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Tonight and Tuesday cloud
Cloudy tonight and Tues
day. Probably snow in west
Strong Movement to Have
U. S. Maintain
Strictly Neutral
Washington, Jan. I.—" Forbid tlie
exportation or all munitions of war
that an* contraband and you will re
move the excuse tor the British eon
duet which called for the note of J
protest recently sent to London;’’,
said Theodore Sultro of New York,
addressing th House foreign rela
tions commit!<e today, in favor of
pending congressional resolutions to
stop exports of war materials to Eu
ropean belligerents.
Delegations from Xew York. Phila
delphia, Chicago and Baltimore,
among them representatives of the,
German-Ameriean alliance and the
Ancient Order of Hibernians, ap
peared in favor of the resolutions.
C. J. Hexamer, of Philadelphia, .
president of the German-American
alliances, presented memorials adopt
ed by that organization iu many
states urging the udoptinn of one of
the resolutions. Those memorials,
included a letter written by Mr. llex
amer to President Wilson dated De
cember 9*"in the interest of neutral
ity", saying that one of the nations
engaged in the war "could get muni- 1
tlons from this country."
"Our failure In keeping strict neu
trality becomes thereby.” the letter !
unfriendly,- If not ia
tmleablo act against one particular •
"You cannot imagine, Mr. Presi- t
dent," he wrote, "with what chagrin
and bitterness it fills the Americans
of German descent to see the resourc
es of this great country which they
have helped to build up placed at the
disposal of enemies who with their
overwhelming forces have proclaimed
it their avowed purpose to crush our
an centra 1 home.
"fc.ince the attitude of our govern
ment enables England to cut off.'
against our own interests even the ,
most necessary supplies from the civ
il population of certain countries do
you think, Mr. President, that there
by, the assertions that the neutrality
of the United States is only a matter
of form and does no exist, are Jus
Washington. Jan. 4.—Develop
ments in the negotiations to step
Briti?l> interruptions of American
copper shipments have reached a
point, it was understood here today,!
where Great Britain will not inter
fere with shipments to well known I
Italian firms, ir they are made in i
Italian ships. Shipments to well J
known manufacturers in Sweden and •
Holland, it is also acknowledged, I
will ho interrupted, hut it has not.;
boon made plain if they must be 1
made in ships of those countries.
Theie is u lot of truth in the fa- ;
iniliur old adugo that suckers are
horn every minute.
During the last days of the old.
year a number of local saloon men 1
were made he easy victims of a
sleek. smooth-talking gentleman
from Denver who, under various rep
resentations, It is understood, sue- J
reeded in inducing the said liquor
dealers to contribute sums oi money j
for the privilege of opening up their i
places. Apparently believing every- j
thing this gentleman said the money |
was paid over by some of the saloon*,l
men and those who did not coittrlb-'f
ute bemoaned their inability to do-j
nate to the pot. I
The resnlt is that now a qoinmit-j
tee of the, city council com posed of
Messrs. Mason. Goldsmith aird Pat
terson is investigating the alleged,
deal which caused the saloons to op- j
e.n thoir doors a few days before tit
first day of January, the date of the*
expiration of the last proclamation ,
of Gov. E. M. Ammons.
From all that can be learned the.,
saloonmen who "dug up" were \fc,-
tims of as rank u holdup game as was;
ever practiced on unthinking aud!
credulous " —’• and once again the'
saloon men demonstrated that they'
are as easily separated from their
coin as a blind man. Without quca-;
Only Afternoon Full Leased Wire Associated Press Paper in Southern Colorado
Relief For War
Prisoners Organized
Washington, Jan. 4.—To relieve
German and Austrian prisoners of
war a committee of missionaries,
principally Americans, will start to
morrow from Peking for the interior
of Siberia, bearing medical supplies
aud clothing furnished by the Amer
ican Tied Cross and to plan an exten
sion of their work of mercy.
The prisoners are not confined, but
generally have been paroled under
; pledge not to leave the neighborhood.
