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GOVERNMENT TO PROBE BENTON AFFAIR -:l:- -::- -::- ' ' 'l- -::- -:J:- -::- -::- "-It- :ll:- ENGLISH INDIGNANT AT THE MURDER -:;j:- -:: :: :j:- . -:: ,. .. .. ::- -::- MEXICANS RAID U, S. CAVALRY CAMP O Jl Jr !nR R AID K AUCH TAKEN SOUTH, REPORT; SISTER THINKS HE WAS SHOT Threats Were Made to Shoot Him, According to Man Who Says 'He Heard the Rebel . 0$tcers Tatting Two olher'Foreigner Reported Missing in Juarez, After Going to Intercede for Benton. G USTAV BATCH, who has been in the Juarez jail since last Monday charged with being a federal spy, was taken to Chihuahua Thursday along with IS or 16 other prisoners on, the special train that bore Gen. Villa and his staff southward, according to official announcement made Saturday niorning ai military headquarters In Juarez, "i have been told by Lie. Ad rian a. Benavides, legal adviser to the rnilitary court here, that Bauch was taken south on Gen. Villa's train Fri oa. was the statement Friday morn ing of Fc-deneo Gonzales Garza coun selor to Col. Fidel Avila, chief of arms )n the bonier town. "I am afraid that my brother has neen executed in Juarez instead of hav ing been taken to Chihuahua," said Mrs J. M Patterson, sister of Bauch, when told Saturday morning of her ijrother's removal from the border. They have probably just done away with him and are saying that he was taken to Chihuahua in order to hide the real story," she continued. Mrs. Patterson lives at 314 1-2 Sonth Kl Taso street Her brother, she claims, was bort. of German-American parents about 27 years ago in New Ibena. La, and is an Ame-ican citizen Threatened to Kill Uaueh. A former "Constltutior alist" officer, who was with Villa when Juarez was occupied bv the rebels but has not been taking active part m the revolu tion for two months." said Saturday that he was present in -Col Kidel Av lla's office Friday afternoon w hen the 'nir.ne! in referring to the Bauch case, s,iid- "We will shoot him. een if the v hole world objects to it, providing The court finds that he- is guiltv He Is a Mexican citizen and had documents ' on hm showing that he was a federal employe. Even if he is a foreign cit- , izen, that would not save his life if . the court finds be is guilty of spying." . Secretary of state Bryan has prom- , lsed Mrs Patterson that he will do everj thing possible to protect her brother. The American consulate in Juarez has been officiallv notified that Bauch was taken to Chihuahua, but persons who saw Villa's tram depart Friday say that they recognized non" of the prisoners as Bauch. American i consul Thomas Edwards made inquiries ' for Bauch at the Juareaiail Friday af ternoon, but found no trace of him No announcement of the decision of the military court which tried Bauch's case has been made. f Had IncrinalnarMuc Papers. The German-American was arrested , in Juarez five days ago. On his per- son, say the rebels, were found federal passports showing that he had been an engineer on the. National railways of Mexico out of Ciudad Porfirio Diaz, opposite Eagle Pass. Tt is said that he had been hauling federal troop trains between Porfirio Die and Torrfon. Bauch was also accused of having , other incriminating documents in his possession when arrested. He had been in El Paso only a day or two be fore going to Juarez. He came here t visit his sister. Bauch's aged fathet is residing in Porfirio Diaz now and has been for the last 30 years. Twe Other Reported Miming. yvitn trie Killing oi wm Benton that evetT foreigner arrested in' Jua anl the disappearance of Bauch, comes rez no matter on what charge, shall anotner siory oi vne aisaypearance or 1.Y.W ,ji.t,i......t.. .. a, . ou . ....- gone to Juarez to intercede witn villa tor tneir inena, Benton, A tnorougn searcn or tne jail and "cuartels in Juarez Friday afternoon gineer of the California Development and Saturda morning, however, failed eompanv, at Yuma, Ariz. A man by to reveal anv trace of John Lawrence the name of Curtis was in the Juarez it A R. Curtis, Englishmen, Who were j;,il last week on a charge of disturb- P3id to have gone to Juarez last Tues- mg the peace and is serving a light a or Wednesday to seek information sentence No men by these names regarding the fate of Benton, an Eng- have registered at local hotels in the liph citizen who was executed Tuesday last week. nfter a rebel military court had found Haw Story Started. vttLffihreatedn?nTh1sWi8t01 " "ory -Wfc. ot Garaa Denies tne two men rculated in El Paso "As soon as we heard i't rumored in by a man wno sald he knew ftU tne cIr" El Paso that there were two English cumstances, prisoners in jail here, we ordered, that ,Samucl Stewr, ;knoTB, a,BO as everv foreigner under arrest be Thoirip-Son, a"n. English soldier of for-b.