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RUSS NOBLEWOMAN DESCRIBES
ATROCITIES OF THE BOLSHEVIKI Hundreds of Persons Tortured in the Most Inhuman Fashion Before Being Put to Death and Their Estates Pillaged and Mansions Razed —Thousands Die From Hunger All Over Country. New York.—“We do not hope any longer; we die!” The despair to which bolshevik mis rule has reduced Russia is thus epito mized by a Russian noblewoman wide ly known throughout her country, in a remarkable picture of events in her country contained in a letter received recently in New York. Her castles and estates plundered or razed, her fortune vanished and her friends and family murdered, this titled woman is moved to remark that “three years ago, my second daughter and her hus band died, he having caught cold in the trenches. Then I was in despair; now I envy them.” “I beg of you never to mention my name; I wrote frankly to you counting on your discretion,” is the plea which fear of bolshevik tyranny moves the unfortunate woman to place at the close of her letter to her friend, a New York woman of prominent and influen tial family. “Excuse the incoherences; I write with my heart bleeding, know ing that I shall never be able to give you the faintest idea of the sufferings that thousands are enduring.” A graphic tale of the misery that spreads itself over Russia is unfolded In the letter. Wholesale pillaging and murder by bolsheviki, Germans, Finns and others swept the land clear of its wealth. Both the noblewoman who wrote the letter and the woman who received it are well known. The danger involved fer the former makes it advisable that not only the names of the persons but the names of the localities mentioned be withheld from publication. The let ter in full reads as follows: “My very, very dear Mrs. B : “At last I am able to write to you and to hope to hear from you. “I will endeavor to tell you briefly the personal events of these terrible last years. But how to begin? How to give you the faintest idea of the unimaginable atrocities committed by the bolsheviki? Speaking of our selves, I will tell you that we have lost everything. The bolsheviki have stolen all our fortune, boxes of silver ware, precious objects, personal re membrances which undoubtedly are now destroyed. Freed to Flee From Home. “Three years ago my second daugh ter and her husband died, he having caught cold in the trenches. Then I was in despair, now I envy them. The year 1917 in autumn, we had to flee from M , and come to the city, where we lived under the reds’ regime until the arrival of the Germans. “You have probably read in the pa- Potatoes Without Vines Are Grown by Girl Kutztown, Pa. —Lizzie, daugh ter of Jefferson Hoch, discovered in their potato patch that a num ber of seed potatoes failed to pro duce any vines on top of the soil. She was surprised to find the seed potatoes in every hill had clustered around good-sized new potatoes, that the entire vitality of the seed potato was transfer red to the new ones, and that there was no vine growth above the surface of the potato hills. The mother potato was still in the hill, but had given up its sub stance to the young potatoes, which were already so well ma tured that they could be used for a meal. SPORT ON SHIPPING BOARD VESSELS The sailors on the merchant vessels operated by the shipping hoard have plenty of amusement in their times of leisure. The photograph shows a boxing boul, ut a shore station. pers that the reds had sent to Siberia 300 Russian barons, and also some bourgeoisie; some died and the others returned two months after. “Although under our roof lived a military guard of bolsheviki or reds, good luck kept us from sharing their lot. I cannot describe the last days. After the arrival of the Germans a list was found of about a thousand persons, in which we were, who were to be shot the very next day. “The reign of the Germans lasted exactly seven months; they annihi lated all our hopes, they accumulated taxes upon taxes; carrying away all the food to Germany, leaving the peo ple of our cities to starve. “No discipline, corruption every where, no administration. Only those who deliberately closed their eyes to evidence failed to see that a country thus plundered and so badly treated was not to remain long under their rule. But, alas! How many were blind! “Then came the great catastrophe; the German troops fraternizing with the bolsheviki at W ; surrendering to them cannon, war ammunition, and refusing to fight. The Germans even damaged the cannon they left to the Esthes troops, which had been formed hastily and were incapable of defend ing themselves, having nothing, abso lutely nothing! Reds’ Rule Was Worse. “Then, for another year the country was at the mercy of the reds, and it was worse than the first time. “The Bolsheviki had with them Chi nese and Red Lettes, who were ter ribly cruel, and those formed the guard of the unfortunate emperor and his family. “On the 28th of November we learned that W had fallen; that the Germans were leaving us in haste; and, as the German general command ing at R , had, at the request of the Lettes, refused