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VOLUME III. MOSCOW, LATAH COUNTY, IDAHO, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1914 NUMBER 109 WILSON HELPING TRUSTS SAYS MEXICAN MINISTER MOHENA SAYS THE PRESIDENT PLAYED IN THEIR HANDS WHEN LIFTING EMBARGO. REBELS WILL TAKE TAMPICO Less Concern Felt Over the Safety of Torreon—Let ter From an American Tells of Scenes During Terrific Battle. MEXICO CITY, Feb. ».—"President Huerta knows that certain business concerns, what you people call trusts, are helping the rebels with arms and money," declared Foreign Minister Mo hena in an interview today, raising of the embargo on arms and ammunition gives these trusts a still better opportunity to render aid. President Wilson is fighting the trusts at home but by lifting the embargo he has played into the hands of the trusts." Aside from Minister Mohena, the Mexicans seemed today to have for gotten, in their interest concerning fighting at Torreon and Tampico, about the president's order raising the em bargo. Even in government circles Is admitted that considerable anxiety is felt concerning Tampico. Less un easiness is manifested for Torreon where the federal garrison is stronger and will probably be able to hold out against the rebels. Belated News From the Front. NEW YORK, Feb. 5.—First-hand news from the Mexican interior gets to the outside world by a very slow process, and that is why letters from foreigners in the interior states often reach those to whom they are address ed weeks, and in some oases months, after they have been mailed. An of ficial of one of the American Smelting company's plants near Monterey said recently that telegrams filed for trans mission to the United States as late as last July were not forwarded until more than three months later, while thousands of letters never got past the border line. One of these long-delayed letters reached New York the other day. was from a young man in Montera}' to his mother in tills city. It had been fit "The It mailed Oct. 28, just been captured, ranch of it destroyed, and a large part of it looted by rebel troops under Carranza and Villa. "Monterey," ho wrote, "as I suppose you have heard, Thursday, Get. 23, by |the rebels, came with dramatic suddenness for us here at the plant although the evening before we heard the shots of a small fight about five miles away and saw the bursting of shells, stars, near Topa Grande Hill. "Thursday morning I walked out to the northern end of the plant—it was about 6:30 o'clock—and while therel saw four or five federal soldiers in their drab uniforms and helmets and with their guns coming toward me on a slow run, with rebels following and shooting at them, and 1 ran back to the general office and went to the third floor. All the time the firing was getting brisker and also much nearer. "Thinking that our friends, the An dersons, did not know of the fight, 1 started toward their house to warn them to stay indoors. I reached their i vas attacked on It like bright I ( back porch and kitchen, where I found Mrs. Anderson all alone, and as I looked back I saw about ten rebels on horseback waving their guns and rid ing like mad after the fleeing fédérais. We were in the line ot fire, and so Mrs. Anderson and I rushed into one | of the inside rooms. We were none too soon, for immediately the firing started again. Shot Down Like Rabbits. "From the window we watched what followed. The rebels rode up on the poor federal soldiers and shot two cf them down, just as they would shoot a rabbit in the grass. The poor sol diers offered no resistance whatever. They acted just exactly like hunted animals and sense. in the grass other rebels came gallop ing up, waving their guns and shout ing vivas for Carranza, the rebel lead bereft ot all seemed As the two fédérais Jay dying er. "Mr. Anderson had gone to the mess for some milk when the shooting be gan, and he was near a little stone warehouse when the shooting down of the fédérais took place. He said after ward that he never ran so fast in all his life as he did to get out of the range of that murderous rebel fire. At first he laughed about It, but then the reaction set in and he got so mad be of his narrow escape that it cause really funny. "As most of the rebels seemed have passed us, we sat down to break fast, all of us more or less strung up, when suddenly there was a crash glass. A bullet came through, half spent, and dropped on the window sill. By 8:30 fighting started on the edge of the town to the south of the plant. It was a hot scrap while it lasted, and the bullets bit the house with great frequency. At about 10 o'clock quieted down, and 1 walked down the plant and took some photographs, and then returned to Anderson's "Knowing that more trouble was In the air, we fixed up the cellar as ' . 