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PLYMOUTH, N. C, FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 1913.
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MEXICAN SOLDIERS KILLED IN
RUNNING BORDER FIGHT BY
UNITED STATES TROOPS.
1 CAUSED GREAT EXCITEMENT
Four American Officers Walking Along
Border Fired Upon By Mex
El Paso, Texas.-In a running fight
on the border near Douglas, Ariz., be
tween Mexican soldiers and troopers
of the Ninth United States cavalry,
four Mexicans were killed. None of
the American troops were killed or
wounded, according to advices receiv
Four American' army officers, walk
ing on the American line, three miles
from Douglas,- are reported to have
been fired on by forty regular Mexi
can soldiers, patroling the border out
of Agua Prieta, opposite Douglas. Six
teen of the negro troops of the.NintlH
rushed to the place of the firing and
had a spirited : skirmish.
The American soldiers were holding
their position jit the international line
when reinforced by two troops of the
Ninth. The Mexicans were routed,
leaving four killed on the field and
others struggling through the brush
wounded. It is said that the Ameri
can troops became so exicted "that
they overstepped the boundary and
pursued the Mexicans for some dis;
The ' fight caused great excitement
at Douglas, to which the telegraph
lines are not open. The townspeo
ple armed themselves and went to
the boundary, believing the Mexican
soldiers were attempting to.; invade
the' United States. 'Within a few min
utes, hundreds of citizens were at the
place, armed ' and ready. Cowboys
rushed in from nearby ranches, .
CONGRESS COMES TO END
-Much Important' Legislation Enacted
and Many Probes Were Conducted.
Washington. With the adjourn
ment of -congress? the end will be
written to two years of epoeiv-making
struggle within party ranks; and to
three sessions of effort, only partial-.
ly successful, to adjust the differenc
es between a Democratic house, a
senate under Democratic-Progressive
control o.nd a Republican president.
- Many important pieces of legisla
tion have been enacted within that
time- investigations of a peculiar sig
nificance to the public have been con
ducted; and many subjects of general
interest have been laid aside without
action. The tariff, attacked alike from
Democratic and Republican sources
twice during the period, has been the
subiect of attempted revision, but
aone of the proposed changes became
The Sixty-second congress opened
in 1911 wit ha special session called
bv President Taft to consider Cana
dian reciprocity; it ends with an ex
tra session of the Sixty-third congress
only a few weeks- away to be called
by President Wilson for a general re
vision of the Payne-Aldrich tariff law.
National convention, the birth of a
new party, a general election and a
complete change of administration
have intervened between its beginning
, and its end. Activities of the short
session now closing have been limited
almost entirelv to routine work, be
cause of the determination to leave
to the new administration all of the
important subjects of a general char
Women Are Winning West.
Chicago. Robert S.'Vesseys former
governor of South Dakota, in a church
address here, predicted that tne en
tire West would give suffrage to wom
en within a few years. "The women
lrnnw as much about how to legis
late for the good of humanity as the
mpn do." he said, "and if given the
vote would bring better conditions
into the schools, the prisons and our
.social and political life in general.
Harvester Trust Called Monopoly.
Washington. The power of the In
-t.arnatir.riai Harvester company, the
so-called harvester trust, which the
Federal government is seeking to dis
solve under the Sherman law, lies
in its monopolistic position, its supe
rior command of capital, including its
connections with J. P. Morgan & Co.
Tniin r Tinckef eller. and certain
objectionable competitive, methods,
according to Luther Conant, Jr., com
missioner of . corporations, in his re
port on the operations of the giant
corporation submitted to Taft
ROBERT M. GATES.
Among the many candidates for th
position of secretary of tho senate la
Robert M. Gates, who has represented
southern newspapers In Washington
for ten years.
MORE EXPLORERS PERISH
EXPEDITION SET OUT FROM AUS
TRALIA IN 1911 AND CONSIST
ED OF ABOUT. FIFTY MEN.
