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The Omaha Daily Bee Yon cu your want-ad at night service for yoar convenience. Tyler 1000. THE WEATHER Cloudy;. Colder VOL. XL VI. NO. 206. OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 14, Ml 7 TEN PAGES. Oh train, at Hotati. Nawi Standi, ttc, Jfl. SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS. VILLISTAS CROSS BOUNDARY: CARRY AWAY PRISONERS Armed Band Reported to Have Entered U. S. Northwest of Hachita and Escaped With Men and Loot. KIDNAP THREE MORMONS Number of Mexican Ranch Hands and Live Stock Also Seized by Raiders. FAMILIES MADE CAPTIVE El Paso, Tex, Feb. 13. Armed Mexicans, believed to have been Villa followers, crossed the border sixty miles southwest of Hachita, N. M., today and took prisoners three Mor mons, a number of Mexican ranch hands and live stock, according to a telegram received here late today from Hachita by an American cattle man. The message was received from Bob Morehead, foreman of the Alamo Hueco ranch, saying the "Corner ranch," which is on the American ide of the line, was raided by armed and mounted Mexicans. Included among the property taken was thirty-five mules, $1,500 in com missary stores and other ranch stock. The Mexican families also were asid to have been forced to accompany the bandits, in addition to the Mex ican ranch hands, according to the telegram. Seek to Confirm Report. Columbus, N. M, Feb. 13. Military officers here were making every ef fort tonight to confirm the reported raid of the "Corner Ranch" on the American side of the border, south west of Hachita, N..M. Another message received by Amer ican cattlemen here today told of a raid on the Nogales ranch, located on the Mexican side of the boundary, south of Hachita, N. M., but which is owned by American cattlemen. The "Corner Ranch," so-called be cause it is located in a corner formed, by an offset in the international "boun dary near Monument No. S3, extends for several miles along the American side of the boundary and Is located entirely in American territory. Ten dead horses were found on the Nogales ranch after the Mexicans had raided it and a large quantity of sup plies, ranch stock and other prop erty was taken, the message stated. Several ranch employes were made , prisoners. Traffic Is Suspended. .,' Juarez, Feb. 13. All passenger traffic has been suspended on the Mexican Central railroad between here and Chihuahua City in order to use the passenger equipment for mov ing troops to Juarez and into the Casas Grandes country to oppose the advance of the Villa forces toward the border. Another troop train arrived at 4 a. m. today with 250 calvalry from the Chihuahua City garrison, increasing the strength of the local garrison to 1,000 men, according to General Jose Carlos Murguia. Other troop' trains are scheduled to arrive late today and tomorrow, carrying the re maind of the 1,500 cavalry reinforce ments from the state capital. As soon as these arrive General Murguia personally will take the field against Jose Ynez Salazar, who is reported in the vicinity of Palomas, and will leave General Pablo Gon zales in temporary command of the border garrison here. These troops will leave the railroad at Barreal, forty miles southwest of here, and march overland toward Palomas to engage the Villa forces, it was an nounced. , Eight-Hour Law for Women Workers Gets Death Blow Charleston, S. C, Feb. 13. The bill providing for an eight-hour day for women was practically killed to day when the house by a vote of 44 to 42 declined to recall the measure from the committee, where action on it had been indefinitely postponed. The Weather For Nebraakar-Cloudy ; colder Temperatnrw at Onwh, t Hour. nee. . m. , 27 t a, m 7 a. m 27 8 a. m 24 a. m.. 25 10 a. m 26 11 a. m 27 12 m 28 1 P. m 30 2 P. m 30 3 p. m 32 4 P. m :(3 5 p. m 32 6 p. m 31 1 P- m so 8 P. m as ComparatWe Local Record. iicnen yesteraay . . . . 33 14 Lowest yesterday.,.. 24 4 Mean temperature.... 28 5 Precipitation 00 .00 50 27 .10 38 .08 .00 Temperature and precipitation departure from the normal: Vorrnal temperature 23 Rxcew for the day " 5 Total excess nines March 1 .""no Normal precipitation OS inch Deficiency for the day 03 inch Total rainfall nine Marrh 1 17.42 inches Deficiency since March 1 .... 12 93 inches Deficiency cor. period, im 69 Inch Defciency cor. period, 1914 1.64 inches Bporto from Station at 7 p. m. Station and State Temp, nigh- Rain ui "ostnor. (p.m. ejit. fall. inejiinnB, Mowing. t)avenoort. cra 1 28 Denver, snowing 28 Dea Molnea, clear 32 34 30 nodge City, cloudy 32 North Platte, cloudy.'