'Their only wants are food, clothing
and medicine. «
Iti explanation of the parole of
' prisoners, it is said that with its ab
solute control of the Siberian rail
way, which in winter affords the
only possible egress from Siberia, the
Uusisun government feels there is
little possibility of escape.
Santa Fe, N. M., Jan. 4.—Danulge
roughly estimated at $30,000 has
i been done to farms along the Gila
river at Grant county as a result of
i the recent floods. Great areas of
agricultural land have entirely van
ished. eaten out by the river. At
Bedrock, where the damage was
heaviest. M. G. Clou (It lost Ills entire
. farm.
Santa Fe. X. M. t Jan. I.—Eleutrio (
Leyba, Republican, it is announced,
, has withdrawn his contest against
Celso Sandoval, Progressive member
elect of the legislative house from
Sandoval county. The only Progress
ive member tlius remains in the house
,aud prevents the Republicans having
a two-thirds majority.
Cost of Living Increases
Claimed by Railroaders
Chicago, Jan. t.—Both the .cost
and and the standard of living among
l railroad employees have been raised
; in the last few years, according to
testimony given before the western
railway wage arbitration hearing
which resumed here today. Three
firemen, E. Westphnl, Chicago, of the
Chicago. Milwaukee and St. Paul
railroad: Roy G'lninu. .Minneapolis,
of the Great Northern, and C. X.
Smith, St. Louis, the St. Louis
terminal company, all agreed that
■ the cost of living has increased. The
.three men are in switching work and
are demanding the same wage ns Is
'paid to freight train onginemcn.
The witness's were examined by
Albert Phillips, one of the assist
ants of W. S. Carter, head of the
Brotherhood of Loccmotive Firemen
and Enginemen.
i Washington. Jan. 4. — Oliver P.
Newman, chairman of the hoard of
icommissioners which governs the
[District ol' Columbia, was held by the
jeour* of appeals today to have been
i ineligible for the office because of
iqnoftions of his legal residence when
; Ereaident Wilson appointed him in
1913 y The case will be carried to
the l&ited States supreme court.
tktaing-the statements of the Denver
man .those who contributed passed
out. lb the. aggregate about S6OO for
! something that- nobody was entitled
to givo, Pretty soft, eh. for the man
that'.got the money.?
it Is understood tliHt the sojourn
ing "g«t*gich-quick’' man declared
, he represented a certain state official
and that he was authorized to ills
!po»e of saloon privileges, lor so much
(per. Only a limited number of plac
ed Wt*Ve allowed to often —those plac
jes that came aproiut; with the long
‘and-the worked like a
Uu? collections had
j 'flic would-be gratter de
{•riafi^dL-' doubt less grinning up IBs
■j steevef 'tha{ the deception was so
very 4any.
Thare h4Yfng been a good deal of
the last week of
tioeipien»A»«r «veY tho opening of the
• \sqloon*. Aftterman Mason at the last
( ;meeting of the council on Monday
rtlrfEil insisted thut the council make
‘.;Jt'-ejM»r*,that no prlvllges had been
• extended by the council prior to the
‘ifflit of the year. Hence the com-
I' nmtee was appointed to investigate,
i 1 bo an easy matter for tills
' committee to get the fucts by talkiug
• wltii any of the saloonmen who were
; bilked by the Denver man.
Washington. Jan. 4. -The admin
istration ship purchase bill was made
the unfinished business of the senate
today, but was temporarily laid aside
to make way for appropriation bills.
Senator Lodge demanded a record
vote, which showed 4f> for and 29
against taking up the bill. Senator
Vardanian was the only Democrat to
vole against the motion.
Senator Gailinger. the Republican
lender, declared congress should pnss
tlie supply bills and go home.
"This shipping bill is opening up
great new propositions to the Ameri
can people and the country ought to
have time for reflection, lie said,
adding that Democratic lenders hod
declared they bad the votes to pass it.
"Yes, we have the votes," rejoined
Senator Stone, "and we will put it
through if Uie senators on the other
side will not resort to unusual ob
structive tactics."
President Wilson has received
pressing requests from different parts
of the country that rural credits leg
islation be taken up durin gtlie pres
ent session of congress and he is con
sidering the advisability of changing
his plan to put the subject over to
next December.
