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El Paso, Texas,
Tuesday Evening November 15, 1910-10 Pages EI Paso's Rapid Growth Official UHlted States Census Population 1910 39,279 Population 1900 15,900 Population 1S90 --..10,S3S I i -'. V - : Trade Checks Issued in One Saloon in Defiance of the United States Law. SLOT-MACHINE IS BUNNING IN PLACE Saloon Man Issues Trade Checks to Those Who Win on the Machine. The statutes of Texas declare that gambling- is punishable by a fine or im prisonment. The statutes of Texas also prohibit the operation of any gambling- device in any saloon. The punishment Is a fino or imprisonment. The laws of Texas recognize a slot machine as a gambling device. The "statutes of the United States de clare that nobody shall manufacture or circulate anything that takes the place of money and it has been construed that Trade checks are in violation of thl3 provision for the protection of the coin age of the country. NotwithsOanding this, there is at least one gambling device in operation m an El Paso saloon. A slot machine is -working on the bar In the Hub sa loon, 211 South El Paso street. Two Herald representaives violated the state law and gambled Monday afternoon just to make sure that the machine la a real gambling machine. One man got "two pairs" on the machine for his' nickel and got two trade checks, which he exchanged for two of .Toe's cigars the place is better known as By Joe's than it is as The Hub and the second man got five cheeks on his seventh roll five cents a roll and kept tnem. The grand 3ujX tne county attorney, the sheriffTthe chief of -police, or the assistant U. S. district attorney may see them at vThe Herald office. Many Kinds of Gambling-. This is not the only gambling that Is going on in El Paso. There Is gambling side bet on pool games in the city, and it Is said that poker games are go ing on in the city, too. These are very quiet affairs, however, but Joe's slot machine and the gambling games in the pool rooms are open to anybody. So are tne lotteries in the cigar stores. The chief of police and sheriff appear not to have seen them. The opening is large for the incoming sheriff Peyton Ed wards. He will have one of the finest chances in the world to prove that he Is for law enforcement. There is consid erable of it to enforce in El Paso. Other Law Violations. In the pool rooms, there are several kinds of pool games where the players play for money. Boys are allowed to frequent these, places and in many of them drinks are served from connecting saloons. Many of tnem are connected with saloons by a door, some merely having a partition not ceiling high be tween them and the bara weak attempt at evasion of the law of the state which forbids the operation of billiard or pool tables in a saloon. The law has been construed as meaning that connecting doors do not make them separate places. Thesame law forbids the oper ation of musical instruments or the keeping of a musical Instrument In a saloon; it also prohibits lewd pictures. A machine with semi-lewd or lewd pic tures and anotner that renders musical selections will no doubt come under this provision. If so, there are two of them in the Poodle Dog saloon on San An tonio street. One of them has 4S pic tures in it five cents to see 12 and the other Jias some pictures and musjp-- in It Cigar Stores and Lotteries. Nearly all the cigar stores in town have lottery devices. These, too, are forbidden by tne state law- The attor ney general has ruled that even a OFFICERS TAKE ACTION ON HERALD'S EVIDENCE Monday morning The Herald furnished United States district attorney F. EBgelklng vrlth Information relative to the existence of the gambling machines' la the- Huh Bar and the use of trade checks at the place. Immediately, deputy United States marshal H.' R. Hlllebrand and a Herald reporter went to tke saloon and played the machine, securing five checks as a resalr. CoHHty attorney W. AV. Brldgers was notified of the gambling machine by The Herald, and at 10:30 this morning he stated that he would immedi ately fife a complaint. MERCHANTS TO FIGHT KENO DETERMINEDL Y Determined to stamp out one of tho : orst of the gambling evils El Paso I , , , , . I has to contend with, the Business . Men's Protective association will es- j tablish a keno fund to fight the petty gambling across the river. At its meeting of the .association Monday evening the memberj pledged themselves to report the names of any EJ Pasoans seen gambling in the keno halls in Juarez. This