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OMAHA, FRIDAY MORNING, JUNE 26, 1914- TWELVE PAGES.
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PROMISE OF BOOM
IN BUSINESS GIVEN
BY THE PRESIDENT
Wilson Sees Prosperity Under "New
Constitution of Freedom" in
the Trust Program.
GREATEST IN NATION'S HISTORY
Exeoutive Makes Final Answer to
Opponents of Regulation and
to Prophets of Evil.
'WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING'
Fortunate to Obtain Advice of Men
Who Understand All About It
NO REFERENCE TO N. Y. FAILURE
Dcmnurntlo Chief Spcnkn to "Virginia
Editors In White Home, bat
Address la Mciuit for
WASHINGTON, Juno 25. "A new con
stitution of freedom for business" Is' the
object of the administration trust legis
lation program, President "Wilson de
clared, addressing a. party of Virginia
editors at the White House. He predicted
the country was on the verge of a great
business revival. The president added
that a temporary business depression at
present was sure to pass as aoon as busi
ness realized that the anti-trust legisla
tion Is suro to be enacted.
For ten years,, tho president said, busi
ness had been uneasy because of attacks
on It. He contended that his administra
tion was tho first In yeans that had been
the real friend of business, and he added
that his administration "was going to
prove Its friendship by clearing away all
anxiety among business men over what
was to come.
lie Sura He Known,
The president spoko with great earnest
ness. Gesturing vigorously, he declared
that through governmental agencies and
through an extensive correspondence he
believed the administration to be better
able to Judge business conditions than
any one else In the country. He com
pared the condition of business to a man
about to undergo an operation and who
fears that It will be a capital one. He
added that It had become apparent that
only minor operations were necessary and
that It would be dangorous to postpone
Nothing would be more unfair to busi
ness, the president declared, than to keep
it guessing. He said tho administration
was In power with a deflnlto program of
corrective legislation, and that the ad
ministration' was ready and determined
Uhe"jwndenoyof' tho tariff' and currency
bills, he said, business shivered, but there
wore no serious effects. He declared -th'ere
was no reason to think the result would
be more serious aftor the anti-trust bill
"Some people think, the anti-trust leg
islation will be postponed," said the presi
dent, as he advanced a step. "Well, It
will not be postponed."
His jaws snapped. "It will not be post
poned because "we are the real friends of
business, and are ready to give business
Its now constitution of freedom.
"If we stop now there would be an
other long period of agitation with its
resulting dangers to business. But we
are not going to faco that danger; wo
are going ahead with our program now,
and If the reports I received are correct,
it will not take us very long to finish
STOUT GETS LIFE TERM
FOR MURDER OF WIFE
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, Neb., June 25.-Speclal Tel
egram.) Harry M. Stout, tho Dewttt
murderer, will not try the clectrlo chair.
This morning he appeared In district
court and changed his former plea of
not guilty to the charge of murder In
the first degree, to guilty of manslaugh
ter, and was sentenced to life Imprison
ment. Stout killed his wife and wounded her
sister by shooting on a Burlington train
in the Lincoln yards, nbout a month ago
and then nearly ended his own life by
cutting his throat.
. Forecast till 7 p. m. Friday:
For Omaha, Council Bluffs and Vlnlclty
Unsettled, possibly showers; not much
change In temperature.
Temperature nt t)maa -Testerdny.
5 a. m
6 a, m
7 a. in
8 a. m
9 a. m
10 a. m
11 a. m
1 p. in
2 p. m
i p. in
4 n. m
6 p. m 'jj
6 p. m 31
7 p. m 92
p. m sa
Comparative. Local Ilecord.
1914. 1913. 1912. 1911.
Highest yesterday 87 so 92 as
J.qwest yesterday 67 ft! 65 08
.Mean temperature K ,8 78 si
l-recipitation 10 .ss .0)
Temperature and precipitation depar
tures from the normal at Omaha a.ne
March 1, and compared with the last
'Normal temperature 71
Kxcess for the day g
Total excess since March 1 Ml
Normal precipitation .17 Inch
Deficiency for the day 07 inch
Total rainfall since March 1.. 13.60 Inches
Kxcess since March 1 15 Inch
Kxcess for cor. period, 1913... .14 inch
Deflctencey for cor. period, 1913 4.'.6 Inches
Ileport from Station nt 7 I. 31.
