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THE BARRE DAILY TIME
VOL. XVIII NO. 31. BARRE, VERMONT,", MONDAY, APRIL 20, 1914. PRICE, ONE CENT. WAR PREPARATION VERMONT'S DEBT IS $1.58 PER PERSON STIR WASHINGTON ' Pacific Policy of Wilson Administration Toward Huerta Abandoned After His Failure to Salute American Flag By 6 P. M. on Sunday. MAJOR-GENERAL WOOD TO TAKE COMMAND War and Navy Departments Put Long Contemplated Plans in Motion in Anticipation of Hostile Declaration By Congress. Washington, D. C, April 20. Armed action by the United States against that part of Mexico controlled by the Huerta government waited to-day only lor tne autnor ity of Congress, which was about to be asked by Presi dent Wilson. ' . - The pacific policy of the Wilson administration toward tne Mexico dictator was aDanuoneu last iugui, at u u ciucis., when the president's ultimatum expired, with Huerta stil flatly refusing to comply with the unconditional demand that he salute the stars and stripes in reparation for the arrest of American bluejackets at lampico Active preparations went forward at the war and navy departments during tne day. secretaries uarnson ana Daniels, who had been in conference until long after mid night, were at their desks early, conferring with their assistants and high officers of the army and navy and dispatching orders, completing the details of the plans for operations that had been in the making tor months. - -Secretary Garrison announced that in the event of hos tilities with Mexico, Major-General Leonard Wood, chief of staff of the army, would command the American forces. President Wilson returned to the cap ital this morning from White Sulphur Springs, W. Va where lie spent Sunday with Mrs, Wilson, and was driven im mediately to the White House for a con ference with his officials and for the cab inet meeting shortly after 0 o'clock. (Secretary Bryan went into conference with the president and there were no new developments up to that time. Bryan Told of Negotiations. During the absence of President Wil son, Secretary Iiryan was in charge of the situation here. Secretary Bryan is- sued the following statement at midJ night last night: "A little. after 11 o'clock last night r brief despatch came from Charge O'Shaughnessy at Mexico City, saying that the presidents demand of yesterday had been communicated to the foreign minister and was being carried by him to General Huerta. "The foreign minister asked O'Shaugh nessy . whether in case General Huerta acceded to the demand a protocol would be signed providing for a return of the salute. The following despatch was sent to Charge O'Shaughnessy, in substance: "'President Wilson is out of the city. Impossible to reach him before 8 a. m. to-morrow." Am certain that he would not consent to have you sign the pro tocol mentioned in your telegram. The salute shoud be fired without any agree ment as to the return of the salute, i The United States of America can be relied upon, according to international custom and courtesy, to do its duty. The signing of the protocol would be ob jectionable in addition to other reasons because of the fact that it might be construed as recognition of the Huerta ' government, whereas the president has no intention of recognizing that govern ment. "Early this morning a despatch was received from Charge O'Shaughnessy saying that General Huerta was willing to accede to the demand of Admiral Mavo providing a protocol was signed and setting fotth a copy of the proposed j protocol. Charge OSliaughnessy asked whether he was authorized to sign it. I communicated with President Wilson by telephone, and at his direction sent a telegram to Mr. O'Shaughnessy, of which the following is a paraphrase: "'Copy of your telegram of 8 p. m. last night was sent to the president with ropy of my reply to the effect that a protocol Would lie objectionable. The president replied: "Your, reply to O'Shaughnessy is exactly what 1 should have wished it to be. In no case should any concessions of any kind in "detail or otherwise be made." 1 talked with the president over -the telephone when your telegram of 11 p. m. last night was received, to the effect that General Huerta had acceded to the demand, but only on condition that you sign a pro tocol. He repeated most emphatically bis objection to any agreement or pro tocol. His salute shall not be fired as a matter of contract or with any stipu lation that it bo returned by us. It must be fired in accordance with inter national custom as an apoJogy for the insult offered. General Huerta must trust that the United States will live up to the requirements of international courtesy in returning his salute when it shall have been fired. The proposed pro tocol is especially objectionable for it is so phrased that General Huerta might construe it as recognizing his govern ment, whereas the president has in formed General Huerta and the foreign government will not be