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The Omaha Daily Bee
ADVERTISING IB THE
SPOKEN KVTCHYWnKFlK BT
BUYERS AND SELLERS.
VOL. XLT1I-NO. 210.
OMAHA, MONDAY MORNING, MARCH 30, 19U TJON PAUES.
On Trains and at
Xotsl Hews Otands, Be.
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
IS GREAT SUCCESS
ON ITSJITIAL DAY
3hurcb.es Are Taxed to Handle All
the People Who Seek to Gain
Admission to Services.
.Lowering oKys xau io jccji auwu
the Increasing Attendance.
GENERAL MOVE PROVES POPULAR
Many Who Arc Strangers to Church
LEADERS ARE ALL PLEASED
l'rtumotrrn of the o-to-Chnrou Cntn
pultrn Say tunt Its Success "Was
Fur Above Their Antici
pation. In eplto of mud, cloudiness, extreme
humidity ond the Imminence of a hari
rainstorm, Omaha's "Go-to-Church Sun
day" was a huge success. Increases In
attendance of from 20 to 100 per cent were
noted at overy church service, and tha
congregations at the morning worship
were especially large, crowding many of
the places of worship to their utmost
capacity, and presenting audiences to
some ministers bigger than they hafl en
Joyed for many months, or oven years.
That Omaha was really awako to tha
"Go-to-Church" campaign and to tho ad
vantages offered by church attendance,
Was fully demonstrated by the turnout
Jycsterday. Hundreds of men, women and
jchlldrcn who had never been lnsido of
fa church, or who at least had not at
tended religious services for a long time,
mingled with regular members at all tho
churches, and wore made to feel at homo
by the ministers and churchmen.
Lender Arc l'lensed.
Rev Frederick T. House, chairman of
tho general commltteo of ministers and
layman In tho "Go-to-Church" campaign,
Publicity Director E. V. Dcnlson, and
other loaders In the movement, said last
night that the project had been most
successful, and that even the unfavorable
weather had not had a deterring Influ
tnce In the general result.
"All Omaha has made a tremendous
response to the call of tho churches,"
said Itev. Dr. Rouse. "Tho acceptance of
the Invitation to go to chwch has been
practically universal, and from the atti
tude of tho people after the services, we
feel that every Sunday will be 'Go-to-Church
day' from now on."
"That great permanent good will follow
the campaign, Is believed by every per
son who has taken part in It," said Mr.
Dcnlaonx "Wo feel that continuous
churcv(attendance and continued results
are aViurod and that th"e Inevitable moral
upllfe and civic awakening -which comes
from increased religious activity will un
doubtedly bo enjoyed by tho city.
"Tho general campaign has been Inter
denominational and nonsectarian, all
religions and creeds Joining In tho com
mon movement to widen their scope of
Influence for tho general good o Omaha.
Now that people have gone to church,
they can personally realize that the
churches offer uplift to all who are a
part of them. Tho future ot the move
ment now rests with the Individual
church organizations, which are planning
to follow up the general campaign with
more detailed ones in their own com
munities." Tho largest church naturally had the
biggest attendance yesterday, their
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l and ir.oro extensive advertising giving
them the maximum amount of patronage
from people who usually do not go to
church. They report doubled attendance
in most Instances, and all of the big
churcbes In tho central part of the city
were crowded to the doors.
In fme cases folding chairs had to bo
placed In the aisles and In the rear ot
the bulldlngB to accommodate tho sur
plus attendance. 13vcn the record-breaking
attendances ot certain Easter Sun
days, when tho weather was perfect and
the occasion such that style, rather than
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SUFFRAGISTS TO GIVE A
LUNCHEON FOR MRS. ELLIOTT
A luncheon will be given by local sur
fraglsts Wednesday noon at the Hotel
I-oyal in honor of Mrs. Ward Howe
Blllott, daughter of Julia Ward Howe.
Uabbl Stephen F. Wlso of New York
City will be tho speaker of the occasion.
