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f Most peop’e do more shopping on V,;g ! ||4L jl f FORECAST | Saturday than auy other two days jl B ■ ll 17 jl” IB B IB B Efshe I JF ,11 B^/ |^L/J|^| iR/ l^k tip' Saturday Bhopper T.H!E SBXTI- jl Washington, May 22.—Forecast for pBL-RECXMtD is the only Saturday ^F Arkansas: Fair Saturday and prob paper published in Hot faring* rH/? Q^Ly NE7fSpApER JN R0T SPRINGS THAT RECEIVES THE FULL ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORT OVER LEASED WIRES. nbiy Sunday. VOLUME XXXII. HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 23, 1914._ number no. BECKER IS FOUND OUILTY OF ROSENTHAL MURDER Five Ballots Were Taken By the Jury To Decide the Fate of Accused Police Officer. VERDICT MEANS GUNMFN WERE HIS TOOLS Tears Streamed Down the Cheeks of the Foreman as He Announced the Decision of the Jury. N w York, May ‘J-.—Twelve men today decided for the second time that Charles Becker was the art^lt ei,aspirator responsible for the Rosen thal murder, which nearly two years a-o woke New York to a realization of corruption in tlie police depart ment and opened a new era of police reform. Becker, once a police lieutenant, was found guilty of murder in the first degree. Only a pardon or inter ference again by the court of appeals can save him from following to the electric dliair the four gunmen who shot Herman Rosenthal, the gambler, early on the morning of July 1C, 1 f) 1J. The jury today decided that the gun men were Becker’s agents. Five baF ts decided Becker’s fat* It was taken almost immediately .. after the jurors returned from l.uuciu cm at nn uptown hotel, where they , ..jilt when Supreme Court Justice Samuel Seabury had finished his charge. It was unanimous tor comic •tion. Tears streamed down the fore I man's face as he announced the de cision and tears stood in the eyes of | several other jurors. They had agreed that the corroboration which | the district attorney failed to present f at tlie first trial to support the ' stories of Bose, Vallon and Webber, the three accomplices who turned in 1 formers, had been furnished by new ; witnesses at the second. UE Keeker’s counsel announced that Jlie would appeal and gained a week’s stay for the preparation of liis future campaign. The defendant was Kgranled u short meeting with his w ile •jmd his brollhers and then was taken 4m. k to his cell in the Tombs. B^K Itecker and his wife were talking ^phortly before 5 o’clock In a room Bpd mining the sheriff’s office when a jg^iee'trt attendant announced that the •> Jury had reached a verdict. Mrs. Bicker was not permitted to accom pany her husband to the court room. ” Newspaper men, court attendants. Counsel for the defense and District Attorney Whitman and his staff were wpsn the only other persons allowed ad mission. The defendant’s two broth ers, Jackson and John Becker, the \ latter a detective lieutenant, hurried to a side entrance, where they stood awaiting lhe veraict. i. When the little group in the court Htrncm had found neats the twelve men fBwho alone knew Becker’s fate filed |> silently in wish Foreman F. Meriden !’ Rlagdon at their head. All twelve 1 laces were expressionless. Hi Justice Seabury mounted the bench. ! llo glanced quickly ai the faces fcf the jurors but he learned nothing there. Old court attendants who de clared long practice had made them able usually to tell the verdict by die jurors' looks, admitted that on this occasion tihey were at a loss. Becker in the room overhead was still talking to his wife when Justice Seabury look his seat. A Bailiff was sent for the defendant. Becker kissed his wife as he left her. "It’s all right," he told her. “Don't worry. They’ll free me." Becker walked briskly through tihe courtroom to the rail facing Justice Seabury and gripped it with both hands. His face was colorless. He glanced hopefully at the jury but he did not catch the t.ye of a single man. To all outward appearances the Jury did not even know the defendant was in the room. T>>e clerk asked the Jury to rise. •'Foreman,” lie said, "have you reached a verdict?” Blagden, a youngish man, blond and sliui, brushed his eyes with a handkerchief, already damp. "We have," lie said softly. "We find the defendant-” die hesitated a mo nient and continued in a whisper: “We find this defendant guilty a< charged in the indictment; guilty of murder in the first de-ree.’ Becker's face was gray a-s lie gripped the bar in front of him with all his strength. The hig muscles in his neck jumped out in heavy rolls. The veins at his temples swelled. His great frame swayed and drooped; then with quick control lie became himself again. Big tears welled into the eyes of the little foreman, lie wiped them uTity lied -then t!w HcVli' began to ask the questions required by law. The roll was called and each indi vidual juror was asked if “guilty" was his verdict, too. Becker stood motionless while these questions were being put to the jurors. Immediately upon their con clusion the clerk began to take Beck er's "pedigree.” To t'ho first ques tions Becker answered in a steady voice that he was 1:1 years old, was Born in the United States, and that his parents both had been born in Germany. .Married?" queried the clerk. Becker did not answer immediate ly. Almost in a whisper he replied, " Yes." As to his occui ation Becker said lie was a “former police officer in the city of New York, a Catholic and of temperate habits.” Justice Seahury Uhankcd each man of the jury lor his services and they left the room. Attorney Man ton, told by the court lie would he granted a reasonable time in which to make any motions he deemed advisable, asked for one week and received it. ■'Charles Becker, you are remand ed to the Tombs prison until May Jii," tlie court announced. The whole proceeding from the time Becker was pronounced guilty until a recess was declared occupied scarcely four minutes. In illie meanwhile Jackson and John Becker, standing at the door to the courtroom, had heard the verdict. Jackson sank into a court attendant's chair and buried his lace in his hands. Mrs, Becker's brother, John Lynch, and John Becker, hurried io the room wlhere Becker's wife was waiting. Everybody in the building and even a crowd in the street out side knew that Becker had . been found guilty. A bailiff had shout-id ‘the news across the rotunda of the court house. But Mrs. Becker, sitting behind closed doors, did not know it until John Becker entered tihe room. He did not say a word to her then. He didn't have to. His lace showed what had happened. His shoulders were bent ami shaking, his cheeks were wet. .Mrs. Becker collapsed and was still sobbing when her husband was led into tihe room. She threw her arms around his neck and buried her luce on his shoulder. "Oli.” she cried, "Charlie, I’m so sorry, so sorry. Boor Charlie. I didn't expect it." Site could say no more. Site re leased her husband front Iter ent CONTINUED ON HAUL roUR WASHINGTON HEARS THAT THE MISSING CONSUL HAS ARRIVED IN MEXICO CITY. WAS ARRESTED AS A SPY Tne United States Consulate Was Entered at Saltillo and the Official Archives Taken by the Representa tives of Huerta. Washington, May 22.—The Mexican negotiations at Niagara Falls re ceived the earnest attention of ad ministration officials throughout tlie day. Several exchanges occurred be tween tlie American delegates and officials there and the situation was reviewed at tlie cabinet meeting, after which further advices went for ward to tlie American delegates. Coincident with these changes there were frequent expressions of the view in administration quarters that the constitutionalist element should be brought into the mediation proceedings. It lias become evident ilhat this question of constitutionalist proceeding has brought about divided councils among the constitutionalists. Some desire participation at least to tlie extent of having a representative at Niagara Falls to give information, as lias been stated they will. Others still maintain that their best course is to withhold entirely from tUie pro ceedings. •-.Wh-th. tbi. division wifi vp.- et plana for sending a spokesman to the mediators, or will give way before the strong desire of the administra tion to have tlie constitutionalists represented is not clear. It was said today tlie matter had not been passed on finally by General Carranza. One of the most threatening com plications to mediation was removed today win on detinue information reached the state department that Vice Consul .1 oh 11 H. Sillinian, ar rested at Saltillo and long sought for, hud arrived at Mexico City, accompa nied b> tbe British vice consul at Sal tillo, Mr. MacMillan. The news of Sillinian’s safety became known at the moment when Secretary Bryan was making public reports received from refugees that Sillinian was exe cuted May IS by federals at Saltillo. While, however, Sillinian himself is safe, there remain several grave fea . tures connected witlh his arrest. Un official reports have indicated tint lie was placed under arrest while act ing as a United States consul, was imprisoned, tried as a spy and con demned to death. Also that the United States consulate was entered and the official archives taken. These Indigiiitie.