-ought before Col. Avila, the garrison I ne, reported their disappearance. He cemmander," said Federico Gonzales 5aid that they Went to Juarez Wednes- Garra Saturday morning. Mr Garza is daX to. aid m the search fpr Benton, a counselor to the "jefe de las armas" in school mate of Lawrences, and were the border town. I e.en . no more by himself or other "There were no such men among the friends, lot. The only foreigners under arrest Lawrence aftid Curtis, Stewart said, were men charged with minor of- registered .here Tuesday unoer a- fer.ces," continued Mr. Garza. "When sumed names, as they came on business I got into communication with Luis of a nature which for financial reasons A. Benavides, private secretary to Gen required secrecy. He did tot know Villa at Chihuahua, Mr. Benavides as- what names they used. Stewart told sured me that the men were not among a circumstantial story of his search the batch of prisoners taken to Chi- or the two Tianda 3rsterday, but the htiahua and said also that no such men was received with reservations, had called on Gen Villa. Gen Villa Stenart'H Story. has no knowledge of them. The whole J Lawrence, Stewart said, went to story must be false. It was nrohahlv hiul with TUtntnn fn v.ni.nj -.. rnntml tir f flor'.l o ,., k 1 - , -n,, I Pa'so. who are trying to create as much trouble as possible. Somewhat of a Mystery. "Col. Avila has also given orders ATTEMPT TO ARMS OF AX ATTEMPT to rush the barracks at old Fort Bliss and capture the 'arms of troop M, 13th cavalry, was made Friday evening at 7:30. A trooper left the barracks, on the right of the county road, beyond the viaduct, to get a drink of water. He crossed the little parade ground in front of the barracks and saw five men behind one of the brush hurdles which had been erected on the parade for steeple chase practice He reported it to cor poral Viggs Jensen, corporal of the guard Corporal Jensen challenged th men behind the nearest hurdle, not knowing that there were others. When he called out his order to halt, about 2i men, believed to have been Mexicans! ran from behind other hurdles and ob structions, crossed the county road and disappeared in the river flat beyond Fart's mill 111 the Men Hub. Five others who were behind the nlri adobe barracks, ran toward the via i'n t wh. n the guard at the entrance to -i ipd"ct. private William Reese ' ''i need the fleeing men One of tii ;.. Jrw a rifle on the gunrd as he ? Af.... Z7; r flWo irx ujitii ijuiuii i-juuj Tango Dancers in Big London Hotel tc-n l eas London, England, Feb 21. The most finished tangolst seen at the tango teas at the Clandpp hotel, much patron ized by the nohilit. is Mls3 Maxine E1 ne American actre88,. who ls m ";..; , ta ! now residing in London. Miss Elliott s costumes are amoncr the most striking which have bach seen 4 at the popular dancing resort. It is rumored that she is to return to American soon to appear under The di rection of Charles Prohman. De reported to him; so that the case cn De mvestigatea lmmeamteiy. The Lawrence-Curtis rumor has never been traced to a definite source. Lawrence is said to be the chief en tis. he said, also was an Enelinhman ., . , j. , ,uu. V,Uf by birth, but is now the owner of a ranch in New Mexico. Lawrence, Cur tis and Benton, he added, were mem bers of an English school society of SEI U. S. T ran and fired, but missed the American. Reese thn fired three shots after the men, who disappeared in the jacalg near the viaduct "Call to arms" was sounded at the troop headquarters and the entire troop, In command - of Lieut. Walter NeiU, was sent on scouting duty to locate the men. Two Mexicans' one without hat or coat, and the other without a hat were found in an alley between two stores on the county road near the barracks. They were detained over night and were released when they were identified as smeltermen... Positive They Were Mexicans. The troop officers are positive that the men were Mexicans and are be lieved to be former federals who were trying to capture the troop arms to in vade Merico. Troop M is in command of Capt. Harrv N. Cootes. who is also provost marshal, and Lieut Waltei -"'till is in command of the troop when ipt Cootes i"3 awav. Lieut. ,T p. Ynr.cy i- the other officer of the troop The denjtv shf riffs from the city ncnt to thf iaduct after the shooting, :ut could f.nd no Mexicans near there. I - 1 mJ' l lr.: &WX SsHl -si " Tfc Iza ?4 i I ii I'Wmm ,llianF THIlli A.aR.K-L s x 'U. c ?"