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THE VELVET HAMMER" LOCAL CELEBRITIES DONE IN VERSE ON EDITORIAL PAGE.
WIFE WONT ACCEPT OFFER
FOR MURDERER'S GLAND.
San Francisco, Nov. ,20. Though
a wealthy business . man, whose
name has -been withheld has offered
$10,000 for the interstitial of An
tone Lepara, sentenced to hang for
muiucr oan uuenun jjecemper
12, his wife prefers working hi a'j
cannery to support her two daugh
ters to accepting a fortune thus ob
tained.. Mrs Lepara announced emphati
cally that under no circumstances
would she touch a cent that had
been paid for a par,t of her hus
band's body. It would seem too
much like blood money, she said,
and instead of bringing happiness
and comfort would but deepen her
SUES COMPANY FOR
KISS PORTER STOLE.
Portland. Ore., Nov. 20. Alleg
ing that VValter D. Hines, director
general of railroads in the United
States, is to some extent responsi
ble for the conduct of a negro
porter who, she says.;. stole a kiss
from her and then tried to rob her.
Mrs. F. M. Hazelhurst in a suit
filed with the county clerk here de
mands damages for outraged feel
ings, physical pain and humiliation
me sum of $10,000. 1
In the complaint Mrs. Hazelhurst
alleges that a negro porter seized
and held her while he stole a kiss
and thn tried to rob her as the
Northern Pacific train on which she
was a passenger rumbled toward
Pasco, Wash., recently.
INSURANCE ON "BILL'S"
GOODS IS REFUSED.
London, Nov. 20. Muir, Beddall
& Co.. a London insurance firm, has
been a,sked to insure the former
kaisjr's goods at his new Dutch
home at Doom, near Utrecht, for
about $5,000,000 and has declined.
The insurance was to be against
fire and seemed a good risk.
It is a fourteenth century house
which has been bought by, William
yohenzollern, and 30 railway cars
were Required to take the ex-kaiser s
possessions there. The goods were
originally insured on the Rotterdam
exchangj for $4 000.
CHOOSES 'A W JE
THEN GOES TO JAIL, -
Chicago, Nov. 20. Mas Spiegel.
- now president of an insurance brok
erage concern, chose a wife -Thursday.
She' was not the one he mar
ried in Hungary and" left in New
York 16 years ago with their two
children, but the one" who nursed
him through an illness and who
came with him to Chicago where
they and their three children live
prospejymsly while the first wife
scrubs for a living and her daughter
sells lace in a New York department
store. He had been given the choice
of his two wives by Judge Fry, who
fined him and sentenced him to the
House of Correction for one year
and fined him $50 and costs ior non
support of his wife, Mrs. Regma
Spiegel, who Jives in Brooklyn.
MARY GARDEN ALMOST
SH0CKED-4N PARIS" " "
New York, Nov. 20. &ary Gar
den, the noted opera and screen star,
will not marry any man in the
world this year. , This she declared
as she stepped from the French
liner La France When reminded
that this year is becoming (feeble
and asked if 1920 would see her
married, she replied non-committal-ly:
"Well you can't tell what will
happen in a year." M
Miss Garden, who goes at once to
Chicago, where she is to join-the
Chicago Grand Opera company, ad
mitted that she "almost" hadVa
shock in Pads, where "hourly the
women's skirts are growing short
er." Although she plays CleoatraN
wiui (or witnout; an me trimming-,
she said that had she remained but
one short day longer in Paris she
surely would have been shocked.
SUING FOR DIVORCE.
Pads, lov. 20. Mine. Landru,
wife of Henri Landru, who was ar
rested in April iny connection with
thy disappearaiice-of 12 women, who
it was charged he either had mar
ried or promised, to marry, has
brought suit for a divorce in the
Paris court. . r
KING DISCLOSES QUICK WIT
- DURING VISIT TO CLUB.
San Francisco, Cal., Nov. 20 King
ArfM-t of Rplffinm was hein? fs-
corted through the rooms of the
Olympic club here on his recent
visit, Judge Fitzpatrick escorting
"This is our card room." said the
judge when they reached that sanc
turn. "Then you'd probably rather have
an 'ace' than a king' in here," was
Albert's immediate reply.