Etation and State Temp. High- Rain-
7 p. m. est.
Cheyenne, pt. cloudy 74 78
Denver, cloudy 8 Kg
Des Moines, clear 82 81
Dodge City, pt. cloudy.... 88 92
Lander, pt t cloudy SO s
Omaha, clear 97 92
Pueblo, Pt. cloudy 86 91
Rapid City, cloudy 86 90
Halt I-ike City, cloud.... 64 76
Santa Fe, rloudy..,. .., 82 84
ftheridan. clear , 74 78
Hloux City, pt cloudy.... 83 90
.Valentine, celar .. 92 M
H. B, CLAFLIN COMPANY FAILS;
Reoeiver is Appointed for Big Dry
MANY MILLIONS ARE INVOLVED
Company Wnm llnckinsr Many Hetall
Storea nnd Had Kndoraed
Their Pnper In Hundreds
NEW YORK, June 26.-The vast Claflln
dry goods enterprises collapsed today
with the appointment of receivers in
New Tork for the wholesale house of
the H. B. Claflln company and the an
nouncement that nearly thirty retail
stores throughout the country would be
closed. Tho liabilities of tho firm are
estimated at J3S.0O0.O0O; the assets at more
Overextended credits caused the fnllure,
the largest of Its kind In the history of
Though affiliated with the bankrupt
firm, through stock control, the United
Dry Goods companies and the Associated
Merchants company, together with their
stores in New York and elsewhere wero
not Involved In the failure. It was stated
their financial position was strong.
For the retail stores In the Claflln
tiring, ancillary receivers will be named
and they will remain closed pending on
adjustment of the parent company's
Mr. CInfltn'a Statement.
Unless blocked by creditors, a reorgan
ization of the failed firm Is contemplated,
according to the following statement is
sued by John Claflln, tho president:
"The unprecedented shitting of trade
centers In Now York has caused great
loss to many interests. In the case of the
II. B. Claflln company the up-town
movement of business has seriously cur
tailed our wholesale profits and has com
pelled us to rely mainly on the profits
from flnanclnr retail stores throughout
the country. Their rapidly expanding
business has occasioned large capital re
quirements, "which wo have not been able
to meet. A receivership has therefore
become necessary pending a readjust
ment of the affairs of the company. A
Plan of reorganization for the H. B.
Claflln company will soon be prcsonted
which we hope will prove acceptable both
to creditors and to stockholders.
Other 'cAmpnnlea Xot Affected.
"Tho Associated Merchants company
and the United Dry Goods companies are
not themselves borrowers of money. They
are In exceedingly strong financial posi
tion and tho success of their retail stores
Is assured." ,
A note holders' protective committee
has been formed to look after the inter
ests of tho creditors. Most of the banks
concerned will be represented on this
committee, of which J. S. Alexander,
president of the National Bank of Com
merce, will be chairman.
New York banks are said to have made
large advances to the Claflln company
recently, with the hopo of averting fi
nancial embarrassment. New York bank
ing interests. It la understood, havtfagreed
to offer such assistance as may be reccs
s&ry to some of the Independent .retail
Thirty Million Needed.
Interested merchants were closeted
with J. P. Morgan and other prominent
bankers day and night for the last -week
In an attempt to avert the failure. It is
understood that $30,400,000 was necessary.
"Mr. Morgan and others were most gen
erous," said one who participated In the
conference, "but It was a question of
raising the whole amount or none at all. '
Joseph B. Martlndalc, president nt the
Chemical National bank, and Frederick
A. Julllard, a wholesalo dry goods mer
chant, were tho receivers apolnted. They
wero named In the friendly proceedings
two suits In equity one brought by John
C. Games, vice president of tho H. B.
Claflln company, tho other by William
There were also involuntary proceedings
which sought tho appointment of different
receivers and alleged that the cdmpany
was, Insolvent. These proceedings were In
stituted by small creditors.
.Stock Market la Affected.
Announcement of the failure caused a
general decllno In the opening of the
stock market, but losses were not heavy
and succeeding transactions caused a re
action to some extent.
John Claflln has been associated with
the dry goods business for more than
forty years. He is regarded as the A. T.