information will be furnisned the business agent of the church raffle is against the law, but at almost any cigar store in town if here are any exceptions they are mighty few It is possible to pay your nickel or dime and pull up a little slip of paper and see if you can't win some thing. Tou may get one cigar and you may get nothing some may have -no blanks; most of them have blanks and you may get several cigars, some of the stores providling for as many as 25 cigars to the luckiest winner. Fine Baffles. In other cigar stores they have pipes for raffle meerschaum pipes and on these, chances' are sold in the old way just as gamblers nave always raffled watches and pianos and automobiles until the new state law ' said to them nay. Tou pull a number and pay the price of the number. It is so figured f out that the entire amount called for on all the numbers will pay for the pipe and leave a margin for the pro prietor of the cigar stand. Sometimes a throw of. the .dice again this Is gambling or the drawing of a number from a hat or some such arrangement as this also- lottery settles the owner ship of the pipe. Nearly every cigar store in town 'nas conducted one of these pipe raffles"; many have them on now. All of these are conducted where boys can take chances on them if ihey-wish. just as the gambling and -.h' drinking in the pool halls are "arned on under the noses of boys who o to schnul in the daytime and visit these places at night. Playing Joe's Slot Machine. The visits of The Herald men to Joe's saloon on Sputh El Paso street were made Monday afternoon. There on the bar were two little machines for play ing for "trade checks" checks that Uncle Sam says violate his law and one of them was just the ordinary little slot machine with the decks of cards in Silent Tragedy Is Making a Close of -Great Novelist's j , Life. w ! LAST S ACBAf&ENT &XVEN TO COUNTESS Tula, Russia, Nov. 15. The condition of both count Leo Tolstoi and the countess is reported today to be criti- caL The count appears io uc ouv.- :o cumbing to iever Drougnt on by men- j i m ;md exDOSure incident to - V1J- . 1 'his voluntary exue5aronx,inpnie,,,vAiiJCL ilef ronx ihpme,-,whileL his deserated wife, isdyig; oa DroKen , 3 4 - r--r , - - . ' . ,? - T ' -ti it ii i 1 1 ' heart The minaisi iue Bicm ii.uvjij.. , 7.i Jso .nncolvpfl of a r rne'c:reacn.uiiia.iiiMM.awi !J!r traeic ending of two lives which J LJf .1 interwoven for half a cen- tury. Tolstoi was overcome with fa- tigue wmie aiiempuus -'rai"UUJ continue his pilgrimage to the monaster.- at Shamardino in the Caucasus, where he had hoped to spend his last days in the Tolstoian colony on the shores of the Black sea. Lies Dying In a Kut. Tolstoi lies in a miserable hut at r railroad flasr station of Astapova, to which he was removed from the train, j when his physician and companion, ur. Makovetsky, realized that a continu arce of the journey would result in death. Today the condition of the aged man is most serious. On the Tolstoi estate at Tasnaya, Pollana, the countess today received thfi last sacrament. When her hus band-disappeared Thursday she twice attempted suicide. Since tnen shof has j not touched food and she is prostrated mentally and physically. "Daughter Is His Nurse. Tnictol's daughter, Alexandra, is actin& as his nurse. Telegraphic re- rt of his condition are far from favorable Indeed, they are considered extremely' pessimistic. His temperature is 104, indicating probably a serious Contlnued- on Page Two.) association, who furnishes it to em- pl?ers . The names of those reported to be gamblins in tne keno halls wm als-Q whenever received, be sent to the mer- chants who are members of the associ ation for their information in issuing' credit. At the meeting Monday IV. S. Clay ton was reelected president; Crawford Harvie, vice president; H. Y. Ellis, secretary; George Flory. treasurer, and J. G. Ingels, business agent. it such as used to be seen on every bar and cigar counter in town. You drop in a nickel and if you get two pairs j you get two cigars, it you score a pair Jacks or better you get one ci gar. Full houses, straight flushes, etc., all pay considerably more the sign tells you all about it. The first Herald man in the place played a nickel and got a pair of fours and a pair of sixes, the very first time. Then he got two of the trade checks. On one side they read- like this: "Hub Bar. By Joe, 411 South El Paso street." On the other side thejsay: "Good for cigar or drink. ' To see if they were really