enlist the
sympathy of neutrals, convince the
German people that Germany is fight
ing a defensive war, and to lull the
allies to sleep by the belief that Ger
many was about to »urrender.
The Dally News, taking a different
view, declared that Germany within
the not distant future, will make a
frank pies for peace, and added:
"Until that time oomes, the allies
will not entangle themselves in futils
LONDON, May 9.—More than five
hundred British soldiers were killed
or wounded in the seven days of
Irish rebeltion, Premier Asqulth an
nounced in commons this afternoon.
He said 124- were killed, 388 wounded
and nine soldiers are missing.
BERLIN, May 9.—German troops
have stormed and captured several
French trenches south of Haucourt in
the region of Hill 304, the war office
announced this afternoon. All French
attempts to recapture German posi
tions on mil 304 have been repulsed.
On the northeast front of Verdun,
French attacks in the region of Thiau
mont also failed. Prisoners taken by
the Germans on that sector now num
ber 394. The Germans alio.took nine
machine guns.
"In connection with successes at
Hill 304 German troops took several
trenches south of Termiten ridge,
south of Haucourt by storming," said
the official statement. "Enemy at
tempts to reconquer lost positions on
Hill 304 made with strong forces,
failed. The enemy's losses wer®
"On the east bank of the Meuse,
enemy attacks In the district of Thia
mont farm were unsuccessful. The
number of French prisoners taken In
that region has increased to three of
ficers and 350 men besides seventeen
AMSTERDAM, May 9.—The munici
pal authorities of Dusseldorf, Ger
many, are issuing clothing cards slmi
lar to bread card6 issued for several
months, according to advices received
here today.
gon and General Scott are still con
Arredondo urged a larger body of
American troops be sent to the Ameri
can side of the line to guard the terri
tory and to watch American conspira
tors who are, he alleged, endeavor
ing to stir up mutiny among Carranza
troops and to inflame border senti
Secretary Lansing said he would
take up the charge at once with Sec
retary Baker.
Just before the Glenn Springs raid.
Villareal endeavored to stir up a mut
iny among Carranzista troops at Lar
redov Mexico, said Arredondo. Foil
ing in this, he picked out a point o.i
Had it not been for American arms,
and Information from American sour
ces, he said, the raid at Glenn Springs
could not have been successful. Ho
declared he feared further raids of tho
same sort would be organized by the
same people, if utmost vigilance is
not observed. These raids, he de
clared, have the purpose of embroiling
Carranza with the United States.
On the Mexican side of the river,
opposite Glenn Springs, there is no
settlement within 100 miles capable
of furnishing shelter or supplies to
such a force as the 300 armed men
which raided Glenn Springs, Arred
ondo declared.
Two other towns are now selected
as objects of raids by Villareal forces.
Secretory Lansing. Hra
•aid that for twenty years Villareal
had been a member of the Mexican l
W. W- and other agitatlv® organize
at 4
Bairtry Bay, wihere the Cymric's
crew is being landed, is at the ex
treme southwestern end of Ireland.
The American consul at Quoenfftowm
wired today that five of the Cymric's
crew were killed. All other news
sources at Queenstown Insist that all
members of the crew were saved.
Five Reported Dead.
WASHINGTON, May 9.—Five out
of the crew of 107 perished in the
torpedoing of the White Star Cymric
off the Irish coast yesterday after
noon, according to cablegrams fronn
Consul Frost at Queenstown, today.
His first message said the Cymric
was torpedoed at 4 p. m., today, 148
miles west of Fastnet. Do not think
sunk. (Later message said sunk)
Will supply details as they arrive."
A second message said "Cymric
•cleared New York April 28 without
passengers. Supposed mixed cargo
with horses. On admiralty service.
JTorpedo hit engine room, explosion
Mlling five out of a crew of 107.
'Absence of warning inferable. Ship
still afloat, but provisionally aban
doned. Survivors will probably land
Bantry, May 9."
A third message, received this
afternoon, said:
"Cymric sank 3 a. m., crew arriv
ing Bantry about noon."
Anxious for Details.
LONDON, May 9.—In view of Ger-
[By Carl D. Groat, United Press Staff
the border guarded oy only nine Am-: developments in tihe Mexican
erican troopers and organized an at situation were expected today, fol
tack against it, charged ATredondo.
WASHINGTON, May 9.—Highly im-
lowing the receipt of a long code
message from Generals Scott and
Funston early today. The import
ance was indicated by the fact that
Acting Chief of Staff Bliss remained
at the war deiartment until 3 a. m.
to receive its contents.
