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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. MONDAY, APRIL 20, 1014. - 3 ,
"company a can get ready for front in a day 1 WOULD LEAD FIELD FORCE MEXCIAN ARMIES AMERICAN NAVAL STRENGTH READY FOR ACTION TOTALJ25000MEN U. S. Would Have to Fight This Force If Federals and Rebels Combined. Notice of 24 Hours Sufficient to Gather 70 Men Here for War in Mexico. CHANCE FOR UNION t . . n . ' THIRTY ON RESERVE LIST Order to Mobilize State Militia, Comet, Will Be From State Adjutant General. If Captain K. H- Dur.avin of Company A. ta regiment. I. N. G., Mated this morn leg that In re of war with Mex ico lie could leave the city In a day's notice with about TO men. In the time of war each company of the militia in tils state 1 required to have an en lilted itrecpth of 130 men. There f.re approximately 37 men in the company at the present time, w ith 30 men on the reserve list. ho can be called on short notice. The official order to mobilise the state troops, if issued, would be made lr Adjutant General Frank S. Dick ton at Sprir.pfceld and the mobilization of troops would probably be made to that city. Would Be Reexamined. Pn reaching t!ie capital the com pany would be mustered into the reg ular army and reexamined. The ex amination for the state militia is not as str'ct as that for th: regu.ar am y, and 90 per cent of the men would pass fraslly. After belig mustered lr.o the Tegular army the company would go ! wherever ordered. The commissioned officers of Cora pasy A are E. H. Dunavin. captain; James R. Reynolds, first lieutenant, and Victor A. Hall, second lieutenant. i ?i r s.t V-? -fez?::;-'-v. n I aSaSaSSSSBSSaavwiSL I f : , . . I 1 Washington. D. r Anrll 20. event of 1 Capital Will Be Goal of American Troops, aa in Former War, If There Is Invasion. hostilities Secretary Garrison announced that in the Mexico, Major-General Ieonard Wood, chief of staff LOCALARSENALIS READY FOR WAR of the army would command the Am erican forces. lature from Marseilles, was found yes terday afternoon by two boys, in the Illinois river, eight miles below here. Trowbridfte disappeared from his home March 10 and a state wide search has been made for him ever since. Footprints were found in the snow leading from the Trowbridge home to the river. Lieutenant Colonel Burr Says All Troops Recruited Can Be Easily Equipped. "We are well prepared for war," declared Lieutenant Colonel Gcorjre V. Burr, commandant at the Rock Is land arsenal, this morning, in discuss ing Hie Mexican situation, "it is our special business to always be ready lor trouble." Ue added. "I have received absolutely no or ders from Washington relative to the war scare." continued the commandant, "bat we would have no difficulty in finippic all the troops recruited for nervine should actual hostilities with Mexico ensue. DOUBT RIVER WILL RISE. Indications for Usual High Stages Next Month Are Lacking. Old rivermen doubt that tiere will be n.uch of a rise in the Mississippi river this spring. Usually about thia time of year the water from the win ter's snows begin to reach this secton cf the stream, and Caere Is a rise which of:t a till well into the summer. ! Tut winter l-nwpvpr. thero ras not much snow in the north. Unless May and June are unusually wet it seems prcbable that the river will rise but little, al in that case low stages are r-s tj ;'.!': troub'.e for s lean :?.'. ts NATIONAL GUARD READY FOR GALL Adjutant General of Illinois Or ganization Says the Present Strength Is 7,000 Men. 13,000 IS HELD MAXIMUM State Force Thoroughly Armed and Equipped fcr Active Service ii the Field. Trowbridge's Body Is Found. 0:tawa. 111.. April 20. The body of L H. Trowbridee. an Ottawa business man and former member of the legls- .- stnson. The highest mountain in Montana. Granite peak, with an altitude of near ly 13.000 feet, is ia the Beartooth na tional forest. If Coffee Don't Agree Much of torIav ncrvousncps. indigestion, lan puor. kidney and' liver trouble, come from indis cretions in "eating and drinking, so commonplace that they are seldom considered till Nature pulls one up with a harp jerk. More often than is suspected, coffee is the cause of these troubles. A simple .casv wav to discover the real cause and relieve one" "clf of a lot of discomfort is to quit c of Tec for ten davs and try P0STUI This beverage contains none of the coffee drus f caffeine, tannin, etc.) which arc responsible for man v human ailments, bi-and little. Postum is a food-drink made from prime wheat and a bit ot molasses. It is pure and contains only the whole some goodness of the grain. Postum comes in two forms: Regular Postum must be boiled. 