NDIT LEADER HAD NO TROU
BLE IN LICKING CARRANZA'S
S. CAVALRY IN PURSUIT
nericans are Handicapped-250 Miles
From Base and Hunt in Moun.
tains Is Difficult.
San Antonio, Texas.-Francisco Vil
has escaped from the 'Mexlcan
)Ops that had checked hiM near
Lmquipa and three columns of Amer.
an cavalry are pursuing him.
Already they are almost 250 mies
uth of the border and unless Mepx
an forces bring the elusive handit
a stand, this distance will be great
increased] by the close of the week.
Vlla's success in extricating him
If from the dangerous position into
tich he had been driven by the
-nerican punitive force was related
a detailed report by General Per
ing that reached General Funston.
General Funston forwarded the re
art to Washington without making
iblic any but the essential features.
Colonel Dodd is commanding the ad
meed columns that are riding hard
'ter Villa and his men and General
ershing has divided his forces so as
> provide supporting columns along
ie thinly stretched lines of commun.
-at-ion from his most advanced base
t El Valle. From El Valle another
ne Is being maintained back to Casas
randes from where communication
Ith the border is maintained. Gen
ral Pershing himself is somewhere
outh of Casas Grandes directing the
ork of holding together his forces and
irecting so far as possible the opera
ons of Colonel Dodd. Cavalry Is be
ig used along the lines communi
ating with El Valle where a detach
lent of infantry is stationed.
Three aeroplanes ar.e at El Valle
nd will be used in scouting as soon
s the high winds that have been
weeping .that part of Mexico for al
lost a week subside. These winds.
ccording to General Pershing, have
ande effective assistance by the aero
-lanes impossible. Of the eight ma
hines that went into Mexico two are
tili out of commission.
Details of the operations about
Jamiquipa that concluded with the
seape of Villa were not revealed, but
here is little reason to believe that
e was badly whipped or even weak.
ned by the fighting directed against
in by the de facto government troops.
IMPATIENT WITH CARRANZA.
lelay in Granting Use of RaIlroads Ia
San An tonio, Tex.-Carranza's delay
ni permitting the movement -into Mex.
co over the Mexican Northwestern
tailway of supplies for the Americar
roops has created impatience at army
'eadqurters that was hardly disguised
The quartermaster dlepartment has
'nt to El Paso a quantity of stores foi
immediate shipment and officers hern
did not credit an unofficial report thal
General Obregon had dec-lared that n<
oermission for use of the line wouhi
Failure to send supplies over the
'raIlroad would not stop the cam
paign, it was said, but it was admit
ced that it would materially retarn
'3eneral Pershing's activities. Al
ready the change in the position o
the United States forces,- observeri
here pointed out, would make the lin4
of National Itailways of Mexico, whicl
goes straight from Juarez to Chisua
~ y hua, the logical one to use.
Whether General lFunston request!
.~' the government to get permission tc
use the National. however, will de
pend upon the answer to the request
already made, he said.
Another Grand-Daughter For Wilson.
4 Philadelphia-A daughter was born
to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Blowes Sayre
here. She is the secondl grand-datught
er of President Wilson and will be
named Eleanor Axson Sayre, for Mrs.
Sayre's mother. Mother and chil
were reported to be doing well.
Jeas Willard is Btili Champion.
New York.-Jes Willard is sill the
heavyweight pugilistic champion of
the world. In 10 rounds of fast fight
~ ~ 4ng he defeatel Frank Moran of Pltts.
~. ~ burg here on points. A crowd oi
~ ,', 't. about 13,000 persons paid approximate
* ~ ~,ly $150,000 to see the fight and weni
'j~. ~. away apparently satisfied with the re
*~ 4' aUlt. It was the greatest gathering
~ r adison Square Garden had ever seen
S.Wlaid ,proke his right hand in the
g etkept Moran at a distance.
