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, JURY MUCH IN LOVE
WITH IONG AS SUNG.
r- Uniontown, Pa., Jan. 4. Nathan
, Barrow jvas charged by Harry
. Green with the theft of five hams.
Barrow declared he had been lis
tening: to a phonograph playing
'.I've Got the Alcoholic Blues," and,
being in sympathy with the song,
' he 'fell. Asked to sing it, Barrow
did, and the jury freed him. . .
DIDN'T TAKE LONG TO
GET WELL ACQUAINTED.
i . New York. Jan. 4. Mrs. Helen
Hamilton, who lives in the Hotel
Albert, told Magistrate Sweetser in
. Yorkvilte court that a new acquaint
ance, Philip Kearney, 37 years oht
' of Brooklyn, she had met in a rcs
y taurant, had in a brief time become
altogether too friendly with her.
They started out in a taxi on their
way down town, she said, when
Kearney, playfully removed a $2,50':
I necklace from around her neck ami
refused to give it back.
Mrs. .Hamilton said she1 stopped
the taxi at Fourth avenue and Fif
teenth stitet and caused KearnevV:
arrest. Kearney spent the night at
the East Twenty-second street sta
tion.' Magistrate Sweetser held him
in $7,500 bail forexamination..
MUST GIVE NAMES
IF GETTING LIQUOR. ,
Toronto, Can., Jan. 4. The Onta
rio license board has ordered that
jthe identity of the consignee of
every package Of liquor imported
here be furnished by the express
, companies. .
Federal regulations prohibiting iu
terprovincial trade in liquor recently
were abrogated, and liquor by the
carload, is being shipped from Que
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HAD WONDERFUL TIME.
Paris, " Jan. 4. Two Frenchmen
t and one American stood at Maxim's
bar. . . ;. ' "
"The shah of Persia is back in
Paris," said M. Premier.
"Oui, and President Poincaire has
Just given him a grand" ceremonial
hunting party at Brouilly," said M.
- Douzieme. -!
, "Our poor president! He will die
entertaining." - ' . ;, '
'Does he not enjoy all tne gala?"
inquired the American. 'Hf must
have enjoyed the hunting and the
shah." :: - - - i
"Nop.. President Poincaire went to
the hunt, but he did not shoot. He
has never killed a wild animzl He is
an honorary official of the society
or the preservation of birds and
beasts. No, he- does not like hunt
ing"! . . i
"And it is said- that the Persian
situation is (unpopular in prance, so
that it is well known that the presi
dent doesn't like the shah." "
"He must have had a wonderful
time at the party," said the Amer
NOT APPROVE OF
DAUGHTERS. W SCHOOL. ' .f
Wealdstone," England. Jan. 4.-r
The local council here .does not ap
prove of - Dr. Christopher Addison,
ministerof health, with a salary of
$25,000 'aytaiy sending his daugh
ters to a public school at Harrow,
tfhere the fees are only $10 a term.
One "councillor stated that he did
not consider that persons with $25,
t 000 a year should monopolize the
school which was .intended for the
'masses. There was a waiting list of
. 75; ' . , ,
Dr. Addison replied that he would
gladly pay higher fees if the rules
permitted, and declared that he had
as much right as any other citizen
to settd his children to a public sec
- ondary school. ' f -
"In my View, he added, "much
advantage would accrue if there
were less class distinction in jur
. schools V . " '"- ;
NO SUN FOR FIRST
TIME IN 45 YEARS.
Yuma", Ariz. Jan. .4. Tha sun
failed to- shiue on Yuma Saturday
for the first time in 45 years, ac
cording to persons who have lived
here that long. Rain fell through
out the entire day. -'-' '.-;"
A local hotel which for a quar
ter of a century has prominently
displayed a sign offering free board
every time the sun fails to show
. itself here prepared Saturday night
to -do a rushing business, which
failed to materialize, the maiiage
HEAVY SNOWFALL -REPORTED
Phoenix. ' Ariz., Jan. 4.--Arizona
Sunday was visited by one of the
heaviest storms of the season which
was general in all-sections of the
state. Flagstaff reported the heaviest
fall, a foot of snow being recorded
there within the past 18 hour& Yuma,
one of the driest points in the
': United Spates, recorded 1.08 inches
of rainfall, more than a third of its
average annual rainfall.The precipi
tation varied in other sections of ihe
state from I to 10 inches.
