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Associated Press Exclusive Wire SIXTV-TIIIKD YKAIL NO. 130. THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 1914. FOURTEEN PAGES. PRICE TWO CENTS. HOUSE WILL LISTEN TO HUERTA'S WEW PROPOSAL THROUGH 1 m ENVOY READY AT VERA CRUZ TO TALK PLAN Impending Torreon Battle Bslieved Forcing a Climax in Mexico. SITUATION TO CHANGE Compromise Candidate Accept able to Washington May Be Result of Rebel Defeat. Little nk. Ark.. March 19. Four companies i the Ninth infantry de parted for Laredo, Texaa. Cincinnati. Ohio. March 19. Two battalions of the Ninth infantry are leaving here today for Laredo. Atlanta. Go.. March 19. The Seventh infantry left for Eagle Pass. Texas, to join the border patrol. Washington, D. C. March 19. While CO o.licial word has come to the White house of the reported purpose of Huerta to r"op-n parleys by sending bis minUter of foreign affairis to Vera Cruz to confer with John Lind, ad ministration officials indicated a will ingness to listen to any new proposals for a peaceful settlement. They seem ed to attach much Importance to the impending battle at Ton-ton. which id expcted to mark a critical turn In the tvenfrth and prestige of the contend ing forces. Washington has been firmly opposed not only to recognition of Huerta, but of aay successor of his choosing, and tie rebels have announced an unwil lxrness to compromise with Huerta. Should the constitutionalists be de feated at Torreon. it la possible the vfcole situation would be changed, and a cfftapromlse'of Candidates accept able to Washington be agreed upon. Expect Simultaneous Attacks. Juarez, Mexico. March 19. Simul taneous attacks on Torreon and Mazat lu mere predicted today in advices received here. It was taid that while Villa's rebel army was moving against Torreon forces under General Obregon numbering 12,000 would assault the Pacific coast port. This is said to be part of a general plan for an aggres lire movement against all federal forces in northern Mexico. The fall of Hawaiian would mean virtual con trol of the west coast district, while Torreon Is the railroad center of cen tral Mexico and its capture would threaten the capital of the country Censorship of news from the In terior below this Doint remained firm todiv. Indirect information indicated ' no fgh'ing of consequence the last ! few days. Huerta Executes Mutineers. j Slxko City, March 19. In squads of j a dozen men each. 119 mutineers were taken from the federal barracks at j Jojutla yesterday, lined tip against a tone wall, and thot. It required U-ss than half an hour for the slaughter of the men who re- belied at tTviie in the army of Gen eral Jl'if rta. The members f the fir lag t'luni worked rapidly and pumped bullets into their former comrades as flit as they were lined up. Eodiej were p-kd hich along the all hen the last mutineers were brought out, and those going to their dath stumbled over the forms of those ho had faced the rifles of the execu tioners onlv a few minutes before, 'With the last mutineer shot the bodies re thrown Into one trench. Hoerta ha ordered the strictest dis cipline enforced in all garrisons. A iton wall and a firing squad await the leaders of any rebellious outbreak. Approve Wholesale Execution. The newspapers of the capital this afternoon '.rioted prominently a state- awiit from the war department, an tounchm in terms of high approval the 'xecution of the 149 mutineers. It was perfectly evident from tlx ton of the statement that the action f Huerta' a officers in carrying out the bole ile execution was pleasing to tns administration and was looked upon as serving notice that Huerta has fc'-ertniried to rule his conscripted T with an troa hand. The newspapers announce that more lea were executed at Jojutla than at "f single time "sines- General Beott Bged 78 deserters In the suburbs o capital in 1S47." To Honor Bryan. coln. Neb.. March 1 Democrats) national and state prominence will "et here tonight at a banquet In 3ai the 64th birthday anniversary f Seerfry Bryan. Bryan will not ttnd. 'athington, D. C. March 11 Sec rwry Bryan celebrated his C4th birth today by receiving congratulations d. FAVORED AGAIN AS R. N. A. RECORDER , - -9 J ,.' The state convention at Bloomlngton yesterday again honored Dr. Burk hardt by recommending her reelection to the supreme camp which will meet In Rock Island In May. UNCOVERING NEW LOBBY IN CAPITAL Senate Committee to Investi gate Alleged Attempt to De feat he Hughes Bill. Washington. D. C. March 19. The senate lobby committee will investi gate charges that an organizezd lobby is working to defeat the Hughes bill to regulate shipments of convict labor. The Burnett immigration bill con taining a literacy test was favorably reported to the senate today. The committee which investigated the Colorado and Michigan strike troubles will meet tomorrow and will take up the iMfi'lm rX-Hrm'Sn,n9-the connection of Rockefeller with the Colorado Fuel & Iron company. Plans of investigating the books of that company and the Calumet Hecla Cop per company will also be considered. WOE CRIERS ARE HIT BY VOLLMER Davenport Congressman. in Maiden Speech, Pictures Agricultural Prosperity. Washington. D. C, March 19. In