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Daily Gate City and Constitu­
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VOL. 123. NO. 100.
adian Hospital Blaze Re
mits in Many Deaths and
Several Missing and
Irways Blocked by Flames ant) De
fective Fire Escapes, Forced
Little Ones to Leap
Three Stories.
nlted Press Leased Wire Service.]
FARNHAM, Que., Oct. 26.—Five
rson3 are known to toe dead and
een others are missing as the re
of a fire which destroyed St.
izabeth's hospital and laundry dur
jthe night
Scores of children were injured by
mplng from windows. Three hun
ed and fifty inmates were asleep
the building when the fire broke
and many of these are unac
unted for.
Several other dwellings adjacent
ere badly damaged -by water and
oke. About twenty-five children
badly injured through jumping to
stone pavement from -the third
ry windows.
The fire is believed to haTe started
a defective chimney. It spread
swiftly that the 350 Inmates
ere unable to reaeh safety before
any of them were marooned by the
Patients and employes fought in
ild attempts to gain exits from the
Startling revelations are promised
hen an investigation is begun, for
fire escapes are said to have al
ays proved defective in emergencies
nd many of the deaths and injuries
re attributed to the fact that these
venues of escape were quickly
The twenty-five or more children
ho were injured, flung themselves
rem third story windows to the pave
ent below when it was found no
tairways were available for their
Nearly all Inmates of the building
ere asleep on the third floor.
Twenty-seven Lives Lost.
FARNHAM, Que., Oct. 26.—At one
'clock today it was reported that at
east twenty-saven lives had been
ost in the Are which had destroyed
he Roman Catholic, hospital at St.
lizabeth hall and stables during the
Twenty persons were injured in
mplng from the upper stories, about
dozen of them children. The fact
hat survivors are scattered in homes
II over town, makes the work of
piling a list of the missing diffl
When the flro broke out there weret
IS persons in the building, the
ajority of whom were children,
ey were saved by heroic work on
part of the firemen and citizens.
Yesterday morning firemen were
led to the same Institution when
fire broke out in the basement. It
now thought this must have broken
at again last evening with such
isastrous results.
The loss is estimated at $250,000,
th about 130,000 insurance.
"ialist Candidate for Presi
dent Says Government
Looks After Rich Man.
fUnited Press'Leased Wire Service.]
ELK CITY. Okla., Oct. 26.—The
department of agriculture, said Allan
Benson, socialist candidate for
•resident, who spoke here last night,
sending out circulars advising
eople to" eat bread niade of three
'arts of potar.o flour and two parts
wheat flour.
"That seems to be the administra
tors way of meeting the bread situ
tion after we have raised enough
heat to make wheat bread. The
•otato bread situation, at least, has
he merit that it would not interfere
ith the profi-s of the exporters who
stripping our country of wheat
New Revolutionary Party of
Mexicans Has Been Formed
to Accomplish Down
fall of Carranza.
Men Who Were Driven Out of the
Country, Have Money to
Spend on Bandit's
[By Webb Miller, United Press Staff
®L PASO, Texas, Oct. 26.—Emissa
ries from Pancho Villa have been in
this city in conference with members
of the junta of the new Mexican revol
utionary party of legalistas, according
to reports of the Unlte,d States depart
ment agents here. At least one Villista
In known to have come overland on
horseback, crossing the Rio Grande
river below Juarez.
At this meeting, the United States
authorities believe, an agreement has
been perfected for the bandit leader
to act as commander in chief of field
forces under the direction of the junta
of the new movement. Several United
States secret service men have already
reported that such an agreement is
now in effect. In return the legalistas
are to furnish money in order that the
army can be paid in silver.
The new revolutionary party, In Its
official newspaper here, El Legalista,
avows that the object of its formation
is to accomplish the downfall of Oe
Facto President Carranza. Some
Withdrawal from the vicinity of
Chihuahua City by Villa is looked up
on by U. S. authorities here as part
of a strategic plan.
