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VOL. XLU-XO. 207.
OMAHA, THURSDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 2G, 1914 TWELVE PAGES.
On Train and at
Hotel Ifawa Stand, So.
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
SKIDS UNDER CHINESE
WILL TALK CONCRETE ROADS AT
COMMERCIAL CLUB TODAY.
DEALERS FLOCK TD
ANNUAL AUTO SHOW
TO. BUY MACHINES
Agents Congregate to Swap Remi
Throwing Out a Plumb Line
ATTEMPT MADE TO
DYNAMITE SAFE IN
IN MEXICAN VILLAGE
) t j t i il r
Four Masked Men Drill Holes in Door
Hills Out of Cananea When Fe
male Scrubbers Aroused.
of Vault and Explode
niscences at Dealers Night at.
T f WELCOME, BROTHER A
wMmz-l PLUMBER ! I THINK J mM$
J I HAVE STOPPED fm t
FEDERALS SLAY U. S. RANCHER
Reports of American Citizen Kid
naped and Hanged Confirmed.
VILLA'S PROPOSAL ACCEPTED
Body of Benton to Be Examined in
BRITISH CONSUL TO ATTEND
Ilody Will Bp Kxhttmetl In Prrncnre
of Amerlrnn Army Snrjtcon nmt
Officers Detailed by Major
NOGALKS, Sonora, Feb. 15. The antl
Chlnese riots In Cananca, Sonora, yester
day, grew out ot a washerwoman's
war, according to Information resolved
here by Mexican officials.
The Woman's Protective league of
Cananea, recently organized by. women
who earned their living at the washboard,
Is said to have been responsible for the
attack on the Chinese, who were accused
of ursurptng the women's employment.
Women took the lead In the rioting.
which resulted In the flight to the hills
of virtually all of Cananea.'s Chinese
laundrymen, and many of the Oriental
restaurant keepers and common laborers.
I The majority ot the Chinese returned to
Cananea today, after a night of terror In
Federal Kill American.
LAREDO, Tex., Feb. 2o.-Offlclal con
firmation of the hanging ot Clcmcnte
Vcrgariw American citizen, by Mexican
federals, near Hidalgo, Mex.. was re-
nnfi'ul tn.li... TTnltuI Ctn.Aa PrtXOlll
Mil lu .vun u j v. in ivu - 1.1 vv . vuiiui
1 Garrett at N.uevo Laredo. Tho report said
i Vergara's body Is still hanging three
V miles from Hidalgo, Consul Garrett lm
N mediately left for tho scene.
Vergara was a rancher of Webb county,
Tex. He used an Island In the TMo
Grande as pasture. Vergara. complained
that Mexican federals were stealing his
horses and a small detachment of Texas
rangers were sent to his ranch.
On February 15, Mexicans appeared on
tho Island and called Vergara there,
ostensibly to pay him for the horses.
When he reached the Island, according
to reports, he was struck In the back of
the head by the soldiers, carried Into, the
Interior pf Mexico and hanged.
Villa' Proposal Accepted.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23,-Ooiicrol VII
la's proposal ..for an Amerlran examine-,
tlou Of the ' body" of William S. kenton,
the""Engllh ranchman he "executed 'tit
Juarc without ' herrrilttfng ts removal
from iylcxlco, has been i accepted by this
government, without waiving, howcveri
any .further movement to demand Its do
livery on American soil.
TVitii. rtiicni t,.i n.w..i., i
was today ordered, to proceel to Kl Paso !
at once, where he Is expected to arrive
tomorrow to go to 'the grave In Juarez
with a delegation of Americans, Major
General Scott, comhiandlng the Vnttcd
States troops there, will detail nn Amer
ican anriy surgeon and any other officers
to accompany the British consul. A mem
ber ot Benton'a family will be taken with
3Tay Send CaTalry for Holly.
