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PERSIATORPEDOED American Consul Lost; No Warning Given SHIP CARRIED 4.7-IN. GUNS No Submarine Seen, But Officer Claims to Have Observed Wake of Torpedo. State Department Wants Affidavits. The Peninsular and Oriental liner Persia, with 400 persons on board, was sunk Thursday in the Mediterranean near Alexandria, Egypt. Pour lifeboats got away, each capa ble of carrying about fifty persons. Two hundred and forty-seven lives were lost. Robert Ney McNeely, on his way t.o assume the duties of American consul at Aden, was among the three known Americans who were on the steamer when she left London Dec. 18 for Bombay. The others were Charles B. Grant of Boston and a schoolboy, Ed ward Rose of Denver. Edward Rose was booked for Gibraltar and left the steamer before she was sunk. Consul McNeely is believed to havn been drowned. Reuter’s Cairo corre spondent makes the unreserved state ment that Mr. McNeely lost his life. Charles H. Grant of Boston was saved. The Peninsular and Oriental com pany, which owned the Persia, an nounced 158 survivors had arrived ai Alexandria. A Lloyds dispatch gives the number as 153, made up of 59 pas sengers, of whom 17 are women, and 94 members of the crew, including 59 Lascars. The survivors include ten British officers and eight persons who are not British subjects. “The ship was struck amidships on the port side at 1:10 p. m.,” says Reuter’s correspondent at Cairo. “She had disappeared completely by 1:15. “Survivors say it was little short of a miracle that anyone was savea. There was no panic. Pour boats were launched with the utmost promptitude, “Tne captain was drowned. When last seen he was swimming, after the liner had plunged beneath the sur face.” Both the Peninsular and Oriental company and Reuter’s Cairo corre spondent say that Mr. Grant has been landed at Alexandria. The steamship company had received no news of Mr. McNeely’s fate. 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You cannot do better elsewhere. jflll JACOB HAFER, V? \ A-L ®SS East Union St., Frostburg, Md. cumstance of the attack, highest of ficials of the state department admit that the American government may never be in a position to demand an accounting. Thus far on two essential points the facts are lacking. It remains to be determined, they point out: 1. Whether the Persia was attacked | by a submarine or struck a mine. 2. If attacked by a submarine, whether the attacking craft was a German, Austrian or Turkish subma rine or of any other nationality. Until definite information is ob tained on these two points, declared department officials, the American government must bide its time and await the receipt of fuller reports from United States Consul Garrels at Alex andria. The first report from Garrels was as follows: “Liner Persia, carrying 4.7-inch guns, sunk about 300 miles northwest of Alexandria at 1:05 o’clock in the afternoon of Dec. 30, probably tor pedoed. Sank in five minutes. No submarine was seen, but Second Of ficer Bromley saw a torpedo track. One hundred and thirty-five out of 400 passengers and crew landed al Alexandria on Jan. 1. Of the two Americans on board Charles H. Grant of Boston, manager of oil company saved. McNeely, consul at Aden, prob ably lost. Was last seen struggling in water.” Washington attaches no importance to the presence of the 4.7-inch guns which Consul Garrels reports the Persia as carrying, provided it can be shown they were for defensive purposes only. The rules of the Unit ed States in regard to guns on mer chant ships were set forth in a memo randum sent by the state department to Count von Bernstorff, the German ambassador, on Sept. 19, 1914. Sankey Dies on Wedding Trip. Ira Allen Sankey, son of the late Ira D. Sankey, the hymn writer, died on the steamship Eiorona, bound for the West Indies with his bride of ten days. Death is believed to have been due to tonsilitis. Mr. Sankey was forty-one years old. Old Lake Vessel Burns. The steamer Nyak, one of the oldest Vessels in the passenger business on the Great Lakes, burned at her dock at Muskegon, Mich., and sank to the bottom. feI6TMIARY 191611 [sUnTMONI iUE |WED|THU FRI 1 SAT [ 2 3 ¥l3 ¥T 8 9101112151415 161711819202122 1m125126127i28i29tt HONESTLY NOW, if you are read ing a borrowed copy of your home paper, doesn’t it make you fee) cheap? FROSTBITRG MINING JOURNAL, FROSTBURG, MD. TELLS PAN-AMERICANS TO STAND TOGETHER Photo- by American Press Association . JOHN BARRETT, President of congress of American li'a- s tions now in session in Washington, t He advocates a defensive alliance oi t republics of the western hemisphere. I SNOWSTORM SWEEPS LAND OF SUNSHINE 1 Southern California Has Touch of Cold Weather —12 Inches In Places. One of the heaviest snowstorms in ‘ the history of that section swept | southern California from mountain to ( sea, from the Tehaehapis to far be- ( low, the Mexican border. In some parts the snow reached a depth