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Read Damon Runyon's Story of Saturday's World's Victory, Sport Page
Sunday, October 12f
1913 40 Pages
International News Service
fHearst Syndicate.)
Exclusive TVevrs Report and
Cable Features of the
Defendant Begs Court Not
to Bring Her Back Here;
Anywhere Else First.
x TEXAS $15,000
Woman May Now Pace Trial
on Charge of Lunacy
Cool as She Faces Jury.
(By Staff Correspondent)
AN HORN, Texas, Oct. 1 I.
Mrs. Agnes Omer must face
anoiner jury eitner on tne
charge of murder or lunacy after
having stood five trials for her life in
the state courts of Texas.
The jury -which heard the evidence
in her case here this week, was dis
charged Jast evening by judge Dan M.
Jackson, after the members had
unanimously declared their inability to
reach a verdict, and, although the
famous case in which the former El
Paso nurse is charged with the murder
of her daughter, Lillie, has already
cost the state $15,000, it is not yet
ended. Mrs. Omer will be removed
to El Paso and either tried on a lunacy
charge or perhaps transferred to San
Antonio to face for the sixth time the
charge of murder.
Bes:des the cost to' the state for the
trials that have been conducted, the
witnesses have been forced to spend
several thousand dollars. The state
allows witnesses in felony cases $1 a
day, but the complaint is made that
this amount is not sufficient, as it costs
from $2.50 to $3 a day to secure
accommodations. The extra amount
must be paid by the witnesses them
selves. It -was 6 p. m. Saturday when judge
Jackson ordered the defendant, Agnes
Orner, into court. The sheriff imme
diately went to the jail and notified the
defendant that the court desired her
presence. She asked no questions, and in
a few moments she stepped'into the little
courtroom of the Culberson county court
house, where for the past week her
hopes had been high that soon she would
walk out a free woman, among the wild
flowers which she could see from her cell.
Defendant Is. CooL
She was dry eyed, cool and calm.
For the fifth time she was to stand
at the bar of justice and watch a jury
slowly file in and announce the result of
its deliberations. Only once in the
previous four times had she heard the
word "guilty" fall from the lips of the
court clerk. That occasion was in El
Paso on her first trial, at which time,
when the verdict of guilty was read, she
cried out and swooned. But this time
she had faced a jury qf 12 men composed
of plainsmen, of men whose lives on the
prairie of west Texas had equipped them
with unbounded chivalry for woman
hood. Perhaps her sex had overcome
the effect of the damaging case against
As the jury was brought in and seated,
lire. Orner gazed out of the window and
into the west, where the sun was slowly
sinking behind the Diablo mountains.
She looked not at the jury. Judge Jack
son asked the usual formal question,
"Gentlemen of the jury, have you ar
rived at a verdict 2" and the foreman
answered: "We have "not" He then
reported that the first ballot stood six
to six. and, after some changes they
had reached a vote of eight to four, and
that there was no possibility' of their
reaching a verdict.
Not Possible To Agree.
The court then asked if any juror
thought there was any possibility of a
vtrdict, and each was positive there was
no chance. The jury -was then dis
charged, and another mistrial was writ-
(Continued on next page.)
FOODSTUFFS ave been completely exhausted in Mapami, Dnrango and the
c!T ""f111 American and .other foreigners will starve unless food is
- , v 1m fo? e adJ0UU,5K camps, the American refugees who ar
rived at the borfier Saturday say. The entire food supply has been- consumed or
earned away by the rebels and there was not a pound of flour, no coffee, no
SUJca& te lf any beans and n0 Potatoes left in the mining camp
'c C-Hanulton, chemist at the Mapami mines of the Penoles company, ar
rived Saturday evening from Marfa. He came to the border with the refugees
TJ?fc Camp ls I17 hs J? E-, Pas0 havin2 come here several months
ago with a crowd or refugees. Mr. Hamilton is from Denver Colo where ht -ami
connected with the national guard, but he has been i: Mexico several years!.
naif ACT
Charges Against Attorney
for Mrs. Orner Sensation
in Legal Circles.