1 sort of refuge in time of storm. We took into the cellar rugs, carpets, blankets, food, and got ready to make ' ' B it our home until further notice, fori while we were moving the federal fortes dropped a couple of three inch shells on the plant, and the explos ions almost scared ns speechless. All the afternoon it was much the same, the fighting continuing, and the uncer tainty of evening keeping us all in a high state of tension. "That night the firing continued un til about 9:30 o'clock, and during a subsequent lull Mr. and Mrs. Ander son and 1 stole over to the general office and up to the third floor, where I live. "The scene was one we shall never of burning .freight forget—strings cars, lumber yards ablaze, and burning oil tanks, the latter storing thousands of gallons of oil. then an oil tank would explode and throw flames hundreds of feet into the Every now and Now and then the fight would air. break out anew, and machine guns burst into action with frightful sud denness. and then just as suddenly stop. "1 can assure yon that we did not sleep much that night. Next morn ing it all began again, the bullets whizzing by, sometimes hitting the wall or breaking a window, and one, when 1 started out for a quick run to the office, went singing by so close that I involuntarily curled up like a snail, and I 'vas so mad at myself afterward. Shells Exploded in the Works. "At noon the second day I went down to Wilde's house to see where a his kitchen and shell had entered wrecked it, and it surely had done I then returned to that very thing, my third-story room, and was lying down on the north side of the room, about to get a much-needed nap, for there I was safe when all of a sudden there was the most awful explosion, and 1 hustled down to the first floor, the assay office, and while I was there four shells landed and explod from the bullets. I remained in I got bo lonesome ed in the works, that. I could stand it no longer, and ran through the bowling alley and over to the Andrson's house and down j jnto tKeir cellar , where , found them hut jdled together ! ., Qf courBe all the ghastly sounds in 1 the world, the scream of a sheei is the worst, especially when it is pointed in you don't know your direction, and where It's going to land or where it comes from, nor when it's going to ex plode, and all this coupled with a screeneh that seems from everywhere, seems, tears your hair out by the roots and shrivels up your spinal cord. It is enough to make a nervous wreck to be coming It almost, so It of any one. "We remained in the cellar 6:30 p. m., listening to the bursting of the shells, never knowing when one going to hit the house and ex until was plodo. Mrs. Anderson was the calmest ot ns all, and I take my hat off to her. At 7 o'clock I ran over to the mesa to get some food, leaving Mr. A. with Mrs. A., as we did not care to leave her all alone. The fighting was still going on, and as I started some build ing up-town was blown down, and the noise was so crashing that it seemed that the top of the earth was being ripped off. I finally managed to get back with a basket of provisions. Ev in the cellar the light was as that of day, so brilliant was the burning spectacle above and all around us. "In the evening we went up Into the (Continued on Page 4) * (ZERO WEATHER STRECK MOSCOW COLD SNAP VISITED THIS SECTION LAST NIGHT AND TODAY—24 BELOW RECORDED. Deports Vary as to Standing of Tem perature—Condition Seems General Throughout Inland Empire. The first real cold snap of the sea son struck Moscow and vicinity last night when the thermometer is var iously reported as standing at any where between 8 and 24 below zero. In the absence of official reports the temperature, it possible to secure a perfect check day, except from the university where the low temperature is recorded by [indicated from various reports sent vas almost government instrument. The low point as reported from that source was eight degiees below. That the temperature varied at dif ferent points in and near .Moscow this office . From tlle county farm ... . , . , it is reported to have recorded at degrees below. At a point one mile .... ■ . , ,, ■ east ot town it is said the tempera , , ture reached 20 below and at a point I „ , ,, , , , , .south of the city to have reached . , , ,, . , , , I below. In Moscow at several points j . , - on Main street the temperature hover , , ... . , . , .. , ed around 10 below most ot the early i . , I morning hours. , j < I ( According to reports reaching the city from outside sources the cold wave is general throughout the In land Empire. At Lewiston a flurry j snow preceded a fall of the temper I ature last night, while along the j Clearwater line a drop of 10 to 1» do i grees is recorded. The Camas Pra irie is also suffering from the cold weather and a heavy snow and trains are operating with difficulty. At Bovill tlie weather is reported mild in comparison to more sèvere weather at Harvard and Potlatch, while along the Potlatch canyon at Kendrick and Juliaetta light snow and cold weather is marked. The recent heavy fall of snow in Moscow and vicinity has made sleigh ing good and teaming is reported to be excellent. Many are taking advan tage of the good sleighing to get their wood out from the mountains, damage is reported to telegraph or telephone wires today, slight troubles No having been promptly adjusted. The prospects seem good for a continuence ot the cold weather for several days. SPEAKS HIGHLY OF DR, BRANNON Grand Forks Pastor Writes Rev. Wat son of New Idaho University Head. Reverend Jonathan Watson of St. Mark's church is in receipt of a letter from the Reverend John K. Burleson, who for many years has been connect ed with St. Paul's church in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and who is very very well known throughout eclestieal circles. In the course of his letter, Mr. Burleson says of Dr. Brannon, Idaho's new university president: "He is