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BARRE DAILY' TIME VOL. XVIII NO. 40. BARRE, VERMONT, THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 1914. PRICE, ONE CENT. CARRANZA'8 ACCEPTANCE ING ENCOURAG Mediators Consider They Have Accom plished Much More Than They Ex pected to Do in the Short Time They Have Been Working on Mexican Situation. DIPLOMATIC CIRCLES EXPRESS SURPRISE Mediators Resumed Their Sessions With Considerable Optimism Over the Probable Success of the Negotiations for Settlement of Difficulties. Washington, D. C, April 30. The mediators of the South Amer ican republics who are seeking to compose the Mexican crisis resumed their sessions at the Argentine legation to-day. They planned that the morning session would continue to 1 o'clock, and the afternoon and evening to be devoted to conferences and possibly late to-night a session if the circumstances should re quire it. ...... The mediators are greatly encouraged in the work by the definite results already accomplished, first in paving the way to an armistice among all the warring factions and, second, in bring ing Carranza within the scope of intermediation. It is a matter of surprise in diplomatic and official circles generally that this much has been accomplished by the mediators in the few days that they have been working, and the doubts as to their efforts, which circulated in some quarters during the early stages, are giving way to a more general feeling of confidence. It is still felt, however, that the crucial stage in the negotiations will develop within the next few days. CARRANZA ACCEPTS MEDIATION PLAN But Reserves to Himself the Right to Enter Into Details of the Negotia tions Conducted by the South American Powers. Chihuahua, Mexico, April 30. General Carranza, as chief of the revolutionary forces, yesterday accepted in principle ;.the tender of the Rood offices of Argen tina, Brazil and Chile in the settlement ;of the Mexican problem. The note from . the diplomatic representative at Wash ington to General Carranza dated Tues day follows i "We, the diplomatic representatives of Brazil, Argentina and Chile, empowered by our respective governments to extend jin offer of our pood offices to all par ties at interest in the problem of the pacification of Mexico and the adjust ment of the differences between Mexico and the United States, herewith invite your attention to the facts in your ca pacity as supreme chief of the revolu " t ion, 'and we feel assured that you will accept the proposition in principle. Rec ognizing the. sentiments of high patriot ism which animate you, we take the liberty ot transmitting mis raumuui- A mii after hnvinff failed wn i " m. . . - " ...... - - - . - - BtVr several attempts to have our mes sage vcommunicated to you by your D gents here." General Carranza's reply went forward 4is follows: "I thank you . sincerely for the offer which you have so kindly made me in behalf of your respective governments in an attempt to solve in a peaceful and friendly way the differences between Mexico and the United States. There fore, by authority of my position as first chief of the revolution, I accept in prin ciple the good offices of Brazil, Argen tina and Chile through their distin guished representatives. "Reserving to mvself the right to en ter into details of the negotiations, it affords me the greatest satisfaction to assure you of my roost distinguished consideration." United States and General Huerta to agree to an armistice by which all ag gressive military movements would be suspended, pending tag outcome of the negotiations. The mediators confidently expect loth sides to accept the armistice proposal. A separate proposal for an armistice as between Huerta and Car ranza will also be made, and with its acceptance all the warring elements throughout Mexico, as well as the American forces, would maintain a mil itary status quo. The American government, in its for mal reply to the armistice proposal, will expressly stipulate that any untoward act toward Americans will be regarded as an infraction of the armistice. PRISON ORDERED VACATED, MEDIATION PLANS WERE BROADENED To Include the Entire Range of Mexican Affairs, to Include the Revolution Itself Change of Plan Follows Receipt of Carranza's Note. Washington, I). C, April 30. The lieope of mediation plans for the settle ment of the Mexican crisis was suddenly broadened last night so as to include the entire range of Mexican affairs not United States and the Huerta regime, alone the critical issue between the United States and the Huerta regime, but also the revolution in Mexico itself. This signal enlargement of the media tion program followed the receipt, late in the day, of a formal acceptance by General Carranza, chief of the constitu tionalist forces, of the principle of me diation, as proposed by the ambassador from Brazil and the ministers from Ar gentina