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Advertising is tho Ufa of Trade talk through Tht Bee to your eas terners, your competitor' custom", yonr possible customers. THE WEATHER. Cloudy VOL. XLUJ-XO. 208. OMAHA. FJUDAY MORNING, MAHHI 27, 1914 TWELVTj PAGKK. On Trans and at Hotel ITewa Stands, fie SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS. The HELD MARSHAL SIR JOHN FRENCH QUITS THE BRITISH ARMY Chief of Imperial Guards' General 1a Staff Resigns Commission Be cause of Ulster Row. HE SIGNED THE GUARANTEE Regards Repudiation of It by Cab inet as Personal Slight. OTHER RESIGNATIONS COMING Adjutant General Ewart Also Ex- ARMY WILL RENEW CONFLICT Officer of ItcKlmcntH In Irelnml Who Withdrew Itcfllgnnt Inn 1VIII This Time Resign In Knrncat. LONDON, March 26.-Field Marshal Sir John French, chlof of the Imperial gen-, eral staff of tho British army, resigned his commission today. Tho field marshal who was 'ono of the signatories of the memorandum to Brig adier General Hubert Cough giving guar tees to the army officers that they would not be ordered to fight the Ulster union ists, regarded tho repudiation of the doc ument by the government as a slight on hlmbelf. For this leason ho resigned. A question was asked at the opening of the House of Commons regarding the resignations. Mr. Lloyd George replied I In tho absence of the premier, who hart cone to Buckingham palace to see King yGoorsc. The reply ot Hr. Lloyd George was l taken generally by members as a con- had tendered their resignations. One Ewart also has resigned. Officer Will neslirn Asnln. It Is now asserted that as soon as tho government formally withdraws tho guarantees given by Colonel Seely, secretary for war, the officers will again resign their commissions as one of them said, "this time In earnest." There Is also to be settled the ques tion of what the army council will do. Brigadier General Gough, commander of the Third Cavalry brigade, In an Inter view, said: "If Premier Asqulth withdraws the .guarantees, ho will have to throw over the army council and tho government will be faced with disruption of the army." The Liberal press in tho provinces, while endorsing what Premier Asqulth has already done, Insists that he must go farther and actually withdraw the guar antees glVen to the officers. These news papers say the premier must make It plain to all,' officers' -ot the.- army, ana xiavy that they must under all circum stances obey the orders given them. . Many, liberals think. Premier Asqulth should have accepted the resignation of Colonel Seely, for he always has been euspected of being really mora unionist than liberal In his sympathies. Tho Liverpool Post, a liberal newspaper, cays that June Is given as the latest date for a general election. It Intimates that as o result of the Intervention of King Gcorgs an agreement has been reached by the unionists and the liberals under the terms ot which the home rule bill and the Welsh disestablishment bill shall be passed with the understanding that a eeneral election shall follow. "Tho only thing not absolutely settled In the agreement between the parties," eays the newspaper, "was whether the plural voting bill also should be passed. ,Tho differences In regard to this latter bill are likely to be surmounted, how ever." Women of Bay State May Be Given Vote BOSTON, March 26.-Woman suffrage !von a victory hero today when the house concurred with the senate In adopting a resolution which proposes an amendement to the constitution, in which the word "male" would be stricken from the pro- Vision describing the qualifications of a voter. The vote was 164 to S3. The Weather Forecast till 7 p. m. Friday: For Omaha, Council Bluffs and Vicinity -Unsettled; colder. Temperature in o.-tsiTja Vvsterday. Hours. Deg. iiC-- v . . 6 a. m SI IVto. . I I 1 n. m " SS ,-3 0 a. in 35 Z Sa, m.. 33 Ej in n m nr. T 11 a. in S6 f 12 m 40 ' 1 n m iVi L- f. ... 2 p. ni 42 E P. m 45 T) P. m 47 u Bp, m 8 6 P. hi 47 p. m 44 S P. m 43 Comparative Locul He cord. , 1014. 191i Ml?. 191! Highest yesterday 4S 23 43 1 lowest yesterday 33 14 3 2 24 Mean temperature 40 IS 38 42 Precipitation (Xj T .00 .23 Temperature and precipitation depar tures from the normal: Nurinul trmpernturf 41 Peflicency for tho day 1 Total excess since 11 arch 1 , 32 Normal precipitation , .03 inch Excess or def. for the day 00 Inch Total rainfall since March 1 22 lnoh Deficiency since March 1 f 6 Inch Excess for cor. period, 1913.... 