T is reported in legal circles that
recent sensational developments
in the Orner case have consider
ably stirred the local bar and that
steps are being taken already to per
fect the organization of an 1 Paso
Bar association to be conducted along
the lines of other uch associations and
to investigate and prefer charges
based on whatever the recent dicta
phone work may develop.
It now develops that, in the inves
tigation of matters connected with a
case other than the Orner case, the
officers, through the dictaphone,
learned of the existence of a fund for
the payment of witnesses who were to
testify in the Orner case, and have la
ter learned the source of the fund.
The discussion, which was heard over
the dictaphone, revealed the details
of the matter, and, while the officers
were at sea with regard to the Identity
of the witness who was to be paid,
their subsequent perseverance, it Is
said, was rewarded by the further use
of the dictaphone in the Maese inci
dent. Attorney Owen arrived in El Paso
Satorday afternoon in custody of Stan
ley Good, senior, and immediately made
bond. A complaint charging attempt
to suborn perjury had been filed against
him and his bond fixed, which he
Immediately upon the return of judge
Jackson, it is said a committee of three
lawyers will be appointed to file ats
barment proceedings against attorney
Owen. A jury trial is had in disbar
ment as in other criminal cases.
Arrested at Van Hoi.
As soon as the Orner case had been
Riven to the jury under the charge or
judge Dan M. Jackson, Friday after
noon. Owen, senior counsel for Mrs.
Orner, was arrested by chief deputy
sheriff Stanley Good at Van Horn. The
complaint had been filed in the court
of justice of the peace James J. Mur
phy Friday afternoon and a warrant
issued for the arrest of the attorney.
Instructions to arrest Mr. Owen were
wired by sheriff Peyton J. Edwards to
his chief deputy the same afternoon.
The sheriff wired his deputy nojt to do
this until all danger of jeopardizing
the case hsd been eliminated. The
arrest was made after the arguments
had been closed, the case given to the
jury, and the jury led from the court
room to the jury room to begin Its de
liberations. Mr. Owen, in the custody of deputy
Good, arrived in Bl Paso on the Texas
and Pacific passenger train Saturday
afternoon at 2:45 oclock. Friday af
ternoon as soon as the complaint was
filed against him friends of the attor
ney arranged the matter of his bord.
The amount of the bond was placed at
1500 by judgj Uurphy. The sureties
who signed it were: R. L. Nichols. R.
M. Reed and James White. Soon after
he left the train at the Cnion station.
Mr. Owen went to his home, 3116 Tula
rosa st'et.
Complaint Against Owen.
The complaint against Mr. Owen
comes as the result of the alleged us
of a dictagraph in a conversation -said
to have occurred between the defend
ant and Romalda Maese last Sunaay
morning in Maese's room. Maese was
a witness for the state at the "Van Horn
trial. In the complaint, it is alleged
that the attorney offered R. Maese $50
to testify in the case in favor of Mrs.
Orner. The complaint further alleges
that the testimony to be given was
substantially, that the witness, Maese,
in February, 1911, was employed at a
local drug store and sold an ounce ol
arsenic to a man dressed in working
clothes about the same size and
height as Maese, whose name sounded
like that of James D. Lee. It is al
leged in the complaint that the de
fendant knew that this testimony was
The Sensation at Tan Horn.
According to county officers, Maese
was to have been a witness for the de
fence at the "Van Horn trial, but for
some unknown reason he was not sub
penaed by the defence. The state thn
served Maese with a process and It
was the result of his examination by
Joseph M. Nealon, assisting the prose
cution, that the alleged disclosure of
the use of the dictagraph was finally
brought out. No evidence went before
the Orner jury bearing-on the use of
the dictagraph, as the jury was re
tired when tne objections to Mr. Neal
on's question to the witness. Maese,
were interposed. But shortly afterwards
Maese was taken before the grand jury
and there, it is said, the charge was
made that the dictagraph was used.
County attorney P. R. Price, who was
an attendant at the trial, came to El
Paso immediately, and the complaint
against Mr. Owen followed.