and Chile. Already the I'nited States and Gen eral Huerta had formally accepted the good offices of these South American envoys and now General Carranza has been brought into the deliberations so as to draw every element and faction within the range of any settlement which may be attained. Karlier in the day the mediators made (mother decisive move iu asking the Fortress of San Juan de Ulua, Notorious for Centuries. Vera Cruz, April 30.' The fortress of San Juan de Ulua, notorious for cen turies as perhaps the foulest prison on the American continent, has been or dered by Real Admiral Fletcher to be vacated immediately. When the American sailors and ma rines occupied Vera Cruz there were in this prison, which is constructed in the lorm of a little island in the harbor, some 400 prisoners, most of whom were confined for political offenses. Three hundred of these men already have been released or transferred to other prisons, but there remains 116, and now these men are to be sent elsewhere. The inspection by the American au thorities verified the tales that had been written and told for generations of the terrible conditions prevailing in fan .luan de Ulua. Many dungeons were be low the water line when the tide came in and the inmates, many of them half blind on account of their long incarcera tion in semi-darkness, were drenched. Other dungeons were so constructed that it was impossible for the victims to lie down. Ancient devices of torture were discovered and there was evidence that these recently had been in use. Among the prisoners were men once of prominence, but whose names have been almost forgotten. Some of them had been there so long that their minds were blank; some of them so enfeebled by bad treatment that their transfer to hospitals instead of to prisons will be necessary. The appearance of the prisoners was pitiable. Emaciated creatures stumbled forward to thank the insjiecting officers for their delivery. Long beards in many cases were matted over dirty counten ances of which once the fashionable ele ment of the federal capital had looked, for many of those imprisoned were once prominent in society, in politics and in the army. The late President Francisco I. Ma dero inspected the prison just prior to his taking office. He was horrified and declared that his first official act would be the removal of the prisoners and thp conversion of the fortress into an arsenal. He did go so far as partially to prepare military prisons at a point a fJiort dis tance from Vera Cruz, to which he talked of removing the prisoners, but his prom ise to clean out the prison was one of his promises which he neglected or found impossible to keep. U. S. ARCHIVES PASSED OVER. the Brazilian minister, in a statement 'to . 1 -rT nrnfanlinn if io lllimrtnlv sible to give will be afforded by mo the Americans who yet remain in M ico. The Brazilian legation and its s is at their disposal." The archives of tho American emba a-nni iiri,o,l nvnr in Sir Lionel Car by Kelson O'Shaugimessy, the Amerii charge d anaires, wnen ne ueparteu vera t.rnz. 1 iiil fl'lnfin trim wns nn uftnehe he Ameiican embassy, took the docu menta to the Brazilian legation yester il.i tr afiamrinn J 1IC i..Vll., 11 vl,.lj, .......v. ,1"" reotivtd a dispatch stating that a American warship jiaa arrivea in m harbor ot Min i-sras,' in'tne territory Tepee on Tuesday and taken aboard number of refugees from the state feinaloa. Another despatch' from Acnpuloo say the commander of ' the American cruise South Dakota asked permission to bin there, but was refused by the Mexicai authorities. pos- to tad ssy ilen can for of day n ic of of NO ATTACK MADE ON COAST TOWN Manzanillo on Pacific Coast of Mexico Was Fired by an Incendiary, No American Warships There. Washington, D. C, April 30. A report from Mexico City that Manzanillo, on the Pacific coast! had been bombarded by an American warship, was denied at the White House to-day. An investiga tion disclosed that a conflagration, said to have been of incendiary origin, had r-ceurrod there, but that the American forces had nothing, to. do with it. Re ferring to the report. Admiral Howard wired: "Unfounded. There was an in cendiary fire at Manzanillo, but we were uot even there." .... NO EMBARGO ON FOOD. But Practically Everything Else Is Barred from Mexico. Douglas, Ariz., April 30 Orders re ceived at the local custom house greatly increasing the bcoim; of the embargo on shipments of goods sent into Mexico were placed in effect yesterday. The new orders, it is said, prevent, the ex portation in Mexico of practically every thing except actual food necessities. No blazing powder, fuel, oil, coal or coke may be shipped through, and it is said the order will prevent plans of mine owners to .resume operations in Mexico if there should be no immediate break in the Mexican situation. It is said this ordur will have a serious effect on the Mexican