recognized. (Jen. Huerta's acceptance of the demand ol Admiral Mayo must be unconditional. The details can be arranged directly with Admiral Mayo after General Huerta an nounces he will comply with that de mand. Make it clear to General Huerta that further negotiations are unneces sary. It is expected that he accept at once , in order that incident shall be closed. "At 0 o'clock a telegram was received from Charge O'Shaughnessy, but it wan not conclusive and stated that be would call at the foreign office at 6 o'clock for a final answer. "At 10 o'clock a telegram of which the following is the substance, was re ceived from Charge O'Shaughnessy, con veying General Huerta's final refusal. This was communicated to the president immediately by telephone and he direct ed that a cabinet meeting be cabled for 10:.Ji) oclock to-morrow morning. "'At 5:50 p. m. I called at the foreign office and was handed a note verbal by the minister for foreign affairs. The note states in substance that the govern ment of Mexico is not disposed to ac cede to the unconditional demand of the government of the United States. It further states that the American gov ernment is disposed to act according to the terms of the protocol which I have transmitted to you. 1 informed him that so far as this embassy is concerned the matter is closed, and that I should immediately inform my government that General Huerta had definitely refused to the demands of the government of the United States. A , translation of the note will be cabled later.' " U. S. AVAILABLE STRENGTH. 17,950 Sailors, 3,970 Marines and 855 Of ficers with ' Warships. Washington, D. C, April 20. Officials of the navy department said that there are now in Mexican waters or en route by the east and west coasts 17,950 sail ors, 3,970 marines, and 855 officers. Of this number 14,170 sailors, 2,090 ma rines, and 700 officers are in the Gulf of Mexico, while off Pacific Mexican ports or en route there are 3,530 sailors, 080 marines, and 140 officers. The force includes: At Vera Cruz Two battleships, 1,820 men, 120 marines; Prairie 200 men, 50 marines. At . Tampieor Two battleships, 1.820 men. 120 marines; Des Moines, 240 men; Chester, 300 men, 200 marines; Dolphin, 180 men; San Francisco, 400 men: So lace, hospital ship; Hancock, transport, 950 marines. With Admiral Badger en route to Tampico Eight battleships, 7,280 men, 500 marines; Tacoma, 240 men; Kash ville, 180 men. En route from Fensacola to Tampico Birmingham, 300 men; Dixie, repair ship; 14 destroyers, 1,150 men. The Dixie, will carry two hydro-aeroplanes with spare motors and pontoons. Battleship Mississippi at Pensacola, awaiting orders, will carry 500 marines. On Mexican Pacific coast Raleigh, 350 men; New Orleans, 350 men; Annapolis. 150 men;. Yorktown, 180 men; Califor nia, 900 men, 60 marines; supply ship Glacier. En route to Mexican Pacilic coast Battleship South Dakota and collier Ju- Ratio Much Higher Than 30 Years Ago, While Ratio for the Entire Coun try Has Been Decreasing. . Washington, D. C, April 20. Prelim inary figures from the forthcoming bul letin pertaining to national and state nifnf SilO marines: Cleveland. 350 men: indebtedness and funds and investments Chattanooga, 30 men; Maryland, ww have been given out by Director W Harris, of the bureau of the census, de partment of commerce. The bulletin carries information for the state of Ver mont. as well as for the other states and (the United States. The data were GET HURRY ORDERS fc.Ief oli charge of the inquiry on wealth, debt and taxation. the bulletin. wif,cn will soon be is sued, will contain statistics for eac state for each year from 1890 to 1913 inclusive, as far as statistics are avail able, and will also contain details fo the year most nearly corresponding to INhO, thus making it possible to show the general movement during a period of over 30 years. The bulletin will show the total debt of the states as well as many details, such as the various classes of outstanding bonds and special debt men. 00 marines. .At San Diego, Cal. Five destroyers, 250 men, 13 officers. 10,000 U. S. TROOPS Were in Houston, Texas, -on Practice March When Ordered to the Coast, Part of Them Left in the Night. Houston, Texas, April 20. The sec ond division of the United States army, comprising 10,000 men here on a practice march, began a hurried movement back to Texas City and Galveston to-day on orders received from Washington At 3 o'clock this morning the fifth brigade of the division was rus (obligations to public trust funds. It "CO I ... , . 