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Pages To-day
In Two Sections
Fair in south and central, rain in north
portion Sunday; Monday, probably
fair; mod era to east winds, except brisk
over northwest portion.
VOL. XVI. NO. 333.
Miss Dora Murff, 18 Years
of Age, Says1 She Shot
J. M. Delhaye.
After Telling Her Story to
. Jury at Crowley, La., at
Which Place She Is Being
Tried for Her Life, She
Breaks Down and De
clared She Loved Delhaye
and Did Not Go to Town
to Kill Him.
Crowley, La., Nov. '29. "I placed a
4 iaotgun between my brother and step-
. lather, , pulled the trigger and then i
Jumped from the surrey with revol-j
vtr; and. called to Delhaye, who. wasj
running. . I fired twice and ha threw
up his hands and fell."
Thus Dora Murff, eighteen years old,
w-ho with her stepfather, J. S. DuvalLj
and half brother; Allie, is on trial here!
for the murder of J. M. Delhaye, this;
afternoon described the slaying of her f
sweetheart, whom she charged had re-:
fused to marry her. She assumes full
responsibility, despite that witnesses
testified the elder Duvall pulled the
The girl broke down after telling
her story, declaring she loved Delhaye,
a.nd did not go to town. or the pur
Dose of killing him. She asserted she
Hred after her victim had reached
lor his pistol. .
Aftpr tpstlmonv haa been Dlaced in
the record aiming at placing responsi
bility for killing J. . M. Delhaye upon
J. s. Duvall,. stepfather of Dora
Murff, the 18-year-old girl who says
she alone caused her suitor's death,
y he girl took the stand here today. She
f.s charged jointly with her stepfather
fr6. half brother, Allle Duvail Txitii
th murder. '
From a woman lying In bed keeide
a baby a few days eld the. prosecution
claims to h;iV9 gained its most dam
aging testimony. Last night after a
night session of court took place, the
Judge, jury, lawyers, ' and stenog
raphers went to a room in the Avenue
hotel, where lay Mrs. F. A. Leger,
' nrnnrietoresa of the hostelry.
"I got the son of a gun,", are the
words, she attributed to J. S. Duvall,
- Inst after Delhaye fell mortally
nded on a street near her hotel.
The state charges that Duvall fired
a shotvfrom a gun fro ma surrey in
which he and Allie Duvall and the girl
were riding. Then 'the girl jumped
out and fired a revolver at Delhaye.
After this testimony had been ad
riitted, Miss Murff was placed on the
tand and the large crowa neara ner
tell amid sobs of her acquaintance
Ht Delhave and her story of how
had Dromised marriage. She tes
titled that a few days before Delhaye
met his death , she took poison "but her
. life was saved by quick work of phy
. sicians and that for 120 hours before
. Delhaye was killed she neither ate nor
She was a pathetic figure .on the
stand as she told her story in tones
miiHWft onlv a few feet from her. The
state obiected strenuously to her re
lating her past life, one of the features
, of which was her statement that she
ha a missed sroinsr to Sunday school
only twice in Ave years prior to the
killing. At the noon recess sne nau
not come to the point of Delhaye s
death. , -
Munich, Bavaria. Nov. 29. "There
must be a pause in armaments; the
German people is not in a position to
bear further burdens of this nature"
declared Baron George E. von Hert
Ung, Premier of Bavaria, discussing
the armaments bill today. Bavaria is
the. second largest state of the Ger
man empire.
The imperial government, in pro
posing the latest increase in the army
last spring, informed the federated
rtates that It could not assume re
sponsibility for the safety of the em
pire unless the augmentation of the
forces was agreed to. Bavaria was
bound under such conditions to give
her assent, but she did so without en
thusiasm. " ...... " , J
Remarks of German Army Heads
Started Riot
Kabrn, Alsace, Germany, Nov. 29.
Scores of townspeople,' including sev
eral civilian officials, were under ar
rest here today as the result of a night
of rioting. The disturbance was so
violent at time that troops cleared, the
main streets at the point of the bay
onet. .
