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Tonight and Friday fair;
slightly colder. Warmer
west portion tonight.
Death Toll of Earthquake Reaches 50,000
London, Jun. 14.—A nows dispatch received here from Home says
that the members of the chamber of deputies for Lipari It as telegraphed
to the eupital that the disaster of yesterday surpasses the Messina ca
tastrophe. The ruin is more widespread and the injury to life and limb
will be greater.
Home, Jan. 14.—With every hour, as additional and more accurate
details are received, the horror of yesterday's earthquake increases,
threatening to place it in the list of similar catastrophes in Europe sec
ond to the Messina disaster of 1908.
The list rf dead, dying and injured has increased from a relatively
small figure : st night to more than 50,000, according to an official
announcement today, and it is expected that this number may grow be
fore the day is over.
The full extent of the property loss Ims not yet been determined.
Here in Rome priceless statues centuries old, buildings and structures
that for years have been the mecca of visitors, have 1 een destroyed or
Though the loss of life and possibly the damage m; y be less than it
was in 19,08, the area of the disturbance greatly exceeds that of the Mes
sina earthyuake. It covers the whole central portion of Italy, extending
from .Vuples on the south to Ferrera on the north.
The most disastrous disturbane *, from all reports, seems to have
centered in the vicinity of the town o r Avezzano. wnero 1,500 persons have
been killed or injured, according t> the latest official reports. .Re
ports of damage in varying degroos of severity have come from Latin in.
Abruzzi, Umbria, the .Marchez, Tuscany. Ae/.lia, Campania and Apulia.
The earthquake belt is estimated to be about .‘SOO miles long, ex
tending practically from one side of Italy to the other. In Abruzzi. La
tiunt and Campania the quake reached its highest degree, described by
scientists as ••catastrophic" and in other places it varied between the sev
enth and the tenth degrees.
Relief measures for tin* thousands who have succeeded in escaping
frcih their ruined homes in safety, but are in want and without shelter,
arc going ahead with all possible sneed. Special trains have been dis
ratched. carrying physicians and nurses and government officials have
iwet* oedeVel*'-«.u-provide ail neccaaitit* lor the stricken people.
King Victor Emmanuel, despite the protests of government officials
who urged the international situation in Europe ns a reason for liis stay
ing in Rome, left early today for tlie vicinity of Avezzano to do what
ever he could anil by his presence stimulate the work of relief.
The queen, still in bed since the birth of a daughter, has expressed
tub keenest regret that she could rot go to the scenes of devastation as
she did at Messina.
Relief committees are being organized in each locality that has been
stricken to work under the direction of the central committeo in Rome,
which is under the supervision of I rentier Salandra.
Soldiers have been rushed to the scene and by night will have ostab
l.shcd tent colonies in which the homeless thousands may find tempo
rary shelter.
Lines of communication, especially railroad tracks and telephone and
telegraph wires have been interrupted seriously throughout the entire
earthquake belt, and the transportation of supplies furnished by the gov
ernment and private sources is going forward by automobiles and horse
drawn wagons.
The forces at work relieving distress face scenes of the greatest
tragedy. Families have been separated. Children are fatherless. Wives
have become widows. In every stricken section temporary hospitals
have been established and to these have gone nurses 'and doctors to care
for the injured. The list included the Duchess of Aoesta. who has
gone to Monteroduni as a nurse.
Rome. Jan. 14.—The destruction
of the town of Avezzano, a commu
nity of some 12,000 people in Auiia
province by the earthquake yester-j
day is virtually complete. There is 1
good authority for the statement that
not more than 10 per cent of the
population survived the disaster.
The streets of the city are huge
piles of stone and brick. Through :
tills the rescuers dig for survivors.
The towns of Samterlino, Patcrno.
Pencil io. Collarincle, Pescina and
Sanhonedelta also are jn large tneas-1
ure destroyo(i.
At Sora in the province of Cns- j
erta. town of over 0,000 people, the i
victims are estimated at 400. Two-!
thirds of the houses in the town
have been razed, while many of the
other are damaged beyond repair
The Rossi palace is ruined. Twenty
workmen are buried in the wreckage.
Repcrts reaching Rome today of
the casualties counted last night set
I'c’-th that at Sazsa five persons were
killed and 40 wounded. At Popoli
two persons were killed. At Antro
sano there are seven dead and 20
wounded, while at Cocullo there are'
nine dead. Twenty persons lost their
lives at Torre, |0 at, Pioenzo and six
at Russ'.
The towns of Avezzano. Cappelle.