residences of min ing camps in Sonora, who have been thrown out of work by the closing of tho properties. The food supplies in the camps near the borders are said to be limited. REBELS VERY OPTIMISTIC. Very Soon They Expect to Seize City of . Mexico. Chihuahua, April 30. Recent rebel successes, notably tho capture of Mon terey and the further defeats said to have been inflicted on the retreating fed erals in engagements between Monterey and Saltillo have induced a widespread feeling among the heads of the consti tutionalist army that Mexico City soon will be in their hands. It is asserted by them that the re establishment of the embargo on arms along the Texas border will not cramp the operation of General Villa against Saltillo and other points. There is a feeling of confidence that Villa has suffi cient ammunition to conduct operations until Tampieo is taken by the rebels, giving them a port exempt from the operations of the embargo. There is a deep seated impression here that the fall of Tampieo cannot be long delayed. VERMONTER REACHES . VERA CRUZ SAFELY Edward Hyde Was Engaged in News paper Work at Mexico City at Time of Outbreak of the Hostilities. Bakersfield, April 30. Information has been received here that Edward Hyde, engaged as a correspondent for New York anil Boston newspapers, who was in Mexico City when strained relations between the government and Huerta broke into armed intervention on the coast, has reached Vera Cruz in safety. Relatives of Mr. Hyde were much con cerned when the predicament of Amer ican citizens in the Mexican capital was learned. SERVED IN WAR THREE YEARS. To the Brazilian Minister at Mexico City. Mexico City, April 30. The archives and documents of tlie United States em bassy were handed over to the Brazilian minister by Sir Lionel Carden yester day. jose Mauul Cordosa de Oliveira, the Lewis A. Davis of Morrisville Was Well Known Resident. Morrisville, April 30. The funeral of L. A. Davis, who died Tuesday morning, was held this afternoon at his late home. Rev. XV. T. Best officiating and the serivce being in charge of the James M. Warner post, G. A. R. Later the burial will be held at North Cambridge. Jewis Ahner Davis, son of Klisha and Lucina Davis, was born in Bakersfield June 10, 1S35. On Fehruary 8, 1858, he was united in marriage to Loraine Barnes of Bakersfield and of this union seven children were born, four of whom survive. Mr. and Mrs. Davis resided irv Cambridge, Fletcher, Underbill and Johnson until coming to Morrisville to live about 10 years ago. Mr. Davis fol lowed the occupation of a farmer and for several years drove a stage while living in Underbill. Mr. Davis enlisted in company F, sth Vermont, and received an honorable discharge at the close of three vears' service in the War of ISfil- cr. Besides his wife, he is survived by four daughters: Mrs. Julia A. Pratt of! Essex Center, Mrs. Grace B. Joy ot Jericho. Mrs. Nettie L. Parker of Rich mond. Mrs. Emma E. Jackson of Essex Junction; also an adopted son. Chester W. of Fitehbnrg. Mass., a brother, Mer rkt Davis of Helvidere; and a sister, Mrs. Susan Chaffee of Waterbnry. One daughter, Mrs. Jessie M. Boyee of Stowe, died several years ago and two sons, Georire M. and Chester W.. died in in- i fancy. Mr. Davis also leaves 14 grand- i ..Inl.lrnn I1ia fif . Via frrii nili'li ! 1 il ren V 1.11,.. .11. '..V v.. ...... ... . .., Gladys Sherman, has lived with her grandparents for 10 years. The complete story of Antony and Cleopatra, in eight reels, will be shown at the opera house to-night. Programs will he distributed and the lights turned on between reels, giving an opportunity to follow the picture by reading the story. 1 MEXICAN. LAW AGAIN RULES But It Is Administered in Vera Cruz by Ameri can Officials BLUEJACKETS RETURN TOIL S. WAR VESSELS Marines Remain Ashore to Co-operate with the Army Vera Cruz, April 30. This city went back to civil government to-day, under the laws of Mexico, administered by American officials. The civil govern ment, however, remained subordinate, to martial law. While the work of restoring the mu nicipal government went forward, Gen eral Funston's brigade trooped off the transports and marched to the sandhill barracks and other quarters to relieve Admiral Fletcher's bluejackets, who went back to their men-of-war. The marine corps remained ashore to work with the regular army. Refugees from the interior continued to arrive to-day and preparations were made to take them to New Orleans and other ports. The progress of mediation is entirely unknown here, but ia dis cussed with animation. Opinion among competent observers is divided, some be lieving that Huerta. in accepting the proposal for mediation, is playing for more time, as be did in the Tampieo in cident, . IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. Vermont Militia Was Found by the In specting Officer. Rutland, April 30, Charles