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MOUN'INU, .1ANUAKY 1C, 1!15 SLXTEKN IWCIX
Oa Trains and at
tTotsl Kiwi ntsnds. Bo
siXGLE cory two cents.
CAREFUL CHECK OF
ALL MONEYS PAID !
Taylor of Custer Adds a Few More
Restrictions to the Expendi
ture of Coin of the
STATE OFFICERS ARE WARNED
Notice Given in Advance that All
' Overtime Must Be Carefully
POWER BILLS INTRODUCED
(From a Staff Correipondent.)
MNCOlaN, Jan. 1R. (Special.) Spasms
of economy surge over the house at each
recurring session of that body and hava
pome so frequently that members of the
tipper house have even suggester that
perhaps the next move will be to bring
the trusties from the penitentiary to per
form the clerical work o fthe session.
Today Taylor of Custor, well , known
eoanomlst of days gone by, had the house
adopt another rule to safeguard expendi
tures whereby a string of "O. K's" sev
eral yards long la required before any
money Is paid out.
Pointer to State Of fleers.
The The resolution goes so far that It
Instruots the state officers In their d li
tis sand admonishes the secretary of
state, state auditor and printing commis
sioner to approve no vouchers or issue
warrants until claims have been passed
upon and approved by the committee on
employes or tha committee on expendi
tures and also provides that on January
19 and every two weeks thereafter these
two committees shall report to the house
in detail tha amounts paid out to each
employe for regular time, overtime, sal
ary and mileage drawn by each member,
supplies bought and some other things.
Bills go Far Introduced.
The first week of the session closed
with an adjournment this morning until
2 p. m, Monday. The record shows that
.fifty-three bills have been Introduced
, In the senate and eighty-four in tho
In the senate Bygland of Boone leads
the procession In the Introduction of bills,
seven being credited to hliri, ' while -Beal
;of Custer comes next with six, Lahhers of
Jefferson and Qulnby of Douglas with
five each, Bhumway of Dixon with four
and Bedford of Douglas with three. The
rest of the members have fallen below
that number, Brookley, Dodge, Doulhett,
Henry, Kohl, Marshall, Mattes. Plller,
Robertson, Spencer, Weesner and Wilson
of Dodge having not yet broken (nto the
In the house end on account of the
drouth In employes the record has not
yet been prepared.
Court House Bill
To Make It Valid
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, Jan. 15. (Special.) To
I remedy the defect which Invalidated the
jlfuinmel act, passed 'by the legislature
I of 1913 and afterward declared uncon
stitutional by the supreme court, the
same bill has been Introduced again this
'year in slightly changed form to meet
the legal objectims that operated to
BDllUl It. ' '
The Hummel act provided that a coun
ty board might make a special levy of
axes, not exceeding lluO.OOl), for the con
struction of s courthouse or jail, upon
the filing of a petition signed by St per
eent of the legal voters in the county,
without calling a special election to vote
upon the question.
COL THRASHER CUSTODIAN,
NOT JANITOR, IN SENATE
LdNCOLN, Jan. 16.-r5peelaI.)-Coloncl
.Thrasher of Plattsmonth is considerably
agitated because the list of. employes
published In the newspapers makes him
a Janitor of the senate chamber. "I am
not a Janitor,", .said the colonel this
morning. "My official cognomen Is
custodian of the gallery. T have been re
ceiving letters from horns Jollying me be
,causs I have accepted a Job as Janitor
and I want the public to know that I
am a custodian and not a Janitor.?
1915. 1914. 1913. 1912.
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Highest yesterday ,
Slowest yesterday ,
Xean temperature .
tures from the normal
Excess for the day
Total excess since March
(Normal precipitation ....
Btmwncf lor me aay - .02 inch
joiai ramrau since March 1..W0I nches
ffaciency since Man h 1. ..... 3. Inches
5"c 5vy Ior cor- Pcr o,l. 113.. 6 S inches
leficiency for cor. period, isus.. 4.0 inches
Reports from Mlatlons at' 7 P. M.