Magliano, Marse. Massadnlbe. Coilar
mele, Cerchieo. Celano. Lelli. Pnt
terno, San Feiino. Oiosamarsi, Scur
cola, Caplstrello, Antrosana and
f’astroriovme have been practically
Pescina. Ortonainarsi. San Bene
detto. Ortrucchio. - Cocullo, Bisegna.
Balsorano, Canistro. Civhitelladan
tino, Castellafiumi. Pagliotra and
Sorba received serious damages.
Tagliaoozzo. Ovuedoli. Cappadoc
cia, Santi Marie. Poggio Filippo. San
Donato. c *»*' Rocacerro.
Carsoli. Pernoiuro and Trasacco were
all more or less damaged. Every one
pf these towns show a casualty list.
Only Afternoon Full Leased Wire Associated Press Paper in Southern Colorado
i Every train arriving from The
Abruzzi brings hundreds of persons
| who have been wounded. The refu
; lees are received at the station by
! representatives of the municipal au
thorities and distributed among hos
pitals and private houses. Every
| hospital in Rome was filled to its
capacity early in tlie day.
Prince Colonna, the mayor of
. Rome, placed at. the disposal of the
lefugecs several hotels, where food
and lodging will he furnished at the
(expense of the city.
London, Jan. 14. An employe of
i the municipality of Azezzano. one of
| the few survivors of the city, says
the dead include the sub-prefect and
t lie members of li is family: the whole
staff of the prefecture; the staff of
j the law courts; t lie mayor and all
.the members of the municipal coun
cil. Ninety-five of the 100 soldiers
who comprised the local garrison lost
their lives, as did four out of the
seven custom officials and eight out
(of the nine policemen.
The man was on the street when
the shock came. To him it seemed
1 , as if everything fell to pieces at once.
An immense cloud of dust rose
from the ruins and completely veiled
, the sky. The few survivors of Avez
■ zano assembled in Torleona square.
. Suffering from the shock if not from
• actual wounds, they were not eapazle
I of helping the wounded buried in the
• • ruins.
Rome. Jnn. It. —Several earth
. quakes occurred during the fore part
-of the day. They caused the col-
I lapse of some buildings already se
verely damaged, resulting in the in
- jury of a number of persons engaged
i in rescue work in various towns.
. These shocks were not. violent, but
' they increased the alarm of the peo
s pie and made more difficult the work
. of rescue.
Denver, Colo., Jan. 14.—1 n n
marriage here by proxy, author
ized by special permit of the
Dutch government, .Miss Eugenia
Campbell, daughter of the late
Charles Campbell of Colorado
Springs, will become the bride
on Wednesday of John Peter
Scliolten of Seniarang. Island of
Java, in the Dutch East Indias,
At the same hour the bridegroom
will go thru a proxy ceremony at
Seniarang. After the perform
ance of tin* ceremony, Miss
Campbell will leave for Java
where another marriage will be
performed. The proxy wedding
was decided upon as a method
of avoiding the two months’
residence in Java required by
the Dutch government before a
marriage ceremony could he per
formed there.
Scliolten is the oldest son of
Coinmaiidci Peter richoltt*n re
tired. of the Dutch navy. He
met Miss Campbell at ('ripple
Creek in 19155. while on n visit
to the United States for his
healt h.
Deliver. Colo., Jan. 14. An appro
priation of $50,000 to cover legal ex
penses in connection with Colorado's,
suits to secure control of water in
the streams of the state for irriga
tion Is asked in a bill introduced in
Iho senate today by Senators Weil
and Mitten.
Other hills intro*:.iced included i
one by Senator W. O. Peterson o! ,
Pueblo for improvements at the state i
asylum for the insane at Pueblo.
The introduction of bills featured
the deliberations of the house today. i
Representative A. S. Andrew of Pueb
lo introdued a bill appropriating
funds for maintenance and i nip j rove
men l of the state asylum for the in
sane at Pueblo.
Representative Howland offered a
measure concerning the ballot titles
of initiated and referred bills.
A joint meeting of the house and
senate finance committees was held
today to begin the task of framing 1
the short appropriation bill.
Washington. Jan. 14.—The state'
department is trying to arrange with 1
, the British government for tlie im- j
.mediate dispatch of the steamship
Dacia from Port Arthur, Texas, to
Rotterdam with a cargo of cotton on
the basis of a temporary voyage.
The question of principle of the
right of transfer of belligerent own
ed ships to American registry will he
waived if the Dacia is privileged to
make this oi.e voyage free from seiz
Washington. Jan. 14.—President
Wilson today nominated Blair E.
Hoar of Orofino. Idaho, receiver of
public moneys at Lewiston, Idaho.