The demonstrations were designed to
express indignation at certain insulting
remarks recently made by German
army officers. The trouble started at
the conclusion of classes of the even
ing school when the pupils met and
denounced the army officers. Troops
were summoned to disperse the meet
ing and everybody who failed to "move
on" promptly was arrested.
The townspeople, excited by the re
pressive measures of the military,
'-ithcred in the principal square. - Soon
Preliminary Consideration of the
Currency Bill Is Completed By
Senate Democrats in Conference
Washington, Nov. 29. The adminis
tration, currency bill today progressed
slowly in preparation for presentation
on the floor of the senate after an all
day wrangle in the democratic senate
Late tonight the conference adopted
an amendment which would permit the
federal reserve board to establish any
number of regional banks considered
The scores of previous games in
the. Army-Navy series follow;
1890 7-Navy 24, Army 0.
1891 Army 22, Navy 16.
1892 Navy 12, Army '4.
1893 Navy 6, Army 4.
1899 Army IX, Navy 5.
1900 Navy 11, Army 7.
1901 Army 11, Navy 5.
1902 Army 22, Navy 8.
1903 Amy 40, Navy 0.
1904 Army 11, Navy 0.
1905 Army 6, Navy 6.
1906 Navy 10, Army 0.
1907 Navy 6, Army 0.
1908 Army 6, Navy 4.
1910 Navy 3, Army 0.
1911 Navy 3 .Army 0.
1912 Navy 6, Army 0.
UilER f
i i i y iu l i 1
Rear, Admiral Victor , Blue
Declares There Are Not
Enough to Man All of the
Fighting Ships In Event
of -War. -
"Washington, Nov. 29. The number
of officers now in the navy is not suf
ficient to man all the fighting ships in
the event of a war, with , a foreign
power, is the declaration made in the
annual report of Rear Admiral Victor
Blue, chief of the bureau of naviga
tion, made public today. He urges
that congress enact legislation provid
ing for a gradual increase of officers
in the various gradt-s to obviate a
condition that is growing worse. -
Admiral Blue says "a circular letter
is being sent to the principals of high
schools to ascertain if the examination
for admission to the naval academy is
such that the ordinary high school
student should be capable f passing.
Members f congress also are being
aided In their selection of - candidates
toy the naval medical officers, who con
duct unofficial examinations of - boys
bearing letters signed by the members
In this way t is expected to detect
physical defects before entering the
Kecruitmg lor tne navy last year
was unsatisfactory until June, when
there was an unprecedented number of
enlistments, in large part due to the
approaching European cruise of the
battleship fleet: The enrollment . of a
naval reserve is strongly urged. It is
pointed out that the authorized .peace
strength of the navy of 51,500 men is
far short of the number required to
put into active commission all of the
naval vessels.
xne mam cepenaence or tne navy
must De upon tne men who nave hon
orably left the service after one or two
enlistments. .Many thousands of these
men are now in civil life and should be
enrolled in a national reserve and
given a short period for drill upon
ship at stated-intervals.
Among the People
afterward an officer with fifty soldiers
appeared. The officer ordered his men
toload their rifles and the front rank
to kneel. When the detachment was
ready to fire the officer, stepped for
ward and commanded the crowd to dis
perse. The people at once scattered
but the soldiers pursued and prodded
them with bayonets. ,
Detachments of troops ; with fixed
bayonets patrolled the streets through
out the night and continued on duty
Forty people were arrested. It is
understood they are to be tried by a
military court.
Lieutenant Baron Porstner, whose
remarks started the trouble between
the army and the citizens,-went shop
ping yesterday in the town, accom
panied by four soldiers who guarded
the entrance of the stores while he
was inside. - .
W 4';
necessary between eight and twelve.
This agreement satisfied Senators
Smith and Bacon of Georgia, who
feared the Atlanta territory might , be
forced to transfer its banking opera
tions to the New Orleans reserve bank.