Btation and Plate Temu. Iliirli-'n.i-
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Cheyenne, snow ......... M
ilavenpurt. clear 411
lles Moines, pt. vloudy. .. 40
Lander, cloudy 24
North Platte, cloudy .... 30
Omaha, clnudy 81
l'ueblo. eloVidy J2
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Hanta Ke, snuw a
Sheridan, snow 2i
l-igux I'ity, clnudy 30
Aalentine, snow 14
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L. A. WELSH, LoumI Forecaster.
JAPANESE NURSES ON WAY TO FRENCH BATTLE
FIELDS Seventeen Japanese nurses, under the leader
ship of Dr. J. Suzuki, photographed in New York en route
from Tokio to French battlefields.
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COUNTY FEE EYIL
IS TO BE STOPPED
Chairman Beit of Finance Commit
tee Propoils Leffiiei6n to End -
All Official Grafting-.'' ",:
DELEGATION ALREADY PLEDGED
The fes evil in' Douglas county will .be
alrallsbed if the legislature adopts recom
mendations to be mado by Frank BchI.
In his annual report as chairman of the
finance committee of, the county bbard
and already approved In outline by .the
other members. The Douglas county dele
gation In the. legislature' I'.' pledged to
favor legislation against "fee grafting."
Mr. Best's repbrt, he' announced, will
advocate legislation requiring .county of
ficials to turn' into the trrositry every
cent received by them in any way in
their, official "capacity.'."') ' ': '.; )
Two principal leaks of county funds
which would le stopped toy such a law
are the naturalization tee "holdup"' by
Robert Smith, clerk of the district court,
and the vital ata: Unties fees "easy. meney'-'-recclved
by Dr. It. J. Connell, city health
physician. .... , ,
' Broadwell (nr. "
Clerk Smith's attempt to 'claim' insanity
fees aggregating-about J7,W) has already
been defeated by tho' supreme court whw
it decided -the "Bfoadwell 'case."
Mr. Bmlth has In" his possession-several'
thousands of dollars naturalization fees.
A suit started by. the county board" to
recover these is pending In the courts.
Dr. Connell-receives from 11,300 to fl,S00
per year for "Yecordlng vita! statistics,"
which are figures on. births, deaths and
marriages, etc., although this . same task
is a part of his duties -as city health
physician, for which he Is paid a salary
by the city. The. county lost a-suit
against him under the present statutes
and now legislation is .necessary to stop
this evil. . . .
County Coimnisuioncr Lynch was re
sponsible for starting antitfee grabbing
agitation 'when'; he - initiated the' suit
against Clerk' Smith. ' , -
Police Officers in- -Chicago
Charges of Graf ting
CHICAGO, III., Jan.- 10. Police Captain
James O'Donnell Btottr, Detective Ser
geant Michael Welsbaum and Kred Rothi
a former policeman, ,.wre -indUted- on
charges of conspiracy torts y by the'grand
Jury, which for a week has been; con
ducting an Inquiry into- alleged graft
among police ' officials ' of the " Maxell
street station. A
There were fifteen counts In the Joint
Indictment, by. which the .men were ac
cused of having corruptly refus-d to ar
rest certain persons for crimes - com
mitted or about to be committed and
of having aided these persons in the
! commission of crimes and - having sup
j pressed testimony and offered perjured
Specifically the defendants are ac
cused of having advance notices of a
burglary at Hcha arts Urol hers on July
JO, 191 when woolens worth M,0u were
'stolen; a burglary of a clothing store
on Heptember 10, 1913, when S6.0J0 worth
of clothing was taken, and sn attempted
robbery of another store on September
AVI . - .'
WARNING SENT TO
CARRANZA BY 0. S.
America Tells Mexican Threatened
Confiscation of -Joreigi Prop-; -'
- eTty l&ij Cause Trouble.
OIL IS NEEDED FOR ENGLAND
WASHINGTON.' Jan. 15-Tlie United
J-Xates government ha sent a warnin
to General Carranxa, pointing out thii
"serious consequcnci-s may follow" hi
threatened confiscation of foreign-ownr
oil plants In Tamplco. This announce
nient was made by Becrctary Hryan,
after the .latter ' hud 'rnnfrri-.i uiii. ui.
