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Message to Mediation Board is Con.
sidered Nothing Lose Than a
Polite' Dismissal - Will
Fight to Last,
Mexico City, via Galveston, Texas.-.
That Gen. Huerta considers the armis
tice between the United States and
Mexico as having been violated by the
order from Washington authorizing
the landing of the Fifth army corps
and large numbers of troops at Vera
Cruz was indicated by a high official
of the Huerta government.
Gen. Huerta's advisers are urging
him to declare the armistic broken
and to prepare for a renewal of hos
A p ' minent fdreign diplomat said
that Gen. Huerta considers the mill
tary activities of the United States
army at Vera Cruza and reports re
ceived here that large reinforcements
will probably be sent to Gen. Funston
as a breach of the agreement entered
Into between his government and the th
United States, and. that: he has In- mi
structed Senor Roberto Estava, Ruiz, -'l
Mexican minister of foreign affairs, to
cable a protest to the A;B C media- Ma
tore' commission, complaining against
the action of the Washington govern- Sto
ment. C
Neither Gen. Huerta nor Senor Ruiz
would discuss the situation.
Senor Rui said, however, that Gen. V
huerta had instructed him to. cable Wh
the mediation commission and express thr4
to Its memabers his thanks for their min
Sfi0lts to avert a war between the Jali
' aitt kto and Mexico.tort
wF I uu'"i t uhat meant that len.
.it.rt cosidMels4 the action of the stor
'- ib is a letIs tIag, the tth ,
0ptlig s at 1es 0 and. . t her
'lio.theworof the°ilt totl
that a
burn, aueta gdies
thed UL~thed ud
Ssay tg ti position which wbc
i P. m' e
4qzpw Itar
-v ~ -uwi
Conul WorkarHard to Rele
the-Who Are in aner re
Nthreew photograph of General Huerta vor
the defi Hoant ditator of Mexco in his th
military uniform and wearing all his
medals, y nntmer
Story Told By Arrivals at Vera Cruz. frt
Consul Work- Hard to Release tb
Others Who Are iachen Danger. re
Vera Cruz.-nwo Americans named ed
White and Williams, were killed and
three others wounded at the El Favor ke
mine, in the Hostotipaquilla district of det
Jalsco, by anti-American mobs, named V
cording to refugees from Mexico City st
who have just reach be herld . Their ontep
stories cannot be confirmed. 0 at
Consul Canada has sent Phillip Wal- cc
her e to seek the rease of twelve
Amer s Weimheld by ormern. Navarette.
dstwill first 'o tin Mexico City on
n et now chtedtntals from the Brastailas-n
,1 ,~pam uidver to try to save twelve nld
tis oi therians betional B held at Tiaco- ,
talpan. Two Americans, named Hill be
and Gibson, are being held at Montepio th
and there is no may to rescue them.
A. A. Weimer, former manager of th
BrUdstreetto agency in Mexico City, bE
and now chief of the section of statihom ar
tics of the National Bank of Mexico, th
mwlo tas arrived here, declares that i a
there is no doubt ,that Huerta is pre- 'S
paring to flee to C ,tral Amor trl pr
"erhee are more tha 10,000 Asper- A
ltan . Tie rlcapital, ot of whom are
n rb t leave o..ex accout of lack of At
mone, tiey havin ,lost, everyt hing
diig he tour years of revolution."
Geb np as nh the frst ~afl
iny 'iniu. It iali sit for trial
of hiasispeArst *h ring the first
ofaF Wilie the7 were concealed in boltsa
,n th harbor.
ianpo~se penalties, ineluding the death
About 50,000 Troops WIll Be Mobilized
at Vera Cruz 8o as to Be Ready
for Dash to Mexloo City.
Anarohy Feared.
Washington.- Upon receiving a long
cipher cablel from Gen. Funston
at Vera Cruz ,Secretary Garrison called
into cqnference at the war department
Maj.-Gen. Wotherspoon, chief of staff,
and the entire general staff of the
Later Secretary Garrison said Gen.
IFmston had transmitted information
refugees had brought from Mexico City
as to conditions in the Mexican cap
ital. The secretary declined to com
ment on them. He said, .however, that
no aggressive movement by the Amer
ican forces had been ordered.
It was understood that the refugees
from Mexico City .had informed Gen.' ce
Funston of the critical aspect of affairs t
in the Huerta regime; that a collapse Al
might be expected momentarily, and C
that conditions of anarchy might ensue.
