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Tonight and Saturday
snow Colder east portion
State Department Hears Pro
test from Ambassador
Washington, .lan. J»‘».—The British
aiubususuor. feir Cert' £pring-Kicc,
made urgent representations to the
state department today against the
Carranza embargo on oii exports
from Tampico, from which the Brit
ish navy draws some of its fuel.
Tlie British ambassador also called
attention to the destruction of prop
erty at Tampico in the oil fields,
which is reported as having been
very great.
Dispatches to the state department
have reported that the Aguilar Pe
troleum Company and the Penn—Mex
Oil company had been closed down
by decree prohibiting further oper
ation without permission of Carran
za. and that an embargo on oil ex
ports had he' 1 placed on the Agui
lar compuu.v and the Huastroca Pe
troleum company. The embargo was
said to have been laid because the
companies had uot paid a production
Washington. Jan. 13.—Secretary
Bryan announced late today that the
('nited States government had
warned General Carranza that •ser
ious consequences would follow” the
threatened confiscation of foreign oil
wells at Tampico.
Washington, Jan Js.—The am
bassador. alter Ills conference with
Secretary Bryan, sent a telegram di
rect to General Carranza pointing
out that injurious result would fol
low interference with the supply
from Tampico district. It was un
derstood that the ambassador’s ac
tion in making the direct appeal to
Carranza was at the suggestion of
Secretary Bryan who on the repre
sentations of the British embassy
bud protested to Carranza on behalf
of this government. It was pointed
jut '*■ shortage ol oil trora
.Mexico would be seriously felt In
Texas, where American railroads use
H for fuel.
Whether or not the city of Trini
dad wiU proceed with its condemna
tion suit against the C. F. & I. Co.
for land at Monument Lake or submit
a new offer for direct purchase to
the Fuel Company will lie decided
doubtless within the next few days
by the special committee of citizens
appointed recently by Mayor Dun
lavv. Members of this committee
with tlie mayor, city attorney and
water committee met at the city Ball
lust night and discussed tlie propo
sition but came to no definite decis
ion. Tlie members of the special
committee present were W. M. Rapp,
D. 1,. Taylor. J. F. Sherman, and W.
M. Jamieson. Other members are
George Strucy and C. H. Nichols who
are out of the city, and H. K Hol
loway. Two other members will be
named by the mayor within the next
couple of days.
The city is interested In securing
94 acres of land owned by the C. F.
& I. Co. at Monument Lake for the
building of a dam. With the addi
tional water facilities which this
land will give the city will have a
water supply ample for all the needs
of tne community for all time. Nego
tiations for the purchase of the land
were started more than two years
ago hut no agreement with the C. F.
& r. Co. could he reached.
Time and again former Mayor Tay
lor and members of the water com
mittee conferred with the Fuel Co.
officials and considerable corres
pondence passed. Just before the
retirement of Mr. Taylor as mayor
lie named a citizens' committee to in
vestigate the matter and to negotiate
further but still no agreement result
ed. Tlie council then proceeded to
bring a condemnation suit.
It appeared to bo tlie sentiment of
the coinjnittce last night that the
city secure the land by outright pur
chase for a fixed sum and obaln a
f.'cor deed and title to the land, sell
ig water at regular established rates
o tlie C. F. & i. Co. They thought
'.ills was the most advisable course to
pursue, hence further negotiations
for pun bir • v be made within a
short time. Another meeting of the
committee will be called in a few
Only Afternoon Full Leased Wire Associated Press Paper in Southern Colorado
Denver, Colo., Jan. !.». — 4
house and senate bad u brief 4
session today. After the trails- 4
action of routine business 4
and tiie introduction ot' min- 4
or bills adjournment was talc- 4
en until Mouduy. 4
Washington. Jan. J Secretary
Tumulty threw up .ills bands in de
spair and heaved a sigli today when
he read a published story saying lie
hud gone to the capitol to work
against a bill for prohibition in the
capital, lie declared it a climax to
a run of hard luck which contained
the following instances: A Metho
dist clergyman sat on his silk at at
Indianapolis, a policeman refused
him admittance to rhe Indiana Demo
cratic club and refusal of reception
to the president because of the afore
said battered hat.