-V'V rjr jj t "v fcta t!ft S jzslmtuT mi Tw fcfSWH - vuH AMnH j MAXISE J5LLIOTT E i i which he said the British ambassador, tur vjecii spring-ce is a member. Stewart said that Richard Roches ter, another Englishman, a refugee here from Tepic, Mexico, had received a telegram stating that Harry Cham berlain, British consul at Los Angeles, would be here today in connection with the case, and he added that the ambassador also was considering a trip to the border. Stewart said he was a soldier of for tune. He was with Carranza as an ar tillery officer, but left him because he couldn't get his salary. He came here to saotr wrviw with iriiia ,.. made no application when, ho says, he found that others already in the rebel foreign legion had been unpaid for three months. "Coyote"' Reported Executed. After having paid $1975, of the 3500 demanded by Pkncho Villa, relatives of Domingo Flores, an El Pasoan, fam iliarly known as "Coyote," believe that he was executed at midnight Friday. Guards in the Juarez jail, the report is, were not able to locate Flores Fri dav at midnight. Up to that time, it is : id. he was seen every day since i hin incarceration. Saturday morning, when the man's wire went to the Juarez jail with breakfast for her husband, she was unable to see him. Before that time she had been permitted to take break fast to him. In spite of the belief that their kins- , man was executed, his relatives were r making efforts to raise $500 upon the Iiasraent or wnich tney satd Villa had urnmlsed he would release Flores. j- It-wast first planned to take Flores I to Chihuahua, but Villa, just before his departure, is said to have ordered the man left at Juarez. US TO TESTIFY ME jFour Alleged Prisoners in Delagua Minedn Custody 'of Court Officer. FEAR ATTEMPT AT HANGING TESTIMONY T HTNIPAD, Colo., Feb. 81. The congressional subcommittee to- j day made an' effort toget ai the bottom of th charge' of peonage in the Colorado-coal fields. Much of the day's ses$$B was. taken Up with the examination' of four Italian wit nesses called by the order of- the c-om-jJtlttee. Th four were named Friday by Giovanni Minnotti as countrymen of his who wee eldfcrisoners in the Dlaraa mine. Unusual precaution was taken to prevent tampering with the witnesses. The four, -Plefro Froio, Vittorio Frolo, Quintirio Semoni and Lobarto Morelli, were 1t in chargetof jBi serfeeantat arms with orders to permit no one to approach them. Siovanni Minnotti was excluded from the room and the superintendent and marshal from the Delagua camp were ordered to keep out-of sight of the witnesses- The Italians were questioned by members of the committee before belag turned over to the. counsel for examination. Ownbcy Charges Discrimination. Charges of discrimination by the Atchison. Topeka and Santa IFe rail road with the intention of putting the Wooton Land and Fuel company's mine out of business were made by Col. J. A. Ownbey in his testimony before the committee and a signed statement which he submitted to the congress men. Col. Ownbey also declared that he believed a combination of railroads ha'd been formed to cease buying coal from his mine. As the result of the alleged acUon of the railroads, he said, the mine practically had been shut down , since January 23, 1914. The Wooton mine is owned largely by the J. P. Morgan interests. Col. Ownbey is vice president and general manager. The alleged discrimination by the Santa Fe railroad whfch Ownbey de clared was in violation of ther interstate commerce law, since coal is shipped across the Colorado-New Mexico line the witness said, was effected through the securing of the Rocky Mountain & Pacific railroad and allied coal prop erties in New Mexico. These com panies, he said, were taken over by the Santa Fe under a mortgage. Says Santa Fe Controls Road. ' He declared that he was forced to pay a freight rate of $1.85 on domestic coal to Denver, whereas the mines con- trolftflby the Santa Fe could ship at a rate. The Wooton mine product id from the Wooton station, in exico. The mines said to be by the railroad are on branch iie freight rate on "engine 1 o Denver, he said, was $1.37 V. In his statement filed with the com mittee and upon the acceptance of which as evidence, the committee an nounced it would rule later, the colonel described the alleged control of the Rocky Mountain & Pacific by the Santa Fe. ROJAS ORGANIZING CAVALRY 'REGIMENT Antonio Rojas is organizing a cav alry regiment In Mexico City to pro c ed to Torreon and take part in the defensive campaign against the rebels Rojas was with Jose Ynez Salazar in the Orozco reolutfon and left Ojmaga after the evacuation, making his w.iv to Eagle Pass and later to Mexico City, v here he was placed in 1 hirge of the work of organizing the i"lingreg in cat of irregular caalij. BENTON'S JUAREZ Several Locations Reported as His Grave; No De mand Made For. It. ' " REBELS SAY HE WAS LEGALLY TRIED JUAl not of T UAREZ military officials - do not know whether the body William Benton will " oe to his wife for burial. I d,Iivered I aeiivereu No formal or informal laiiaest for the return of the body had Seen made to the Mexican authorities up to the noon hour Saturday. From the more or less evasive answers returned. Satrdayat military headquarters when questions concerning the disposal tif the remains were asxed, it was appar ent that there is no disposition :o send Bentoh's body to Jfil Paso. ' But indica tions were tnat it will be done it ihe request is made " by Mrs. Benton, or some representative appointed by he. Permission to do so would prouaoly have to be g.ea by Pswcho Villa him self. Beaton's Alleged Trial. "Benton as tried Tuesday afternoon by a regularly authorized military court," said Federico Gonzales Harzo, Saturday, "and he was found guilty of insulting and drawing a pistol on Gen. Villa. Testimony of witnesses at the trial proved this and also showed that Benton was conspiring against I'aa life jof our leader. The death sentence came as a result of this testimony. "Lieut. CoL Tomas Ornelas was pres- i Ident of the courtmartial, Lie. Adrian A. Benavides was legal adviser and Maj. Jesus M. Rodriguez was instructor of the penal code. Mai. Manuel Gloria acted as prosecuting attorney and the trial was conducted under the pre scribed military and penal regulations. Confederate of Foreigners. "We have been considerate of for eigners and have ariven them privileges that many of our own people do not f nave. Tney nave been permittea to haVe audiences with our leaders when ever they had business with them. As a result, cur enemies have tak-n ad vantage of this and have used foreign ers in their attempts .to destroy uur leaders. Foreigners should not meddle in Mexican nolitics: 1 had no connec tion whatsoever wlfh the court and am I merely acting as adviser to CoL Jflrila." 1 f Copies of the proceedings and testi mony introduced at the tnat nave Men forwarded fifom Juarea -jo, Sen. Vanrus ttano Carransa with the request that he make some official announcement regaraing tne anam consul George- v. Carothers was also given a copy, with the request that it be sent to the stupe ' department in v asmngton. Where Is Body? Reports of the ' whereabouts of I Benton's body differ widely. JOne of the reports is that the body is in the corral of the Ochoa home at No. 57 Lerdo avenue in Juarez. A res ident of 'Juarez told Americait friends Saturday that the body1 of "the dead Scotchman was burled under a thin covering .of adobe earth in the- high walled corral back of the Ochoa home, where Villa has been making his head quarters. - , - The body is said to have been, carried by some of VQla's peon bodyguards from his headquarters in the Ochoa home and a shallow grfeve dug in -the stable refu3 in the corral and the body thrown in without a coffin or i other covering. The man who gave this information also aid .that Villa had shot Benton while, in the office of the Ochoa home and that after shooting him he had kicked Benton with the toe of his boot and ordered the guards to take him away. Mrs. Benton had not made a formal request for the body of her husband Saturday morning, but is expected to this evening Friends of Villa say that he 'will send the body to El Paso. for Mrs. Benton if he is requested to do it Crude Crowi QVer Uenton's Grave. One report Is "that Benton's grave is in the Juares cemetery, marked with a crude cross inade from two crooked sticks of mesquite brush, by the devout Mexicans of the native set tlement around the cemetery. This was done because these natives believe that a soul is damned if it ls not