a man of great breadth and hitman sym pathy. He has been of great help to me in several matters of public wel fare in which we have been associated, and I regret extremely that we are to I am lose him from Grand Forks, confident the dean will be glad to help you in any good work for his stu dents, as he has broad Christian sym pathy for ail, and is one of God's I congratulate you and gentlemen, the state on the president you have secured." MOSCOW GIRL WEDS Mabel Bracht Becomes Wife of Orville E. DeBolt of Spokane—Wedding Quiet Affair. A quiet wedding attended only by relatives and intimate friends occur red last evening at 8 o'clock in the home ot the bride's mother, Mrs. Harry j Belton, 811 South Jefferson street. The contracting parties were Or ville E. DeBolt ot Spokane and Mrs. Mabel Bracht of Moscow, the marriage being solemnized by Rev. Robert Warner of the Methodist church. The bride and groom have been ac quainted with each other since child hood. Their fathers were a/tso play mates in childhood. The groom is a commercial traveler with headquarters Spokane. The bride has lived in Moscow most of her life and has a large circle of friends here. Mr. and Mrs. DeBolt left on the evening train Lewiston and after visiting several places will make their home in !?po kane. a . [EXTENSION WORK GETS FEDERAL AID SENATOR BRADY ACTIVE IN SUP FORT OF MEASURE ORIGINAT ING IN THE HOUSE. Will Aid Idaho Institutions and Be Greatly Beneficial to the Farmer in Idaho. WASHINGTON, Pcb. 5.—The bouse bill No. 7951, To provide for coopera tive agricultural extension work be tween 'he agricultural colleges in the several states receiving the benefits of an act of congress approve» July second, eighteen hundred and sixty two, and of acts supplementary there to, and the United States department of agriculture, is now before the sen ate and wi I doubtless be enacted into law before many days. Senator Brady is a very ardent sup porter of this bill, and as a member cf tlie committee on agriculture and for estry, to which the bill was referred, used his influence to have the house bill substituted for the reason that it a gives a larger appropriation lor the states for agricultural purpose , In speaking of the matter, Senator Brady said, "This is one of the best bills congress can pass. Onr state is already doing a large amount of work along cooperative lines in eo-ordina tion with the national government ami this bill will enable us to have an in stmetor in every county in the state, This will be especially beneficial to Idaho, for the reason that there is such a great difference in climatic conditions in altitude, and trie amount of rain fall, that it is almost I necessady to have an experiment sta tion, or at least special investigations j 1 and instructions in every county in the state. Wo have legislated for the benefit of almost everybody else, and now it is good to know that we are go ing to do something for the farmer. I have worked hard and earnestly for passage oft this bill, and I believe it will be a great benefit to the farmers of our state." SMITH IS ENTHUSIASTIC Flensed With Prospects of Federal Aid For Idaho Reclamation Projects. WASHINGTON, Feb. ». —Congress man Smith is enthusiastic over tlie probability ot the enactment of Sen within which payments may be made on reclamation projects to 20 years and also the bill to make an advance to the reclamation fund of one hundred million dollars in order that the num erous projects, several of which are in Idaho may be undertaken. Mr. Smith is advocating a five-year period within which no payment will be required by settlers on reclama tion projects in order that they may got their farms under cultivation and thus be better prepared to meet tlie payments as they come due. The senators and representatives from the northwestern states are ta king keen interest in the proposed leg islation, which, it is believed will have the approval ot the secretary of the in terior. MOSCOW PEOPLE MAROONED Letters Received Telling of Storm Hor rors of .Southern California. I Some weeks ago Mrs. Jerome J. Day, Mrs. M. J. Shields and Miss Mad eleine Shields went from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara to receive the new Shields' auto and drive back in it to Los Angeles. They had scarcely ar rived at their destination when the , , .. terrible storm that broke upon the , , , , , o - i whole coast struck Santa Barbara, j , . . , and up to date the party is still raa * , ,, . . . .. . rooned there, unable to return to their winter home farther south. Letters just received give some no tion of the frightful damage done. Bridges were washed away, paving ruined. Lawns were covered knee deep with mud ; one house was wash ed in the ocean, a huge retaining wall was carried away. The Hotel Arlington in which the' Moscow party was staying was flooded with water that ruined floors and fur ! Two persons driving in a nitttre. machine got out because they could , not , make it run, and wore drowned during their struggles to reach a place | safety. Railroad Extension Opposed. JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 5.—A hearing is being given today in the ap plication of the Atlantic Coast line to the war department, for a permit to span Trout creek, near its mouth, with railroad draw bridge, in the officer,iaf Major Wm. B. Ladue, The Jackson ville board of trade opposes the pro position. SOWER SYSTEM HOW IT WORKS COUNTY ASSESSOR MARTINSON TELLS OF Ills PROGRESS IN • ASSESSING LATAH COUNTY. Made Sectional Plats of Each District and Proper!