Stewart of his time. At the age of 20
he entered the employ of his father's
firm, then known as H. B. Claflln & Co.
Three years later he became a member
of the firm and in 1890 formed the cor
poration which went under today. He
Is a trustee of many financial and char
Announcement was made this afternoon
that all of tho so-called Claflln stores,
strictly speaking, would bo closed, pend
ing adjustment of the company's) affairs.
COMPUTE PER CAPITA COST
OF STATE INSTITUTIONS
(From a Staff Correspondent )
LINCOLN, Neb., June 25 (Wpeclal Tel
egram.) According to a report made by
the State Board of Control, It has cost
during the first six mouths of the cur
rent fiscal year for the fourteen Institu
tions under control of the board, on on
average of J20.72 per month. The high
est per capita cost being at the tuber
cular hospital at Kearney and the low
est at the Beatrice Institution for feeble
minded. The per capita cost of each institution
is shown as follows: Beatrice feeble
minded, 16.66; Geneva girls' school, 128.50;
'Soldiers Home, Grand Island, J19.27;
Hastings asylum, ,16.72; Kearney boy'
school, $37.30; Kearney tubercular hospi
tal, H2.49; Orthorpedio hospital, J40.16;
penitentiary, $26.14; Mllford Home, $17.75;
Soldiers' Home, $21.77; Nebraska City
blind, $38.88; Norfolk hospital, $18.;
Omaha School for Dtaf, $35.19.
Weddlnic Ilreaka Up Picnic.
SHENANDOAK, In.. June 25.-(Speclal.)
A Shenandoah wedding broke up 'a
Sunday school picnic yesterday. The
picnic wan to have been given by the
Swedish Lutheran Sunday school, but
Miss Edith Rydberg and Elmer W. John
sou chose this for their wedding day,
and so many of the church people were
Invited that only a few were left to at
tend the picnic The picnic folk at the
wedding decided to hold the picnic an
Over an Area of Forty
Aores in Historio Massachu
FLAMES NOT UNDER CONTROL
Child Believed to Have Been Burned
to Death, but No Other
FIVE FACTORY BUILDINGS GO
Residence District is Approached by
FIFTY HOUSES ARE DESTROYED
Jlayor Hurley of City Una Turned
Town Home nnd Market Ilonae
Into PIncea of Ilcfnue for
SALEM, Mass., June 35. Ftva large
factory buildings and several smaller
structures wero destroyed this afternoon
by a fire which Is still raging tonight.
Tho fire burned over an area of forty
acres In the leather manufacturing dis
trict and Is still spreading. The loss is
estimated at ,1,000,000. A child was be
lieved to have burned to death. There
wero no other known fatalities.
Tho fire, uncontrolled, Is rapidly de
stroying a great part of the city.
The flames, having swept through the
manufacturing district, are approaching
the rcsldenco section. Fifty houses are
now burning and more than ISO buildings
In ashes. Mayor Hurley has turned the
town house and market hckise Into places
of refuge for homeless families.
Putnam Landed by
Officer sat Falls City
LINCOLN, June 25. (Speclal.)-In the
arrest of J. J. Putnam of Falls City,
yesterday, federal officials believe that
they havo broken up a clever variation
of an old scheme to defraud through the
malls. Putnam was arrested at Falls
City by Deputy United States Marshal
Henscl, and brought to Lincoln, whore
he was released on bond. He Is charged
with conspiring to use tho malls to de
fraud. According to federal officials. Putnam
Induced Richard Martin, also of Falls
City to engage In the scheme to defraud
widows In sending them fountain pens
"by express, collect on delivery. Martin
has also been arrested and released on
The scheme according to postofflce
Inspectors was to procure a number of
country weekly newspapers, and finding
nn account-of'. the""de&thTor a' niflJV lay
their plot to defraud the widow. Tho
conspirators, It Is said, would ship a
cheap fountain pen, addressed to the
dead man, by express, collect on delivery.
At tho same time, they would send a
postcard addressed to the dead man.
Tho postcard would acknowledge the
receipt of a payment of J3, and also said
that 'goods" had been shipped by ex
press collect, and would be delivered
on tho payment of $3. This postcard
would be sent, ostensibly, by tho
"Diamond Sales Company."
According to complaints from Kansas,
Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota, the
! widow generally went to the express
(office, and paid the $3, presumed to be
: a balnnco on the "goods."