THIN PERSONS LIVE
LONGER THAN FAT ONES.
Chicago,"Nov. 20. In lan address
v...... w. ... J w.v.v . 1 v-
American institute of actuaries, H.
W. Butholpii, Indianapolis, who has
devoted years to the study of the
statistics of life insurance com
panies, made these, obesrvations:
That thin persons live longer than
fat persons. ,
That being underweight is not
nearly as just a cause for alarm as
" being" overweight.
That the -moderate use of alco
holic beverages is not likely to, les
sen a person s life span.
That the high nervous strain un
der which Americans live has not
increased this country's death rate,
compared with that of Great Brit
ain. That farmers live longer than per-
sons who reside in cities.
That the middlewest is the most
healthful locality $f the United
States in which to live.
That the extreme south is the
most unhealthful section of the
United States in which to live.
x That negroes have a much heavier
mortality than either the whites or
the American Indian.
That one-tenth of all insured per
t sons deaths are due to accident,
suicide or murder.
He said that the government war
risk plan adopted for the soldiers
during the war had increased the
business of private life insurance
V companies, who are at present en
joying the most profitable year in
the history of the business in, this
VOL. 49 NO. 134.-
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Omaha P. O. uln act at Marek J. t7.
' OMAHA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1919.
By Mall (I yaar). Dally. I5.M): Swta'ay. ti.M:
Dally an Sua.. St.00; autild, Nik. atw antra.
Fair Friday and Saturday, pre
ceded by unsettled in southeast
portion; cooler Friday in east and
BEE IS FINED
Newspaper and Editor Or
dered to Payy $2,000 for
Telling How Omaha Police
Get Court Evidence.
TRUTH OF CHSGE NOT AT
ISSUE IN CONTEMPT CASE
Judge Redick Puts Court
Above Press and Even Public
In Pending Case Decision
Will Be Appealed.
Final judgment was given
sentence pronounced in the con
tempt case against -The Bee by
Judge Redick in the district court
at 10 yesterday morning.
The orchestral accompaniment of
anathema from all the . spirits of
evil, that sought to find protection
behind the prosecution of the case,
died down and the hand clapping of
the hangers on gave way to grins
of anticipation, as the dire moment
of judgment arrived and the silence
of the court room heralded the pro
nouncing of the dread sentence:
One thousand -dollars fine, and
costs, for The Bee Publishing com
pany, and $1,000 fine, with costs, for
the editor-in-chief of The Bee, Vic
Lo, the mountain labored and
brought forth a mouse 1
And all because The Bee had pub
lished the apparently undeniable
truth that police of the city of Oma
ha, and one Capt. H. P. Haze in par
ticular, through their liatred of The
Bee for its exposures of inefficiency
and rottenness, and through fear of
further exposures of the man
handling of truth and justice and
the wild, reckless and criminal misr
use-of the power of the.departmentj
had 'sought to frighten and muzzle
The Bee by securing the indictment
of one of its reporters, J. Harry
Moore, on false charges of having
taken a part in the court house riot;
the indictment having been secured
upon the testimony of two boys,
both of whom had been tonvicted
and sentenced to 90 days for par
ticipation in the riot, and both of
whom through fear or remorse for
what they had done voluntarily con
fessed and swore in affidavits to the
fact that their testimony had been
untrue, and had been extracted from
them by Police Captain Haze by
promises from him that he would
"get them out of jail."
Truth Not Denied.
The truth of the charge was not
denied throughout the trial of the
Proof of the truth of the charges
was offered in court, and parts of it
was admitted to the record to the
extent that -it will go before the
supreme court to be considered in
the final decision. I
, This proof, and proof of the truth
of the affidavits, was excluded upon
the ruling of the court that:
"The truth or falsity of the charge
has no bearing upon the point in
issue, which merely is whether or
not the publication might be taken
as tending to' obstruct the operation
of the functions of the court by dis
crediting the witnesses for the
The fact that the "discredit" had
been placed upon the boys by them
selves, in their confessions, and
that the paper had made no com
ment and cast no "discredit" ex
cept what appeared to be warranted
by the undeniable facts, appeared
to have no' weight as being a proper
matter for the 'paper to make
known to the public, as agarost the
right of the court to have it with
held from the public until such time
as the court found time or-leisure,
Mn the weeks or months to come, to
take up the trial of the case.