Frank F. Steele of Helena. Mnntpna,
receiver of public moneys at Helena.
Colonel Wm. Mann, third Infan
try to be brigadier general.
Rome. Jail. 14.—The victims of
the earthquake disaster, according- to
late reports, received here, number
about 50,000, including; dead and
Rome, Jan. 14.—Official reports
received from Avezzano declare that,
the dead in that city and in the vi
cinity of the earthquake yesterday
number more than 15.000 persons.
London. Jan. 14—A news agency
dispatch from Rome says that a
further distinct earth shock was felt
in Rome about 3 o'clock this morn-;
ing. In several Quarters of the city |
the people tied from their houses.. . . i
Washington. Jun. M. Secretary
Bryan has addressed a note to the
Britisli government through Ambus-'
sudor Page at Ixjndnn. acknowledg
ing the Britisli preliminary reply to
the American note of protest regard- j
mg detention of American cargoes by j
Britisli cruisers. 1
The American note is very short
and merely expresses the intention •
of the United States to await the •
supplementary British note.
London. Jan. 14. -The Morning
Post in an editorial today follows
the line of argument sol forth in
the London Times yesterday to em
phasize the seriousness of the is
sues involved in the transfer of the
Hambiirg-Aiuericun itie steamer Da
cia to the American /lag and the use
oi ih is >learner *■ • :ur\ tot ton to
Derm any.
"It is of importance to the allies."
the Post says, “that the Dacia should
ibe stopped, hut here later upon u
question of law complicated by the
'declaration of London."
Continuing the Post says that this
whole question is "thorny and diffi
cult." the more so as it lias certainly
I been contrived by fiermany to em
broil Great Britain with the United
Referring to the delicate aspects
of this question the Post concludes
its comments as follows:
A simple way out or tlie whole
difficulty is to denounce the declara
tion and declare all the enemy's
.goods liable to capture. As the dec
laration has been repeatedly violated
(by Germany in the war notably in
the cases of ships sunk by the Ger
man cruiser Einden, there could be 1
no grievance to neutral nations in
such a course.”
Special Committee Recommends City
Compromise Hokosana Suit for $3,000
i A recommendation to the city ;
i council that the nokosana suit be,
(compromised for a Hat sum of $55,000 j
(was made to the mayor, city attorney 1
and members of the water commit-!
(tee of council last night by members I
of a special committee of citizens'
appoipted recently by Mayor Dnn
| lavy in accordance with it resolu
tion adopted. This committee re-!
viewed the record of the suit and
familiarized itself with the history
of the litigation. The proposal of
settlement suggested lasi night rep
resents a sum about $1,500 less than
(was asked for in the most liberal
plan of compromise urged at any
time by the plaintiff and his at-!
f torne.v, G. S. Redd of Denver.
For $55,000 the city may settle the'
suit and lie rid of the litigation. If. ,
|however, this sum in compromise is '
* not acceptable to Hokosana then the
, snecial committee recommends that j
the suit be proceeded with in the
courts. A letter setting forth the
terms on which the city will agree!
'to settle will be sent immediately to J
Hokosana and It is counsel.
The committee named to advise |
with the council is composed of .T. |
C. Bell. D. L. Taylor. C. If. Nichols, j
Harry West, George Hausman. J. O. .
Packer and John Aiello and all were
present last evening save Mr. Nich- (
The members Yr the committee are
frank in their statements that, the
city is not indebted to Hokohana to
the extent claimed. Those familiar,
with the case assert that Hokosana
did not perform the service of dig
ging the trenches for the water nine
lines in accordance with specifica
tions and contract and all this has
The Las Animas county represen
tatives in Hie Twentieth General As
sembly have secured sufficient recog
nition in the House to he given a
number of places on prominent com
mittees. John Mayor lias been
named chairman of the Federal Re
lations Committee and was named a
member of the committees on Labor,
mines and mining, state penitentiary 1
and public buildings. j
If. A. Schmidt, the other represon- ;
tutive from this county, was named!
on the committees of Approprlntions ■
anil Expenditures, Criminal Juris- (
prudence. Judiciary, Railroads and
Towns and Cities.
Gov. Carlson to Hold
“Cabinet” Sessions
: Denver, Jun. 14.—Governor George
!A. Carlson today Inaugurated the
(custom of holding a “cabinet” moet
ing dally at 9 o'clock. The members
i of the governor's ‘‘cabinet” are the
j secretary of state, state auditor, state
I treasurer and the attorney general.
When important legislation is pond
ling the sessions will include Speaker
| Philip Stewart of tlio house of repre
-1 sontatives and Re Roy J. Williams.