of twelve inches. Snowballing became a general sport in the land of sunshine for the first time in history Telephone and telegraph wires in some sections of the state were snow bound. Electric cars running between Los Angeles and nearby towns in the valleys were at a standstill. Much dam age is believed to, have been caused the fruit industry due in some sec tions to tho extreme heavy and wet snow breaking the branches and in other localities to the temperature, falling below the freezing point. Two Santa Pe 1 passenger trains crashed near San Bernardino during a blinding. snowstorm. No one was injured. SON KILLS FATHER Thomas Duff Shot After Threatening Wife With Ax, Alleged. Thomas Duff, aged seventy-four, was shot to death at his home in Beech mont, near Pittsburgh. The authorities say he was shot by his son, William Thomas Duff, aged forty-nine, after, it is alleged, the elder Duff had threatened to kill his wife with an ax. The wife is seventy-five years of age. She and the son are cripples. The, son made no attempt to es cape and is in the county jail charged with murder. The tragedy, enacted in one of the most inaccessible sections of the county, according to the authorities, followed an afternoon and evening of carousal on the part of the two men. The woman is said to have been tho only witness. The bullet was fired from a 32 caliber revolver. It entered Duff’s neck on the right side and smashed several vertebrae of the spinal column. Death was instantaneous. RELIEF FUND GROWS Rockefeller Foundation Gives $200,000 For Stricken Belgium. As a New Year’s gift to the desti tute in Belgium and northern Prance the committee recently named by President Wilson to co-operate with the committee for relief in Belgium announced it- had received $200,000 from the Rockefeller foundation. The donation was made only after a thorough investigation into the needs of shoes and clothing for more than 3,000,000 persons in the war stricken countries by a corps of in vestigators. The boys in Belgium and northern Prance need 100,000 pairs of shoes, 400,000 shirts, 200,000 jerseys or sweaters, 200,000 combination or union suits, 200,000 pairs of trousers, 200,000 coats, 100,000 capes or over coats, 400,000 pairs of woolen stock ings and 100,000 caps or hats. SUPPLIES TO GO THROUGH Hospital Equipment of Certain Kinds May Go to Teutonic Nations. Former President Taft, as head of the executive council of the American Red Cross, has had a conference with Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, the British am bassador, respecting the admission to Germany and Austria of American hospital supplies intended for Red Cross organizations. A satisfactory understanding was reached on the general lines govern ing such shipments and it is expect ed the Red Cross will soon issue a statement defining the class of hos pital supplies that may go forward to the belligerents. Bride Finds Wealth. While rummaging in the attic of her home the day following her mar riage at Evans, W. Va., Mrs. John Board, who -before her marriage was Mrs. Mary Jane Fisher, found SI,BOO in gold and many thousand dollars in currency. First National Bank Of Frostburg, Maryland The Oldest Bank in the George’s Creek Valley Paints, Oils, Glass, etc.—See Tiddy, The Painter. Corner Water and Me chanic streets. 26—Adv, RUSSIANS DRIVE ON GZERNQWITZ Cattle Rages for Third Time Around Bukowina Capital ROUMANIA MASSES TROOPS French Cruiser Carries Away Central - Powers’ Diplomats From Salonika Against Protest of Teuton Ministers. The battle in the Galician crown- I land, Bukowina, which has been fore- 9 shadowed for some days by the con centration of heavy Russian and Teu- t ton forces, has begun in earnest, ac cording to an official statement issued ‘ in Petrograd, the Russians thus far having the upper hand. l Czernowitz, the crownland’s capital, already has become the center of the ' fighting. The Russians report they stormed heights before the city and i took 900 prisoners, including 15 of ficers. The city’s population is said to . be held ready for evacuation. Czernowitz was taken by the Rus sians in the first Galician drive and was retaken by the Austrians exactly , a year later. Since then it has been firmly the Teutons. The new battle around Czernow’tz . began three days ago; and a decisive * result is eagerly awaited in London. The outcome of the fighting is count ed upon as influencing Roumania into definitely siding with one side or the < otner. The Russians, according to the latest official report issued at Petro grad, crossed the Styr between the Kovel and the Sarny railroad and the 1 village of Czartorysk. Austro-German 1 attempts to drive them back to the 1 right bank failed. Other local sue- 1 .cesses are asserted by the report. The Kovel-Sarny sector of the War saw-Kieff railway runs due north of 1 the Volyhnian fortress triangle formed 1 by Dubno, Lutsk and Rovno. Of these 1 Rovno is the only one still held by ' the Russians. By