The date for the examining trial has
not been set by judge Murphy, but it
(Contlnued on page two.)
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jn ilhuiu
Busy Business Boosters Are I
Promised Some Great
Ovations on the Trip-
BADGES and souvenirs for El Paso's
"Busy Business Boosters" trade
excursion have arrivea at the
chamber of commerce and are very
nifty things.
The souvenirs secretary A. "W. Reeves
is planning to keep for a surprise to
be sprung on the B. B. B's. when the
train conductor calls out "All aboard.
Letters are coming in from all the
towns on the itinary of the trade trip
pers, telling of the plans to welcome
the, boosters. As successful as the ex
cursion of last year was, indications
are that this year's excursion will fa
surpass It, both in pleasure and groflt
El Paso boosters will have with them
on the trip, Oscar Snow, of Las Cruces,
and Fred W. Freeman, of Denver,
former manager of the Texas company
In El Paso.
The club, observation car, which will
be nsed by the boosters, has just been
taken from the shops, after having
been thoroughly overhauled.
This car will be used on the S. P.
limited coast service when the boosters
are through with it.
Automoble XUdeils Also to Be Given, to
All Who AVish It Band to Be Asked
To Play in the Plaza.
Phoenix, Ariz., Oct. 11. A smoker
at the Country club, six miles north
of the city, will be the principal fea
ture of the entertainment provided for
the El Paso trade boosters, who are
due to arrive here on their special train
ae 4 p.m., October 20.
At the station -will be most of the
citizens of Phoenix. All members of
the board of trade have been desig
nated as a reception committee. Scores
of them will have their automobiles.
Until 7:30 that evening the visitors
will be taken around the valley in ma
chines or allowed to amuse themselves
just as they please. There will be
machines for those who wish to travel
around and see the sights but there
will be no general sightseeing tour.
The Fort Bliss band will be asked to
play an hour on the principal business
At 7:30 a few dozen autos will be at
the hotel Adams to take the visitors
to the Country club. There joy will be
unconfined till a late hour. The spe
cial will leave Phoenix at 9 o'clock the
next morning.
Kaiser Is Mixed in
a Theater Scandal;
Offending Paper Sued
Berlin, Germany, Oct 11. A charge
of criminal libel has been brought
against Walter Steinthal, publisher oi
the German Monday Gazette. Stein
thal Is charged with grossly libelling
count Von Huelsen-Halseller, general
attendant at royal operas and royal
The paper published on August 4. un
der the heading "End Herr Von Huel
sen," a report of the resignation of the
count from the managership of the
royal theaters and criticised his re-
Steinthal contends that he was away
when the article was written and
published and that in his absence the
police searched his offices for incrim
inating evidence. The defendant pub
lished on August 9 a signed article ac
cepting responsibility for the article.
At the same time in words unprint
able, he repeated the allegations, in
cluding rumors against one of the lead
ing actors in the royal theater, who,
the article said, was one of the par
ticular favorites of Huelsen-Haesler
and the kaiser.
The trial is set for November X.
Find Pineapple More
Than Twenty Million
Years Old in Kansas
Lawrence, Kans., Oct. 11. A pine
apple, estimated by scientists to be 20
million years old, was unearthed today
in Scott county, Kansas.
A complete specimen of a small fish
of the mackerel family, older by a
million. years than the pineapple, was
found Ih the same district.
A 20 foot wing of a flying reptile
also was discovered.
Geo. H. Allen. Deaf and
Dumb Newspaper Man, Dies
.rnoenix, Ariz.. Oct. 11 After a lin
gering Illness, George H.' Allen, secre
tary of the Arizona sheep sanitary
commission, and one of ths mnt .
markable newspapermen in the coun
iry, uiea at nis nome in Phoenix.
Allen was 48 years old and had been
deaf and dumb for a number of years
He had learned to speak after a fash
ion and had an almost uncanny faculty
of divining the meaning of a person
speaking to him, through the move
ments of the lips and facial expres
sions. Despite his affliction he re
tained a keen grasp on public affairs,
and he was a writer of powerful edi
torials. Before coming to Arizona he was
employed on the Minneapolis Journal
and other papers In Minnesota. For
several years he wrote the editorials of
the Blsbee Review and for a time filled
a similar position on the Phoenix Ga
zette. -
His work as secretary of the sheen
sanitary commission was nigniy satis
zactory a wne a craugnter and a son
were with him at the last.