1 A,... - A : J , J will also show the floating debt and its component parts. Lender "Funds and In vestments" will lie shown separately all the different funds, and in each case cash and securities will be rhown. The pop illation of the states for each year tin der consideration will be used, and the per capita debt (less sinking fund as sets) will be given, An inspection of the tables for ver ALL THAT IT CAN TMt til bul,f "n ?,n biiuwb mut me iHie umu nu uuimeu in debtedness from 1891 to 1913; $4,000 was outstanding in 1880. The specia debt obligations to public trust 'funds. amounting to $347,000, remained un changed throughout the period. The floating debt changed from year to year but shows a general tendency to in crease, $175,000 in 1891 rising to $223, aboard troop trains but the remainder were ordered to make a sixty-mile hike back to the coast afoot. Plans were made for the fifth brigade to go aboard transports, although it was said no sailing orders have been reecived. MEXICO HAS YIELDED Declared Mexican Foreign Minister He Says American Flag Was Not Insult ed Appeals to American "Fair Mexico Citv, April 20. The Mexican foreign minister, Senor Portilloy Rojas, (000 in 1913. announced last night that it would be impossible to agree to the demand of the I nited States that the flag of that country be unconditionally saluted, be cause the flag was not insulted, because it was nt ilymg from the launch and because the marines were set free even before an investigation, and the officer responsible for the arrests was himself arrested and held for trial. The foreign minister further announced that the Mexican government would agree that both flags be saluted, the In the case of funds and investments the securities remained unchanged until 1003, when $352,000 was reduced to $348, 000; this amount was subsequently in creased, and in 1913, $1,249,000 was held in securities No sinking fund assets, as such, were recorded in any year; thus leaving the debt (less sinking fund assets) the same an the total debt. The debt of the state increased dur ing the 30-year period, and the slight in crease in population was not sufficient to American flag first and then the Mexi- J bring aliout a decrease in the per capita can, this arrangement to be made by 1 inueDtemiess. protocol signed by the American charge d'affaires, Nelson O'Shaughnessy, and the .Mexican loreign minister, The United States government, Senor Portillo declared, hud refused permission to Charge O'Shaughnessy to sign such protocol and demanded an uncondition' al salute bv Mexico, which Mexico felt was incompatible with her dijrnitv, In .conclusion, the foreign minister said: Mexico has yielded as much -as her dignity will permit. Mexico trusts to the fair-mindedness and spirit of justice ot the American people, TWO SWEPT OVER DAM. And One of Men Was Pawtucket. Drowned at Pawtucket, R. I., April 20. Annis. koukaz, 20, drowned and his companion, Kczkallah Ajaye, was rescued after clinging to a rock in the swift current of the Blackstone river yesterday. The boat in which they were rowing went over the dam in Valley Falls pond. Koukaz struck his head, it is believed. and drowned, his body being swept down the river. Koukaz and Ajave hired a boat and were rowing on the pond above the dam Unaware of their proximity to the dam the men allowed their boat to be caught in the current and carried over. Ajaye clung to a rook and was saved by other boatmen who witnessed the ac cident. The police are dragging the river for the body of Koukaz. Jn 1880 the total debt of Vermont at the close of the fiscal vt&e, June 30, was $151,000: in 1891 it was $522,000, and in 1913 amounted to $570,000. The pop illation of the state increased from 332, 000 in 1880 to 360.000 in 1913. In 1880 the per capita debt was $0.45; in 1891 it had advanced to $1.56; following the fluctuations of thefotal debt, the per capita debt rose to $2.02 in 1S99, and fell to the minimum, $0.99, in 1909; in 1013 the per capita debt was $1.58. In contrast with the state of ermont, we find that, taking the entire debt (less sinking fund assets) for the 48 states, the per capita debt, according to the lat est report, is $3.52. or $1.94 more than the per capita debt for Vermont. Com paring the movement of the per capita debt of Vermont and the 48 states, for the 30-vear period, we find that $5.48 fell to $.')..r2 in the average for the 48 states, and $0.45 advanced to $1.58 Vermont. At the present time alwut 0.4 per cent ot the total population of the United States will be found in the state of Ver mont, and 0.1 per cent of the total debt (less sinking fund assets) is attributed tov that state. MURDER IN BOSTON. DONOR'S NAME WITHHELD. Gave $100,000 to Northfield. Mass.. Schools Toward Million Fund. East Northfield. Mass., April 20. A gift of $100,000 to the endowment fund of the Northfield schools was announced yesterday. The name of the donor was withheld. Jt was said that the gift would probably mark the beginning of a movement to raise a fund of $1,000,000. WILSON FLATLY REFUSED. to Suggestion for "Simultaneous Salute American Flag. Washington, D. C, April 18. Prest dent Wilson flatly rejected General Huerta's suggestion for a "simultaneous salute to the, American and Mexican flags, informing him that the United States would insist on a literal compli Graham Cox Was Shot