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Associated Press Leased Wire Report Member of Audit Bureau of Circulations SIXTY-FIFTH YEAH INO. 180. MONDAY MAY 15, 1 01 r TWELVE PAGES- PI? ICE TWO CENTS. IV THE fp A e rn re fw meaiomw nrii n rrh rn ifti si rn ! SCOTT HOPES FOB BEST IN MEXICO CASE Expresses Optimistic View of Border Situation as Parley Kesult. BACK IN WASHINGTON General Confers With Secre tary Baker Makes No Formal Report. Washington, May 15 Major-General Hugh L. feeott, chief of staff of the army, returned today from his border conferences with General Obre.gon, hopeful tor the situation, though the conferences resulted in no formal agreement for cooperative action. The chief of staff conferred with Secretary Baker lu:t made no formal report. Sec retary Baker said General Scott stated he thought a favorable situation had been created by the conference. General Scott will see Secretary Lansing tomorrow and meanwhile no steps will be taken to reopen diplo matic negotiations for a formal agree ment with General Carranza. Secre tary Baker indicated however, that General Scott, thought there would be no great delay in arriving at an un demanding and formulating a pro toco!. Pending the ratification of an agreement, Carranza troops are being mover! forward into the bandit ridden portions of Mexico. The American ex peditonary force under General Persh ing is being withdrawn into strong groups on the line of communication where it will await the outcome of General Ohregon's effort to clean up the territory to the south. General Punston has mapped out a coordinated scheme for border patrol with the 35.000 men he will soon have availa ble for that purpose, exclusive of the 34.000 or so in General Pershing's column. On his return today from El Paso Major-General Scott, chief of staff, had a detailed report of his protracted con ferences with General Obregon, Car ranza's war minister, to present to President Wilson, Secretary Bak er and Secretary Lansing. Offici al were anxious to learn precisely why the Mexican general declined to sign an agreement covering operation of American troops in Mexico, particu larly in view of official notification that General Carranza had approved the original draft of the protocol. Genera! S'-ott's discussions with of ficials probabiy will occupy several days. .Not nntil Lhey are completed will diplomatic conferences be arrang ed with Eliseo Arredomdo, Mexican ambassador designate, on the disposi tion of American troops and the vexa tious questions of protecting the Amer ican bandit raids. Conccntratim? Troops. The war department today had a report from General Pershing saying the new concentration of troops or dered by General Funston after the Kl Paso con fere nee, was being con dmled satisfactorily. This was in terpreted as meaning the supply lines were being shortened. There were no indications today that the national guard of any other states would be railed nut soon to strengthen the bor der patrols. Mule Outshines Ante. Kield Headquarters, May R. (by army motor trutk to Columbus, N. M, May 15. t Tn value of the army mule, vhic'a wavi-rei! momentarily when automobile trucks in the Villa chase demonstrated their adaptability for mountain transportation, has been vmdiited by the result of this cam paign. In transporting rurplies overland to the main bases, throngh a cotmtry without railroads, the automobile trucks have proven much superior to tne old-fashioned mule wagon teams, the reliance when Geronimo was pur sued tunmgh this same country. Mean while the males as pack animals have gone beyond the new truck lines into (Continued On Page Three.) mpcrs Scorns Manufacturers. New York, May 15. Samuel Gom pers, president of the American Fed eration of Labor, in a telegram re reived here today by Benjamin Schles Binger, leader of the 60,000 striking Parmunt workers, scored the manufac turers, arid assured the strikers of the active support of the federation. Mr. Ooraix rs will come here May 2L THE WEATHER forecast Till 7 P. M. Tomorrow. M Hock Island, Davenport, MolUw ad Vicinity. Generally fair tonight and Thursday, cooler tonight. Fresh westerly winds diminishing in force by Tuesday. Temperature at 7 a. m. 53. Highest yesterday 7". lowest last night 53. Velocity of wind at 7 a. m. 16 miles per hour. Precipitation. 