ICecll Hprlng-Klcc. the Hrltlsh anil.sjtsa-
uor, and representatives of American
Already the Carranza officials have
practically enforced an embargo on the
exportation of oil by a big Knglish com:
patiy.' Tho" British 'nmbussH.lnr i il
suggestion of Mr." Bryan, sent an urgent'
leiegram to tne British consul at Vera
Crux, which he. was instructed to show
to Carranza. - - - .
-: ;. "sag e rf . t'osniesl Isss.
As the British fleet obtains much of
Its fuel from rthe Tampico oil. fields, the
posisi'bllily t aei-ious complications over
the Carranza government's a'ttltude . Is
fully realized by tho Airerlcan govern
Mr. Bryan said today that the'f'oreign !
owned oil companies, "feared confisca
tion ; of tht ir Veils," by Carranza, and I
that' the urgent repnseptatlons had been!
" A decree Issued by the Carranza govern,
ment makes It Impossible " for some of
the .' foreign oil companies to operate
without the consent of the Mexican au
thorities, and' some of 'tho American
concerns. It Is said, have " been forced
to' pay.-so. heavy a tax that they have
been practically compelled to, shut down
their plants. Althougn there are Dutch
Interests at Tamplco, no representations
have as yet bees made by the Nether
lands'' government. , ....
Mrilrsi Thanks Bras. . .
fcdiiardo Kturblde, former governor of
tha federut district of M'xko. . personally
expressed hi thanks to Secretary Bryan
today for the efforts of I he United
States government In assisting him to
leave Mexico. j ,
Mr. Bryan lnsued a statement explain
ing -some-of the' clrcgniMancn of Itur
bldes departures. It referred to the
statement issued by General Palafox, ex
plaining what had been construed as a
charge by him that John II, Hlliman and
Leon Canova hud accepted billies to aid
Iturblde.to escape the churges, were base
less, the statement said.
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Uatlvrrrs t'llrs " K peer la.'
' WASinNOTON. Jn. IS.-Gencral Eu
lallo . Gutierres. heal of the provis
ional government In Mexico ' City, has
publicly .expressed his approval ot that
portion of. President Wilson's speech at
Indianapolis, referring to Mexican affairs
the text of an autographed letter by I
Gullerre, whl. h appeared In the Mexico.
City press, was today given out by the'
Private Yacht Burns,"
Five Persons Dead
BKAl-KORT. N. C. Jan. 15.-Klve per
sons srs dead as the result of the de
struction of the private yacht Julia by
firs in Pamlico sound early tod.ay.
Kaiser's Army Has Been Advancing
Near Soissons for Several Days,
but Has Not Recovered
All Iost Ground.
BRITISH TROOPS ARE ADVANCING
Report from La Bassee Says They
Pushed tJerman Line There
Back for One Mile.
MORE SNOWFALL AND FLOODS
The Day's War News
.In Condensed Form
RRlTfVll force a stormed the lierrasa
entrenched onalttoas near La
nMee, la I'rssre, shoot ten miles
Vth of the Helalan hiirHfr, srlv.
Ia ssrlt ittf (iermasa with heavy
losses knd advsnelna one mile.
The positions Involved are of con
siderable strsteale valoe, bat ron
flrmatlnn of their reported ran
f h m I- U.LI..
(iKHM S have, won Important ad-
vantaaes over the antes ornr
Hnlnsons. Nriir Perthes, In the Ar-
nhrrr alonsr the western front ;
where 'recently there have been
heavy enaaaemeats activity has
PKTHOfsn.tD Is confident that the
(irnsaaa sffenslve movement in Po-lartd-
hns spent Its force, and the
war office announce, that Ras
slnn forces have made aalna alona
Tl HKHII forces which penetrated
Prrala, nenpjlng Tabrls, are aow
advanrlnsr lato the Interior. -The
port la said to hove offered to
withdraw the forces front Persia
If Rossis, also wonld do so.