accepted in place of money The Herald man offered the two checks for cigars and ne got two out of a box with Joe's name on them-i-evidently made especially for Joe. Jle left. Then another Herald man went In and played the same little ma chine. He lost 30 cents. Then he put in the seventh nickel and, lo, luck was with him. He drew five checks and got the checks. He still has them. The two Herald men had spent 40 cents and nad got checks for 35 cents in trade the house was ahead five cents. The other little machine is one In which after a nickel is dropped in, you press a lever and spin a wheel. "When the wheel stops, it announces the num ber of cigars if you win. If you don't win, it doesn't do any announcing. Poodle Dog's "Slot Machines." At the Poodle Dog saloon there were no machines for winning money or drink checks or even cigars, but there were two picture machines and one con tains a jnusical instrument whicn the Texas law says shall not be in saloon?. The big machine shows pictures. The sign is there to rouse curiosity, but it is liable ,to be a bit misleading, for the pictures are not much naughtier (Continued on Page 2.) Williams, However, Estab- lishes Alibi and Swears His Innocenoce. HE LOOKS WITHOUT "WAVERING- qi$ dead Asbury Park, N. J., Nov. 15.. Follow ing threats by a mob to lynch Thomas Williams, a negro suspected of the muruer oi ayearom Aiarie Smith, the prisoner was removed early today from tne local jail to the county jail at l?AAh1 Tlv T, T- T ax . icgiiju. .me nmu naa ueen scatierea J? reenojd. - a ir jii .- i $ HKf fre comparatively clear.. TTTiTi? i fcMfr'it i i oil ir-nrt-n.i i. - M .jj-yj,. . n..u.iCuBC ui me j .crime and from official sourrfts it la learned that he had apparentfy estab- I lished a good alibi. ilany persons are inclined to think the -man a victim of circumstances. The child's mother is still In a serious con dition from grief and shock. Swears Innocence. In an attempt to wring a confession from the prisoner the child's body was brought into the jail corridor. The negro was led forth and halted be side it. "I swear to God I did not harm the ! girl. I had nothing to do with it," he said firmly. "Get down and look into her eyes and say that," he was commanded. Looks Into Dead Child's Eyes. Williams leaned forward until he was gazing straight into the dead eyes. His gaze did not waver, and he exclaimed: "God is my witness that I did not kill this girl. I did not touch her. I did not harm her. I do not know who did." Again and again he repeated this, while his hand lay on the body. Then hft added. "I tfinnlr flnrl T nan cot. t did not do it. I am sorry for her fam- I ily. Late last night when a newspaper automobile came dashing up and stopped in front of the jail door, the crowd jumped to the conclusion that Williams was to be brought out and whisked away to a safe place. With a yell the crowd surged for ward, but the police with clubs drove the rioters back. In the struggle the police captured a sledge hammer, and several crowbars. Chief Pleads With Moh. Chief Smith went out and pleaded with the men as peaceful citizens to go home. He told them Williams was only held as a suspect and that there was no positive evidence against him. The crowd jeered, but tried nothing more serious. The Asbury Park common council has ottered a reward of 500 for the arrest and conviction of the murderer, j ANOTHER V03rAX ASSAULTED. Woodbury, X. J Nov. 15. Captured by a posse which had -scoured the coun- young uiegro farm hand, is accused' of j o -l- t, crysiae ior vit nours, .foianu jaiacK, a CWl atiguipiuu aLtavn, ijai a.u.j.33 jjcLI- . 1,1 tia Nutt. He was taken to the countv ,:, w.. I, i,i .c.;,., ,i i T" " JX ,r! ."t"" """ " 1UI 111 tx. uiuiy 1UU IS 11C1U WILliUUl uau, pending examination. Miss Xutt, who Is 20 years old, was traversing a lonely section accompan ied only by her sister. Margaret, when a negro seized her. By struggling, both she and her sister succeeded In re leasing themselves from him. ROBIN COOPER ACQUITTED OF THE MURDER OF CARMACK. Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 15. Robin Cooper, charged with the murder of United States senator E. W. Carmack, has been found not guilty. His 'father was convicted and then pardoned by governor Patterson in half an hour aft er the verdict was affirmed. Great Britain Faces Political Crisis Lower House Is deadlocked With the Lords and Elec tion Is Possible. London, Eng., Nov. 15. With the ad vent of the new year it is expected that England will be plunged into the tur moils of another election. At least Uthese are the present indications. Parliament reassembled today, but the political crisis is delayed until tomorrow. By that time premier As quith will have seen king George and laid before him the decision reached by the cabinet at today's session. The cablnetr is believed to be divided on the question of asking the house of lords to accept of reject the veto resolutions before the dissolution of parliament. Parliament adjourned until Friday, thus postponing the inevitable crisis over the government's plans. The question of limiting the veto power of the house of lords, if not abolishing that body altogether, is one of the gravest problems that the gov ernment has ever had to deal with. The trouble started a year ago, when that aristocratic body rejected .Lloyd George's radical budget which had been passed through the house of commons. This resulted in the dissolution of par liament, and precipitated a general election, which was held the first part of this year. Irish As Dictators. The voters endorsed the budget and returned the Liberal party to power, but -with such a small majority that the government had to depend on the help of Irish members to carry through thia program. This placed the Irish par;y in a position to dictate, and when the new parliament reassembled last spring the Irish leaders insisted on the 'pass age of a set of 'esolutioi's limiting tvia imn nnwn of thft house or loras -" ... l.,..-. - . . . . before the consideration of tha DU'Jet. The matter was finally setllad in the lower house by the incroducuon of a iet of res'Uatio.os which aimed to rass a law i to prevent the house of lords from rejecting or amending a money bill, but that. such limitation shall not in anywise affect the rights and priv ileges of the commons as they "now ex ist. The second t the resolutions provid ed thai: the. powers of the house of lords respecting all other bills be re stricted so that if any bill shall be passed by the commons at uiree suc cessive "sessions and rejected by the lords at each of these sessions, it shall become a law without the assent of the lords, as the king provided .that at least two years shall -have elapsed between the introduction of the measure and its third passage by the house of com mons, f The third resolution limits the dura tion of a -parliament to five instead of seven years. After the commons had again passed the budget and forced the lords to swallow it. parliament took a recess u.nt11 May 26' wnen the veto resolutions were to be considered. The King's Death. Before the -date came around, how ever, the grim reaper claimed the much beloved king Edward, and the whole country was plunged into a period of mourning. Following the cessation of ceremonies, Incidental to the bufial of the" king, a more friendly attitude was manifested by the leaders of the dis senting parties. Both sides showed a willingness to settle the matter with- i out precipitating an election so soon after the obsequies. King George, per sonally took a hand in the difficulties, and brought royal pressure to bear on the leaders. It was finally agreed that all the unfortunate differences should be set tled by a conference committee com posed of members of both parties. This committee, which is composed of pre- I mler Asquith, Lord Crewe, Lloyd George and A. Birrell, represent in? the government, and Arthur Balfour, Lord Lansdowne, Earl Caw dor and Austin Chamberlain, rep resenting the opposition, has been !loldln& meeUm FJZflSSa m& an agreement. It Is now believed 1 -hrjtvi- -Vi-4- 4-Vi m YY''Kic7 rf 1 a rtrtr ,. ' . -, , n-. -i . mlttee are hopelessly split and that the only way to settle the differences will he by an appeal to the constitu- I tionencles early in January. The house of lords is the one obsta cle in the way of home ''rule for Ire land, and when the Irish leaders cast their vote for the budget it was with the understanding that the government would see to It that a bill was passed limiting the veto of the house of lords in order to get a home rule bill thro-agh. They believed that the Lib eral leaders will stick to their promise and are exceedingly hopeful of getting home rule for Ireland in the near fu ture. Another serious question, to be dis continued on page 5.) House of parliament, London, England, and four- members of the lords' veto conference committee. Beginning at the left are: Lord Lansdowne and Arthur Balfour, prominent members representing the opposition, and