by William C. Corthell Sunday Night. Boston, April 20. After lie had forced his way into the lodging- house at 113 Warren street, Roxbury, conducted by his wife, Mrs. Free'ua Cox, and brutally choked and beat her, Graham Cox at tacked William C. Corthell, a lodger, and was shot three tunes and almost in stantly killed by Corthell last night. Corthell, the police say, drew a revol ver from his bureau drawer during the scuffle. He fired four shots. The first bullet entered his own . wrist. Then wrenching himself clear of Cox he fired three times in quick succession. Two shots entered Cox's abdomen. The fourth lodged in his thigh. Corthell was arrested by Serirt. Mur phy and Patrolman Murphy and after having his-wrist treated was locked up at the Dudley street police station on a charge of murder. H is a widower, 31 years old and a tool maker. FUNERAL OF MRS. LUCY FOSTER. 5S Was Held from the Home of Peter Thorn This Afternoon. There was a laree iratherini? of old- ance with the original demand of Rear time neighbors and friends assembled at i ue home oi l'eter mom, 17 1 North Admiral .Mayo, made on April n in a written communication to General Zar- goza immediately after the arrest of American bluejackets. lhe Washington government informed Huerta that his wish. for simultaneous firing of the salute was untenable, and that as demanded by Rear Admiral Mayo, a salute of 21 guns would be in- Seminary street, this afternoon to pay their last respects to C; memory of Mrs. Lucy A. W. Miles Foster, whose death Saturday forenoon brought to its close a long life of usefulness. Funeral services were held at 2 o clock in charge of Rev. E.' F. Newell, pastor of the Hed- ding Methodist church, where the de WILSON SEEKS ONLY JUSTICE Not After War, He Told Newspaper Corre " spondents HUERTA THE OBJECT - OF HIS ACTIVITY "Under No Circumstances Will United States Fight Mexican People" Washington, D. C.,' April 20. Presi dent Wilson told the newspaper corres pondents to-day not to get the impress sion that the United States is going to war with Mexico. He pointed out that under no circumstances would the Unit ed Ststes fight the Mexican people that this country is their friend. Wilson said he was going to Congress to tell of the special situation and ask the approval of plans to meet the special situation. He declared the is sue is only one between the -United States and a man who calls himself the president of Mexico, but whose right to such title is not admitted by the United States. President Wilson -said the intention of the United States was to help Mexico and he had gotten a feeling ot uneasi ness when he found the newspapers fired with enthusiasm for war. Wilson declared - be did not want war but justice. The president said he thought t wise in the interest of peace to cut off the repeated offenses against the Unit ed States at an early stage. The pres ident said he had a message ready, mak ng. about 1,000 words. The joint sea sion of Congress to receive it was ar ranged for 3 o'clock this afternoon. PATRIOTS' DAY IN MASSACHUSETTS Features in Boston Were Military Parade and Marsnthon Run, Latter Under Auspices of Boston Athletic Assn. Boston. April 20. Patriotic celebra ions in licxington and Concord and sports of various kinds throughout the state marked the celebration of Patriots day to-day. A military parade over a portion of Taut Revere's route and the annual Maranthon run of the Itoston Athletic association were the. principle vents. TWO TRAINS RESTORED. Vigorous Representations Caused Change of B, & M. Plans. St. Johnsbury, April 20. Announce ment is made that the two passenger trains which were taken off the Pas- sumpsic division of the Boston Sl Maine will be put back on their old schedules. When these trains were discontinued in the fall the Commercial club of St. Johnsbury met Superintendent Folsom nd a compromise was reached and a mixed train was put on from Wells River to Lyndonville in the early even ing to replace the through passenger train which had been discontinued. Hut this served only a limited territory and the traveling men took up the matter in more vigorous manner. At a hearing with Frank A. Miles of ewport, representing nine petitioners, it developed that the management dis continued these, two trains in the fall ithout getting the consent of the pub- service commission, which had or dered the continuance of the trains, and hose order had been confirmed by the supreme court of Vermont. Mr. Miles took the matter up with the officials of the Boston 4l Maine sys tem, who acknowledged that the discon- muance of these trams was a violation of the public service commission's order, and the noon train southbound would resume running Monday. Thus the rail road escapes tke liability of prosecution i criminal charge and contempt of court, while the public gets the benefit a railroad service that was much ap preciated and fairly well patronized. ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT. & For . Barre Central of Vermont Tel. Tel. Co. Being Installed. W. F. Heller, switchboard installer of the Western Electric company, is now engaged with a force of men in putting in an addition to the local switchboards at the central office of the Vermont Tel. 4. Tel. company. This addition provides for an additional operator's position with 80 additional lines, and is required prop erly to accommodate the requirements of the office to the increased demands for new lines, principally of the one and two party class. When the Barre office was cut to com mon battery system on April 17, 1910, there were installed six sections of relay board to which an increase is now to be made to meet the requirements of the next two years. This additional equip ment is made bv the Western Eleetr? company at their factory at Hawthorne,"" III., and is assembled for frame work keys, and local wiring. After its ar rival the expert workmen proceed to se it up, wire in the relays and special cir cuits and to connect it to the balance of the equipment, after which it is test ed out and put into operation, the work requiring about two weeks time. in this additional section there are 80 additional subscribers' lines, answer ing lacks and line relays, besides cords, 60 keys and cord signal lamps together with 80 subscribers' line lamps, The connecting of the section requires cables to the intermediate distributing frame and an additional run to the main frame to connect with the undergroun cables. With this addition the loea switchboard will have a total of 580 sub scribers' lines and 640 subscribers' an swermg jacks which contain the lamp signals to designate when a call comes in. i The following will give an idea what is required to provide one opera tor's position of a common battery switchboard. Besides the wood and iron frame-work to hold the keys, cords jacks, lamps, etc., there will be added three condensers, six designation strips. five fuses, one induction coil, six teh phone jacks, 23 jack spaces, 200 lamp caps, 85 lamp sockets, 100 number plates. 80 relays, 40 resistances, 30 cords, 30 keys, 1,300 feet braided wire, 600 feet switchboard cable, consisting of 24,480 feet of single wire. The principal addi tion, however, is included in 80 answer ing jacks and 500 multiple jacks. In this last item is shown a feature of the multiple switchboard that does not obtain in smaller switchboards where but one or two operators are employed, In the larger switchboards all operators although capable of answering but limited number of lines must have ac cess to all lines for making connections. since tne cans that are answered may go to any other line in the exchange, lo make this possible a second jack is provided for every line, in addition to the one where the operator answers the calls; not only is this necessary but each one of these additional jacks (called multiple jacks) have to be repeated in every position for the use of all opera tors. Thus in a switchboard having 500 an swermg jacks (which are holes into which the plug is inserted bp the op era tor, connecting with springs which are. in turn connected with the line wires, when answering calls) must have 1.600 multiple jacks. This is one rea son why the cost per line for central office equipment increases as the muii bers of subscribers to a greater decree than is represented by the latter figure and not only affects new subscribers ines added but adds to the cost of all lines already connected. Jiie cost ot the above addition will be approximately $800. The installation oi tne section requires the opening up ot all lines in order to multiple them nto the new position panels, which work is arranged to tie done so that subserib ers' service will be uninterrupted. RISING WATER DOES DAMAGE Section of the Williamstown Branch Railroad Line Is v Consir1! Unsafe TPoFER FREIGHT v AND PASSENGERS DEATH OF YOUNG WOMAN. LEAVES BROTHER IN BARRE. H. sisted upon, the manner of returning the ceased w as an attendant while her health salute to be left to the American ad- permitted. The tarers were as follows: pmiral, who had agreed to fire one to the George Adams and Mr. Lewis of South Mexican nag. iNavai precedent snowed I Barre, W illiam . Avery and George La- no "simultaneous salute" had ever been I noint. and Merrill Eastman and Per fired in apology for an offense. PROBATE COURT ACTIONS. Thorn, sons-in-law of Mrs. Foster. The interment was in the family lot at Hope I cemetery. Senator Dillingham Settles Accounts in Julia C. Dillingham Estate. In Washington county probate court to-day William P. Dillingham settled the MIDDLESEX. The entertainment given by the elee and social club Wednesday eveninsr was ccounts as administrator of the estate hu,te we" fv, lhfi muslnal Pr0 of Julia C. Dillingham, his mother. .'Charles G. Baldwin was appointed ad ministrator of the estate of Julia S. El lis, late of Northfield, and E. A. Boyce was