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11.50 PEK, YEAR
-"i"rjjT7 "' s
General Villa Seen Recently In Out
skirts Of That Town
Anti-American Sentiment Spreadin
In Sectinn Villa Is Enterin
El Paso, Tex., April 10. Repeti
tions of the report that Francisco Vil
la is wounded wbb received in a re
port from Brigadier General Pershing,
commanding the punitive expedition
seeking the 'bandit. General Per
shing's report to Major General Pnu
Bton does not reveal the bandit's loca
tion. Colonel George A. Dodd's cavalry
reached Parral, the general under
standing is. Villa haa been reported
as having arrived on the outskirts of
Parral and sent in emissaries to ob
tain supplies to sound sentiment to
determine if he could rally the ariried
forces of that place to his standard.
Apparently ho failed in this and may
have Hastened away.
While Colonel W. C. Drown and the
Tenth i.-alry were believed to be
leading In the race to Parral, army
headquarter officers have information
inclining them to bollevo that Colonol
Dodd, with His picked detachment of
troopers, was the first American col
umn to reach that point, which Is not
far from the border between the
states of Chihuahua and Durango.
Anti-American sentiment 1b spread
ing in the section Villa is entering.
This was shown by the confirmation
of the news that the Arietta brothers,
formerly identified with the bandit
eeneral, have inflicted ?l,00O,00O loss
on an American concern by burning
the big ' lumber plant of the Com
panla Madera, In the state of Du
rango. Applied the Torch.
Shouting, "Down with the Grin
goes," the Arietta bandits made a
raid upon the plant and deliberately
applied the torch. Hiram Smith, pres
ident' of the company owning the
plant, received advices telling of the
raid." Villa has been trying to reach
this section of Durango, where bands
ot outlaws, formerly of hlB command,
have been terrorizing the residents.
Ho has sent ahead word to kill all
Americans and destroy all American
News has just reached here of the
raid on a small garrison In a town
near Jiminoz. The Villlstas, retreat
ing Bon th beforo the driving American
advance, entered the town, attacked
the garrison, killed Colonel Plores,
commander of the Carransa troops,
and looted the place. They appealed
to the Carranza soldiers to Join them
in opposing the Americans.
Te'.ograms from Torreon announce
that a peace commission is meeting
near there with General Jose Btin
doroo and his band of Villlstas to dis
cuss terms by which the Villa adher
ents can surrender. Banderas offers
to surrender within a week if allowed
six weeks in which to bring all his
men in, ,but the Carranzlstas insisted
oa shorter time, fearing Banderas
Columbus, April 10. Forest U May,
postmaster of Dayton, was elocted
president of the Ohio Postmasters'
association when it was organized
here, with about halt of the first, sec
ond and third claBS ofllces in the state
represented. Vico president chosen
wero R. E. Jennings, West Milton;
Wesley H. Zaugg, Wooster, and Val
leo Harold, Portsmouth. George B.
Snyder of Youngstown was made sec
retary and A. E. Shafor of Wapako
noia, treasurer.
was playing for time in which to per
mit Villa himself to reach that sec
tion and take command.
Villa Believed by Army Officials to
Have Again Escaped.
Washington, April 10. Army offi
cials hero would not be surprised to
learn that Villa hns ngain given his
pursuers the slip.
With reports from General Per
shing Indicating that the advance
columns of the American expedition
were close on the heels or the bandit
leader, the war department confident
ly expected that a report of Villa's
actual capture would be received in
Washington by Sunday. When it did
r.ot come- the hopes of officials hero
began to dwindle.
The Mexican embassy Is still await
ing a reply from Secretary of State
Lansing to the request of the Car
ranza government for information as
to how long the American forces will
remain In Mexico and the distance to
which the expedition will proceed in
its pursuit of Villa. It is because of
Carranza's insistence thnt a tlmo
limit, bo placed on the expedition that
the negotiations for a protocol have
been held up.
American Offered Use of Mexican
Telegraph and Telephone Lines.
San Antonio, Tex., April 10. The
Mexican military authorities have of
fered the American punitive expedi
tion the use of Mexican telegraph and
trlephono lines, according to General
Pershing's report to General Funston.
The offer was made tp the aviators
who landed in Chihuahua last week.
