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Tonight and Sunday gen
orally fair.
Pioneer Resident of County is
Killed by C. & W.
Jose Rafael Cordova, one of the
earliest settlors of Las Animas coun
ty, former county commissioner, was
instantly killed shortly before noon
today when a C. Ai \V. train struck
the wagon in which he was riding,
one mile south of Weston, hurling
him under the wheels. The life of
the prominent Spanish-Ainerican
resident was crushed out.
How the accident happened is not
definitely known as the details were
uot given to the coroner or to the (’.
ft W. official this afternoon. It is
leclared, how< . er, that Cordova was
driving ov.er a crossing neat* Weston
when the train struck the vehicle.
Cordova’s body was picked up to
await the arrival of an undertaker
summoned from Trinidad.
Jose Rafael Cordova has been a
resident of the county for the past
forty years, residing most of the time
on his ranch near Weston, lie has
always been active in politics and
served as county commissioner a
number of years ago. lie was a
commissioner at the time the present
county jail was built and his name i
appears on the corner stone.
lie was for more than twenty years |
a leader of the Democratic party in
the county and about six years ago
became affiliated with the Repub
lican organization and lias been an
active worker In the party ranks.
Ho was highly esteemed by all wlior
knew him and regarded as a kindly
old gentleman. In the early years of
his residence lie was a teacher of
Tito deceased is survived hv three
sons—Patricia, who reside? nt Wes
ton: Francisco of Torres, and D.
Cordova: also by four daughters
who reside In this county, and two
brothers, ,1. V. Cordova and F.
Cordova, and one sister. Mrs. Mnr
'tines, of Weston.
Coroner I trail ley is investigating
the accident.
Washington, Jail. 10.—Despite the
picas of leaders to cease discussion
and turn to work on appropriation
hills the senate devoted its session
today to a prohibition debate based
on the proposal to suspend the mo
tion to attach a dry rider to the Dis
trict of Columbia appropriation hills.
Senator James put into the rec
ord a copy of President Wilson’s let
ter to Rev. T. D. Spannon of New Jer
sey, favoring local option, hut oppos
ing the making of a political issu •
out of the question.
Senator Kenyon submitted an edi
torial by Secretary Bryan which, lie
said, put the Democratic party in
favor of prohibition.
To seek some means of relievin •
the legislative jam in the senate the
Democrats of that body will have a
caucus late today.
London, Jan. tG.—The entrance of
Turkish troops into Tabriz. Persia,
several days ago was entirely unop
posed by the Persians and took place
in accordance with "dans previously
arranged" between American Consul
Gordon Paddock, who co-operated
with the deputy governor and the
commander ot the Turkish forces.
All the Russians in Tabriz, includ
ing the consul, hail previously with
drawn from the city, in order to
avoid a confluict.
Only GOO Turkish soldiers marched
into the Persian city, the Kurils,
numbering some 25,000 men, having
been left at some distance outside.
An official telegram from the Te
heran government (conveying the
above information was received in
London today. This message adds
that Persia wn« neither prepared nor
willing to oppose either side in this
conflict hut that she would remain
strictly neutral.
Only Afternoon Full Leased Wire Associated Press Paper in Southern Colorado
Washington, Jan. IG.- -Informally
reporting tin* $1 4 8,000,000 naval
hill to the house today, the naval
committee said that while in the Eu
ropean war "the submarine has been
effective in harbor and coast defense,
it has not been aide to control thu
sea as the superior battleship fleet
lias doue, causing an enemy with an
inferior battleship fleet to suffer
great loss of merchant ships, block
ading its ports and driving its com
merce off the seas.
The committee reported that there
fore the two battleships program had
not been changed. It added that the
effectiveness of the submarine in the
European war demonstrated it to he
a naval weapon of great value,'" and
that tho "airship for scouting pur
poses, likewise, inis demonstrated Its
The hill probably will he reached
for debate about February 1. It car
ries an Increase of $8,492,000 in the
building program over what the navy
department recommends.
The committee commends econ
omy. endorsed the proposed new of
fice of bsiief of operations, and urged
the provision for creating s» naval re
serve, which would provide 25,000
trained men within a few years.
"The origination of a naval re
serve is necessary to the adequate de
fense of the country,” said the com
Washington. Jan 10. -President
Wilson todu.v directed Attorney Gen
eral Gregory to investigate whether
there had been any violations of law
in the* rise of prices of wheat and
The department of commerce prob
ably will be asked by the president
to furnish information snowing
what degree of inc rease in exports of
wheat and Hour followed out
break of the European war. Mr.