."," 28 Omaha, part cloudy.... 30 Pueblo, cloudy 3g Rapid City, clear 26 Halt Lake City, cloudy. 2 Santa Ke, snowing-. . . . . Sheridan, part cloudy., 30 Sioux City, cloudy 25 48 14 U Valentin, clear 26 10 T Indicates trace of precipitation. Indicates below zero. L. A. WELSH, Meteorologist. BILL DIRECTED AT RUTHLESSWARFARE Proposed Law Would Open Ports of U. S. to Warships of Nations Fighting It. OFFERED B7 SAULSBURY Washington. Feb. 13. A bill di- rected against ruthless submarine warfare and proposing to open the ports, harbors and waters of the United States in time of war to war ships or vessels of belligerents against whom such warfare is waged, was in troduced today by Senator Saulsbury of Delaware, president pro tempore of the senate and a member of the foreign relations committee. At his request it was referred to the com mittee. The bill is entitled "an act to dis courage the violation of international law upon the high seas. "This measure." said Senator Sauls bury, "may enable the government, without a declaration oi war, to as sist in preventing violation of inter national rights at sea, by giving as sistance to those engaged in abating unrecognized and unwarranted svs tems of warfare. It is a step that may be effective in the present inter national crisis without a declaration of war on our part. Uther senators pointed out that the bill would permit the United States to give aid to the entente allies as long as the German submarine cam paign is maintained, without any fur ther action of congress civintr the president authority to use armed forces of the nation to protect Ameri can seamen and property on the seas. 1 here was no discussion of the bill in the senate, although many senators after its introduction pointed out that in tne present situation the measure would open the ports of the United States to British, French or other al lied warships convovin.7 merchant vessels, and also would enable bel ligerents to patrol the waters of the United states Jreely m a campaign against German raiders. National Defense Council Names Committee Heads Washington, Feb. 13. Further progress toward premanent provisions lor mobilization ot the nation s indus tries and resources in war time was made today at the secord joint meet ing this week of the national defense council and its civilian advisory com mission, oeven committees were ap pointed 'to take charge of the division work, with a member of the commis sion as chairman -of each committee. The committee and chairmen are as follows: Medicine Dr. Franklin H, Martin of Chicago. Labor flamuel compere of Washington. Transportation Daniel Wltlard of Balti more. Science and Research Dr. Hollls Godfrey of Philadelphia. Raw Material Bernard Barach of New York. Munitions Howard E. Coffio of Detroit. Supplies Julius Rosenwald of Chicago. The chairmen were authorized to select committeemen from either government or civil life. Resigning Pastor Says Money Not Why He's Leaving Omaha Rev. J. A. Maxweil, pastor of Cal vary Baptist church, has resigned and will accept a call to the First Baptist church at Williamsport, Pa. He ex pects to assume his new duties March 4. Rev. Mr. Maxwell will tell his con gregation why he decided to leave the local church at the services next Sun day. He came here in November, 1913, and at once won the regards of his parishioners." He receives an an nual salary of $2,400 in Omaha. The Williamsport church offers him $100 a year more.' "But," said the resigning pastor, "the matter of salary did not prompt my decision to leave." I. W. Carpenter, one of the church trustees, said the question of salary would eagerly be met by the congre gation, if any kind of a monetary ad justment could keep him here. Port of Athens Is Swept by Fire; Many Lives Lost London, Feb. 13. Fire is sweeping through a large section of the Piraeus and has caused a heavy loss of life, according to a Reuter's dis patch sent from the Greek port last night. At the time the dispatch was filed the fire had been raging for four hours and was uncontrolled, in spite of the combined efforts of all the available Greek firemen and soldiers, aided by French, British and Italian sailors. The conflagration started in a munition factory late Monday after noon and spread rapidly over a con siderable area. A dispatch to Renter's Telegram company from Piraeus this evening, says the fire is under control. Nebraska Delegation ' Back