Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, March 19, 1916, NEWS SECTION, Image 1
The Omaha Sunday Bee PART ONE N NEWS SECTION PAGES ONE TO FOURTEEN. THE WEATHER. Cloudy OMAHA, SUNDAY MORXINU, MAKCIl 10, l!)ir-SIX SrXTIOXK nHl'lT-FOUR PAGES. VOL. XIaV NO. 40. SINHLK COPY FIVE CENTS DOUBLE TRAGEDY ENDS ROMANCE OF YOUNG IOWA PAIR 'Edward J. Maynard, Former In itractor at Clarinda, la., Hos pital, Kills Wife and Then Shoots Self. WEDDED ONLY TWO MONTHS Lodger in the House Hears Shots and Discovers the Bodies. TTTAC . VT TTTT T. FtlTTTl Vrn A Murder and suicide wound up the two-month wedded career of Ed ward J. Maynard, former instructor at the Iowa State hospital at Cla rinda, and his wife. In his room at the lodging house of John Michel, 2019 St. Mary's avenue, he fired two loads from a twelve gauge repeat ing shotgun into her body and then blew out his own brains with a re 5:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Oscar ?el8on, another roomer at the house, heard the shots and ran to the room, finding the door locked. He gained entrance by bursting open the door, and found the two bodies lying across each other on the floor. A twelve gauge shot gun of the repeating variety lay to the right of the woman's body and two empty shells were found on the floor close by, while in his own hand, Maynard Grasped a .3S-callber revolver which he had used to blow out his own brains. ' Woman Shot Twice. The body of Mrs. Maynard was shot In two places, tho flesh being torn from her arms and a hole shot through her right side. Upon arrival of physicians Bhe was still alive, and was hurried to Bt. Jo seph's hospital, where she died shortly after her arrival. The bullet with which Maynard shot himself was found several feet, from his body on the floor. A note which ho had writted was found on tho bed a few feet to the right. "Dear Mother: Our trunvts are all packed. Of course you may sell my Utuff, and C.'s (the wife's first name) mother can do tho eam with hers. I am going, or have gone dippy. I will talk to you from the 'coal pile.' Qood-bye, ED." The above note was addressed to his mother, Mrs. A. M. Heath, Los Angeles, Cal. The Maynards had Just returned from Clarinda, la., where the husband had spe.it ' some -time a an Instructor of n.rri!es tn the State ilospltal and had lltxl at the residence of John M lobjtJJirrh, but two weeks. John Mirhela stated that to the best of his knowledge the couple hud had no quarrels since their arrival, and could see no apparent reason for the act. , Mli-s. Maynard hafl herself been a nurse at thftJioepltal with which her husbend waa connected, and It waa there they were married two months age. She had roomed at the home of Mr. Micholi about a year ago for some length of time and was well liked by all who knew her. Her mother resides at Parsons, Kan., and has been notified of tho murder. Mr. Maynard was a member 'of the Spanish-American War Veterans and was in good standing at the time of his death. He was addicted to the use of morphine, the police said, when a hypodermic needle was found on the floor of the room and a large supply of the drug concealed nearby. MAN HELD AT LOUISVILLE. SAYS HE'SAN EX-CONVICT IjOUISVILLE. Ky., March 18. (Special Telegram.) "I am an escaped convict from the penitentiary at lncaster. Neb,," stated Arthur Campbell, while n the witness stand In police court this morning. Campbell had been arrested at a city dump on a charge of Vagrancy. Camp bell further testified that his right name was Shelby Richard Baxter, and. that he escaped on April W, 1915. He waa serving a term of one to thirty years for train robbery.' He said his prison number was Improvements at Shenandoah. PirENANDOAH, la., March IS. Spe cial.) Forty blocks of paving will be laid In Shenandoah this summer. Three hun dred and seventy-f.ve dollars will te g ven In prizes for the farmers that keep the best stretches of dragged roads. A J20,iX0 Presbyterian church will bo constructed tbJs Bprlng. Work . has begun on a garage with a frontage or 125 feet Dy ,a feet on two main streets for Fred Crls built by F. N. Hackett. A sorghum factory will be opened here this month A resit room is planned st the city library or some convenient building for women. Plans have been made for a IIVM arimry building for Company ITs headquarters and a meeting place for conventions. The Weather Hours. He-' "' " a. m IS rtJl. ti a. m :-. V wSiJiiy ? a. in Vf iTxl' S . m V W a. in 1 a. m - SjtrdCT' H m TV 1-' m L ' 1 P- m V k 2 p. m 51 . CLOUTV 0 3 p. in hi V ,1 p. m i-( r 7 p. in ....47 Comparative L.ocal Record, 1916 1315 19M 1913 llieheat yesterday T..1 37 21 iW l.o-nt )eeterday . M '-& 1M fj .Mean temperature 44 M ?4 .'