1.91 Inches "Excess for cor, period, 1912..., 1.30 Inches ilrpnrtn from Station nt T 1. M. Station and State Temp. High- Rain of Weather. 7 p.m. eat. fall Cheyenne, pt. cloudy 46 48 ,00 Denver, clear.. .... 54 SI .00 lies Moinoa, cloudy 48 (4 .23 Dodge City, clear 41 a .00 Lander, cloudy 60 M .CO North Platte, clear 44 60 .00 Omaha, clear 44 48 .03 Pueblo, pt. cloudy 54 tt .00 Rapid Nlty. clear S2 40 .00 Halt Luke City, cloudy.. 52 (2 .04 Eonta Fe, pt. cloudy 54 ES .00 Sheridan, cloudy 34 31 .00 Kloux City, clear 40 44 .00 Valentine, pt cloudy 32 34 .CO T indicates trace of precipitation. LAV. ELSli, Local Forecaster or. GREAT FIRE IN SIOUX CITY Quarter Block Burns, Causing Loss of Four Hundred Thousand. TWO FIREMEN ARE KILLED Three Mon Trapped In Frank Hotel Jump Safely Into Life Nets Two Firemen Sllghtly Injured. SIOUX CITT, la., March !6.-Two fire men were killed and three Injured and between $300,000 and 1100,000 damage done In n fire which swept the quarter block at the southeast corner ot Fourth and Nebraska streets, the heart of the busi ness district, early this morning. The losses are: Moore Clothing com pany, $76,000; fully Insured. Anderson Furniture company, $75,000; insurance $42,uOu. Most all of the small losses nre covered by Insurance. The dead are: FHANIC FULTON, plpeman, Company No. 1. SEELY LA WTO N, driver for Flro Chief Kellogg. The injured firemen are: Ed Hotht, captain hose company No. 3. Kenneth B. Gantt, pipeman hose com pany No. 6. Captain William Doyle, plpeman hose eompany No. 2. Tho men were not seriously hurt. The blaze broke out In a five-story building occupied by tho Anderson Furni ture company. Tho firemen were fighting the. flames from Fourth street when the wall fell and two ot them were caught under It and killed. It was nearly two hours before the men were missed by their comrades. Men Cnught In Life Not. Tho flames rapidly swept through the Anderson building and communicated to the Frank hotel adjoining. Occupants In the hotel wero warned and most of them escaped by tho stairways. Throe men In tho hotel wore cut off by the flames. They wero forced to leap for their lives. They were caught in nets by the firemen and were uninjured. Tho flames swept through the hotel on ono side and on the other side of the Anderson building communicated to tho three-story building on tho corner occu pied by the Moore Clothing company. Thrilling escape from the third floor of the corner building, over the Moore clothing store and the Central bank, was made by several men and women who leaped into life nets. Fire nt Kathcrrllle. ESTHER VI LLE, la., March 2G.-Tho explosion of a lantern In a livery barn in the heart of tho downtown section of Estborvillo today caused a fire which wiped out nearly nn entlro block of busi ness houses and entailed a loss of $160,000, about half covered by Insurance. The fire started at 4 a. m. and It burned so rapidly that a three-story brick build ing and several smaller structures wero completely destroyed. The nowspaper plant of the Estlberville Enterprise was completely destroyed, tho loss being estimated at about $10,000. The dry goods stock of L. M. Chrlstlanson, valued at $5,000, was a total loss. Two Ardent Workers for Votes for Women Are Wives of Aliens GREENWICH, Conn., March 26,-Mrs. Ernest Thompson Seton and Mrs. Her man Paul!, suffrage leaders, after yearB of work for the suffrage cause have dis covered that even if the women of Con necticut should receive tho rlgth to vote, they individually could neither voto nor hold office. Both married' foreigners, who never' have become naturalized American citizens. Ernest Thompson Seton, author and naturalist, has lived in this country many years, but never has made an effort to become a citizen. Ho was born In Eng land. Mrs. Seton, a native of California, was married to Mr. Seton In 1896. Accord ing to law she must be considered ot the same nationality as her husband. Only re cently upon her return from abroad she discovered that she was nominally an alien, subject to the immigration laws and liable to a head tax. Mrs. Herman Paul!, pho Is press agent for the suffragists in this section. Is a native of Colorado, and has even exer cised the