From Cumberland Gap (From a Staff Correspondent.) Washington, Feb. 13. (Special Tel egram.) Senator Norris and Repre sentatives Sloan and Reavis, the lat ter accompanied by Mrs. Reavis, re turned today from Cumberland Gap, Tenn., where they participated in the exerecises commemorative of Lincoln day at Lincoln university. The Ne braska participants in the exe.cises speak of it as among the pteasantest in their memory, the occasion being inspiring to a large degree. Senator Norris and Congressman Sloan with others made short ad dresses during the two days' cele WHITE STAR LINE SHIP mC$ BYKSlNE SeventeenifCrew of Steamer Torpedoed by German U Boat Missing, Others Be ing Reported Saved. ANNOUNCED BY LLOYDS Big British Vessel in the Sonth African Trade Reported Destroyed. PART OF CREW LANDED London, Feb. 13. Lloyds Shipping Agency this afternoon announces that the White Star line steamship Afric, of 11,999 tons gross, had been sunk. Part of the crew of the liner was landed. The Exchange Telegram company says the Afric was sunk by a sub marine and that seventeen of its crew are missing. The report that seventeen of the Afric's crew are missing was con firmed this evening. New York, Feb. 13. The White Star Line has a report that the steamship Afric has been sunk. Offi cials of the company say they have no confirmation. The Afric has a gross tonnage of 11,999. It was last reported in the maritime register as leaving Capetown, Africa, on Decem ber 3, with its destination not (riven The Afric belonged to the Oceanic Steam .navigation comoanv. a sub sidiary company of the White Star line. Steamship men here familiar with the vessel said it had accom modations for about 500 nasscneers. second class only. It was engaged in the Capetown and Australian ser vice. At the office of the White Star line here it was said the shio had been engaged in admiralty service, but whether so engaged when sunk they did not know. Two Liners Reach New York. New York, Feb. 13. Two British passenger liners, the Laconia, from Liverpool February 3, and the As- cania. from London January 25, reached here today and reported hav ing passed through the war zone without sighting anything unusual. (Jn the Laconia were thirty-seven passengers and on the Ascania seven teen, the majority being Canadians returning from visits to England. Passenuers on the Ascania said that prior to leaving London reports were being circulated that the Ger man raider Mocwe had been captured by British cruisers and was then in that port. Canopic at Boston. Boston. Feb. 13. The White Star liner Canopic from Mediterranean ports with passengers arrived at quar antine today. American on Saxonian Wounded. Queenstown. Feb. 13. (Via Lon don.) Of the three American fire men who were aboard- the British steamship Saxonian when it was shelled, torpedoed and sunk by a Ger man submarine last Wednesday one of them, James Weyguard, was wounded by a shell splinter and is now in the hosoital here. Elwood Moore of St. Louis. Ameri can fireman on the Saxonian, said the submarine which sank the vessel gave no warning, but immediately began to shell the ship on sighting it. While getting into, one of the boats Wev- guard was wounded by the shell splinter. 1 nomas Williams, boat swain, was injured badly and after ward died. The attack was made at a Doint fully 250 miles from shore. One boat containing twenty-three men was afloat for sixty-eight hours before the occupants were picked up. The cap tain was taken prisoner on tne sub marine. Two More Ships Sunk. London, Feb. 13. The sinkine of the British steamer Foreland is also announced by Lloyds. the Norwegian motor vessel West has been sunk, Llovds ShiDoine agency announced today. The crew was landed. The Foreland was a steamer of 1.- 960 tons gross, built at Sunderlandrin 1914 and owned in London. The Norwegian motor vessel West is not listed s in available shipping I records. Several Lost. i Newport News, Va., Feb. 13. Mem-i Ders ot tne crew ot the British steamer Oxonian, brought into port today a story that the Onouian sunk by gunfire an Austrian submarine which attacked it in the Mediterran ean, December 28. They said some of the men on the submarine were saved by a French patrol boat, but that sev eral were believed lost. Lloyds Report of Sinking. Washington, Feb. 13. Llovds re- port today of ships sunk by submar ines shows a total of 6.808 tons. All the vessels named have been reported by news dispatches except the British brigantine Ada which the Lloyds re port