shrived before death. Another version is that Villa sent an aide to mark the grave at the, re quest of American friends of Benton, who wished, to locate the grave after the revolution was over and bring the" body to El Paso for shipment to his native Scotland. ' Kenton Carried no Gnn, Is Belief. William Benton was not armed, neither was he shot in Villa's quarters, is the theory which has been evolved from a statement made Tuesday at the time of the personal encounter. A prominent 'Mexican who claimed to have been present at the time of -the affair, says that Benton entered the office and asked about 400 3,tees whi(,h ha'd been taken tam his ranch. Villa at once told Benton that He wanted nothing to do with him, that he wfts a federal sympathiser and 'he. Villa, intended to run him out of the coun try. . Villa Said to Have Been Aggressor. Villa, the Mexican official is re ported to have declared in EI Paso, added an oath in Spanish to his state ment which Is taken as a universal insult in Spanish speaking countries. This angered Benton, naturally hot headed, according to his cousin, Wil liam Benton, and the Scotchman jumped to his feet and shouted ex citedly: "I won't be insulted by any one. 1 am just as good ia man as you ire. Pancho Villa!" This statement was followed by an oath in English, the Mexican spectator says. Slnnned Beaton and Drew Pistol. Villa is then said to have slapped Benton in the face knocking him down, and to have drawn his revolver. A woman who was present in the room jumped, between the two men and asked Villa not to shoot, as she was there and might be injured. What happened following this cannot be learned as the Mexican informant says that everything was confusion. Villa's guards rushed in from outside and in the excitement, Villa and Benton dis appeared for the time. Proof That Bcntou Was Unarmed. Had Benton been armed, his friends sa, he certairlv would not have made a play such as he it, reported to ha a done "at a man of Villa's known repu tation, without drawing his revolver. Th fart that he did not is Pi oof pos it ne, they say, that he had no gun on hm Ciicumstantially this fact is (Continued on l'.ige 1, Second Section.) EL PASO, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 21, 1914-32 PAGES (4 SECTIONS TODAY) WEATHER FORBCAS-r-Fair tonight and tomorrow. ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE-Day and Wight Reports. ROOD AND WEND ARE DISASTROUS IN CALIFORNIA Six Are Dead, "Railroad Traffic Is Tied Up, Homes Are Splintered by Wind or Carried " O'jf by Water, Bridges Are Demolished, Orchards and Farms Are Ruined and Telephone, Telegraph and Power Wires Are Down. LOS ANGELES, Calif., Feb. 21. .Death, devastation, and immense property loss Is the toll wsought in the past three days by terrific down pours of rain and by high winds which have prostrated six counties in south ern California Six deaths have been reported since Wednesday. One man was drowned at Alhambra last night and at victorvllle, in the Mojave desert, a hurricane destroyed the home" ot Mrs. Grace Sprague who was killed in the collapse. At Hunt hjgton' Beach, Eva Preston, a 22 year oi student at the University of South ern California, became confused by the j high Wina and pelting rain ana steppea ln front' of a suburban car. She was instantly, killed. "Water Systems Damaged. The Los Angeles aqueduct stood the - iSBgland,'. Italy, Spain, Nor tj:. way, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland Included. NO AMENDMENTS TO ' ' TEEATIES UliG-SD rt-y xAsHINGTON, D. C, Feb. 21 VV Without any htaendnrent what- ever to, limit- 'their scope, the senate by more than" a two-thirds vote today ratified general arbitration .2.. L-''.v-. iTrtort stt nd ! ut BrTtrfn? Italk Spain, Norway, e.-V x-.,r' ma ' m-il-7prl:nrt . Sweden. Portugal 9 Switzerland. D TDCITICC RATIFIED f HE'SBBff Senator unve. wierea an amemi- . -. SJ'.i&fel'Sons t0 r. S. Hear, Vlltata SWe. "IhSiSlSS road 'te oftVIal dispatches .to, the state hin . nMM?niiUI Mondav drpai t.-nent containing Villa's version t!22? FSSSSSma Kote of the aftair, were brought to the white PeuSlneTtodecVsicUon on ', hou,e but a complete Account of the framing anT interstate toad commis- - killing "- Personally explained to con SonMU a the keystone of the 1 su(!;di"1? 1S " its ?ay brm& adnVinistratiW-'s aiM-trust legislative I Official dispatches from American rii-lXi fc2 JL-ofi TVninTnittpe on in- consular representatives say further lr.