Discussing possibilities, some officials
here said there was really no legtil ob
stacle to.Brlgldler General Bliss selullns
a force or American cavalrymen from the
border patrol to recover Benton's body i(
It can bo located. That such would bo an
act of war, which must first bo authorized
by cojigress was denied by such officials.
They pointed to President Wilson's
declaration thnt th. u 'nt n,ni
government In Mexico. Such a condition
they say would Justify such action, some
what similar to that taken In China dur
ing tho Boxer uprising when a large In
ternational force entered the country
without any declaration of war. Such n
course will be one of last resort,, but Its
legality was held to be beyond question.
EmlMnrlen Go to See Villa.
As a result of a' conference two rebel
officials have left' Juarez for Chihuahua.
Cabrera's representations will be pIuccJ
before Vlllat If plans do not miscarry.
It Is hoped that, ho will be convinced that
his seeming policy ot evasion Is a mis
That course has been decided on pend-
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Coiuparattre Louul Record.
1914. 1915. 1312 .Xll
iJbhest yesterday 31 27 33 44
lowest Yesterday 12 hi 33
Mean temperature ..... 30 20 24 38
Precipitation OCT T. .44 .00
, Temperature snd precipitation depar-
I tures from the normal;
Normal temperature 27
V Deficiency for the day '. "
V Total excess since March 1 1170
Normal precipitation 02 Inch
Deficiency for the day ,. .02 Inch
Total rainfall klnce March 1.... 23.13 Inches
DeflcJencer fclnce March 1 4.1S Inches
X)eflclcncy for cor. period, 1913.. 4.37 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period. 1312..U.75 Inches
Ileporl from Station al 7 I'. M.
Etation and State Temp. High- Rain-
of Weather 7 p. i. est. fall
Davenport, clear 2S 32 .00
Des Moines, clear J 30 .no
Dodge City, cloudy 42 10 .J
North Platte. Cloudy 36 10 .01
Omaha, clear 31 20 90
Rapid Cltd. cloudy .41 44 .K)
Mneriaan, rain ; . .ii
Sioux City party cloudy.. 32 H .00
Valentine, cloudy 40 ! .00
"Indicates trace ot precipitation.
U A. WEM3H, Ia)cbi Forecaster.
lewis JR. Ferguson.
White Slave Charge
is Pure Blackmail
S.iN FRANCfSCO, Cal., Feu jfi.J.
Parker Whitney, millionaire clubman, ac
cused In a warrant of violation nt the
Maun white slavo law, was arrested early
today on his ranch In Riacer county. His
bond has already been tentatively fixed,
110,000, and ho was allowed to remain, in
charge of the arresting officer, on th-j
ranch for the remainder of the night.
George Burifiiatn, .chief deputy marshal
of San Francisco, who served the war
rant, will take Whitney to Sacramento
today for oflclal approval of tho amount
Whitney asked for particulars when ar
rested, and was told that he was specific
ally charged with having transported
Genevieve Hnnnan from New York to
San Francisco for Immoral purposes. He
"I have been expecting this trouble for
some time and I am glad things have
ronie to a climax. It Is simply a case of
John W. PrcBton, United States dis
trict attorney Issued the warrant yester
day, after the case had been' placed In
the hauds ot tho grand. Jury, which will
continue Its Inquiry Friday. ' ,- , '
Bearlntr out Whitney's statement last
night that he had expected trouble of this j
. : j 1'j it-. ,frS?I'l
or,i,jt was learncu-' ; pqny -.mai riv
Thursday ho, called oh. Chlfrf .White ot
tlib-;pollco department wllh a conlplalnt
that Miss liannnn 'Was endeavoring to
With the complaint Whitney submitted
documentary evidence in the design ot
xK that Miss Hftnnan was a woman
of loose life and had been a part of the
Lon Angeles underworld. Chief White re
plied that If Whitney's statements could
be sustained he wbuld warn Miss Itannan
to leavo town. He detailed a detective to
the case, but when' the detective reported
that the woman already had left town,
the police department dropped It.