Chairman Glass of the house hank
ing committee told the president to
day it would not be advisable to take
up the subject until time had been
allowed for the working out of the
farm Iban features under the federal
bank law.
•Senator Lodge served notice on the
Democrats that he would resort to
"any parliamentary procedure to de
lay action on the shipping bill If an
attempt were made to jam if thru."
He characterized the bill as "thor
oughly vicious, economically and in
ternationally" and "the grossest kind
rt a subsidy."
Opposition to the ship purchase
bill, chiefly on the* ground that it
might precipitate foreign complica
tions and as a tendency toward gov
ernment ownership, was -ot forth in
a minority report of the commerce
commission, billed by Senators Buis
ton. . .elson. Perkins, Smith o!
Michigan, and Oliver. That every
ship under the proposed plan "would
add one more risk ot being drawn
into the present war." was the dec
laration oi the minority.
The report says:
"Undoubtedly It was one the in
spiring motives, for those who
framed this hill, to release boats
which have been interned as a result
of the war. The President bus gone
(o the almost unprecedented limits of
using i is utmost endeavor to discour
age private loans to belligerents. Is
it consistent with so strict an appli
cation of the neutrality policy to
make*, at least indirectly, available
to one of the belligerents many mil
lions of dollars which-had been made
unavailable by the incidents or war
destruction ?"
Concerning the government own
ership feature of tne bill, the reporf*
declares it to.bo an experiment that
cannot ho justified by any ot the ar
guments which apply to the tuking
over o f u naturally monopolistic en
terprise "because the shipping field
is far from naturally monopolistic.
'the repo-t also assorts that the
plan would be iutile in reducing
ocean rates.
Senator Root, in debate, declared
no measure of equal consequence had
been brought before congress in
many years. It was proposed, lie
said, to put the government into for
eign trade at a lime of extreme dan
ger. The result must be, he insisted,
to place in 'question the good faith of
the. United States itself in carrying
goods to belligerents.
Senator Root protested against any
efforts to limit debate.
Senator Fletcher replied it was not
the purpose of the majority to limit
Santa Fe, N. M., Jan. I.—Forty
eight cattle growers of Santa Fc
county at a big meeting at Cerrillos
today organized the Southern Santa
Fe County Cattle association. the
main object being to protect the big
industry in this section against the
increasing depredations of cuttle
thieves, who are costing grower*
thousands of dollars annually.
f on don. Jam 4.—According ton an
Amsterdam dispatch to the Exchange
Telegraph company, French avitorai
dronned bombs in the vicinity of
HfrUMelA Saturday, partly destroying
| a Zeppelin shed under construction
*and killing Several German soldiers.
University Athletes
Held For Assault
Cleveland, 0., Jan. 4.—The charge
of assault with iuteut to kill against
Vincent Doran, 18, an Ottowa (Can
ada) University hockey pluyer, hold
.under S3OO bond as a result of in
juries sustained by Elmer Irving,
Cleveland Athletic club player, when
a game between the two teams broke
iip in a riot Saturday night, was dis
missed In police court today. Irving
refused to prosecute Doran and asked
that the case be dismissed. Irving
was struck on the head with a hockey
stick. He will recover.
Montgomery, Ala., Jan. 4. —Ed and
Will Smith, colored, were taken from
the Wotuinpka jail early today and
lynched by a mob. They had been
accused of implication in the murder
of R. A. Stillwell, an Klmor county
The governor hurride Montgomery
militiamen toward the scene of auto
mobiles. but they were too late to pre
vent the lynching.
Stillwell was shot several days ago,
while guarding his barns against
thieves. Bloodhounds led directly. It
was declared, to the cabins of the
Smith negroes who were arrested.
Santa Fe, N>. M.. Jan. 4.—Ernest
Kimball of Raton is in a critical con
dition as the result of tlie bursting
of a shotgun with which ho was hunt
ing. One hand, his forehead and
side were badly torn hv flying metal.