24 inch. Uslativo humidity at 7 p. m. 81, at 7 a. m. 70, at 1 p. m. today 49. Stage of water 12 4, a fall of .8 in last 48 hours. M. i. EHERIER, Local Forecaster, Negro Slayer Is Burned to DeathbyMoh Waco, Texas, May 13. With 15,000 persons as witnesses, including women and children. Jesse Washington, negro boy, who confessed to the criminal as saulting and murder of Mrs. Lucy FYyar, seven miles south of here last Monday afternoon, was taken from the fifth court district room shortly be fore noon today and burned on the public square. The burning came tarmediatery aft er the negro's trial had ended and after the jury had returned a verdict of guilty, giving him the death pen alty. Some one not far from the negro started the cry of "get the negro." It was taken up by all of those from that part of the county where Mrs. FYyar was killed and Washington was then seized and removed from the court room. The mob at first seemed willing to hang the negro from the suspension bridge, but a suggestion that he be burned on the plaza met with instant response and he was dragged to the city hall yard, where the chain al ready around his neck was thrown over the limb of a tree and the fire started. When the flames had subsided somewhat some one in the mob cut off the negro's fingers and other parts of his body. FRAMING PROTEST TO GREAT BRITAIN Washington, May 15. The American government is preparing a protest characterized by officials as "very vig orous" against the interference with mails to and from the United States by Great Britain. A note to be sent forward in the near future will take the position that the United States can no longer countenance seizure and de tention of mails to and from the Unit ed States, particularly those concern ing neutrals. The reply recently received from Great Britain to the last American note protesting against interference with American mails is considered unsatisfactory. - - Protests have been made to the gov ernment by many individuals and firms who have been injured by the frequent long delays to which mails between Europe and the United States have been subjected. The subject is under detailed study at the state department. President Wilson will inform the British gov ernment that the United States con siders it imperative that the present British policy be modified. ROCKEFELLER PLANS BIG YJM.C.A. "TRUST" Cleveland, Ohio, May 15. John D. Rockefeller Jr., Major-General Leon ard Wood and Assistant Secretary of Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt were speakers at today's sessions of the in ternational Y. M. C. A. convention here. Mr. Rockefeller told how to or ganize a Christianity "trust" which he declared would sweep the forces of evil out of competition. He scored ministers who preach "flowery beds of ease" religion, rapped partisan denom inationalism and took a fling at busi ness men who fattened their bank ac counts on the war in Europe. THE WAR TODAY The only infantry etragements of importance, according to the latest reports from the war front, have occurred in Asiatic Turkey between the Knssians and the Turks. In the region south of the Black sea and west of the Persian border the Russians are trying to reach Mesopotamia, with Itagdad and a junction with the British forces as their objective. Northwest of Erzorum the Turks claim to have repulsed the Rus sian with heaTy losses. The Rus sians admit the Turks forced their advance gnards to retire at some points hot say the Ottoman forces desisbnd in their attacks after hat ing suffered "extremely heavy" casual ties. The Italians vigomnsly attack ed the Austrians on the Dobcrdo plateau, west of San Martino, but they were repulsed, according to Vienna. An address yesterday by Presi dent Poinrare of France has at tracted wide attention. The cen tral powers he said, had not of fered France peace and France did not want such an offer. "We want them to ask it of us," said the president "We do not want to submit to their conditions; we want to impose ours on them." Sharper fighting Is now in prog ress in other sectors of the west ern front than in the Verdun re gion, npoti which attention has been chiefly centered for nearly three months. .Notable activity has been re ported along the British lines in northern France and Wanders and today Paris- records brisk ac tion by the artillery on both sides in the Champagnes the scene of the main French drive in last September's offensive. At Verdun the play of the heavy puns is being1 kept up to some ex tent there liming been bombard ments In the sectors of the Avo. court wood and Hill 801, north west of the fortress. GANNON ROAR IS UNABATED NEAR VERDUN Heavy Bombardment of Po sitions Around Avocourt Wood Continues. FRENCH DRIVE FAILS Germans Claim Attacks of Foe at Le Mort Homme Are Unsuccessful. Paris, May 15, (11:43 a. m.) The "bombardment in the region of the Avo court wood and Hill 304 in the Ver dun section still continues, according to an official statement issued today by the French war office. In a small engagement west of Mount Tetu in Champagne the French captured 15 prisoners. Calm is reported on the rest of the front. The text of the statement follows: "South of the Somme near Verman dovillers, we delivered a coup de main which permitted us to clear the ene my from a first line trench. "In Champagne there was great ar tillery activity on both sides in the sectors of Maisons de Champagne and the Butte D'Mesnil. An invasion of a German work west of Mount Tetu per mitted us to capture 15 prisoners. "In the Verdun region there wer? bombardments in the sector of the woods of Avocourt and Hill 304." Belgian Forces Gain. Further successes for the