&m'nnme haafloridld to re- that VllIa c a.m, Benton cane to him VSWL SSSSffJS J?n. . I armed, and that during theTaurse of a L:,i.t . ,IlrSD m. flhiahwT i)r it was stated, win ne suomntea 10 president Wilson and ajtorjicy general McReynolds before th .cpmmlttee re ports it to the senate and conferences also Will pe held wRh members of the house sub cemmittee, which is work ing at the same task. The committee is understood to have -.-.--. --.. - . . , ,A. .. I J dropped consideration -of all amend ments which would lunit tne size ot corporations that would come under the jurisdiction of the proposed commis sion. The president and the attorney I general, it is understood, suggested that it would, be dimonit TO irame any such exemption in terms of dollars or capitalization, and that proposed amendments that would leave to, tho jurisdiction -of a ta3e- commission firms under $2,500,000. or .16,000,000 would he impracticable. Suffrage !nvitahe; Sax Knowlnnfl. .Representative Knowuuia, jiepunu can, of California, made a warm siff--tiage speech in" th chouse- Friday bristling with satirical xetertnee to threats: of president Wflqon and the Democratic party. He warned the Democrats- that .they- might as well capitulate -now as equal suffrage was inevitable. Declaring "that the success of ""the srffragist movement in California and ether western states justified action by congress, he attacked the'"Demo ciattc party for refusing recognition to the wdman. He said he understood the majority leaders had "conde scended" to grant a hearing before the house judiciary committee, but added "as the party has gone on" record in caucus by a two-third vote, the hear ing will, I foar, be without result." Representative women, the Califor man said, had presented their case with dignity and perseverance. "These grod women," he continued, "in con sulting leaders at this end of Penn sylvania avenue were apprised that while congress met in the oapitol, lit tle legislation was now framed be neath the great dome" Embodies Water Power Policy. Secretary Garrison Friday night made public a letter to chairman Adamson of the house committee on interstate and foreign commerce which embodies the water power policy of the national administration as it has Dcen approved by presidnt Wilson The secretary announced that in the controversy over the rights of the state and the federal government he had decided to "adopt a policy which ri cognizes the equitable sphere of each." Indian Bin Pannes Houne. The annual indi.in ap;ji opriation bill, carrying $01.10,7:7. a : eduction ot 1" ss.'d the houv-e i'i i,H ' Tiie mil new o. -, to the si nate. strain of a big flood but the water systems of several nearby towns sus tained heavy damage, wniie tne .tiyer ion sewer of Los Angeles at Engle wood burst and flooded that town. The storm was severe in the neigh borhood of San Bernardino, where cloudbursts swept the mountains and created flood conditions which were greatly aggravated by the high winds. Gale Follows Downpour. The heavy downpours of Friday were followed by torrential rain last night. This was succeeded by a gale of high velocity. All wires, telephone and tel egraph and power lines supplying electricity to the city and suburban railways went down, "leaving practic ally every town and city in six coun ties In complete isolation. The wind blew at the rate of 38 miles an hour in Los Angeles and 44 miles VILLA'S DEFENCE IS MADE PUBLIC Tells United Stages Government That Benton Game Se- fore His Armed and Threatened His Life; United States Is Disposed to Await Full Report Before- Expressing Opinion. W ASHINGTON, D. C Feb. 2L Fancho Villa's version of the killing of William a Benton in Juarez Tuesday was given out here to day. Self defence is claimed by Villa, A ilia s excuse is that the English ranchman was executed because he nfnren Villa's nffire SLrllBed and ! threatened the life of the "Constitu tionalist" commander. In vifcw of this latest report, there was a disposition at the white house to await a full Investigation of the facts befo.e expressing an opinion. It was also stated that Great Britain was ?""