CANNOT SEE HOW v - ,
H. C. L.'WILL TOPPLE
Washington, Jan. 4.- No" rrospect
of any considerable fall in prices for
"several year's to come is seen by
Royal Meeker, handling statistics
and head of the. bureau which col
lects information on the trend of
prices used by the i govertiment in
official negotiations " concerning
wages and similar questions. " He
recommended a monetary unit of
value to replace the presttif units of
MANY CHILDREN ARE .
ILLITERATELY REARED. J
I W asmngljon, Jan. 4. surprising
number of Americari-bom children
re growing up iintrrate-nmore ot
"THE .VELVET HAMMER" LOCAL CELEBRITIES DONE IN . VERSE ON EDITORIAL PAGE.
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them in the coun"try districts than in pessary
the cities according to fitrures ma;'.c
Vjublic by the children's bureau of
,he Uepartm.ent ot -Labor. ;.-.: - ,
Statistics gathered in five states
n which the cmDlovment of children
isgeneral, it was stated, show that
out of 19.6 children between !4
and 16 "more than one-fourth could
not read or write their liames legibly.
Nearly Iff per cent have never gone
beyond the first grade of school and
considerably more than half were in
t!ie fourth grade or lower when they
'eft school. Only about 3 per cent
Secretary Daniels Tells Why
Awards of Decorations Were
Made in Letter to Chairman
of Probe Committee;
GOES INTO DETAIL
,0VER EACH AWARD
Thinks D. S. 0. Should Not
Be Given Out Except for
Specially Meritorious Duty
in Face of Danger.
.Washington, Jan. 4. Secretary
Daniels replied today to attacks on
his awards of navy decorations in a
letter to Chairman Page of the sen
ate naval committee, which with the
house naval committee probably will
investigate the whole rQvt precipi
tated by the refusal of Rear Admiral
Sims and other officers to accept the
decorations awarded to them.
The complaint of, the officers was
that in some instances Secretary
Daniels had t changed the record
mendations of the official board
which set on the cases, bestowing
higher decorations than the officers
thought merited in some cases and
lo.wer ones ir others.
Secretary Daniels ' explains at
length the theory on which he dis
agreed with some of the awards as
finally recommended to him and also
how he differentiated between
awards for officers who. served at
sea and those who served on land.
, Mr. Daniels refers to his first
communication to Chairman Page in
which he set forth the principle that
the highest distinction should be
conferred upon officers and men who
had come in contact with the eneny
and had Jy courage and judgment
under attack exemplified the highest
traditions of the service and that the
Distinguished' Service Medal should
alsa- be1 "swarded only to " those
officers oft shore duty who,-fa-the
language of the act of congress, had
distinguished themselves 4'by excep
tionally meritorious service to the
government in a duty of great re
Follow Act of Congress. '
' 'In thus following the act of con
gress authorizing three . classes of
medals," write the secretary, "honors
less than the distinguished service
medal should be awarded to officers
whose shore duty was meritorious,
but not 'of great responsibility.'
"I stated that 'the service worthy
of the highest distinction is that ren
dered .afloat in the presence of the
enemy -and that the distinguished
service medal should be awarded to
the captain of every ship struck by
the mines or torpedoes of the enmy
if his conduct was meritorious in
the hour that tests" courage and
leadership. I do not think the Amer
ican people can be persuaded to ac
cept the idea that the distinguished
service medal should not be given
to the captain of a ship who bears
himself courageausly in the supreme
hour, for which all other hours in
his naval career were but prepara
tory, if his ship is lost by submarine
or mine attack. If this theory had
been accepted in former years Law
rence and Porter and other naval
heroes would bave been denied somt
of the early honors which thei
countrymen gladly gave them. Each
of them knew what it was to lose
his ship without loss of prestige and
, TO WIDOW, PARIS
Report of Recent Wedding in
England, However, is
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MANY MflTIVF- ' Another Champ Has Fallen
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from Washington, Oregon, Idaho,
Art7ftna ontt California will -mppr in
with the satisfaction ot receiving ex- igan Francisco January 12 and 13.
oressions ot high appreciation oi
their countrymen. It is, of course,
the victory in battle which gives
highest gloiy,but medals of. distinc
tion are- awarded for 'exceptionally
meritorious service,' and Lawrence
was no less deserving of a nation's
oratitude when his shio was Jost to
his country thart was Eerry, who j
(Continued on 1m, Column One.)
