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United States and Mexican Soldiers Exchange Shots Near Presidio
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Leasea Wire
DAY AND AIG1IT flBrOUTS.
XV RATI1KK --OKKA.T
Unsettled tonight and Friday;
warmer tonight.
EL PASO, TEXAS
Thursday Evening,
December 18, 1913-12 Pages
TWO SECTIONS TODAT.
n
MEXICAN FEDERAL IS KILLED RANSOMS
FIRES AT
TROOPER
OF U. S.
Americans Return the Fire
as Men Run Back to the
River; Kill One.
MEXICANS WERE
STEALING HORSES
PRESIDIO, Texas, Dec. IS. Two
Mexican federal soldiers, believed
to be stealing- horses, fired upon
United States soldiers last night on
the American afde. of the line, tiro
miles west of Presidio.
Luis Orozco, no relative of Gen.
Orozco, was killed as a result of his
temerity, but his companion, Faustino
Flores, escaped to the Mexican side
unharmed.
The shooting caused much excite
ment and there was an inclination at
first to believe that the Mexicans
meant harm to the United States troops
In some manner. This is not credited
by the officers of the American troops.
When questioned after he had been
brought by an ambulance from the
scene of the shooting to the military
hospital here, Orozco admitted that he
and his companion, armed, were on the
American side when the brush took
place He claimed that they had come
across to deliver a note to Mexicans
on this side, but the supposition is
that the men were here on a horse
stealing expedition.
According to the story told by eye
witnesses, the American soldiers on
dutv at the ford, near where the
shooting took place, were informed by
Mexican women that two federal sol
diers were hiding in a hut 300 yards
from the river.
The Americans went toward the hut
to investigate. When about 200 yards
away, two Mexicans rushed from the
lint and started runninsr toward the
river. The patrol called to them to j
halt." ine only answer was a unui iruiu
a rifle of one of the fleeing Mexicans.
Then the Americans returned the fire
and one federal dropped. The other
continue running, firing as he ran, and
made good his escape.
limnr MfNamee. commander of the
Big Bend district, will probably send (
a written explanation of the incident ,
to the federal commander at Ojinaga. -
Private Gever is alleged to have fired
the. fatal shot: . Ten or - dozen shots
were exchanged m an.
Grand Duke Boris Says
He Was No Coward in
Battle; Gets Apology
Suit Growing Out of Magazine Pub
lication Is Closed After Testimony
In High British Court. ,
London, England, Dec. 18. The grand
duke Boris of Russia, a cousin of the
emperor of Russia, testified in rebuttal
today in the lord chief justice's court
to allegations of misconduct and
cowardice brought against him in a
magazine- article. In connection with
this article he brought suit for libel
against the Frank A, Munsey company,
uui me suit was seuieu uui ui cuuri
on Dec. 9. The grand duke, however,
wished to clear his character publicly.
He swore that there was no founda
tion for the libel, denied that he had
been guilty of misconduct, and testified
that he had been constantly under fire
for a fortnight during the operations in
the vicinity of Liao-Yang in Manchuria,
when the Japanese and Russian armies
fought a desperate battle in August,
1904. He said he had participated as an
officer in the lighting in which the
army under Gen. count Keller engaged
the Japanese and in which Gen. Keller
was killed.
Henry K. Duke, counsel for defend
ants, then apologized to the grand duke
on behalf of his clients, saying the
article had been published without the
knowledge of Mr. Munsey. He had ad
mitted that the words used were ex
tremely objectionable and indefensible.
The case was then closed, the defend
ants agreeing to pay all the costs.
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MOMFYArir VILLA
Senate Agrees to Continue
Present Clearing House
System.
GOLD RESERVE "WILL
NOT BE INCREASED
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ON TO CITY
OF MEXICO
IS THE CRY
Carranza Sends Word that
the March Will Be Taken
Up by the Rebels.
ASHINGTON, D. C, Dec. IS.
Another modification of the
currency- bill to permit clear
ing house associations to continue their
present system of bank examination
and report has been agreed upon in the
senate. Protests from clearing house
associations saying the usefulness of
the associations would be destroyed
under the restrictions of the bill caused
the change.