Dclojatlons from suburbs around
Omaha -will bo in attendance and tickets
will bo oi sale up to Tuesday noon at
tha suffrage headquarters. 610 Brandels
.Theatet building. Reservation will not
be made after that time.
For Nebraska Cloudy.
Temperature nt Oninlia i esterrtny.
t , R a. m l
tiLJa a-m i?
V. Y2XE5y ' n 4-
?T??' s S a. ni l
jLx. 10 a. m 42
k J 1 d. m 41
&.ciouDY 0 !:::::::;::::
W A P-ni 41
Sk if JjK. 5 P- 4
Comparattre Local ttecord.
1914. 1913. 1312. 1911.
HUSiest yesterday 45 1 67 Rl
LoVest yesterday 41 42 36 33
Mean temperature 43 6! 46 42
Precipitation 03 .00 .00 T
Temperature and precipitation depar
tures from the normal:
Normal temperature , is
Excess for the day 0
Total excess since March 1 40
' Normal precipitation .07 Inch
Deficiency for the day 0! Inch
Total rainfall sine March 1. ...1.26 inches
Deficiency since March 1 01 Inch
l-xcexi for cor. period. 1913... .1 76 Inches
I xcess for cor period, 19IJ. 1.17 Inches
T Indicates trace of precipitation.
U A. WELSH. Local Forecaster
SHY AT A NEW COALITION
Unionists Fear Radicals and Labor
itcs Getting Together.
WAR CRY GIVES THEM ALARM
I'lntform of 1'onslble "Pnrty" Crjs
tntWetl In Battle. Cry "The
Aristocrats Aanlnst the
LONDON, March 29. What has been
pronounced the "greatest crisis for
statesmanship In 300 years" Is simmering
over Sunday. Doth houses of Parlia
ment will train their heaviest guns upon
the whole complicated affair on Monday.
Passions aro running high and country
ltouses where the politicians customarily
spend the week-ends are deserted.
Tho party leaders are conferring In
London and urgent summons has been
sent to alt members to attend, If the
outcome of tho crisis Is to be a general
election In the near future, the radical
wing of tho liberal party will form a
closo alliance with tho labor party, tho
coalition cystalllxtng its platform Into thej
battle cry, "Tho aristocrats against the
people." This seemn to hold possibili
ties of voto getting and the conservatives
shy at It.
Seely Tennre Likely Short.
The army order which Premier Asqulth
announced today Is generally considered
to have been Intended as a sort of char
ter on which Field Marshal French and
General 13 wart might be Induced to re-'
main In their positions. Colonel Seely's
tenure in tho office of tho war ministry
Bccms destined to be ot short continu
ance. The Westminster Gazette and the Dally
Chronicle, foremost among the liberal pa
pers, are saying that Colonel Scely must
relinquish his portfolio. The name of
John Burns Is most discussed as his prob
That a democratic government could be
carried to such lengths as to glvo super
vision ot the army Into the hands of the
sturdy character who camo Into tho lime
light first as a labor agitator would have
been unthinkable a decade ugo. Yet the
recognition of tho soldier as on the samo
plane with the officer in the charter
rights and duties which the govern
ment proclaimed today. Is a long step
towards the same levoling ot the classes.
Panama Debate Almoin "Unnoticed,
Tho Panama debate at Washington,
which ordinarily would have been read
hero with equal Interest to that which It
excites In the United States, Is passing
almost unnoticed in the excitement over
the crisis, and the suffragettes are being
The king's actions- and attitudes dur
ing the crisis are gradually becomllr
known. The attacks of the radicals and
laborltcs on the king for his alleged In
terference In politics have subsided. The
unionists are criticising him, but quietly
among themselves. Tho unionists have
the most reason to complain of tho king's
policy, as would appear from tho most
trustworthy accounts of the happenings
at Buckingham palace during the fre
quent conferences" which the king had
with the cabinet ministers and army
The king followed his ministers' advlco
from the beginning of the home rule con
troversy. While maintaining Impartiality,
apparently he had a personal leaning to
ward home rule. The king and the mem
bers of his court were outspoken In their
condemnation of Sir Edward Carson In
organizing the Ulster volunteer army,
and resented his act In reviewing the
volunteers as though" they were a regu
lar military body, and In assuming pre
rogatives by reason of which the liberals
named him "King Carson."