Gregory has promised prompt prose
cution? on any evidence that illegal
combinations have forced up the
price of wheat and flour or oth r
food products. One investigation,
now being conducted in Chicago, is
watched closely by the department
of justice.
•From various sources suggestions
have been made that an embargo he
laid on wheat and flour exports to
keep home prices normal. Officials
declined today to comment on any of
til cm.
Denver, Colo.. Jan. IG.- The possi
bility of adjusting the tax contro
versy between the state tax commis
sion ami the city and county of Den
ver was the subject of a conference
at Governor CL A. Carlson’s office to
day. Participating in the discussion
were the governor, executive state
officials and the commissioners of
Denver. In addition to an effort to
reach a basis for the payment of state
taxes by Denver courty for the last
few years, which ore in litigation,
the conferees discussed proposals for
a property valuation that will he
satisfactory to state and city offi
cials. The Denver commissioners al
so asked that in selecting a member
of the state tax commission t«» suc
ceed Frank Adams,of this city, a
Denver man he chosen. Adams' term
will expire shortly.
Chicago. Jan. I G.--Wheat dropped
fix e cents in the first fifteen min
utes of today’s session of the hoard
of trade on reports that a congres
sional movement was on foot to pro
hibit exportations.
May wheat, which closed at $1.15
yesterday, sold down to $1.1".
For a brief time, trading assumed
an almost panicky aspect. A storm
of sleepless orders from 111-protect
ed hulls canto on the market and
found the pit temporarily without
buyers. At the extreme decline, sev
eral of the larger houses began to
purchase on u liberal scale. I In* re
sult was a quick rally, but only to
about one-half the extent ol" the
break. When comparative calm had
been restored the May option was
steadying around $1.42£.
Death and Injured Toll Reaches Astounding Figures. Armies of
Relief Workers Grope in Ruins for Bodies. Scores of Villages
Depopulated. Italian Government Declines Official
Aid from Foreign Sources
Rome. Jan. 16.—A correspondent
of the Messaggero. who has been
traveling through the devastated
zone, telegraphs his paper that ex
cluding Avezzano and a number of
dead will reach 16.000. His estimate
of the total number of dead is 30.-
Avezzano. Jan. lb.—Official re
ports regarding the extent of the
earthquake disaster are now being
received by the authorities. They
concern towns and villages in the
district in which Avezzano is located
and thus far are as follows: Paterno,
completed destroyed except one
house: 1.000 dead out of 5.800 in
SanPelino, almost totally destroy
ed: 600 dead out of 1.600 inhabit
'Scurola destroyed, number of vic
tims not yet ascertained.
Villalago. 25 dead and 20
Rajano. four dead.
Fratturo, near Scanno, 200 dead.
60 wounded.
Popoli. four dead. 11 wounded.
Barrea. nine dead. 20 wounded.
Villetta-Barrea. three dead.
While the work of rescue was pio
ceeding nt Capelli last night, the sol
diers heard strange cries and led by
the sound reached a spot where they
I found a woman buried under the de
bris with a new-boni child. Both
were extricated alive and uninjured
and are doing well.
Success of German
Campaign is Con
ceded by Enemies
The fury of the battle along the
Aisne has spent ieslf and the Ger
mans for the present at least, are
making no effort to extend the gains
they won over the French. Further
: German successes are reported in to
-day's official statement from the Ber
| lin war office, but they are of minor
! importance.
Toward the northern end of the
line south of the Lys the Germans j
reoccupied trenches previously cap-1
tured by the allies, as is admitted in
the French statement, and in the
Argonne small engagements are said
to have resulted to their advantage.
The French assert that they won
definite advantage in artillery fight
ing and compelled the Germans to
evacuate trenches near Clemery.
Seldom since the beginning of the
London, Jan. Its.— Out of tin* state
of virtual deadlock, which for weeks
lias existed in the east and west,
there have sprung during the last
few days military events of more im
portance than followers of tin* war (
expected at tills time. They are,
briefly:. The Russian offensive .to
ward new points on the frontiers, of
oast Prussia and Posen the fighting
at Soissons, the expected Turkish ad
vance on Egypt and the plans for a
renewed attack on Servia b> com
bined Austro-Gernmn forces.