Steele, ser geant inspector of the National Guard of the state of Vermont, returned to his home in this city yesterday after a month's tour of inspection of the com panies of the Vermont National Guard. During bis absence he has visited 12 companies, the entire first infantry regi ment, spending two days with each com pany. The first day was spent inspect ing the non-commissioned oflh-ers and the second day with the entire company. In speaking of his tour Sergeant Steele stated that the whole, regiment was in excellent condition for immediate serv ice and that the prospect of war bad caused great enthusiasm all over the state. At every place ho had visited the man had expressed a willingness to re spond if called upon for active service. He said that all the companies were recruiting up to their full quota of 61 men each and in Company B of St. Al bans there were 23 men on the waiting list. In speaking of the different companies he said that Company A of Rutland and Company B of St. Albans were easily the best companies in the state, although Company M of Burlington and Company H of Montpelier were close seconds. HURLED PETITION AT KING GEORGE Suffragette's Aim Poor and the Package Struck the Chauffeur. His Injuries , Are Not Reported. London, April 30. While King George was driving in a motor through Cam bridge to-day, a suffragette approached his automobile and threw at his majesty a petition asking votes for women. The package struck the chauffeur of the car. Board of Trade Canvassers Active. Scarcely 24 hours have elapsed since the directors, of the Barre Board of Trade adopted the tentative program of arrangements for raising the $10,000 fund for the new hotel, and yet some of the workers are already abroad and are meeting with a warm reception in 11 quarters. Not that the campaign or the canvass has anywhere near reached its aim, for only a beginning has been made; but the campaigners believe they have made a good start and the $1,000 and more in voluntary subscriptions made before the canvass was fairly started has Inspired the Board of Trade members with a desire to reach tho to tal as soon as possible. With the cam paign machinery oiled and In working order, it is confidently hoped that the responses all along the line will be suffi ciently liberal to insure an early ter mination of the movement. Wherever they go the canvassers en deavor to make it clear that the Board of Trade is not, asking for stock sub scriptions, that citizens are requested only to subscribe toward the $10,000 "boosting fund." ns it had Wen called. A little over half of this sum is to be used for the purchase of the lot and the remainder will be expended on some of the preliminary building expenses. In a word, the campaign had its origin in the desire of many citizens to express their public spiritedness and good will bv donating a specified sum to the cause. Believing that- the occasion called for the exercise of one of its prime func tions, tho Board of Trade took the mat ter in hand and has lent its organiz ing facilities to the work of raising the fund. Press Com. Barre Board of Trade. CAMP IS SCENE OF DESOLATION At Forbes, Colorado, Seven Mine Guards and One Striker Killed . TWO MORE STRIKERS BELIEVED TO BE DEAD At Walsenburg, One Officer of the Militia Was Killed Denver, Col., April 30. Nine identified dead and probably many more whose deaths have not been reported is the re sult of the fighting yesterday and last night in the strike zone of the Colorado coal fields. The deaths occurred in the battle at Forbes, and as the result the officials have announced that drastic ac tion will be taken at once to prevent further bloodshed. The federal troops have arrived at Canon City and Trini dad. The Forbes camp was a scene of deso lation, practically all the mine buildings having been destroyed by fire. Here it was the work of only a few fleeting hours. It was about 5:30 a. m. that the strikers opened their attack in force, with women and children of the camp barricaded in the mine stope, the guards under the personal direction of Superin tendent Nichol responded spiritedly. About ten o'clock the firing ceased and the camp's assailants disappeared as mysteriously as they came, some toward Trinidad, and others over the bills in the direction of Berwind and Tabasco. Ac cording to Superintendent Nichol three strikers were seen to tumble down the hillside. Fighting that practically encircled the town continued for five hours at Walsen burg between strikers, militia and mine guards. Major P. P. Lester, of the hos pital corps, met his death, shot through the left breast, while dressing the wounds of a comrade within 150 yards of the strikers' position. Firing ceased shortl? after three o'clock. With two troops of United States cav alry in the Fremont county fields and citizens, volunteers and militia on guard in Boulder county, 6tate officials last night