No inkling of its contents was
forthcoming early todry, although
one army man declared it was "very
Was Torpedoed by German Submarine Mon
day Afternoon and Sank This Morning
^Trying to Reach Shore#
No Passengers on Board Vessel Which Left
New York April 29 With Cargo
for England.
LONDON, May 9—The White Star
liner Cymric, torpedoed yesterday
afternoon by a German submarine,
sank at three o'clock this morning
while attempting to make her way in
to an Irish port.
All of the 110 officers and crew of
the Cymric were saved, according to
Lloyd's dispatch from Queenstown. An
earlier message said that several ves
sels were proceeding to the Oymrlc'a
assistance and assumed that the
rescue steamers took off the crew.
The Dutch steamer Grotius sent
the following wireless message via
the Valentia, Ireland station: "Cym
ric sank three this morning. All hands
The Liverpool agent of the White
Star telegraphed confirmation of the
fact that the Cymric's crew was
The consul at Liverpool wired this
afternoon that the crew of the Cym
ric is being landed on Bantry Bay,
Showers and warmer. Local
temp—7 p.
many's latest pledges, American con
suls were directed today to obtain
detailed Information regarding the
torpedoing of the White Star liner
Cymric, reported badly damaged, but
proceeding into an Irish port early to
70 7 a. m. 62.
Neither the admiralty nor the White
Star agents had any Information to
day except a brief message from
Queenstown saying the liner waa tor
pedoed at 4 o'olock yesterday after
noon. Whether the Cymric was at
tacked without warning probably will
not be known until she reaches port.
It was pointed out, however, that
even should it be learned that the
Cymric was torpedoed without warn
ing that fact would not offer proof
that boat commanders were not
keeping faith with America. New In
structions have been Issued to the
German submarine commanders in a&.
cordance with German pledged to the
United States, but it is quite possible
that the U. boat which attacked the
Cymric left its base before the new
orders were issued from Berlin. The
White Star office believes that no
Americans were among the crew of
110 carried by the Cymric, though one
or two American sailors may have
been taken on at New York. The
liner was capable of only about fif
teen knots an hour and with her
heavy war munitions cargo, would
have been easy prey to one of the
new and speedy German boats. For
the last six weeks she has carried no
passengers on her trips between New
York and Liverpool. German opera
tions will be subject to closest scrut
iny by the American consulate for
the remainder of the war, it was
learned here today, regardless ol
whether or not Americans are on
board. An investigation will be made
in the sinking Saturday of the Brit
ish four masted Gelgate by a subma
rine. Fourteen of the Gelgate's crew
are missing and are believed to have
Consul Will Investigate.
QUEENSTOWN, May 9.—American
Consul Frost will leave for Bantry
Bay Ireland, within a few hours to
learn whether the liner Cymric was
warned by the German submarine
that torpedoed her, whether she was
armed and whether she attempted to
(Continued on page 2.)
Mexican Affairs Have Taken
Sudden and Unexpected
Turn for the Worse.
son at the white house and it was
said, transmitted General Funston's
recommendations for a new dis-posi
tion of forces along the border to
cope with the situation arising from
raids in the Big Bend country.
The general feeling here today wa3
that Mexican affairs had taken a sud
den unexpected turn for the worse.
General Bliss returned to the war
department at 8:30. He said he had
given the dispatches to Secretary
Asked if the situation is serious,
he replied gravely: "I can't say any
thing one way or the other."
Ultimatum Reported.
[By E. T. Conklin, United Press Staff
EL PASO, Texas, May 9.—The Mex
ican situation was admittedly grave
today following reports that General
Obregon issued an ultimatum to Gen
eral Scott in last night's futile con
ference, demanding withdrawal of
the American expedition and threat
ening an attack by Carranzistas as
an alternative. Funston was deeply
concerned over tho sudden tack de
velopments have taken, but declined
The message was regarded as es
pecially significant in view of border
reports that Oeneral Obregon had
served notice on Scott and Funston
that the further presence of the Vil
la pursuers in Mexico would mean an
attack on them, by the Qarranfca to comment on th© reported ufti
troops. The message for which Gen
eral Bliss had waited, was in con
fidential code and intended only for
the secretary of war or the acting
chief of staff.
Earlier in the night. Secretary Bak
er had conferred witii President Wit
"I can say nothing we are pledged
-to secrecy," he said.
Funston was planning to return
today to San Antonio to direct the
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