Norfolk Has Big Pire,
Norfolk, Va.-Two fires of unknowr
ergin, caused damage estimated al
6#*2,900 in this city. The Progresi
- building, In the heart of the whole
- gle Alstrict in Water street was comi
I ey destroyed, the loss being. plac
-,,"~ 287,0007 Thie plant of- the Cole
Cooa omlpany in Brapabieor
Af N6 toyed, the toot
0~9O Th~ e at the e'real
Two WOMEN AND ONE MAN VIC
TIMS OF MEXICAN RAIDERS
IN NEW MEXICO.
U. S. TROOPS GO IN PURSUIT
Band of Mexican Bandits Cross Border
to Gibson Ranch Where the Three
Douglas, Ariz.-Three Americans,
two women and one man, were killed
ncar Gibson's Line ranch on the New
NUxico-Mexico boundary, eight miles
wevt of Columbus, N. M.. respumably
by Mexicans, according to the story
brought here by a party of five Doug
las people, who said they arrived on
the scene shortly after the bodies had
been r(.aoved by soldiers.
A command of United States sol
diers stationed at the Gibson ranch
was said to have crossed the line in
pursuit of the slayers.
Samuel Collins, automobile dealer;
Mr. and Mrs. Russell T. Childers, Miss
Lottie Milinowski and Edward Free
man, all of Douglas, were the auto
mobilists who told of the alleged kill
The names of the persons said to
have been killed were not learned.
According to the story told by the
party, the four motorists had been to
El Paso on a pleasure trip. They de
cided to visit Columbus to view the
ruins left by the raid of Villa's men,
Instead of returning here through
Deming and Lordsburg, N. M.
After leaving Colunmbus they were
stopped at Hermanas by the railroad
section foreman, they said, who warn
ed them tha something was wrong at
the Gibson .-anch, a few miles farther
or. He sa'd that he had been watching
through a pair of binoculars and had
seen a nicuadted band of 100 or more
men, supposedly Mexican bandits,
ercas the border near the ranch and
ride to a water hole a mile and a
After watering their horses, they
rode back across the line. He added
that within a short time a number of
troopers of the Twelfth Cavalry had
come to the ranch house and moved
about in an excIted manner.
HEAVY FIGHTING CONTINUES.
Germans and French Keep up Vigorous
London-It is still in the French
and Rlussian war theaters that the
heav-iest battles are in progres, but
fighting also is continuing in the Aus
tro-Italian zone, in Serbia near the
Greek frontier and in Asiatic Turkey.
The French are keeping up their
vigorous bombardment of the woods
of Melancourt and Avocourt, north
west of Verdun, which are held by the
Germans, and also are hammering
away with their guns at German lines
of communication In the eastern
fringes of the Argonne forest.
To the north and east of Verdun
-an intermittent bombardment by the
Germans of French second line posi.
tions is still going on with the
French replying energetically.
All along the Russian front fron
the region of Friedrichstadt to the
district around Vina the Russian!
and Germans are hard at grips. Petro
grad says that near Widey, betweer
Dvinsk and Vilna, the Russian forceE
all the German lines and barricadei
and repulsed a vigorous German coun
Berlin, however, says that here thi
Russian attacks failed with heava
losses before the German entangle
Tells of Navy's Needs.
Washington.-Rear Admiral Bradley
A. Fiske dleclared before the housi
naval committee that regardless o1
how many ships were built, it would
be impossible to carry out the general
board's plan for making the Americari
navy equal to any afloat by 1925, be
cause it would take ten years longer
to develop and train the personnel:
necessary to man the navy in first
Agree- on Speed-Up Plan.
Washington.--House Democrats ad
opted a resolution outlining a plan for
speeding up the administration legis
lative program with a view to adjourn
ment before the national political con.
ventions in June as urged by Presi.
dent Wilson. They pledged them
selves to co-operation in earlier daily
meetings and to -such ight sessions as
may seem advisable. The plan is to
handle at night sessions the business
of all special days in the week except
the so-called calendar Wednesday.