I Investigation or rcderal authorities Is
said to have proven that the fountain
I pens so sold, cost Martin $8.40 a dozen,
while through his "gct-rlch-qulck"
scheme, he was selling them for 3 a
dozen. The government officials say
they have evidence that none of the pens
wa ever ordered by the dead husbands'
to whom they were addressed.
PAYMENT FOR GLANDERED
HORSES IS IN DISPUTE
fFom a Staff Correspondent.)
T.TKnni.N. June 25. (Special. )-Con a
certain Omaha bakery, which has had
three of Us horses condemned for glan
ders by the state veterinarian, collect
pay from the state for the horses and
any more of the sltccn ordered tested.
should any of them prove to have tho
dleeaBe, Is a question before the state de
partment. While Dr. Klgin made the Inspection,
he doea not remember tho name of the
company owning the horses. He does not
believe that the state can be held for
payment for glandcrcd horses killed on
account of the wording of the new law
passed by the last session, which did not
repeal the section similar In tho old law.
The new law places the right of con
demnation in the Live Stock Sanitary
board, hut no provision Is made for the
I payment of claims for animals destroyed.
PETER J. STAFFORD DIES;
WELL KN0WN0VER STATE
NORFOLK, Neb., Juno 25. -(Special Tel-
egram.) Peter J. Stafford, one of the
most prominent men of north Nebraska,
died at his home In this city early1 Thuro.
day morning from peritonitis. An opera
tion had been performed last Sunday
Funeral services will be held Saturday
morning. Mr. Stafford Is survived by his
-widow, one daughter and five sons,
among them being W. J. Stafford, cashier
of the Citizens National bank, and P. F.
Stafford, Hty clerk of Norfolk.
Mr. Stafford has been roadmaster of
the Northwestern road since 1883. He
was a director o several Norfolk finan
cial Institutions, and three times a coun
cilman In Norfolk. He was born rt
Ashtabula, O,, on February 15. 1S52.
IDA GHOVE, la., Juno 25.-(Spdal.)-MUs
Helen Louisa Moorhead, daughter
of Dr.' O. C. Moorhead, the first white
child born In Ida county, was married
here yesterday to Dr. Harry C. Paine if
Iafayette, Ind., the ceremony being per
formed by Dr. L. H Woodworth of Bt,
Paul and Bev. Mr. Todd of Ida drove
at the Methodist church hero,
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News Item: Ancient Sumerian t ablet, just discovered, makes Noah
by succumbing to the temptation of a water god.
THREATS AGAINST MOYER
His Life Will Be in Danger if He
Returns to Butte.
WILL RESIST THE FEDERATION
Member of Xnv Union Will FIKht
If Any Attempt la Mnde by Clld
OrRnnlinllnn to Anaert
BUTTE, Mont.. Juno 25. The announce
ment In Helena last night of Charles II.
Moyor, president of tho Western Federa
tion of Miners, that he Intended to return
to Butte caused a sensation hero today
when citizens read the Interview. Men
connected with tho proposed vigilantes
openly said that If Moyer should return
to Butto without protection that his Ufa
would be In danger.
They declared that If Mr. Mqycr ap
peared hero or attempted to assert tho
jurisdiction of tho Western Federation
of Miners that certain men connected
with tho Insurgents of the old union
would again resort to armed rcslatonco.
President Michael McDonald said that
he Intended to rid the now Independent
union of the miners of the Industrial
Workers of the World. Tho vice-president,
secretary and treasurer of the new
union are acknowledged to be members
of the Industrial Workers, of the World.
Moyrr Under Gnnrd.
HELENA, Mont, June 25. Uncon
firmed rumors that gunmen had ar
rived here to kill him induced Charles
H. Moyer, president of the Western Fed
eration of Miners, to retlro from public
view today. Ho Is bolng guarded by
friends and the local authorities. Tho
Information that came to the authorities
convince them, they say, that a plot
was formed to do away with the West
ern Federation chlof.
Through a friend, communication was
established this afternoon with Mr.
Moyer, and ho put at rest the apprehen
sion In Butte regarding his return there
"I have no Intention of returning to
Butte at the present time," he said.
"I expect to remain In Helena three or
'four days and will then visit the other
Western Federation locals In the state."