Berger Boasts He Will
Carry .Socialist Flag
- To Congress or Prison
New York Jan. Victor L.
Berger. ' representative-elect from
the Fifth' Wiscqnsin district, boast
ed to an audience of about 1,500 so
cialists tonight that he would car
ry: the socialist flag either to con
gress or to prison. The announce
ment .was made with dramatic pose
and was -wildly cheered. He pre
ceded the prediction by-' saying he
,.n,,M hi- f0 vears of ace on his
'next .birthday;, that he had been
indicted five tunes on ss - counts;
and that if unseated again, he
would run aganv-seven times if nec-.
- Berecr roused his hearers to en
thusiasm .when he declared 'he
would be elected to congress six
"timts j more,"" whereas Woodrow
Wilson can t be re-elected once
Senator's Wife Dies.
- WashUigton, Jan. 4. Mrs. Rena
Paddock 'Townsend, wife of Senator
Townsend of Michigan, died at the
Townsend home here after an illnBsS
Which beean with a nervous break-
got as far as the eighth grade and ' down five years ago and was maJ;
about one in 100 had reached liigv. more serious several months ago by
chooli . (a paralytic stroke, ' . "
Paris, Jan. 4.Allusion to the
"approaching marriage" of Premier
Clemcnccau to. the widow of a "for
mer senator and former ambassa
dor of France" is made by Human
ite today. '
It is understood this refers to
gossip which has beerr current in
Paris political circles that M. Clem
enceau had married Countess D'Au
nay, widow of Count Charles Le
Peletier D'Aunay, former ambassa
dor of Prance at Berne. The mar
riage was said to have taken place
in England a fortnight ago.
An authority close to the premjer,
however, declares tlie story is with
Against Race Suicide.
Families' of 10 and 12 children
are being urged by Premier Clem
enceau, who is touring the depart
ment of Var, his constituency in the
chamber of deputies.
M. Clemenceau points out to his
rural audiences the need of repeo
pling France, laying emphasis on
the factj that large families are
more common in northern than in
southern France. v ' 5
While the premier is adhering to
his determination not to talk poli
tics while on his trip, he is giving
wholesome advice to the throngs
v-ho come to see him. .
i "League of Nations"
Pet of Senator Borah
Washington, Jan, 4. No dogs al
The sign hangs out of the White
house. If it didn't President Wilson
might find himself swamped with
canine gifts. It seems that every one
wants to give his best dog to the
The latest proffer of a canine gift
was that of' two Chinese Chow pups,
which were offered to the president
by P. T. Barnum, grandson of the
When; the president was abroad
he was presented with a dog which
was named "League of Nations," be
cause its donor admired the work
the president had done for the
league of nations. 'The president
gave the dog to Secretary Tumulty.
Secretary Tumulty's Airedale would
Tnpt stand for the European canine.
Secretary Tumulty gave "League of
Nations" to a friend. The friend's
cat objected to "League of Na
tions," and so the E0f opean doggie
was presented to Mrs. William E.
Borah, wife of the senator from
' Senator Borah is the originaren
emy ol the league of nations, but he
is a lovar of animals and little
"League of Nations is his pet, de
spite its name.
Republicans Gather in
Chicago for Conference
Chicago, Jan. 4.' Republicans oi
14 central ryestern states gathered
Sunday for the opening Monday of
a two days' conference. National
committeemen, stale chairmen and
nearly 1,000 men and women dele
gates are expected to attend to dis
cuss organization ' work and cam
paigning methods and to hear Wilt
H. Hays, national chairman,, and
The conference is the first of a
series of three arranged by Chair
man Hays for January. The second
will be held in Denver Januarv 8 and
9. for Montana, Wyoming, Colorado,
New Mexico and-Otah. Party leaders
Department of Justice Agents
' Make Public Matter That
Shows Nature of "Poison"
' Radicals Are Spreading.