Becker Says He Will
Find Real Slayer of
OSSIN1NG, N. V., Feb. Co. As soon as
Charles Becker gets out of prison he will
devote all his energies, he says, to run-
' nlng down the men tyho arc responsible
for the murder of Herman Rosenthal; The
former' New York police lieutenant, who
was granted a new trial yeBterday for
the Rosenthal mujder, declared today
that he could furnish Information that
would bring the real culprits to Justice.
"After I have done that," said Becker,
"I shall be willing to go back to the po
lice department If they 'want me. It
they Mon't, J will enter' some -other lino
"The fou.r gun men are terribly down
hearted today because they, too, were not
granted a new trial. They thought their
case was tied up with mine.
"The four men who got Immunity from
the district attorney for swearing away
my life may yet be arrested for the mur
der ot Rosenthal. 1 think that Harry
Vallon Is the man who fired the fatal
shots. That's tho reason ,he got drunk
beforo the killing. He wanted to get his
neryo UP for the deed." , , .
Becker was In high spirits today. He
burst Into a torrent of reminiscences.
promises, threats and " self-congratula
Body of Teller Lies
m State at Denver
DENVER, Feb. a. Denver and Colo
rado paid tribute to the late Henry M.
Teller, former secretary of the Interlorl
and for thirty years Unltrd States sen
ator, today. For three hours friends and
admirers In .all walks .of life filed through
th iritiindi of the state canttol nast the
bier lor a last look at the face of tho
Teller was the first grand commander ot
Colorado, watched at the bier.
The public tribute at the capltol contin
ued from to 10 to J o'clock today. Private
funeral services will be held Thursday
afternoon at the home of Mrs. G. E.
Tyler, a daughter, followed by tho
Masonic burial ceremonies In charge tf
the grand lodge of Colorado.
CAPPER IS CANDIDATE
FOR GOVERNOR OF KANSAS
TOPEKA. .Kan.. Feb. 25. -Arthur Cap
per of Topeka today announced his can
didacy for the republican nomination for
governor of Kansas. There ar now
Dier lor i lain mjuiw at ii, iaic ui mv j
deceased. A guard ot honor composed of j NKW v0RIC, Feb, 25.-Col!ectors of In
Knlghts Templar, of which order Senator i rnlil rp..,iup . f!rM..,. vw Vori, -1,
TELL STORIES OF FIRST
Many on Hand Who Have Wi
Development in Omal
MANY MACHINES AI
Powell Only Member of
ciation Still a Stockholder.
Arimlslnn Will lie Increased mill
JJvciiIiir I) reus Will Ho Prcvnlrnt,
AlthotiKlt It Will .Vat He 111
Any Way Required.
Wcdnosday night was dealers' night at
the ninth annunl automobile show. In
honor of tho 2,000 members of the trade
who nre In attendance tho night was set
aside for their special benefit by the di
rectors and every dealer was on hand
tho entire evening, happy In his clement.
The automobile men swarmed tip and
down the aisles, around tho display
spaces, sat In machines and had a good
time generally. Those who have at
tended nil tho automobllo shows held In
Omaha swapped reminiscences ot the
earlier shows, especially tho first show.
Comparisons were made between the
present show, which completely covers
every part of tho big Auditorium, with
tho first show, when but five dealers
combined and could barely borrow
enough cars from owners to fill the first
floor let -alone tho stage, tho basement
and the balcony corridors. Those who
had gone through the mill related in an
Interesting manner the evolution ot the
Omaha automobile show, tracing the Im
provements year by year. Clarke Pow
ell, manager of tho show, was much In
evidence, as Powell Is tho only man at
tho present show who was a member of
tho original ashoclatlon.
Hold Fannin Her.