- Precipitation 0) T .? .to Temperature and precipitation depar tures from the normal: Normal lenu" "ttuie 37 V X reus for ll ft ay 7 Total rs.cea s...cu Mulch 1 4'. Nm-nvil precipitation 4 III' h Deficit- ii' ' for the da v Hindi Total rainfall since Mufti 1 1" inch 1 let'idi'iH-y Mince Aarch 1 2 Inch Kxcem fur em-. -rlo l. 1 f 1 7 Inch ....!. -i v fir cor. Wlind I'll 4 . .'.3 inch T in'll'ates trace of precipitation J.. .V. WKI.SII. I..,cul r'oiecaster. AUSTRIANS CAPTURE AN ITALIAN POSITION ON THE ISONZO FRONT Vienna Headquarters Announces Taking of Fortification North of the Tolmino Bridgehead. REPORT RECEIVED IN BERLIN Nearly Five Hundred Prisoners, In cluding Sixteen Officers, Are Seized. THREE MACHINE GUNS PRIZES BENLIN, March 18. (By Wire less to Sayville.) The capture of an Italian position north of the Tol mino brlhgehead on the Isonzo front Is reported In today's Austro-Hun-garlan headquarters statement re ceived here from Vienna. The Aus trlans took prisoner 449 Italians, among whom were sixteen offlcehs, besides capturing throe machine guns and a mine thrower. The text of the statement says: "On the lower Isonzo the Kalians attacked near Selz with weak forces, being repulsed .when they reached our obstncles. "The Austro-Hungariana attacked northwahd of the Tolmino bridge head, conquered the enemy's posi tion and captured 449 Italians, among whom were sixteen officers, and took three machine guns and one mine thrower." Mann Asserts Hay Army Measure to Be Inadequate to Needs WASHINGTON', March IS. Tho house military bill is President Wilson's own bill. Chairman Hay of the military com jnittee informed tho house today, when debate on the measure was resumed under the ten-hour rule. "I may say," ha said in . reply to a question, "in broad language that this Is the president's bill; that he thoroughly approves of It." Chairman Hay said the bill "carries out the recommendations of the presi dent's message and goes a little farther." He added that while tho bill did not con tain the continental army provision the president was satisfied the proposed fed eralization pf tho Rational Guard would accomplish the same purpose. wvlt-aldlipreKcntaUve Moore, re publican, of Pennsylvania, 'gentlemen 'oting for this bill will be voting for the president's convictions?" "They will," Mr. Hay responded. Representative Mann, minority leader, attacked the bill as being inadequate to meet the demands of the present time. He said: "We are having a little trouble on the border of Mexico and are sending a few soldiers Into that country The time for this came after we had had troops on the border for four years in contempla tion of that very thing. Yet when this trouble occurred these troops were not actually sent across the border until the house had passed a resolution ordering an Increase of 30,005 men to take the places of the few soldiers who might cross. "Never was there a more pat illustra tion Uhan that of the fact that the present army and the proposed Increase in it, while sufficient in times of artual peace, would not bo sufficient In time of war or when any occasion arises for even a miniature war. and today we have the greatest war of the ages going on." Representative Mann said the United States must take a prominent place In defending Its own rights and those of smaller neutrals and in upholding Inter national laws "I believe," e said, "that It la the duty of the United States to prepare now an army which will add to the weight of the suggestions we make." "Tlie time has come when It is wise for us to consider the possibility and even the probability of the future and prepare now for what may come to us. If we do not prepare now we may regret It to the end of our lives." Representative Kahn, rnnking minority member of the military committoe, said war came suddenly in modern times, and wisdom and patriotism demanded a rea sonable measure of preparedness for war. With adequate preparation In peace times, he said, thousands of lives might have been saved in the country's wars. "Great Britain was compelled finally to adopt conscription," ho said. "I believe that If ever we become Involved In any great war It will become necessary to resort to the draft." Extensive Fire Near High Railroad Bridge Below Juarez KL PASO, March 18. An extensive fire was observed this afternoon several miles below Juan a along the Mexican North western railway line. It seemed to be near what is known as High Bridge. H0VEY BECOMES VICE PRESIDENT OF BANK HERE PICNVKR, Colo., March 18.