Fake Job Sold Over
and Over to Victims
The pollco are looking for the well-
dressed young man who stood for over
an hour In front oi the Arcade hotel
on Douglas street, stopping every labor
ing man who approached wlUi the offer
of a good job In Missouri Valley. Tho
young man obtained over fifty accepl-
anccs and with each he got a 60-cent
piece. It was when four men met at i
Sixteenth and Douglas streets and found
that each had accepted the same Job
that they told the authorities.
A taxi driver across the street said the
young man stopped over 100 men In the
short while ho was standing In front
of the hotel and that he saw a great
number givo him something.
ro Pardoned and
LITTLE ROCK, Ark., March 29. A few
minutes after receiving a pardon from
Governor Hays, which released him from
a 115 years' sentence, Fred Pelton, negro,
was electrocuted today at tho state peni
tentiary for the killing ot Melvlna Hat
ton, ncgress, whom he murdered to obtain
There was a question as to the legality
of electrocuting Pelton until after ho
had served his 116-year sentence, and for
this reason the pardon was granted.
ROW OVER CROSSING AT
FAIRBURY, Neb., March S9.-(Special.)
Work on the new Rock Island crossing
over the St. Joseph & Grand Island tracks
came to a standstill again today, when a
message was received from General Man-
ager E. Stenger of tho latter road, stating
th.it It would be necessary for the Rock
Island to sign a contract before work
could proceed. The State Railway com-
mission last Wednesday afternoon gave i
out Its decision In the dispute between
these railroads, and virtually sustained
the St. Joseph Sc. Grand Island road,
According to the order ot the railway
commission, the Rock Island can go ahead
and put In a main line crossing which
may be used for switching main line pas
senger trains, but not for a "switching
lead." This was apparently agreeable to
both railroads and Division Superintendent
II, L. Reed ordered work on the new
switch started at once. The Falrbury
ComtneYelat club has been trying to get
the switch installed in order that the
new J 40,000 passenger station can be used.
This has been ready for occupancy slnrn
February 10. and in the meantime the
public Is using a coach for a depot.
AGIST REPEAL BILL
BOOSES WILSON MEN
Administration Supporters Stirred
by Reports of Effort to Block
Measure in Senate.
HOW 'CASUAL WORKERS' LIVE
Missouri Labor Commissioner Toils
. in Camps in Disguise.
TELLS OF T3
pcanne or Hx-
. CITY. Mo.. March 29.
erlonces ot James J. Barrett,
commissioner, as a "casual
erer are related In an official re
port submitted by Mr. Barrett to Gov
ernor Major today. Barrett left St. Louis
a month ago, disguised as a tramp, and
found work in various construction
In his report Barrett said that in ono
railroad construction camp the foreman
threatened to beat him because ho asked
for a cup of coffee before going to work
at daybreak without food.
Mr. Barrett made an Investigation of
Greek coffee houses In St. Louis. He
questioned twenty-nine girls employed In
these places' and he reported that some
of tho girls told him they got work in tho
coffee houses only on a promise to enter
a life of Immorality. Tho girls Berve tho
coffee In the houses, ho reported, and
take their places at the table with the
men as the latter drink their beverages.
Intoxicants also aro served Irt some of
these coffeo' houses, ho reported.
"I'itii" Are Hlinred.
Many men out of work agree to pay
employment agencies as high as W per
cent of their wages, Barrett reported;
and In Romo construction camps the fore
men are in league with tho employment
agencies to discharge men after they havo
worked a short time and thug make way
for now men. The "fees" then; aro shared
by the employment agencies and the fore
men. Tho men employed in the construction
camps, lie reported, arc charged 25 cents
a month for hospital fees, but are dis
charged if they get sick.