The purpose of Gen. Funston in mak
ing known these reports to the war p_
department was believed to be to ad
vise the Washington administration of M
the possibilities that might develop
from a fall of Huerta, in order that if
the American army is compelled to
rescue foreigners or restore order it Cc
will be fairly equipped. for such an l
I expedition. ha
Though not officially stated, it is
known that high officials of the war pr
department were anxious to place at
.Vera Crus or on transports within no
stitiking distanc~ a large enough force,
perhaps 50,000 or 60,000 men, to make th
an expedition to Mexico City if it be- to
comes necessary.
O'flcials of the war department are tic
known to believe that ii an advance
on Mexico City is ordered, it will be
St a~lrktoroe qiod, ýhqw1 the- ,8
natives the futility of resistance,
whereas a division of 15,000 men might Se
be subject to several attacks along ep
the route, with possibly big losses.
American ,army officers also regard as
the situation at Vera Cruz as likely to
become desperate in the event that
- anarchy breaks out in Mexico City, or
the forces of Gen. Maas should make to
an attack on their own initiative,'irre- ,
. spective of the Huerta government's I
promise of a suspension of hostilities to
against the/United States. p1
I ot
Twenty Different Juntas in Mexico H
City Plan Huerta'e Downfall.
Has Much to Contenid With.
SVera Crus.-+-The highway from here r
to Mexico City is free to all, but the in
SAmericans have Imiosed one restric- 2
tion-that those who puss either way c
shall not .l)e permitted to return.
Retugees arriving here from the cap- T
ital report that the city is again rela
Stively quiet, but the other day" they h
say two American women were caught
by the miob iR the Zocalo, beaten, their
clothes" torn from their backs and
fored .to Watch ,a procesilon, thei prin
cip atfrea r of whlich wa# a :donkey
Swearing a mask represetting Presl
Sdent Wilson's face, while attached to
Sand triling from the ainarls ta was b
! the stari and tripes.
h Euerta recdently so nded all the
Sebel leaders i ,aatla to their willing
ness to embie forces' IqSt the
rlnited Statae He is s. a'tb have of.
fared to- submit to another election, 9
S the 'oteotets to be mo etisted under
' any ised leader. His offer miet
r. with to entht iu l and gained him no
Iupport, exi on, the west coast,
where various squall bodies of rebelAd
L have Joned theyfe4eial garrisons. In
this lisht cars nsa0 derision to a~cept
the Amercan oc0itption of Vera Oils
xirio City Is now the h6totb . f
t r. *I, ll.h : to bingab ot.; a'p . I-J
to ;5swihich wodit conipef Ewrtqu as re-"
a temnat in fAtr dt thei ditfferent L
.a. i ...ate .. ,t
:an·: Pleg aL- eral wealthy
sea from Coloridoe pringsand Coro
spite, na ipaiLtt fit a naYlst to the I
( orona Tali and scaled one of hi
r- t
Ms Ma. Smedley Butler of the marine (
n. corps was In command 'of the forces ij
*s that extended the operajtions of the I
ie Amercans beyond the .city of Vera a
id Cru. He Is a son of Representatlve c
,. Butler of Pennsylvania and has seen c
k. service in Cuba, China and the Philip- e
ir pl nes- _
if I
Washington.--Gen. Carransa and the
Constitutionalists / were practically
eliminatedfrom the proceedings of the
three South American envoys who
Is have undertaken to solt0 the Mexican
ir problem by diplomacy. 'In a telegram
to Gen. Carranza the 'mediators an
at nounced that in view o his refusal to
agree to an armistice with Gen. Huerta
they withdrew their invitation to. him
to send a personal praentative to r
participate in the medition negotia
tions. 2
SThe mediators told the Constitu
tionaligt leader that long as he
mai1tained his attitud eyg must de
e envoys what".subjects aspecial repre
e sentative might be required to 'dis-.
cuss, pointing out that it the general e
problem of pacifying Mexico were to
be approached he could not authorize I
any one to participate in the nego t
He reiterated t"hat he would consent
r to mediation only on the incidents e
which had brought about a controversy t
"between the United States and Mex- d
ico," holding that he was the consti- t
tutionally chosen leader to whom com
plaint about the insult at Tampico and t
other offenses originally should have I
Sbeen made. _ _
Vera ,Cruz.-Francisco Villa, the
Srebel commander, may not make his
e0 intended descent on Mexico City be.