-Ford E. Hovey, president of the Denver Union Stock Yards bank, has resigned to ac cept the vice presidency of the Stock Yards National bank of Omaha, accord ing to an announcement today. No suc cessor has been selected. ALDRICH MAKES ADDRESS BEFORE COMMERCIAL CLUB HEWARD. Neb., March IS. i Special Telegram.) Former Governor Chester H. Aldrt'h delivered an address on "Ne braaka and lis Resources," lust night before (the ex-ward Commercial club on the occasion of the annual dinner of the western portion of the slate was eietiully lauded In the speech. VILLA NEAR SAN GERONIMO VITM r A LARGE I Bandit and Considerable Force Re ported to Be Making Their , Way to Namiquipa, in West Chihuahua. IN THE VICINITY OF MADERA Message to Douglas from Commander of One of Carranza's Columns to the South. MUCH AMMUNITION HID IN HILLS DOUGLAS, Ariz., March 18. Francisco Villa and a large numher of his handlts have been located near San Geronlmo, Chihuahua, and are making their way to Namiquipa, In western Chihuahua, near the town of Madera, according to a telegram received here today by Ives G. Lele vler, consul of the de facto Mexican government. The message was from General Luis Gutierrez, commander of one of the Carranza columns op erating near Chihuahua City. General Gutierrez said that Villa was enroute to Namiquipa, ten miles south of Las Cruces, where Villa was located In earlier advices to General Gavira at Juarez, to recover a quan tity of ammunition which he left there several months ago. Una Shells Cached. It was said by local Mexicans that Villa has not less than 10,0U0,X) rounds of ammunition cached In various parts of Chlhuauha. These shells and powder were mado by Villa, tliey said, in his Chihuahua munitions factory during last year. Tho message from General Gutlerrci did not contain any information as to the sire of the cache at Namiquipa, nor was there any local Information concern ing the amount of ammunition hidden there. ' Lieutenant Colonel Da to Campbell, In command of Carranr-a troops guarding the mountain passes along tho Honors Chlhuahua state line, arrived In Agua Prleta last night and held a conference today with General P. Ellas Calles. mili tary governor of Sonora. Colonel Campbell came to Agua Prleta to confer with General Calles concern ing the disposition of his troops and to obtain a new supply of food and car tridges. He stated that ho believed that Villa would not be able to enter Sonora and at the same' time said-that In his opinion the United State troops would have much difficulty In capturing the" bandit chief. A flees Calles. Campbell reported that Villa was In Galeana, Chihuahua, last Monday, go ing from there to Janos, where he car ried off all available supplies. The colonel said that while the Amer ican troops were searching for Villa In the mountains In western Chihuahua the bandit likely would conduct raids along or near the Texas border in the eastern part of the Mexican state. rerun I n a; Continues March. SAN ANTONIO. Tex., March IS. Gen eral Kunston this afternoon had received no official confirmation of the nrrlvat at Casas Grandes of a part of the ex peditionary force, but he assumed the correctness of the report. General Pershing's west column, under Colonel Dodd, had Casas Grandes as its imme diate objective, but Its arrival last night was a surprise to those at headquarters, who had not believed it likely that tho distance would be covered so quickly. The main column, according to the lat est reports from General Pershing, waa continuing lis march without interrup tion, not far northwest from the advanced cavalry force. The work of organizing the additional forces that have been sent into Texas and New Mexico along the border was continued today. From many places near the border, where the population Is largely Mexican, appeals for the protec tion of troops have been made, but these appeals have been based on no overt hos tile act of the Mexicans. The garrison at Nogalcs -will not be materially weakened, although the re moval of one company of Infantry brought a protest to General Funston. End of War in Sight, Says the Minister of Finance, A. Ribot PARIS, March IS. "We have reached the deellv hour," aald Alexandre Hibot, minister or finance, speaking in the Chamber of Deputies last night on the financial and military situation. "We can say, without exaggeration, without illusion and without violation of optim ism, that we now see the end of this horrible war." . M. lUbot's utterance Is taken to be of utmost importance, as indicating official opinion wtth retard to the small results of the battle of Verdun. Whether peace is or is not appreciably nearer, It Is Un questionable that the tenalon In Fran'e has relaxed and that men's thoughts are turned to the rupid development of event favorable to the allies. HALF MILLION-DOLLAR FIREAT CINCINNATI CINCINNATI. March U-Kire last night practically destroyed the six story brick carriage pli.nt of the Bayers A 8co vllle coin piny lure, entailing a loss, of ficers of the firm ny, of tr,K',OX. The loss is fully covered by insnance. It is be lieved the fire was slurtod by the e. llosion of turpentine in the boiler room. STRIKE SITUATION AT SIOUX CITY UNCHANGED M'l'X CITY. Ia., March lS.