Three other
sons live near Bisbo-
Ten Vessels Rush to Strick
en Vessel, But Stpnn
Prevents Rescue of All.
Statistics of the
Volturno Disaster
Total number of persons on board.
First cabin passengers, 24.
Steerage passengers, 540.
Crew, 93.
Eescued by ten liners, 521.
Missing, 136.
The vessels carrying survivors are
due approximately as follows:
Kroonland at New York Oct 16.
Rappahannock at St John Oct. 16.
Carmania at Liverpool Oct. 12.
LaTouraine at Havre Oct 12.
Minneapolis at London Oct 13.
Czar at Rotterdam Oct 14.
Harrangansett, freighter, at Lon
don Oct 17.
Devonian at Liverpool Oct 14.
Grosser Kurf urst at Bremen Oct 15.
Seydlitz, freighter, destination un
certain. The first call of the Volturno was:
"We are on fire and have to abandon
ship. Can hold on for a while. S.
OiS." -
The S. 0. S. call was heard by the
Carmania, 78 miles away and by other
ships within the zone, and answered.
It was sent out about 8 oclock
Thursday ' morning. The Carmania
made 20 miles through the storm and
was there at noon.
The Grosser Kurfurst and the
Seydlitz, a German tramp, reached her
at 4.
Seven other ships LaTouraine,
Minneapolis, Rappahannock, Devon
ian, Czar, Narragausett, and Kroon
land, reached her by night time.
The passengers were taken off and
more than 500 lives saved on Friday.
It was possible only through the use
of wireless.
LIVERPOOL, England, Oct 11. One
hundred and thirty-six persons
lost their lives when the steam
ship Volturno, of the Uranium line,
was destroyed at sea on Friday after
noon, having been on fire for 24 hours.
Ten steamships surrounded the Vol
turno for 16 hours while the fire raged
at its height, but none of the rescue
fleet were able to lend assistance ow
ing to a terrific storm.
The Volturno sailed from Rotterdam
for New York via Halifax on October
2.- She carried 24 cabin passengers, 540
steerage and a crew of 93. Of the 657
known to have been on board 521 have
been reported saved by the 10 vessels.
Four Life Boats Sink.
The greatest loss of life occurred
when four of the Volturno's "six life
boats were dashed to pieces against the
side of the vessel a few moments after
they were launched. Other life boats
launched from the rescue fleet were
also crushed by the waves.
Early Friday morning a terrific ex
plosion In the Volturno boiler room,
almost rent the vessel in half. The
passengers on the stricken ship be
lieved they were doomed, while the
captains of the vessels which had
rushed to the rescue could see little
chance of saving those on the burning
Suddenly the gale abated and the sea
calmed considerably. Within a few
moments a score of life boats had been
launched from the vessels standing by
and were rushed toward to the stern
of the Volturno, where the passengers
and crew were huddled against the
Sinking Vessel Abandoned.;
"When the Volturno was abandoned
Friday morning she was seen to be
gradually sinking. Her position was
then about 900 miles northeast of Cape
Race, and close to the spot where the
Titanic sank 18 months ago.
nnndreds Wntch DKaster.
Never before has a such disaster been
witnessed by so many spectators. Hud
dled on the eight ocean liners, a Ger
man tramp and a Standard OH tank
Store Ad
The full page advertisement
of the Cnllsher Deportment
Store, on the Init page of thin
necllon, has the honor of being
the largest In today's paper.
Herald will on each day call
attention to the largest store
advertisement in the current
to Aid Farmer on a Gigantic Scale
Kinsolving May be Elevated
to the Head of the Episco
pal Church.