FLYNN SAYS ROUNDUP "
IS NOT NEAR THROUGH
"Going to Continue Gathering
in Reds," Secret Service
Head Asserts 280 JWore
Arrested in Detroit. " -
Women are to take a prominent
part in all these gatherings the
party leaders planning their cam
paign on 'he supposition that the
national suffrage amendment wiil be
ratified in tima to gie votes to hU
women'of the nation 'in the Novem
Admiral Jellicoe Most
r Impressed' by Capital
Washington; Jan. 4. As unobtru
sively as a private citizen. Viscount
Jellicoe of Scapa. admiral of the
British fleet of Jutland fame, arrived
Sundaw from -New Yorlcfor a visit to
the capital as the guest of the Navy
department. -, v . v. ...
. "My word' But that is au imposing
pile " he exclaimed as the battleship
gray of the vcapitol building caught
his eye on emerging to the street.
:" Sunday night the British admiral
and his staff were entertained at din
ner at the British embassy-
LoFd Jellicoe will go to Annapolis,
Md.( Tuesday to inspect the Naval
academy, returning tQ Washington
to take the train for Key West. After
visiting Havana, he will embark on
the return voyage to England via
South Africa, on the battle cruiser
New Zealand. ,
if: Wage Advance Refused.
"London. Jan. 4. The govern
ment's offer to the . railway- men
which concedes considerable ad
vance, , in wages, was rejected, at a
mass meeting of railway meivheld
in, the east end of London and at
Northampton. , - -j
- Produce Much Petroleum, 'j
Washington, Jan. 4. Production I
cf petroleum in Hit United States im
1919 was approximately 376.000.000
barrels, an increase of 20.000,000 bar-!
rcls ov(r the previous year, the geo-i
logical survcy anuovinces.
, Washington, Jan. 4. Plans of the
communist and , communist labor
parties against whom the great raids
by government officers inaugurated
Friday night are directed, to gain
control of all labor organizations
as the means of fomenting revolu
tion, were revealed tonight in docu
ments made public by Assistant At
torney General Garvan of the De
partment of Justice with the desi
he said, that the American people
learn the "real purposes of these
menacing groups and the nature of
the poison they were spreading..
Department agents in many cities
continued today the work of run
ning down and interrogating mem
bers, of the two organizations. Of
ficials said it was distinctly sur
prising that each party numbered
so many American citizens in its
membership. The party rolls were
said to carry the names of manj
persons well known in their respec
tive communities and American citi
zens. Although there is no federal
law under whlch! the American
communists can be dealt with, de
partment agents were not overlook
ing these. Their cases will be turned
over to state governments.
t 280 : Held -in Detroit.
Two hundred and eighty persons
arrested today in Detroit were added
to the list of those taken into cus
tody, which is fast approaching
4,500. Ninety-four additional arrests
of aliens were reported to Mr. Gar
van's office today, sending the total
against waom the department be
lieves it has "perfect jcases'' to 2,729.
Included in the arrests reported to
day were Jacksonville, 9; Grand
Rapids. 16: Omaha, 11; Courttand, N.
Y., 16; Woodlawn, Pa., 2; Des
Moines, IS; Spokane, 10; Portland,
Ore., 9; Toledo and .Pittsburgh, 2
each, and Denver, 1.
Among those arrested in Portland
was Victor Saulit, who attracted at
tention by his activities as a delegate
to the August convention of the
communist labor party in-Chicago.
In Spokane, federal agents took into
custody Peter JFedorchuk, who, of
ficials said, had been on? of the most
dangerous agitators with whom they
nai to deal in the northwest.
Roundup Not Through.
New York. Jan. 4. Announce
ment that the great . nation-wide
roundup of "reds" is-not "anywhere
near through" was made here by
William J. Flynn. chief of the De
partment of Justice secret service.
"We are going to continue gather
ing in 'reds,'," said Chief Flynn, "for
we are not anywhere near through.
We are just resting up so that we
can renew our work with increased
vjsror." : .