his maiden speech in the house today Henry Vollmer, democrat, of Daven- port Iowa, arraigned the ."woeful Jeremiahs of calamity" and pictured the aericulturai prosperity or me country. "I shall ask you." he said, "to let go of the pipe, come out of the land of dismal dreams and back to the serious, sober facts." LIVING AFTER 37 HOURS ENTOMBED Searchers in St. Louis Seed Company Building Wreck Find Thomas Burke. St. Louis, Mo., March 19. Thirty seven and one-half hours after he was Burke was t!7en from te. ruin, ofh.' St. Louis Seed company building alive this morning. Burke was In a weak ened condition, and was taken to a hospital. The seed building was demolished when a portion of the seven -story wall of the burned Missouri Athletlo club toDoled on It Tuesday. Six dead were recovered from the Seed building ruins. Thirty llres were lost in the Missouri club fire. Burke died later. Cedar Rapids Editor Diss. Cedar Raptda. Iowa, March 19. William O. Young, managing editor of the Cedar Rapids Gastt, is dead. 2 MINERS DEAD IN DUST EXPLOSION Buxton, Iowa, March 19. Two men were killed and much property dam aged by a dust expiation la nine No, 12. near here. The explosion occurred during the ehot firing period and was followed by eave-ln. Nineteen mules war kill- FAVOR STATE PRIMARY FOR INDIANAVOTE Convention of Democrats Renominate Shively to Make Senate Race. PRESIDENT IS LAUDED Governor Ralston Pays High Tribute to Wilson's Policy in Mexico Trouble. Indianapolis, Ind., March 19. Can didates for every office except gover nor will be named by the democratic state convention today. United States Senator Shively will have no opposi tion for renomination, according to party leaders. After an all-night session the resolU' tions committee adopted a platform including a plank favoring a state wide primary law. The vote on this plank was seven to six. Chairman Bell of the committee said only one or the 13 members favored the primary plank, but that it was adopted so as not to reflect on the policies of Presi dent Wilson. The primary plank adopted by the committee declares for state-wide primary nomination of all officers, but saves the state conven tion for "counsel, organization and declaration of principles." The platfornt as adopted by the con vention pays a high tribute to the na tional administration and favors a state-wide primary. Should Be Proud of Record. "The democratic party can well af ford gubrntt-its record for the year,' declared Governor Samuel M. Ralston of Indiana, in his address here today to the democratic state conven tion. Governor Ralston reviewed po litical events of the past 12 months in the country at large and In his own state and asserted that the party in power had redeemed its pledges and had the country solidly behind it in its program for the future. "The record made by President Wil son in the past year surpasses the achievements of any of his predeces sors in so short a time," said the gov ernor. "It is not surprising that by the foreign press he is recognized as an international schoolmaster, by pre cept and example Instructing the world in commercial fairness and In the science of government that em braces all mankind. A grateful peo ple -should not fail to pay tribute to those who have stood by the presi dent. All of the popularity of the pres ent national administration is due to the stand it has taken for the things that have been advocated for years under the leadership of that master ful man, William Jennings Bryan. After reviewing the administrations work on the tariff and currency laws and stating that the president is now in a position to press his anti-trust legislation. Governor Ralston declared his emphatic support of the president's Mexican policy. Handled With Wisdom. President Wilson lias handled with great wisdom and dignity the critical Mexican situation." he said. "He loves peace and he loves humanity. Only as a last and most desperate re sort would he consent to the clashing of arms between this country and Mex ico. He Is ambitious for the restor- tIon f orter without the sacrifice of the life of a single American bov. Christian people without regard to party endorse his course and pray that it may result In a victory for law and Justice. In Wilson we have a man of rugged, honest and practical wisdom whose exalted character is an exempli fication of that 'righteousness that ex- alteth a nation.' " 6hlvely Points to Reforms. Senator B. P. Shively, after being renominated by the demoncratle state convention - here today, thanked the delegates for the honor and then en tered upon a dUcusslon of the work of the national administration, paying high tribute to President Wilson. The senator declared that the democratic rule has brought about a real revision of the tariff downward, had divorced the country's currency system and speculators, had solved the trust ques tion and that President Wilson had met perplexing International problems with a firmness and tact that has been unexcelled In the history of the country. Berlin Prospects are slight that an agreement will be reached by the Brit ish and continental shipping com panies ever the question of the allot ment of trans-Atlantic traffio. SHERIFF HOOTED BY JOBLESS MEN