The senate debate continued today
with a limit of IS minutes for each
senator.
Restrict Gold Reserve.
Senator Hitchcock's proposal to increase-
the- gold reserve from 35 to 45
percent was tabled by a vote of 42 to
40.
Senator Bristow asked whether the
Democratic managers had decided to
drop the deposits guarantee. Senator
Owen replied there was "nothing in
the rumor" that such a conclusion had
been reached, but he would not say
whether the provision was to be re
tained in the Dill.
Mexicans Forced to Pay For
Privilege of Coming to the
Border.
SEVERAL HUNDRED
REFUGEES COME IN
W
EALTHT Mexican families are
being refused permission to
leave Chihuahua without the
payment of a ransom, according to
passengers reaching hero on a train
from Chihuahua at 7 oclock Thursday.
More than 500 Mexican and American
refugees were aboard. They reported
that Villa's representatives were at the
train and made a number of Mexican
families of wealth leave until they had
paid ransoms ranging from $1000 to
?5000. Luis Siqueriros and his family
wer taken from the train and are re
ported to have paid $5000 for the priv
ilege of coming to the border. Pedro
Corres, another wealthy mining man.
was also forced to pay tribute to the
rebel treasury, the refugees say.
Luls Terrains Still Held.
The refugee train left Chihuahua
Wednesday and arrived at the border
early Thursday -morning without in
terruption along the route. The Ameri
cans on the train say that conditions
are as near normal in Chihuahua as is
possible under the present conditions.
They report that Luis Terrazas, Jr.,
is still being held by Villa.
The arrival of the refugees caused
the customs service men to get an
early start Thursday morning, as It
was necessary for deupty collector W.
W. Carpenter to have his men at the
bridges for the custom inspection ne-
TO MOVE SOUTH
WITHOUT DELAY
NEW SHIPS ARE SENT
TO MEXIOAN WATERS
Warships Returning From the Medi
terranean Cruise Will Relieve
Ships at Veracruz.
Washington, D. C Dec 18. Several
changes among American warships in
Mexican waters were ordered today.
The gunboat Wheeling will go from
Tampico to 'New Orleans, so her crew
may have shore leave. The gunboat
Dolphin will mova from Dominican
waters to Mexico. The cruiser New
Orleans has been ordered from the
Puget sound yard to relieve the cruiser
Maryland at Topolobampo.
The battleships Connecticut and
Kansas, detained at Guantanamo,
Cuba, on their return from the Medi
terranean cruise, because of smallpox
on the Ohio, probably will proceed for
Veracruz within a day or two to re
lieve the New Hampshire and Louis
iana which will sail north.
In the meanwhile the battleship
Michigan will remain on duty in the
gulf until relieved by the Ohio, which
has been ordered to Charleston, S. C,
for fumigation. '
Admiral Fletcher reports to the
navy department stated that the Ger
man steamer Bremen had left Tampico
for Veracruz. The Hamburg steamer
Bolivia is still at Tampico.
LEGAL TENDER. OF STATE BILLS
IS TTRGED BY MEXICO BANKERS
Mexico City, Met, Dec. 18. Bankers
representing the National bank, the
Bank of London and Mexico and other
banking institutions want president
Huerta to issue a decree making state
bank notes legal throughout the re
public A guarantee fund to be subscribed by
the state banks and deposited in the na
tional bank and a government guaran
tee of bank notes is the program the
bankers consider necessary of main
taining in circulation a sufficient
amount of the medium of exchange.
MATTRESS STOCK IS
DESTROYED IX FIRE
In jthe fire which occurred in Juarez
Tuesday evening, a large amount of
wholesale mattress stock belonging to
E. B. Welch was destroyed. The Globe
Manufacturing company, which is
owned by Mr. Welch, had its storage
warehouse adjoining the fire. The
stock was a total loss.
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ASHIXGTOX, D. C, Dec IS.