Five hundred and fifty aliens ar
rested during the raids in this and
neighboring; cities were held Oil
Ellis island tonight for deportation
proceedings.. The few America"
citizens found implicated in sedi
tious -propaganda will be . turned
over to the state authorities for
prosecution.'! i ,
The number of prisoners on the
island probably will be increased
Monday and Tuesday when 300
warrants held by department offi
cials in New York and smaller num
bers in neighboring places art,
.served. . v
-Deportation hearings before spe
cial boards of inquiry will not begin
until" Tuesday, according to Mr. Uhl,
acting immigration commissioner.
Democrats Meet in :
Capital This. Week
To Talk Convention
Washington, Jan. 4. The national
capital is to be the rallying ground
during the coming week . foe na
tional leaders of the democratic
partv, who will choose the time and
place for the 1920 national conven
tion, talk ovr candidates and poli
cies, and renew, acquaintances at a
Jackson dav love feast which many
of them believe will make party his
Although only one day, Thursday,
is set aside for formal . business,
leaders' of various magnitudes al
ready were " arriving tonight for a
week of conferences and gossiping
over the outlook for the presidential
campaign. . ' - f
So great has been tle demand for
seats at the dinner xthat officials of
the committee, announced that it wilt
be held in two sections, with all ot
the ' speakers appearing, at " both
places. In this way about 1,400 are
to be 'seated.
HURRY -ANOJ C ' N
TAXI, FUR GOATS
AND REAL MONEY
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Break in Thorne Store Window
lear City HallMany
Thefts Reported by
Thieves committed ajbold robbery
within ISO feet of he city hall at S
Sunday morning when twoJ valuable
fur coats were stolen out of the
show windows of the F. ,W. Thofne
company, 1812 Farnam street." The
robbers hurled a' paving brick
through the. plate glass windows.
Police conducted 'an' investigation
of the' case.
. Two unmasked bandits . held up
and robbed Wilbur Carcencer, 6148
Bedford avenue,' near his home in
broad daylight Saturday, a report to
police states. The highwaymen
were in an automobile and drove
alongside of Carcencer itid one of
the men pointed a gun at their vic
tim and commanded him to throw
up his hands, according to. the re
port. The highwaymen obtained $18.
Two highwaymen robbed Joe
Binney, 1508 North Sixteenth, street,
oi $63 fate Saturday night in front
of his home. ; Both robbers had
Steal a Taxi.
The. crowning feat of the entire
night's theft was the. pilfering of , a
taxicab belonging , to . the Central
Taxicab Co., 1405. Farnam street,
from Fifteenth and Douglas streets.
Dr. W. E. O'Connor, 122 North
Thirty-fourth street, reported the
theft of his "automobile valued at
$1,650. .Later the car was found at
Fifteenth and Howard streets, but
a tire valued at $54 had been tak
en. - - " ; - .;
, C. B. McGinnis; Helen apartments
reported that his touring, car valued
at $800. was stolen front Fifteenth
and Howard streets. .,
Steal Check Protector.'
Sheehan Plumbing Co. reported
that burglars broke into their place
of. business at 613 South Sixteenth
street, and stolen a check protector
and several blank checks. '
M. Christofer. Douglas Motors
CoJ reported the theft of two tires,
valued at $9C from his car while it
stood in front of the Orpheum the
ater. i '
O, Lund, 1207 Douglas street aid
his overcoat valued at $35 was stol
en from his room. . : '
Burglars broke into the home of
C; R. Brown, 1722 Capitol avenue,
Saturday 'night and ransacked the
place. Nothing was reported miss-
ing. -"- - ".:
Joe Vinci, 2912 Sherman avenue,
was held up arid robbed at Sixteenth
and Clark: streets early Sunday
morning by two:ihcn in a Ford au
tomobih. The robbers got $')0
from Vinci. ,Both men had guns.
Neither was masked. - -
BY BUSY SESSIONi
Months of Hard Work in Sight
With No Adjournment
Washington, Jan, 4. Congress
reconvenes at noon tomorrow, afttr
a fortnight's holiday, with month's
ot bard work in sight and adjourn
ment expected by few leaders before
the presidential campaign next fall.
The only recess looked for is a brief
one in summer, when -the" national
par"ty conventions are in session.