President Moyer emphasized the fact
that the Butte Miners Union was a cor
poration, organized under the laws of
Montana and that it had a right to hold
meetings lawfully, without Interference
from mobs and under tho protection of
the state laws.
I Ai iiemnnd ror rroop.
"I made no demand for troops at the
conference" said Mr. Moyer. "I pre
sented the situation as I have learned It
since going to Butte. Tho city officials
have not protected the people and prop
erty of Butte."
"You could not say" he went on. "that
when men were forced to go down dark
alleys and when peopde are lcavtng the
city In fear of their lives, that Butte
officials are protecting life and prop
Asked if he thought the Industrial
Workers of the World were stirring up
the labor troubles In Butte he replied:
Think It! I know It. The Western
Federation of Miners has nothing In
common with the Industrial Workers of
the World. ,
"Wo do not endorse the theories, or
the methods of men of that type."
AUTO GOES OVER CLIFF,
FOUR PERSONS KILLED
LOS A NOBLES, Cal., June t At the
foot of a hundred-foot bluff on the ocean
beach, near San Pedro, Cal., the bodle
of three women and a man, victims of an
automobile accident, were found today.
Tho automobile, a new car, driven by
Harry Baker, the wireless operator of
San Pedro, had plunged over the bluff
late aat.nlBht. It was Baker's first trip
In the automobile, Percy Townsend, also
a wireless operator, waa unconscious when
found, but physicians say he may ro
Revised Version of the Apple
Eeavis Expects to
File for Congress
in First District
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, Juno 25.-(Speclal,)-lt Is the
prevailing opinion around the atatn houi,o
that Frank Uravls of Falls City Is con
sidering the proposition favorably of en
tering the race for the republican nomi
nation for congrcNH In tho Flratk district.
Mr. Iteavls was In Lincoln yesterday and
talked with several and went homo leav
ing tho Impression with thoso with whom
he talked that he might fife.
Should Mr. Bcavls onter.the race It will
make seven candidates who havo filed
for tho nomination: Two from Otoe, four
from Lancaster and one from Illchardson.
Thero are still three countlos which have
no enndidatn registered, hut the season
will bo open for a month yet and there
1b yet room.
APPEAL GRAND ISLAND CASE
Federal Judges Grant Right for U. P.
to Control Road.
TO GIVE BOND FOR $100,000
Ily Artlon of Court Name Condition
na ExIM Nor Will Pre.Tnll Pend
ing; Decision In Court of
A distinct victory for the Union Paclflo
railroad was scored In United Slates dis
trict court yesterday afternoon, when
Judges Thomas C. and William II. Mun
ger, sitting Jointly In the case brought
by the minority stockholders of tho St.
Joseph Grand Island railway, handed
down a decrco which permits that road
and the Union Pacific, defendants in tho
suit, to give a $100,009 supersedoaa bond
In place of complying with the dissolution
order, while tho case la being carried up
to tlie United States circuit court of ap
peals for further adjudication.
By giving the BilperHedcas bond, which
will bo done today, tho Union Pacific es
capes having tho H.OOo.ooo St. Joseph &
Grand Island property, now controlled by
It, go Into the hands of a receiver and
pass from Its control, pending the hear
ing on appeal The case will bo takon up
by the federal clrauit court of appeals at
St. Louis in December.
As the result of the decree and tho ex
ecution of the big bond tlic existing ar
rangements between the Union Pacific
and St. Josoph & Orand Island road will
continue as formerly, although found by
tho federal court here to be 'In violation
of congressional aclB und therefore Il
legal, By furnishing tho bond the present
control of tho smaller road by the Union
Pacific can continue until the higher court
pauses on the cas.
NUryiBER OF MILCH COWS
ON FARMS IN NEBRASKA
(Fom a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN. Juno 25. (Special.) Ne
braska had G13.000 milch rows on the
farms of the state, according to the year
book of the department of of agricul
ture, issued a few days ago. Iat year
the numhor was estimated at 007,000
The milch cows wero valued at JS7,r.9.000
on January 1, 1911, and at J3O.1O7.O0O In
1913. Oteher cattlo on farms and ranches
were estimated at 1.8S8.000. valued ai 71,-
742,000, January 1, 1914. A year previous
the numler was I,9fi2.0fi0, but there was
an Increase of approximately JIO.000,000 In
value, the cattle In 1913 being valued at
Information received by the Slate Hoard
of Agriculture Indicates the probablo In-
creaae of cattle In the state during tho
fall and winter of 1914-15. It Is also be
lieved that there will be an Increase In
the number of milch oowa.
instead of Adam the original sinneT
WHEAT HARYEST UNDER WAY
Enormous Yield is Found from the
First Fields Cut.