-The strike situation at the Cuduby plant ia tin ci.ank'ed, all the employes mlth the ex ception of a number of hog butchers being at work. OfficluU believe the trouble has ended. March 18fci-5:00P.W "cxY Jhe Lia JusHfert Down M Wjy i M 3m t a.rr i) ' ITT-' FUNSTON ASKS USE OF MEXICAN ROAD Bequest of American Commander Sent Through Washington to De Facto Government. ARRENDONDO SEES STATE CHIEF WASHINGTON, March 18. The request of General Funston to ahlp supplies by rail from the hordeh to the American expeditionary forces In J&gxjco was sent lato today to the de facto government through repre sentations of the State department at Quereto; It Is understood the request was mentioned by Acting Sechetary Polk informally to Ellfieo Arredondo, the Carranza ambassador, who called at the State department and held a con ference with Acting Secretary Polk. Mr. Arredondo gave a general he port of late dispatches received by him from Mexico In which the nida tion generally was described as fa vorable, with the attitude of the de facto government acquescent to the policy of the United States. The ambassador also informed the secretahy that his government was arranging to ship a consignment of ammunition from New York to Mex ico for use in the campaign against bandits. Dutch Ship is Sunk By Torpedo; All of Tho Crew Rescued LONnOK. March IS. The steamship Palembang has been torpedoed. All the members of the crew were saved. There are two steamers of the nam Palembang, both Dutch. The one vessel, of 6.674 tons gross, was last reported as having passed Gibraltar. February 15, from Batavla for Rotterdam. The other vessel, of l.&rfl tons gros, was last reported March 10 at Kirkwall from Philadelphia, with petroleum for Aolesund, Norway. The National Capital Satarday, March 1ft, 1016. The Senate. The senate met at noon. Reports on Chamberlain army reor g nidation hill was submitted. Henator Mardwlck spoke on national detetuse. Tho Hons. The house met at tl o'clock. General debate on the army bill was resumed. The Day's War New SIMK TUT. MA89KU attarka of Thursday nlaht aaalaat tba village and fort of Yam, northeast of Verdun, the firrmaaa have not ad i a need at any polat on the de fenses of the fortress, Paris id. nun need todar. Last nlaht passed without Infantry aetlilty, and firs the artillery arllo.t Is de rrlbvd as Intermittent. HKPOHTi OF l)KVKI.OI'IK'U f Importance tn the other war fields art larblna. Thrra appears to ha Increasing- military aelltlly la the Ilalkans, iiwir, Heavy troop muTcnrati tn liulaaria, are re ported from Bucharest. AN OKK1CH1, sTiTlvMK.NT from t'onstaallnoole ;mrr Pasha, Turkish uilaUter of war, has re turned to t onstaatlnopla from a trip of Inspection to rli, alva tlna and Arabia. Full to Overflowing C AKFVA HOT F.P7 AIL Iff ' HUNDREDS FILE AT LAST MOMENT Secretary of State'i Office Swamped Under Load of Peti tions. HATTER0TH FILES FOR JUDGE ' (Front a Ptaff Correspondent) LINCOLN, March, 18. .(Special.) Staggering under a load of iwall, largely made up of filings for of fice, George Hearn, special j-echtv tentative of Uncle Sam for the state house, entered the office of.' Secre tary of State Pool and deposited to day's mail. As a result eputy Sec retary of State Cooper could' hardly be teen aa he studiously endeavored to get the flings all posted so that the work could be cleaned up by night. The second dollvehy brought in another bunch and the afternoon deliveries added to the pile, so that it is utterly Impossible to give all of the filings which came in today. Among the number which arrived wore the following more Important onev W. H. Banning for the democratio and populist nominations for lieutenant gov ernor. A. C. Wakeley of Omaha for district Judge. V. K. Hatteroth, Oniaha, for district judge. R. C. Haper of' Pawnee City for dis trict Judge. W. 1. Oldham of Kearney, W. B. Price of Lincoln and iJouglas Conea of Pierce for delegates-at-large on the democratic ticket George Dayha of Niobrara for presi dential elector on the democratic ticket for tha Third district. These last four are the candidates of the anti-Bryan bunch who are not satis fied with the candidates already filed for delegates. Hall Klles aa ProaresslTe, The closing moment