premier Asqulth and Hon. A. Binall, representing the government. Sends Messages Everywhere Assuring Them of Good Will of the Americans. TRIES TO QUIET PEOPLE'S TEMPER President Diaz is apparently doing all he can to prevent any further antl Amerlcan riots in Mexico. Assurance from president Taft of friendly sympathy with Mexico, and that all efforts will be made to punish those guilty of the burning of An tonio ioariguez, Jionaay iouna uiir way to mayor Francisco Portillo , of Ciudad Juarez through a maize a diplomatic channels. The telegram It- self, which probably was received oy all iefe noliticoes in Mexico, in an ef- fort toN appease any excitement among the Mexicans Is translated as follows: "The department of state announces to the governor as follows: 'President Taft manifested to the president of the republic yesterday by way of the de partment of state and the embassador at Washington that the government of the United States has the best confi dence in the wishes of the president of Mexico to calm any disturbances between both countries and avoid all itrivrrTr that he 'will put all efforts to punish any guilty persons for the crime com mitted against Antonio Rodriguez In Texas.- I communicate this for your knowledge and satisfaction by special resolution of the president, Miguel S. Maoedo.' ' And. I inform you of this that you will be confident in the public J sentiment with- reference, to the pre tended cooling of the relations "be tween Mexico and the United States, which is absolutely false. (Signed.) "Guillermo Porras, secre tary of state." To . this message, mayor Portillo an swered the secretary of state as fol lows: "With satisfaction I assure you that the inhabitants of this district have remained quiet, thereby showing their culture and confidence that our government shall satisfactorily arrange- this matter." Circular Sent to Schools. Mexico City, Mex., Nov. 15. Circular letters condemning in strong terms the recent demonstration against Ameri cans were read at all public schools and other educational institutions un der government control in Mexico. City! the minister of public instruction. Seven students who. have been in prison since the recent troubles were released after being examined. Twen ty of their comrades were less fortu nate, and after being given a prelimi nary hearing were sent back to con finement to await trial. 4. RIVER SEINE RISES A fr 4 HArFCEXTJMETERANHOUR.. " Paris, France, Nov. 15. The 5" 4t river Seine rose at the rate of -fr f- half a centimeter an hour to- - day. The official statement 3 that the flood maximum would ? be reached Thursday has not v S reassured the riverside dwellers 4 J of this city and suburbs, who fear another disaster. $ WASHED BILL DECLARED COUNTERFEIT BY A BANK Washington, Nov. 15, A woman in .New York received an extremely dirty silver certmcate. She prom-ptlv washed and ironed the bill and took it to the bank. It looked so strange that the bank teller pronounced, the note counter feit and sent it to Washington for in spection. "The onlv thing the matter with that," ' smiled chief Wilkie, "is that it's clean." Prepare to Meet Band of Mexicans Reported Ad vancing on the Town. AMERICANS STONED IN CHIHUAHUA Springs, iocK bprmgs, Tex , Nov. 15. As a result of the report that a body of 300 armedn Mexicans were marching upon, this town, cowboys and ranch men from the surrounding country, armed with rifles and revolvers are . nonrfnr int t?- cn i Ranch people of this section are so nxou for a combat with the Mexican band that they probably will start on j leged invaders. "-"-- "s anernoon to meet the al It is believed by officers that the re ported invasion is a hoax. u DEL RIO HEARS XOTHIXG OF ARMED 3IEXICAXS4I Del Rio, Texas, Nov. 15. Rumors of armed Mexicans advancing on P.ock Springs cannot be verified in any par ticular. It is practlcallv impossible for such an occurrence with the extra precautions being taken by federal I h,ere and a" alon the borer; -Kock bprmgs people are uneasy and are watching carefully. Everything j here and at Lagf Vacas, across the river. is quiet. A telephone message from sheriff j Pope of Edwards county today stated ! that he had an armed- force ready to meet any hostile movement that might be made by Mexicans. He, said there were no indications of such a move ment at Rock Springs, but neverthe less he has made preparations to meet any emergency. 