RAILROADS ARE PREPARED
All Are Moat Opt tinlt lo nnil Hhy the.
IllKKcal Whent Crop Nelirnakn
Ifvcr Produced la on the
. . .r. . Wr jkvoret. . . ,
Tho wheat harvest Is In full blast In the
southern tier of counties In Nebraska and
by tho middle of next week H Is expected
that cutting will begin In the northern
half of the Mats. The yield Is bettor than
the most optimistic predicted and rail
road men are plnclng tho total any
where between 80,0000,000 and 90,000,OilO.
In OBge county reports to the Burling
ton am to tho effect that some thrashing
has boon dono and In fields that have
been considered only about an avorago,
wheat mm turned out as high ns forty
and forty-flvo bushels per acre.
General Superintendent D'Bemardl of
tho Missouri Pacific, Just In from Kansas
City made a trip through northern Kansas
laHt week und asserts that from theio
south, the wheat- will pructlcally all be
cut by tho end of the present week and
that threshing will bo well ulong.
ltiillronil to lie Prepared,
Whllo Mr. D'licrnardl anticipates a
bumper wheat crop In both Kansas and
Nebraska, ho Is not looking for any se
rious car nhortage, dun Inrgcly to the
fact that railroads are using extra efforts
to get their grain carrying equipment
Into tho winter wheat districts. Tho
Missouri Pacific, ho says, has the usual
number of cars on tho western lines, and
In addition It Is placing 2,000 boxcarn at
Nebraska and Kansas stations to tuke
out tho early Milpmenta of new grain,
Theso will bo loaded and make one round
trip, at least, before the heavy movement
sets In. In addition to what lsbeingfddno
by the railroads to hurry the grain to
market, fanners of both Nebraska and
Kaunas havo adopted a new system In
tho way of handling their grain. They
are buying steel .tankage, something now
for the storage of wheat. Tho tanks Hre
of galvanized steel, bought In knocked
down condition and put together on tho
farms. Tho tanks hold l.Ouo bushels each,
nr rat, water and dust proof und arc
considerably cheaper than grancrles mnde
801110 reports of threshing have come to
the Burlington nnd Missouri Pacific from
the grain field of Johnson ond ltlrhard
son counties, this state, und the yield Is
unprecedented. Due field in Johnson Is
said to have ylolded forty-nine and 011a
In nichardson county forty-eight bushels
I'p through the Klkluirii valley, from
Fremont to Norfolk, Northwestern re
ports indicate thiil the cutting of wheat
will begin not later thun the mlddlo of
next week, und that the yield will bo the
heaviest In years.
Kverywl(ero tho help question in becom
ing serious with the farmers, and It Is
anticipated that this may delny shocking
to some extent. Tho wages ore ranging
from I2.b0 to 13.50 per day, with board and
llnnrat Under Wn.
HDUAU, Nab., June S6.-(Kpecal.)-Harvestlng
commenced In this vicinity
Wednesday In full HWlng. Ono or two
commenced earlier In the week but on
Wednesday overy binder that will do the
work Ih In the field, Nothing short of a
severe hall storm that wolud bound the
wheat Into the ground or n hurricane can
pievcnt the harvesting of one of the
biggest crops of wheat In tho history uf
the county. Threshing machines are on
their way to their first contract Jobs and
wll commence to separate the wheat from
the sttaw as aoon as tho filed Is In
Fire at Itnpltl ll.
HA PI I) CITY, it. D., Juno .-Flre In
tho Warren Lumber company a yard here
this afternoon destroyed a planning mill,
and nearly 4,000,000 feet of lumber. The
Josa is estimated at over I100.0CO.
A BLOODY BATTLE
Stronghold of Mexican Federals it
Taken at Point of Bayonet at
End of Four-Day Fight.