Preliminary consideration of the bill
was completed by the conference to
night The finishing touches are sched
uled for the session tomorrow at 3
o'clock. 1
Forty-Two Thousand See
the West Pointers Defeat
Middies By the Score of
22 to 9 Result a Big- Sur
New York. Nov. 29.- Port v-two thou
sand persons saw the Army defeat the
javy today at tne Polo grounds, twen
ty-two to nine, in the annual football
game. The greatest throng that ever
witnessed a cadet-middy game includ
ea tne president, secretaries of war
and navy, and other cabinet officers.
senators, congressmen and the flower
of the military and naval service.
The Navy's defeat was the biggest
gridiron surprise of the year. Before
the game the sailors were ten to seven
favorites in- the betting, following a
year of unbroken victories by big
scores.. The Army won by1 forward
passes and daring open . field work.
.fiay was or tee usual desperate char-
Under skies that momentarily 4 hr-eat-?
ened rain.- ---?v?a4 ore!,' fong -theia
te&i&i.ht of the United States,
suTged toward upper Manhattan for
the annual game.
There was no early-jam at the gates
for those who held tickets had obtained
them" far in advance. President Wil
son, after bidding good-bye at the pier
to his daughter and son-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. Francis B. Sayre who depart
ed for Europe, went to the game- by
The line-up:
Army. ' Position. " 4 Navy.
Mar koe. left end ....... Ingran
Wynne left tackle . . . . . .Ralston
Huston left guard Howe
McEwan center Perry
Jones., right guard Brown
Weyand ..... right taokle ....Vaughan
Merrillat right end . .Gllchrist(C)
Prichard. ... quarterback . . . . .Nichols
Hoge(C).... left halfback ..McReavey
Hodgson., right halfback Failing
Benedict .t ... fullback . . . : . Harrison
Officials Referee, W. Langford,
Trinity; umpire, A. Sharpe, Yale;
head linesman, C. Marshall, Harvard.
The hotel district was gay with the
blue and gold of the Navy and the
black, gold and gray of the Army.
There were many reunions among old
er officers.
Little was seen 'of the two elevens
Continued on Page Sveen))
City Employes Fight to
-Hold, Their Positions
Employ. Attorney and Apply
to Judge Kirke Monroe
for Order' Restraining the
City Commissioners from
Dismissing Them.
Claiming that it is class legislation.
In direct conflict with the constitu
tions of the United States aad the
state of Florida and also that its pro
visions are unreasonable, illegal and
void for the reason that it is against
public policy, attorneys representing
six city employes who have been or
dered discharged from various depart
ments by the board of city commis
sioners on the ground that the "kin
ship clause" of the city charter pro
hibits . their employment, yesterday
evening applied to Judge Kirke Mon
rce of tho court of record for a tem
porary order to prevent their dismis
sal until a final hearing could be had.
As both the attorneys for the em
ployes and the city attorney had been
called into the matter on a notice of
only a few hours, the hearing was con
tinued until 1 o'clock next Wednesday
The six complainants have been or
dered discharged because each of them
has relatives holding offices, or within
the employment of the city, within the
tnira aegree, or nearer, under the civil
law, who are drawing' salaries or
wages to the amount of one hundred
dollars per month and upward of that
sum. According to the bill of injunc
tion presented to the court, the com
plainants are as follows:
E. A. Kemble, Jr.. emDloved in the
department of parks. He is a son of
Landscape Gardner E. A. Kemble. in
charge of that department, whose sal
ary equals 5100 per month.
Thomas Barrett, also an employe of
(Continued . on Page Seven)
K'.-.'i .0?
Quantity of Dynamite,, Gun
powder and' Gasoline Ex
ploded In Burning Build
ing, and Many Spectators
Suffer Injuries.
Grand Rapids, Mich., Nov. 29. More
than a score of spectators and a dozen
firemen were injured when a quantity
of dynamite, gunpowder and gasoline
exploded in a burning building' in the
eastern business section" of this city
early today. ' Several women and chil-
dren were missed after the explosion
and until the ruins cooled sufficiently
to permit their being- searched. It could
not be- learned whether there had been
loss of life. .