franchise In that state. Her marriage to Mr. Paull, an Importer of New York City, made her an alien, as Mr. Paull never was naturalized. Trinidad Business Man Fatally Slugged TRINIDAD, Colo.. March . William M Williams, 65, pioneer lumber dealer and a former director of the Trinidad Chamber ot Commerce, was found in his office early today, unconscious from an assault supposed to have been committed laBt evening. He was taken to a hospital, where he was reported to be In a critical condition. His skull was fractured and he sustained other injuries. The authorities said today that they were investigating the case on the theory that the assault was the deed of parlies In some way connected with the coal miners' strike. Williams, last Friday, signed a state ment, with other business men, indors ing the policy of Governor E. M. Am nions In sending state troops into the strike zone and urging him to keep the militia on duty. That the assault may have been com mitted tor the purpose of robbery was suggested by A. E. Messer. business partner of the Injured man, who said he found that $25 in bills which were In the cash drawer last night was taken and that a nickel was found on the floor, apparently dropped by tho assailants of Williams. The pockets of the Injured man are declared by Mceser to have been turned Inside out. Three Killed in Auto Wreck Near Dallas DALLAS, Tex., March 26. Three per sona were killed and throo were seriously Injured today when an automobile swerved from the road and plunged forty feet Into a ravine. Dr. Samuel P. Tip ton, driver ot the car, and Mrs. Katie M. Loving and her son were crushed to death. Two women and a man were the otner occupants of the car, All were residents of Dallas RULE LIMITING DEBATE ON SIMS BILL OFFERED Measure Obstructed in House. Motions, Roll Calls and-ft Agencies of a mm FILIBUSTER IS TlPgBKTED Opponents of Administration Use All Efforts to Block. PRESIDENT RESTATES POSITION Tells Callers South American Press with Europe. FOREIGNERS' ATTITUDE ISSUE Executive Amierts He la AkltiK No Jinn ti Itevrrne Ills Opinion, lint Merely to Correct n Situation. WASHINGTON, March 16. A rule to limit debate on tho Panama canal tolls exemption repeal bill to twenty hours was presented to the house at 4 e'clock this afternoon. Adjournment was taken be fore a vote could be reached on tho rule. The bill was obstructed In the house today by a parliamentary situation, rich In motions, roll calls, demands for a quorum and nil tho agencies of delay at tho command of Its opponents. Just when tho rules committee had agreed on an arrangement to parcel out twenty hours for debato between the con tending factions and the first skirmish of the fight was about to start, a new stumbling block a conference report on tho urgent deficiency bill was Inserted. A threatened filibuster on that prolonged tho situation. A Asurnnccs for Wllion. The administration supporters, chat lng ot the delays, got their forces Into position to take advantage of every tactical opportunity; the opponents drew on all their resources to hamper tho measure. President Wilson, confident of the suc cess of tho fight, received reports of the situation at tho White House. lead ers assured him a safe majority would carry the repeal. . Tho negate began its own debato with a speech by Senator Owen. Senator Lewis introduced resolution for equal tolls for all. Representative Klndcl ot Colorado spoko on his controvery with the Postofflco de partment over the franking privilege. President Ilentntcn Position. The president told callers that the South American press had joined the opposition ot European countries and re garded the Panama canal act as a viola tion of a treaty. Mr. Wilson pointed out that, perhaps, there was a mistaken Im prcsslon in congress as to his reason for desiring the repeal. He emphasized that it was, not his own oplnlonajone that (l mlstaxtm economic policy ana a nrcacn of treaty was Involved, but it was a uni versal opinion tnat an International situa tion needed correction. Mr. Wilson told his callers that he was asking no man to reverse his opinion, but merely to correct a situation. He foela that those who base their opposi tion entirely on the question of whether there was a breach of treaty, do not realize that their own opinions are not the main point Involved. The