'Everybody is on guard,, and not a xiean is in sia-ht " i tha -n-oir no. Mexican is in sight.' is the way he describes the situation. The sheriff at Del Rio has heard nothing of any serious movement, and denies telephoning such information to Rock Springs Monday. DEXIAL IS MADE OF INVASION OF MEXICANS San Antonio, Tex., Nov. 15. The-e j is no truth in the report that armed I Mexicans are marching on Rock Springs, Tex., where Antonio Rodri- (Continued on Page Two.) MIAMI ARIZONA, HAS FIREARM FIGHTS BETWEEN CITIZENS BIG $50,000 BLAZ Globe, Ariz., Nov. t.V. Ily a fire vhlch j;ot besond control, nine liulldiasrs were destrojed at Miami. The section sVvept by the flames was a block of Gibson street and amoag the buildings destroyed were, three saloons, one barbershop, four store balld Ings and a cigar stand. The fire was finally extinguished by the efforts of the local -volirateer fire department. The supply of water proved wholly adequate to the demands nade up on It. The loss Is estimated at aboat $o0,000, covered by Inuraace' to th extent of $20,000. Owing, presumably, to the fact that many of the Impromptu fire fighter and spectators had freely imbibed from the stores of wet goods rescxed from the burning saloons, a series of fistic encoustcrs ensued during thu day and resulted In several arrests. Sonic of the excited Miamlaas also re sorted to firearms, although none was seriously Injured. Oae bjhh received, a charge of blrdshot In the back and the life of another was probably saved by the Interference of bystander s. , The casus belli la the latter Instance was that the boa of the nan wa tried to do the shooting was struck an the head ilth a beer bottle. Attributed to the Large Crop of Com and Its Cheap Price: Not Politics. SALTED MEATS ARE UNCHANGED All Big Centers Report De cline in Price of 'Fresh Meats. However. New Tork, X. Y., Xov. 15. Reports from various parts of the country in dicating a fall in the prices of mea'S are reflected by similar reports froru local dealers. One of the leading deal ers said sirloin steak is now seK.nsr at 22 ceats, a decline of 2 e?nts, and porterhouse is off 3 cents. Fresh pork products are off 4 cents. Roasts &re selling at 18 cents. Market men at tribute the relief from high prices to the enormous corn, crop and consequent low price of the cereal. Denver Prices Lo-wrer. Denver, Colo., Nov. 15. The Thanks giving turkey bird will be secured by Denver housewives this year from 3 to 5 cents a pound lower than last year, if she buys it in time. Retail markets say turkeys will retail Thanksgiving time at about 30 cents a. pound, and chickens are 2 to 3 cents 9. pound lower. There is no reduction so far, however, in the price of beef and pork. Pork Cheaper. ' St. Joseph, Mo., Nov. 15. Retailers announced a reduction in, pork of 2 cents a pound today. Beef prices ar unchanged, but a slump is predicted. Beef Takes a Drop. Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 15. A reduc tion of 1 to 2 cents a potmd in the re tail price of cheaper grades of beef ia announced here today. "You may" look for cheaper prices in all kinds of meat," said one of the leading dealers. "Fancy beef will next come down. Chicago Prices Drop. Chicago, 111., Nov. 15. The prices of pork and beef are falling. Withii the last week beef has declined 4 to 5 cents a pound by the packers. Pork has fallen about 3 cents from the price of 18 and 20 cents ruling a week ago, and wholesale dealers say that mut ton, veal and other products will take a downward turn within a few daya. Decline In Omaha. Omaha, Neb., Nov. 15. All fresh fresh meats have dropped about 2 cents a pound in this market, and a further decline by January 1 of at least 5 cents on pork and almost as much in other fresh meats is predicted. Prices nt cured meats are . not materially changed. Cheaper In St. Loals. St. Louis, Mo, Nov. 15. Fresh meats are 2 o 3 cents a pound cheaper than a week ago. ATTEMPT TO BURN TEXAS W03IAN. San Antonio, Texas. Nov. 15. Arrests are expected today in connection- with a fire which broke out in the apartments of Mrs. J. W. Finerty last night. She was badly burned and was found unconscious on the bed with her clothing aflame. The door was locked and the fire men were compelled to break into the room. The woman had been drugged and $300 were missing. OKLAHOMA" CAN'T MOVE HER CAPITAL. Guthrie. Okla.. Nov. I5l Okla homa City lost the state capital fight today when the state su preme court decided that the seat of state government must remain in Guthrie the length of time provided in the enabling act. The legislautre can move the capital, the court holds.