Powell dug up old newspaper clippings
and photographs and sovcrnl of tho vis
iting dealers did likewise and they had
a great old time telling about It to tho
new and unsophisticated salesmen and
country dealers. Tho dealers were ex
ceedingly happy; It was their night and
they made the most of It, not one de
parting until it was time to . close up
. But the dealers never forgot their
business: not for a minute. Deal alter
" , , - . i
of Auto Thieves is
Broken Up by Police
NEW YORK, Feb. 23. With the arrest
of two men after the confession of a ;
third, the district attorney's office be
lieves that the headquarters of a band
of ' automobllo thieves whoso operations
were nation-wide, , has been broken up.
According to. the confession, the syndi
cate operated from Now York to San
Francisco, and from Chicago to New Or
leans. Charles Rudy, chauffeur, arrested Janu
ary 22, was accuaei) of receiving stolon
goods, and pleaded guilty yestorday be
fore Judge Swann, to whom ho told the
storyof an alleged syndicate of thieves
According to Rudy, four men working
for him would steal automobiles and then
he would store them In .various garages
throughout the city. Insurance companies
would be called upon to pay for tho
stolen automobiles and advertisements of
fering rowards would be answered by
Rudy, who admitted that he would re
turn the automobiles for tho reward, and
split the profits with the men who stole
for him, taking from $23 to $100 on each
automobile stolen. He said that If the
automobiles were uninsured he would
ship them to agents which he had in
each of the principal cities In the United
States. The agents in the other cities also
stole automobiles and shipped them to
New York for sale here, Rudy declared.
Men Replace Women
Stores Close Early
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23. -The new
model eight-hour law for women workcra
In the national capital went Into opera
tion to Jay with laundries and many other
service establishments threatening In
creases In charges to the public and moderate-priced
restaurants preparing lo rc
placo their girl waiters with men. De
partment stores prepared to comply wllh
Its terms by lengthening the lunch hour
and 5 o'clock closing.
Tho law provides that no woman under
IS years old shall be employed before 7
a. m.. rn after 6 p. m. ' . .
INCOME TAX OFFICE
IN NEW' YORK SWAMPED
, w, rccclvo tllQ iareest ncoino laxp8 of
any city In the country, ore. flntl!ng It dif
ficult to take caro of the rush of icturns
filed by persons whose Incomes place
them In tho taxable class.
With four days remaining In whloh the
returns may be made, tho collectors to
day estimated that between 45,000 and
40,000 taxable Incomes had been showed
In their districts, which. In uddltlon to
Greater New York, Include the counties
cf Nassau and Suffolk on Long Islund.
Eleven counties of northern New .Iery,
In which are Newark, Jersey City, Ho
boken, Paterson and Elizabeth, must
also be Included, because pcrtons living
In. them and doing business In New York
may file at the sourco of their Incomes.
r II C L N Vf V X V"l V iaiiiiiWaa9-f 'i g ii i i I
m, w j - mm jtmzmm y
TONIGHT r&YVUWk. ABXI k.SiS
-Drawn for The Bco by Powell.
FIND MRS, MEITZGER'S BODY
Union Pacific Section Man Makes
Discovery Near Bellcvue.
WANDERED AWAY ONCE BEFORE
About Tito Years Abo, In n Pierce
Snow Slnrm Woman WnlUed
Almlcvsly About anil Wi
flared by Dor.
Mrs. M. MoUger, aged TO years, who
wandered from her home at J71S r?ou.n
-Trwnty.firth street. SoutH OfflaKar, 'Ma -
. ,, j. .. wtt8 foUhd'ad by seC-
Hon men working on tho Union Paclfla
near tho Celery farm near Bellovite,
about a mile from Fort iCrook.
Mr. Mltzgor was last seen Sunday
afternoon by Mrs. Herman Angle at Thirty-sixth
and Washington streets; and In
view ,ot tho stormy condition of th
weather sho notified the south Omaha
police. About the- same time a call cams
In' from relatives of the' missing woman,
and a number of policemen Joined mem
bers of tho family In a search. Tho uat-ty
nt -ono time was within 100 feet of tho
spot whero Mrs. Meltrgcr's body was
About two years ago tho dead woman
started out on a blustery day Just as slvj
did Sunday, but At that time a, big St.