Kelley Followers Wave Con tract for Acre of Land in Face of County Official. v ; X. Sacramento, CaL, Marci 19. One hundred and fifty jobless 'jnen the remnant of "General" Kelley's army of the unemployed laughed at Sheriff Ahern of Sacramento county last even ing. When the sheriff received word that the scattered Kelleyltes were reassem bling on a ranch four miles north of this city, he hurried a force of deputies to the scene. They were halted at the boundary of the camp by a man with a legal paper which proved to be contract for the purchase of one acre of land, for which $70 had been given as a first payment There was nothing for Sheriff Ahern to do but retire while the unemployed hooted and jeered. City and county officials of Sacra mento were In a quandary today. Leaders of the unemployed boasted that they -would provide quarters for a thousand men on the acre of ground and defied the authorities to prevent the reassembling of the army. The ar rival at the camp of provisions by the wagon load from Sacramento Indicated that they had received abundant finan cial backing to tide them over for some time. POWDER PLANT BLAST ROCKS ILLINOIS TOWNS St. Louis, Mo., March 19. An ex plosion at the Equitable Powder com pany's plant In Alton, 111., near here last night shook territory in imnois within a distance of 100 miles. The ef fect of the explosion, however, did not cross the Mississippi river into Missouri. Henry Miller, night watchman at the plant and the only man known to have been within a mile of the ex plosion, is believed to have been kill ed, as no trace of him could be round after the accident. Soon after the ex plosion reports of earthquake shocks began coming in from Decatur. As sumption, Orleana, Centralis. Mount Vernon and Vandalia, 111. In most of these places two shocks were felt At Centralla, more than 50 miles from the scene of the ex plosion, doors and windows rattled for five seconds and in some cases were broken. The shock was not felt in St Louis. Big Four Wreck. Marion, Ind.. March 19. A Big Four passenger train was wrecked near here. Though railroad officials report none Injured, phsicians weer sum moned from here. ROME PROFESSOR BURNED TO DEATH Naples, Italy. March 19. rrofessor Gtusseppe Mercalll. director of the observstory on Mount Vesuvius, was burned to death in his bed room. The cause of the fire is unknown. IT'S TIME TO GET BUSY c THE WEATHER ) Forecast Till 7 p, m. Tomorrow, for Rock Island, Davenport, Molina and Vicinity. Mostly cloudy tonight and Friday, not much change in temperature with the lowest tonight about 15 to 20 de grees; moderate northerly winds, be coming variable. Temperature at 7 a. m. 23. Highest Yesterday 34. Lowest last night 23. "Velocity of wind at 7 a. m., 12 miles per hour. Precipitation none. Relative humidity at 7 p. m. 45, at 7 a. m. 87. Stage of water 3.4. no change in last 24 hours. J. M. SHERIER. Local Forecaster. ASTRONOMICAL EVENTS. Evening stars: Mars. Venus, Saturn Morning stars: Jupiter. Mercury Bright star on the horizon due wesi about 8 p. m. Is Mlra. constellation Cetus, remarkable for its variableness DOG BARKS SAVE MANY FROM FIRE Guests in Milwaukee Hotel Es cape in Night Attire Prop erty Loss $200,000. Milwaukee, Wis., March 19. Two score guests of the Windsor hotel fled panic-stricken in night attire early today when fire broke out in the West ern Newspaper Union, located in the south portion of the four-story struc ture and damaged adjoining proper ties. The loss is estimated at $200,000. The Evening Wisconsin adjoining the hotel, was considerably damaged by smoke and water. The press rooms were under several feet of water. Barking of a small dog and a shout of "Fire!" emanating from a guest awakened by a cracking window pane attracted a policeman- and the pro prietor, who together ran to the fourth floor, beating doors and smashing them where there was no response. "Hell could be no worse than that place," said Patrolman Wilke after emerging from his mission. "I pound ed on a few doors and smashed in one as a sheet of flame jumped in my face. Mattresses and beds were burning. I tried another and met the same thing. The guests evidently had been awak ened and managed to get out I don't believe there was anybody on the fourth floor." All guests escaped uninjured. The Evening Wisconsin's editorial department was put out of commis sion and the paper was issued from the plant Of one of the morning dailies. . Granite, Okla., March 19. Fire be lieved kindled by prisoners destroyed temporary buildings in which 500 in mates of the Oklahoma reformatory were housed. No lives were lost and none escaped. Hearing Anti-Trust Suit Chicago, ni., March 19. Hearing of government anti-trust suit against the Quaker Oats company, and the Great Western Cereal company was begun today. MAKERS OF OLEO ARE HELD GUILTY Had Sold Customers Coloring and Instructed Them How --' to 'Use-Ifl Chicago, 111., March 19. John F. Jelke, president of the John F. Jelke company and eight officials and for mer employes of the company were fund llty Ia fal court last night of conspiracy to defraud the gov ernment by avoiding the tax in selling oleomargarine. H. P. McFarland, a clerk, was found not guilty. Officials of the