General Pershing's report did not
pass over the telegraph lines, how
over, but was transmitted via aero
plane and wireless routes to Colum
bus. General Pershing said some sup
plies had been purchased In Chihua
hua and that there appeared no dis
position on the part of those with
stores to withhold their goods, but
that the limited amount of supplies
at Chihuahua at present made It al
most impossible to get provisions.
Against United States.
VA Paso. Tex.. Anrll 10. General
Ynez Salazar. one of the best known
of the former Hnertn generals, who
has been living here, wnt reported to
have crossed the border with the an
nounced intention of taking up arms
against the United States.
Tobacco Men to Meet
New York. April 10. A national
convention representative of all
branches of the tobacco industry, said
to be the llrst of its kind in this coun
try, will be held in Washington May
29, it was announced here by the To
bacco Merchants' Association ot the
United States. The purpose announc
ed will he to exchange views and
formulate policies for the betterment
of the Industry. President Wilson
will be invited to attend a banquet
after the contention.
Ohio Typographical Union. '
Springfield, O.. April 10. Masslllon
was selected as the next meeting
place of the Ohio Typographical
union at the closing session here. Sev
eral other cities wero after the two
days' session,, which will bo held Oct.
14 and 15. All the old officers were
re-elected for the coming year.
Maxim Gorky III.
London, April 10. A Berlin report
forwarded by a correspondent at Am
sterdam stated that Maxim Gorky, tho
Russian novelist, is ill with pneu
monia. His condition, according tu
, tho report, is alarming.
Eliminating the Federal league
meant renewed life and popularity for
big league baseball In the opinion of
public, managers and players alike.
So the 1916 American and National
leagues season, beginning April 12,
starts In with every promise of being
a record breaker in public favor. Pos
Wlnsted, Conn., April 10. Fast
thinking by Engineer Carl H. Holmes
of Waterbury saved many lives and
only sixteen people wero injured
when his New Haven road train run
ning thirty-six miles an boar from
Wlnsted to Bridgeport, by way of Wa
terbury, was derailed by a half open
switch between this town and "Water
bury. When about 400 feet away from
the switch frog at Jericho siding,
which had bocome clotnted with snoa-
London, April 10. An attempt to
hold a noncoiiscription and peace
meeting In Trafalgar sqimre was un
ceremoniously broken up by thou
sands; of persons who charged and dis.
persed the procession and tore up t'nt
banners and flags. Various iieaco so
cieties had organized tho demonstra
tion. Sylvia Pankhurst, the militant
suffragct, was prominent among tho
promoters. After the procession had
been dispersed, the leaders in tho
movement mounted the plinth of the
Nelson column and endeavored to
Columbus, April 10. In a report on
tho city of Bollalro, submitted by tho
exnmluera ot tho state bureau of ac
counting, thcro are reports of find
ings for recovery amounting to
$4,800.47. Tho amount wlilph A. ?.
Norton, city clerk, is asked to return
la 52.710.3S. Ho already has paid back
$840.02. The pavmonts to li'm wero
for st. Iron for wlikli he iu no'd not.
to i.o entitled to extra compensation
liUIIIW pill
sibly the only drawback is the proba
bility that some of the older stars In
the two big leagues are beginning
their last season after many years of
fame. One of these may be Hans
Wagner, the famous Pittsburgher,
who Is slowing up a bit. But Honus
Engineer Holmes became suspicious,
and the next instant he threw oa
every ounce of air pressure his brakes
would take. Tho momentum of the
train -was suddenly slackened, and
only the engine, baggage car and two
coaches left the rails. The engine
went down an embankment with tho
engineer and Hreman, but neither
were seriously hurt. Three passen
cers were injured, but not seriously.
make speeches, but tho crowd pelted
them with flour and red and yellow
tchre. The speakers faced the or
deal for live minutes and then beat a
hasty retreat.
Awaiting Germany's Reply.
Washington, April 10. Secretary of
State Lansing said He had not receiv
ed official confirmation of press dis
patches announcing Germany's dis
claimer of responsibility for the ex
plosion which damaged the liner
Youngstown, O., April 10. Infuri
ated because she would not return
and live with him, and incensed at
John Aleck, a relative ot his wife,
who attempted to take her part, John
Strike shot his wlfo, Anna, twice In
tho stomach fired a bullet into
Aleck's mouth and then attempted to
kill hlmsel' at His homp. All three
ore in the hospital In a serious condition.