That the Mexican "'Constitu
tionalists' In the northern part
RrSSIAIC MINISTER CONFERS
WITH LIXD AT VEItACRUZ
Veracruz, Mex., Dec 18. The Russian
minister to Mexico, Dr. Alexander D.
Stalevski, conferred here today for
some time with John Lind. the personal
representative of president Wilson, The
Russian diplomat is on his way to visit
the Panama canaL
rnHfr'n? n bard tbe Morr CMtle trT '" the'south wa"s ta'a sta teV S
for Havana. i nation. 6
ianza are icrr ranking active prepara
tions for a final attack on the cities
of Monterey, Tampico and Torreon,
with the object of continuing on to
Mexico City, if they take those places,
was the information received today by
the "Constitutionalist" Junta here.
The telegram conveying this word
added that the "Constitutionalists" will
have a force of 30,000 men on their
march southward, and that simultan
eously rebel forces now south of Mex
leo City will begin to march north
ward. This was the first definite word
of its kind received here from Carran-
za's headquarters regarding this movement.
Villa Invites Carranza.
Hermosiilo, Son, Mex., Dec. 18. In a
lenghty report denying that any for
eigners except the Spaniards had been
molested in Chihuahua, Francisco Villa
urged Venustlano Carranza to make
his capital at Chihuahua.
In requesting Carranza to move to
Chihuahua, Villa argued that the en
tire state was in the hands of Insur
gent forces and that its central loca
tion would make the move most ad
vantageous. It is said here that Car
ranza has made no decision in the
matter, but is considering it. Villa
took occasion to reassure the "Consti
tutionalist" commander in chief of the
"loyalty and constancy of your most
affectionate subordinate."
In his report he said:
"The foreign consuls asked for
guarantees for their countrymen and
these were given in full for all ex
cept Spaniards. These, as you know
almost entirely have taken an undue
part in the internal struggle in our
country and have put themselves alj
ways against the cause of the people
of whom we are the defenders "
Gen. Villa told of the institution of a
civil government at Chihuahua city
and the enlistment of 200 federal sol
diers who were sent to Juarez on their
own recognizance.
"Want Mines to Resume.
Mine owners in the territory under
the control of the Mexican "Constitu
tionalist" government may resume the
operation of their properties whenever
they see fit. It was announced today
by Ignacio Bonillas. secretary of in
dustry in the Carranza cabinet, that if
mining men desiring to work mines
located in the states of Sonora, Chi
huahua, Sinaloa and Durango would
apply to the "Constitutionalist" depart
ment of fomento, colonization and In
dustry, located here, they would re
ceive the necessary permits to resume
operations.
Under Mexican mining laws, mining
property may not be worked until for
mal permits to do so have been issued
by the federal government It was said
that many Americans and other for
eign men holding property in the ter
ritory mentioned, had found it impossi
ble to secure the proper authorization
from the government at Mexico City,
and for this reason the mining indus-
. . ft .a. a! a aIp Tlift n( rvAAO 1 - VlOTf .
a t m I A ore i utiuuri. j.u? a cluf-.cc;o O AU. -
Hitchcock toeasTfron? r33S J&i3!tiS&
to J5.000.000 the capital required for "?",.?." . already crowded with the
each reg.onal reserve bank was tabled j g.SSL rman! French. liaHan and
r,m.. to w-i.- I Mexican colonists.
Compromise Plan FI! i All of the Available rooming houses
With a limit on upbate and tKc ma- in the city are filled with refugees
Jority on hand to support the Owen (and many are going to Alamogordo,
bill amendments were defeated with i Las Cruces and even to Los Angeles
rapidity. One, proposing six banks as j to find accommodations for the winter.
a compromise oetween tne eignt oi tne j Among the American reiugees wno
Owen bill and the four of the Hitch- j arrived here were: Dr. H. H. Field,
cbek plan, went to the table by a vote
of 4S to SO. Another Hitchcock amend
ment that forced a vote on the direct
question of whe'ther the government or
the banks should control the regional
banks, was, also tabled. Scnatone Root
and Oliver voted with the Democrats.
senator Lane. Democrat, Joined Hitch'
rr. Ranchert. John Maher and wife.