All Powers Agree on Plan.
Washington.-All of the Entente
powers, through their embassies here,
have handed to Secretary Lansing for
mnal responses rejecting the proposal
made by the state, department -in its
circular lnemorand.m that they -enter
into a modus vivendi and disarm all
of their zlerchiant ships with tis
derstanding that th' United og
gSovernment would endeavor to ~ 0e
fm th9 Cpuitral powete ,
PA(GM YARo SWATrMG
GEN.HERRERA JOINS VILLA
CARRANZA COMMANDER IN CHI
HUAHUA WITH 2,000 MEN SIDES
Probable That He Will interupt Wire
Service With Pershing and the
San Antonio, Tex.-Reports that
Gen. Luis Herrera, commanding 2,000
men at Chihuahua, had aligned him
self with Francisco Villa against the
United States, were received with
grave concern by General Funston and
his staff. Officially and unofficially
the opinion was that with Herrera
joining forces with Villa the interna
tional situation might easily be made
so complex that by comparison the
pursuit of Villa would be regarded as
The long intervals between reports
from the. field commander of the
American ex dition already had key
ed the tensi a bit, although General
Funston and his chief-of-staff contin
ued to profess the belief that all was
well with the troops below CasaF
Grandes, but the report from Chihau.
hua made insignificant any anxiet)
they might have felt concerning Gen
eral Pershing's operations.
T. R. Beltran, Mexican Consul here
said that he had not received con
firmation of the report and he was in
clined to laugh at it as a "border ru
mor." According to the version here
Herrera was removed from comnmani
and immediately took stops to alienatt
his garrison. -That Carranza hat
enough loyal troops in northern Mex
iho to drive him from the city of Chi
huahua, if he aims to hold the place
was believed by military 'men here.
Military observers here see a possi
ble connection with Herrera's report
ed action in the interruption of wir<
service between Casas Grandes an<
Juarez and the wire cutting betweel
Torreon and Ojinaga, opposite Presi
CHINA CHANGES AGAIN.
Monarchy Abandoned By Yuan Shi Ka
Who Resumes PresIdency.
Peking-A state department mar
date issued announces the abandor
ment of 'the monarchy and resumptioi
of the Republic.
The mandate says the revolutioi
shows that the demand for 'a mon
archial form of government is no
uanimous and that therefore Yuan Sh
Kai rejects the emperorship and re
sumes the presidency.
MANY BIG FIRES REPORTED.
Augusta, Ga.-Fire which has causei
dlamage estimated at from $5,000,000 tE
$8,000,000 in the heart of Augusta'
business disti'ict and the adjoining
residelnce distrio't, still burned briskly
but wvas under control. No lives were
lost. in the twenty-five blocks whict1
were swept clean were the greater por
tion of Broad street and 500 resi
dences, including the most costly ir
Nashville, Tenn.-A small ball oi
yarn, lighted and thrown by a boy int
dry grass in a vacant lot, started a con
fiagration in Nashville which was nol
under control after 35 residence blocket
had been swept by the fire. The losa
. Spray, N. C-Fire which threatened
the entire tusiness section of the town
of Floyd H-ill was reported under con.
trol. Several buildings were destroy.
ed, the damage amounting to $20,000.
is estimated at $1,600,000.
Natchez, Miss.-Fire of undeterin
ed origin partially destroyed the plant
of the Natchez Dressed Beef Company
causing damage estimated at from
$30,000 to $50,000.
Paris, Texas-Every incoming train
wa's bringing provisions, clothing and
tents to the approximately 8,000 home
less persons in Paris, rendered practi
cally destiute b~y fire, which. did prop
erty damage estimated at between
$8,000,000 and $10,000,000. Three por
.eonslost their lives,
'Tulsa, Okla.-Revised estimates of
te 4amage as a .result of the prairie
fl bjeh swept over four sections of
Ajdi lthe Cush-ing oil ld placq th
jabp~roximet y * 0,000., -:
Iham N,1 .,t& an bW
e#4 Powov 3ouTt
ASKS FOR MOR TROOPS
WANTS "ADEQUATE FORCE" TO
PROTECT HIS LINE OF COM
Field Operations So Large Present
Force is Insufficient.--Villa Troops
San Antonio, Tex.-General Funston
asLed the war department for more
troops to be sent into Mexico in pur
suit of Francisco Villa.