. .To the west of Warsaw large Ger
man forces are still concentrated, hut
they are gaining little ground, and if
is thought likely that the. lighting
which will develop as a result of the
now Russian movement, may, for the ■
time being, overshadow the lighting
for the Polish capital.. It is even
suggested that Held, marshal. Von
Hlndenhurg. held in check along flic
Bzttra and Tlawka rivers, is about to
initiate a fresh movement of German
troops either from Thorn or from east
Prussia, and that the Russian ad
Tragic reports are creeping in
front tiie surrounding villages iso
lated by the earthquake. At Luce-,
marsi, five miles distant, the dead)
are ' estimated to number Vn-1
other hundreds persons were injured ;
and more titan 100 houses collapsed..
Ilcrtuuc, famous for its mlpiuri
baths which were frequented by Em-[
poror Vespasian 2,000 years ago, scf-'
ferod the same fate as Avezzano. It
is impossible even approximately to
estimate the number of -.lead or
wounded there.

At Collelungo and Viil-i. -Ilutig.i.
the consequences of the earthquake!
were equally grave.
Since the year I 70f» the sanctuary |
of Pietracquario had perched on the
lop of a precipice to the cast of Avez- j
zano. Fourteen hermits today are
imprisoned under the crumbled walls;
of the building.
'From Antrossaiio comes the report
that To persons lost their lives at
that town and that the survivors
lake bread and medicines. Excess to
the town is difficult because the
roads loading to it have been made
impassable by large fissures.
Rome. Jan. IG. " air tie and in-;
W* •*!■' «! 0 .. ''•' ’• ■ '
of the oarfnqnake victims uirl s’ewly
.increasing the huge death ml!. Feed
’there is in plenty, '"it its ! rjiiispcrtn-!
; tion to men} '.d Hi;* town jifp'- ted is
all lull Impossible because of ob
structed roads.
Rescue work is going ahead f«*-l
: campaign in the cast lias the mili
■ tary situation been so uncertain as at
: the present time.
; Several important movements,
• each with the possibility of vital
consequences, are in progress simul
. taneously. The latest phase of the
situation —the advance of a new
Russian army against West Prussia
: in connection with the movement ol
i the forces that have invaded east
■ | Prussia— ris believed in London to
i threaten the German forces in cen
: tral Poland.
[ The Russian general staff is con
, vinted that they Germans west and
i Germans west and southwest of War
■ saw have determined on a general
• offensive movement. Further south
German troops have reinforced the
> Austrians for a drive at the Russians.
■ vanco toward the German frontier is
. intended to forestall this attempt. ..
..The Itrit.sh press, with, unusual.
' candor, concedes that'the Germans
were very successful in the recent.
. fighting near. Soissons.. remarking
'that it is a relief from the < uslom
’ ary contradictioi*s to find the offi
. ‘ cdal communications agreeing' in so.
. many points. Many writers specu
lating as to the reason for Emperor
W illiam’s presence at the front dur
' ing the lighting near Soissons sug
gests that General V«»a Kduck ''either
requested the emperor fo rome and
inspire enthusiasm among the troops'
1 or else felt so sure of his ability to
force back the French over the river
i that lie desired to have the emperor;
‘ witness the victory.
I \ third theory is that Emperor |
J William is visiting various points!
i along the western front feeling out •
• the situation with a view to selecting,
1 the most likely spot for an attempt I
i o break thru in tin* spring.
t Dispaehes reaching London today
- assert that the Germans have not!
: , verishly, for e.te.i hour -f dolnv
. means death by :ta;*cnt'jn or txliaus
. Hon for buried vicMins. From town
I j after town came reports of excava
tions that were too late to save Mvos.
Attention gradual!:' is turning
Iroin Avezzano. t.'tc center of the dis
■l urban re and the greater sufferer to
smaller towns where an almost equal
■ '.percentage of the population were
destroyed. In only one case so fur
i do late reports show Him the ei'frelii
of the earthquake were les disastrous
it ban had been feared. Only on the
part of Sora's I 7,000 persons appear
, to have been killed.
While train loads of injured con
tinue to arrive in Rome, jidditionu)
, details of the horror** come in, all
'tending to confirm earlier estimates
,'of the tremendous loss of life. Rr
. | ports indicate that next to Avezzano
'the towns that suffered most arc
Pcseina, with 4,500 victims: Paterno,
w.th 1,000 dead and Sarnclino, with
i! GOO of its population of I.GitO killed.
, i All are near Avezzano. The hon«.r
. of possible flood added to the fain
, Inu and suffering front cold exists in
the neighborhood of the Fueino
canal, which has been damned up
.. h> a landslide at Montecorvlno Kn
-iv-'iu Foldiera cud jvil! a»'e
• 'working desperately to '-lear the cn
l ttal.