Ray Mathewson, Thomas Cousins and
Oscar Kaufman.
TOURISTS SEE NO TROOPS
FROM CHIHUAHUA TO JUAREZ
Cross country touring in Mexico is
anvthlntr hut nleasant. The big Lozler
cock and the Republicans in Its sun- I six. which belongs to the Chihuahua
port J smelter, arrived in front of the Sheldon
Senator Hitcbeock'e amendment pro- hotel Wednesday evening covered with
nfliainf- mihlff mmaKhln th etnjklf ' n,t fmm rajllatnr tn tail llirht- its
of ;tbe- eeimtcy undex-"VeunstIans..Car-J.( .federal reserve Dairies also vwas ta- j driver. Mike Lawless, sunburned and
uiea oy a vote or 41 to 37. mud spaltereo, ana tne two oiner uc-
To Vote on Bill Friday. ! supants. Dr. C. W. Watt and J G. New-
An agreement for final vote on the ; ton- of the smelter force looking like
currency bill on "the legislative dan two refugees. They left the smelter
t of Friday.. December 19," -was reached nes?7, ana slept oeswe tne roao. pe
I in the senate late yesterday. The low Villa Ahumada Tuesday night,
i agreement provides, that debate shall : They say that no troops are to be seen
np UTntTPfl Tn 1 mlmlTac fn. Ao.h a.n.. ( IKLWCCI1 Lllllluauua Aiiv. .luetics, aui
tor on each amendment or on the Mil nothing has happened in Chihuahua
itself.
While the legislative day may run i
ver into Saturday, the expectation of
since the last train came to the bor
der.
senate leaders is that the "bill will be i COL. ALBERTO TERRAZAS IS
passed before midnight Friday night. AT OJINAGA. IS BELIEF
If important amendments are pending , Col. Alberto Terrazas has not arrived
at that time, however, a recess may i from Ojinaga to see his father. Gen.
be taken until Saturday morning, as Luis Terrazas. so far as is known at
the Republicans would not consent to the hotel or by friends of the colonel,
the agreement until the Democrats ' He Is supposed to be In Ojinaga with
promised they would not keep the sen- the federal volunteer corps which he
ate In session all night Friday. I organized.
Vote Down Amendments.
The senate defeated senator Hitch- . u. S. CONSULAR AGENT IS
cock s amendment to extend the guar- qn WAY TO MEET VILLA
? if ? deDOsUs .to state oanks George C. Caruthers, consular agent
that joined the new system, as well as i for th Tinned States at Tnrrnon. ar-
MmPii?M?T!El S; : . Washington Wednesday eve-
thr Democrats would n6T suooort it I nlas and wl" fo Chihuahua on fhe
l5. .H-0?. ?ula "V...!"?0"" next train. He is going on a special,
dorsement of the caucus. A motion by I "i'P'U,0! the Alerican government!
senator Hitchcock to increase from 90 to see viua.
to 180 days the maturity date of paper J
that could be submitted for rediscount the house postoffice committee as an
at the regional banks, was also de- I economy measure.
feated, 39 to 34. I Cnucns to Tlan Policy.
Revise Reserve Section. Postmaster general Burleson's declar-
The Democratic conference last night ation for the principle of government
revised the reserve section. The re- ; ownership of telegraph and telephones,
quired gold reserve behind the notes ! as outlined In his annual report, un
was Increased from 35 perceut, as pro- . doubtedly will be followed b a Demo
vided tn the Owen bill, to 40 percent I cratlc caucus in the house in January;
with a tax of one percent on depletion which will decide how far the project
of the reserve down to 32 percent, u to be made an administration policy
An attempt to fix an arbitrary limit on j in congress.
the amount of notes to be issued failed. , Pi-Mident tvilsnn rm hn .-1-iMnt- ti
Other amendments adoDted nrovlde
for the use of a part of the surplus
earnings of the regional banks for
building up the gold reserve and for
an increase in the compensation of the
members of the federal reserve board
from $10,000 to $12,000, as provided for
In the Hitchcock amendment. The pro
vision that all the member banks must
receive the proposed new notes at par
was approved.