Republican floor leader of the sen-
Jhlo. with perhaps the chairman of
! committees considering the hills In

The senate today confirmed the
(appointment of M. If. Aylesworth us
a member of the house utilities com
mission to succeed A. P. Anderson.
Pueblo, Colo., Jan. 1 4.—Six United I
States troopers, in Jail here, charged |
with complicity in the theft of $15.-
; 000 from the Walsenhurg post of lice j
! several weeks ago. were released to- .
day’ by order of United States Dls- ,
trict Attorney Tedrow. The men
freed are Privtes I. V. McMullen,
Rudolph Kullmnn. fiary Komoski,
Joscpii Dribnich. James 11. Ilunnon
and Chris Mikeles. They were given ,
into the custody of a recruiting offic
er and wfll he sent to join their
troops which recently returned to (
Fort Leavenworth from the Colorado'
strike district.
; been gone over many tftnics since the
jsuit was first, instituted.
The original suit grow out of the
i employment of Marry Mokosana to
i perform under contract the excava
tion work for the installation of the
‘city pipe lino system. A mix-up de
veloped due to dissatisfaction with
the work done and a portion of pay- ;
ment was withheld or alleged to have [
| been withheld. Mokosana brought 1
suit to recover a sum of money which I
lie claimed was due iiini on contract.
The chief figure in the complica
tions growing out of the employ
ment of Mokosana was City Engineer I
\V. G. Goodwin, who approved the .
work done by the contractor and
whose estimates wore to be regarded
'as final and conclusive. Many fa-j
miliar with the case believe that I
what irregularity there was was j
, known to Goodwin and accepted the i
theory that there was a collusion he-
itween him and the contractor.
The Vase was tried three or four
years ago and Judge Lewis in the
j United States court in Denver ren
dered a decision for the plaintiff, al
lowing a judgment. The case was
j taken to a higher court and the for
'mer decision reversed. That was the
last heard of the suit until a few
months ago when Mokosana reopened
, 1 the case.
More than one proposal of com
• promise has been made to the city bv
Mokosana. none of which have been
i satisfactory to the council. Tn order
•|to secure the advice of citizens and (
i taxpayers a week or two ago the ]
- mayor was empowered to appoint n .
• 'committee to investigate and suggest ;
- the best action for the city to take.
» This report was received last night.
Germans Continue to Maintain Advantage in Fighting. Rus
sian Forward Movement Checked in Poland by Strong
German Force. Turks Invade Persia.
Within a tw» hour motor ride of
Paris, Emperor William Is directing a
violent attack on- tin* French line,
i The Germans, under the eyes of their
| ruler, won an important victory in
I the fighting yesterday near Sols'sons,
; the point at which the battle line.
I stretching down from the north to
• the point nearest Paris, turns to the
i j oust ward.
lu both the Puris and Berlin offi
cial statements today the victory of
the Germans on the of Vrep
ay, northeast of Soissons. is recorded.
The Berlin statement adds that the
, Germans, charging thru heavy mud.
• took trench after trench, clearing the
heights and - capturing 1.155 U prison
In the east also furious fighting
lias been resumed. The Russian forc
es in East Prussia have been driven
hack, the Berlin war office states,
but the Russians advancing toward
tlie Prussian frontier in the Mlwa re
gion have captured several towns.
Iu central Poland the Germans
have made four violent attacks witli
,ln •• n hours, i'ut-y succeeded jil tii’iA -
ing buck the Russians and winning
I considerable ground. Russia has
once more undertaken an offensive
movement against two of the three
nations she is fighting.
After a long period of Inactivity
ijiiere the forces in tlie north are at-
I tempting to penetrate from two di
rections into Prussia, where Russia
: several months ago sustained one of
i the most severe defeats of the war.
j In the Caucasus Russian forces are
again engaged in heavy fighting
with the Turks, who, according to c -
(ficial Petrograd advices, have sus
' tained large losses in the late encoun
j ters.
In Galicia and Bukowtna, where
Russia's activities are directed
(against Austria, there is now little
activity, severe weather having
(checked military operations.
On tiie western battlefields the
lighting in the region of Soissons lias
I developed into unexpectedly large
proportions. Both the Germans and
; the allies apparently have thrown in
1 heavy reinforcements and definite
defeat for either side might result in
Hi*' reshaping of the battle line over
a long section of the frontier. Not
j only in the Soissons region but tlse
! where along the front Germany is be
lieved to be sending in more troops in
! response to the movement of En
! gland, which is pouring in fresh
soldiers weekly by the thousands. Or
dinary passenger traffic over the
railroads in Germany lias been sus
pended for several days and it is as
sumed that extensive movements of
• troops are under way.
j All the Russian rorces in northern
I Persia apparently offered no resist
j anee to the Turks’ advance. Small
1 forces of Persians defended their
Country from invasion hut with no
1 success. Of a guard of 400 Persian
(horsemen at Miandoab. the "gateway
!to Persia." all but four web* killed. ,
London. Jan. I L—Like the stub
bornly contested battle in the early
| days of the war on which hinged the \
German occupation of West Flanders.