The request was made. at the sug
gestion of General Pershing, com
mander of the expedition, who urged
that another regiment be sent to him.
In his message to the war department
General Funston asked for what he
termed an "adequate force."
It was announced at General Fun
ston's headquarters that the Fifth
Cavalry of which one squadron is at
Fort Myer, Va., another at Fort
Leavenworth, Kan., and the third at
Fert Sheridan, Wyo., would be brought
to the border at once and sent for
ward along General Pershing's line of
communication to Casas Grandes.
Whether he had asked for other troops
General Funston would not say.
The only reason given for strength
ening General Perishing's force, known
to be considerably more than 4,000,
- was that his field of operations had
become so extended that his main
- line of communication and the sub
sidiary lines were in need of strength
"Mer-ely a precautionary move,"
was the way General Funston ans
- wered all inquiries. He was asked if
- the reported movement of troops of
,the de facto government from garri
sons in the interior to posts on the
. border and reported failure of the
.Carranza troops in one or two in
a stances to show active co-operation
in the pursuit of Villa had anything
i to do with his decision to ask for
.more strength but he' declined to
Some uneasiness was displayed for
a moment at department headquar
ters when it was reported that the
I telegraph wires between Casas Gran
des and the border had been cut, but
- an official report stating that the line
-cut was a "buzzer" line General Persh
ing had laid and that it had been
broken accidentally by some of the
American forces crossing it allayed
tIt is not believed here that Gen
I oral Funston is- worried by reports
- of alleged growing antagonism among
certain Carranza troops although he
is carefully studying that phase of
TILLMAN BILL PASSES,
Provides For Government Armor
Plate Factory-Cost $11,000,000.
Washington.-The Tillman bill to
provide for the erection or purchase
by the government of an armor-plate
factory at a cost of not to exceed $11,
000,000 was passed by the senate by a
vote of 58 to 23.
Democratic Senators supported the
bill solidly, regarding it as one of the
important measures included in the
national preparedness program now
being hastened to completion. Nine
Progressive Republicans joined with
the majority in voting for the bill.
They were Senators Blorah, Clapp.
Cummins, Gronna, Kenyon; Norris,
Poindexter, Sterling and Works.
Villa Captured Nothing.
San Rntonio, Texas-General Fun
sten requested newspaper correajpond
ants to deny that Villa's men had cap
tured machine guns at Columbus or
anaything else at Columbus or on the
march south of the border
Kills Himself and Four Children.
Grensboro, N. C.--D. G. Patterson, a
Prominently .connected man of this
eity, murdered his four children in
their beds and committed suicidq. He
used' the' full round of a five-shot' re
volver in killing the children and re-.
loaded the weapon to end his o~n life.
The tragedy occurred shortly .1,fore
da'ylight, The dead are j, th~
Louise, ~ed 16; Gor~oi er 1
Frances, ekd 9; [email protected] ~ ~ 7
Patteo00 bad eviden ,1A 4a
Ali A~we (aslenn
ONLY TWO ME".EO TED
AGAINST NATIONAL. PREPAR
PEACE STRENGTH OF 140,000
Britten of Illinois Opposed Bill Be.
cause he Favored Greater Increase;
London Favored No Increase.
Washington.-The Hay army in
crease bill providing for a regular army
peace strength of 140,000 fighting men
instead of the present 100,000 passed
the house by a vote of 402 to 2. It
goes to the senate for immediate con.
sideration virtually as drafted by the
The negative votes were cast by
Representative Britten, Republican of
Illinois, and London, Socialist of New
Mr. Britten opposed the bill because
he favored a still further increase in
the army and London because he fa
vored no increase.