of filing for office were very strenuous this evening and many candidates ' who had already re ceived filings were In evidence with ad ditional petitions for other purtles. tleorge E. Hall, state treasurer and candidate for renomlnatlon on the dem ocratic ticket, accepted a. filing made on tho progressle ticket. I'Yank P, Coriick, state chairman of the progressive party, says he will file a protest Monday, John A. McUuire of Lincoln filed for congress in the First district on the dem ocratic ticket. He was defeated at the last election by Congressman Hcavls and will try for another chance. K. R. Zimmerman of Lincoln filed for! tho democratic nomination for land com missioner. Claude llensel of Lincoln, former dep uty I'nlted States murshal and now dep uty sheriff of I-ancaiiter county, filed for secretary of state on the republican ticket All Plucea riled For, Harry 8. liyrncs of Omaha and E. D. Reach of Uncoln, members of the repub lican state committee, met at the office of the secre tary of state and looked over the filings and satisfied themselves that all plates had been filed for. Petitions were filed by Mr. Ryrnes for R. J. Kllpntrlck of Reatrlce and K. M. Cuirlc of Krewater as dclcgates-at-large to the national republican convention; Harry S. Ryrne and N. 1. Swanson as district delegates. Second district, and E. W. Ml k- of Lincoln as presidential elector. MRS. BJURSTEDT RETAINS INDOOR TENNIS TITLE NEW YORK. Slarch 1 -Miss Molla RJuratedt retained her holding of the women's national Indoor tennis i-ham-plonxlilp here today by defeating Mrs. Frederick Kchniiti .f this city. In the final match of the titular tournament on the courts of the Seventh leginunt ar mory. Tlie girl from Norway, won in Straight set.i, 6-:. 1. REICHSTAG DIPS INTO SUBSEA ISSUE Measure Introduced Call on Kaiser Not to Agree to Limit Use of Submarines. THREE PASTIES BACK OF IT BERLIN, March 16. (Via Lon don,. March 18.) The national lib eral group In the Reichstag decided today to introduce at this session lta measure calling for the carrying on of submarine war. Tha National liberals tent the .follow ing messaga to Admiral Von Tlrplts: "We art deeply moved by tha news of the retirement of your eaceiicncy In tha presmit difficult time. AVa send to. the creator of our navy" and tha father of tha German naval spirit assurance of tha truest and most thankful devotion." Teat of nesolntlon. . nWKLIN. March .-Vla Wireless , to Bayllle.)-The National Liberty party has Introduced the following measure lit the Reichstag: "Considering that Great Britain not only makes war on the armed forces of Uermany, but has taken measures in or der to Impede the providing of Germany with food supplies and raw material, so as to compel Uermany to submit through hunger, fur which purpose Great Britain brutally violates International law and employs force against neutral countries; considering further that Germany Is able through unlimited and unrestrained sub marine warfare to Increase tha British lack of tbnnaga so that It can bo made extraordinarily difficult and perhaps Im possible for tha British nation to obtain sufficient supplies of food and raw ma terials, considering that such warfare would bring more speedily a victorious end of tha war, the imperial chancellor Is required to enter into no arrangements with other countries which would hinder us In the unlimited use of the submarine weapon and to permit in the war sons, against the enemy's traders, with the exception of passenger ships, such use of submarines as arises from the peculiar ity of said weapons." Similar bills were brought forward by the conservative and center parties. Vicarious Atonement Idea Common Among Pagans, Says Savant PARIS, March lS.-That the religious Idea of tho redemption of a community by sufferings and the death of one mem ber of It was not unknown in pagan times waa the declaration mode today at the academy of Inscriptions and belles letters by lrof. Jules Toutaln, professor of religious sciences at the Borbonne. j Prof. Toutaln showed from writings' found at Constantinople and elsewhere that at Curium, at Cyprus, at Terracine and at Marseilles, It was a early custom to throw a human victim from a prom-1 ontory Into the sea as a redeemer of bis j fellow cltltens. The terms employed In tha writing are precisely the same as ! those used by the Greek Christians when alluding to the Redeemer. German-Americans of Iowa Are Against Woodrow ancTTeddy DAVKNPORT, la., March lS.