15c and 25c packages. Tnctant Postum a soluble form. A teaspoonful stirred in a cup of hot water dissolves quickly and makes a most delightful beverage, with cream and sugar added to tate. 30c and 50c tins. . The cost per cup of both kinds is about the same. Thousands who have changed from coffee to Postum know "There's a Reason" Grocers everywhere sell Postum. Chirago. 111., April 20. Frank S. Dickson, adjutant general of the Xlli nois National Guard, gave the follow' ' ing statement to the Chicago Record- Herald today: ''The Illinois National Guard ready to go to l lie front. "Our actual strength at tills time is approximately 7."0 men. Uy recruit ing we can send about 13, 000. These men are equipped and trained, in other words, ready to fight for the flag. "Without any unnecessary confusion as to equipment 1 feel that we could mobilize our troop3 in Springfield with in fifteen hours, with the exception of a few isolated companies, which would be held back by train movements. Strergth of Guard. "The National Guard throughout the United States numbers about 125,00 men. Of that number Illinois has eight regiments of infant ry. one regiment of cavalry .one battalion of field artillery, one signal company, one engineer com pany, one held hospital and ten di visions of naval reserves. Attached to j the First Hegiment of infantry is a l machine gun platoon. The infantry refiiments are organized in two brig i ades. each having three regiments and i an attached regiment, j "This force is thoroughly armed and ! equipped for active field service. This organization, in common with the Na tional Guard of the several states, as well as the regular army, is on a peace footing as to numbers. The United States law provides that the president I may fix the minimum and maximum strength of the organizations as a con j dition precedent to recosnition by the j federal government. The minimum i number per company of infantry or J troop of cavalry Washington, D. C. Apri! 20 In case the United States army invades Mexi co it will have to cope with approxi mately 125,000 men under the direc tion of Huerta and Carranza. uueria ana larranza both will op pose Invasion by an American army It is doubted, however, that such in vasion would force them into concert ed action against the common foe, Huerta forces are estimated by the war department at 85,000 men and 200 pieces of artillery. He now has 65,000 men in the field. Carranza has about 40,000 men un der various generals. Obregon on the Pacific coast has 10.000 men with 20 pieces; Villa has 12.000 men with 60 pieces: the younger Carranza and Gonzales have 5,000 men and 20 guns, and scattering commands probably will swell the force to 40,000 men. In addition to the federalists and constitutionalists, Zapata, south of Mexico City, has a force of about 10,- 000 men armed with rifles. He has no field guns. Huerta Army Well Trs.'ned. Huerta's army is well trained, well equipped, and ready for stubborn fighting. Huerta has experienced gen erals in Velasco, who is now campaign- j ing against .Villa, the two Maases, Maure and Blanquet. The last named is minister of war .and has immediate charge of the defense of Mexico City. Huerta has an abundance of both arms and ammunition for his men and plenty of ammunition for his 200 field guns. Of the constitutionalists, Obregon is the only one with a reaily efficient f'-ce. He has sufficient ammunition for his men and plenty for his field pieces to operate for a number of months without further supply. Also his men are well drilled. Villa has only a limited supply for his men and practically none for his 60-field pieces. The latter are of many calibres, and he has found it impossible to assemble ammunition enough to keep them i rj action. The j'ounger Carranza and Oonzales have practically no ammunition, either for men or field pieces. There are many bandit commanders with small forces of men operating in every state in Mexico. These bands ! probably would harass an invading U i army