the formation of troops with the men of the country, we were left without any defense. “The lights of the electric projectors of the enemy’s ships already illuminat ed our shores; from the castle’s tower we could see everything; there was not a minute to be lost. The trains were running only for the German troops; it was then necessary to risk traveling by the inland ways, through dreadful roads and in a country in revolution, for when the Germans took posses sion of the provinces they took care not to punish their friends, the bol sheviki ; so that we were compelled to see and to live with the people who had stolen and pillaged our properties. The Germans did nothing to find out the revolutionists and to protect us, nothing! “After having packed in haste the strictly necessary things, our small caravan started at five o’clock in the morning; it was dark and the roads were frightful. “We arrived at R on the second of December. We were able to stay four weeks at our home, then in great haste we had to embark on the boat sent to Finland for the fugitives and we arrived at Helsingfors. Lassitude, troubles, and emotions of all these weeks overwhelmed at last my poor husband. “Fortunately we found two rooms in a hospital; there we lived for two months, being often hungry, and when we could get some food it was execra ble. “The high prices of living in Fin land are unbelievable. A pound of tea. which ordinarily cost from five to fif teen kronen, cost from one hundred to Files Suit on Herself, Then Argues Own Case Mrs. Alice Viola Parsons, a Denver beauty specialist, ap peared before a jury in Judge G. W. Dunn’s division of the county court in more roles than it is given most persons to play in court. She is plaintiff, defendant, plaintiff’s attorney and star wit ness in a suit brought by herself against the Instant Anti-Wrinkle company, of which she holds 40 per cent of the stock. The suit is being contested by other stockholders in the con cern. Mrs. Parsons claims that the company obtaned valuable wrinkle eradicating formulas from her and has withheld her salary. She asserted that she had no money left from the ven ture, and so was obliged to act as her own attorney. a hundred and fifty marks; a kilo gramme of sugar one hundred marks, etc. Also Finland tried to get rid of so many people she had to feed, and, as the bolsheviki who come up to 28 kilometers from R had been re pulsed by the Finn troops, which had at the last moment come in aid to the Letts and to the volontaire corps of Balthes-Germans, the Finns then or dered all fugitives to leave the country within six days. However, we re ceived, on account of my husband’s bad condition, permission to stay until he would get better. “Going back was an impossibility, the situation being still very grave; a second expedition was no longer pos sible for the strength of my poor hus band; moreover, we had nothing left. Our large city house was taken and turned into a hospital by a Russian volontaire corps. M devastated and plundered! First by the bolshe viki, then by the Esths, whom the Germans left unpunished; then by the white troops and the Finns, who were fighting the reds, German properties being left unmolested. Family Lost Everything. “Last year our estate had suffered, but our magnificent castle with all its dependencies had been respected. Now all have pillaged it. The Finns being more civilized stole the most beautiful things—paintings, bronzes, antiques, etc. Finally the 36 masters’ rooms and the 11 servants’ rooms were plundered. What they could not take away they smashed or burned. We lost every thing. Not a sheet, not a plate or a glass exist, and when our Intendant complained to the minister of state (a Thesthe), he answered him that nat urally in war time everybody wanted to have some souvenirs. The whites pillaged, as I hear, 80 estates, and they were supposed to be our defenders! “Friends here obtained for us the permission to come to K , where we found two rooms in a family. We hope soon to find some occupation, and sell some furs that I could take with me, for unfortunately my beautiful laces are also in Petrograd. “I do not know whether you have an idea of what the bolsheviki have done everywhere whenever they had to re tire. At W they killed 82 people; we have lost friends, acquaintances and our excellent and noble doctor. Al most all were tortured before being put to death. Before shooting Doctor L they broke his two legs. To the old Baroness H., seventy-two years old, after having opened her stomach, snatched out her intestines while alive. They killed priests, doctors, nobles, merchants, women, children and peas ants. They made several persons dig their own graves, forcing them to un dress; a carriage was waiting to take away their clothes. Then they tor tured every one, breaking arms and legs, crushing the limbs, snatching the intestines, gouging out the eyes, scar ring the cheeks, and they even burned two persons alive. “There were three large pits; they tossed pell mell in one of them the living and the dead, and then these monsters jumped into the pit and trampled under foot the