THOUSANDS DEAD AND WOUNDED
Bodies Are Lying in Heaps on Moun
tain Sides and in Streets of
VILLA LEADS ATTACK IN PERSON
Five of His Staff Are Wounded and
Many Officers Killed.
FIVE THOUSAND ARE PRISONERS
t.nrun SnppIIe of Ammunition
Mini)' Cnnnnn, Itlflea nnd Nine
Troop Trnln Foil Into
Hnnila of Victor.
ZACATECAS, Mex., June 24.-(Delaye6j
In Transmission Over Military Wires.)
The fiercest fighting on both sldea and
an unusually high loss of life to both
federal and constitutionalist ended last
night In the capture of Zacatecas by
General Villa's forces. It required four
days of battle to take the federal strong
hold of central Mexico.
The federals under General Medina
Barron defended their positions stub
bornly. But they finally were overcome)
by the forces of Generala Villa and,
Ntotora, Tho constitutionalist soldiers)
scaled hill after hill and mountain after
mountain, killing and wounding thou
sands of federals nnd sustaining heavy,
losses themselves. So far .It has been
Impossible to secure an accurate esti
mato of losses on both sides.
Tho heaps of dead on the mountain
sides and In the city bore mute testimony,
of the foroclty of tho fighting. General
Villa won In the van of the attacking
party. Five members of his staff,
accompanying hint, were wounded. The)
number of constitutionalist officers killed
or wounded was unusually great. Gen
eral Trinidad Rodriguez, one of the bests
of Villa's brigade commanders, waa :ihot
through tho throat and la not expected)
The constitutionalists in many caaea
had to advanco on hands atld knees n
thoso below on the steep Inclines passed
tho rifles from hand to hand. These feaU
were accomplished under heavy machine)
gun fire. Nothing seemed to lessen tho
determination of Villa's troops, though,
tho federals had thrown up trenches and
rcdous on all sides. Hillsides afforded
no cover for the attacking troops.
The cordon of dofenaft, gradually nar
rowed-until the laatfhllls onlh'e outskirts
of the city fell Into the hands of Villa'
Unttle I,nt Four Dnya.
JIACATICA9, Zac,, Mexico,. June S4,-
Aftor four days if - preliminary fighting,
the final assault on Zacatecaa took placa
yesterday resulting In the capture of th
city at 7:30 p. m. Tile battle was tha
most hotly contested during the present
revolution In tho belief of leaders hero.
Fourteen thousand federals wero eni
trenched In seemingly Impregnable posl
Fivo thousand prisoners, twelve cannon,
nine military trains, 6,000 rifles and three
carloads of cannon and rifle ammunition
were captured by General Villa's troops.
Tho dead on the federal side, according
lo official figures numbered 4,000 and 2,00
wounded, while the losses to the attacking
sldn were not stated definitely. Tho fed
erals were reported to have dynamited
many buildings of the city before evacui
atlng, alaylng thoso of Villas troops who
had occupied the buildings In the s tree 8
neport by Villa.
General Villa himself gave the following
account of tho battle:
"After four days' hard attacks todays,
was the decisive one. The enemy, nunn
boring 14,000 commanded by Medina, Bat.
ron and flvo other generals, -were de1
feated completely by my forces which
were aided effectively by General Nateraa
men. Up to this moment we have B.OftJ
prisoners, twelve cannon, nine trains,
two carloads of rifle ammunition and
cannon shells and nearly 6,000 Mauser
rifles and a largo quantity of provisions
and other munitions of war,
"Tho enemy who escape,! went in the
direction of Azuas Callcntes after dyna-
; niltlng the postoffico, the state trees
uror'B office Hnd tho Btamp revenue of
flee buildings. The explosions killed
many of our men nnd destroyed part of
the city. The dead of the enemy num
her about 4,000 und 2,000 wounded.
"On our part wo cannot tell-. the losses
of tho battle which lasted for five con
secutive days, but I think there are not
moro than COO dead tnil SOO wounded.
Among the latter are Generala Herrera,
and Bodrlguez, who were severely
wounded. Our artillery operated splen
didly. The federals destroyed every fort,
Iho last lwslng Kl Grlllo."
nenrrnla HuelnK Tovrnrd Capital.
KL PABO, Tex., Juno 25. The taking
of acatecas by Villa troops places the
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