chief Is sue, he pointed out, was the attitude taken by the foreign governments and just so long as they considered that tho United States was violating a promise it would be difficult to make any mora treaties with them. Mr. Wilson said that congressmen were not being called on to compromise their attitude, because the necessity for a repeal was based on con sideration which was not in their minds when the original action was taken. The president denied that he had oven seen any document alleging that the British government would not oppose a tolls exemption If confined "exclusively" to coastwise shipping. Rumor of Sinking of Ship is Discredited by the Company HONOLULU, March 26. The InterUnd steamship Maul, reported to have gone down lost night with all hands after an explosion, reported today from Kaul by .wireless that she had arrived there safely, after an uneventful voyage. Representatives of the Interlsland Steam Navigation company, owner of the Maul, discredit the alleged statement of soldiers at Fort Kamehamena that they aw the ship blow up and sink. It Is be lieved tho vessel will arrlvo safely at Kauai", its destination. The Maul left this port late yesterday, cnrrylng a cargo, which Included a large quantity of explosives. When the report of the ship's destruc tion was rocelved every available tug nnd launch. Including the naval tug Intrepid, put to sea. The Maul has aboard about forty men, Including the crew and a number ot Hawaiian laborers. 'FRISCO LONG ON BACHELORS, SHORT ON CHILDREN SAN FRANCISCO, March 20. Next to Newport, R. I., San Francisco has more bachelors than any other city in the coun try. A report to be made public soon by the Association of Collegiate Alumnae School Survey Class, which has been In vestigating Ban Francisco's schools, esti mates the percentage of unmarried rn,en here between 25 and 45 years of age at 46.5. Newport's percentage Is a trifle higher. The report will also say that San Francisco has a smaller number ot school children than any other American olty of Its population. TWIN BABIES DRINK GIN WHILE PLAYING DOCTOR FRANKLIN, Mass., March 24,-As the result of playing "doctor" while their another was ill. the 4-year-old twins of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard McCahlll are dead from drinking the contents ot a bottle of gin. One, Joseph, died yesterday. The death ot the other, Margaret, occurred tods" The Drawn for Tho Bee by Powell. LOCAL INDUSTRY ENJOINED Restraining Order Asked Against Suits in Distant Counties. FOUR SUITS ARE STARTED Court I Asked to Stop Prosecution ot Actions In Fnr-Anay Courts Conntltutlonnllty of Stat ute Is (lumttoncd. The thriving local industry of bringing contingent fee damage suits in distant counties against Omaha saloon keepers Is threatened with a new1 obstacle. Attacks from two angles on the law under which this Industry has been built up by in genious lawyers who socuro service on agents ot the bonding companies In re mote towns wero made In district court by Attorneys Sullivan and Ratt, repre senting several saloon keepers and their bonding companies. In four suits tho court Is asked to pro hibit by Injunction as many plaintiffs from prosecuting actions in faraway courts, and an answer In a suit pending hero questions the constitutionality ot the s'tatute. Dozens of damage suits pending in various parts ot tho state will be affected, It Is said, by the test cases. Call I.nw Unconstitutional. The statute on which Mrs. Llbble Leo based her cause of action against Fred A. Quade and tho Illinois Surety company Is unconstitutional, It Is alleged, on the ground that It violates the federal con stitutional guaranty of due process of law and the Nebraska constitution prohibiting special legislation. Mrs. Lee brought suit for damages al leged resulting from tho salo of liquor to a member of her family. The petitions In tho injunction cases concede that serving on bonding com panies' agents in foreign counties Is suf ficient to give the outside courts juris diction in the cases, but allege that such procedure Is "neodlessly harsh, oppressive and vexatious; is a gross misuse of legal process and Is Intended to cow, overawe and intimidate plaintiffs and force them to pay largo sums which they ato under no legal or equitable obligation to pay." It is charged that the bringing of suits