"He realizes," said one official, who
acted as military observer during Vil
la's former campaign, "that the city
would be untenable at present, hav
ing captured plenty of supplies, there
was no need of another raid even
though Villa had reached the out
skirts of the city. So he draws back
Into his old stamping ground and will
force Carranzistas to come to him
in his own stronghold. Another rea
son is Villa fears to attempt to hold
the city because of the nearness of
the Pershing expedition."
Beasts that he "would control the
entire state of Chihuahua a month
after the American expedition leaves,"
have been made by the bandit .chief.
To Stay All Winter.
COLUMBU3, N. M„ Oct. 26.—Prep
arations for an all winter stay of
the American expeditionary forces in
(Continued on page 8)
But do the American people ever
gain anything by accepting a reduced
standard of living?
"About ten years ago, Mr. James
Wilson, then secretary of the depart
ment of agriculture, Issued bulletins
to housewives telling them how, by
cooking round steak well, it could be
made eatable. That was Secretary
Wilson's solution of the high cost of
sirloin steaks.
"The result of this advice has been
that whereas before, the price of
round steak was ten cents a pound,
it is now (the same price as sirloin—
twenty-five cents a pound or more.
The beef truat is the only beneficiary
of his advice. The people are now
members known to theau thoritiee .here. or aV-Gernavo-^*^
are wealthy former land owners in the
southern republic, driven out of the
country by the new regime and their
property confiscated. Some of these
members are still wealthy and able to
furnish financial backing for the new
Department agents here have under
surveillance an American filibuster,
formerly with Villa, who is suspected
of having taken medical and surgical
supplies to ViUa lately.
Villa's main forces today are con
tinuing their leisurely retiring move
ment westward in the Santa Ysabel
district, carrying a great quantity of
equipment and supplies, according to
incoming natives leaving Chihuahua
City yesterday, interviewed by Unit
ed States government agents today.
(Desultory skirmishing by the slow
ly retiring Villista rear guard and the
detachments sent out toy General
Trevino, was In progress late yester
day, but refugees believe the pursuit
a half hearted one. the Carranzistas
dreading another Villa trap.
Rumanians Are Said to Have
Bloiwn Up Danube River
da Before Retreat.
Part of Russo-Rumanian Force in
Dobrudja Got Away From the
Germans Before City
[United Press Leased Wire Service.]
LONDON, Oct. 26.— Rumanian
troops blew up the Cernavoda bridge,
the greatest in Europe, following the
evacuation of the city, said a Rome
wireless dispatch today, quoting a
Bucharest dispatch received there.
The Cernavoda bridge was built In
1896 at a cost of several million dol
lars and is thd only bridge across the
Danube, both ends of which rest on
Rumanian soil. It spans the Danube
and adjacent irarshes and is fourteen
miles long. The Constanza-Bucharest
railway crosses the structure.
Serbian Victories.
PARIS, Oct. 26.—Serbian and French
troops scored several victories In the
fighting near Monastir, it was officially
announced today.
The Serbs captured a height along
the Cerna river and French cavalry oc
cupied the bridges at Zwersda and the
villages of Goldborda and Laisica,
southfest of Lake Presba.
Bridge Blown Up.
BERLIN, (via wireless to Sayvllle)
Oct. 26.—"Rumanian troops have
blown up the large bridge over the
Danube at Cernavoda, said an official
statement from the war office thls af
ternoon. announcing further progress
for Mackensen's army In Dobrudja
and new advances against the Ru
manians on the Transylvanian front
Attacks Grow Weaker.
PETROGRAD, Oct. 2G.—Macken
sen's attacks against the Russo-Ru
manians in Dobrudja have grown
nounced today.
On the Austro-German front, small
rorces attacked near Zlochof, In the
region of J^vjen. but were repulsed.
In the wooded Carpathians, two en
emy companies attacked west of
Mount Kapul but were arrested by
Russian fire.
Sweep is Checked.
[By Ed L. Keen, United Press Staff
LONDON, Oct. 26.—The victorious
sweep of Mackensen's armies in Dob
rudja has been checked at least tem
porarily. official dispatches from Ber
lin, Sofia, Petrograd and Bucharest
indicated this afternoon.