More - than forty i men, .women and
children who occupied rooms in the
second story of the burned building, a
hardware store, barely escaped with
(Continued on Page Seven)
Situation With
Huerta is Now
Very Critical
Washington, Nov. 29. The situation
with the Huerta government tonight is
believed critical. The constitutionalist
armies are advancing on Chihuahua,
the most important military defense
between the capital and border, while
the Zapatistas' activities in the south
are becoming menacing. The fruitless
efforts of Huerta to secure funds to
pay the accrued Interest on the Na
tional Railway bonds is regarded as
demonstrating the effect of the Ameri
can attitude on foreign capital. Mex
ico City is believed almost Isolated
from the northern ihalf of Mexico.
Admiral Fletcher has reported on
conditions at Tampico. ; He believed
the situation to be quiet, but threaten
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Nov. 29.
Confirmation of the report that Gen
eral Antonio Rabago. military governor
of Tamaulipas, killed himself after los
ing Victoria, his capital, was receivedl
here today. He snot nimseiz when the
forces were pursued by General Pab-lo
. El Paso, Texas, Nov. 29. The van
guard of Villa's army is reported at
1 .03 Medanos, thirty-five miles north of
.Continued on Page Seven).
FIH i j 1 1 U ST
iiii Uii LUUi
Commission Demands
Be Assessed At Full Valuation
Former Member of State
Senate and Present State
Attorney Will Contest
With Emmet Wilson for
Seat from Third Congres
sional District.
Elsewhere in The Journal today ap
pears the formal announcement of
Hon. John P. Stokes as a candidate for
congress from the third congressional
district in opposition to the present in
cumbent, Hon. Emmet Wilson.
It has been known for several weeks
that Mr. Stokes contemplated becom
ing a candidate, but this is his first
formal public announcement of his
The brief career of Mr. Stokes in
politics has been an exceptional one.
Yet barely 27 years old, he has served
with distinction as a member of the
Florida house of representatives and a
member of the state senate and he now
holds the office of state attorney for
this judicial circuit. In all of these
offices his work has been vigorous and
creditable and. in the .legislature he
was an acknowledged leader.
; Knowing the accustomed vigor and
energy with which Mr. Stokes goes
about things, it is easy to recognize
that the campaign for congress in the
third district is going to be a spirited
one and particularly as the new can
didate and Representative Wilson are
both young men, each with a loyal fol
lowing and each advocating the pro
gressive policies to which the demo
cratic party stands committed. -,r
, . - -JLJLi'4 CAi'V.'AXvUbi.
Baltimore, Nov. 29. Suit was filed
here today by the government to dis
solve the American Can Co, the so
called tin can trust, which the de
partment of justice alleges controls a
large percentage of the United States's
business in tin cans, containers and
tin packages.
The American Sheet & Tin Plate
Co.. is 'also made defendant, because
of an alleged agreement to sell the Can
Company tin for cans at a preferen
tial rate.
Waterbury, Conn., Nov. 29. Five
bridal parties stood within the altar
rail in the Church of Our Lady of
Lourdes this morning and the one
ceremony , completed " five marriages,
the grooms responding in unison "we
do" as the pastor asked "do you take
these women for your lawful wives?"
Six couples were married at one
ceremony at the same altar rail last
Transport Prarie Will
Reach Here on Tuesday
.Will Bring 800 Marines
The Hancock, Another
Transport, Is Being Fit
ted Out at Philadelphia to
Handle 800 More.
The transport Prairie, which sailed
from Philadelphia last Thursday at
noon with eight hundred marines for
Pensacola, is expected to arrive here
about Tuesday night, or Wednesday
morning at the latest. The Prairie is
a fast vessel and officers figure she
can make the voyage to Pensacola in
less than a week. The marines aboard
the transport compose what is known
as the second reserve division and the
officers coming to Pensacola are as fol
lows: Lieutenant Colonel J. A. !Lejeune.