FRK1SCH official statement anys
that tier ma a positions near Arras
were esnlurrd by soaavrs In a
lU'SMAN are n era I utaff expects a
roneerted attack by the tier ma 11
forces west nnd sonthwrst of Wsr
saw. LONDON. Jan. 16.,-Ths violent German
attack to the north of Soissons under the
direction of General von Kluck, which,
coupled with a flood stago of the river,
has forced tho Krench back across the
Alsne, Is the most striking news of the
last' twenty-tour hours from the heat of
The Germans lve been gaining In this
locality for several days, but they had
not recovered all of. the ground lust by
tficuiT "Yd Is engagement north of Hots
sons is' the first notable flgnttng In the
vicinity since last (September, when the
British army which ubsequontly was
transferred to Belgium was succsssful In
crossing the Aluno.
Snow In the Vosges mountains and
floods in Flanders still prevent any ex
tensive operations on the eastern or west
ern wings,' and to British observers it ap
pears as though the Hoissons district had
been selected for tho point where, with
reinforcements and first-line troops, the
Germans are planning to display ones
more the hammering tactics so familiar
during the autumn. On tho other hand,
some war experts argue that the opera
tions at Soissons may have been under
taken to compel the allies to lessen tha
pressure In Alsace.
The British claim to have won a
marked successful (victory several days
ago near Iabassee, when they drove the
Germans from strongly entrenched posi
tions, gaining one mile In distsnce and
inflicting severe losses on their antag
onists. . .
Thre has been no change of Import
ance in the eastern arena of the wsr.
Italy has been momentarily distracted
from thoughts of war by the devastating
earthquake of January IS. The assertion
still Is being made In London that the
allies confidently expect Italy to Join
them In due course.
Nothing Important to
Report, Says France
PARIS. Jan. 15. The following official
communication was Issued tonight:
"There Is nothing of Importance to re
port " ,'
The National Capital
Frtdsy, Jsassry 16. 11B.
Met at noon.
Henator Lodge spoke on the national de
fences. henstors Root. Hitchcock and Rwaasvm
were appointed to confer with Bccrotsry
Bryan on amending the Colombian treaty.
Confirmed nomination of Frederick 1..
Hiddons as assistant justice of the Dis
trict of Columbia supreme court.
Recessed at : p. ni. to 11 a. m. Hat
urday. The lloass.
Met at noon.
Representative Beakes of Michigan pro
posed a constitutional amendment to
make the presidential term six years.
Irrigation appropriation bill - carrying
tl3.K7H.imO reported by Chairman Hmlth of
the Irrigation committee.
Agreed to continue consideration of river
and harbor appropriation In night session
Tw'nty-.sevt'ii Quarter Sec
tions AVlieat Land
This la located in the Niobrara val
ley, In northern Box Butte county,
Nebraska. This location sxcels in
potato raising and the still and clim
ate is especially adapted to spring
and durum wheat. This la all in on
body and Is so excellent proposition
to colonize. Will sell all ur halt.
Might consider some exchange if
Tor farther lafonuatlos about
this opportunity sss tbs Want
Ad section of today's .
Estimates of Number of Dead at
Avczzano and Sora Increasing
PARIS, Jan. IS.-A dispatch to the
Mavaa Agency from Rome quotes the
number of dead at Avettann la larger
than has been believed According to
his paper 11.000 persons lie buried be
neath t!io rulna of Hie city.
The Messegaro says that at Cappa
rioclo all the houses are uninhabitable
and the people are camping on the snow.
Tmenty bodies have ben recovered from
the ruins there and It Is estimated that
thirty mors are still beneath the debris.
. The town of Sourrotanla Is now noth
ing but a pile of ruins, beneath which
are burled hundreds of bodies. Of the
I population of "TO only .thirty escaped
At Magllano dl Marl l.M) were killed.
Capello was destroyed, with the lc.es of
more than 1.300 lives. Nearly the entire
population of 8an Benedetto, numbering
J.oon, met death. The towns of Orliichlo,
with 2.100 Inhabitants, and Glnsamarsl,
with 3.JH0, are In ruins. At Pesclna tho
number of deaths Is nhmit 4.000, which
Is approximately one-half of the popu
lation. Many Die la Other titles.