Belgian expedition which has invaded German Fast Africa were announced in the official statement issued today by the ceigian war department at Havre. ihe statement says that. Colonel Aionter, in command of the southern column, ocupied Kigali, capital of the German province of Ruanda on May 8. The Belgian troops have also captured the island of Kiviuivi in Lake Kivn which the Germans took by surprise at me Degmmng or the war. tier-man War Report. Berlin. May 15. (via wireless to Say ville.) The British have been attack ing the German lines near Hulluck, in northern France in an effort to re capture the trenches recently taken by the Germans there, but all their at tempts have been repulsed, according to today's statement by the war office. In the Verdun region the French failed in attacks near Dead Man's Hill and near the Caillette wood. "The text of today's headquarters statement is as follows: "Western theatre: The artillery and patrols on both sides have been active in many sections. "The enemy attempted to recapture the positions taken by the Germans near Hulluch. All his attempts eith er broke down under the German ar tillery fire or .were repulsed in hand to hand fighting. "French attacks in the Meuse dis trict on the west slope of Dead Man's Hill and near the Caillette wood were easily repulsed." Austro War Report The following is the official Aus trian report of May 13: "Italian front: Our troops repulsed several attacks on the northern slope of Mone San Michele. The Italians suffered heavy losses. "Russian and Balkan fronts: The situation is unchanged." WILSONS RETURN FROM BOAT TRIP Washington. May 15. President and Mrs. Wilson 'returned early today from their week end cruise aboard the naval yacht Mayflower. The home trip was without special incident. Immediately after his return to the White house the president read several dispatches on Mexico received since his departure Friday, which General Bliss, acting chief of staff, thought were not important enough to send him by wireless. He had engagements with a large number of senators and representatives to discuss legislative matters and saw Governor Dunne of Illinois. . WOMAN AGAIN IS MACOMB'S JUDGE Springfield, III., May 15. Miss Josie Westfall is once more city Judge of Ma comb. III. An order has been issued by Chief Justice Duncan of the state supreme court, staying the mandate of the supreme court, which at the last term held that Dean Franklin had been elected city judge of Macomb, as he had received a preponderance of men's votes at an election at which women could not legally vote. Miss Wesfall, received more- voles than Franklin, but this was due to the number of women who voted for her. THE THREE VILLA MEN SLAIN IN GLASH.CLAIM Skirmish With American Force Ends Fatally to Mexican Bandits. Lake ftascake, Mexico, May H (by wireless to Columbus, . M .Hay 15) Three bandits, including Julio Cardenas, the Villista leader, were killed in a skirmish with an American detachment near Rnbio ranch, 20 miles east of here today. There were no American cas nalties. Brownsville, Texas, May 15. A con siderable number of armed Mexicans are patrolling the Rio Grande oppos ite Hindalgo, Texas, 65 miles west of here, according to a report received today at Fort Brown. This report was given to Consul J. J. Garza by Colonel A. P. Blockson with a request that an investigation be made. Renewed activity on the part of Ani ceto Piazana and Luis De La Rosa, al leged leaders of the "Texas revolu tion " also was renorted. Washington, May 15. State depart ment advices today said most ot tne Americans in the San Luis Potosi dis trinte hart nhtainpH t ran s nort ati on either to the Mexican coast or to the United States. Only 40 remain. None is destitute. The consul at Manzanillo said ar rangements had been made for Amer icans desiring to leave that post. Steamers will leave for California with refugees May 20 and June 15. The situation at Piedras N'egras is improving, through train service there and at ntlicr nnints is irreeular be cause of a strike of railroad employes. II DAY IN CONGRESS II SEXATE. Considered the nomination of George Ruble to the federal trade commission in executive session. HOISK. Resumed discussion rural cred its bilL Latest Bulletins London, May LV-The foreign office announced today that the outstanding differences between Greece, and the entente powers had leen settled ivnicably with the re sult that there would be no riola tion of the neutrality of Greece. Washington, May l."w President Wilson lias asked John W. West eotl, attorney-general of w Jersey, who made the speech nom inating him at the Baltimore con. Tcnlion to make the nominating speech at St. Louis. Mr. Westeott lias accepted and conferred today with the president. Burlington. Fowa. May LV Mrs. Anthony II. Evans of Xew York City, was reelected international president of the Kings Daughters at the biennial contention here to day. Other oflicers were likewise honored. Santa Fe, N. M May l.V-flnf