Redemption of Notes.
The conference also decided to re
model the section providing for the en
trance' of state banks and trust com
panies into the new system and voted
in favor of a provision whereby re
gional banks would be required to keep
a fund intact in the treasury to pro
vide for the redemption of outstand-
project careful study and administra
tion supporters say he has not pressed
it on congress at this time because of
the enormous expense involved.
KELLY POOL CHARGE
MADE AGAINST FOUR
Jesus Aguirre, said to be the proprie
tor df the pool hall at 110 Broadway,
was arrested by the police early Thurs
day morning on a charge of operating
a "Kelly" pool game in his establish
ment. T. H. McMahon. Willie Burk and
J. E. Roy, arrested with Aguirre, were
aocKetea on charges of playing the
ne bona or Aguirre was fixed
game.
at 1200. The bonds of the others were
ing notes. All of these changes, with placed at $25.
nation.
CLAIM RA TES UNFAIR
WHOLESALE COMPLAINTS ARE FILED BY COMMISSION
ON ALL ARIZONA ROADS
several other minor amendments, were
referred to the Democrats of the bank
ing committee to be framed in detail.
The conference took no action on the
guarantee of deposits provision of the
bill.
Defer Probe of Strikes.
Democrats of the house rules com
mittee conferred today over prospective
Investigation of the Colorado coal
strike and the Michigan copper strike,
but concluded to defer action.
Trim Postoffice Bills.
Every new proposition In the post
office appropriation bill, including an
Item of $2,000,000 for Increased pay for
rural carriers, has been eliminated by
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DENY U. S. HAS SENT
NEW NOTETO MEXICO
Mexico City. Dec 18. The re-
port published In the United ;
: States that a new note had
been sent by ..the United
States government to provision-
al president Huerta is untrue, :
according to Querido Moheno,
the Mexican secretary, and Nel-
. son u;-naugnessy United States
charge d'affaires.
FEDERALS MAY
AM. 1 1 .VlY J J JijLlJLi
NOT CHIHUAHUA
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PRESHDlIO, Texas, Dec. 1 8. The dispatch of large quantities of rations across the border from Presidio, today,
following the receipt of urgent messages from the War department at Mexico City, ordering Gen. Salvador
Mercado to take the offensive against the "Constitutionalists," gave rise to a belief that the federal troops which
have been entrenched here since their retreat from Chihuahua, were preparing to attack the Villa forces somewhere.
Mercado had previously stated that "unless the rebels attacked Oj'maga soon, the federals would leave for the in
terior. He then announced that he would try to recapture Chihuahua, but it is believed here that should he actually
assume the aggressive, he would more likely move toward Juarez, which is less strongly defended than k was before
Villa took a large part of his army to Chihuahua.
Some of the federal officers today expresed the belief that the capture of Juarez would be more advantageoH to
the federal cause than that of Chihuahua, on account of the importance of the former place as a port of entry.
SAYS HE WILL ATTACK CHIHUAHUA.
"Unless the rebels attack us in a few days, we will leave here and march against them at Chihuahua CIry.,,
Gen. Salvador Mercado, commander in chief of the federal 'army of the north, made this definite assertion m Us
camp here today. He said Ojinaga would be evacuated and the entire federal army under his command would march
toward Chihuahua.
The commander's statement was given without the usual reservation attached to military plans. Others professed:
to believe, however, that the rebel forces in Chihuahua, the most important city in the far north, were top.-strongrj; en
trenched to invite an attack by the federals.
WILL COOPERATE WITH OTHER TROOPS,
However, another federal column is reported as marching north from Torreon towards Qriliurrua anil MercaSo
may be counting on cooperating with this column and defeating the rebels.
, The federal general intimated that he merely drew out of Chihuahua city to escort to the border a number of
prominent refugees whom he knew would be killed by the rebels if caught, and in order to draw the rebels south from
Juarez and scatter their forces.