Tn New York lie stopped at one
hotel and the propritor of another
wrote him a letter of protest, con
tending that because he was a good
Democrat Mr. Tumulty should have
slopped with him.
He went to Jersey City with ills
I wife for a social visit and the news
papers said he went to settle an ap
pointment figiit.
At tlie earnest request of a Demo
cratic member of congress he wrote
a letter endorsing a. man for office
and later discovered the man was
connected with tlie "Lemon trust."
"f seem to get nothing but lemons,"
sighed Secretary Tumulty today as
lie finished the recital.
Phoenix. Arias.. Jan. 15.—T0 save
the inmates of county alms houses
from eviction, the machinery of the
state legislature was expected to be.
p\it in mot ion today to invalidate a '
mother’s pension initiative amend- 1
ment adopted at the November elec
tion. and which provides for tlie sale
or all county charitable institutions
to raise funds for tlie pension. The
amendment received less tlmn a ma
jority of votes cast for governor and
(hut fjici wnn|(i ortiMe »h»- •vr'cia'
lire to void it.
At tlie county farm at Douglas,
where there are sixty inmates, 20 of
them bed-ridden, only four days’
supply of food remains. To the
county supervisors there, tin* (resi
dent of tiie state senate, after a con
ference with Governor Hunt yester
day. wired:
•’Unofficially advise ignore law."
Washington, Jan. I.'.—Release oii
bond of ships detained in British
prize courts will be permitted by the
British government if Hie judge of
llie court is willing, according to a
statement issued today by the British
Tlie embassy statement says:
"While they cannot give a pledge
that all ships now in prize courts
will be released on bail being of
fered, because the decision must rest
with the judge, his majesty’s govern
ment in order to relieve a shortage
of tonnage, are anxious to withdraw
ships as little as possible from in
carrying trade and will therefore not ]
oppose release on hull of ships now
in prize courts, if bail is offered.
"Only seven neutral vessels arc at
present in prize court and fi » snips
are dtuined by the United Kingdom
in addition at the moment for exami
nation as to character and «o desti
nation of cargo. One of those will
probably be released almost iinme
diately and not one of them is under
the American flag.”
Santa Fe. Jan. To- —A strong effort
will ho made at this legislative ses
sion tor the passage of a stale hank
ing act similar to the one which
failed of passage at the fast session,
the hill being drawn at the instance
of the State Bankers’ association, it
is practically identical with the
Colorado law. It is also proposed to
pass a measure creating a state bank
ing commission.
A ear limit or full crew law. abol
ishing the rule making it necessary
for trainmen to ride on top of the
cars when unnecessary and a law
providing for tlie use of electric
headlights on all locomotives are
desired by the state legislative
boards of the railroad orders, whose
representatives are herewith the
draft of such measures.
A stringent anti-nepotism law,
making it illogul for officials of the
state, countios or municipalities to
employ relatives as assistants is ho
ling drawn for submission to the leg
islature. The bill is tlie outgrowth
|of charges that numerous state offi
cials have given employment to too
many relatives in their offices.
Washington, Jan. I •*> -In urging
on the senate the need of a commis
sion to report on military prepared
ness or for a permanent council of
national defense. Senator l.odge to
day declared that the national de
feuse of tlie country ‘ is not only im
perfect and unbalanced but that it
has grave and in some oinstauces fa
tal deficiencies.” He designated
what he termed many of the defects
and said they were "almost wholly
due to congress."
An adequate national defense, the
senator said, could be obtained with
out additional expense. "Cut off our
needless unny posts, navy yards and
stations,” lie declared. "Lay aside
for a fe wyears appropriations for
public buildings and river und har
bor improvements where they are not
needed. Drop nD the expenses which
are designed for spots where votes
are lying thickest, and you will have
money enougli to provide for a suffi
cient army and an adequate navy
without adding to the burden of tax
at ion.”