EW YORK. Oct. 11. Texas may
furnish the first pope of the
American Catholic church in the
person of bishop George Herbert Kin
solving, who since 1893, has presided
over the destines of the Protestant
Episcopal church in the Lone Star
That the house ot bishops will ap
prove the action of the bouse of de
puties of the Episcopal general con
vention now in session in the city de
claring for the ejection of a head of
the church Is regarded as certain.
The action of the deputies repre
senting the laymen of the church was
so overwhelming In favor of the
change that it is not considered at all
probable that the conservative element
among the bishops can withstand the
pressure of popular opinion. So cer
tain are the friends of the measure
that it will become part of the law
of the church that already talk of can
didates for presiding bishop, or. as the
place has been jocularly called, the
"American pope," has become more or
less general and in all the talk, no
name has been more prominent than
that of the Texas prelate.
Bishop George Herbert J&insoiving
Is regarded as one, of the strong men
of the church. His powers of oratory,
his splendid executive ability and his
broad Christianity has made him a
power In the church. Then he comes
from a family which has given many
strong and influential men to the
church. A younger brother, Lucien
Lee Kinsolving. is missionary bishop
tn-CRrAzil? his. father-iras ar-oromlnenr
minister in Virginia . and several -of
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tlal members or tne Episcopal minis
try. The only argument urged, against
VIo AlavnHnn tn thf highest nlare in
i the church is that he is 64 years old,
but he is really In the prime or llie.
both mentally and physically, and.
should the house of bishops adopt the
provision for election of this presiding
officer. It is not regarded as at all Im
probable that bishop Kinsolving will
be the man chosen.
Revising All Laws
of Catholic Church;
Fill Big Room
ROME. Italy, Oct. 1L Pope Pius
will sign a document next year
which will be not only the most
important to which he nas affixed his
signature during his pontificlate, but
one which Is looked on as the most im
portant in the history of the Catholic
church and one of the greatest re
forms attempted by any pope, namely:
The codification of the canon law de
creed by pope Pius In 1904 and now
practically completed.
The work which has taken more
than nine years, was in the hands of
two commissions, one consisting of
cardinals and others being made up
of consultors assisted by canonists of
leading universities and seminaries
abroad, with the cooperation of Cath
olic bishops throughout the world.
' These commissions carefully pro
pared four volumes containing texts
of the law and recast the system while
editing them. An Idea of the impor
tance of the work may be gathered
from the fact that the canon law at
present consists of written and tra
ditional legislation of the church since
tne days or tne Aposues, me uocu
ments extending over practically 19
Cardinal Gaspari. a practical .codl
fler, in charge of the work, says throe
of the largest rooms In the Vatican
are filled with collections of decrees
and constitutions which will ceasa to
have force when the pope has promul
gated the new code.
"Gee, But That's Lucky'
Cries Aviator After He
Falls 200 Feet Unhurt
Monticello, Ark., Oct. lL Fred Dekor,
Kansas City aviator, fell 200 feet with
his biplane at the Southeastern, Ark.,
fair today and escaped practically un
hurt. His machine was demolished.
Five thousand persons saw the machine
flit about as a wounded bird and then
fall with terrific force.
"When the first of the crowd reached
the wreckage, expecting to find Dekor
crushed to death, he pulled himself out
or the debris and exciaimea gee, Dut
that was lucky."
Dekor had attained an altitude of 800
feet when he was'seen to be working
excitedly at the wheel, and then his
machine plunged downward. It struck
La giant oak tree wnicn proDaoiy savea
Dekor s life.
School Girl Ends Life;
Tells Friends to Forgel
' Ft. Smith, Ark.. Oct 11. With an
empty carbolic acid vial by her side
Ada Barr. a pretty 16 year old orphan
school girl was found dying on the
snhnnl onmnlla nf "Mnrshilll tndav RhA
died before a physician arrived. A
love affair Is said to have prompted
the tragedy.
"Tell my friends, esneclallv Dr.