The Public Is the "Goat." v
The fact that a crime had been
committed was not denied.
The fact that the police captain
had gotten two boys to commit per
jury before a body of such sacred
judicial character as the grand jury
of the people was neither admitted
nor denied. ' '
The fact that the boys who knew
the truth were held concealed from
the public in a cell of the county
prison, a prison belonging to the
public, was not denied.
The fact that the truth that these
boys could tell would not become
known to the public unless, a news
paper, through its power and agen
cies, uprooted or dug out the facts
and printed them 1!or the public to
read, was not denied.
The public was the "goat."
The police could do what they
pleased, get indicted whom they
pleased, if they could, by any means
they could, and remain concealed
by the secrecy of the grand jury
room, and the protection afforded
by the court under the dictum that
a state's witness cannot be discred
ited, no matter whether or not the
charge might be true.
That the public would have to re
main in ignorance,, until such time
as the case came up in court was
That the case might not come up
for months, was not dnil'.
And that when it did come up in
(Continued an l'age I wo, Column Xlvc.)
Thanks. Railroad for Money
Received From Passengers;
Still at' Liberty.
Cheyenne, x Nov. 20 William L.
Carlisle, train Bandit, still is at lib
erty. A telegram signed "Carlisle"
from Casper, thanking the Union
Pacific for the "haul" is the only
additional ,bit of information.
The county js being combed by
police and sheriff's officers, a posse
of 70 men is still searching the
country around Medicine Bow, aided
by United States cavalry and other
armed men are in readiness to leave
Cheyenne on 10 minutes notice by
special train in case -new depreda
tions of the bandit are reported to
headquarters of the Union Pacific
"Thanks tor the Haul."
"Thanks for haul. Some detective
force," the message purporting to
come from Carlisle said. Last night
the bandit was reported to have en
tered a Casper newspaper office to
inquire about news of the train rob
bery. Descriptions furnished "by
Western Union employes of the
man who filed the message at Cas
per and by the Casper editor tally'
wun tnose ot tne bandit who robbed
a Un ion Pacific passenger train
Tuesday night, i - ,
In Cheyenne the chief concern of
Union Pacific officials is for the
safety of passengers traversing this
stater Guards were doubled on
trains t yesterday and officials are
confident the bandit will attempt to
repeat his exploits of 1916, when he
held up three trains within a short
period and taunted officers with
telegrams and letters. Whether the
next robbery will be tonight, to
morrow or the next night was a
matter'which kept local railroad, of
ficers keyed to a high point.
Boasts of Ability.
Carlisle is known to hav,e boasted
that he is the greatest train robber
in history. He boasted of the fact
that he has never killed a man nor
robbed women and old men. 1 "I
wanted to show that it could be
done," he is quoted as saying after
his capture in 1916. - ,
Officials are considering the pos
sibility that Carlisle may try to
leave the state for Montana or some
other state of the northwest, be
cause in Wyoming train robbery is
a capital offense. Another theory is
that he may go to Denver, where
he lived in ease for some time be
tween robberies in 1916. "
These theories were current yes
terday, and while officers were
working on them, the bandit ' ap
parently followed his custom of do
ing the unexpected thing and ap
peared in Casper.
Y. M. ( A. Leaders Plan
Covering Wide Range
Detroit, Nov. 20. Present indus
trial conditions demand a wider
field of activity by the Y. M. C. A.,
industrial . leaders And association
secretaries declarea before 'the in
ternational convention in support of
the committee report recommending
a campaign for 1.000.000 members
and opening of hundreds .of new
branches, particularly in industrial
The association's welfare work,
delegates were told, will aid mate
rially in stemming the tide .of indus
trial unrest, lessen the labor turn
over and check the tendency to
eliminate religion from daily life.