! the struggle for the knoll of ground
I northeast of Soissons known as
("Spur 122" still remained unde ided
' today, according to information re
ceived in London. The Germans, how
ever. by their counter attacks, ap
pear to be in the beftor position to
the eastward of the spur.
In view of the relatively small
amount of ground gained the losses
have been heavy on both sides, but
the Germans show no signs of giving
up their attempts to retake the hill,
jin fact, it is said that General Von
Kluck himself is now in command of
the German forces.
Farther east, near Perthes, where
another sharp fight is still in pro
gress. the situation lias not changed
materially, judging from dispatches
received here.
Tabriz. Persia, a city of 200.000
neople. apparently was taken without
fighting. In view of the fact that tli e
Buy at home. Help the
local merchant who helps
the town to grow. Flret
read the C.-N. ad columna.
f small Russian garrison maintained
i in Tabriz in limes of pear** had been
. withdrawn, it is believed that the
• sufferers by tlie oeetipatlon. if any.
i are the Armenian.-, whom the Kurds,
. who constitute the Turkish advance
. guards, are always ready to attack.
; Today’s dispatches from Petrograd
i say that the Turkish invasion of
Persia continues and that tn** Turks
- are penetrating further into the
The principal feature of today's
news in London is the resignation of
i Count Berchtoidt. tin* Austrian for
, eign minister.
Berlin, Jan. 14.—-The war offb <
today gave out the following stm*
; inent:
"In the western theatre of the war.
n the dunes near Xieuport and
> southwest of Vpres, artillery coni' .u
1 art! going on. The enemy directed
■ an extremely strong flic on West
cade, which they soon will have en
t tlrely destroyed. Their torpedo boats
■ i disappeared quickly as soon as they
.-eiYiVMI til. file
"In contoinualioii or tnelr activl
-4 ties on January s northeast oi Sois
-1 sons, our troops again made an at
tack oa the heights of Vregny and
cleared ibis elevated plain of tlie <?n -
emy. fn a pouring rain and deeply
• sodden clay, trench after trencii was
taken by storm until after dark and
• the enemy was driven Imek to the
border of the elevated plain. Four
teen French officers and 1,1 550 men
1 were taken prisoners and four can
non. four machine guns and a seareli
• light were captured- a brilliant feat
for our troops,, under the very eyes
of their uppermost war lords.
“Northeast of the camp of Cha
lons the French attacked again yes
terday in the morning and afternoon
with strong forces, to the east of
Perthes. They penetrated, at cert .a in
places, our trenches, hut were re
pulsed by energtie counter attacks
and driven back with heavy losses
into their own positions, leaving I no
prisoners in our hands.
I the Argonne and the Vosges
nothing of importance has occurred.
"in the eastern theatre of war Rus
sian attacks to the southeast of Gum
binnen (East Prussia) and to the
cast of Loetzen have been repulsed
any many hundreds of prisoners have
been taken.
"The situation in northern Poland
is the nine.
"Our attacks west of the Vistula
are being continued.
“Nothing of importance has oc
curred on the eastern bank of the
Paris, Jun. 3 4.—The French war
office gave out this aftenoon an of
ficial communication in part as fol
lows :
"To the north of Poisson* ther*
was determined fighting all day yes
terday. The engagement was local
ized to a section of ground to tlie
north of Croup. W'e bold only the
first slopes of these hills. On our
loft in this field our counter attack
'made slight progress, but without
succeeding in recording a material
advance. On the ••enter we retained
our positions around the village of
Croun in s >ite of the repeated efforts
of the enemy to dislodge in-, hut on
the oast in front of Vregny we were
obliged to yield.
“Along the remainder of the front
along the Aisne there was yesterday
nothing more than artillery exchang
"fn Champaign the region of Per
thes continued to be the scene of lo
cal engagements for the possession • f
, German trenches on the second and
third lines of defense To the north
of Beausejour we blew up some of
the enemy’s positions to make impos
sible his laying of mini's. Tlie Ger»
mans, believing they wore attacked,
manned their trendies. We then
opened a violent artillery and Infan
try fire on these positions.
Cuulluued «n |i»Cr 51.)

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