appointed administrator of the es tate of Betsey Boyce, late of Watcrbury. TALK OF THE TOWN Hemstitched scrims 15c at Knight's. Curtain rods 5 and 10c at Knight's. Thirty-five ladies in Barre can know the correct way to massage the skin by calling at the Red Cross pharmacy. Cail at once. gram was toiiowea ny sugar on snow, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. Charles Jioit returns Wednesday night from a few days' vacation. Two Italians arrived from Italy the first of the week and spent Tuesday with their relatives here, going to Al bnnv, N. Y., that night. Rev. . J. O Sullivan of Montpelier was in town Friday to visit John Her bert, who is very ill. Mr. Herbert is 88 years of age and his condition is con sidered serious. Mis Lois Brvant of Hartford, Conn., is a guest of Miss Mildred Bigelow. Mrs. Julia Jerry Was Sister of A. Burke. Burlington, April 20. Mrs.. Julius Jerry of Malletts Bay died yesterday morning at z:10 o clock at the home of er daughter, Mrs. K Jj. arner of 58 Hyde street, of a complication of dis eases. Mrs. Jerry had been in ill health for two years, but was confined to her bed but three weeks. She was 62 years of age. She was bom in Sciota, N. Y., Dorcilla Burke, the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Burke. Besides her hus band, she is survived by five children. They are: Albert B. of Montreal, Wilber V. of Boston and Mrs. 1. Warner, Cora H. and Gertrude L., all of this city; and also one brother, A. H. "Burke of Barre. Mrs. Jerry was of a kind and beautiful nature and endeared herself to all who met her. She will be missed by a wide circle of friends. Mrs. Alezzio De Battista Passed Away , Saturday Afternoon. Mrs. Alezzio De Battista of East Barre passed away at the City hospital Sat- rday afternoon at 2 o clock, death fol lowing a few hours after the birth of a aughter, who lived but a short time. Besides her husband, a stonecutter em ployed at North Barre, the deceased leaves her parents and several brothers and sisters living in Italy, and a brother, oseph Jpcra, ot this city. Mrs. De Bat ista's maiden name was Concilia Spcra nd had she lived until Saturday she would have been 17 years old. She came to Barre July 6, 1913. and was married upon her arrival in this country to Mr. De Battista. Since the wedding they had made their home at East Barre. During her residence m this locality, Mrs. lie Battista gained a wide circle of friends in the Italian colony and her un timely taking-away will be deeply mourned bv all who knew her. Funeral services were held from 22 George street this afternoon at 2 o'clock There was a large gathering of friends and a profuse floral offering came from the young woman's acquaintances. The interment was in the Catholic cemetery on lieckley street, lhe bearers were chosen from a delegation of. family friends. . Water in Jail and Stevens Branches Highest in a Year DEATH AT MILL VILLAGE. VERMONT BUSINESS TROUBLES. Clyde E. Willey of Barre Assets. Has No Rutland, April 20. Hiram L. Cook of St. Albans has filed a petition in bank ruptcy in the office of Clerk F. S. Piatt of the United States court. He has lia bilities of $2,0S9.75 and assets of $350, all claimed to be exempt. His attorney is if. H. Allen. A petitian has also been filed by Clyyde E. Willey of Barre, a teamster, who gives his liabilities as $095.03 and states that his assets are $150, all exempt. E. R. Davis is his lawyer. Of Mrs. John Burnett, Who Had Been 111 Many Months. At Mill village, so-called, in Williams town, Sunday forenoon at 10 o'clock oc curred the death of Mrs. Hattie Adams Burnett, wife of John Burnett. Mrs. Burnett had been ill since last October. Besides her husband, she leaves a (laugh ter, Miss Abbie Burnett, of Williams- town: three sisters. Mrs. Alma George of Williamstown. Mrs. Ellen Boyce of Waitsfield, and Mrs. Minnie Richardson of Middlesex. A brother, George. Adams, lives in South Bnrre. Mrs. Burnett was born in North Fays ton Octobe. 29, 1859. She lived in va rious towns in central Vermont until her marriage in this city in 1890 to Mr. Burnett. She had been a resident of Williamstown for nearly 16 years. Mrs. Burnett was a devoted adherent of the Centenary Methodist church and had a large number of friends in her home town- as well as in Barre and Barre Town who will deeply regret her pass ing. Prayer services will be held at the house Tuesday forenoon at 10:30 o'clock and the funeral will be in the Methodist church direetlv afterward. The pastor. Rev. Albert Abliott, will officiate and he will be assisted by Rev. John Irons of the Congregational church. Inter ment will be in the village cemetery. High water which caused a wash out that disrupted traffic on the Wil liamstown branch of the Central Ver mont railroad last night and the sudden rise in temperature, coupled with the heavy rains, threatens to do considerable damage in the valley of the Jail and Stephens -branches. Near the Grearson & Beckett shed