I I5NDON. Jan. U.-T.ie Exchanse Tel
egraph company, has received a message
t from Its Rome correspondent, wiio says
that the magnitude of the Italian tilsas.
' ter Increases as further news from the
I A.mtmtmA mfmm la Mralvftd.
PAkIS WAR OFFICE
Positions in Belgium and France
Taken hy Storm and Others De
molished by Artillery.
VILLAGE OF ST. PAUL RETAKEN
PARIS, Jan. 15.-:t5 p. m.)-The
Krench war office thla afternoon gave
out an official communication which says:
From the sea to the I as there were
yesterday artillery engagements, some of
them quite spirited. We made progress
near l.or.ibaertr.yde and near Becelaere.
To Hie north. ot Arras a" brilliant attack
by Xouavea resulted In the capture at the
point of. the. bayonet of the positions o
the enemy near the road between Arras
end Ullo. - 1 ' - -
"In this tame region, at Targette and
at St. faurcnt, as well at at a point to
the north of Amlechy In the region ot
hoye, our artillery secured the advan
tage over that of the enemy. German
batteries were reduced to silence, two
pieces ' of artillery were demolished, a
depot of ammunition was exploded and
field works . In course ot construction
were destroyed. 1
"At a point two kilometres ( mile and
a quarter) northeast of SulaKons the Ger
mans' yesterday attacked the village of
St. Paul.. They enteted the. village, but
we. Jpst : i.o 1 1 1 roe I ft mpwl ng it. fc
Violent Artillery KBsvaaemeal, -
"In tho region of Croanne and near
Rhelms there .were .yesterday violent ar
tillery engagements during the course of
which the ' batteries of the enemy were
frequently reduced to silence.
"In the region of Perthes, In the Ar-
ffonne. sml on the 1ilvhfa' nf tH Unii..
j there has been nothing Important to re
port. We have destroyed the font bridges
set up by the Germans over the river
Meuse et t. Mlhlel, and In tho forest of
A Illy -we ' repulsed an attack upon the
trenches taken by us January S,
-"lit the Vosges to the aojith of Kenon
nrs we repulsed the Germane after a
spirited Infantry engagement. We broke
h rough their barbed wire entanglements
and occupied their trenches.
"Along the rest of .the front there Is
nothing to report."
Women Live Struck .
By the Earthquake
AVKZZANO, Jan. 15 The physicians en
gaged In the work of rescue formed an
organisation and established two field
hospitals. They made arrangements for
medical and surgical work day and night.
In digging among the ruins, rescuers
discovered a woman's hand. A physician
was summoned and said the woman was
still alive. The rescuers . worked with
feverish hssto, but It a as almost Im
possible to dislodge the mass of shattered
masonry In which the woman waa Im
prisoned. After several hours only one
arm was freed. ' Then the attempt waa
abandoned for the physician ssld that
death had made futile the efforts of the
Many houses are In ruins In Saraclneico,
a village perched on tha summit of a
crag, which has been well known to sev
eral generations of American artists on
account . of the ' unusual beauty of the
young women who have coma from that
town t servo as artists" models. The
ruins of the medieval eastls there rolled
down the face of the mountain.
. on Committee to
Confer with Bryan
WASHINGTON. Jan.. 16. - Senators
Root, Awaneon and ' Hitchcock were
named today members of a foreign rela
tions sub-committee to confer with Sec
retary Bryan on amending the pending
treaty to pay Colombia 125,000,000 for the
partition of I'anama. There . Is some
sentiment for reducing the sum and to
strike out the clause In which the United
ritatrs would express "sincere regret" to
CHAPERONE AT CAPITOL,
KNOCK STIRS S0LONS
HKI.ENA, Mont., Jan' 18 -Rejecting
today a petition from the Woman's
Htuily league of Helena that a ehaperone
bs appointed-for women employes at the
state capitol during the session of the
legislature, a joint rommittee of the sen
ate and house addressed a rebuke to the
petitioners. The committee declared the
petition was n reflection uion the law
making body or the state.