gave their attention to preparing for sudden outbreaks in Las Animas and Huerfano county where federal troops were not expected to arrive before this morning. The militia detachment re lieved by federal soldiers in Fremont county .wa-hastening to Colonel Yer deckburg's assistance at Walsenburg. PITCHED BATTLE FOUGHT. Officer of Militia Was Killed at Walsen burg, Colo. Walsenburg, Colo., April 30. One dead and three wounded is the known casualty list of a six-hour battle here yesterday in which less than 1(H) militia men attempted to dislodge an estimated force of 400 strikers entrenched in the hills adjacent to the town. Firing stopped late in the day when the troops were withdrawn on orders, local officials state, received by Colonel Verdeckburg from Denver. The dead: Major P. P. Lester, member hospital corps, Walsenburg. The wounded: Lieutenant Scott, shot in the head. Private (ilen Miller, shot in face. lrivate O. L. Wilmot, shot in leg. Major Lester was struck, according to Captain Swope, who commanded the detail, within 150 yards of a line or rifle nits near the ton of Hogback northeast of Walsenburg in which the strikers had taken their stand. Lieutenant rco had been shot a few minutes previously. The firing was heavy when orders were received to withdraw' and Major Lester's body was left on the field. . The lighting started when a detach ment under Lieutenant Scott left the town limits anil started to cross over a low rise of ground. Captain Swope and Lieutenant Morrison followed. For two hours the militiamen sought to dislodge the strikers without success. With Lieutenant Scott in command of one detail and Captain Swope leading the second company, they advanced by a series of alternate rushes, until Swope's men were stopped by a woven wire fence. Both details were returning the fire of the strikers with vigor when they were recalled. The Tctreat was made under as great difficulty as the advance. The strikers are said to be still en trenched along the side of the low hill which forms a natural fortification. DROWNED DODGING, ARREST. The celebrated "Red Line inn" near j the Barre railroad switchback, the guests of which have come from all parts of j the country and the keyto which was thrown away when the building was erected many years ago, was entirely destroyed by fire yesterday: and the loss will cause sorrow to many a man who has lecn harlvorcd 'neath the hos pitable roof over night as he made Barre a temporary slopping place. Although sonic of the "furnishings" were saved, the loss of the registration book causes poignant regret, as it would furnisih the incentive to many a nignt oi imagina--! tion. The loss is not estimated in dol- lars and cents, for it scarcely could be thus estimated. Ernest Chabotte Victim in the Merrimac River at Franklin, N. H. Franklin. N. IL. April 30. Ernest Cha botte. aged 23, is believed by the po lice to have drowned himself in the Mer rimac river yesterday forenoon while trying to avoid arrest. Chabotte was walking along Elkins street with City Marshal Hale, having agreed to take the officer to a house where he had staved and recover some goods it is alleged he stole. Suddenly Chabotte broke away from the marshal, ran through the yard of the Franklin Lumber company at the foot of Elkins street and jumped into the river. He seemed to tread water for a short distance. Marshal Hale and Officer Do hertv, who had been looking for Cha lmtte before the arrest, kept him in view, walking along the river bank un til they came to a clump of bushes. This bid him from sight for about a minute and when they could see the riv er again Chabotte bad disappeared. His bat was C tting along the water. The river is running high because of the spring rains and there is a swift current at this point. The river i about 100 feet wide. The officers made a careful search, but could find no trace of the missing man. Chalote formerly lived here, but has recently lived in Bennington. Vt. He had been At work as a woodchopper and had . been around Franklin about a mouth. A. C. V. SERVICE CHANGES Will Become Effective on Next Sunday, May 3. . Several changes affecting the schedule now in use on the Barre branch will be come effective Sunday through orders issued from the Central Vermont offices in St. Albans. Perhaps the most con spicuous change is the discontinuance of train No. 18, now leaving St. Albans at 11:45 and due in White River Junc tion at 5:15 p. m. This means the aban donment of the l:f0 train going south' from this station. There will be a Mov day passenger service for points north at 12:45 a. in.; daily passenger service for points north, train to leave the local station at 2:40 a. m. The morning train, leaving at 8:15 o'clock, will be continued, departure to be made at the same hour. Sunday the same service will be retained, although the train will leave at 8:45, as at present. Train 67, which now