} Owner Helps Fix Values. County Assessor Theodore E. .Mart inson in an interview today declares that ho is meeting with great suc cess in the operation of the Somor system in making assessments of prop erty in Latah county. He has made sectional plats of each school district and personally meets all the farmers within the district, all participiating in reaching a common basis of value of property, in speaking of the work he says; "For the benefit of all property lield ers 1 wish to state that the new sys tem of assessment after worked under it tor a v. ve have eek, taking about two hundred statements of real and personal property at a saving of | at least one third in the cost of doing j the work and the result being fully 1 one hundred per cent better than un I der the old system, is proving a suc [cess beyond my own mid the people's ! expectations. I "This method of taking assessments ! is not an experiment of my own but is the Somers system introduced by i W. A. Somers who has spent a life time in the study of assessment and appraisal ot all classes of property, and where it is being used in some eastern stales is proving to be uni formly successful. "After studying the conditions in our own state and particularly in this county, I have modified this system, making it more adaptable to condi tions I have to meet under our present laws governing the assessment of pro perty. "We have made sectional field plats of every section in the county upon which we classify all land by forties, showing upon these plats the- various classes and grades of land with the values per acre for each class and J locating all improvements with their value. "A. N. Roberts, who is well known, and because of many years of ex perience in doing field work has a good general knowledge of the county, is assisting me. "We first notify a number of school districts by circular letters, keeping them notified a week in advance. The property holders of the district meet in their school house in the evening, at which time we discuss the values of the various parts of the county, the classifications and values pf all live stock, and parts of the revenue law pertaining to assessment and taxes and such other questions as may come up. We also fix the value of the best land which is used as value, and all of the land in the dis trtet is graded over or under this standard by the concensus of opinion of all property owners. We do the same with improvements centrally lo cated in the district which we have seen and fixing the value of all other improvements by comparisons with this one as a unit, the people present aiding in these comparisons. The next morning we all meet again and proceed with the assessment, each man giving in his property in the pre sence of the others. the unit of| "We classify and assess a district each day. One of us does the classi fying and plat work while the other takes the assessment and lists tlie personal property. "With this system i will be able to make tlie assessment of the entire , , , , . county myself and checking up the . . , ; standards already fixed for the lauds, . , , improvements, and all livestock and , . personal property. 1 will be able to , . , , make a more equitable assessment than there has ever been made in this county before. Last year as in pre- i ceeding years there were many un equal assessments cine to hurried work, many fieldmen, and lack of sys tem and proper plats. All these things we now overcome and save at least one third the cost of doing the work. "People in the districts we have as sessed have all come out and have shown a great interest and have been more Pleased with having had a voice in the equalization ot the assessments and the grading the results, all and classifying of the lands. "I wish to request that when the notices of assessment are received that all property owners come out and be ready to list all property quickly. "We qre working hard and with the co-operation of all property holders get a most equitable assessment. All property will be placed on the same basis." IFEDERAL PROBE URGED ON ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK SUN PUBLISHER ASKED ATTORNEY GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE. ALLEGES THERE IS A MONOPOLY Claims Morning Service is Maintained Contrary to Provisions of the Sherman AntLTrust Law. RDV AN T'HRflT'TI pïl IRIl A/»it K lllYvf A A IwUl/ ANTI= I AP R|| 1 Ai' 11 onl LIILmIi» REACHED AGREEMENT WHICH ASSURES MUZZLING OF TOD A EXCLUSION SENTIMENT. Claimed That Such Anti-Jap Sentiment Would Imperil Completion of Treat}' Negofiutlons. WASHINGTON, Feb. ». An agree ment by which no anti-Japanese leg islation is to be presented to the house for the present was reached today at meeting attended by Secretry of State Bryan and members of file house immigration committee. The conference was a secret affair but it is known that Mr. Bryan spoke for an hour urging that the commit tee prevent all Asiatic exclusion ag Ration during the present session o congress. It is known that Mr. Bryan told the committee that if any action were ta ken now on the Raker exclusion bill it would imperil negotiations now in progress for a new treaty with Japan. He flatly stated, it is reported, that amicable agreement with Japan is certain unless congress persisted in exhibiting anti-Japanese sentiment. an GET LIKE SENTENCES Two Men Implicated in Killing of Dis trict Attorney «I Wheatland Hop Ranch Know Their Fate. MARYSVILLE. Cal.. Feb. ».