At Fort Leavenworth
Destroyed by Fire
Leavenworth, Kan., Nov. 20. Fire
whkh broke out tonight in the
prison exchange building at the fed
eral disciplinary barracks- here at a
late hour" had destroyed the 1 ex
change building and spread to the
wooden cantonments near the large
new cell house. The flames were
spreading rapidly and efforts to
check them failed. All officers at
Fort Leavenworth and all the sol
diers were ordered out to assist in
keeping the prisoners in check.
Omaha Man Killed by
Bandit in Sioux City
Sioux City, Nov. 20. Taxicab
bandits late Thursday night shot
and killed Jacob Christianson, a
fireman for tne Omaha railway, and
severely beat Adolph Boynton when
the two men resisted being held. up.
Boynton operates a taxicab stand
and was answering a call. Chris
tianson was riding in the front seat
with him at the time of the attack.
Jack Lawler Defeats
New Orleans Fighter
New Orleans, La., Nov. 20. (Spe
cial Telegram.) Jack Lawler of
Omaha defeated Phil Vergets of
NewOrleans in a 15-round battle
at the Dauphin theater. AI Wambs
gan's decision was not popular with
the crowd, who thought that Virgets
should liave won.
. Attorney General HI.
Wisington, Nov. 20 Attorney
General Palmer is reported on the
verge of a nervous breakdown and
under orders from, his physician to
get away from work and take all
the rest he needs
No Indications of Suicide
Officers Say Young and
Neatly Dressed Girl Taken
To Scene After Death.
LEAVES COVER VICTIM
OF REVOLTING CRIME
Omaha Police Detailed to Take
Fingerprints jn Endeavor to
Letrn IdentityCorpse Is
Thrown From Auto.
The body of a woman, evidently
murdered, was found at 9:30 yester
day morning in a gulch two miles
straight west of Coffman station
along the "ridge road" leading to
Omaha. The woman had been shot
to death, the bullet having entered
her head behind the 'left ear and
and emerged at the right temple. '
The right side of the face was
badly mangled, as if it had been
chewed by a dog. No identification
has yet been made,' according to
Miss Grace Ballard, county attorney
of Washington county, who is in
vestigating the case.
Was Neatly Dressed. '
The woman was apparently 25
years old and had Titian red hair.
She was dressed, neatly in a blue
J skirt, a white crepe de chine waist
and . grey gloves. Both her shoes,
her outer'coat and hat are missing.
No gun was found beside the body,
Omaha police and authorities in
Washington county are of the opin
ion that the woman was taken by
automobile to the. secluded spot on
the road, from Coffman and shot to
death, then thrown from the car.
Farmers in thaticinity ' say that
numerous automobiles from Omaha
frequent that road., ,
No motive for the crime has' Seen
learned. According to Dr. Gees
man of Calhoun, who examined the
body, the woman had not been
Criminally assaulted. , ;
Farmer Finds Body.
A. J. Peterson, farmer living four
miles south of Calhoun, found the
body while on his way to au tyil sta
tion on the "ridge road." The body
was not removed until noon when
the county attorney began her in
vestigation. i Miss Ballard refused to give out
any information concerning the case.
Even details of the finding of the
body and circumstances surround
ing the possible cause of death were
withheld by the woman county at
torney, for fear she would "lose evi
dence in the case." . 1
According to the opinion of Peter
son and Louis Green, neighbors of
Peterson, both of whom examined
the body lying in the gulch, the
woman was murdered, then evident
ly thrown into the ravine from an
' The body was taken to the under
taking shop of William Sicvers at
Calhoun. An inquest will be held
at 2 this afternoon, County Attor
ney Ballard said.
Seek Finger Prints.
Dr. C. E. Geesman of Calhoun,
who examined the body,' said the
woman had been dead for apparent
ly" four days.
Bertillon officers from the Omaha
central police station were detailed
to take finger prints of the woman
in an effort to identify her. Omaha
police have no report (of a missing
woman answering the description of
the murdered victim, according to
Chief of Detectives Dunn.
Bertillon Officer Hans Neilsbn
was unable to take finger prints of
the dead woman owing to her partly
decomposed hands, the officer said.
rrohie pictures of her face were
taken by a photographer from-Blair,
county Attorney Ballard said.