leaves Barre for points north and south at 11:25 will not depart un til 11:45 after Saturdays Sunday it will leave at 11:50, the present hour of de parture. A train for points north will leave at 3:25 p. m., instead of 3:40, the present hour, and a second afternoon train for the north and south will leave at 5:38, instead of 5:40. In the local service to White River Junction, the train will leave at 7:55 and the late train for points south will leave at 11:15 p. m., instead of 12:05 a. m. There are several changes in the in coming service. The morning train from the north will arrive at 2 o'clock and from the south at 3:55 o'clock. The Burlington train, so called, will continue to reach Barre at 0:30 and the Sunday train from the south will arrive at 0:50 a. m. The Montreal train will continue to arrive at 12:55 p. m. and the connec tions from Boston and New York, with mail service, will bring the late after noon train to Barre at 4:35, instead of 4:40. Evening trains from the south and north will continue to arrive at 6:55 and 9 o'clock, respectively. HEARING DEFINITELY SET. On Protest Against Discontinuance of Workmen's Tickets. It is definitely decided that the hear ing to be given- by the public, service commission on the proposal of the Barre & Montelier Traction 4 Power Co. to double the price of workingmen's fares will be held in the courtroom at city hall at 10 o'clock on the forenoon of Tuesday, May 12. The hearing follows a petition, fathered by the Central La tor union of Barre, which protests against the action of the traction com pany in deciding to raise the fare from two and one-half cents to five cents aft er May 1. Wbilc the matter is held in abeyance the two and a lialf cent fare will continue to be operative. Chairman Robert C. Bacon of Brattle boro. William R. Warner of Vergenncs, and Park H. Pollard of Proctorsville ill hold the hearing. State's Attorney J. Ward Carver has been notified to repre sent the state at the hearing and it is understood that the petitioners as well as the traction company has retained counsel. The petitioners forwarded their pro test April 23 and in the prayer they ask that the commission by its order will: (1) Determine and prescribe a rate of 40 tickets for $1. as heretofore and now exists; (2) cancel or suspend in determinately the proposed new rate; (3) give such other or further relief in the premises of the petition as to the commission may seem just and reason able. The petition is signed by the follow ing persons: Fre"d XV. Suitor. Silvio L. Cardi, Henry Alexander, William Mc Donald, James Imlah, John T. Callaghan, Marshall S. Rounds, Ned J. Roberts, C. E. Wood, C. L. Gregoire, Homer C. Tadd, E. J." Owens, James F. Higgins, H. A. Phclns. James T. Marrion. and John O'Learv. It will be seen that organized labor, the Granite Manufacturers' asso ciation, the Merchants' association and the Barre Board of 1 rade, as well as other organisations, are all represented n the prayer. SUNDAY SCHOOL CONFERENCE For District No. 1 to Be Held in Barre on Friday. A meeting of the Washington County Sunday School association, district No. 1, including the schools ot Jiarre, .Mont pelier. South Barre, East Barre, Web sterville. and Granitcville, will be held at the Congregational church to morrow (Friday), beginning at - o clock in the atternoon anu lasting inrougn me even ing. The program is as follows: Afternoon. 2:00 Opening devotional service Kev. .lames namage Theme "The Value of the Child as Taught by the Great Teacher" 2:2() Getting acquainted; a roll call of schools, lie sure tnat some one is ready to respond from your school 1. Give total enrollment of school 1 2. Name some encouraging feature 3. State a problem 2:40 "Meeting Problems Through Co operation Mrs. Edith Balch Wright 3:00 Departmental conferences: J-.lemenmry oivision. in cimrgn of Mrs. W. E. Harlow. Mont pelier, Miss Marion Stickney, Barre Secondarv division, in charge of 11. G. Woodruff. Barre Adult division, in charge of Dr. O. G. Stickney, Barre Home department, in charge of Mrs. Edith Balch Wright Teacher training, in charge of Rev. S. F. Idomtield, Montpelier Evening, 7:30 rraise service Led by young people's choir 7:45 Service of devotion Id by Rev. G. H. Holt 8:00 Address, "A Worth While" Work" Edith Balch Wright 8:2ft Music 8:25 Address. ''Christian Nurture in the Home and Sunday School ...Rev. Ivan Benedict. Montpelier The annual Washington countv Sun- dav school convention will be held in Northtield. May 13. Will Issue at Noon Saturday. Beginning Saturday, The Times enters uon its summer schedule of issuing at noon on Natnrdavs. Advertisers and correspondents should bear this in mind and get copy in early. Weather Forecast. REVIVE HOPE , OF c -'ING FEW R' x s Find Good Condi- .ions at Bottom of ' Mine Shaft LITTLE GAS, NO DAMP, IN A SHAFT AT ECCLES After 24 Hours of Exhaust ing Labor Party of Inspec tors Struck the