Bernard dog wns with her and .when sho
fell from exhaustion tho brute went back
home and attracted tho members of the
family, and through his atrango nntlcs
led them to the spot whero Mrs. Mcltzgcr
was found nearly frozen to death. She
was revived and since then her condition:
of health has not been very good.
Confession of Mrs,
Buffum Admitted as
Evidence by Court
LITTLE VALLEY, N. Y Feb. In
justice Charles H. Brown today admitted
as competent tho "confession" -which
Mrs. Cynthia Buffum mado to detectives
In a Buffalo hotel on December, 10 re
garding the p6lsonlng of her husband.
The confession' was read to the Jury.
In It Mrs. Buffum said her husband had
accused her of Intimacy with, Ern-jst
"I would never have thought, so much
of Frahm," the statement said, "but ho
put so many propositions to ' me. ' Ho
wanted me to go away. He sald.it Willis
ever struck me again he would kill hint
"I love,! Frahm, I felt 1 had to do
everything and anything for him. He
said ho loved me. He scemrd tho oyo
of my body to me. He said ho would get
Willis down a dark road and shoot him.
I said there wero other-ways to get. rid
of h'lm. It was then I decided to give
my husband poison.
"My brother Jim had left at our house
a bottle of horse liniment doped with
tho poison. It was -In the pantry, and 1
gave it to my nusband In his medicine."
The National Capital
Wrdueaday, February 2(1, 11H4,
Met nt noon.
Secretary Bryan discussed treaties and
Mexico before tho foreign relations com
mittee. 0!iferes took up disputed points in the
Alavka railroad bill.
Debate was resumed on the postofflce
Mi-t nt noon.
Interstate Commerce Commissioner
Meyer testified on the Hints bill to regu
late Issuse of railroad securities.
MI--llaucoua bills on ralendar consid
ered. Loula D. Rrsndeta dlsui'ssed Jnterloeklng
dlrectoiaUf beforo Judlelnry roinmlttf e.
Kulxy i'"UinlltfO nrrangnd heailng for
March " 011 Mtnahan b'll t 1 liiv.tl.-:ne
Chicago, liulut'i pnd Mluin :, (In grain
Henry Vollmer of Iowa, democrat,
sworn In as representative, succeeding the
late Irwin S. Pepper.
1 ' 11
Opposition of Labor
to Scientific System
WASHINGTON, Feb. K.-Sclentlflc
management was suggested as a means
of ending Irregularities of employment by
Louis D. Brandeis of Boston, who ap
peared befoio tho federal commission on
Industrial relations recently. Mr. Brandeis',
statement was mado public, today. Ho
enld employes must be represented by
unions It scientific management Is to be
installed on q basla thor ilfa'.PVo ' tfie
vorkmefu, fl..f, , .r
Mr. Tlrandelk 'eillord fcpposlfclon'' lot
labor' organizations, to scientific ,010111 Jte
mfcflt, declaring It was .caused jPartlyby
the fact that certain advocates' ot tho
new efficiency methods are personally
opposed to organized labor.
"Organized labor 1ms Just as great a
place tn a" scientifically managed business
as It has anywhere else," he asserted.
"Methods, standards and rates of pay
ment have to be determined and for nil
tho purpose!) required collective bargain
ing or an equivalent determination Just
as much an you need it In other plants.
"To Introduce scientific management
without a labor union to 16ok out for
the' labor end woUd to my mind be al
most as dangerous as to vest In tna
owner of the ordlntry business power '.o
deal with the employes Jndlvlduallv.
Evon whore the employer Is humane,
intelligent and benevolent, It Is not
proper that the settlement of the rights
of his employes should- rest wholly on
his will. Both sides should be rcprd
senteJ. And tor this our trade unionism
Mr. Brandeis would penalize, thoso em
ployers who needlessly work their nion
only part time the same as he would
those working their men over time. .