Though it seems definitely estah
; lislted that tin* present earthquak*
. will not rival that of Messina in 1908
in the number of dead. The percent -
(('iinllnni'il mi pnirr 4.>
designed to relieve Bujowina and
northern Hungary fi'Oirt danger of
further invasion.
Fighting during the last few days
while violent at times, has been of a
local character. The Austrian war
office reports that in a violent ar
tillery combat along the Dunajec
river in Gaiicia several Russian bat
teries were silenced.
The Turkish military authorities
are reported to have decided to at
tempt an invasion of Egypt. Such an
expedition will be most hazardous
on account of the sandy wastes which
the invading army will have to
British forces again have invaded
German territory in Africa. They
captured Swakopmund. German
Southwest Africa.
abandoned hope of reaching Calais
and arc planning ji new offensive in
Belgium and northern France. Ac
cording to these advices, train after
train loaded with troops is moving
into Flanders. With the touch so
i often added heretofore on th coceas
ioti of any approaching holiday or
anniversary, these dispatches say
that the German soldiers hope to
present Calais to Emperor William
for a birthday present.
Only u small fraction of the Brit
ish military writers profess to see in
the German advance at Soissons any
new threat against Paris. They pay
I more attention, however, to the cu
mulative Indications that the Turks
i have determined to attempt an in
; vasion of Egypt. The general feeling
!is that any such raid could be
checked, ns the Turks would have to
! reckon not only with the British
troops but with warships which op
erating in the Suez canal off Akahith,
j Arabia, and other points, will lie able
to share in the work of opposing the
(Contilined on pi*K«* •*•)
Homo, Jan. Hi.—Tlx* Turkish gov
• rnment, according to a semi-official
communicntlon published in the Gi
ornnle de Italian, has renewed Its
order, sent thru Romo to the Vuli
of Yemen, Arabia, instructing; him to
give complete satisfaction for all the
demands presented by the Italian
government in connection with the
incident at liodeida, where Turkish
officials forcibly removed the British
consul fromm the Italian consulate
where lx* had taken ref litre.
The port© authorities, it is de
clared, have instructed the Vail to
grant the demands of the Italian
government independently of tin* in
quiry instituted by tlx* Vuli which, it
is said, merely aims to establish tlx*
responsibility of each official in the
local administration of ITodclda.
’flic newspaper adds that. (.Vcchi,
tlx* Italian consul at liodeida, never
was imprisoned or placed on trial by
tlx* liodeida authorities.
<Mix-innati. <>., Jnn. Ic - \ furth
er postponement of the injunction
suit brought by the St. Louis Na
tionals to prevent Lee Magee from
playing with the Brooklyn Federate
was announced in the t\ S. district
court here today. The postponement
was agreed upon by the opposing at
torneys who desired to await the
outcome of the Federal league's suit
against the National Baseball Com
Washington. Jan. It*. Secretary
Bryan s warning to the eonstitutlon
a.ltels to refrain from *n terete re ik*i*
witn the oil producing plants near
Tninpico, Mexico, caused a flutter in
the local Mexican agencies.
At Carranza headquarters it was
contended that the foreign oil pro
ducers in the Tampico district had
involved themselves in trouble be
cause about two months ago, they
had withheld the taxes on produc
tion they had been paying to the
Carranza government in the heller
that. Villa would soon he in posses
sion of the place. Kriquez C. I sir
rente. head of the Villa agency, said
he was authorized t«» state* that the
Gutierrez government would re
spect all concessions granted by all
previous constitutionalist govern
ments in Mexico and would restore
any confiscated. The oil
situation was discussed by represen
tatives of Carranza with Mr. Bryan
and the British ambassador.
While the state department has no
official notice that the Mexico City
convention has determined to keep
Gutierrez in office until December
.'it. one dispatch described a plan'
proposed by delegates for that
purpose, but which would hold Gut-:
lerrez. and all his acts completely un
der tlie orders of the convention. The
official dispatches are all three days
Vera Cruz, Jan. Id. According to
official information reaching Vera
Cruz the town of Gaudalara had hoeo
recaptured by the Carranza leader.
General Dieugez. Gaitdalajara was
taken by the Villa troops in Decem
ber, tlx* Carranza troops under
Dieugez evacuating the position ami
withdrawing to Quupotlan.