c- fore the lapse of another three months,
Y I according to a prominent business man
who arrived here from the capital,
P* The refugee says Gen.. Huerta is still
. sending Federal troops northward, as
She apparently dreads more the poa
st ble apptoach o0 Gen. Villa than an
Ir advainee of the Americans,
Gen, Villa, is proceeding leisurely
Ssaid the refugeo, if he has the inten
' tion of moving on the capital. Both
Monterey sad ~altillo are believed in
to Mexico City to 1hav~e been evacuated
by the Federias, who arc sald to have
fallen back 'or Ban Luis PotosLt i
Gen. Huerta, he asserts, has done
nothing to ishow he anticipates a for.
ward niovement of tie American army
or e..Btets in theevent of such a move- a
~ ient to rer soious resistance. "
The g~ve rnmet powder ifactory is a
reported to.be t~ining out da~ily some
,no 00 bs. These are un. 'l
dertood toe intended for defense 1
aghainst yen. Villa or Emlliano Zapata, 1
the soaher rebel. The refugee said t'
'ethat for shipping a dozen or
more hInihi tot:the headquarters of t
ofen. ai~ sta Raeo il and a Ike number t
as (n:. Gillera-o Rublo Iavaret at u
-ala aid Uapes of dynamite fqr o i
m ig the aJlholad bridges; nothing t
mt f r hialis bIeakone by Gen. Huerta ii
tprlpard [email protected] tance on thie road d
t Vera Cir :t the capital . i
b  Reb .a'yter Ar-ted."
r to ,Lred?, Te~ iitWith a rsge sm
I qca~ptttoat airmy Major f'
asiballe;~i~tb1atrrrblid by the 0
Siu$~if Rtatee tvar)ty patrol near Bar a
alveIstoe -Ttxp 0m is plot
hi tfbIip there aiad sceordiuj to d
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Sullen Leader of Mob of Toughs Is In
Driven Away From Consulate
by Consult's Firm Attitude.
Western Newspaper Union News Service. We
Quarantine, La.--Gaston Schmutz, a
New Orleans man, and American con- sec
sul at Aguas Calientes, Mexico, stands wb
out as one of the real heroes of the by
Mexican situation. The story told by ter
those having dealings with Consul hu
Schmutz, prove conclusively that the lat
s Orleanian stood manfully to his task dl(
" in the darkest hours of the trouble. j
" He did not leave, even, though he was poi
I ordered to do so, until the last Ameri- Bo
" can was safely on his way to the the
coast. He then followed, but where- ho
ever he found people in trouble or she
danger, Consul Schmutz tarried to an
help them. ho
H.' G. Bretherton, vice consul at the
Aguas Calientes, who came here on the tw
e liner Monterey, vouches for all that is otl
told about his superior's conduct. Mr.
1 Bretherton is a native of Butte, Mont, an
o and has served under Consul Schmutz 29,
for two years. Gr
"Mr. Schmutz covered himself with fal
glory," said Mr. Bretherton. mt
"The consul spent days and nights Ju,
a going through the district adjacent r,
m to Aguas Calientes doing all in his ,,
: power to assist Americans, as well as Tb
· people of other natiotqilities. April th
22, a mob of several hundred Mexi
i.. cans, mostly roughs sad young boys, to
1e marched up to the building occupied At
e. by the American consulate, and when pa
Mr. Schiiitz p *demanded that
e. "Mr. Schumtz stood ibt the half' 1t
s. of the doorway," declared Mr. Breth- inj
1 erton, "and told the rabble that he ba
Scould not comply with their request.
to In orgder to gain time we telephoned es
D. the Governor, and he lost no time inM
coming to our assistance. But before lei
It his arrival, however, the sullen lead
to ers of the mob told Mr. Schmutz that
,y they would tear the American flag the
X. down with their own hands, and raise
,. the Mexican colors in its stead."
. "Reaching behind him on a small
4 table, Mr. Schmutz picked 'up a Colt's TI
re regulation forty-five, and in a loud
voice he informed his visitors: 'You
ipay take this flag down, but you will
have to do so over my dead body.'
T The flag stayed where it was." GC
Consul Schmutz still is in Mexico,
and he may stay *there until the State
t Department orders him to leave. He
is is well liked by the better class of
Mexicans, as well as his own country
Smen, and his noble stand in the pres- pr
8 ent crisis has .won him universal com
l mendation. Mr. Brdtherton is of the
opinion that many of the stories now le
Sbeing told by the refugees are ex
aggerated, and this does a grave in
Justice to some of the people in Mexi
co, who have all along deplored the te
Sstand of Huerta and other so-called
Mexican leaders.