The bill is the first of President
Wilson's great national preparedness
measures to pass either house, al
though various related measures have
been approved. It was finally adopted
only after Representative Kahn, rank
ing Republican member of the mili
tary committee again had met defeat
-this time 213 to 191-in his effort to
increase the authorized strength of
the regulars to 220,000.
During the debate Chairman Hay of
the committee that drew the bill re
ferred to it as "the President's own
bill." It was explained at the White
House, however, that while the presi
dent approved the ground plan of the
measure, he was not committed to its
details. The conference on the senkte
and house plans, to come after the
senate acts, is expected by administra
tion officials to produce a bill which
will have the president's full support.
HEAVY FIGHTING IN EAST.
Masses of Russians Are Pressing
Germans From Riga
London.-Except on the front near
Gomecourt and the Bethune-LaBassee
road, where the British gained some
advantages in fights against the Ger
mans, no infantry engagements have
taken place along the line in France
and Belgium. Heavy fighting, how
ever, continues between the Germans
and Russians on the Eastern front
from the region of Riga southward.
The Germans northwest of Verdun
are continuing their violent shelling
of the Malancourt sector and again
have trained their guns on the French
front of Bethincourt, Le Mort Homme
and* Cumieres probably preparatory
to fresh infantry attacks in an effort
to break through the line when the
moment seems propitous.
The French have not slackened
their bombardment of the Malancourt
wood from positions in the Argonne
forest, and also are shelling heavily
German positions and the roads and
railways held by the Germans in the
eastern part of the Argonne.
The bombardment to the northeast
of Verdun, as well as in the Woevre
region, to the east of the fortress, has
increased in intensity.
Heavy masses of Russians are
pressing the Germans from the Riga
district southward for a distance of
70 miles. While they have gained
some advantages, the Russian War
Office admits that south of Lake
Dreswaity the Germans recaptured
trenches that the Russians liaad taken
the previous night.
3,000 Homeless In Augusta.
Augusta, Ga.-With six business
blocks levelled by fire and more than
600 houses destroyed, Augusta was
feeding and housing its 3,000 home
less, without aid from the outside
Estimates of the firee loss remained
at $5,000,000 tonight, but citizens who
discussed the disaster expressed the
view that the loss of 130 businese
houses 4.aa not felt more than was
the destruction of many historical
Perplexed by Border Dispatches.
Washington.-Officials were perplex.
ed by dispatches from the border say
ing General Bell had notified General
Funston that the report of Hen-era's
revolt was condirmed. When the war
department closed for the night at 11
o'clock Secretary Baker stated thst
General Funston had not advised the
department of General Bell's report
and that all information reaching him
indicated that Herrera was loyal to
Carranza. Major General Scott, chief
of staff, declared emphatically he did
not believe the report.
Douglas, Aris.-Reporte. that ap-.
Droximately 2,000 de facto government I
troops lead been .seen by United
States soldier observers marching iuto
Agua .Prieta fr'Oih the southeaet, con.
pied with apparent veridecntion from
s0ergses iri the Mexican towyti; aroused
5en. P. EBlias (gies, llittary goy-.
e or of Bonora, stapeq, hOWver, that
[email protected] atris A r A t n tact
G I ileell
STATE PRIZE WINNERS GATHER
AT BIG BANQUET HELD IN
GUESTS OF DIRECTOR BAKER
Fifteen-Year -Old Cary McKenzie is
Leader for Year-List of the
State Prize Winners Given
Columbia.-Ten boy champion corn
growers of South Carolina, members
of the boys' corn clubs were the
guests of honor at a banquet given
in Columbia at the Jefferson hotel by
L. L. Baker of Bishopville, state agent.
for the boys' club work. Gov. Man
ning and other state officials attended
the banquet. Each of* the young
champions was presented with a prize.