Considered for Fair
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN. Neb,, Feb. 2S.-(8pec!al.)-Efforts
are being made to get auto
rapes for the first day of the fair, Mon
day, September 7. A temporary fence
will have to be built forty feef back of
tho race track fence to protect tho
crowd from any racer who might fall
to keep the track and crash into the
crowd. This fence would cost a consid
erable sum and would have to be taken
down after the races were oyer. It
would also bo necessary to take out spe
cial insurance In case of accident to vis
itors by reason of automobiles 'leaving
the track and running Into the fence.
This would also be quite expensive.
An Indian tribe of about fifty bucks
and squaws will camp on the ground
and will be ono of, tho features of the
fair. They will not be In connection with
any wild west show, hut will bo a dis
tinct feature ot tho fair entertainment.
Hastings to Vote on
Half Million Bonds
HASTINGS, Neb., Feb, 25,-(Speclal Tel
egram.) A bond Issue ot 1)0,000 for city
Improvements was recommended by the
Hastings Chamber of Commerce last
Bonds .aro proposed for: City hall,
50,000; school buildings, 1100,(00, downtown
heating and power plant 10,000, street
car system $100,000, auditorium V,000,
intersection paving bonds $50,000.
The city hall bonds will be voted upon
at a special election March 12.
Carson Released on Bond.
ATLANTIC, la., Feb. 2S.-(Special.)-Lce
Carson, who was arrested and bound
over to awal the action of the grand
Jury tn the April term on the charge ot
nssault with Intent to commit great bodily
Injury on Mrs, GouU here, furn'sbed
bond In the sum of $500 and was re
leased. Murray Trallor of Marne and
Frank Bcckman of this city signed the
GERMAN OFFICER THREATENS
Von Dicderiohs Admits Making
Declaration to Shoot.
SAYS JUSTICE IN THE COMPLAINT
Told nrlllsh Commander He Wonld
Fire on Any Atnerlcnn Officer
Attempting; to Hoard
UAptCN' BADKIT( Germany, Feby S3.
Admlrnl -Voit Dledriehn hlmseJCy admits
he infonnejMhoJJritlsli naval commander,
In Mahila' buy ot'.thVdme of the Spanish-'
American war that he. would shoot ahy.
American officer, who' attempted to board
a-Gernlan' warship "to make Inquiry und
establish its Identity" tn carrying out tho
orders of Admiral Dewey.
This admission was made today In the
course of a further narrative of events
glWn to tho Associated Press.
The controversy between Admiral
Dcn'cy und tho German admiral arose
oer tho visiting between tho vessels of
the varloim powers. He admitted there
was certain Justice in Admiral Dewey's
complaint as to tho German ships being
constantly on tho move, although this
was necessary and In no way meant to
About He Withdrawn.
The bulk of tho German Bquadron was
about to bo withdrawn, said tho Gorman
commander, when tho conflict nroso ovor
tho right of visitation, und hethen de
cided to retain his whole force there.
Admiral von Dlederlrhu blamed Admiral
Dewey for tho clash and Intimated that
It would never hava urlsen it tho Amer
ican commander had merely protested of
ficially about two "trivial Incidents," in
stead of firing shots In order to stop two
German plnnanccs. One ot them passing
the American vessels was held up because
its flag was not showing plainly and the
other whs approaching the Olympla nt
night with a message and was not
Feels Arllon Unfriendly.
Tho Gcrmun admiral felt that Admiral
Dewey's action was decidedly unfriendly.
Ho sent his flag lieutenant, Von HlnUe,
to make a formal protest against the ac
tion ot tho MrCullough In halting the
German cruiser Irene in order to learn
Its Identity. This, said the German ad
miral, was the Incident Incorrectly at
tributed to tho Cormoran by Admiral
The American admiral retaliated, with
an announcement that no ship, commer
cial or naval, would be allowed to pass
his lines. He" then announced his Intention
of sending an officer on board every
warship arriving tn the bay "to make
Inquiry and to establish Its Identity."