-*, if officially veri fied, remain to be atoned for in the ultimate settlement. General Carranza notified constitu tionalist headquarters here today that the constitutionalist armies had en tered Saltillo, evacuated by lllie fed eral garrison. Today’s advices from Admiral How ard on his flagship California at Ma zatlan, reported further advances of the constitutionalists in Guadalajara. This city, it is understood, is the only serious obstacle to the constitutional 1st movement on the western sine. Admiral Howard also reported that skirmishing about Mazatlau con tinues. Consul Edwards and George Parker have loft Mazatlan on board the Newport, but other Americans at Mascota say they desire to remain there. Admiral Mayo reported that condi tions in tllie oil well district around Tampico were becoming normal. He said Americans returning from the oil wells say everything is quiet and work on the wells is being resumed. The constitutionalists have sent a special guard into the oil well dis trict. The American consul at Tampico advised the state department, how ever, that American employes should not return to the'oll field* unless they are assured of employment, many companies having decided to limit operations. The consul also re EDWARD T. STOTESBUR'i Edward T. Stotesbury of Philadel phia, a member of J. P. Morgan & Co., lias been elected president of the Phil adelphia and Heading railway to suc ceed the late G. P. Baer. Stotesbury Is sixty-five years old and entered the firm of Drexel & Co. at the age of sev enteen years. ported that wlhile it had been impos sible to get defiuito news of the American, Burwell, in the Ozuluama district, all information tends to con firm the report thuta he has been killed. The latest version is tli.it Burwell was in a boat on Lake Taml aliua and was shot when he failed to obey an order to stop. As Indicating the relief of military tension. Secretary Garrison ami his wife left today for Atlantic City for several days’ stay. Nil NEW SCHIIBIS ! m PRESBYTERIANS THREE YOUNG WOMEN VOLUN TEER TO DEVOTE THEIR LIFE TO WORK IN FOREIGN LANDS Wagoner, Okla., May 22.—The Ken dal assembly of the Cumberland I’t i sbytei ian church toftiglu voted to maintain the present church schools at McKenzie, Tenn„ and Leonard. Texas, an i not 'o establish another institution at this tint® The committee of theological school brought in this report early tonight. Some opposition developed, Huntsville, Ark., being a contender J for another school. Several argu meats had been made when the Rev'. 1*. H. Johnson, dean of the school at McKenzie, rose. In a few mouieu'.s he held the delegates spellbound, fa voring the maintenance of only two schools, and at the end of his speed, a vote was called for and tire com mittee report carried almost unaui tuously. The Rev. .1. W. Dish man of Mc Kenzie announced that lie had raised $20,000 toward the support o|j t)ie school on condition tliat it be kept at McKenzie. This amount is in a 1 dition to the 750 already in the fund. The committee on ministerial relief announced that it had aided twenty-seven aged ministers during tlie year and that it had a fund of $25,000 for the year. The committee on the publishing house did not report. The committee is divided as to whether tlie church should build and equip a publishing house or let its printing by contract to private firms. At tonight's meeting Moderator F. A. Brown suggested that the dele gates demonstrate their appreciatin'! of th ehospitality of the citizens of Wagoner by paying off a $5S0 debt on the Cumberland Presbyterian chfurch there. This was done by a collection. , it was announced that the Wo man’s Board of Foreign Missions would hold consecration services Sun day afternoon anil tlltree young wo men have announced their intention of devoting their life to work in for eign countries. All committees are expected to re port not later titan Monday. Birmingham, Ala.; Nashville, Term., and Fresno, Cal., announced toda.1' tliat they would he candidates for the next general assembly. ARE SIEENT REFUSE TO EXPRESS THEM SELVES REGARDING REBEL REPRESENTATIVE. THREE CONFERENCES HELD The Mexican Representatives Took No Part in the Proceedings of the Mediators Which Were Held Yes terday. Niagara Falls, Ontario, May 22. Tlireo separate conferences between the three South American envoys and the I'niteii States delegates today constituted the work of the mediation conference here. The Mexican dele gates were not called into consults lion. Wlhile the subject of constitution alist participation in the mediation was a subject of interest to all the principals to thj conference, it was learned tonight that neither the United States delegates nor the me diators had broached it in the formal sessions today. In re- ponse to newspaper inquiries u'hout their attitude toward constitu tionalist representation tlie Mexican delegates issued a statement saying they would await formal notice of such question, from the mediators tlhetnselves before commenting on it, and then would consult their home government. incidentally the South American envoys >et it be Uno vn that beyond press dispataehes they had no infor mation about the intentions of the