?" abe'ance . representa- 'ions, perjing me completion 01 m. re- . " ..,- OT. long argument and quarrel, Benton P.1C1 raised a gun to'.Fhoot, but was dis armed. A trial by a military court followed. Bitterly Insulted Villa, Claim. Roberto V Pesquiera, "Constitution alist" agent here, made public the fol lowing telegram from "Constitution alist" headquarters at Juares1: "Benton entered Villa's apartment very unexpectedly, demanding protec tion for his interests, and bitterly in sulting Villa and the rebel army. Gen. Villa told him that he considered him an enemy to the "Constitutionalist" cause and that in order that ;he might ENTON KILLING ANGERS L ONDON, Eng., Feb: 21. .While all England is aroused over the kill ing of William S. Benton by Villa's rebels, the government has not jet taken action beond instructing sir Cecil Spring-Rice, British ambassador at Washington, to obtain from secre tary Bran all possible information on the affair. Tragedy Creates Senna t leu. , Although the t raged t has created a sensation throughout the British Isles it has not aroused any disposition on the part of responsible members of the BRITISH IN MEXICO , TO DEMAND SAFETY MEXICC Arou: Ham EXICO CITY, Mex. Feb. 21 Aroused by the killing of Wil- Benton. leaders of the British color..) h' re are contemplating a mass meetii g of British subjects to make reresent uions on the subject and to demand of th-ir goeinment moie .uleouate prot ction for th n counn l ti le'dinsi n rebel tenitnr Tne 3 tor j of the efvutio. ii B. r.ti n at San Diego. Similar velocities were recorded at Santa Barbarba. and. other coast towns. People Wade to "Wort. In Los Angeles, although it escaped the heaviest rain fall, two great steel bridges collapsed. The usually dry beds of the Los Angeles river and of the Arroyo Seco carried raging streams which overwhelmed and demolished cottages and bungalows that stood up on their banks. All railroad lines, steam and electric city and suburban, were helpless. Cars were halted in the streets, railroad trains stalled in the suburbs and people walked and waded miles to work. Street car ser vice was not restored nere unm .a a. m. Ralafall Bxeeeds Seven laches. The rainfall for the three days In (Continued on Page 4,Seeead Secttea.) not continue to work against it, he, Villa, was going to pay him the value of his (Benton's) property in the state of Chihuahua. Says Villa Knocked Hba Down. ''Benton became very exasperated at this and drew his revolver, intending to kill the general, but the latter im mediately knocked him down, disarmed him and sent him to jail. Benton was afterward tried by a special military court and sentenced to death and duly executed, all in accordance with the j lav. 3 and usages of war. Precedents Axe Sought. The "Constitutionalist" statement continues: "Gen. Jackson In 1818 hanged two British subjects, Arbuthnot and Am braster, for having given alien sym pathy to 'hostile indians in Florida. Gen. Butler hanged Mumford at New Orleans in 1862 for merely hauling down an American flag from over the custom house, and two years later Kennedy was hanged by the United States military authorities at New York because of his complicity in a plot to set fire to that city. "What was justifiable under martial law in the United States then, is cer tainly justifiable under martial law in Mexico now. The fact that Benton was a British subject has no bearing on the legal aspects of the case, as under In. ternational law the alien is as amen able to martial law as is a citizen." The British ambassador has trans mitted to his government without com ment the information from secretary Bryan that Benton was executed by decree Of a court martial and as far as can be learned the embassy here will take no further action in the case pending the receipt of instructions from the foreign office or some com. (Continued ob Page 4, Second Settles.) t BRITONS British government to change their policy in regard to Mexico. There is no concealment of the fact, however, that the murder of British subjects in Mexico, unless followed by punishment of the murderers and pay ment of Indemnity, is likely to arouse public opinion to a point where it will demand that the British government take a more aggressive attitude. In its official attitude Great Britain is looking to the TTnited States gov ernment to protect British subjects and has no doubt that the United States will do its best. is displayed today under large type headlines i-i all the Spanish and English new spapc s El Impaicial labels It "The now as sassination whi h has horrified even the dupes canta ned by the execrable handit ' It d cl.irei that Villa killed I'.Ttoii in cold blood t"! Inilcpendente refers to the crime a 1 inr m n eomm.tr d with "all the i . ,i if- ot cm- It '