crossing the Styr in the region north of the Volhynian line the Russians have pushed the ' Austro-Germans farther to the north and- reduced the menace to Rovno, which is the principal aim of the Teu tons. ' The French battleship, Patrie ha sailed from Salonika, having on board j the German, Austrian, Turkish and Bulgarian consuls at Salonika, who were arrested last week at the order ] of General Sarrail, the French com mander. The protest made by Greece to the entente powers against the arrest of the consuls dwells on the fact that even the Greek government was not advised in advance of the decision to take such a drastic step. At a cabinet council in Athens on , Friday Premier Skouloudis laid be fore his colleagues the protest made collectively by the Austrian, German, Turkish and Bulgarian ministers against the arrest of the consuls. The cabinet discussed at length the recent events at Salonika and, the . correspondent says, it is apparent the situation has become a delicate one which is seriously occupying the at tention of the Greek government. There is much uneasiness as to the next move by the central powers. Athens newspapers publish articles, presumably inspired, which take the entente powers severely to task. MAIL SEIZURES DEFENDED Only “Correspondence Postale” Is Ex empt From British Order In Council. The British government takes the stand that any parcels sent by mail, no matter what class of postage is paid on them, are liable to seizure if they contain goods which, under the orders in council, may not be shipped to of from Germany or her allies. Great 1 Britain takes her stand squarely on The Hague convention of 1907, which, according to the British contention, gives no protection to parcels, no matter under what class of postage they may be carried. The resolution passed during that convention, printed in French, ex plicitly states that the only form of mail not liable to seizure is “corre spondence postale.” The resolution, according to the records, was moved by a German dele gate. WEALTHY WOMAN STARVES Deprived Herself of Necessaries to , Hoard Rent and Pension. Coroner Livingston of New Rochelle, ' N. 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They mark the agony and dread Of those who wait to know the slain.” Some were like faint, blown spider's gauze, And others gleamed like violin strings. There came no sound, but without pause They thrilled with subtle shiverings. And as 1 looked a tense cord slacked. Some heart was sighing Its relief; Another stretched until it cracked. I knew a mother died of grief. —Everyman. LARGE PART OF ROADS IN U. S. UNIMPROVED. Only About 10 Per Cent Good, Say Officials of Highway Association. Only 10 per cent of the 2.240,000 miles of public roads within the bor ders of the United States are classed as “improved roads.” This is the state ment recently made by officials of the American Highway association, a body which announces that it has no other object in view, immediate or remote, than the improvement of the public roads of this country and whose na tional character is attested by a mem bership drawn from every state in the Union and almost every sphere of offi cial and commercial activity within the United States. Last year the expenditures for road construction, including the estimated cost of convict labor, made by states, counties, townships and districts ag gregated some $235,000,000 against $79,- 000,000 ten years ago, according to the ' figures kept by the association. But it is clear, it points out, that so far the surface has scarcely been scratched and that comparisons with the rest of the civilized world demonstrate how far behind other countries the United States is in this respect. At the last annual convention of the association, held in Atlanta in 1914, no fewer than forty-seven road organiza tions were represented, and among the 5,000 delegates were twenty-two state highway commissioners or engineers. Its highest aim, it announces, is to weld together in service all of the good roads organizations of the coun try, national, state and local. A point of timely interest in its prop aganda is that it aims not only to make easy the ways to market, to open new and better highways for the postal service and to bring sparsely settled neighborhoods together for the culti vation of all the arts of peace, but at the same time its work is of the great est importance In providing precau tionary avenues for necessities of war, provided, unhappily, war should come. WILLS V. C. TO HIS MEN. Captain Francis Grenfell’s Regiment to Have His Medals. The late Captain Francis Grenfell of the Ninth lancers, the first officer in the present war to win the Victoria cross, was so grateful to his men that in his will, just admitted to probate, he leaves them all his medals. Captain Grenfell, who was n well known polo player, left unsettled property of the ' gross value of $202,848. 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