to some extent, but there Is lit tle likelihood of their merging, as their principal aim is loot. Mexico City the Goal. If invasion should be ordered, fol lowing the proposed blockade of the ports, it is believed Mexico City again will be the goal of the American troops, as in the former war with Mexico. Vera Cruz undoubtedly would be the starting point. The Atlantic fleet would be able to make a landing there possible. Also it could give sufficient protection to the army until the latter is ready to move on. There are two routes from Vera Crux to Mexico City. One is the Jal apa route, taken by General Scott in his advance in the former war. The other Is the Orizba route, used by the French when Maximilian iavaded Mexico. The Jalapa route has a narrow gauge railroad from Vera Cruz to Mexico City. The distance Is approxi mately 300 miles. The Orizba route has a standard gauge railroad and Is 2S0 miles long. There is only a small force of fed erals in Vera Cruz under General Maas. p-uvAr .' -v Br ' -v . j -et q IS m. has for some time been fixed by the president at 58. which i is for enlisted strength. i Exceed Minimum Strength. "This is for what is known as a peace footing. Many of our companies are 'far in excess of the minimum strength. The maximum or war strength doubt less will be fixed by the president In case of a general call. "The sole activity of the federal government in its dealings with the j National Guard as well as the purpose of the state for several years pasi na been to create a co-ordinated, efficient, disciplined force equipped with the Idea of active field service. The dress par- I ad proposition and tin soldier idea is a thing of the past. All equipment ana training has been along the idea of preparedness for an emergency. Mobilize at Capital. "I assume that should active hostil ities occur wlikh would necessitate a call on the state of Illinois by the gen eral government for a quota of troops, that the governor would mobilize the National Guard at Springfield, which point has for many years been agreed upon aa a mobilization point. Assum ing ;hat such Illinois quota would ex ceed the number of trocps at present actually enlisted on the peace footing the ranks would doubtless be filled to the prescribed war streegth by recruit ing officers filling in the regiments." II SUNNY HILL II 11 tbe Argua newt all the time The News has been received here that Mrs. Mary Walsh is seriously ill in Omaha, Neb. Mrs. Walsh was former ly Mary McGraw and is a sister of Hugh and Dan McGraw. J. V. Clark is 111 with the mumps. Mr. Wood, the Henry county mis sionary In Sunday school work, visited Sunny Hill Sunday and gave a talk In Sunday school. Rev. Roderick Dundonald conducted the Easter services at Homestead church and also gave a lecture to the inmates of Rock Island county Infirm ary Sunday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Grant and daughter Edna of Moline were.vlsitors In this neighborhood Sunday and Mon day. Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Buck entertained a company of friends and relatives Easter Sunday. Will Tennan: and family were guests 'Sunday of Mrs.. Tennant s mother ai ! Gcneseo. i t -.nn l remodclinc a UUBI ino-i. " ptore building. Filler Kettering and family of Orioa spent Sunday at Mrs. Mary McKeags home. The Homes'ead Missionary society held its regular meeting 'Kh Mrs. J. It. McKeag Thursday. The Farmers' Social club met Friday evening with Mr. and -Mrs. Albert Law son. Mrs. O'Leary. Mrs. Marshall Har sha and Frank and Elva Harsha were Coal Vallev visitors Wednesday. Mr. and .Mrs. J. B. Harsha were Sunday visitors at the Will Harsha bom In Orion. Washington, D. C, April 20. Wher, Admiral Badger arrives at Tampico he will have the following fighting ships under his command: 1 Battleships Arkansas, Capt. Roy Smith commanding, 33 guns; Louisi ana, Capt. John H. Gibbons, 24 guns; New -itampshlre, Capt. Edwin A. An derson, 24 guns; Michigan, Capt. Al bert P. Niblack. 8 12-inch guns; .Ver mont, Capt. George W. Cllne. 