Weaver, to forget me," read a note on
a fly leaf of a school book she held
in her hand. Dr Weaver Is a leading
physician at Marshall. A brother who
Small Boy With Magnifying
Glass Sets Fire to Awning
A small boy, a magnifying glass, and
a ray of sunlight started a little blaze
on the awning of the Elite confection
ery store, on the Texas street side, Sat
urday afternoon Although the smoke
was going skward like the smoke
from an Indian s signal fire, it was not
noticed for some time An emploje of
the confectionery extinguished it,
Mexico 3ity is Ominously
Quiet After the Coup of
Provisional President.
EXICO CITT, Oct lL Provis
ional president Victoriano
Huerta is absolute dictator of
Mexico. His action on dissolving the
chamber of deputies and arresting all
deputies except those allied with the
Catholic party has given him the sole
power of government of the republic.
Mexico City had recovered from the
shock of Huerta's latest coup and to-
night a calm settled over the city. By
many it Is felt to be the calm before
the storm, but what the effect a storm
would be no person here dares pro
phecy tonight 1
What Will Felix Dia Do?
The leading question tonight is:
"What will Felix Diaz do when he
arrives at Vera Cruz and is Informed
of the condition?"
By imprisoning all but tbe Catholic
deputies Huerta has clearly indicated
that he will support the candidacy of
ijamDoa at tne presidential election
October 26. In the meantime Diaz is
nearing Mexican, shores and has an
nounced he will be a candidate for
president ' 1
With the snoport of Huerta. -who
controls the government and presiden
tial machinery of practically every
state except those in the north which
have seceded, Gamboa's election is as
cured. 0
Fears Gamboa's Popularity.
The privately expressed opinion of
a prominent Mexican politician was
that Huerta seized upon this opportu
nity Ato-vdissotve thti chamber- !& thef
jpnly 'means df throwing the majority
of. the political power-Into his own
hands, thus enabling him to elect Gam
boa by an overwhelming majority.
Huerta believes that such an election
would indicate that the larger portion
of the republic has been pacified and.
allowed to freely express Itself at the
polls. As there will not be sufficient
time to hold elections to elect new
deputies before October 26, there will
be no chamber of deputies to Investi
gate the. election or interfere with
any plans the administration might
The families and friends of the Im
prisoned deputies are gravely con
cerned Over "what disnnRitinn Tnlr.li-
be made of the nrisnner?- hnt TTnorfft
I has several times assured all that he
win guarantee that no physical harm
comes to them. The penitentiary is
surrounded by a heavy military guard.
Streets Are Patroled.
The city is quiet tonight, more so
than it has been for many months.
Hundreds of police and soldiers, both
infantry and cavalry, are patroling the
streets prepared to put down any up
rising which might occur. The rapid
fire guns which were placed in the
palace last February and later with
drawn, were returned today. On every
hand there Is evidence that the gov
ernment is prepared to resist any in
surgent movement
All of the newspapers issued in the
city today either remained strictly im
partial in their discussion of the event
or were strongly sjmpathetlc with the
Huerta policy.
Minister of foreign affairs Moheno,
who was the leader of the government
deputies until Huerta offered him a
place In the cabinet said tonight that
Huerta took his action against the
deputies when It was learned that
there was a plot afoot in the chamber
10 put wuerta out of the way and al
low the revolution in the north to
Early todav a great throng surged
about the chamber from which the
deputies had been unceremoniously
taken last night but after looking at
the windows for a time, the crowd
gradually melted awav and there was
no demonstration, owing to the pres
ence 01 a large guara or troops. I
Huerta Twines Proclamation. I
President Huerta tonight issued a
proclamation to the nation In which
he gave as his reason for dissolving
the chamber of deputies that the legis
lature had infringed upon the rights
of the executive and the deputies "had
Indicated that their rule would pre
vent -the republic from being pacified,
thus leading to anarchy.
Call Extra Session.
Huerta tonight issued a call for an
extraordinary session of senate and
house of deputies for October 26. the
date announced for the holding of the
presidential election. The call an
nounced that new deputies would be
elected and that the Mexican congress
would be called to pass upon returns
of the national election.
Although the senate refused to with
draw the resolution passed bv that
body objecting to the dissolution of
the congress none of the members of
the upper house were arrested.