The Rumanians have blown up the
fourteen mile Danube bridge at Cer-
eating round steak at sirloin prices, navoda the greatest bridge in Europe,
"An embargo on all food exports of thus blocking an Immediate invasion
would keep America food for of old Rumania. The German war
America and bring down food prices, office announcing this fact tola after
hot it would also bring down export- noon, declared It ev.Jenced Ruman
ers* profits, wherefore the American 1
people are told to eat potato bread.
(Continued on page 3.)
Eighteen Packapjf/ Containing $13,007 Had Been Put
Away For fe Keeping by Daylight Robbers
[United Press Leased Wire Service]
ST. LOUIS, Mo., Oct. 26.—Eighteen packages of money, including paper and silver, a
total of $13,007, identified as part of the $34,560 stolen from the paymaster of the Bor
roughs Adding Machine company, in a sensational daylight robbery at Detroit, Mich., Aug.
4, were found in two safety deposit boxes in a vault of the Mercantile Trust Oo. here today.
The boxes were opened by keys found upon James Walton, of St. Louis, arrested) at Dallas
last Saturday night and who has confessed to participating in the robbery together with
his brother, Douglas Walton, and Arthur Steffens.
The safe deposit boxes had been rented by the Walton brothers, who gave their names as
James W. Lane and J. R. Arthur Lane.
President Wilson Carries Coin
to be Returned After His
Inauguration Next
Busy Program at ,Cincinnati W Fie
He Is to Speak Be'ffljre
Great Crowds of
[By Rto'bert J. Bender, United Press
Staff Correspondent.]
PARKERSBURG, W. Va., Oct. 26.—
Carrying a lucky pieces-given him
by a workingman at Philadelphia
yesterday, "to be returned after your
second inauguration next March,"
President Wilson today passed
through here enroute to Cincinnati,
where a busy day awaits him*. He iB
down for four speeches there today.
Last night the president remained
up late greeting crowds that surged
about the train when brief stops were
made along the route. The president
finds what lie believes the best evi
dence of support in these gatherings.
"It shows a large number of my
fellow citizens believe in me any
way," he said today.
More than one thousand persons
greeted him at Martinsburg, a strong
republican stronghold, late last night,
clamoring loudly for
the president refused, saying, "I
would much rather work than talk
about it."
Greeted by Thousands.
CHILLICOTHE. Ohio, Oct. 26.—
Several thousand people greeted
President Wilson here at 8:55 a. m., I
including several hundred shopmen
An Ovation for Bryan.
[United Press Leased Wicp Service.]
OSHKOSH, Wis., Oct.' 26.—Two
bands and 5,000 people greeted Wm.
Jennings Bryan here last night when
he came to urge the re-election of
President Wilson. Only 1,600 people
somewhat weaker, it was officially an-1 could be pack 3d into the opera house I at any time.
Wtt*', '1
anb Con3tttution=©emocrate
Stolen Morten is Found
In Scj/3ty Boxes
Peasants All Have a Small
Hoard of Gold Hidden
Away,-'to be Used on
Rainy Day.
Any Time Government Really Needs
Money, This Fund Will
be Cheerfully
[By George Martin, United Press
Staff Correspondent.]
NEW YORK. Oct. 26.—Nearly half
a billion dollars in gold Is still tucked
away In the Ffench peasant's woolen
sock bank today despite the hundreds
of millions be has already poured out
of It to help his government win the
arriyed In America as the repre-
a speech, but1 sentative of a group of French bank
ers to help French merchants to buy
American supplies, the big. smiling
Frenchman reveled In the story of
how the poor French folk's rainy day
fund has fought a big share of the
war and still is big enough to give
the French a flying start in business
'No matter how humble the home,'
given liberty In order to see the Trembley, you
president. There were also many though you could not find it in a
railway men in the crowd that gave
the president a big demonstration, w°o!en sock containing gold Is buried
"I bad a lot of/fun through here
when I was a youngster," the presi-1 sock.
dent said. The crowd laughed and "The remaining two billion francs
many called out: "Better stop off and
Ibok us over again."
"With you the country will remain
at peace," one woman shouted.