Hi' warned thfii me oceau barrrier
that defended tlie country in I77tj
and in 181.2 had beer, destroyed I**
steam and electricity. "Unmanned,
unready, tlie nation stands an invi
tation to ingrpssion und attack,” he ;
Minister Silliman Declared to
be an “Unfit Person"
New York. Jan. 15.—Concerning
the personal habits of Janies M. Sul
livan. American minister to Santo i
Domingo, he was told that the min- ■
inter on one occasion received the J
Italian minister and the British !
charge de affaires in his uudersliirt. |
Charles A. Butlin testified today at
the inquiry being conducted into the '
fitness of Sullivan to hold his post- '
lion. It was an official call, added
Butlin, who is an Englishman, for
n:**** *•'*• 1 ♦vir.’i. 1 lean .
incut wireless service, "and I can
testify,” interrupted Walter W. Vick,
instigator of the Sullivan investiga
tion. "that the minister received
them in disgraceful attire. Butlin
said Mr. Sullivan hud made him
propositions for the extension of tlio
island’s wireles ssystcin and later
had inspired Ills removal from office
in tin- wireless service.
"Tills, said Butlin. was due to tin*
fact that . was nil antagonist to any
jjfbculativc concessions being grant
ed by (lie government.’’
Roger L. fern until, secretary of
the National City Bank of New York,
denied that his bank had any plan?
• onicinphii iug *tlie ex'plcytation of
Santo Domingo. He said tho hank’s
only interest in tlie island was tins
lending of $1,500,000 to tin* govern
ment two years ago.
Germans Preqare to Launch
New Move on Warsaw--Von
Kluck Leads Fierce Attack
Uctrugrad. Jan. I.**.—The Russian
general stafi lias readied the opinion
that the Germans are preparing for
a genej/1 aggressive movement it De
vest and southwest of Warsaw. Staff
: officers say that this opinion is born
cut by the fact that the Get mans!
have removed their sick and wounded
from Lodz und Piotrkow into Prus
sia and have changed their ammu
nition bases. Furthermore, inform
ation lias been received here cf the .
arrival of large bodies of German
troops in northern Hungary and j
their distribution at points within '
striking distance of tlie fortified po
sitions covering tlie northern en
trances into Hungary and tlie princi
pal passes of the Carpathians now j
held by the Russians. This is taken
to indicate that tlie Germans are re
inforcing the Austrian troops for a
vigorous effort to free northern Hun
gary and ilukowina from the danger
of further Russian advances. The
present lull about Warsaw is regard
ed as preparatory to this impending
Tin* presence of Russian forces in
Bukowina and along the river Dunn
jee, southeast of Cracow, not only
would facilitate co-operation by Ron
mania with Russian if she were dis
posed to enter the war, hut also
threatens German Silesia.
The opinion is held by military
officers here that tin* German staff
.is attaching new importance to the
Hungarian situation. The appoint
! Pueblo, Colo., Jau. 15. -A new
venire of jurors, the liftß since the
i trial started, and bringing tbo num
ber of men summoned up to suo, was
ordered by Judge Burke in tlie La
Vela murder case today. Although
i nearly TOO talesmen have been elimi
nated by the 10 atorneys involved in
!the trial, only about. 50 out or 120
I challenges have been used. Eight
! former coal strikers are on trial
'charged with slaying & party of mine
guards and a chauffeur in Novem
j her of it)18.
Politics, nil overlooked Issue in the
j examination of jurors in she La Vela
case, came tlie surDn-.- for tlie first
lime yesterday, in Hie questioning
(of Frank 1,. Potter, a poultry dealer
and teamster, of 820 East becond
'street, the defense learned that Pot
ter had taken ail active interest in
1 the last election. He was questioned
l at length as to the possibilities or
his political affiliations prejudicing
him against the defendants, hut Pot
ter dei lared he had no prejudices
Tlie fact that this line cf ques
tioning was exercised on Potter in
dicated quite strikingly that tlie at
i torneys for tlie defense have received
"advance dope’’ on the pending list
:of jurors. Apparcu\jy. Attorney
Hawkins, who conducted the exam
, iuation of Potter, hud received a
,Hunch that Potter hap been working
for state-wide prohibition.
"I understand your political work
'was not for one party or another?’’
I questioned the attorney.
"li was not, it was for a eonstitu
-1 tioiutl amendment.” answered Pot
• ter.