ro - pre
London Suicide Alleged to Have Eight dii
e Wives in America. ad
y London.-According to the manager syI
a of the club of which he was a mem- as
ber, Henry C. Fitzgerald, known also tel
I1 as "Major" Fitzgerald, who killed him- sal
le self at the Charing Cross Hospital tic
na Thursday, had eight wives in America. In
e Whiile Fitzgerald was on a trip, accord- to
a, ing to the club manager, he instructed du
id the manager to open his letters. ar
r Among Fitzgerald's correspondence, ch;
f the club manager said, wert appeals poi
ar from eight women, all signing them- to
it selves as Fitzgerald's wives, and ask-i Ge
rr ing him to return and provide for ha
ig their support. 9ne letter from Lou-a :
a isiana begged Fitzgerald to return. It th
LC declared that the woman who wrote Im
it no longer could keep secret her
A Franklin.-A municipal election was we
L .teld here to elect a mayor and five an
ie coucilmen to serve for two years. The Eq
r following officers were re-elected with- of
oe Jt opposition: Chas. Lauve, mayor; Hm
 councilmen, W. 8. Berwick, J. E, Lous- Fr
talot, M. Morris, R. l. O'Neill, Jacob Mi
Anderson. an
St .'Two Baton Rouge Cit'lsens Die.
a Baton Rouge.-Withbin atl hour Sun
to day night Baton Rouge lost two of
i. her most prominent citizens. Ben R.
i4. Mayer, .who was widely known for Ca
la his puie: slrlt, was seized with an re
attacklh'iat indigestion while vis- E.
iting at thle of his mother.inlaw, Ha
M; Irs. Sn;,UnU*iideisohn, and died a cal
Sew hoursel age of 9 years. pre
An hour bO $4~ aker, veteran ta!
conductoIr -otbr 8 MIisaip- del
Vblloey. rm *ohd dead at an
Msi fim-~ihowfj- lliil~[ 44. h
Is In Ten Days Sylvester Washingt,
Had Killed Two 'Vhite Men and
Wounded Others.
Western Newspaper Union News Service.
a St. James, Ia.-Driven out for thyt
I- second time by flames from a building
ts which had been fired over his head
he by a posse, his clothing ablaze, Sylves
)y ter Washington, negro desperado,
ul hurled defiance at his pursuers here
he late Friday and fell dead his body rid
sk died with bullets.
[e. Before being brought to bay by the
as posse, the negro had killed Charles
ri- Bohn, railroad engineer, member of
he the pursuing party. Bohn died two
e- hours after being wounded. He also
or shot and slightly injured John Millet,
to another member of the posse, whose
horse was killed under him.' Within
at the last 10 days the negro had killed
ie two white men and wounded two
is others.
[r. The tragedy today is the sequel to
t, an attempt to arrest Washington April
tz 29, following complaints of citizens of
Gramercy. The negro at that time
th fatally shot Deputy Sheriff T. C. Si
mon of this parish and wounded
i Judge A. M. Malancon. Simon was
at rushed to New Orleans for treatment,
tns ,ad died in a hospital there April 30.
The negro had been in hiding since
il that affray.
Bloodhound) trailed the fugitive
s, to the Sidney plantation, near here.
d After wounding two membets of the
In posse, he took refuge in a barn. The
atwas set' e. Filled with
came out, his elghing all ablaze. See
ing no avenue of escape, he dashed
Ie back into the building. In a short
while he emerged again, hurling curs
es at his pursuers. He carried his
n rifle, which had been rendered use
less by a bullet which had been fired
by a member of the posse which broke
the magazine. The posse fired, and
the negro fell dead.
Western Newspaper Union News Rerviee.
Y Baton Rouge.-To correct the Im
* pression which seems to prevail that
m- he would not bring the subject of tax
he reform at the coming session of the
' legislature Gov. Hall issued the fol
- lowing statement:
In- "An impression appears to have
Sarisen that no legislation will be at
he tempted at the coming session of the
ed General Assembly on the subject of
Sassessments. This is due to a mis
"There are certain evils of the
present system that had been reme
t died so far as they can be without the
adoption of an entire new plan. To
undertake a radical revision of our
er system, or, rather, lack of system, of
mn assessment and taxation as was, at
so tempted in 1912 Would require the
in- submission of a number of constitu
al tional amendments. Our experience
ia. in 1912 teaches that an effort thus
'a- to devise a new plani or system pro.
ed duces so much confusion and there
are so many interests to olfipose any
,e, change whatever that it will be im
lI possible without a thorough campaign
n- to secure its adoption. Besides, the
Ik- General Assembly would probably not
or have the opportunity in the rush of
nu- a regular session to give the subject
It the thorough consideration that its
te importance would require."