In counties hundreds of miles distant compels liquor dealers to pay the sums demanded or to go to largo expense to try the casos. One of the damage suits Involved In tho Injunction cases was brought In Kim ball county, whose court Is located in the town of Kimball, which has 454 Inhabi tants. Another was brought In Custer nnd two others In Merrick county. Fifteen Hurt in Wreck in Arkansas FORT SMITH, Ark., March 26. FJfteon persons are reported Injured In a head-on collsslon today between St. Louis & San Francisco railroad passenger train No. 5, southbound, and a northbound local passenger train at Maney, sixty-five miles west ot Fort Smith. At the local office of the railroad company it was said none was killed. The National Capital Thursday, March 20, 1014. The senate. Met at noon. Senator Owen spoke In suPDort of TeDeal pt the Panama tolls exemption. Representatives of prison contractors told the Interstate commerce committee the Hughes bill to restrict the traffic In prison products was unconstitutional. The House, Rivers and harbors bill was hurried to completion. Leaders agreed to twenty hours' de bate on the Sims bill to repeal the Pan ama tolls exemption. Public lands committee heard suDDortsra of the bill to open oil and mineral lands of the public domain by- a leasing system. judiciary committee neara wiinajn 11. Ingersoll of New York speak In favor of a proposition In the trusts bill to permit manufacturers to tlx retail prices. Goal of Watchful Waiting 1924 Proposal to Use War Ships to Carry Mails to South America WASHINGTON, March 26. With a view of developing communication between tho Unltcl States and South America, Sen ator Weeks, republican, of Massachusetts today Introduced a resolution requesting the secretary of the navy to prepare n plan for establishing a line ot naval cruisers to carry passengers, freight and mall between Now York-, 1 New Orleans and Valparaiso, Chile, and intermediate firtn, The resolution' 'designates us trie ships to be Utilized for such serVico th'b Hiu.aern Columbia and Minneapolis, and the scout cruisers' ' Salem, 'Chester and Birmingham. ' "At prcsont South American malls am sent at lonir and sometimes lrreguTar Jn tervals and all American malls so the equator arc carried on vessels sail lng under a foreign flag," said Senator Weeks, explaining his resolution . "The service Is slow and this, It maybe eaijly assumed, militates against the development of our trade with Soutn America. If, later on, private capital un dertaken a line over this route, I should bo Inclined to withdraw the government line. "Wo are In tho position of having spent $400,000,00) in tho building ot a cunal, one of the reasons for doing so being that It should aid In extension of our foreign trade, but as far as I know thero aro no American steamers prepared to undertake this service," Senator Weeks' proposal Interested many southern and Paclflo coast senators and there was animated discussion In which no opposition appeared. Pineapple Juice Importers Charged With Swindling NEW YORK, March 26,-Two suits ag gregating $680,560 were filed In tho fed eral court hero today against the J, H. Johnson company, dealers In pineapple juice, on behalf of the government. The actions were Instituted under the revenue laws and allege mlsclassttlcatlon and undervaluation of juice imported from the Inland ot assau, whore the company has a plantation and canning plant. It Is alleged that since 1898 tho company has been importing pineapple Juice, which Is dutiable at 70 cents a gallon, as plneapplo preserved In its own juice, which Is dutia ble at the lower rate of 20 per cent ad valorem. Profit in Smuggling Opium is Large SAN FRANCISCO, Cat., March 20.