The casualties at Mngliano dl Marsl
are estimated at 1,30 out of a population
of 1,500. At Pesolnl t.Ktt persons are re
ported killed and the number of dead
St an Benedetoe Is gien as .1.000.
All the people of the village of Capelle
are believed to be burled In the ruins of
their homes. The entire population of
A I lis f licenses also Is believed to have
perished, and out of too Inhabitants In
the village ot Less 4M are said to be
Every town In the I .hi valley Is re
ported today to have been either totally
destroyed or very seriously damaged.
The work of rescue at Pora Is being
pushed with all possible expedition. Thero
Is, however, little hope of saving any of
the people alive. King Victor Emmanuel
Is going to Mora today.
Thoasands Head at ora.
ROMB, Jan. 15. There Is reason to be
lieve that only a few hundred persons
out of the 17,000 who Inhabited 801a have
been saved. It Is Impossible as yet to
ascertain the exact number of dead and
wounded. Relief expeditions have been
hurrfed to Sora, and every hour Is bring
ing more harrowing particulars of the
destruction of the ton.
The shocks were so severe at Hora that
some buildings were apparently removed
from their foundations and overturned
some distance from their original posi
tions. The I.lrl river Is In flood.
Asserts Dry Kansas
More Wicked State
Than Wet Nebraska
WASHINGTON. Jan 15,-Prohlbltlon
was debated In the senate nearly nil
day without a voto being reached on Sen
ator Hheppard's motion to auapend tho
rules to consider an amendment to tha
District of Columbia appropriation bill
which would prohibit the sale of liquor in
Senator Martins attacked the proposed
legislation as In violation- of the personal
liberty of the residents of ths district and
declared the creator must have planned
that man should use alcohol when he
made all ths most nutritious fruits and
grains rich In that stimulant, lie read
statistics which he said showed that
crime, lunacy and other evlla wars mors
prevalent In Kansas, a state-wide prohibi
tion commonwealth, than In Nebraska,
where local option prevailed.
Senator Williams said he had changed
his opinion since hs opposed prohibition
In Mississippi, and challenged, senators to
show that whisky had ever bettered any?
"I love a toddy as well as did Daniel
Webster or George Washington," he said,
"but It never did me or anybody else any
good, except to make them feel better for
a little while.".'
Two Killed, and
Twelve Injured in
Wreck at Runnels
DRS MOINRH. Ia Jan. IS Two per
sona were killed and twelve Injured when
two rear cars on the northbound Wabash
train. No. 1, from 8t. Louis, wets de
tailed near Hunnels. Ia., today. A broken
rail Is said to have been the cause.
Charge Wdman Beat
Little Child to Death
TAOOMA. Wash.. Jan. IS. Mrs. Bertha
Dlfley, housekeeper In ths home of Amos
It. Hall of this city, was arrested today
on complaint 'of neighbors that she had
beaten to death Hall's 8-year-old son,
Clarence. Tho body of the child, who
died January 11, was exhumed by the
coroner and found covered with brnlses.
An Inquest has been ordered.
Hall, whose business called hltn from
the city, frequently employed Mrs. Dlfley
to care for his homo and motherless
children. He was shsent at the tlms of
the child's destb and burial. A doctor's
certificate gave the cause of death as
convulsion and cercbal hamorrhages.
Neighbors appealed to the city officials,
asserting that they had warned Mrs.
Dlfley to cease her cruel beatings of the
House Accepts Report
On Alien Measure
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15.-The confer
ence report on the Immigration bill,
which Includes the literacy test waa ac
cepted by the house today by a vote of
V.1 to 6. It already lias been adopted by
the senate and now goes to the, president,
who will hold publlo hearings.
River Seine Rises,
PARIS, Jan. lo.-Tho river Heine la
rising rapidly. At Troyes It is already
out of Its banks and passenger boat serv
ice has been temporarily suspanded. At
vsrlous places the tributaries are out
of their banks.