Innumerable domestic and inter
national problems await the atten
tion of congress, with partisan poli
tics of the coming presidential eleo
lion prominently to the fore. Polit
ical speeches of presidential candi
dates and members of congress up
for re-election are expected to flood
the congressional records during
the coming months.' ' .":
' The senate will resume tomorrow
consideration of the sedition bill of
Senator Sterling, republican, South
Dakota, and later begin work on the.
house water power development
measure. The Victor Berger elec
tion cart' is the principal of tomor
row's program in the house, where
leaders plan to reject immediately
the re-election certificate of the Mil
waukee socialist, ousted in thejast
session and promptly re-elected. .
f Peace Terms Up,
The senate returns tomorrow in
the hope of disposing of the Gcrrfmr.
peace treaty this month, but with
out substantial results -from com
promise negotiations 1 during the
holiday recess. Some immediate
move, however, is expected. It mav
be launched iu debate tomorrow,
' The motion of Senator Under
wood, democrat, Alabama, for ap
pointment of a conciliation commit -tee
is-awaiting consideration on the
calendar, as. is the resolution of Sen
ator Knox, republican, , Pennsyl
vania, proposing ratification of afi
peace terms except ; tjje leagur of
nations. , , ; v :
.Other treaties to be considered
are the French, Austrian, Polish1 and
the -Panama' canal settlement with
Colombia, and. possibly, the Turkish,
peace treaty. . - . .
. The railroad reorganization bill
and the oil. coal, gas and 'phosphate
land leasing bill, both in conference,
are scheduled for final action this
month. , t " ,
Unusual cominittea activity is on
the- program. Army reorganization
plans of the- two military commit
tees are completed and differ only in
details, except, that the- house biil is
to be silent on universal military,
training projects. The senate znn
mittee will take up next Friday tin.
bill drafted by a subcommittee. . ;
Shipping Legislation. t '
Shipping legislation will be taken
up January 12 by the senate eom j
mcrce committee, with wooden . 4hji(
(Conllnued Vwg T, Cotum X.)
Workers , Say Owners of Mines
Not Living Up to Agree
. ment With Gov
Columbus, O.P Jan. 4. Attorney
General Palmer has been asked by
the United Mine Workers of Arner
tea; , which meet in convention here
Monday, to put a stotf to alleged
violations by operators in six states
of theterms of the. agreement which
was made with the government and
which brought to an end the re
cent strike of, soft coal miners,
; Ths aniiounoement was made by
William Green, secretary of the
miners. He said that the violations
were most nutnerous in Alabama,
West, Virginia, eastern Kentucky,
Tennessee, Colorado and some parts
In the states enumerated, Green
said, many of the operators had
tod miners that they, could not re
turn to 'work .unless they resigned
from the" union. He said the miners
were told that if they left the union
(.they would be given work at the 14
per cent increase.' . i
f White Appears. (
John P. White, 'selected Sy Presi
dent Wilson as-the miners' reprc
sentative . on the commission of
three to negotiate a final settlement
of the wage . controversy between
miners and operators of the bitumi-
ous coai neias, arrivea unexpecteoiy-M
Sunday night to attend the - inter
national convention of the United
Mine Workers' of America. The
convention will convene at 10 a.
m. Monday and will be called
by Acting; President John L. Lewis.
Union-officials will make an officia'
report to the miners on the settle
ment of the recent coal strike. Al.aut
.1,200 delegates will attend the three
or four-day session..
After greeting . numerous dele
gates, most of whom he is able to
call by their first names. White con
ferred With Acting President Lewis,
c ... Mf.-n: . .. , ... V
ocucmi v vviiiidiu vuecii ana oiner
union officials relative to the conven
tion and plans for the hearing before
the president's, commission in Wash
ington January 12.. '
White said he was here merely as
a spectator. ' , , ' ,
I $800,000 Fire. ,
Danville, "v.-- Va., Jan. 4. Loss
from th fire which Saturday and
early. Sunday destroyed half , a doz
en buildings in Danville's business
center is . estimated at $800,000
largely covered by insurance.
The origin of the -fire has not been
determined. The Masonic Temple
was one of the buildings destroyed.