• How long was you working on
I the political job?"
■ One month. '
' "It it should appeal in Hie course
, of this trial that r.i , V )I " of .tip*
'a« tciiduiiis is interested in a retail
liquor business, would that tend to
prejudice you against such defend
ant 7 ”
* "It would not.”
Potter admitted that lie ouv be
longed to the state militia and was
jsent to Lcudvilic in 1898 on account
of tlie strike. He qualified as a
juror, but oii its next opportunity
the defense excused him on a per
emptory challenge.
An unprecedented speeding-up in
th procedure was conspicuous yester
day. The length of tlie examination
of jurors was noticeably reduced,
particularly by the atotrncys for tlie
defense, and when court adjourned
at f. o’clock last evening tlie day’s
!showing was twenty-seven men ex
amined and excused, seven on a side
peremptorily and thirteen for cause. ,
< i ohUhih-ii *»ii i»nm- ■*».>
ment of Baron Stephan Burkin us
Austrian foreign minister in .succes
sion to Count Vonßurclitoldt is ex
pected here to put an end to discus- ;
>Jon oT a separate Russian peace with
Austria, which is said here to have j
i been favored by Vonßerchlold. His
! position, according to these reports,
■ was that Austri should not sacrifice
iier resources to protect Hungary
and Silesia from invasion.
Baron Btirian, a Hungarian Slur. t
, is an intimate friend of Count Ste
-11 phan Tisza, the Hungarian premier.
1 Ho was a resident of Moscow for a j
■; number of years and is familiar with !
■ Russian affairs and the Pan-Slavic !
j movement. He Is said to favor an .
’ j uncoinpromising fight against Bus-I
l .sia.
1 London. Jan. 1 The \ iolcnt ’
‘ German attack to the north of Sois- i
sons under the direction of General !
' Von Kluck, which, coupled with a :
• flood stage ot' the river, has forced .
> tho French back across the Aisne is j
tho most striking news of the last ;
i ' 2 1 hours, from tlie scat of war.
Snow in tlie Vosges mountains [
' and floods still prevent any exton- ;
-: slvo operations on tin* eastern or,
-western wings, and lo British observ
l ors it appears as |o though tlie Sois- j
sons district lias been selected for j
• tin* point where, with reinforce-!
• ments and first line troops, tlie Gor- ,
»! mans are planning to display once j
. more their hammering tactics so |
Chicago, Jan. 13.—Immense ex
port buying caused u fresh upheav
al toduy iu tlie price of wheat and
flour and oven more so in rye and
corn. The foreign buying of wheat
and coru was counted in millions of
Wheat rose, lo $1.4.'.; for May de
livery us aguinst $ 1.43 Hat the
highest yesterday, or any time before
since the war began. Flour jumped
20c a barrel and corn and rye re
spectively 3|i and 5c a bushel.
.Chicago, Jan. 15.—Less than a
minute after the opening wheat
broke the war price high record.
First sales of tho May delivery shot
up to $1.43(} t* bushel, nearly a full
cent above last night's close, and
overtopping by a quarter cent tlie
previous highest figures, which were
attained on yesterday’s excited ad
Before the market was ati hour old
May wheat, selling at $1,44 3 to
$1,4 43, had gained more than two
cents u bushel in value, as compared
with what was received with aston
ishment the day before. Advices
from rural centers, notably in Kan
sas and Nebraska, indicated that the
farmers wore selling little. On tlie
other hand there seemed to be no
limit to demand for ocean shipment,
regardless of supposed scarcity of
New York, Jan. 15. - The price of
flour soared today to the highest
point it lias reached In many years.
Fancy grades in joßhing lots were
quoted at SB.OO a barrel. On the
floor of tlie produce exchange there
was a general advance of about 20c
a barrel on all grades. Spring pul
cnls were quoted at $7.35 and some
fancy patents at $7.00 per barrel.