Plan Inquest Today.
The body of the woman was em
balmed immediately upon its .ar
rival at the undertaking establish
ment. Burial will be made imme
diately following,the inquest, it was
It is the theorv of Miss Ballard
. rthat the woman was murdered, then
taken to the secluded spot along
the road from Coffman station. Ac
cording to Peterson's story to the
county attorney, the woman was
found "partly covered by leaves and
lying with the rigfit side of her face
to the ground., .
Covered With Leaves.
"My sight was attracted by a
dark skirt protruding from a pile of
leaves," Peterson said. "I drove to
Lou Green's farm and notified ythc
undertaker at Calhoun. Green ind
I then returned to the spot and ex
amined the body of the woman.
Eoth of her shoes were off and I
noticed she wore no coat or hat.
We found several pearl beads which
the woman evidently had worn
about her neck. No footprints were
about her body to indicate the
woman Wd been dragged there.
The leaes over her body showed
evidence of having' been blown
The only clue that might lead to
the identity of the woman would
be in the finding of her shoes, hat
or coat, according to Omaha de
tectives assigned to the case,
The Latest Strike
He who strikes last strikes best.
Senate Friends of Pact Still
Hope to Effect Some Com
promise for Ratification
In Next Session.
Washington.-NoV. 20. Avenues of
speculation leading-many ways were
opened up today hen officials and
diplomats turned over in their minds
the possible results at home and
abroad that are to follow termina
tion of the -special session of con
gress last night without senate rati
fication of the peace treaty.
The thoughts of the treaty's
friends in the senate centered on ac
complishing some compromise for
a ratification in the session begin
ning December 1, and to that 'errd
steps are understood to have been
taken to ask that President Wilson
ascertain from the powers what res
ervations they would accept.
At the White House, silence was
maintained and callers got the im
pression that for the present the ad
ministration was willing to await
quietly the outcome of comoromise
efforts among senators. It was not
revealed whether " the oresident
would permit that policy to stand in
the way ; of undertaking tile diplo
matic exchanges suggested.'
Expect Long Delay.'
Everywhere the senate's action
was accepted as meaning'at least a
long , delay in ratification and offi
cials thought the formal establish
ment of a state of peace between
Germany and the Dowers that hav
ratified would proceed now "without
waiting further for the decision of
ithp United States. The chief re
suit, it was argued, would be com
mercial aftd financial.
Chief among the -matters of do
mestic concern affected by the sen
ate's delay, is the wartime pro
hibition, which stook a new lease
on life with the postponement of
a legal status of peace. In the same
class is various other war legisla
tion and although the republican
leaders in tnnoresn will cpL- tv.o.,
y - 0---- ..... i v.i v 1 1 v
the war formally by a resolution,
i.unsuiuuonai oDiections to that
method are likely, in the opinion of
some officials, to tie up the effort
for seme time in courts.
Another line on which specula
tion turned was the possible effect
of the senate showdown on domestic
policies. Although both parties have
disclaimed any desire to put the
treaty into politics, the chances of
keeping it out of 1920 calculations
were admitted on all sides to have
been reduced by the bitter clashes
in debates last night, when republi
can and democratic senators hurled
across" thl senate chamber their
challenges to go to the country on
the issue. .
The stubborn struggle which fea
tured the final hours of the session
was generally declared to have made
harder the compromise for which
the democratic leaders today earn-
(Contlnued on l'te Two, Column One.)
Operators Make Offer of. 20
Per Cent i Increase to Miners
Who Say It Is Inadequate.
Chicago, Nov. 20. Chicago and
the Northwestern railroad region
Thursday were placed on a virtual
wartime rationing of coal. Coal of
ficials instructed retailers to refuse
to make deliveries to persons with
at least one week's supply on hand.