Last year 1,069 young. boys were'
enlisted in the agricultural clubs of
the state. These boys produced 22,125
bushels of corn, worth $12,662.23. The
average cost per bushel was 42 1-2
cents. The average yield per acre
was 49.6 bushels.
Cary McKenzie of Hamer in Dillon
county won the first prize for the
state. He produced 164.2 bushels of
corn on an acre at a cost of 9 cents
per bushel. This is considered by the
government experts to be the best rec
ord for the South. James* W. Draffin
of Lesslie in York county produced
106.42 bushels on one acre at a cost
of 26 cents per bushel. He received
the second prize at the banquet. Boy
kin McCaskill of Camden won third.
prize. He produced 121.4 bushels on
one acre at an average cost of 17.2.
cents per bushel.
The congressionsl, district winners
who attended the banquet were:
First district-Neal Hodge, Man
ning, Clarendon county, 64.04 bushels
of corn at 28 cents per bushel.'
Second district - James Frankie
Fail, Govan, Bamberg county, 114.08
bushels of corn, at 35 1-2 cents per
Third district--Ernest Brooks, Pros
perity, Newberry county, 95.42 bush
els of corn at 19 1-2 cents per bushel.
Fourth district-Lewis Jackson,
Wellford, Spartanburg county, 65.08
bushels of corn at 42 cents per bushel.
Fifth district - Robert McCaskill,
Camden, Kershaw county, 108 bush
els of corn at 24.5 cents per bushel.
Sixth district-Travis Godbold, Eu
lonia, Marion county, 100.32 bushels
of corn at 31.5 cents per bushel.
Seventh district - -Jacob Monts,
Blythewood, Richland county, 79.42
bushels of corn at 17.5 cents per
Data on Farm Management.
Orangeburg. - Government experts
are in Orangeburg county securing
farm management dasta. C. E. Hope,
an expert in farm management, has
been in the county at this work for
the past , three weeks. A. GI. Smith,
an agriculturist, who is in charge of
the work in this county, has been at
work here this week' andl will stay
here until the work is comp~leted.
About four more men will be brolight
to the county right away to assist in
A bulletin will be Issued covering
work on 250 Orangeburg county
farms. This bulletin will show the
cost of farming on efficiency basis.
ThIs bulletin will be of great value,
as what holds good with these 250
farms wIll likely hold good With all
farms in the entire county, the onlty
one in South Carolina that this work
is going on in.
South Carolina Will be Reprqsented
Columbia-South Carolina will be
well represented in the conferences
an don the programme of the South
ern Sociological congress, which will
meet in New Orleans April 12-1Q. In
portant subjects relating to the social
and civic growth and progresstof the
Scuthern States will be discussed and
a verdtable council of war against
direase, crIme and ignorance will be
held, with 2,000 or more interested
people present and participating.
Among the speakers will be the cel
ibrated W. A. Evans, M. D., of Chica
MissIng Aviator Spartanburg Soy.
Spartanburg.--Robert H. Willis, one
Sf the two lieutenants of -the First
Aero squadron .of the United States
forces who was lost in the desert foot
bills .of the Sierra Madres in Mexico,4
.s a Spartanburg county boy anq rsId.
xd for a number of years at Zinluml
mnd Inman in this county, libere #1is
~ather, R. H. Willis, taught school. Het
s a brother of Alfred Willis* of Spair- I
anburg and Mrs. Roland Lee,. wife of
[tepresontative Roland Leo, A fiemlier
>f the South Carolina legisla.gre from
his county, Is his sinter. ,4.
To Make Cigars Ii0 Greenwood
Greenwood-reewood's latest en- I
erprise is a cigai' fac~pry which will
>G opened here in. e fewdy' by Joe0
~. Greene, of of thie t~sie wn trAy
ding men ein tl6 st'at9 .g& roli
as sectre. as 9 ~ lI the1
actory . Ga.,
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