Tho word "inquiry'' apparently
aroused the Ire ot the German admiral,
who Identified It even today with a
claim to the right to cross-examine any
Threat of German.
Admiral Von Dlederloha says ho dis
cussed the situation with the British
cemmander and told hlrn that he would
shoot any officer attempting to carry
out this order of Admiral Dewey.
A substantial victory for the Germans
was claimed by Admiral Von Dleder-
Ichs in . the final settlement by which
any arriving warship was to report it
self to the American commander and
afterward was required only to show
According to the German admiral, his
call on tho Spanish authorities was Jus
tified by the facts that no blockade had
been formally proclaimed.
Before leaving Admiral Von Dleder
Ichs and Admiral Dewey exchanged
presents and cordial letters, burying tho
hatchet and blaming the newspapers for
Admiral Von Dlederich's said he hoped
tho affair had been forgotten and Ad
miral Dewoy action In reviving the con
troversy In an erroneous statement was a
matter of surprlso and regret to him.
BIND AND GAG THE WATCHMEN
Give Up Task After Four Hours of
CONTAINED MILLION IN BONDS
Amount of Currenoy in Safe Com
ONE WATCHMAN SOUND SLEEPER
Third Man npponl lo He on Duly
U Nut Awakened fry Heneateil
Kxnloslon In the Room
DEB MOINES, la., Feb. !S.-An unsde.
cessful attempt to dynamlto tho vault In
the stato treasurer's office here wax
mado early today, after two of tho state
house watchmen had bcon hound and
gagged. The safe blowers before day
break left tho cupltol building with only
$6. which they took from a cash drawer
In the treasurer's office.
Two separate explosions were caused,
around the door of tho vault and th
men wero about to begin a third attempt
when they wero Interrupted. Tho watch
men who wero overpowered wero Mills
Russell nnd George Carpenter. A. J.
Gay, another watcllman. wan said by
the police Investigating tho affair to havo
been "peacefully asleep In tho supreme
court room" whllo the nttcmpted rob
bery waa In progress. Tho cracksmen,
four in number and masked, entered tho
iiulldlng about midnight. After blndlns
and gagging tho watchman they drilled;
four holes in the vault nnd set oft the
charges, which foiled to open tho door.
After they had loft Russell succeeded
In releasing himself from his bonds and
telephoning the iollce. who Immediately
began work on tho case.
Million In Securities.
The sale contained about $7.G0O in cur
rency and more than a million dollars
worth of securities, Including $200,004
worth ot capltol extension bonds, accord
ing to William C. Brown, stato treasurer.
Detectives working on tho enso today
said there was considerable mystery ad
to how tho bandits got Into the Capltol
building. They were hid In tho board
of parole rooms when Watchman Russell,
an old soldier, came along. Without
warning, so Russell said, they Jumped
upon him, overpowered and tied and
gagged, him, . aniliutswCTni'MtlnT Into the
treasury of ficea, where they Immediately
Uuganwbrk ri (lie . vifultl Two of Iho
men 'were posted ns lookouts, and, as
Watohntan Carpenter, also An old sol
dier, come along on - his rounds, they
grabbed him and tied hun up and took,
him to tho treasury room alongside Rus
sell, whero one ot them stood guard.
Beyond a scuffle there was no fight in
either case, according to the watchmen,
who told their stories to tho police today.
Watchman Hlecps Peacefully On.
Carpenter, In an interview said that
while ho and Russell were lying bound On
chairs In tho treasury room, he hoped
that Watchman Gay would wake up, but
the, latter slept calmly whllo his mates
were prisoners. Carpenter wiggled out
of his ropes shortly after tho cracksmen
left tho building and notified the police.
Ho said tho men were evidently experts,
but that they quit work ot their own ac
cord, apparently having become disgusted
with their failure. Ho described them as
being middle-aged men, about five feet,
veven Inches tall, and one, the leader,
about six feet tall.
Watchman Qay knew nothing ot the
attempted safe blowing until awakened
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