constitutionalists. Kxcept for the references to the press dispatches informal conversa tion about the general situation, the mediators in tllie main ignored the question of constitutionalist partici pation, going forward with their ef forts to arrive at an agreement be tween the United States and the Huerta government in differences which caused the present strained re muons. The possibility of constitutionalist participation was discussed privately by principals to the conference. One of the mediators indicated clearly, however, that they were not likely to renew the invitation previously ex tended to the constitutionalists and then withdrawn. They feel that the next move must come from the con stitutionalists. The view field by the mediators that for the present the most feasible way of solving the Mexican problem is to get a hijiartite agreement be tween tlie Huerta government ami the United States, is known to meet the approval of the Mexican dele gates. Thev have not committed themselves to any course of action flhould the constitutionalists desire to come into the negotiations. Origi nally. it is understood, the Huerta government bad no objection to the entry of the constitutionalists In the negotiations. The Mexican delegates, however, in their statement tonight emphasized that they had no official word on the subject as yet. The statement follows: ‘‘In answer to tihe question ad dressed to the Mexican delegation, in quiring what its attitude would be to wards tiie representatives which, it is said, the rebel party will send to Die conferences at present being held here, said delegation begs *o State that it has received no official notice to the effect that the above named party is sending delegates; that should sttcfti delegates conte, it does not know with what character they would do so, and it is therefore impossible for the Mexican delega tion to give an opinion on this matter. "in any case the Mexican delega tion considers that the matter is one for the stud yof the mediating pleni potentiaries and that it would be only justified in taking It up after these gentlemen have duly considered it. In this last case tile Mexican delega tion would consult its government be fore coming to any decision.” Tiie fact that the mediators spent most of their time with the United States commissioners today was said to be due to instructions to the latter to refer points of importance to the Washington government as they ad vance in tlie parleys. Two long com munications passed between the while house an dtihe American dele gates and they conferred late tonight with tin' mediators. It was under stood that the\ still were discussing tiie order in which the various points in ttlie mediation would lie ap proa filed. One of the tnierican commission era said that no common ground had been reached, but that there was no hitch lu the negotiations and that progress was being made at each ses shin. The night conference between the mediators and the American dele gates adjourni d a few minutes before midnight. It was declared afterwards by one of (hose present that progress being made was very satisfactory. CARRANZAS REPRESENTATIVE Denies His Chief Would Accept Mediation. New York. May i.’J. -Jose Vascon celos, the Carranza special agent, who, it lias been reported, would he chosen as a constitutionalist repre sentative to the Niagara Culls medi ation conference, emphatically denied in a statement tonight that he was to receive such an appointment, or that Carranza ever would consider mediation as a solution of Mexico's internal affairs. •‘As long as the Iluertaists are at Niagara we shall not be represented there,” said Vasconcelos. ‘‘The only way in yparty meets Huerta is on the .battlefield. "I have ifo instructions and no in formation about tills rumored partici pation of tile constitutionalists in the mediation, except what I read in to day's papers. I shall accept any mission that the chief ^of the consti tutionalist party may confer upon me. But i have no idea 1 shall be named as delegate to the A. I!. C. conference. “Personally as a Mexican, t thank the A. (V C. power.i for their offer n to settle a conflict brought in my country by some of Its bad citizens. Blit the A. B. C. powers have no more right than the United States to interfere or advise in our internal questions. “These questions should not be dis cussed in the Niagara meetings. 1 am sure the constitutionalists will not be a party to such a violation of our sovereignty. As to meeting the Huerta delegates, i do not see how we could possibly talk about it.” -o SENSATION IN FRANK MURDER CASE PERJURY IS CHARGED IN INDICT MENTS RETURNED BY THE GRAND JURY. Atlanta, (la., May 22.