"M -i ,ii.
says he's going to remain In the
game as long as he can. He's No. 1
In the pictures. No. 2 shows a scene
In a recent game in New York, and
No. 3 is the great and unequalled De
troit star, Ty Cobb, the best of them
all, many fans think.
Columbus, April 10. Mrs. Lydia A.
Seeley, seventy-eight, was seriously
burned at her home In Westervllle
when her clothing caught fire from a
stove. Miss Agnes Kelly was burnedi
severely when her dress caught fire
at an open grate In her home here.
Alliance. O., April 10. The threat
ened strike of car men on the Stark
Electric railroad and the Cleveland,
Alliance and Mahoning Valley rail
road was averted when President
Morley of Cleveland acceded to,' the
men's demands for a conference to
discuss the wage demands.
Alliance, O., April 10. For knock
ing down Police Captain Oswalt, Alli
ances heaviest cop, who weighs 260,
Eva Nile, twenty-five, Newcastle, Pa.,
.will serv-3 204 days In the Stark coun
ty workhouse. She struck Oswalt as
he attempted to airest her in a local
Henry County's Representatives.
Napoleon, O.. April 10. Lorlna
Drewes, thirteen, of Napoleon town
ship, will represent Henry county at
tho state spelling contest In Colum
bus. Nelson Foor. sixteen, of Harri
son township, will be the alternate.
Crooksvllle Goes Dry.
New T.elngton, 0 April 10.
Crooksvllle, a pottery town, voted dry
under tho Peal law by 101 majority.
Elpht saloons wero voted out in 1914
by 41 votes.
Work Begins on Framing Naval
Appropriation Bill.
Measure Includes the Administra
tion's $500,000,000 Five Year Pro
gram Two Dreadnaughts and Four
Battle Cruisers to Be Provided For.
Work On Designs of New Ships
Progressing Rapidly.
Washington, April 10. Work was
commenced today on the naval appro
priation bill, which includes the ad
ministration's $500,000,000, five-year
program for new fighting ships. Chair
man Padgett of the house naval sub
committee on appropriations hopes to
lay the completed measure before the
house by April 20.
While there are many legislative
features in the bill which will require
debate in the subcommittee and later
before the full committee, tho big
fight is expected to come over the
1917 program for capital ships. Sec
retary Daniels has recommended the
authorization of two dreadnaughts
and two battle cruisers. The navy
general board contended for three
battleships and four battle cruisers.
Present indications are that the sub
committee will compromise between
the two views and recommended two
battleships and four battle cruisers.
At the navy department work on
the designs of the new ships to be
authorized has progressed so rapidly
that much of the delay heretofore ex
perienced in advertising for navy
craft will be eliminated. Flans for
the battleships, large and small sub
marines, destroyers, gunboats, hos
pital ships and ammunition ships are
Virtually completed now. It will lake
only a few weeks after appropriation,
for the vessels Is made to lay specifi
cations beforo private builders.
Plans for the battle cruisers and
scout cruisers also are under way, but
will take some time to complete.
These vessels and the S00 ton class
submarines which Secretary Daniels
has added to his program are new
types for navy designers and it takes
time to work out details.
Terrible Suffering Endured by British
Prisoners In Germany.
London, April 10. The foreign of
fice issued a report of the government
committee on treatment of British
prisoners of war at the German pris
on camp at Wittenberg during the
typhus epidemic last year. The re
port is signed by Justice Younger,
chairman of the committee. It is
based upon information collected
from repatriated prisoners of war. in
cluding Major Priestly and Captains
Vidal and Lauder, all officers in the
Royal army medical corps.
It disclosed a story of terrible suf
fering and privation under the most
cppalllng conditions. After describ
ing the location of the camp, which
occupies an area of about ten and a
half acres, the report says some 16,
000 or 17,000 prisoners are confined
therein. Including British, French.
Belgians and Russians.
The report states that "overcrowd
ing was most serious." Typhus ap
peared in December, 1914. "There
upon, the German staff, military and
medical, precipitately left the camp,
staying away until August, 1915. Dur
ing that period communications be
tween prisoners and guards was made
by guards or officers shouting Instruc
tlons from the outside wire entangle
ments of the camp.