company found guilty are William M. Steele, general manager: Francis M. Lowry, secre tary and Hugh D. Cameron, Milwau kee representative. The others were salesmen and general foremen. Two other defendants were discharged just before the end of the trial, no com pllcity having been shown. The indictments charged that the defendants evaded the government tax by selling white oleomargarine and giving the retailers coloring matter and instructing them how to use it More than eighty witnesses, many of them retailers, who had been granted immunity, testified for the government The defendants attacked the law In thlr arguments and declared the gov ernment had gone 40 years without at tempting to enforce it JONES BACKS UP ON TOLLS CHARGE Excited Senator Does the Grand Crawl After a Visit to the White House. Washington, D. C, March 19. Sena tor Jones called on President Wilson today to discuss the fisheries bill and was told he was "skating on thin Ice,' in his speech of yesterday, in which he intimated the president had not de cided to read his message to congress on Panama tolls until after Lionel Car den, British minister to Mexico, had visited the White house. Joues re turned to the capltol and gave the senate the president's unqualified de nial. "I think I misunderstood in that 1 did not draw the conclusions myself, but took them from the newspapers. It is only fair to the president that I make this statement as I don't want to misrepresent anybody." MRS. WILSON IS NEAR RECOVERED Washington, March 19. Mrs. Wood row Wilson is on the road to complete recovery from the effects of a fall on a rug on the White house floor. She underwent a slight operation to correct the effects of the bruise which was said to be entirely local, j I iniiTn nniviniT HU I U DHIvul I ROBS A HOTEL ANDESGAPES Man Who Shoots Briggs House Assistant Mana ger Works in Detroit. BUT HAUL ISONLY $350 After Jcb He Commands Chauf feur at Point of Gun to Drive Him to Suburbs. Detroit, Mich., March 19. An arm ed robber held up Night Clerk Burns in the office of the Hotel Metropole, nearly opposite the city, compelled the clerk to hand over $350 cash, leaped into a waiting automobile, pressed a revolver to the head of the driver and ordered him to speed to the suburbs three miles where he left the machine. He told the driver: "I just missed a 500 job in Chicago". This will make up for it" Chauffeur Smith said he picked a passenger up at the Hotel Cadillac, where the man registered and told him to drive to the Metropole. Chicago, 111., March 19. The robber who held up Night Clerk Burns at De troit hotel may be the same who early Wednesday shot and wounded the as sistant manager of the Briggs house and escaped with $150, missing $5,000 that a clerk was. about to hand him. Tonica, HI., March 19. Burglars en tered Tonica State bank early today; broke the safe and escaped with $3,800 in currency. $14,000 Express Robbery. Beaumont - Texw- March- M.--After bundling the messenger "Reb" Martin, into a gunny sack, a masked man yes terday robbed the express car attached to a northbound Gulf. Colorado & Santa Fe passenger train of currency estimated to aggregate about $14,000, and escaped from the train at the vil lage of Helbig, 12 miles north of Beau mont Posses which went to Helbig from this city in automobiles have not found a trace of the bandit who Is be lieved to be hiding In the dense forest about the village. G. A. Taft, general superintendent of the Wells Fargo Expiess company, estimated the amount stolen at $14,000. The money was part of a shipment made by a Houston lumber concern to be used in paying employes of camps along the road. Secreted In Car. The train was bound from Houston to Center, Texas, and it is believed the robber secreted himself in the express car before the train left Houston early yesterday. Martin said the man, who apparently was middle aged, leaped from behind a pile of baggage shortly after the' train left Beaumont demand ed the messenger's keys and when Martin refused bound and thrust blm into the sack. The region through which the train was passing at the time of the robbery is heavily wooded and sparse ly settled. When Martin failed to ap pear at the door at Silsbee, several miles north of Helbig, the train crew forced the express car door which had been locked, by the robber. BOAT WITH CREW LOST IN A WRECK Bremen, Germany, March 19. An unidentified three-masted schooner was sunk and the crew drowned in a collision last night in the North sea with the liner Kaiser Wllhelm dec Grosse, bound for America. The steamer remained in the vicinity two hours, but could sot discover the schooner's crew. STORM SALUTES POPE'S NAME DAY Rome, Italy, May 19. "This la a salute for my name day," exclaimed Pope Pius when he was awakened early today by a terrific storm ac companied by lightning and thunder. His Holiness shortly afterward cele brated mass in the presence of sever al specially invited guests. Including his sisters and niece. All the corps of guards celebrated the occasion la some way. Hundreds of telegrams and addresses of congratulations were leeeived at the Vatican from all parts of the world. Many came from the United State. The pope himself OJo. tated tit repUea, :,. v f ( V,?