said had been sunk by gunfire wimout warning, its crew was rescued. Canned Food Will Be One- Third Higher, Say Jobbers Chirairrv Vrh It Ukl.,,t. government's high cost of living Th- vcauijdtiuii wun ine announcement that rannrl var. ...Ill ..I . it , t --....v. r,wuu ,, AUUUl ,1.1 1-J per cent higher this year than in 1916. D f L r?, , . ... urwuK ui inc norma irosts, which will keep a great quantity of fresh fruit and vegetables out of the mar ket, canned goods will be more in de mand as a staple, wholesalers say. It was aUn ascr,.! th-t tl,. . .,i. hi,. I,, manu facturers cannot get enough tin; that inc larmers are demanding about 100 Der cent more for their rrr,o nA u the general consumption has increased. GERARD WILL REACH ,PARI5T0M0RR0W American Legation at Berne Thronged With People Seek ing to Get Home, MINISTER WON'T TALK Paris, Feb. 13. James W. Gerard, former American ambassador to Ger many, and Mrs, Gerard are expected to arrive in Paris XMrsday. They will be guests" of William Graves Sharp, American ambassador to France, and Mrs. Sharp. Berne (Via Paris), Feb. 13. Am bassador Gerard announced today that he probably would elave for Paris on Tuesday evening with the immediate embassy staff. He informed other Americans desirous of returning to America that they were welcome to accompany him, but must make their passport and other arrangements though the legation here, which now has sole jurisdiction. In consequence, the legation has been thronged by about a hundred Americans whose passports are good only for Germany and neutral coun tries and must be validated for France by special Slate department authoriza tion. Anxious crowds also inquired about railroad communications, espe cially sleepers, which supply appar ently will prove inadequate if every one wants to leave with Mr. Gerard. Berne, already flooded with Ameri cans, was today awaiting further in flux with the impending arrival of an other traitiload, including consuls who were unable to catch the ambassa dorial train, because Mr. Gerard was cut off from telegraphic and mail facilities and could not instruct them ill time. In addition, another contin gent of civilians who could hot leave Germany is expected.. Mr. Gerard maintained his reticence today and merely shrugged his shoul ders when shown ah alleged semi-official announcement in the Cologne Ga zette declaring that Germany expects war with America. Twenty-Five Millions In Gold from Canada New York, Feb. 13. Gold amount ing lo $25,000,000 has arrived from Canada for J. P. Morgan & Co. for account of the British government, it was learned today. This is the first large consignment for British account since early in January when the move ment was suspended with tro placing of the British loan in this market. German People Are Weary of War, But Devoted to the Military Leaders ' Rotterdam, Feb. 12. (Via London, Feb. 13.) Two Americans who have reached Rotterdam since the break in diplomatic relations between Ger many and the United States although in both cases their passports had been applied for before the rupture gave similar accounts of present con ditions in Germany to the Associated Press today. One of these men came from Berlin, the other from Frank fort. Each had been in Germany a little more than a year and in that time each man lost thirty pounds in weight. I Theodore Wurslin, an engineer of Jamaica, N. Y., said his experiences with working men in Berlin showed him that they were tired of the war. but nevertheless determined to hold out. Many of them earn good wages, virtually all of which they spend for food, and they are thus better off than persons higher in the social scale. Mr. Wurslin said he often saw groups of British, French and Russiar-ar pris A Valentine for All of ' r$$vJ en' I WT J0 CUBAN PRESIDENT ASKS VOLUNTEERS r Former Head of Republic, Gen eral Gomez, Has Landed in Island. CAMAGUEY FORCES REVOLT Havanna, Feb. 13. President Meno cal has just issued a decree authoriz ing a call for volunteers between the ages of 18 to 45 years to serve for a periotf oPninety days. Tt is rumored that the former president, General Jose Miguel Gomez, has landed at Camaguey and that Lieutenant Col onel Quinones, commander of the Camaguey forces has revolted with all his men. Communication with Camaguey still is seveyd and no train has ar rived from there since yesterday. The president's decree calling for volunteers announces that it is not necessary for those responding to be Cuban citizens, nor that they should be able