"I certainly hope so," he replied.
search that somewhere in it a
French peasant pride, that
in gold will stay buried unless the
worse comes to the worst. If the old
men and women thought it was
needed to win the war, they would dig
it mi in a minute.
"Just before I sailed. I saw a need
lessly worried old French peasant
and his wife, very poorly clad and
none too well cared for in any re
spect, bring what remained of their
meagre gold savings to the bank. It
was not taken, for it was not needed,
but it is available to the government
for the main address, but Bryan I "Already in this very poor and aged
spoke, to 1,000 outside the building couple's home is a government receipt
and several thousand others met him for several hundred francs gold. That
at the train and lined the streets on is all they, get for their money, a gov
the way to the opera house. ernment receipt. The peasants never
Bryan speaks today at Appleton try to collect on these receipts. Tliy
and Fond Du Lac, and Milwaukee tQj, take them home and frame them
You Must Be
To Vote Nov. 7.
Boards in Session
Oct. 26, 27, 28 and
November 4
roughly and hang them on the wall.
I "It Is the woolen sock bank that Is
going to put France on its feet so
quickly after the war. Every penny
of French indebtedness will be .paid
strictly according to contract both in
France and America. And you will
I be amazed at the rapidity with which
the French people will square away
In business then.
"No matter how severe the drain of
war is on the Individual Frenchman's
pnrse, he Is saving a little, no matter
how little that little may be, for the
sunshiny day that wITi follow the
present rainy ones."
Denver requires bakers to stamp
their loaves with the net weight
Mrs. Beutinger on Witness
Stand Today in Her Trial
for the Murder of Her
Case Has Proceeded so Rapidly That
Verdict From the Jury May
be Returned by
[By Carl D. Groat, United Press Staff
iNEWARK, N. J.. cot. 26.—Before a
gaping courtroom, Mrs. Margaret
Beutinger, young and beautiful, today
was to tell down to the last details
the story of her life with Christopher
Beutinger, the man she slew to escape
his embraces.
It was a sordid story as already out
lined to the Jury. It pictured her strap
ping six foot husband as a lustful
brute, a man untrue to his marriage
vows, a quarrelsome, threatening
creature, who made her life ft burden.
The roses had gone from her cheeks
and 1ier eyes were ringed. She hesi
tated at the glare of publ'city before
a throng of morbidly gurlous "murder
She had wedded Beutinger ten years
ago, when she was only a slip of a
girl, and he a man grown—fifteen or
more years her senior. He had fascin
ated her—the winsome little Jamaica
girl who had never known the world.
And they had traveled afar, even go
ing for a time to the Philippines.
But she learned sorrowfully,,, that
Beutinger was a drunkard, & fn*H of
violent lust, whose excessive indul
gences extended even to the servants
in the home. She had been/orced to
get a man and his wife as servants be
cause of his attentions to the single
Often It was said he was abusive.
He had even threatened her life. Then
she decided, despite her children and
the ban of the Catholic church on di
vorce that she must bo separated from
Beutinger. So she gained a divorce,
only to return to him on his promises,
in her presence and before a mother
superior that he would reform. But
the reform was short lived. Quarrels
started again.
She had borne him six children In
their nine years of their marriage and
was about to become a mother again.
An operation robbed her of mother
hood, however. She returned home ill
and weak.
ana weas.
Fair and warmer. Local temp
—7 p. m. 43 7 a. m. 38.
French Recaptured Fort Dou
aumont in Less Than Three
Hours of Brilliant
Movement Chosen 'When the Teuton*
Were Weakest Through Trans.
for of Troops and
[By Henry Wood. United Press Staffc!
VERDUN, (Yia Chantilly) Oct 28.,
—Battling in rain mists and clouds
of smoke, the French recaptured Fort,
Douaumont in less than three hoursfc
in the brilliant offensive that swept
the crown prince back from Verdun.
The entire operation was witnessed
by General Joffre, commander in
chief of France's armies.
From an observation post in one 3?
the Verdun forts, the correspondent
watched the Fiench infantry launch
the attack at 11:40 Tuesday morning
after three days of unprecedented
artillery preparation. The rain, the
fog and the constant explosion of
'rawlf'Tiitf men from sight, but it
was possible tn follow the French
advance by the shifting of the bar
rage fires, especially that of the Ger
mans, which flist came from Froiuo
Terre and th'm was forced to shorten
upon Thiaumont and Douaumont as
the French swept all before them.