BIG TOLL OF
Disturbance Believed, to Be
Near Volcano of Orizaba
State of Vera Cruz Center
of Suffering. , '
COMMUNICATION WITH . .
SMALL TOWNS CUT OFF '
Great Alarm in Large Cities,
Although No Casualties Have
Been Reported Number of
Dead Unknown. " -
By The Associated Press.
Mexico City, Mex., Jan. 4. Scores
of persons have been killed in a vum
lent earthquake which occurred lu -many
parts of Mexico last . night.
The center of the disturbance is be-
lieved to have been near the volcano
' Incomplete press reports Indicate
that the state of Vera Cruz suffered
more than any , other section, al
though seismic . disturbances were
felt throughout the entire republic.
Arlvirpc frnm PrtrrtrtKa cav thatt .tfl
fdead have already been accounted,
for in ban Juan LoscomatepiV
where many houses were destroyer -There
are unconfirmed reports of 4'
tsimilar catastrophe in Huatusco.
At Jalapa, farther oiorth,.-50 vic
tims of the earthquake have been
c'ounted, including numerous dead:
Lack of communication with the
other small towns and villages :n
the theater of the disturbance make
even an approximate estimate of the ,
casualties impossible. , :"
The. earthquake caused grtut..
alarm in the .large cities. Marine
disturbances have occurred off Vera
Cruz City, and there were some cas
ualties there, although the number
is not known, with' considerable df-.
struction of property. ' ' X
From. San Juan Coscomatepec It is
reported Jhat the shocks still con
tinued Sunday morning.
Information sccure3 from the gov
ernment observatory at Tacubaya
show that there were, three distinct
shocks, the strength of which de-
centralized the instruments. The '
first shock, which, occurred at 9:45 4
o'clock Saturday evening, lasted five .
minutes. The second, at 10:25 p. m., "
was very brief, but of terrific inten
sity and was accompanied by terrify
ing subterranean noises. The third
shock, ?.t 11:01 o'clock, was not dis
cernible except by the seismograph. '
Hasten to Churches : "
The panic in the capital among -i
the ignorant classes was indescrib
able. Many of the people of the city
f -ed from their homes and nocked to
the churches. The-Indians, in the ;
suburbs hurried to the shrine of the
Virgfn of Guadalupe. " ' -
From Toluca, Cuernavaca and
Puebla tome similar stories of
panic. Slight damage was done to
homes. Panic .reigned in . various
cities and villages in the state of
Vera Cruz, where the people .left
their homes and spent the light in
the streets. ;v ' v ..
Due to Volcano.
The damage iri Mexito Cify was
limited to cracks in the larger
buildings. There were no deaths and
none of the inhabittnts was injured.'
While the government observatory
has not- decided what caused the
shocks, reports received Irom Cor
dobasta'te of Vera Cruz, sssert that
they were -'doe ,-to the volcano
Orizaba. " . ' V
The two huge volcanos near Mex
ico City have shown no sins of dis-
turliance. , . '
The ' shocks were felt heavilyr
among the towns along the ridge
valley of Mexico, while the capital,
which is in the center of the valley,
was not affected severely.
To Cede Part of
Siberia to Japan
Dpudon. Jan. 4. A Moscow .di- '
patch quotes a Dorpat report as
saying, that Admiral Kolchak;- head
of the Omsk government, .has no
tified the United States government
that' he will cede part of Siberia to
Japan unless tbe allies send further
assistance to the white armies to
save Russia.' -' '"-?
''The Red cavalry," says the dis-.
patch, "is at the gates or Taganrog "
and Mariupol and the fall of Xovo-
cherkassk is considered imminent f
as is Lika.' a junction where" the
Red cavalry took 4,500 prisoners.. "l
''General Denikine's troops are
Ifleeing from Tsaritsan in panic in .
tne direction ot 1 ikhoryetskaya v
(Kuban province) being cut 5 oT
irom Kostovana at tne same wme
squeezed up on two sides., '
"The road to the Caucasus is n!
open from the northeast.",
Bubonic Plague in Ukraiae.
1 Bucharest, Thursday, Jan. I. Bv-""
bonic plague is epidemic in th '
Ukraine. ;.ccording to reports re
ceived here. The Romanian frontier
has been closed.
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