Franklin Women Organizing.
lranklin.-A woman suffrage club
n went into permanent organization here,
ye and will be known as the "Franklin
be Equal StUffrage Club." The following
- officers were elected: Mlrs. Maggie
r; Hanson Lawless, president; Mrs.
is. Francis Borah, vice presildent, and
Db Mrs. Laura O'Neil Himel, secretary
and treasurer.
Columbia Oil Company.
- Columbia.-A company has been or
of ganized here to bore for oil. The
Scapital stock is $150,000, and the di
in reuters are C. A. Kerr, R. R. Redditt,
SE. O. Schweger, 8. P. Walker and A. J.
,, Hasbrouch, with C. A. Kerr of Chi
a cago, president R. R. Redditt, vice
.s. president, and E. O. Bchweger, secre-,
m tary-treasurer. Lands near he* unI.
p. der option are believed to contain oil
at and gas. The comlpany is believed to
have large financieal backing.
~'timated That There Will be a Re.
duction of 25 Per Cent in
Southwest Parishes.
,rn Newspaper Union News Servnle.
..ke Charles.-The sale of a small
quantity of rice by the Southern Rice'
Growers' Association marked the end
of the 1913 rice season so far as the
farmers are concerned. Practically
all of the rice, except that saved for
seed, is now out of their hands, due
to the buying campaign by the mills
beginning about the first of March
after a depressing winter. In the past
60 days probably 300,000 sacks have
been bought in the three southwestern
parishes, at fair, though not bonanza,
Planting for the 1914 crop is pro
ceeding very slowly, owing to the
cold spring and frequent rains, and
Only a small part of the acreage is
planted. It is estimated that the south
west Louisiana acreage will be fully
25 per cent less than in 1913. The
Texas reduction will be fully as large
and acreage along the river will also
be somewhat curtailed. Only in Ark
ansas is an equal acreage to 1913
New Orleans Man Tricks Would-be.
Western Newspaper Union News Service.
Quarantine.--"Bon jour, senor," fol:
IQ ed b .a fusilade of properlty ac
that saved F. N. Tebeuft, a New Or
leans man living at 2017 Peters Av
enue, while he was making his way
through Mexico for the coast. Reb
els and Mexican soldiers were on all
sides, and to assert American citizehn.
ship seemed like inviting death. Mr.
Lebeuf was manager of the Constancia
Plantation Company's enterprise, 80
miles up from Puerto Mexico. He is
accompanied by George H. Douglas of
"I was mighty thankful to know that
my complexion and appearance en
abled me to pass for a native-born
Frenchman," averred Mr. Lebeuf. "My
escape from Mexico is due largely to -
my ability to speak the French lan
guage fluently, and I was able to es
cape much of the abuse handed out
to my American countrymen."
Mr. Lebeuf left his position in Mexi
co without anything worth mention,
ing, as he had no time to gather up his
belongings. Mr. Douglas reached
Puerto Mexico some days before he
did. He seld:
'There is no ossibility of anything
resmbling permanent peace being re
stored in Mexico until the United
States goes in there and teaches the
population a good lesson." The peons
especially exhibit the utmost contempt
for us, but they dare not treat Eq·
glish, German or other [email protected]
in the same manner."
Federal Court in Louisiana Prevents
Sale of Bankrupt Seizurs,
Shreveport.-Fe eral Judge Alec
Boardman signed an order restraining
the sheriff of Franklin parish from
selling merchandise and other proper
ty seized from W. B. Newsom, on suit
brought by the Little Rock Furniture
Manufacturing Company.
The sheriff is cited to show cause
in the federal court why the property
under seizure should not be surren
dered to a receiver or trustee in bank
ruptcy. The restraining order fol
lowed involuntary bankruptcy pro
ceedings brought by New Orleans and
Louisville creditors.
Dr. Dowling In Ohio.
Baton Rouge.-Dr. Oscar Dowling.
president of the State Board of
Health, is in Columbus, O., where he
went to address the Ohio State Medi
cal Society on "What Louisiana Is
DI)oing Toward Sanitation." On thb
return trip Dr. Dowling will stop at)
Deputies Probe a Big Fire,.
New Iberia.-Called to New Ibera["
by Mayor Fonteliue, Special Deputy!
Frank W. Smith of the state fir
marshal's force is making a searchin
investigation of the sspiclousness o(
the fire which threatened the Levyt
building, occupied by Jules Landly1
as a saloon and restaurant, with de4
struction Saturday morning. The 'a
vestigation conducted by Deputy Smit,
proved that the origin was the work oe
an incendiary. Coal oil and gaspline
were found to have been used.
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