unfortunates until they were lifeless. “Twelve persons were so crushed and disfigured that they could not be recognized. And all that is true! “After the corpses had been ex humed the doctors and the officers of the state took photographs of each, af ter having examined everyone of them. Russia Awaiting the Allies “At D , at W , etc., whenever the Reds were repulsed—note, I pray you, that I say ‘everywhere’—the same tortures were inflicted to the unfortu nate ones. I shall not try to describe the horrors of other places, for it has been the same everywhere. “At D , hundreds have been thrown under the ice of the river, yet a clement death compared with the others. “Thousands die from hunger in all Russia; bolshevism reigns everywhere. We had hoped to be delivered by the Germans, and they having failed we hoped for the allies; now, as an offi cer who has escaped from Petrograd was telling, we do not hope any longer, we die! “Russia is anxiously awaiting the help of the allies, for she alone cannot conquer the terrorizing bolsheviki.” THE BENSON SIGNAL. Southwest News From All Over New Mexico and Arizona Western Newspaper Union News Service. COMING EVENTS. Arizona State Fair—Nov. 3 to 8. 1919. The assessed valuation of all min ing property being operated in Ari zona this year is $417,704,615, accord ing to a statement issued by the State Tax Commission. This total, it was announced, is more than a million dol lars higher than last year’s valuation, which was placed at $416,080,000. Sandoval county, New Mexico, will open its first high school this fall in Bernalillo, thus making it possible for the eighth grade graduates to obtain a high school education in their own county. Sandoval county is fortunate in having a young and very progres sive superintendent at the head ol their schools. Lieutenant Howell Ervien, just re turned from two years overseas, where he was in almost continuous active service, has been elected superinten dent of the New Mexico Reform School, located at Springer, New Mexi co. The appointment was made by the board of trustees at a meeting at Springer. The Santa F 6 Forest, under tho management of Supervisor Joseph C. Kircher, passed a prosperous year ending June 30, 1919, for the receipts show an increase of over 43 per cent over the fiscal year ending June 30, 1919. The total receipts for 1919 were $88,266.20, a gain of $26,541.47 over 1918, when they totaled $61,124.73. A disastrous fire swept a portion of the business district of Fort Sumner, New Mexico, in which the store be longing to Dr. Lovelace, the picture show owned by Ridley Brothers, and buildings belonging to J. R. Law, Tom Murphy, Ben Ridle and Tom Ridle were destroyed. Several other build ings were damaged. Plans for a county demonstration farm to be connected wffth the state college or the federal Department of Agriculture is the project that the Luna County Farm Bureau is now considering. The bureau expects to work out a uniform system of irriga tion equipment, farm methods and crop standards and to put these into practice on a large demonstration farm. Os great interest to the sportsmen of the state is the stocking and re stocking of the streams and lakes of Arizona with game fish by the state game warden, Joe V. Prochaska. Three million young fish have been ordered from the federal hatcheries to be planted in Arizona waters, in cluding such varieties as black bass, rainbow trout, salmon trout, moun tain trout, Eastern brook trout, speck led trout, and many other varieties. Miners working on the Globe-Miami district have received an increase of 75 cents per day. The new scale is based on 24-cent copper and means that miners w r ill receive a minimum of $5.65 per day. Uuderground ma chine men will receive an additional 50 cents per day increase; under ground timbermen will receive 25 cents additional, and all journeymen mechanics will receive 25 cents per day in addition to the 75 cents raise. At the regular luncheon of the Ki wanis Club at Albuquerque, New Mex ico, it was agreed to go 50-50 with the Rotary Club in raising SIO,OOO to wards the building of a new struc ture for the Department of Hygiene at the university. Six thousand, five hundred dollars has already been ap propriated by the federal government for the maintenance of the depart ment. It is expected that work on the new building will start in a short time. A mining drill invented by an Ari zona man recently won first place in a drilling contest in Nevada against a field of all other makes. A total of 272 suits have been filed at Tombstone, Arizona, in the Bishee deportation cases. The total amount of damages asked for by the plaintiffs is $5,505,000. Damages are sought on the ground of alleged assault, bruis ing, beating and wounding by the plaintiffs; 166 cases ask for $20,000 each, one-half of which amount is for actual damages and the remainder for punitive damages; 75 of the cases ask for $25,000 each, and 31 ask for $lO,- 000 each. Dr. O. E. Troy, a veterinary surgeon and a resident of Raton, New Mexico all his life, is under $5,000 bond charged with the murder of his wife, whose death occurred under