Tho food In the camps Is unhealthful,
tho bunk cars nre filthy, the cooks aro
often diseased and thero is grave danger
of epidemic in tho camp, Mr. Barrett
Their Mental Attitude.
Mr. Barrett alBO studied the mental
nttttudo of the casual workers. On this
point ho reports:
"If this Immense army of the down-and-outs
could get together and stay In
ono place long enough to hfome voters
tiiey could swing a national election and
elect any ticket they put up. There is a
deep, terrlblo undercurrent of rebellion,
unrest and revolt nmorrs them because of
tho amazing amount of exploitation and
oppression they aro subjected to simply
becauso they arc tramps."
Breaks; Five Drown
FRESNO, Cal., March ZJ.-By the break
ing of a suspension bridge across the
San Joaquin river last night, four meri
and one woman, crossing In an automo
bile, wore plunged fifty feet Into the swift
flowing mountain stream and drowned.
The occupants of the machine wore:
L. N. PEART, general superintendent
of the San Joaquin Light and Power cor
poration. J. E. BURGESS, assistant superinten
dent. PERCY MARKS, the company's chaf
feur. MRS. PERCY MARKS.
A large force of men dragged the river
a" searcnea me country without avail
anc' at midnight the head officials of tho
power company virtually abandoned hope.
GREAT RAILWAY STRIKE
THREATENED IN ITALY
ROME, March 29. Another general
railway strike is threatened in Italy.
Eighty thousand railway employes are
agitating for an amelioration of the con
ditions of employment which would rep
resent an Increase of (10,000,000 In the
The employes held several meetings to
day, the most important of these at
Ancona, a great railway center, at which
It was, decided that if the government
refused to glvo a satisfactory answer
to demands of the men a general railway
strike would be proclaimed on April 15.
Enrico MalaUsta, the anarchist leader,
promised the support of his party to the
railway men and the republican and so
cialist leaders gave a similar promise.
THIS THIEF MAKES
SPECIALTY OF TROUSERS
NEL1GH, Neb.. March 29. (Special.)
Three strangers dropped Into the cloth
ing store of Bogardus & Sellery as the
clerk was opening up yesterday morning
and ono of them said he wanted to buy
a pair of trousers. Picking out a pair
which suited him he and his companions
ran out without waiting for tho formality
of paying for the trousers. The marshal
'was notified and rounded the men up In
', a short time, one being found In a saloon
and tha other two In the park. One of
the men had on five pairs of trousers
v,neu arrested. They are now In tho
city Jail, which apparently Is not distaste
ful to them until the warm season comes
WIDOW OF ENGINEER
SUES CITY0F SCHUYLER
SCIIUTLER, Neb., March 2S.-(HpecIal.)
Belle Way, widow of John Way, as-
slMant engineer at the city power hous
iwhf lott his life on January H, 1914, by
his clothing catching In the machinery,
has begun suit against the city of
Schuyler for the sum ot 110,0)0 damages
and costs of the suit, by George W
Wtrtr, her attorney
TORNADOES HITKANSAS BURG
Two Probably Fatally Hurt as
Result of Wind.
STORMS ARE CLOSE TOGETHER
People of Frederick llnrdl)' Emerge
from Caves llefore Second
Twlnter Come Tlnlld
TOPKKA. Kan.. March 29. Two lorno.
does struck Frederick, In Rico county,
Kansas, yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Charles
Van Busktrk and her fcw-months-old
child were perhaps fatally hurt.
A score of buildings, including tho Bap
tist church, were demolished.
The storms, accompanied by heavy rain
and hall came from the southwest and
prevailed over Ellsworth, Rico and Bar
A message from Gcneseo, Rico County.
said a heavy windstorm unroofed many
small buildings there. No one was hurt
At Great Bend half an Inch of rain fell
In thirty minutes. Manhattan and Junc
tion City each reported a precipitation of
ono Inch, with a heavy wind.
Tho storms camo fifteen minutes apart.