Lieutenant Ninnin andDoctor Merz,
Members of Mawson. Expedition,
Lost Their Lives.
Sydney," N. S. W-wXnother was
added to the list of antarctic trage
dies by the news received here - of
the death of two members of the ex
pedition commanded by Dr. Douglas
Mawson. The party left Tasmania
in 1911, accompanied by a large body
of scientific men, to explore thorough
ly the regions around the couthern
magnetic pole. !
Once again the British army is af
fected by the loss of a brilliant officer,
Lieut. D. E. S. Ninnin of the famous
Royal Fusiliers regiment.
Switzerland also has suffered a. se
vere loss by the death of Doctor Merz,
a prominent scientist and sportsman.
Lieutenant Ninin was the expert of
the expedition of surveying and
The expedition started out, not with
any, idea of rushing to the South Pole,
but with the intention of exploring
and naming the unknown land3 of. the
antarctic and making numerous ob
servations around the magnetic pole.
Unfortunately Doctor Mawson and
six of his companions after they had
been picked up by the Aurora under
took another expedition and were un
able to rejoin the ship, which was
compelled to leave them to spend an
other year in the antarctic.
The expedition, headed by Doctor
Mawson, set out from Australia in the
latter part of 1911. It consisted of
nearly fifty men, most of them gradu
ates of the universities of Australia
and New Zealand. It was financed by
popular subcsription.. Doctor Mawson
was not seeking the pole, but propos
ed to make a complete geographical
and magnetic survey of the antarctic
region between Cape Adare and Gauss
burg, a distance of over two thousand
Plot to Assassinate Sulzer.
Albany, N. Y. Governor Sulzer has
been Informed of an alleged plot to
assassinate him. The governor relat
ed that a man with head swathed m
bandages called at the executive
chamber and was referred to Owen
L. Potter, his legal assistant. To Mr.
Potter the man, whose name the- gov
ernor' would not divulge, said that,
while in an abandoned cider mill, he
had overheard two men discussing a
plot to kill the governor. When the
conspirators learned of the presence
of the governor's informant, they as
saulted and robbed him.
' Sneed Is Acquittted.
Vernon, Texas-. John Beal Sneed,
a wealhy west Texas ranch owner,
was declared not guilty of the mur
der of Al Boyce, Jr., at Amarillo, Tex
as, last September. Sneed shot Boyce
to'death on a downtown street in Am
arillo at what was said to have been
the first meeting of the two men after
Boye had eloped with Mrs. bneea
about a year before the killing Al
Boyce. Jr., was the second member
of the Boyce family Sneed had kuled
on account of developments following
REJOINDER OF BRITISH GOVERN
MENT TO THE LAST AMER-
' ; : v ; ICAN NOTE.
ENGLAND REPLIES TO U. S.
Such Is the Gist of England's
. joinder to the American
Washington. The rejoinder of the
British government to the last Amer
ican ncte regarding the Panama ca
nal zone tolls question wag delivered
to Secretary Knox by Ambassador
Bryce. Though naturally of great in
terest to Secretary Knox.ie will make
no effort to consider it, but will al
low the negotiations on the American
side to be continued by his successor
in office. '
It is understood that, the British
note, after a repetition of former ar
guments in support of its original con
tention, contains a flat proposal for ar
bitration of the Issue between the two
countries, according to the provisions
of the existing special arbitration
treaty between the two countries,
which will expire in June.
President-elect Wilson has made
known to Democratic senate leaders
most closely in his confidence that he
favors the passage of Senator Root's
amendment to the Panama canal bill
to repeal the provision exempting all
American, coastwise ships from pay
ment of tolls.
It was said thatf the, new president
had made his position plain lately to
several democratic senators.