in Williamstown, the branch road. for a distance of nearly 300 feet is unsafe for travel. The washout was discovered by Central Vermont track-walkers early this morning and after communications passed between the local station and the railroad offices in St. Albans, arrangements were made for continuing the service throughout the day. Since sunrise all trains have proceeded to a point below the washout. and passengers, as well as freight and express, have been transferred by teams to the station. Repairs on the line were started at once. the damage resulted from an overflow when the river, swollen by many little brooks, leaping its bounds, swept over the highway to the tracks. None of the track was washed away but for a distance of several rods the road bed was undermined. Section men who were busy this forenoon patrolling the Barre branch from this citv to Mont- jelier reported that the tracks Were still intact and perfectly safe, although it wasn't predicted that the road would escape damage altogether if the river continues to rise. Following yesterday's hard thunder shower and the continuing rainfall, there was a good deal of anxiety among local merchants and other business men. Many hurried to their mercantile estab lishments and began to transfer mer chandise from the basements to the ground floors. Little fear of inundation along North Main street is expressed by the interested persons, although an addi tional number took precautionary meas ures this forenoon. Stephens branch rose 18 inches after the rain last night. At midnight it was higher than at any time since the big flood of Easter Sun day in 1912. Toward morning there was a recession of nearly a foot, but during the afternoon instead ot continuing to recede, the waters began to approach the bank levels again. In the past two days much of the snow in the hill dis tricts has been melted and the water, to certain extent, has sunk into the ground. The ice in the larger streams left several days ago. hen it disap peared in the Winooski branches it was so thoroughly noney-combed that it could do no damage. ith the rain still falling briskly at noon, there were few who would fore- ast the outcome. Bridge No. 8 on the Barre branch and the highway bridge t lilackwell street a short distance down the streams -were in no dancer of lieing washed by the water, althoug! the river was already lapping some o; he higher trusses of both bridges, lhe water in Gunner brook was running near ly bank-full and the lower part of the ttlc trestle' on the electric car line was immersed in water. " The bridge is strongly buttressed, however, and the car men were not at all alarmed by the appearance of the stream. Some- inie during the night water flooded the rear end of the Harrison tramt com pany shed at the north end. Much of the loose boxing timber lying in the structure was floated around, but the amaire was slight. In the North Barra manufacturing section, where shed own ers have experienced heavy, losses from high water in years past, the water did . not threaten, and the belief was ex pressed that any threatened inundation in the center of the citv would not be followed necessarily by similar troublo at North Barre. MERCHANTS LEND AID. Weather Farecast. Rain or snow and colder to-night. Tuesday probably cloudy and colder; moderate shifting winds. To Hotel Project for Barre Much In interest Being Aroused. , Whether Barre is to have the much' discussed new hotel will be determined bv the end of the present week. Either next week will see preparations for the erection of the building going on apace or it will witness only a vacuum where an ambitious hotel project once existed. Those who have lone held a modern hos telry to be the verv thing the city needs as a complement to its industrial and business prestige in ermont claim mat the voters will not allow the project to die a natural death. Anyhow, the city meeting Friday night will go a long way toward deciding the matter. The movement in favor of granting exemption to the incorporators received another impetus this morning when it was announced that the Barre Retail Merchants' association had divided to turn to with a will and help' boost the project. Customarily, the association has marked the end of the winter with a pretentious banquet which has often been made the occasion for introducing an out-of-town speaker. Even as late as Saturday plans were in the making for this annual affair, but since than it has been decided to abandon any idea of holding a banquet. Instead, the merchants will devote their whole effort to spreading the hotel gospel. In com mon with many others who believe they see a great deal of civic good in th movement the merchants are ready to' talk understanding. to any and all who are not familiar rith the oner ol tne Barre Hotel Co., the steps necessary be fore the hotel can become a reality, and the crying need for larger and improved hotel accommodations.