myster ious circumstances on May 21st. The woman’s death was declared due to self-inflicted strychnine poisoning at the time by a physician who examined the body. Recently the parents of the dead woman, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Whipple of Kansas City, instituted proceedings to have the husband ar rested. Though none of the equipment has as yet been received by the Arizona Highway Department, and two ship ments of trucks were already under stood to be en route, the state engi neer has been notified that a third shipment of 117 trucks, including Peer less, Packard and aviation trucks has been started. The first shipment was 108 trucks, the second 71, and with this late shipment the state is about to receive from the government near ly 300 trucks of all sizes and makes for use on the state highway construc tion. RAGE RIOTS IN CHICAGO FOURTEEN KILLED AND SEVEN TY-FIVE WOUNDED IN NIGHT BATTLE, IS REPORT. SEND STATE TROOPS ORIGINAL TROUBLE STARTS AT BATHING BEACH ALONG LAKE FRONT. Western Newspaper Union News Service. Chicago, July 29. —Fourteen have been killed and seventy-six wounded in the wildest orgy of race rioting. Os the dead nine were white. To prevent transfer of rifle-bearing police, ne groes cut telephone wires. Flying squadrons of blacks in fast motor cars dashed through the streets firing at whites. Street lights were smashed and pistol flashes indicated new bat tles. Police wires were busy all night with appeals from frightened women begging for protection. Girls employed downtown feared to go home, and took refuge in hotels. After a motorman had been dragged from his car and killed by negroes, street cars quit run ning through the battle area. Chicago.—Race rioting, which broke out anew in the negro section of Chi cago, caused Mayor Thompson and Chief of Police Garrity to apply to Governor Lowden for militia. As a result four regiments, the Eleventh Il linois infantry, and the First, Second and Third reserve militia regiments, including 3,500 men, were ordered mobilized by Adjt. Gen. Frank S. Dickson. General Dickson said he would remain in Chicago in charge of the military situation. He pointed out that the Eleventh infantry and the First reserve regiments have machine gun companies with experienced ma chine gunners, and that the line com panies of these two regiments and the Second and Third reserve regiments are armed with new Springfield rifles and Krag-Jorgenson carbines. The rioting today was an outgrowth of the fighting which started at the Twenty-ninth street bathing beach and broke out sporadically at different places in the black belt. Eugene Cappel has operated a laun dry at 3642 South State street for fifteen years. When he, with his wife and daughter, closed the laundry and started for their automobile he had a revolver in his hip pocket. Four ne groes saw him, rushed for him, and took his weapon from him. He was stabbed in the scuffle, once in the back and three times in the chest. His wife and daughter were severely beaten. All three were taken to the Providence hospital. Cappel died there fifteen minutes later. The killing of Kaspar Kazzouram was witnessed by a large group. He sat on his wagon in front of 3618 South State street. A car stopped at the corner of Thirty-sixth and State, according to witnesses, and a colored man stepped off, ran to where Kazzou ram sat, stabbed him in the back, ran half a block further north and boarded a north-bound car. No one attempted to stop him. Judge Permits Light Beer. San Francisco. —Sale of beer contain ing two and three-quarters per cent al cohol was permitted in a decision by Judge William H. Sawtelle of Arizona in the United States District Court in San Francisco sustaining a demurrer of the Rainier Brewing Company, which asked that a government action to prohibit the sale of such beer be dis missed. Inaugurate Tenth President. Rio Janeiro. —Dr. Epitacio Pessoa was inaugurated tenth president of Brazil in the Senate chamber at Rio Janeiro. The ceremony was simple, but impressive. The chamber was filled with senators and members of the Chamber of Deputies. The entire dip lomatic corps, including special ambas sadors representing the United States and several South American countries, were seated in tribunals. To Investigate Smuggling. Washington. Chairman Johnston of the House immigration committee has introduced a resolution proposing a visit of the committee to the Pacific coast and the Mexican and Canadian borders to study immigration ques tions, particularly the smuggling of aliens into the country. Aviator Is Killed. Mineola, N. Y. —Second Lieut. Ste phen B. Johnston of Uvalde, Texas, a pilot, was killed, and Lieut. Amos C. Payne, an observer, was slightly in jured at Hazelhurst field when their airplane fell 200 feet as they attempted to make a landing. Japs Will Withdraw. Washington. —Katsuji Debuchi, coun selor and charge d’affaires of the Jap anese embassy, said that Japan will withdraw from Shantung every Japan ese soldier and restore to China her sovereignty over the leased territory of Kiao Chau. 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