While generally the coal situation
had not improved and the tension
in some districts was tighter, pros
pects of a wage agreement apparent
ly were improved. t
An offer of a 20 per cent increase
by the operators, although; declared
inadequate by the miners' leaders,
was considered iir Washington as a
forward step towarihpaving the way
for a settlement. More practical ne
gotiation in the joint' conference was
expected to follow. -
There was an improvement in
Wyoming, where the bulk of the
miners returned to work in the Rock
Springs district, where alien' radi
cals were blocking the resumption of
operation. Arrests of four persons
alleged to be radicals and the pres
ence of troops at Winton helped
New strikes said to be spreading
in the New River field of West Vir
ginia and one called in Colorado for
tomorrow, prevented an increase in
production, which Director of Rail
roaTs Hines estimated at 30 per cent
of normal. - '
Governor Harding of Iowa tele
graphed to governors of other
states producing soft coal, suggest
ing concerted action to take over
the mines and fcrant the miners sub
stantial increase pending the result
of the joijjt wage conference.
Steel Men Alarmed. v 1
Steel manufacturers of Pennsyl
vania also regard the situation as
serious.' The second injunction pro
ceeding in;onnection with the strike
came up in Colorado, where the at
torney general, Victor E. Keyes,
obtained an order restraining the
district mine workers' officials from
putting the second Colorado strike
into effect. The action was based
on the state industrial commission
law requiring 30 days' notice of a
Coal rationing now embraces a
large section of the country. The
week's supply ration for Chicago
and the northwestern region extend
ing to the Pacific coast was an
nounced. ,The central western re
gion which was promised immediate
aid by Director General Hines has
generally in its territory a system of
Postpone War Inquiry.
Berlin', Nov. 20. The subcommit
tee of .the national assembly inves
tigating war responsibility has de
cided to postpone resumption of the
inquiry for 10 days. It has also de
cided that the further examination
of Field Marshal von Hindenburg
and General Ludcr.clorff concerning
President Wilson's peace action is
SENSE PLOT TO
MADE IN U. S.
It I aaat
uuicn ueaiefs uismay in
Shop Windows Inferior Foot
gear, Which They Say
Came" From America.
The Hague, Holland. Nov. 20. A
controversy of possible far-reaching
ettect on American trade relations in
HoIianois in progress in the Am
sterdam ' and Rotterdam municipal
councils regarding the quality of
American shoes of which thousands
of pairs have been imported bv the
municipalities in an effort to break
the high prices of the Dutch manu
The possibility of an -extraordi
nary after-the-war trade plot was
nintea at at a meeting of the Rot
terdam council. Alderman De Mi
randa said that shoes which Dutch
dealers had dissected and -derisively
displayed in their windows to show
their poor oualitv were not Amir.
ican but German, "ersatz leather"
having been substituted by the deal
ers . to convince the public that
American shoes, ere of poor qual
ity and "made of paper."
ine. workmen s organizations
which have been permitted to buy
nmcrican snoes collectively in an
effort to (reduce the cost of livino
reported - them to be of excellent
quality. the prices of imported
shoes have been "fixed bv the muni.
cipalities at an average of 111-2
florins, approximately 40 per cent be
low the previously prevailing prices
. r x i. . . . .
me same quality ot Uutch shoes.
New Web Pressmen's Union
Is Finally Consummated
St. Louis, Nov. 20. Organization
of the newly formed Web Press
men s union to De known as the
United Newspaper Web Pressmen's
and Juniors' Association of North
and South America was consum
mated Thursday night.
Resolutions were adopted provid
ing for 'group insurance, settlement
of working grievances by arbitra
tion, the "prohibition of strikes, lock-outs-and.
walkouts," and the recall
of officers charged with maladmin
istration of officd
Officers elected were: Frank J.
Pyle of Pittsburgh, president; H.
J. Gordon, St. Louis, J'. W. Addison,
Tronto, Canada and J. T. Taylor,
Detroit, first, second and third vice
presidents, respectively, and A. J.
Kreitler, of New York, secretary-treasurer.
15,384 Soldiers of U. S.
Received Foreign. Honors
Washington, Nov. 20. From the
passase bv concres in Tnlv 1018
of an act authorizing the acceptance
of foVign medals and insignia, 15,
384 officers and enlisted men of the
American army have been decorated
by powers associated with the
unnea states in the world war, the
annual report of the adjutant gen
eral. Mai. Gen P r H-irr;a ice.,..!