to read or write Spanish. Fighting is also reported at Canas, forty miles from here. General Gomez is one of the leaders of the liberal party in Cuba and was often mentioned as a possible candi date for re-election as president. He was once quoted as saying that the elecVion of President Menocal would mean revolution. It was reported that he left Havana aboard his private yacht on Friday just before the revo lutionary outbreak. Bill Proposes Duty On Sugar from Newly Acquired Islands Washington, Feb. 13. Appointment of a commission to investigate condi tions and needs of the newly acquired Danish West Indies is proposed in a bill prepared by Senators Stone, Hitchcock and Lodge. The bill would provide for a provisional government administration of affairs pending the commission's report. Under the terms of the bill tariff regulations of United States would be applied to the islands, provided that United States and Danish West In dian products would be interchanged free of dutj. lvxceptiOn would be made, however, on exportation of sugar to the United States, on which there would be levied an export duty of $8 a ton. oners, especially Russians, sweeping the streets, carting goods and per forming other labor. He said thev were never molested or insulted. Of Mr. Wurslin's ten American asso ciates, about half had decided to re main in Germany whatever happened. The other American is a New York business man, who said the food situation was very bad in Frankfort. He told harrowing stories of the hard ships undergone by the people, who, he said, were utterly weary of the war, but entirely devoted to the mili tary leaders. Both of these men asserted that the break between Germany and America had caused no excitement, that Ameri cans in Germany were being well treated and that no apprehension need be felt for the welfare of those left behind.' While agreeing that most ar ticles of food were still to be had by persons with well-filled purses, tliey said the poorer classes were suffering, but that the country is not near flic starvation point. DAKOTA REGIMENT MUSTEREDOUT HERE Fourth Guard Organization Coming to Fort Crook With Field Hospital. SIGNAL CORPS OUT AHEAD Although February 21 has been set as the day when the Fifth regiment will bem ustered out of the federal service, the signal corps of Fremont, commanded by Captain Jess, will be allowed to leave Fort Crook February 16. This has been decided upon by Captain James Everington, senior mustering-out officer, and as a result, army officers are now turning all their attention to the Fremont organiza tion so that it can leave the post on the day set. The reason for mustering out the signal corps is that it is a separate organization and not connected with th Fifth regiment. At present there arc sixty-three men and officers in the organization. Thirty-two horses, which the corps used on the border, will be taken to Fremont for the wire men to use in their drills. Word received at Fort Crook is that Nebraska field hospital, the only Nebraska unit now on the border, will not be sent to Fort Crook until the Fifth rciment has left. With the field hospital will come the Fourth South Dakota infantry, which will be mus tered out at Fort Crook. Captain James Everington, detailed Tuesday by the War department inspector-instructor of the Nebraska National Guard, will make his home, following the departure of the troops, at Lincoln. 1 Aged Veterinarian Cuts His Own Throat At Walthill, Neb. Lyons, Neb., Feb. 13. (Special.) Dr. Cass Smith, 82 years old, a trav eling veterinarian, who has been a familiar character in this part of the stale for years, lies at the point of death in a Walthill hospital. Des pondent over financial difliculti's, he CUt his own throat Monday aftirnnnn I Dr. Smith arrived in Walthill Mon day morning. He is said to have threatencd several times to take his own life if his practice did not pick up. I-'or years Dr. Smith made his home in this town. He has a son, Kr"d Smith, at Guering, Neb., and a daughter in California. Swifts Offer Aid in Probe Of igh Cost of Foodstuffs Washington. Feb. 13, Swift & Company, Chicago packers offered their co-operation to the federal trade commission today in its food price in vestigation. Louis F. Swift tele graphing that be believed one of the first questions taken up should be the failure of live stock production to keep pare with the population. The commission today asked Presi dent Wilson fo approve a $400,000 appropriation for the investigation. The