ernor McDonald today granted a 21 day reprive to the seven Villa bandits sentencrd to hang May ID for complicity in the raid on Co-lumhuh. INNOCENT BYSTANDER Start Move for Freedom of the Poles Los Angeles, Cal., May 15. A move ment which its sponsors hope will re sult in the freeing of Poland was un der way here today as a result of a mass meeting held yesterday udder the auspices of the Polish-American War Sufferers' Rilief league. .. ... A resolution declaring that the "Po land and the Polish nation shall be free and independent from allegiance, vassalage or obligation to any politi cal or diplomatic power, doctrine, tra dition, dictation or influence," was adopted. It was addressed to "the na tions, arbitrators, and international judges for peace and justice in the world," and will be sent to the peace tribunal which will draw up terms at the close of the European war, it was said. Colonel John Sobieski of this city, who is said to be a descendant of King John III, the last king ot Poland, pre sided and delivered a brief address. Similar action by Poles elsewhere in the United States was expected, it was said. BOMB DESTROYS BUILDER'S HOME Explosive Toder Torch Wrecks House of Chicago Contractor Blame Labor Troubles. Chicago, May 15. The home of Pat rick Dignan, a contractor, was partly wrecked by a bomb early this morn ing, the porch being blown off, win dows broken and plaster knocked from the walls. The bomb, thought by the police to have been made of dynamite, was placed under the porch at the front of the house. Persons living in the house were badly bruised and thrown from their beds but none was seriously injured. The police believe the act was the re sult of labor troubles, windows m buildings in adjoining blocks were broken by the force of the explosion. Dignan was recently acquitted of the murder of George Hammond, busi nes agent of the Excavator's and As phalt Teamsters' union. Dignan shot and killed Hammond in 1914, after they had quarreled and when the latter was about to shoot the contractor, according to che de fense. Dignan alleged that Hammond had attempted to extort money from him and had called strikes on him when he failed to pay the business agent. This led to the fight in which Hammond was killed. TRAINMEN MEET; TO DISCUSS 8 HOUR DAY Detroit. Mich., May 15. The pro posed eight-hour day for engineers, firemen and other members of train crews, was expected to be the most important question discussed at the national convention of the Brother hood of Railway Trainmen which opened here today. The convention will probably not adjourn until June 1. The ladies' auxiliary also convened. Many speakers are to discuss phases of the trainmen's fight for shorter hours and less overtime. It has been claimed by members of the brother hood that the work now accomplished in a trainman's day of 10 hours, could be done in eight hours by increasing the speed of transportation service from the present rate of 10 miles an hour to a 12'-mile rate. Railroad of ficials have declared fie plan too EIGHT LIVES SNUFFED OUT INEXPLOSION Blast of Powder Mill of Du Pont Company Also In jures a Dozen Men. Cibhstown, X. J May IS. Eight men are reported killed and a doz en injured in an explosion today at the Repauno plani of the Dn I'ont Powder company here. Anions the. -dead ara .uelicTed to be the superintendent and his as sistant. Employes of the company said they would be nnahle to give the exact number of -.killed and injur ed until the men had been check ed up. Five buildings were demolished hy the explosion, which was felt a distance of many miles. So far as can be learned the blast oc curred in a building where nitrate was being manufactured. Dyna mite and other high explosives nsed for commercial porposes are manufactured at the Repauno plant Officers of the company said their best information is that four men were killed. Rescuers said that ten are dead. The superintendent, who was killed, was W. F. Lawley of Woodbury, N. J., and his assistant, who lost his life, wa3 George Marsh of Paulsboro, N. J. The explosion occurred in the building where trinitrotoluol and tri benzol were manufactured. Fire fol lowed the explosion and destroyed other small buildings nearby. CHICAGO WILL HAVE A DEFENSE PARADE Chicago, May 15. Following Xew York, great preparedness parade in which it was estimated 145,000 persons marched Saturday, William Mather Lewis, secretary of the Illinois naval league has ready for issuance a call to business and professional men, of ficials of commercial organizations and civic associations to formulate plans for a similar demonstration to be held in Chicago. A conference will be called at which it is planned to consider plans for the demonstration which will probably be held in June or July. SMALL, LIVELY FROG IS TAKEN FROM MAN Kansas City, May 15. A small but lively frog was today expelled from the stomach of John Arnold by phy sicians at the Kansas City, Kan., emer gency hospital. Arnold's story was that he