Majors P. S. Brown and W. C. Ne
ville. Captains J. Tt. Horton and R. B.
Putnam as quartermasters, and F. H.
Delano, Chandler Campbell, J. C. Tur
ner. J. A. Hughes, W. N. Hill, E. T.
Fryer and F. A- Rumsey.
First Lieutenants B. S. Berry, T. E.
Thrasher, Jr., G. II. Osterhout, Jr., R.
W. Voeth, E. H. Conger, R. I Shepard,
E. B. Cole, A. M. Robbins, W. G. Em
ory, 'C. G. Sinclair and R. S. Kings
bury. Second Lieutenants R. T. Lowell, L.
S. Was3, R. E. Brumbaugh and G. W.
The transport Hancock is being fit
ted out in Philadelphia for a voyage
south, and will have aboard . the eight
hundred men of the. first reserve di
vision. The Philadelphia North Amer
ican, in . its article regarding the de
parture of the Prairie for Pensacola,
and the preparations being made for
the Hancock to follow, says:
"Work is being rushed on the trans -
(Continued on Page Seven)
Joint Session of Commis
sioners of Santa Rosa and
Escambia Counties Is
Held and Bridge Compa
nies Told to Submit Ten
tative Bids.
Favoring the construction of over
two and .possibly three bridges across
the Escambia river and calling upon
bridge companies to submit tentative
bids for bridges at four different points,
was the result of the joint meeting of
the boards of county commissioners of
Santa .Rosa and Escambia counties,
held yesterday at the court house and
presided over by Chairman P. Toma
sello of the Santa Rosa board. All of
the Escambia commissioners and three
of the Santa Rosa board attended the
session, which lasted throughout the
The morning portion of the session
was given over to a discussion of the
various bridge propositions, the most
feasible way to construct them and the
most advantageous points. A number
of citizens were heard by the boards.
Practically all who appeared favored
at least one bridge and some of them
two and. three. A representative of a
bridge company was also heard and
the plans of Engineer L. Earle Thorn
ton submitted when the same proposi-.
tion was up a year or two ago were
The board finally passed a resolu
tion calling on bridge companies to
submit tentative bids for-bridges at
Ferry Pass, Molino, McDavid and Bluff
Springs. The companies can submit
bids on any kind of bridges they may
desire, including the approaches to
them, and the boards will then take
up the matter and arrive at some con
clusion regarding what kind of bridges
they desire and their location, as well
as the number.
When the board adjourned about 5
o'clock in the afternoon it was with
the understanding that as soon ax
Deputy Clerk Johnson receives replies
from the brldsre companies Chairman
" San ja iiusa tuuntj ii." "ics t . c
the money for ' her share of these
bridge as well as one or two others
that are badly needed in -that county
by voting a -bond issue. A year or
more ago the county called an election
and voted on a bond issue for bridge
purposes, but it was by a special tax
district and the proposition was de
feated by fourteen votes. Now it
proposed to have the county as
whole vote on the proposition.
No Compromise Reached,
Although Dealers and
Those Who Are Directly
Interested Held a Twenty
Four Hour Conference.
Chicago, Nov. 29. The housewives
of Chicago and the egg dealers through
their representatives, conferred for
twenty-four hours here today over the
women's boycott and there was no
compromise. The boycott will con
tinue. The wholesalers said the high
prices weTe due to a shortage and that
the boycott might be a good thing for
all concerned as the abstemiousness of
the boycotters would lighten the task
of the dealers who have not eggs
enough to go around.
The women declared that every ef
fort would bo made to enlist women
throughout th country in addition to
the 100,000 said to be in the ranks in
Eggs, "strictly fresh," are selling at
45 and 46 cents a dozen and the wom
en of 95 clubs of Chicago have pledged
(Continued on Page Seven)
German Prince Abandons His
Sworn Silence to Sound Warning
Berlin, Nov. 29. Prince Bernard von
Buelow, formerly German imperial
chancellor, today abandoned the silence
which he once declared he would main
tain until death. He does this in or
der to warn his countrymen, he says,
that in inveterate hostility to Germany
is the soul of the French policy. This,
he declares, will continue so long as
Frenchmen have the slightest hope of
regaining Alsace-Lorraine by their own
efforts or .with outside assistance.