, Gen. Mercado would not comment openly on the reason for his evacuation of Chihuahua, however, except to say
that his flight to the border at this point, opposite Presidio, Texas, was to enable him to communicate with Mexico
City. In Chihuahua he had no way of obtaining orders or money for the troops.
TO REPLENISH SUPPLIES.
"We came here to replenish our provision tram and to communicate with the war department at Mexico City,"
continued Gen. Mercado. . "Our orders are to attack the rebels. There seems to be little prospect of a battle here, for
the rebels have not yet appeard in large number in this vicinity. I never believed Villa's troops would be seat against
Oj'inaga, for we were ready to meet them with 5000 men and five batteries of artillery."
Should Mercado attack or surround Chihuahua, where Francisco Villa and the main body of the rebek are forti
fied, -he would check any rebel activity toward Torreon, directly south.
..." EXPECT COOPERATION.
Federal officers have information that federal troops were moving toward Chihuahua from Torreon and that the
return "of Gen. fSferiSadoWfls'ordered in conformity with orders from Mexico City for an advance on Chihuahua from
two directions.
Gens. Caraveo and Orozco have returned to Ojieaga with the column they led m the direction of Mulato two days
ago, reporting that the rebels are not there. There, are ten generals in Ojinaga, including Gens. Salvadore, Mercado,
Aduana, Landa, Orozco, Caraveo, Romero, Martinez, Orpiael and Jesus Mancilla. Cols. Lopez, Terrazas and
Gueoma are also with the federals.
Ojinaga will be closed as a port of entry Saturday, except in case of emergency, which means except case of a
battle, according to instructions from the customs department received here today.
This Is &
fona Lisa, Found In
Florence
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DA VINCI'S STOLEN MASTERPIECE, MONA LISA
Paris. France, Dec. IS. Two direc tors of the Louvre art gallery and sev
eral secret service men have started fro m Paris to Florence for the purpose
of identifying the painting that was f ound there in the possession of an
Italian art crook and which is supposed to be Leonarda Da Vinci's famous
masterpiece, "Mona Lisa," or "La Giaconda." "Mona Lisa," one of the most
treasured canvases in that magnificent collection housed In the Louvre, was
stolen from Its place of honor in the summer of 1911. Since that time its
whereabouts and the manner in which the thief made good his escape with
the treasure have been a mystery.
PHOEWLY, Ariz., Dec. 18. Alleging that all lumber rates between points in
Arisoaa are unjust and discriminatory, the corporation commission has filed
a complaint against every railroad doing basiness within the state. A gen
eral readjustment of lumber rates, on a distance basis, is sought. ' A hearing prob
ably will be set for the second week in January, before the commission.
The present rates between San Pedro, California, and Bisbee, are taken as the
basis for the rates the commission contends should be in effect in Arizona. The
distance between those two points is 636 miles and the rate on mining timbers
for instance, is $4.40 a ton. Higher rates are charged on the better grades of
lumber.
For hauls not over 200 miles in length, over two or more lines, the commission
is willing to allow a slight differential charge. Beyond this distance the com
mission will agree to no differentials. It is claimed that the railroads in their rata
sheets, disiegard differentials for long hauls.
BANKERS IGNORE THREATS;
REFUSE M0NEYT0 HUERTA
PARIS, France, Dec 18. Efforts of the Mexican government to raise money in Europe in order to meet the in
terest on its obligations falling due in January have thus far been fruitless. Tn ParU nA I 4n kU ,..l,,Vk
took $20,000,000 of the loan authorized by the Mexican congress in the spring, and an option on the unissued '
icmaiuucr, uecnne io exercise ineir option even tor a tew millions.
Mexican minister of finance Adolfo de la Lama, now in Europe, brought with him authority from Gen. Huerta
to intimate to the banks here holding the option that, they must either exercise it or surrender it. The bankers refuse
to do either.
A threat has been conveyed to them cautiously that their option may be revoked, so that the unissued portion of
the loan may be placed elsewhere. The bankers have replied resolutely that the contract cannot be revoked summarily,
as Mexican credit would be in a worse condition after such a revocation than it was before.