Telephone calls from other French
forts kept us Informed of the French
advance. First, at 12:30, Holly ra
vine was captured, the voice over,
the telephone said. Then the Haud
romont quarries—the village of
Douaumont, the forests of Chapitre,
Fumin, Chenois, Lauee and Caillett®
In quick succession. There was a
short pause and the telephone
brought word of the capture of th«
Vaux pond. I
It was three o'clock when Fort
Souvllle telephoned that the French
had reached Fort Douaumont and
apart were fighting about Its entrance^,
from her, but on the night of the kill- French officers waited with cool con
ing he entered her chamber after Bho
had hard her children say their prayers
and tucked them in bed. He tried to mont.," came
force unwelcome attentions upon her, o'clock.
despite her physical condition. She For t.. "_iOT*.overoutpeeredwe
rebufTed him, threatening to get a di- the distant battlefield, cm ^ho
vorce. Then, acording to the defense, at the same time for
he made repeated threats against her the telephone.
j..- of wind lifte_
The trial proceeded so rapidly that
fldence for the next word.
"We have surrounded Fort DouatK:
a message at flv»
For an hour
Finally, when he entered for the last smoke clouds, revealing the
time, with eyes flaminp and approach- of France floating at J^e srim
ed her bed. she flashed a pistol and Douaumon At the same nwment
flrpd until it was emDtv. I Fort Souville flashed the word tnat
Christopher Beutinger lay crumpled Douaumont had been captured. It was
All AM 01V
at the foot of the bed. while the wo
man sobbed hysterically.
"He won't bother me any more."
then six o'clock.
With their Somme offensive perma
nently established, the French,
launched this supplementary offen-..,
lne irmi Jirucecuuu lawmiy mni. muui-ucu A. TV V,
the defense expected to complete its sive at Verdun on October Zl, elgnt
work todav or tomorroiw—and get a months to the day after the begin
quick acquittal. ning of the crown prince's great
effort. Within six hours they had
Tells Her Story. recaptured all the important positlona
rBy Carl D. Groat, United Press Staff east of the Meuse, excepting Vaux,
Correspondent.] I which it had cost th© Germans BI3
NEWARK, N. J., Oct. 26.—Flushing months and terrible toll in human
deeply and with eyes downcast to lives to conquer.
«.«_ -1 moment
Ut'Opi/ aim I —. .-
escape the stares of a curious court- The French chose tne
room crowd, Mrs. Margaret Beutin-1 when the Germans were
ger today told in dramatic fashion
why she shot and killed her husband.
Christopher Beutinger, a wealthy coal
(oontinuc-d on page 2)
through the trr.nsfer of troops aod
cannon to the Somme and becau-a
of the unrelenting work of destruc«
(Continued on page 2)
Short Skirts, Low Necks and
Plenty of Paint on.,Faces
to Attract Boys.
DENVER, Colo., Oct. 26—If the
"chicken" chorus In some glrly-girly
show were transferred from the stage!
into some school room and seated
before a few books and teachers, the1
effect would be not unlike-that of the
modern class of high school girls, in,
the opinion of Mrs. B. E. Nichols, a
delegate to the Mothers' congress,
now in convention here. Mrs. Nich
ols regrets that skirts now are worn
so short that curbstone detectives
nearly always can tell when the girls I
have holes in their stockings.
"High school girls these days weaT
their waists too low and their skirts
too high," said Mrs. Nichols. "They
generally go to school dressed like
nymphs in a Greek dance and they
paint and powder like Comanches on
the war path. They ponder over
algebra to the rustle of silk and satin
"Why? To attract the attention of
the boys. I suppose. A good many of
them spend more time thinking about
the boys than on all their lessons
combined. They are boy crazy, and
when it comes to flirting, they've got
the average soubrette backed off the
The convention of the State Moth
ers' congress and Parent Teacher
association opened here yesterday.

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