Movement from South
ern District Will
Start on Tuesday
The United States troeps that have
occupied tho strike district of south
ern Colorado, comprising Las Animas
and Huerfano counties, will he with
drawn this week. Saturday night
Col. .1. lxic.kett announced the pro
gram of withdrawal beginning with
the movement of the second squad
ron of Fifth United States cavalry
from the Walseiihnrg district on
Tuesday, January 3. Troops E, F. G
ami H stationed in and around Wal
senburg will depart for their bar
racks at Fort Leavenworth. Kan.
The first movement of troops from
the Las Animas county district will
ho of the second squadron of Elev
enth United States cavalry from
Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., Troops E, F,
G and H which will entrain on Tues
day are going over tilt C. & S. to
Amarillo, Tex., transferring to the
Rock Island to Memphis, Tonn., and
thence over the Georgia Central to
Fort Oglethorpe. Troop K has been
located at Soprls Troop Fat Segundo.
Troop G at Monson an.* Troop H at
Rugby. *
On the following day Troops I and
L of the third squad rep that have
been stationed at Aguilar t and Forbes
will move out and neVt'day Troops
K and M of the same squadron from
Hastings and Delffgua.
The last to leave wit* be the first
squadron of the Eleventh cavalry
with machine gun --troop and regi
mental headquarters stationed at the
fair grounds. " , roops G and I) with
machine gun troop will eatrain next
Saturday over the Santa Fc road and
Troops A aud B with -regimental
headquarter* nexl Sunday over the
C. & 8. road.
The plan of gradual withdrawal
of the federal troops is thy result of
a recent conference between Gover
nor E. M. Ammons and Col. Lockett
in Denver. Troop Lof the Twelfth
United States cavalry from Fort
Meade. S. D„ left a dav or , two ago
from the Oak Creek dish'let in Routt
county and troops of Twelfth cavalry
from the northern fields and Fre
mont county will be oir of'the state
within a day or two.
The United States troops have oc
cupied the strike districts 6f Colorado
for eight months. The first troops to
arrive was n squadron of Fifth cav
alry from Leuven worth on April ”0.
Major \Y. A. Holbrook was in com-
I !mnml. Early, In May the three squad
rons of Eleventh cavalry in command
of Col. J. peer.pled the dis
trict and the Fifth cavalry was trans
ferred to tin* Walsenburg district.
French Take Important
Town in Alsace, German
Reports Admit Capture
Washington. Jan. 4.—President
Wilson today began planning the j
speeches he expects to make on his |
return trip from the San Francisco ;
exposition tills spring. He told call
ers he wanted to accept some of the
invitations and soon would map out ;
a definite itinerary.
Senator Thomas anil Represcnta-1
tlve Keating and Taylor of Colorado i
asked him to speak at Denver. Sen
ator Fletcher and Senator (lore asked 1
him to speak at the Southern Com- ,
inercial congress at Muskogee, Okla,, j
in April: Senator Sheppard invited
him to speak in Dallas. Invitations
already have been extended to him !
to stop in Chicago, Omaha, St. Louis. I
Washington, Jan. 4.—The renomi- :
nation of Henry Clay Hall of Colo
rado Springs. Colo., to the Interstate 1
commerce committee at the request of
Republicans senators. Senator Cum- .
mins said several members wanted
to know more about why the com
mission recently reversed itself and
granted freight rate increases to j
eastern railroads.
New York. Jan 4.—Maurice
Dalches. u New York lawyer, arrested
In Phi lad el phi Saturday night, was
arraigned here today on a charge of
conspiring to defraud the govern
ment in connection with the issuance
of rfraudulont passports. fie was
released in ID.OOO bail for a hearing
on January 11.
Deiches is one of 11 defendants ami 1
material witnesses arraigned by the
department of .justice agents in an
effort to break up an alleged conspir
acy to furnish German army officers
and reservists with American pass
ports, which would enable them to
return to Germany from this country
without danger of molestation by
French and English authorities.