To take the water department of
the city out of tlie jurisdiction of the
city council and place it under the
direction of regularly elected water
commissioners is a plan which Mayor
Dunlavy has been rolling over in his
mind for some lime. The mayor
sprung tlie idea at the little session
with Hie citizens’ water committee
hist night and it seemed to meet at
first, first blush with quite general
Tlie mayor has not worked out his
plan in detail but cntertuiiiH t Bo idea
that the water department should he
separate and apart from the other de
partments of tlie city, lie favors the
election of water commissioners
without regard to political views, in
other words men who are capable to
handle the business of a modern
water works system hut. wiio will not
bo selected because of political affil
iations. City Attorney McGlashan
lias been usked to look into the stat
utes and ascertain how tlie city could
proceed to work out tills idea.
familiar during tlie autumn On the
other bund some war oxpcits argue
that the operations at Soissons may
• have been undertaken to compel the
allies to lesson the pressure in Al-
I save.
Tlie Britisli claim to have won a
I marked success January 10, near La
Basse, when they drove the Germans
from strongly entrenched positions,
[gaining one mile in distance and in
! flictlng severe losses on their antag
There lias been no change of ini
; portunco in tlie eastern arena of tho
I war.
i Borin. Jan. 15.—Tho German war
jofflco today gave out an official
;statement as follows:
"Some torpedo bouts appeared
[yesterday off Wcstendo. They were
accompanied by small craft* which
approached to within nine miles of
i the coast.
"French attacks on both sides of
j Notre Dame de Lorettc. northwest of
I Arras, were repulsed by us.
I "A trench which we look eight
:days ago from the enemy near Eeurie
•and which had since been occupied
• by a portion of one of our companies,
1 wus lost by us. The fighting iu
this locality continues to rage today.
"The northern bank of the river
! Aisne, to the northeast of SoissotiH,
has been cleared of Fronch troops.
By continuous fighting we wore suc
f CContUmrd on page S.)
MORE THAN 20,000
DEAD, 40,000
Armies of Relief Workers Recovering Bodies from Ruins of
Villages. Late Reports Indicate Disaster Far More Ex
tensive than First Supposed. Series of Minor Quakes
Shakes Down Wreckage Upon Mangled Human Heaps.
Koine, Jan. 15.--Constantly shifting estimates, based on reports that
continue to trickle in now place the death toll from Wednesday's earth
quake at 20.000 and the injured at a number iu excess of .‘15,000.
Hundreds, possibly thousands, of victims, still are buried alive iu the
wreckage of their homes while rescuers from every walk or life struggle
desperately to dig them out. King Victor ICmmanuel. who returned to
Koine from Avczzuno last night, personally* superintended the release of
a number of such unfortunates.
The king reached the capital in his private* car, to which were at
tached three couches bearing 40 wounded. These, like the other hun
dreds who are slowly reaching Home, were distributed about the hospi
tals. regular and extraordinary*, in the city.
Pope Benedict this morning offered to the mayor of Koine the use
of the hospital of Santa Marta. The offer was accepted.
The principal loss of life and probably the chief property damage
appears to have been in Avczzano and Sora, 15 miles away. Itoth of
these municipalities wore destroyed nnd their populations virtually wiped
Latest reports place the number of dead iu Avez/.ano at Ih.ono and
in Sora at 4,000. In at least 00 other towns more than 0,000 have been
killed. From these towns come the majority of the injured. In Ac/
zano and Sora almost everyone was killed.
The situation in Avez/.ano is incieasingly grave because of the de
struction of the ncquaduct system and the consequent shutting off of the
water supply*. Communication slowly is being re-established and two
hastily Improvised hospitals ami one refuge camp have been set up
The rescue forces have been augmented by tlto staff of tlic United
Stat(*s embassy nt. Koine.
The secretaries and attaches carried supplies of clothing and provi
sions for the sufferers.
Keports from Switzerland show that the quake was r e!t among the
Alps, and caused destructive avalanches there.
As in the Messina catastrophe it is believed that ii will he weeks
before the loss of life can Vic known or the property hiss accurately
compiled. The work of recovering bodies is proceeding slowly.
Washington, Jan. 1 5. Dispatches
from Koine from Ambassador Thomas
Nelson Page, place the dead between
12,000 nnd 15,000 and the seriously
injured at about the sumo number.