Prince von Buelow expresses this
conviction in a review of German poli
tics, published this morning. He points
out the folly of Ignoring this inbred
hostility of the French and of trying
to arrange German relations with
France on any other basis. "It is idle
to hope for ' a reconciliation with
France," he says, "without restoring
Order Is Sent to the Tax
Assessors of the Various
The County Commissioners
Must Decrease Their Mil
lage So as Not to Collect
Any More Money for,
County Purposes Order
Will Meet With Mucti
Opposition from Assessors
as Well as Property, Own-
If the order of the state tax com
missioners is carried out, Florida tax
assessors will assess property at ita
full cash value for the coming year.
;The order, however, will probably
meet with opposition iy the tax asses
sors as well as by property owners,
and particularly land owners.
The state tax commission Is com
posed of John Neel, John S. Edwards
and It. J. Faterson, who were appoint
ed under the law passed by the last
legislature creating a 'state tax com
mission. In their letter to Tax Asses
sor W. W. Richards, the tax commis
sioners say, in part:
"After a thorough investigation of
the mode and manner of assessing
property, in the several counties of th
state, we found so great a difference
of valuation and assessment of one
county' with '-another,' wc .-decided t
call th ey.TFsors tc
f-r- J'i c
v o-i.nos. it: "
and three other counties were repre
sented by some member of the board
of county commissioners or by the tax
collector, leaving only seven counties
not 'represented.
"We held a two days' session, dis
cussing various questions of taxation,
trying to get the assessors to agree to
assess property in compliance with law
at its true cash value. This a majority
declined to do, many stating that it
had been a custom for many years to
assess property at less than its true
value, some stating that they only as
sessed it on a basis of 25 per cent of
its true value, while others assessed
it from that rate to full cash value, no
two counties having the same basis.
"The tax commission advised them
that if they would all agree on a basis
of 50 per cent or more, they would not
for the year 1914 try to enforce a true
cash value assessment. This they
failed to do, and now, in compliance
with law and our duties as state tax
commission, wre notify every tax as
sessor that for the year 1914 each one
of you must comply with the law as
laid down in sections 13 to 20 inclusive,
of chapter 5596 of the laws of Florida
for 1907 and assess property at its true
cash value.
"We shall insist on the ooards of
county commissioners decreasing their
millage in proportion to the increase in
valuations so as not to collect a great
er sum of money for county purpose
than was collected in 1913, and we shall
insist on same proportion for etate
"We shall appreciate a few lin
from you, stating that you will comply
with the law end work in harmony
with the tax commission, and asses
property in your county for the year
1914 at its true cash value."
Tax Assessor W. W. Richards re
turned last week from Tallahassee
where he attended the state convention
of tax assessors.
"We accomplished very little." 5a!d
Mr. Richards to a Journal representa
tive, "for without additional legisla
tion it is impossible to make any radi
cal changes in our present system of
"We did recommend that state and
county revenues be raised separately,
but that will require action by the
legislature and probably a constitu
tional amendment."
Since returning home Mr. Richards
has received the letter from the state
tax commission which ia quoted above.
the provinces of Alsace and Lorraln.
The French determination to attack
Germany whenever there is a prospect
of success must continue to be a factor
in the calculations of statesmen.
"Germany should try to maintain
courteous and correct relations with
BTance, with whom she can co-operate
in minor questions but ehe should not
chase fantasties nor aspire to over
come France's ingrained rancor by
Prince von Buelow- does not criticize
he French, declaring that he fullv
comprehends their attitude. On tho
other hand he criticizes indirectly th
emperor's occasional holding out of the
olive branch.
Other parts of his statement deal
with the Moroccan policy of Ger
many, the Bosnian crisis and Buelow's
resignation of the imperial chancellorship.

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