United States District Attorney
Marshall said Dciches, prior to ar
raignment, had waived immunity and
made a statement to him. Mr. Mar
shall also asserted that government j
agents knew the whereabouts of Hans
Adam VonWedell, a lawyer who Mr. i
Marshall said is wanted in connec
tion with the alleged conspiracy. '
Washington, Jan. 4. —Public hear- 1
ings on freight rale increases pro
posed by railroads west of tin: Mis
sissippi river will begin in Chicago ;
Fe)>. 13 and wll be conducted by In— •
terstato Commerce Commissioner
The hearings will mark the begin
ning in public of an important rate
case, essentially diffferont from the ;
recent eastern ease, in that the west-I
ern roads are not asking for a hori
zontal Increase in all rates, but an
increase based on traffic conditions
and upon the movement of tndividu- !
al classes and commodities.
Some of the advances proposed ag- j
gregate as much as 30 per cent while
others amount to only ? or 3 per
cent. On eome kinds of traffic no !
increases have been proposed.
The program for (he hearing fol
low :
February 19—24: Gruiu and pro-,
Feb. 23—27: Live stock. fresh
meat, packing house products and !
March 1 —2, Hay, straw and broom
March 3—5: Cotton piece goods.
March (l—9: Coal and coke.
March 10: Salt.
March 11—12: Fruit and vege
Marc A 13: Rice and rice products.
March 15—18: Shippers and any
opposing the increases will have an .
opportunity to present evidence In !
rebuttal to the claims of the rail- 1
' roads.
Fighting in Eastern Zone Still Undecisive.
Turks Maintain Most Stubborn Resistence.
German Advance on Warsaw Checked.
Winter Storms impede Movements of Giant
Armies Struggling for Advantage.
The capture by the French of
Steinbach. a small Alsatian town
near, is admitted in today's state
ment from the Berlin war olfice. The
advance of the French was preceded
by an artillery bombardment which
tne Herman statement described as
•'overwhelming." and which enabled
the French to occupy trenches near
Sennheim, as well as the town of
Steinbach. These trenches later were
recaptured, the German statement
Except for this fighting along the
eastern end of the battle fron there
is little activity, the German counter
attacks apparently having halted on
the onward movements which the al
lies attempted last month. A few
unimportant uains are chronicled in
the French official statement which
also says that an attempt to capture
a village in the Meuse country
The German statement makes no
mention of the severe fighting in the
east reported by the Russian militarv
authorities. It says merely that the
situation is unchanged.
An official Russian statement
(shows that after capturing Bolimow.
the Gcrtr.ars attempted to push an to
i London. Jan. 4. —Utterly irreoon-,
• ciiiuble an* flu* claims of Hie con
tending armies in the cast. In tin
•west tlie unprecedented wet weather'
; prevents operations which could give
: advantage to one side or the other.
.The activity of the Turks in the Cau
i casus scorns to Ik* assuming an in-
I creasing importance, judging - from
! the attention of Petrograd official,
communications are devoting to this
region. Although not admitting that
tlie Turks have been victorious it is
conceded that they are lighting with
great valor and stubbornness in the
vicinity of tire fortified town of
Sari Katnysli. The Turks claim to
have taken this position. Ru-sio.
however, does not admit tills and
say says the Turks have suffered ;
enormous losses.
The battle of the rivers In Poland
has not yet come to an end. The
Germans say that they have taken
lJorjlmow. northeast of Bolimow. a
strong Russian position east of Lo- •
wicz and a step nearer Warsaw. Tills
tire Russians contradict flatly say
ing that tire German assaults there
have been repulsed with heavy losses,
and that elsewhere there hay have
been held at hay. Petrograd pro
resses to see the end of the buttle of
the Polish rivers and a concentra
tion of German forces at some other
strategic* point in u renewed attempt
to break thru.
- -—as —*■*
Berlin. Jan. i. (Via Ixmdon)-
Steinbach, the Alsatian town on the
heights betwcii Thunn and Senn
heim, for which desperate fighting
Iras been going on for several days,
was officially admitted hv the Ger
man army headquarters statement
todav to have been captured by the
The French also took possession or
the heights to tire west of Sennheim,
hut a counter attack with the bayo
net succeeded in regaining the posi
The text of tlu* communication fol
l ln the western theatre of the
war. except for a more or less heavy
artillery combat along the front, it
was generally quiet.