HARRY P0LSKY SHOOTS
HIMSELF THROUGH HEAD
During a fit of despondency, Harry
Polsky, sliaa Iks Polsky, of Uncoln, an
ex-convlct, shot himself through the
head with a 3&-cslibre revolver In a room
at the Hotel London. 523 North Fifteenth
Polsky for over a year had threatened
at various times to end his life and for
mors thsn a month had carried a revol
ver wrapped In a piece of newspaper,
wherever hs went.
The ollce were summoned at ones by
ths clerk ot Uis establishment, who said
Polsky had not been In ths room mora
than five minutes alien he heard the
An acquaintance stated that Polsky
had declared ha waa being haunted by
the spirit of h's dead wife, but as far.
as the police know he is a single mnn.
The bodv was taken In charge -by tho
coroner, who Is tring to locate relatives.
SIXTY TOWUS 111
Latest Estimates Place Number ot
Dead at Twenty-Five Thous- ;
sand and Injured at Thirty
BIGGEST DAMAGE AT AVEZZAN0
Shock Felt ag Far North as Swiss
FrorftieT and Numerous Ava
lanches Occur in Alps.
KING DIRECTS RELIEF WORK
PARIS, Jan. 15. A dispatch to
the Havaa Agency from Rome quotes
tbn Messaggero aa saying ttiat the
number of dead at Avxsano is larger
than has been believed. According,
to thla paper 11,000 persons lie
burled beneath the rulna of the city.
ROME, Jan. 15. Constantly
aiftlng estimates, based on reports
that continue to trickle in. now plac
the death toll from Wednesday's
earthquake at 20,000 and the in
jured at a number in the exoeas of
Hundreds, possibly thousands, of
victims still ara burled alive In the
wreckage of their homes, while res
cuers from every walk of life strug
gle desperately to dig them out.
King Victor Emmanuel, who re
turned to Rome from Avezzano last
night, personally superintended tha
release of a number of auch unfor
tunates. Ths king reached the capital In his
private ear. to which were attached three
coachea bearing forty wounded. These.
I like the other hundreds who are slowly
reaching Home, wrere distributed about
the hospitals, regular and extroardlnary,
in the- city.
Pope Benedict this morning offered to
the mayor of Rome the uas of the hos
pital of Santa Marta. The offer was
Two t itle Are Destroyed.
The principal loss of life and probably
ths chief property damage appears to
have been in Avessano and Sera, fifteen
miles away. Both of these municipali
ties were destroyed and their population
virtually wiped out.
Latest reports place ths number ot
dead In Avessano at 10,000 and In Sora
at 4,010. In at least sixty other to as
more than S.000 hava been killed.'. Prom
these towns corns the majority 'of the
Injured. In Avessano and Sora almost
everyone was killed. .
The sltustion In Avessano Is Increas
ingly grave because of the destruction
of tha aoqueduct system and the con
sequent shutting off of the water supply.
Communication slowly Is being re-established
and two hastily Improvised hos
pitals and one refuge camp hava been
Americana A 1st Hescae Work.
Ths rescue forces have been augmented
by ths staff of ths United States em
bassy at Rome, dispatched to Avessano
In automobiles by Ambassador Thomas ,
Nelson Page. The secretaries urtd at
taches carried supplies of clothing and
provisions for the sufferers. i :
Reports from Swltierland - show that
the quake was felt among th Alps and
caused destructive avalanches there.
As In the Messina catastrophe it is be
lieved that It will be weeks before the
loss of life csn bs ' known or the prop
erty loss accurately compiled. The work
o, recovering bodies Is proceeding slowly.
Reports today from ths north say the
shock was felt as far aa the Swiss fron
tier, and that in ths Alps 'In thst region
there were numerous avalanches, the re
sult of the earthquake. This would make
It appear that the disturbance extended
throughout ths entire length of Italy,
with ths sxoeption of tha extreme south
The Italian government and people have
quickly responded to ths call for help
from ths stricken people. Thousands of
troops have been sent to the scene and
the work of rescue and relief Is going on
night and day. Supplies ot food, clothing,
blankets and medlolnes have been dis
patched by train, where posatbls and hy
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