-AS-slstant United States Attorney Thomas H. Selvage estimated today that $10,000 was cleaned Up by the sixteen customs guards and others charged with con spiracy in opium smuggling. Eleven ot this number aro now on trial In the fed eral court hare, five having entered pleas of guilty. Two of those that confessed their guilt testified on the witness stand yesterday that they had each made from $2,000 to $3,000, or even more, as their share of the smuggling profits. INSTRUCTION CAMP FOR MILITIA MEDICAL OFFICERS FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan.. March 26. (Special.) A camp of Instructions for medical officers of the militia of Kan sas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska and Arkansas, will be held here. May 17 to 23. There will be seventy-five officers and sixty-five noncommissioned officers to attend the camp. It will be the first camp held solely for Instructions of the medical personnel of the organized mllltla. Medical officers of the regular army will act as Instructors, MAILS SHOWJIG INCREASE Indications Are Forty Per Cent More Handled Than in 1010. MORE MONEY FOR RAILROADS Parcel Post Adda to the Tonnnse Government Officials Say Thero Is ?fo Chnnee to Pad the WelBh. The first tabulation ot weights ot tho quadrennial weighing ot mall In this dis trict, has beei received by C. M. Reed, superintendent of the railway mall service her, The Union Pacific, which carries the heaviest malls out of Omaha, under tho terms or tho weights ot 1916, received $1,MiO.000 ddrlng the fiscal year ot 1913-14 and tho preliminary results of tho wolgh- mK.j which started on February 18 and. iicoiuinue ror it nays iroin tnat umo, show that an Increase of nearly 40 per cent has been made In the weight ot mall handled over that line since the weighing ot mo. The contracts for tho transportation Ot malls over railroad linos west of tho Missouri river, which are Included In the district now being weighed, amount to nearly $18,000,000 a year and the addi tion of tho parcel post business will likely bring the total amount well above that figure for the next four years. The heaviest run of mall for a single day ovor tho Union Pacific lines west out of Omaha during tho present weighing was on March 14, when 339,2Wi pounds of outgoing mall and K.W pounds of Incom ing mall was handled In twenty-four hours, or a total of nearly 20J tons or mall, (lift- Tolnl for Week. The total for tho wcok ending March 17 showed a total of 1,037,621 pounds ot outgoing malt and 220,000 pounds of In coining malls handled over tho Union Pa clflo lines west of Omaha. "Tho system of weighing and checking employed by the government during tho quadrennial weighing of the malls makes It next to impossible for the railroads or allied corporations to pad the malls," said Superintendent Reed. "There have been many stories told about padding the mails during weighing periods, but thero are really only a few Isolated cases. There havo been some prosecutions for this, but the dlfferenco In the grading of tho contracts, makes it not profitable for the railroad to try to Pad the malls, even if thev wer nhl in do so. There Is no danger of the bigger roaas padding tho mail, for we would detect any effort of that kind at once. Most of the stories told about paddlm; tho malls durlnir the weighing period aro fairy talcs, without any real foundation." Comparative exact welchta fnr thU ,11. vision are not obtainable hero this year, because In 1910, at tho last weighing, th's was part ot the Chicago division, and tho computations of weights were not mado for this district alone. To Show II I ii Increase. In 1910, the weights of the western di vision showed an Increase of 31 per cent over thoso of IMS, und U .Is estimated by officials here that tho weights of 1914 will show an Increase of 40 per cent over those or 1910. The payment to the rail roads is based on tho welsht. nlus tlm distance, or the ton mile, tho rate per ton diminishing as the total welaht In. creases. Tho Union Pacific receives, under the 1911 contract, annroxlmatelv B.i conts per ton per mile for the carriage of the malls, since that total falls within tho highest total weights, at the lowest rat paid for the transportation of the malls. rno contracts range from $42.70 ner mile of track on lines handling less than 200 pounds of mail dally, down to 1194 nor ton per mile of track on lines handling- more than 45,000 pounds ot mall dally. Idle Chief Conrloted, SACRAMENTO, Cal March 35.-E.d-ward "RoughnecK" Teesdale, first of the "unemployed annv" leaders arrn.iH h.M on charges or vagrancy during the riots three weeks ago to face trial, was con victed by a jury. Teesdale will be sen tenced tomorrow, REPORTED DEFEAT OF VILLA CONFIRMED IN WIRE TO MEXICO CITY War Office Receives Dispatch Giv ing Kebel Killed at Seven Hundred. Men. INSURGENTS AT BERMEJILLO jRevoltos Said to Bo Retreating .twenty Miles from Torreon. PIEDRAS NEGRAS HEARS SAME Feds at Border City Say Advices of Foes Defeat Received. CHA0 GETS CHEERFUL NEWS Conotltutlonnlliit Chief Tcletrrnplin He linn Gomes pnlnclo nnd Will Take Torreon liy ftnturdny. MEXICO CITY, March 2S.