Tho first struck the town at E:I5 o'clock,
destroying the south end ot tho place. It
was then that Mrs. Van Busklrk and her
young child were Injured. The Van Bus
klrk home was destroyed. Much live
stock was killed. Telegraph and telephone
poles were blown down.
Hardly had tho people of Frederick
emcrgod from their cyclone cellars after
the first twister, when the second tornado
came. It traveled higher than tho first,
and Its principle damage was in unroof
ing houses and barns.
llun for Cellars,
Tlie day had been clear and cool.
Toward late afternoon the sky became
overcast, tho breeze died down and hot,
sultry weather prevailed. The sky took
on a greenish yellow cast. Then In the
southwest a black funnel-shaped cloud
Quickly formed. At tho first roar ot the
storm overy one ran for cyclone cellars.
This probably prevented loss ot life,
Frederick has a population of 200 per
sons. Storm nt St. Jonepu,
ST. JOSEPH, Mo., March 29. A terrific
rainstorm, accompanied by hall, tonight
flooded the low parts of the city nnd
caused considerable damage. More -than
three Inches of water fell. Street car
service was suspended two hours.
It is Different on
"Come on and get yer skates," shouted
a West Farnam youngster to his play
mate across the backyard yesterday
morning. "We can skate fer a whole
hour 'fore Sunday school."
"I can't," replied the other sturdy
"Why? Oh, come on," teased the first.
"No, I can't do It," firmly retorted the
"Well, why can't you this Sunday? Wo
always do it 'fore Sunday school," In
sisted the little fellow.
"Oh, I can't even think about It today.
Tou see, mamma and me are going to
take our papa to church today, 'cause
It's in tho campaign. See?'!
NEW ADVERTISING FIRM
tFrom a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, March 29.-(8peclal.)-The
American Publishing company, with head
quarters In Lincoln, but composed ot
Omaha men, is the latest corporation to
tile with the secretary of state.
The men behind the proposition are:
I A. Williams, formerly of Blair; M. A,
Weinberg, and R. D. Hart of Omaha.
Tho company proposes to do a general
advertising business with papers ot the
state and is Incorporated for $10,000.
MORSE BLUFF MAN THOUGHT
TO HAVE COMMITTED SUICIDE
NORTH BEND, Neb., March I9.-(Spe-
clal Telegram.) The body of John
Pablan, well-known merchant of Morse
Bluff, was found in the slough just
north of Morse Bluff this morning by
W. K. Rueger, who found his coat and
cap on the bridge and made an In
vestigation. It is supposed that Pablan
took his own lite, for reasons not ' yet
learned. He Is survived by his widow
and three children.
Horses Killed by Lliihtnlnit.
AURORA, Neb., March 29. (Speolal.)-
Frank Stowell, a farmer living two and
one-half miles north of Murphy, had his
barn stiuck by lightning last night and
burned to the ground. Einll Johnson, llv-
ir.g lour mues worn oc Aurora, nau a
barn struck by lightning, but did not
burn. Seven horses were In a lot near
tho barn and five of them were killed.
in War Drama Near Torreon
It&xictt Ead&vl officers irt crznrya of-th& 'ivoops
hvi he North, Gener&t Alvcr&zfim letfj&nc! General Quintevs.
COMMITTEES JPOMEET TODAY
Republicans Will Disouss Calling
Next State Convention,
LIKELY TO REACH AGREEMENT
Chairman Cnrrle nud Clintriiinn Un
person Appear Agreed oil Cen
tral Proposition, Iletnlls lie
Innr Yet to He ArrnnueO.
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, March 29.-(Spoclal.)-Tomor-row
afternoon the two state committees
of tho republican party will meet at the
Lindoll hotel In this city, to take, up tho
matter of calling the next state conven
tion and to consider other matters rola
tlvo to the all Important subject of con
ducting tho next campaign.
It is generally expected that there will
be little difficulty In the two getting to
gether, with the result that possibly a
new committee may be tho outcome.