Department of Agriculture which will assist in the inquiry also will ask for a sum. Caucus Revenue Bill Is Reported to Senate Washington, Feb. 13. The revenue bill as agreed upon by the senate democratic caucus and designed to raise about $350,000,000, was reported I to tne senate today by Lhairman Simmons of thr finance committee. Senator Gallingcr, republican leader, said he believed republican senators would be satisfied if it were taken up Friday, and that plan probably will be adopted. I NEW NOTE SENT TO GERMANY ON ! ROVER CAPTIVES i , j Formal Notice from Berlin that ; the Day of Grace to All Nations of the World Has Expired. SITUATION IS MORE ACUTE Washington Officials Now Fear that Overt Act May Come at Any Moment. BIO ISSUES TO MEET Washington, Feb. 13. Anotiier communication has been sent to Ger many throimh the Swiss minister j here, looking to the release of the American seamen taken to Germany I on the prize ship Yarrowdale and now j retained while, Germany seeks as i surances of the status of it seamen in American ports. The exact nature of the communication is not disclosed, but it is believed to be a demand for the release of the Americans. Washington, Feb. 13, Berlin's for mal announcement that the time has expired for all exceptions in the cam paign of rnthlrssiiess, turned attention here today to the questions which con front the American governmei.t, in whatever next steps may be taken to meet the situation. President Wilson abandoned his usual morning game of golf and re mained at work in his study. In the afternoon the cabinet met and went over the situation. Among the questions now being carefully considered are:) The proposed conference of neu trals to outline the rights of the na tions not engaged in the war. This has not taken form and its exact status has not been divulged; never theless it is known the idea has not been abandoned. Loaning guns for the arming of American merchant ships. The pre ponderance of opinion among officials who have advised the president on this point favors having, the navy furnish the juna. Action on Austria's situation in the new campaign. The new ambassador, Count 'Tarnowski, still is waiting to present his credentials, A reply to Mexico's suggestion for embargoes on food and ammunition to the belligerents. ' Any or all of these questions arc expected to be decided in the near future. i While it was reiterated today that the president would not be rushed into war, it was plain that all officials realized that the muclh. feared overt act might come at any time. Official Warning Given. Amsterdam, Feb. 13. (Via Lon don.) All periods of grace for neutral ships entering the zones announced as prohibited by Germany have now ex pired, according to a Berlin official statement, received here. The state ment sa'ys that immunity ceases in re spect to the Atlantic and English channel zones on the night of Feb ruary 12, for the North sea zone Feb ruary 6 and for the Mediterranean zone on February 10. It continues: ''Frorn now on, therefore, in all prohibited zones the warning which has been issued is in full force and shipping can no longer expect individ ual warning. Vessels which enter the prohibited areas do so with a full knowledge of the dangers threatening them and their crews. It is expressly stated that all news spread from enemy sources about any torpedoing of neutral ships without previous warning, before the dates mentioned for the various prohibited areas, is incorrect. "The periods of grace mentioned were also in force for enemy pas senger vessels because it was possible that they were carrying neutral pas sengers .ho were perhaps ignorant of the new blockade regulations." Issue Up to Wilson. London, Feb. ."President Wil son wishes to make an attempt to break the German blockade; the American government must be re-' sponsible for what happen," says the Berlin Vossische Zeitung in com menting on tha report that two Amer icn merchant vessels had left for the blockaded zone, according to the Exchange Telegraph company's Co penhagen correspondent. The correspondent reports that the announcement of the vessels' depar ture, had caused a pronounced sensa tion in Berlin. The American vessels referred to doubtless are the unarmed freight steamers Orleans and Rochester, which sailed from New York for Bordeaux on Saturday. New York's Coldest Day For Exactly Three Years New York, Feb. 13. This is New York's coldest day in exactly three years. 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