It Is believed here tonight that all
of the deputies arrested last night
will be released within the two days
Announcement was made tonight nt
the resignation of Enrique Gorostoeta,
minister of Justice, and formerly mln-
(Contlnued on next pase.1)
LONDON, Eng., Oct 11. The com
pletion of the Panama canal is
considered likely to be followed
by the establishment of a big British
naval base at Bermuda and the co
operation of the British and Dominion
fleets, based on a plan which Is an im
portant variation of the Bermuda
scheme discussed some time ago.
The Dominion of Canada has not ac
quiesced in the original scheme, which
proided for a combined imperial flert
with its base at Gibraltar but is wil
ling to acjrie to the new plan, operat
W ! I R K
Liiuiuues j&euiaiiiauoii oijj
Swamp Lands as Well aa
That of Arid Lands.
One Congressman Believes
it "Would Benefit Country
Even More.
CBti Ralph M. Whilsile.)
1 1 Secretary of the interior
Lane is in dead earnest m hi
determination to have the government
embark in a comprehensive plan for the
reclamation of lands in the ..west and
southwest, and it is said today that he
will be prepared to submit his plan to
congress when it meets in regular
The scheme, which at a glance is
comparatively insienificanr. will AA
hundreds of thousands of acres to the
productive area of the public domain.
Already he has the outline nf W
scheme in shape and has begun con-
lerence with experts with the idea of
working out the details.
Mr Lane has recereed assurances of
support from a large number of con
gressmen and senators, from the west
and southwest, including several mem
bers of the Texas delegation, who are
all keenly interested in the proposition.
Texas is perhaps more vitally inter
ested in Lane's plans than any other
state, as she has a far greater area of
land which may be made wonderfully
productive by irrigation than any state
in the union. Tho nlnn m.,.. 1,- 1 j
- r. ""j im uiuau-
ened to includ in its scope the reclama
tion of ail the arid west, and the vast
swamp lands in Texas, Louisiana, Ar
kansas and east of the Mississippi. If
it is, it will receive the support of many
national legislators from the states
which would be thus benefited.
A southwestern congressman in assur
ing secretary Lane of his hearty support
for the scheme, said: "The investment
of 300,000,000, if that amount is need
ed, in the reelamatiQn plan would be a
better investment than the building of!
the Panama canal.
"As a matter of fact, whatever amount
is expended in adding to the areabla
land of the country would be merely a
temporary investment, for it would bd
paid back into the treasury in the sal
of the land, thus given value," he said,
"while the whole country would benefit
in the increased production, the widen-ij
ing of opportunity and the growth ofH
thrifty prosperous population."
This seems to be the general idea.i
Secretary Lane hopes to be able to out-N
line his plan in December in his first n
port to congress. If this is found to bd
impossible, a carefully prepared measure
will be introduced in congress at the
earliest possible moment and it may bi
said on high authority that it will havaj
the hearty approval and support of'
president Wilson.
Plays Piano 36 Hours
Without Stopping and
Establishes a Record
London. Eng Oct 11. A wonderful
piano playing performance of 36 hours
without a single stop, which is believed
to be a record, was completed at Bast
Cowes Town Hall by private George
Doughty, of the Royal Marine Light
infantry. And he was not arrested.
Some time ago Wilfred Pvewell
played for 35 hours continuously, but
Doughty, who is the champion pianist
" n&vy Jftid army, determined to
" tne performance and was encour
aged throughout by his comrades, who
J?08?. sons and danced almost all
the time. Doughty playing 400 dif
ferent tunes, never took his hands of
!if.J?oards- He "ass fed with hard
boiled eggs, chocolate and grapes, with
a few sips of milk.
ing in the Pacific and having its base
every other year at Vancouver and Syd
ney, with a second tri-Dominion squad
ron cooperating with a powerful
British fleet at Bermuda.
This would involve the building oC
extensive dock yards and the establish
ment of a naval base at Bermuda, which;
would become the center of a fleet
second in strength only to the British,
home fleet.
Meetings will be held In London
shortly to discuss the details of the
plan which has already been practical
1 decid- d upon.

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