While thnre aro some redlcals on both
sides, there Is a general feeling that the
sentiment among the rank and file Is
so strong for unity that the proposition
of getting together will not be a serious
Both Chairman Currlo of tho Tnft com
mittee, and Chnlrman Epperson of tho
Roosevelt commltteo, are together on thu
proposition, and tholr feelings In the mat
ter, coupled with the strong sentiment
behind them ought to bring about the
much-deslrcd result. In fact both fac
tions see In the coming split In the demo
cratic party a more than likely probability
that with a good ticket in the flild the
republican candidates from top to bottom
can be elected.
Man Masquerades as
Eligible Woman to
Get Swains' Money
CHICAGO, March 29-August Pajonk
who under the names of "Mrs. Anna
Schwartz," and "Miss Eva Kline," mas
queraded as a marriageable woman, who
would bring beauty and wealth to her
husband, today was sentonced to a term
of two years in tho penitentiary for
using the malls to defraud.
In addition to obtaining money amount
Ing to more than S3.O0O from swains who
bellovod they could nyury the original
of attractive photographs sent them by
Pajonk, the defendant obtained much
money through mall orders for choice
varieties of geraniums which he never
The matrimonial venture was staged In
Pittsburgh, and tho fictitious geranium
bed was located in the advertisements In
Lagrange, a suburb of Chicago, where
Pajonk lived tor a time,
When arrested by government officers
Pajonk protested he was Innocent. Bo
fore he was sentenced by Judge Landls
he pleaded guilty.
BODY OF CAPTAIN HILL
TO BE BURIED IN LINCOLN
SALT I.AKR CITY, Utah. March 29
(Special Telegrsm.) The funeral of John
K. Hill, former state treasurer of Ne-
hraka, who died In Salt Lake City Frl- j
day, at the age or il years, w'll bo held
Sunday at the family residence. The
bodv will be taken to Lincoln, Nb for
Streams Are Rising"
in Southern York;
KLMIRA, N. Y., Murch 29. With every
river nnd c-ecl swollen over Its banks Lt
a -steady downpour during the last twenty-four
hours, flood, coildltibns tonight
were alarming throughout the southern
section of tho state. From all points
came news of blocked trafflo conditions,
st'rrots Inundated and much property
damage by reason of the ravages of the
Blnghamton' Is suffering damage by
reason of the overflow, of the Chenango
and Susquehanna rivers. The' Chenango
overflowed Its banks shortly before noon
today and flooded a large part of the
From Corning, Canlsto, Oswego and
Wellsvllle come reports of damage
caused by the overflow of many small
rivers and streams,
The weather prediction for this section
was for continued rain tonight and there
was small hope for any nbatement of
flood conditions for at least twenty-four
WHITE HALL, N. Y., March 29.-The
level of Lake Champlaln has risen four
feel within the last twenty-four hours.
Should the rapid thaw now In progress
I continue, the worst flood in tho history
ui nun n-Kion will rcsilll, It Is said.
DEFINITE NEWS FROM T. R.
PARTY IS EXPECTED SOON
MADRID, Spain, March 29. Colonel
Joseph Wlllard, United States ambassa
dor to Spain, today received a cablegram
from Para, Brazil, stating:
"Definite news reporting the Roosevelt
party all well Is expected soon from
(Signed) "GEORGE II. PICKERELL,
"United States Consul."
The ambassador Is waiting for news of
tho Roosevelt party boforo fixing the x
act date of the wedding between Kermlt
Roosevelt and his daughter, which will
probably take place nbout the middle of
HOLDUPS ATTACK PARTY
RETURNING FROM WEDDING
JOHNSTOWN, Pa,. March 29.-Wh-n
they refused to hold up the'r hands at
the command ot four masked men, near
Barnesboro, tonight a party of eight men
was fired upon and one of their number
was killed and two others probably fatally
wounded. The flvo uninjured men, cowed
by the wounding ot their companion,
were robbed of their pay envelopes,
amounting In all to nearly J200.
The party of eight was returning from
a wedding at Barnesboro, and In a cul
vert, along a railroad traek, were met by
the masked men. When the command,
"hands up," was not answered quickly
enough tho robbers opened fire. A posse
Is searching for the bandits.