Federal League Contracts
Are to be Probed
Chicago. Jau. I<L -Affidavits
charging tlx* federal league or at
least influential members of it wijji
trying to come within the pah* of
organized baseball which the feder
ate now an* suing us u trust, and oth
ers purporting to show that tlx u*d
eral contracts contain equivalents of
tlx* ten day reserve c lauses criticized
were among two dozen filed today
giving tlx* side of organized base
Tlx* proposal of peace which would
have, resulted, it was planned, in tlx*
union of the Fedurals and their riv
als, are discussed in an affidavit
filed by Joseph J. Laminin of tlx*
Boston Americans. He relates that
the Wards, owners of the Broklyn
Federals. sought a peace pact under
which they would have purchased
the New York Americans and Clias.
Weeghnmn of the Chicago Federate
would have taken ot t the Chicago
Judicious advertising is
one easy and sure rood to
business results.
Witness Says Secy. Bryan
Knew Minister Was Ex
ploiting Public
New York, Jan. If*. Testimony
that Secretary of Slat*.* Bryan was
informed that Jutn<*s M. Sullivan.
American minister to the Dominican
republic, figured in an alleged ron
spira<*y to exploit public contracts in
that republic, was beard today at tlx*
Inquiry by Senator Klliott. i’hnlen in
to tlx* minister’s fitness.
James L. Byrne, of Boston, u con
si ruction engineer, testified that lx*
had told Mr. Bryan that tlx* minis
ter's cousin. Timothy .1 Sullivan, bad
told him that tlx- minister had ad
ranged that tlx- Banco Nacionnh* of
Santo Domingo -houltl get govern
ment contracts and that lx*. Timothy
J.. was down in Santo Domingo to
manage tlx* const ruction work and
see that Minister Sullivan "got Ills
Mr. Bryan, tlx* witness said, asked
him to write it out. and then said.
"Perhaps you don’t care to do this."
Bryn© said lx- would be glad to
and tlx* secretary replied that it
would not he necessary. I got tlx
impression," said tlx* witness, "that
tlx* secretary did not want tlx* mat
ter on the record of tlx* state depart
\a al'fidavit by Byrno further
stated that Timothy .1 Sullivan bad
said there would bo no trouble in
carrying tlx* contracts through as
the Banco Nuelonale. "tlx* concert*
which worked up tills scheme and
was to finance it. was solid with a*-'
rotary Bryan.
Sullivan also told tlx* witness, ac
cording to tlx* affidavit. that Minte
ui .'.nliiviiu ii.id in-efi mi- iii ft non co
to obtain a 11.000 loan for him
: from tlx: National Bank of Santo
Domingo and that it would never
have to be paid off.”
I old ail these things iu substance
as set forth in this affidavit to Sec
retary Bryan." the affidavit contin
ued. "I know all tlx* officials of the
state department have he.-n advised
of tlx* true conditions in Sunto Do
mingo by many Americans whose
standing and integrity cannot he
“The. American people and the
Democratic party have beep discred
ited and dishonored in Santo Domin
go by the conduct of Minister Sulli
van. The net result in Santo Do
mingo is that sincere and honest
American business nx*n who have in
vested their money in legitimate en
terprises for tlx* flevlopux-nt of tlx*
Dominican republii* has., suffered
great losses."
Pueblo. Jan. DL- With a new ve
nire of LOO talesmen drawn and
ready for examination. Judge Burke
today adjourned the La Veta trial
in which eight former strikers are
I accused of murdering a party of
mine guards, until Monday.
An upheaval in tlx* La Veta case
was threatened yesterday when the
attorneys got on their war paint and
on each side accused tlx* other of
operating too vigorously a cohort of
•gumshoe nx*n" As to the direct,
charges that were bandied in the
I chambers session and as to what the
particular acts of tlx* sleuths wore,
is maintained as a mutiiHl secret.
But both tlx* prosecution and the de
fense have bail detectives working
among the prospective jurors, «ume,
to light with six-h emphasis tiiat tlite
was acknowledged, 'WTM!
When questioned a to what tlx
direct charges were.* all the attor
neys who attended the conference
wii h Judge Burke y estt rday grac
fully side stepped. The session con
tinued for an hour, anil that it waxed
decidedly warm was admitted by sev
eral of tlx* attorneys. The lawyers
had little to say about tlx* charges
that were ••xchanged, hut stuted that
whatever Judge Burke wanted to
give out about tlx* matter would be
all right.
Judge Burke gave a significant
laugh when asked concerning the
• gurn-?hoe" episode. Tlx* judge is a
real diplomat and no number of law
yers could get very far in a misun
derstanding witii him in their midst.
■ f don’t think that either side bus
foil 11 nut**! on piitfi* a.»

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