Base Eccles, W. Va., April 30. After twenty-four hours' exhausting efTort, Chief Henry and a party of West Virginia mine inspectors early to-day reached the bottom of shaft No. 5 of the New River Colliers company, where 178 miners were buried by an explosion Tuesday. They found little gas and no damp and ex pressed the belief that conditions were such that some of the entombed miners may still be alive. MUCH TALK OVER NEW AUTO. Some Think the Water Committee Ex ceeded Its Authority. Practically all of the necessary ar rangements have been made for the new automobile truck which is to become a part of the water department equip-' ment. The truck is obtained from the Ford Motor Co. through the Perry Au tomobile Co., and will be available for departmental uses before many days. Even now, it is said, the car is on its way to Barre and will be pressed into service immediately on its arrival. Al ready, according to report, the depart ment attaches are qualifying themselves in the art of operating a car and there will be no delay in utilizing the new purchase once it reaches the city. It is expected that the truek will perform its most desirable function in transferring men and material to the reservoirs sup plying the city with its water. Men in the department regard the truck as a utility that will fill a long felt want in this respect. Meanwhile there are those who are raising a point as to whether the alder- manic committee was acting within its bounds in making mandatory the pur chase of a truck for the department. It is generally conceded that the com mittee, with one dissenting member, had already signed a contract with the Perry Automobile Co, for the lease of a car, with provisions for purchasing at the end of the year. The committee brought the matter before the council for the purpose of procuring its sanction of the lease or purchase. As a matter of fact, it is cla;med, the deal was already con summated and the favorable or adverse action of the council probably would have had no bearing on the proposal. The truck, if the contract is valid, would have been purchased in any event. It is understood that tlie committee looked for authority, in completing the negotiations, to chapter eight, section 22, of the revised ordinances which author izes the aldermanic water committee to make purchases of equipment, teams, etc., if they are needed in the depart ment. On "the other hand, those who. contend that the committee exceeded its authority in closing the bargain for a motor truck, point to chapter 41 of the revised citv ordinances, which, they say. emphatically nets as an estoppel on the committee from signing a contract with out the consent of the council. Not only is the language of the chapter subject to only one construction, is the conten tion, but it goes further by providing a penalty of a 50 fine for violations of the chapter. The proposal for the addi tion of a motor ear to the department's equipment was unanimously ratified by the council, but there is legal authority for restraining the committee from bind ing the city to a contract, it is said, and readers who are interested in the contro versy will doubtless lie able to decide upoii its merits by referring to the chap ters and sections already mentioned. DISCARDED COAT AND VEST. William Clough of Washington Got Into Warm Climate in Manchester. Manchester, X. IL, April 30. William (."lough, who gives his home as Washing ton. Vt., is about the luckiest Vcrmonter that ever landed in Manchester. Arriv ing in town yesterday, William pro- cecded to visit several thirst emporiums, and became so hilarious he discarded bis coat and vest, though the brand the weather man was handing out had the majority of pedestrians wearing over-, coats. Minus the coat and vest. W illiam was found wandering along Central street late last night bv Patrolman Sheehy, ' who took him in charge. At headquarters, ( lough sant he had discarded his coat and vest in an alley wav, but when he felt the need of the wearing apparal was unable to locate it. He also averred that he had $'t in the coat. Sergeant O'Rourke and Officer Sheehr went in search of the missing togs, which the officer found on a pile of rocks in the rear of the street railway yard, and the coat held a purse containing three 10-dollar bills, making William Clough of Washington. Vt., .2. richer than he believed tiimsclt. MADAM NORDICA SINKING TO DEATIL i 'air to night except ram or snow in j eastern Maine. Friday fair and mod crate north winds. Doctors Have Given Up Hope of Recov- , ery for Singer Now at Matavia, i Java, Following a Relapse. Matavia. Java, April 30. Madame Matavia. Java, April 20. Madame Li!- ' i i. . i , nearly a montn aco, nas iihu reianse and is sinking. The doctor have given ; up all hope of recovery. Mie liaii en gaged passage for Onoa, where her hus band, (ieorge W. Young of New York, had expected to meet her.