-Conflrma- tlon of the reported defeat of General Villa's army at Torreon by federal forces under General Velnsco was given in a message recclbed at tho Mexican war of rico at noon today. The rebel losses are placed at 7W men killed. The rebels are said to be retreating at Ucrmojlllo, a town on tho railroad twenty miles north or Torreon. At the war oKlce It was said that the message was sent from San Pedro de Las Colonlas, a town thlrty-soben miles northeast of tho battlefield, and was filed by a federal officer. It was tho first dispatch to conic through from tho fighting zone. Ilrcelve official Advices. RAGLE PASS, Tex., March SU.-Fedoral officials nt Plcdras Negras, Mexico, oppo site Eagle Pass, today announced they had received official advices ot the de feat of General Villa's forces nt Gomcr Pnlnclo, a suburb of Torreon. Notices were posted In Plcdras Negras declaring Goneral Villa had been repulsed "with a loss of 2,0iYl killed and wounded" and that the rebels were "retreating to ward Escalon," 100 miles northwest ot Torreon. Cnnfllctlnir Ilrpnrt. EL PASO, Tex., March 2. Confllctlns reports today left the situation at Oomcr Palaclo nnd Torreon a matter of con jecture. General Villa telegraphed to Manuel Chno at Juaroz that he had been In possession of Gomes' Palaclo since morning and predicted that the rebels would havo Torreon not later than Sat urday. On the other hand, Miguel Die bold ot President Hucrta's consular serv ice exhibited telegrams declaring that thp rebels had been repulsed at all points. Dlobold alleged tiot when at first the rebels thought they had-fjomt Tahtclo they were the. victims of a trap as the result of which tltey lost heavily in dead and wounded, not to mention the loss ot 600 prisoners. Il(reat a Feint. Tho federal retreat, he raid, was a feint to draw the rebels over 127 dynamite mines, which, ho said, wore exploded under the Invaders, with the result men tioned. General Villa's telegram, as given out by General Chao, asserted that the rebc'l woro still maintaining a ' base at Kl Vcrjcl, five miles from Gomes Palaclo, while the railroad lino between the two places was being repaired. He added that tho federals had at tempted to evacuate Torreon through hills to the south, but wero driven back Into tho cltv. VI I In Confident. Ocnoral Villa Is Bald by Chao to have asserted that for the twenty-four hours preceding hi taking of Gomes Palaclo tho battle was confined mostly to artil lery practice. Today General Villa Is quoted as saying that tils men were mov ing Into positions for tho attack on Tor reon proper, and he believed the federals would be In no position to wlthstund an assault after the bombardment which the rebels have in storo for them. Observers of tho situation here believe that they havo boen misled so ofton in the last ten days by so-called official re ports of both sides that neither official Utterance was Impressive. More Impor tance was attached to the renewed em bargo which has prevented newspaper correspondents at the front from sending Impartial stories of events under their observation, rr "Hit the line hard"-T. R. It doesn't matter whether you're for. or against Theodore Ivoosevelt. Politics has no place In these friendly talks on ad vertising. But It was our strenuous President who, while addressing r graduating claaa at one of the great universities In the East, said In effect: "When you have something to do, a duty to perform or a line of action to pursue, don't hesitate, don't procrastinate or falter but hit the line hard." That Is sound advice. It Is quoted here to inspire those reudorB of The Bee who may hesitate and falter in their duty to themselves by neglect ing the many opportunities and the broad field of information constantly placed before them in The Beo's advertisements. The reading of advertisements is a duty that ought not to be neglected or slighted. Men and women who do things worth while know what it means to "hit the line hard." They know what it means to succeed. Fifteen minutes a day devoted to the pleasant and profitable duty of advertisement reading will make a better man or wo man out of any reader of The uee.