—Rich and Herman Stthr, convicted j of second degree murder in connec tion with the riot at the Durst hop ranch near Wheatland last August, were today sentenced to life imprison ment at Folsom penitentiary. Bail was refused pending an appeal. There was no demonstration in tlie court room as was expected. The men took their sentences stoically. The eases grew out of the death of Other Mansell. ■onnection with the death of Deputy Sheriff Reardan were dismiss ed as were those against Edward Ma District Attorney ( . ases louf, Alfred Nelson and Earl Cokeley. hitherto held on a charge of killing Mansell. TODAY IS APPLE DAY Moscow People Said ti One of its Chief Industries. he Loyal to Today is Apple Day. designated by proclamation by Governor Haines to be observed as a mark of distinction to an industry that is doing much to upbuild commercial importance of Idaho. Reports today indicate that, Moscow people observed the day with due and proper respect. Stores of the city are reported to have had an unprecedented sale of apples and this is taken as an indication that Moscow people are loyal. GAVE UP THE BATTLE Uongressniaii Breinner of New Jersey Finally Stieetimbed to Cancer. BALTIMORE, Feb. ». —Congressman Brentner of New Jersey, who had been receiving treatment for cancer here, died today. When he entered the hos pital the congressman was told his case was hopeless but he insisted on being treated and $100,000 worth of radium was used in the treatment. HORRIBLE TRAGEDY TODAY Milk Wagon Driver Today Killed En tire Family Then Committed Suicide. GIESN. Germany, Feb. 5.—Wilhelm Lehian. a driver of a milk wagon, to day cut his wife and tour children to pieces with a hatchet and then com mitted suicide by laying in front of approaching train. I WASHINGTON, Feb. 5.—Tile pros j edition of the Associated Press under j the terms of tin- Sherman anti-trust I law was demanded today in a com ! I'laint filed witli the attorney general William Relok. publisher of the New York Sun. An assistant attorney general was assigned to investigate Reick's com plaint. Beick's action is aimed at the morning branch of the Associated Press against which there is no strong competition. It is not believed that a serious at ■ il 1 be made to charge a man opolistic feature in collection with the afternoon service as the United Press serves more evening papers than does tile Associated Press. tempt I i GUGGE.NHEIMS WERE GRILLED Missouri Congressman Makes Scath j ing Denouncement of Their Opera tions in Alaska, WASHINGTON, Feb, ».—A scathing denunciation of the Gttggenheims and J. P. Morgan was voiced by Repre sentative Borland of Missouri today during a debate on the Alaskan rail road bill in the house. "The story running through courts are a sober record," lie said, "and included everything from corrup tion and bribery of judges to a wanton attack by armed bands of assassins upon workmen engaged in rival enter prises. Its a drama of greed and carn age. unparalleled since the days of Warren Hastings." tlie WILL BROOK NO FAVORS President Wilson in Favor of Repeal ing Law Giving American Coast wise Ships Free Panama Tolls. WASHINGTON, Wilson made it clear today that he favored the repeal of the law exempt ing American coastwise ships from Panama canal toils. He told callers that he will endeavor to obtain con gressional action (o tills effect during the present session. The president let it be known also that he stands back of Secretary of the Navy Daniels In the resolution for two battleships this year. Felt. !i.—President LITTLE GIRLS FORM CLUB Moscow Children Adopt AH the Rules of Grown-Ups and Name Organiza tion "Forget-Me-Not'' Utah. A number of little girls from ten to twelve years old. who have been in the habit for a year or more of meeting on Saturdays to sew, have just formed themselves into a regular club with all the by-laws, officer^, in itiations. and committees known fo gtown tip organizations. Details of the new society were perfected last Saturday afternoon at the home of Miss Dorothy wann on Polk street. The name "Forget-Me-Not" was chosen for the club, and officers were elected and committees were appoint ed for tlie next three months. The in itiation fee will be five cents for each member, and the dues will be one cents at each fortnightly meeting. Membership is limited to a dozen lit tle girls. There will be a program at each meeting, and the members will make dresses for dollies which will be given away next Christmas to children not likely to get any from Santa Clans. The officers elected were as fol lows: Victoria Wallace, president: Dorothy Parsons, vice president; Dor othy Swann, secretary; Louisa Martin, treasurer. Mary Owings is on the program committee. With the money pouring into the treasury as it is sure to do, the mem bers think they will have more than enough on hand to hire a sleigh and have a really truly sleigh-ride before the snow is too far gone. Schmidt Jury Disagreed. NEW YORK, Feb. 5.—The jury in the second trial of Hans Schmidt, tried for the murder of Anna Aumuller, at 12-3» today reported it «'as unable to agree on a verdict.