The ambassador said lie hud in
quired of the Italian government if
aid were needed, but was told that
Italy was not accepting the assistance
from any foreign country. No Amer
icans have been reported among the
killed or injured.
The dispatch from Mr. Page says:
•'Latest reports of earthquake from
semi-official sources place dead nt
between twelve and fifteen thousand
and seriously injured at about as
many more: press reports both con
siderably lower.
“I have expressed our profound
sympathy. To informal inquiry
whether more* substantial aid is need
ed am told by government that while
deeply gratified for inquiry, Italy is
not accepting proffers of aid from
iiny foreign countries. No Americans
so far as yet reports among injured.
Owing to interruption of single rail
read penetrating devastated inform
ation Is difficult. Have sent mem
bers oT staff to region to report.”
London. Jan. 15. The PJxchauge
Telegram company lias received a
message from its Rome correspond
ent who suvs that the magnitude of
the Italian disaster Increases as fur
ther news from the devastated area
Is receive.!.
The casualties nt Magliano Pi
Mars! are estimated nt 1300 out of
a population of 1500. At Pesolnl
four thousand persons arc reported
killed and the number of dead at San
Benedetto Is given as 3.000.
Paris. Jan. 15.---A dispatch to
the Havas agency from Rome quotes
tin; Messaggero us saying that the
number of dead at Avez/.ano is larger
than has been believed. According
to this paper 1 1.000 persons lie bur
id beneath the ruins of the city.
The Messagero says that at Cappa
docia all the housesc are uninhabit
able and (he people are camping on
the snow. Twenty bodies have been
recovered from the ruins there, and
It is estimated that 30 more are still
beneath the debris.
The town / Sourcola is now noth
ing but a pile of ruins beneath which
are buried hundreds of bodies. Of
tho population of 900 only 30 es
caped death.
At Magliano 1)1 Mars! 1300 were
killed, I'apelle was destroyed with
tho loss of nioro than 1200 lives.
Nearly the entire population of San
nenodetto, numbering 3000, met
Buy at home. Help the
local merchant who helps
tho town to grow. First
read the C.-N. ad columns.
.death. The towns of Ortucchio. with
2400 Inhabitants and (Hosanarsl,
with 3500 are in ruins. At Pescicna
the number of deaths is about 4000.
which is approximately one-half of
the population.
Koine, Jan. 15.—There is reason
to believe that only a few hundred
persons out of the 17,000 who in
habited Kora have been saved. It is
impossible as yet to ascertain tho
exact number of tho dead and wound
ed. Kellef expeditions have been
liurri edto Sora, and every hour Is
bringing more harrowing particulars
of the destruction of tho town.
The shocks were so severe at Sora
that some buildings were apparently
: removed from tl.V'ir foundations and
overturned some 'distance from their
original positions. The river Liri is
in flood.
Avezzuuo. Italy. Jan 15. -Sonn* of
the soldiers of the local garrison
were today rescued from the ruins of
the barracks. The soldiers engaged
in relief measures labor night and
| day to extricate the wounded. Tile
survivors stand in the wreckage of
their homes awaiting for tin* bodies
of their relatives to be brought out.
Avez/.ano, Italy, Jan. 15. Hescuo
work in tills devastated town is be
coming a ghastly and nerve-racking
, task. Thu mutilated bodies of the
townspeople extricated from tho
ruins are being laid along the road
which one led to the ruilroad station.
| Home of the bodies are uurecogniza
ble and frequently are claimed as
bodies of relations by different per
During the night Jbe work of re»%
cue was continued by torch light and
the flickering shadows made it ap
pear ns though the walls were about
to fall. Koine did collapse either as
a result of the earth shocks still oc
curring or because the debris sup
porting them was removed by tho
As the work of rescue goes on it
becomes more and more apparent
that many of the inhabitants did
not die of injuries sustained in the
i quake, but ns a result of becoming
exhausted and frozen, during the
* long hours of the winter night
One girl who bad been hanging
by her clothing for many hours from
an upper floor of a building was
' finally rescued alive Count Kilippi
Kesta. a prominent resident of \voz
-1 zano, escaped, though his whole
family of nine anil two servants were
buried in the collapse of their dwell

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