•Only near Thann (Alsace) did
I the enemy show great activity.
1 "After nn overwhelming bombard
i nient of the heights to tin* west or
j Sennheim. the enemy suceoded dur-
I ing the evening in capturing our
demolished trenches on these heights
(and In connecting therewith tire vil
lage of Steinbach, which we stub
bornly defended anti which frequent
ly bus been mentioned in our reports
during the last few days. The heights
wore retaken during the night after
a bayonet attack. Fighting ior tlu*
village of Steinbach continues.
"In the eastern theatre of tire war
the situation is unchanged. Our at
tacks in Poland to tlu* east of the
Rawka river continue. - '
Paris. Jan. 4.—The official state
ment given out in Paris tills ufter
Buy at home. Help the
local merchant who helpe
the town to grow. First
read the C.-N. ad columns.
the northeast in the direction of
Warsaw, about 30 miles away. This
movement marked the renewal of the
German offensive toward the Polish
capital, after a period of compara
tive inactivity, but their advance in
: this direction is said to have been re
pulsed with large losses.
A remarkable night battle on the
bank of the Bzura river is described
in the Russian communication which
says that German forces were permit
ted to cross the river unmolested and
then were attacked with bayonets,
without the firing of a shot. It is
asserted that several hundred Ger
mans were killed and the remainder
In the other campaigns on Europe's
battlefields no essential changes are
reported. In the trans-Caucasian re
gion the Turks and Russians are en
gaged in fierce struggles, but reports
from Petrograd and Constantinople
concerning the outcome are at com
plete variance. In France and Bel
gium the attacks of the allies have
failed to develop into another great
battle, and it is believed in London
that the attempt to expel the Ger
mans from their conquered territory
‘ nttiv be dcfe:rsd f • 5c.".;.,
noon shows that the artillery fight
ing along i ho front Ik proceeding in
tormlttenly and at romp points with
particular intercut. There scorn to
have been few infantry attacks re
cently. The French admit failure in
an effort to occupy a tier in an posi
tion in the Mouse country They
claim, however, further progress In
The text of the communication fol
“From the? sea to the Oise the day
passed in almost complete calm. The
weather was rainy. There were ar
tlllery exchanges at some point* oi
the front. In front ot Xoulettes our
heavy artillery reduced the German
batteries to silence.
“On tlio aisne and in ('liampaigne
the cannonading was particularly
violent. Our batteries allowed their
superiority and brought under their
fire reserve forces of the enemy. We
became possessed of .-everal points of
support held by the Oefnmns in the
region of Pert lies uud Mosul l-I.eu-
"Uetween the Argonue and tlic
Meuse, us well as on the heights oi
roallnutril on |*<iic«* Il.l
Washington. Jan. I. Representa
tive Gardner, urging his proposal to
investigate the military preparedness
l of the nation, told the house milttnr>
|committee today that tli* - entire fi« »«•
army, militia, regulars and all of the
Faitcii States would just about gur
! risou Palis, and the Flitted States to
day owns little more than half of
1 the number of guns Russia bad at.
the hattl" of - Mukden
Mr. Gardner had a Berios of lively
passages with members of the com
mittee which he arraigned for not
summoning Generals Mood and Cro
zier to get their views on prepared*
ness. •
He quoted figures to allow that the
combined force of regulars and na
tional guardsmen would form a bat
tle lino 67. miles long, two-thirds of
tlie way around greater Now York
and that compared with Kuropean na
tions, the equipment of Held guns of
the United States army was negllgi
Mr. Gardner said lie understood .i
confidential report at the war deport
me ntfrom one of the observers In
ICuropo said some of the French Held
guns shot away :*<•» or «•"•* rounds in
:l duy Bight \meric in field gum .
he said, could shoot away ammuni
tion ns fast as government arsenals
could make it See rotary Garrison,
lie said, had directed army officers
i,of to volunteer any statements and
that lie doubtless was acting in svni
pathy with the ‘ white house Ideas."

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