24 guns; New Jersey, Capt Joseph L. Japne, 24 guns; South Carolina, Capt. Robert L. Russell, 8 12-inch guns; Connecticut. Capt. John J. Knapp, 24 guns: Kansas, Capt. William B. Fletcher, 24 guns; Minnesota, Capt. Edward Simpson, 20 guns; Ohio, Capt. Josiah S. McKean, 20 guns; Dolphin, gunboat. Lieut. -Com. Ralph Earle, 2 guns; Nashville, gunboat. Commander L. A. Bostwick, 2 guns; Tacoma, cruiser. Commander Nathan C. Twining, 10 uns; Chester, crulse r Commander W. A. Moffat, 2 guns; Solace, hospital ship; Hancock, transport. Under Rear Admiral Fletcher at Vera Crus there will be: Battleships Florida, Capt. Wil liam R. Rush, 26 guns; Utah. Capt. Louis S. Vanduzer, 26 guns; San Francisco, mine depot ship. Com mander William K. Harrison; Prairie, transport. i On these vessels are 6,000 blue jackets and 3.000 marines available for landing duty. Each vessel is equipped with two landing batteries. The marines aboard the Prairie and the .Hancock are fully equipped for field service, carrying with them land ing batteries and machine guns; also field telegraph service and wireless apparatus. The marine with the fleet are dis tributed as follows: About 100 on each of the battle ships, 1,300 on the Hancock, 600 on Street scene In Tampico, map showing route of U. S. warships to Mexican waters, and the battle ship North Dakota. it r it.j. -.''y T ft-"' ..1 r Si l-.'-Sti.'.'V HI? v J v .tt"- .-.ii 1 4r . '-. Ttl" 6 4Sw' L3SJ IV XT the Prairie and 200 on the Chester. The Chester is equipped with the most powerful wireless apparatus afloat and Is kept at Tampico In order that Admiral Fletcher may com municate direct with Washington Iff the event of cable trouble. The battleships Rhode Island, Ne braska, Virginia and Georgia, now undergoing overhauling, it is expected, will be ordered to Tampico. They are of the second line, with 20 guns each. The complement of the vessels Is 800 men each. There are about 100 ma rines on each vessel. The torpedo flotilla ordered In readiness by Secretary Daniels con,' slsts of the following vessels: Birmingham, cruiser, flagship pf. Commander-in-Chief William S. Sims, Comander . W. V. Pratt, two guns;. Dixie, tender; Third Division destroy-. ers. Henley, Frayton. Mayrant, Mc Call, Warrington;- Fourth Division. Pauling, Ammen, Burrows, Patterson. Trippe; Fifth Division, Fanning Beale, Jarvls, Jenkins, Jouett, Sixth Division, Cassin, Cummins, Dunc.in; Seventh Division, Aylwln, Balch, Ben ham and Parker. . , The United States now has on the. Pacific coast of Mexico the following vessels: At Mazatlan are the Raleigh, An napolis, Yorktown and New Orleans,. At Corinto and Acapulco are the Den-, ver, California and Glacier. At San Diego are the destroyers Iris, Whlp- pie, Truxtou, Ferry, Paul Jones, Stew? art and the tender Cheyenne. Also at San Francisco are the cruis ers Cleveland, Maryland and Marble head, thn transport Buffalo, collie? Jupiter and tender Alert. At ' the Bremerton yard are the cruisers Pitts-, burgh. Vlckshurg, West Vlrgl ila,' South Dakota, Albany and Colorado.' ' On the Pacific coast are 3,000 marines. Most of these are stationed" at Mare Island and In readiness for immediate service. They have recelv-' ed instructions to be prepared to move.' HAMLET I week was attended by Rev. Baker and II ' Eiisua Lee and Miss Lillie Marsh rep- Miss Mabelle Whisman attended the teachers' institute in Aledo Friday. " Miss Carrie Hintz is staying with Mrs. A. P. Nichols. The spring meeting of the Rock River presbytery held at Morrison this ii i I resenting the missionary society of tuis place. Miss Lula Tary of near Viola has been visiting sin-?e Saturday with her aunt, Mrs. Jennie Cooper. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Swartout were Sunday visitors at the home of Will Whisman. Mr .and Mrs. C. L. Boyles, a ad daughter. Miss Milicent visited wittl Mrs. Jennie Boyles Sunday. . . ta Miss Hazel Stockberger spent Tuea" day with Miss Myrtle Vanatta. Miss Bertha McCaw of Aledo re turned home Sunday after spending a few days with Mrs. Jennie Cooper. All the news all the time The Argus. OVER THIS BIG MEXICAN SEAPORT U. S. BATTLESHIPS WILL FROWN 1 U f,' X? 1 S"U 1 1:i.iwiiihi wi 1 1. 1WM!1 ve k a j'1 -V" SI .' . . V."' .'. EK' . in .j S'-& 1 L-. -'v v S . -j) - iX. 4 11 -'i.-iSr'-- 5 ' t - - - -T' - " - , I. X1 .is r - I 7 v. t- V4 Birdseye view of Vera Cruz. Some of the United States battleships which are now on ttie way to Mexico will go to Vera Cms, where thera Is already a strong force under Rear Admiral Fletcher. In case of trouble with Mexico Vera Cruz would ba the first city to be seized by Uncle Sam. It Is the largest Mexican seaport. - i i if - ! ( 1U i !