MEXICANS HOLD UP
AND ROB A NEGRO
B. Howard, a negro, was held up
Wednesday night by two Mexicans at
the intersection of Second and Stanton
streets and his overcoat and $3 in cash
were taken. One Mexican was armed
with a pistol and he compelled the vic
tim to stand with his back to the two
while being searched. For this reason
Howard was unable to furnish the po
lice with any description of the men
William G. Pettengill. living at the
Western hotel. Second and Stanton
streets, missed a suitcase, a suit of
clothes, shirts and other wearing ap
parel Wednesday night.
May Irwin Dons Veil
As Protection Against
Bullets, Visits Juarez
"Son Wrote: 'Stand Sideways to Avoid
Ballets;' I Havent Any Slde
ways,' Says Stage FaTOrlte.
i
"When my boy in the east learned
that I was coming to HI Paso ha wrote
me and said; "mother, for heaven's
sake, when you get to 19. Paso stand,
sideways to keep any of those Maxima
bullets from making xa , tailor mad
orphan.
"The worst of It Is, I haven't an
sideways." May Irwin.
Mlse Irwin, who- plays at the El Paso
theater this evening; arrived Thursday
afternoon, put on a v4ll as a protec
tion from the southwestern sun and
Mexican bullets, and went gadding
across the river to see the sights in
the revolutionary town. She was so
busy trying to get away from the
hotel for her rubberneck run across
the Rle Grande that she just didn't
have time to be interviewed.
(Business of telephoning from th
lobby of the Paso del Norte.)
"Is this Miss Irwin?"
"All nresent anr votinjr: what can 1
do you for?" (Laughs.)
"I wish an Interview for our paper.
"Consider that I have been inter
viewed at length and write it youtself.
What do you wish to know?"
"Are you as fat as your press agents
say you are? On the level, are you?
"Not fat, son stout. That sounds
so much more dignified. No not by half.
If I were I would have to travel by
freight. (More laughs and big ones.)
You are sure to be disappointed when
you see me tonight for I am not as
large by hair as I am said to be."
"Can't yon giva me a story for my
Interview?"
"Just one, for my taxi is waiting
and it has locomotor taxia, and is reg
istering time like a life termer. 1
have a few laughs left that I intend
to hand over to the 1 Paso people. 1
must go now. Duty calls."
There was a ripple of mellow laugh
ter over the telephone from room 501,
the receiver cut into the laugh and
May Irwin, the woman with the won
derful disposition, was on her way to
see the battlefields' In Juarez.
WILSON TO TAKE
A HOLIDAY REST
SHOOTS NINE D BRIDE FOR
THItElT TO LK HE, HE $lS
Indianapolis, lind.. Dec. IS. John j.'.
Conrad. 21, salesman for a local fiah
company, shot and fatally wounded
Mrs. Catherine Conrad. 19, his bride of
nine days, at their apartment here to
da. Conrad told tne olice ,-,e hot
his v.:f because she had thn.U'':ieJ
to It.ue ln"-
President Plans to 6o Away as Sea as
Me signs tne Money Meaxare
Gives Cabinet a Dinner.
Washington, D. C. Dec. 18. An
agreement to vote on the currency bill
in the senate with prospects of its be
ing brought to the president for sig
nature next Monday or Tuesday, have
made president Wilson's plans for a
vacation more definite. He will leave
Washington immediately after the
signing of the bill. It has not vet been
announced to what place the president
will go. but the selection is said to
hate narrowed iovnto seme point on
the Mississippi coast, or Ashellle.
X. C.
It was officially announced at the
white house that the president would
take at least three weeks vacation and
that ti.,- diplomatic reception will be
postponed to a date to be announced
later.
DiBBfr fr Cabinet.
Tr. sident Wilson -Mil gie hia first
cabinet dinner tonight at the white
"rouse. few invited guests outs-Te
th, trt'inet will be present, among
tht-r John Furroy Mitchel, major elect
of X w i Lrk

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