Further Molestation of U. S.
Consular Agent at Puebla
"Will Seriously Affect Rela
tions of Two Countries."
STILL IN CUSTODY
AND ILL BESIDES
Jenkins, to Letter, Gives Full
Description of Capture ano
Experience With Bandits
During Time He Was Held.
Washington, Nov. 20. Mexico
was warned today by the American
government that any further mo
lestation of William O. Jenkine. Jm
American consular agent at Fmb'a,
who recently was kidnaped by ban
dits, would seriously affect the re-
lations between the United States
and Mexico, for which the govern
ment of Mexico must assume sole
Coupled with the warning was
a demand for the immediate release v
of the consular agent, who was re
arrested Tuesday on charges in con
nection with his abduction and ran- -som
in the sum of $150,000 go!J."Df.
ficial reports that Jenkins had again
been imprisoned at Puebla reached
the State department today, from
the American embassy at Mexico
City, which was instructed to trans- '
mit a note demanding his release.
Outcome of Arrests- -...''
Jenkins was first arrested earfy
this month on the charge of coU
lusion with the bandits, who took
him from his home at Puebla, Oc-
tober 19, but he was released after
remaining iijthe penitentiary two
hours. He was restricted to his
(home, however, and on Tuesday wa
rearrested on complaint tnat ne naa
threatened " peons who had given "
evidence on which the state authori
ties acted in first taking him into
So far as the department has been
advised he still, is held in cutody
and because of his'weakened physi
cal condition, resulting from the
hardships endured during the week
the bandits held him in the moun-
tainsof Puebla state, officials feared
long imprisonment might perma
nently affect his health.
Planned to Return Home. S
Before his arrest, Jenkins, wh
operated a large cotton mill " at
Puebla. had planned to return, to
his old home in Tennessee, 'and if
necessary, come to Washington t
present his claims to officials for as
sistance io paying off the obliga
tions contracted in raising the fund
pnid the bandits for his release. N
These plans of the consular
agenUwere outlined in a letter re
ceiyel frollf him today by Repre
sentative Davis of Tennessee. Writ t
ing under date of November 4, Jen
kins gave a description of his cap"- '"
tttre by and experience with the ban
dits who, hesaid told him that the
principal object in kidnaping him .
was "to demonstrate that the pres
ent government of Mexico was -not
able to give guarantees , (to for
eigners) not even in the second city
of the country." ;
Overpowered in Yard. - .
Jenkins said he was overpowered '
in his own yard by five armed reb
els, and told he would be killed if -he
,"I was searched for any weap'ons.
he said, "and had my hands tied
together, and then was forced to go
to the office, where the two safes
were completely emptied, of , all
money, amounting to a few hundred
pesos more than $50,000.
"When the safes had been rifled.
(wo of the men were sent forward
irith the money and the other three
advised me that I would have. to
accompany them. I made every
possible plea to dissuade them front
their purpose, but I was informed
that it was their principal object
to demonstrate that the present
government of Mexico was not able .
to give. guarantees, not" even in th
second city of the country."
Jenkins said he was given per
mission to see his wife, who added
her pleas to his own. in vain. v
Carried Off to Mountains.
"I ' was carried off to the noun '
tains that night." he continues,
"traveling all night on horseback,
and was kept in the mountains for
one week, moving from one place
to another and clppnlncr in tVm
nHls and in the brush. Unfortunate
ly, it began to rain on Tuesday and
for three successive niirhts it rained :
all night and I was wet to tbe skin.
On Thursday night I began to suf
fer rheumatism, and by Saturday
i was in a deplorable state, having
my right leg swollen horribly and
unable to eat or sleep. As a mat
ter of fact I was in such a shape
that I think I would have died in a
few more dayY ; .
My triends were verv active dur.
ing this week, but it took several T
days to get in contact with the reb
els, who absolutely refused to iv .
me up, except through the payment
of the entire sum of 300,000 pesos,
but it was pointed out to him that
my physical condition was such that
i would only, live a lew days and
(Continued a Pat Tw, Celuma Thr.
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