FIRE TOWN SCHOOL HOUSE TO
DRAW ATTENTION; ROB BANK
TACOMA, Wash., March 29. Seven
armed men entered the Elma National
bank at Klma, In fcouthwest Washington,
today, made a prisoner of the cashier and
esraped with about $3,701.
The bandits set the town sihool on fire
to dlstrat't attention. Several shots were
fired but no onu was hurt.
FEDERALS FIGHT FOR
LIVES, FEARING DEATH
IF TAKENBY REBELS
Force of Hnerta Volunteers Try to
Cut Way Out of Torreon but
Arc Driven Back.
INVADERS' ATTACK IS RENEWED
Given Up Before When Supply of
THAT MOST USEFUL AMMUNITION
Rifles Not Much Good Against
Adobe House Defenses.
REV0LT0S' LOSSES VERY HEAVY
Telearnm RccrlTcd nt Jnnrea fret
Insurgent Chief Urging? Hos
pital fnppltea Hashed
JUAREZ. Mex., March 29.-3nral
Venustlano Cnrrnnia arrived here this
evening. Absence ot advices from General
Villa were taken to Indicate to a cer
tainly that If he has not been repulsed, at
least he has not yet taken Torreon.
JUAREZ. Mexico, March 29.-(l:3) a. m.)
A telegram Just received from General
Villa says thnt the capture of Torreon
Is a matter of minutes not ot hours. No
details were given.
JUAREZ M.cxlco March 39.-0nral
Villa's attack on Torreon last night In
said to have proved abortive because of
hand grenades becoming exhausted. It
Is the most useful ammunition for street
fighting among one-story adobe houses.
The attack was renewed this afternoon
and General Villa was quoted as saying
that he Intended to take the whole town
The positions already taken in the busi
ness section, It Is said, were made more,
secure last night, and the smelter, like
the bull ring and the principal hotel of
the city, It said to have become rebel
Tha forenoon today was devoted to dis
posing of I ho dead and making mora
comfortnble tho quarters of the wounded
at Gomes Palaclo and In the field hos
pitals. Tlenervs Attnclt.
One telegram was received from Gen
eral Villa. It stated that, at noon, hav
ing received a freh supply ot 6,000 hand
grenades, he renewed the attack on tho
last ot the federal defenses.
Ho urged, that hospital supplies, Includ
ing quick lime, bandages, absorbent cot
ton and antiseptics, be rushed to tht
front Jn the most ursrowtJfcs-sTe.
The cost of his victories is now known
to have been heavy, and the Tact that
mora, hospital supplies must be sent from
here, despite the largo store which Gen
eral Villa took with him on the cam
paign, adds confirmation. The Zaragoza.
brigade, which left Juarez 1,300 strong. Is
said on excellent authority to have lost
25 per cent In killed and wounded. Some
of tho loss was at Sacramento, when
General Benavldes was hewing a path
into Gomer Palaclo, and some when "the
brigade was Joined with the column of
General Monclovlo Herrera and the dash
Into Torreon from the east was made,
ftarol Expected Co Die.
General Maximo Garcia was shot In tha
kidneys and Is expected to die. Oeneral
Trinidad Rodrlguex has a bullet wound In
one arm. Major Macedonia Andana Was
shot In the chest and Juan N. Gulttertr.
chief of police of tho city of Chihuahua,
A private telegram from a subaltern at
Gomez Palaclo to his father this aft
ernoon said that it was rumored In the
barracks that General Refugo Valesco.
federal commander at Torreon, had com
mitted suicide rather than fall Into the
rebel hands. Little faith attaches to the
story. There were rumors also that three
other foderal generals reported killed In
action Pena, Royna and Anaya really,
took their own llvos, firm In the belief
that lliey would bo executed If captured.
In street fighting Mexicans say rifles
are, of comparatively little use against an
enemy using ndoble walls as defenses,
these must be shattered by shells or at
tacked with hand grenades.
The ordinary adobe house Is one story
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