The report adds: "All supplies for
the men were pushed Into the camp
over chutes, while food for the hos
pital and medical officers passed In
on a trolley, so as to avoid all contact
between the prisoners and the out
side world. No medical attention dur
ing the whole time was provided by
the German staff."
The camp conditions were too much
for the British medical officers. Two
of them, Major Fry and Captain Sut
cllffe, soon sickened and died o! ty
phus. Major Priestly saw delirious
men waving their arm, brown to tho
elbow with foecal matter. The pa
tients were alfve with vermin,
Two Americans Killed.
Ottawa, Out., April 10. Alfred St.
Lawrence of Wincliendon, Mass., was
listed as having been killed In action,
and James McClolland ot Lowell
Jlnss., was reported as having died of
Wounds, in the overseas casualties
made public by the militia depart
ment. Arthur Ellj of Detroit, Mich.,
and John Peter Jensen of Beverly,
Mass., were listed among the
Its Abandonment Decided On
By French
Village Rendered Untenable Un
der Heavy German Fire.
Violent Assaults Made by the Crown
Prince's Army Are Repulsed by the
French In the New Trenches Dou-aumont-Vaux
Sector the Scene of a
Terrific Artillery Engagement Re
view of Operations On Other Fronts.
Paris, April 10. Tho village ot
Bethlncourt, forming the apex of tha
salient on the western bank of, the
Meuse, against which the Germans
have been pounding for days with
heavy artillery and with frequent In
fantry attacks, has been evacuated
by the French. Tiie new line with
stood the most furious assaults which
have been made by the crown prince's
army in many days.
From thn information now availa
ble it seems probable that the violent,
German attack on the western side
of the river, made simultaneously
with two extremely heavy assaults on
the eastern bank, thus practically
covering the whole Verdun front, was
undertaken by the Germans as soon
as they learned of the withdrawal
from Bethlncourt, In the hope ot find
ing the new French line In this sec
tor not yet strong enough to resist
The evacuation of Bethlncourt has
been regarded by military experts
some days ago as a military neces
sity, since it was evident that tho
group of ruins representing the vil
lage was so situated as to make it
practically untenable under the pro
tracted fire of the German heavy artil
lery. The German commanders, an
ticipating the withdrawal, appeared
to have timed their attack, which
might almost be called a general as
sault on the Verdun front, to coincide
with the evacuation. But the evacua
tion had been safely completed in the
night, and troops were waiting In the
new trenches at the rear when tha
attack finally was made.
Violent Assaults Made.
The official announcement indicates
that the fighting was of a most vio
lent character. At one point on the
southern edge of the Bols AvocourU
a German assaulting column gained a
temporary footing in a French posi
tion, but was immediately driven out.
again by a counter attack.
The Germans, debouching from
their position In the Cumleres wood,
advanced in masses under the con
centrated fire of the French 75's and
mitrailleuses. The French fire broke
up their formations and they finally
withdrew, leaving hundreds of dead
on the field. Itepeated assaults were
made on Le Mort Homme, and hero
ngain the Germans lost heavily.
On the eastern hank of the river
the attack did not get beyond tne
stage of artillery preparation, tho
German troops not being able to leave
their positions. The Cote du Polvre
and the Douaumont-Vaux sector were
the portions ot the French line
against which the German artillery
directed its most violent fire on the
eastern bank, the French second lines
being shelled with particular thor
oughness. The offensive of the Russians
against the Germans In northwest
Russia has simmered down to mutual
bombardments and attacks by the
German and Russian aviators.
Considerable fighting between the
Turks and the Russians has taken
place in the Black sea littoral, with
the Turks the aggressors. Throe at
tacks against the Russian entrench
ments on the right bank of the Kara
ders were without result. Along tho
entire Austro-Italian front the artil
lery of both sides has been active.
The British steamers Adamton nnd
Avon have been sunk, presumably by
Steamship Disabled.
New York. April 10. With water
pouring into her hold, the steamship
Gunjara of the Lloyd Brazllelro line,
which left New York last Wednesday,
ic being towed into Norfolk, Va.. by
the passenger steamer Sixaola. Tho
Guajara 13 a freight steamship and
has no passengers. According to a
wireletfc message sho Is in no danger
and will be able to make port
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