-TI.e Gorman-American alliance of Iowa, In con vention here, adopted a resolution calling on Its members to oppose Woodrow Wil son or Theodore Roosevelt, If either or both should be nomlnuted for the presi dency of the I'nlted htntes. Another resolution advocated the es tablishment of German free schools In every city to teach children of (iermin Americans the Germnn lani;uaije and per petuate the traditions and Meals of tlu AMERICANS WILL NOT OCCUPY ANY CITIES III MEXICO White House Statement Says Puni tive Expedition Has None of Characteristics of an Invasion. TROOPS WILL KEEP MOVING Reports to Secretary of War Say Everything' is Quiet Except at Tampico. AMERICANS THERE ARE UNEASY nn.t,ETi5. EL TASO, Tex., March 18. Gen eral Gavira, Carranza commander at Juarez, in a statement Riven out to day to the Associated Press, declared that the crisis in the relations be tween the United States and Mexico was past and that there waa no further need to fear trouble. WASHINGTON, March 18. American troops pursuing Villa and his bandits have no intention and no orders to occupy any cities or town during their march into Mexico. This was stated at the White House and War department today after the receipt of a report that General Gavira, the Carranza com mander at Juares, had given notice that General Pershing's troops would not be allowed to occupy Casas Grandes or other towna. It was declared by adr-'nlstratlon of ficials that the pursuit of Villa, being en tirely a punitive expedition, had none of tha characteristics of an Invasion, and that there was no object In occupying towns or cities, because the American troops will keep constantly on the move. Officials said today that the situation at Tampico, where uneasiness Is said to exist among Americans and other for eigners, had no bearing on the pursuit of Villa. Reports received at both the War and State departments today continued to be optimistic. nrer la Generally Qoiet, Secretary Baker early today issued tha following statement: "The reports received directly through military channels, and those sent to this department from other departments of the government, Indicate quiet along tha entire border except some excitement at Tampico, which Is apparently temporary and without cause. "There are no reports of tha operations of tha expedition available" for publica tion." Tha secretary said ha , would leave Washington this afternoon for his home In Cleveland, O., and would not return here until Tuesday morning. In his ab sence Major General Hugh L. Scott, chief Of staff, will be acting secretary of war. Sinking of Tubantia Arouses Resentment At Buenos Ayres BUKNOS AYRES, March 18,-The Ar gentine agent of tha Hollandache Lloyd, owners of the Tubantia, said today he was able to confirm the reports that tha Tubantia was torpedoed. The sinking of this vessel has mad a deep Impression here. I A Nacion says: "It la Impossible to admit the right to Interrupt navigation between neutral na tions and to attack a steamship engaged in passenger service between Rotterdam and Buenos Ayres. Our conscience does not approve such an inhumane method of warfare, and we cannot remain Indif ferent when confronted with acts of war which prejudice us and offend tha na tion In this manner." WASHINGTON, D. C, March ll-Tw officers and lookouts on tha destroyed Dutch liner Tubantia, the American con-, sul at Amsterdam reported today, "awea the steamer was torpedoed." Ha added that passengers were of the samej opinion. IONDON. March 1. -Assertions bar lng been made from German sources thai the Tubantia was sunk by a British tor pedo, the admiralty announces today that no British submarines were near by when the Dutch liner went down. An Exchange Telegraph dispatch from Copenhagen says the German government has ordered the admiralty to make an investigation whether a German subma rine torpedoed the Tubantia. Fighting Along Verdun Front is Nearly Suspended BHRLIN. March 18. The fighting ac tivities of both the French and German armies on the western front were less vigorous yesterday, according to the of ficial statement Issued today at the Ger man army headquarters. PARI S, March 18. No Infantry attacks were made last night In the Verdun region, the war otflce announced thl afternoon. There was Intermittent can nonading. WASHINGTON. March lS.-The French embassy, upon Instructions from Paris, today emphatically denied that German forces were holding any portlou of Dead Man's Hill. Carranza and Villa Forces in Battle Near Noe TORREON. Mex., March W.-Fightlng lias been In progress since early yester day morning between constitutionalists and VUlalatas at Canon Chorrlton, near Noe, which is In the Torreon district. News of the result of the battle Is not expected to be availahle before tomorrow. The Villa commander is said to be Juan Madrid, snd also pof.''.'lv I'umitu Reyea I with him.