—*Ccharges of bribery, coercion and corruption made in connection with efforts to obtain a new trial of Leo M. Frank, under sentence of death for the mur der of i i-y«nr-i»!d Mary Phagan, to day resulted in live indictments being returned by the Fulton county grand jury. The Rev. t’. li. Ragsdale, recently dismissed from the pastorate of a local cluircih on account of the re pudiation of an affidavit made by him In behalf of the convicted factory su perintendent, was indicted for per jury, toggether with R. L. Barber. Arthur Tberman, a lawyer; Daniel S. Lehon, representative of a national detective aency, and Carlton C. Ted der, engaged in detective work, were charged with subornation of perjury. Further investigation of the charges of improper influences in the noted murder case is to be made by the grand jury, it was announced toniglht by the state officials. Lehon, Tedder, W. D. McWorth, W. \V. Rogers, Charles E. Sears and L. C. Whitfield, who had been working on the case at the instance of friends of Frank, were arrested to night on the recommendation of the Atlanta police commission charged with operating us detectives without conforming to the city ordinance regulataing dhe operations of outside detectives. All were released under bond. The same recommendation was made as to William J. Burns, the de tective, and it was expected tonight that lie would be arrested when he returns to the city. It was reported that this would lie tomorrow. MELLEN TELLS HOW HE TOOK AN INDICTMENT TO SAVE LIFE OF THE BIG FINANCIER. SON ABMITTEU SITUATION Letter Written to the District Attor ney Making a Confession to Shield Morgan and Thus "Save His Life" Is Feature of Day’s Investigation. Washington, May 22.—A dramatic climax marked the clone of the sen sational testimony of Charles S. Mel len, former president of the New Haven railroad, before the Interstate Commerce Commission today when 'vinil evidences of deep emotion Mr. Mel ten declared the late J. P. Morgan was cognizant of the Grand Trunk negotiations on which lie (tMr. Mel lent was criminally Indicted for vio lation of the Sherman anti-trust act, and that lie "took the indictment that belonged to him (Morgan), "ivelieving it would liave killed tile aged finan cier if lie had been indicted.” Mr. Mellen spoke with intense feel ing as lie recited this efforts to shield the elder Morgan. This turned quickly to a show of resentment, however, as lie told how the present J. P. Morgan had suggested “a change in the presidency of the New Haven,” at which suggestion Mr. Mel len declared with empihasis: “I called his attention to the fact that I had been suffering under the humiliation of an undeserved indict menL to protect, his father.” The crowded court room listened with itense interest as this closing recital was given. Taking up the Grand Trunk transaction on which Mr. Mellen's indictment was returned by the grand jury ut New York, Gov ernor Polk, chief counsel of tlie com mission, asked: “Did Mr. Morgan have anything to do with tills negotiation for the ex change of the Ontario and Western with the Grand Trunk?” “He did.” “What?" "He took a very active part in the negotiation." “What part; can you tell, If you know?" asked Mr. Folk. "I did not know that Mr. Morgan knew there was a negotiation on until he came into my office when I had an appointment, with Mr. Smithers and Mr. Chamberlain, and he told them what lie thought they ought to do in order to have peace between the New Haven and the Grand Trunk interests. He told of previous nego tiations which he said extended over a period of twenty years (that is the i<-rni he used; I suppose it was a gen eral term), and that he had bought a steamship line of them on the under standing he was to have the New London Northern for the New Haven road, and that tlliey never had car ried out their agreement.” This negotiation, he said, was with Mr. Smithers’ predecessor, Chas, Rivers Wilson. He thought It was a great mistake; that they had not kept faith witli him and he was quite em phatic—as lie was, you know, once In a very great while—in thinking they had not done as they should; had not kept faitli witli hint. And he told thim they should give up the New London Northern road; he did not care for anything further and that that would be the only tiling, in his judgment, that would ever result in permanent peace between the two properties. Then he retired from th^ room. I think Mr. K. C. Smith was present during part of that inter view. "Mr. Morgan retired and left Mr. Chamberlain and Mr. Smithers, and myself to continue the conference. I told Mr. Chamberlain and Mr. Smith ers tthat we would continue the con ference on the basis that they should give no further attention to the question of surrendering the New London Northern road; they might do as they pleased with it; I did not care. Tlie worst punishment I wished to see Inflicted upon tihem was the CONTINUED ON PAGE FIVE.