swallowed the frog in drinking from the surface of a spring near the outskirts of the city. Arnold was rushed to a hospital where a power ful emetic was administered and the frog, about one-halt inch in diameter, was cast up, lively and unharmed. SON IN-LAW HELD IN DOUBLE MURDER Murphysboro, 111., May 15. Paul Ferrandelle, a wholesale grocer of St. Louis, was arrested here today to be held for investigation in connection with the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Pico raro here last Wednesday. The mur dered couple were found in their home choked to death. The wife of Ferran delle was a daughter of Mr. and airs. liiuiraxQ, . REBEL CHIEF PUT ON TRIAL FOR TREASON Sir Roger Is Arraigned Be fore Police Magistrate of Bow Street. LEADER OF REVOLT Prisoner Is Charged With Being the Instigator of Irish Rebellion- London, May 15, f!0:45 a. ttl) Sir1 Roger Casement, the supposed head! and prime instigator of the Sinn Fein, rebellion in Ireland, was arraigned to-; day in the Bow Street police court and! charged with high treason. , The few spectators who were per mitted to enter the famous old polices court were considerably surprised) when a second prisoner was placed be-, side Casement in the dock. This manj was Daniel Julian Bailey, a private: soldier, whose home is at Wembley, a' village near London. Bailey was ar-: rested near Aralee, Ireland, on April! 21. He was jointly charged with. Casement with high treason, but his; exact connection with the Sinn Fein-' ers has not so far been made public ' In the formal charge Casement is described as of no fixed abode. Thei charge against defendents reads: Charged With High Treason. "For that they did between the Crsti day of November, 1914 and oh divers: other occasions between that day end, the 21st day of April, 1916, unlawfully., malicionsly and traitorously commit; high treason within and without the realm of England in contempt of our sovereign lord, the king and his laws, to the evil example of others in like case and contrary to the duty and al legiance of the said defendents." Case ment is reported to have made a long statement to the authorities and it is believed that this statement will con siderably shorten the hearing before the magistrate. The police court hear ing is merely a preliminary to the real trial, which will take place later be fore a panel of the judges of the high court of justice, CasemeLt Greatly Changed. Attorney General Sir Frederick E. Smith, A. H. Bodkin and Ttavers Humphreys appeared for the prosecu tion and Professor J. H. Morgan and Artemus Jones for the defendents. Sir John Dickinson presided. Shortly after the magistrate had taken his seat, Casement and his fel low prisoners were shown into the dock. Casement's appearance was vastly different from that of the man who gained fame in 1912 by his ex posure of the cruelties practiced on natives in Piitumavo bv a British rub ber company. He sat in the dock resting his chin on his hand and oc casionally looking toward the magis trate. When the attorney general, in open ing the case for the prosecution, men tioned the conferring of the order ot knighthood on Casement the prison er dropped his head. The attorney general then outlined the prisoner's career. Bailey Tells Leader's Role, In opening the case for the crown, the attorney general charged that Casement had conducted a systematic campaign among the Irish prisoners in Germany with the purpose of se-; ducing them from their allegiance. Bailey, he said, had been seduced in this manner and had made a state ment explaining Casement's actions in detail. According to the attorney general. Bailey was born in Dublin and joined the royal Irish rifles in 1904. He served with his regiment in India and was honorably discharged. On the outbreak of the European war Bailey was called out. as a reservist anil sailed with the original expeditionary force to France. He was takea pris oner in September, 1914. The attorney general said Bailey had related how a large number ot Irish prisoners had been collected from various prisons in Germany nd placed in a large camp at Limburg. There they heard addresses by Case ment, who tried to inflame their minds against the British government and persuade them to break their oaths of allegiance and support him in his projected expedition to Ireland. The attorney general said Casement (Continued on Page Twelve.) CONFEDERATE VETS HOLDING REUNION Birmingham, Ala, May 15. This city was thronged with confederate veterans and visitors here to partici pate in the 2fith annual confederate reunion which begins tomorrow. The vanguard of the old soldiers and visi tors began to arrive yesterday and in coming regular and special trains to day brought thousands of others. General Bennett H. Young of Louis ville, Ky., commander in chief ot the United Confederate veterans, and his chief of staff. General W. E. Mickle of New Orleans, are here together with most of the departmental command ers, sponsors, maids and matrons of uunor.