London. Dispatches from Wash
ington indicating President-elect
Woodrow Wilson's attitude toward
the Panama tolls controversy have
given rise to considerable comment in
the English newspapers. AH thepa
pers voice their gratification over his
alleged attitude. The Westminster
Gazette, a leading organ of the Brit-
ishish government says:
"We all very much regretted to
find ourselves in conflict with the
United States government on a point
of this kind. We believe that public
opinion in the United States will wel
come this changed attitude leading to
the avoidance of further controversy."
The Pall Mall Gazette says:
"Doctor Wilson is to be congratulat
ed on striking a true and high note
in this matter upon the eve of ac
cession. We think repeal of the ex
emption clause would be far . the best
solution of a tangle created by. the
short-sightedne& of over-reaching
MANY ARE BURIED IN RUINS
Bodies .Recovered of Score Who Lost
Lives in Omaha Fire.
Omaha, Neb. Fire destroyed the
Dewey hotel at Thirteenth and Far-
nam streets, at least a score and. pos
sibly more persons losing their lives.
The register of the little hostelry was
burned, and the names of many of
those who died in the flames probably
never will be known. Only four bod
ies had been recovered: These were
of persons who either jumped from
windows or who died from injuries.
The fire occurred at an hour when
few persons were in the vicinity, and
the interior of the old building was a
mass of flames before the firemen arrived.-
Not less than fifty persons
were sleeping In the building, and es
timates of the number run as high
as seventy-five. -
C. O. D. Added to Parcel Post.
Washington. On July 1, next, the
collect-on-delivery feature will be add
ed to the parcel post service. An or
der putting this into effect was sign
ed by Postmaster General Hitchcock.
Under the approved regulations, a par
cel bearing the required amount of
parcel post stamps may be sent any
where In the country and the amount
due from the purchaser collected and
remitted by the postofflce department.
The regulations provide that the par
cels must bear the amount due from
the addressee, and the collection will
be made provided the amount is not
in excess of $100.
Webb Bill Is Repassed.
Washington. The Webb liquor bill,
prohibiting the shipment of liquor into
"dry" states was repassed in the
senate over President Taft'g veto
within two hours from the time the
president's message of disapproval
had been laid before that body. A
short debate, in which the advocates
of the bill voted down a motion to
postpone action, and in which they re
affirmed their belief that the measure
is constitutional, ev.ded with the re
passage of the bili by-the large ma
jority of 63 to 21.
CAPT. SPENCER S. WOOD
Captain Wood Ts in command of the
battleship Nebraska, one of the thret
American battleships now at Vera
PLEADS FOR BUDGET SYSTEM
DECLARES U. S. IS, ONLY GREAT
'NATION NOT USING A
Budget, He Says, Will Show Congress
i now. iviucn uross Jt Wi Have
" to Spend.
Washington. President Taft sent
to congress his much-discussed "bud
get" message. He recommended the
adoption of a budget system of relat
ing proposed expenditures to expect
ed revenues and declared that con
gress would be greatly benefited by
having before it such a statement be
fore it began the annual grind upon
appropriation bill3. The United States,
he wrote, was the only great nation
in the world which did not use the
budget system and in consequence it
"may be said to be without plan or
program." He ,- indicated that owing
to the lat$ day at which he was able
to transmit his message he expected
little legislation on the topic from the
Th6 president took full responsibil
ity for the message upon himself. Con
gress in the last sundry civil bill di
rected the secretary of the treasury
to submit estimates hereafter in the
old way. Mr. Taft pointed out, how
ever, that lhe had directed the' secre
tary of the treasury to agree with the
directions of congress and also to send
to him information for a budget mes
sage. He referred congress also to
the portion of the Constitution which
requires him from time to time to rec
ommend such measures as he shall
deem expedient and necessary.
NEW CABINET PORTFOLIO
House Bili Creating Department of La
bor Passes the Senate.
Washington. The bill to create a
department of labor with a cabinet of
ficer at its head passed the senate
after less than an hour's considera
tion. The measure had previously
passed the house, but amendments in
the senate will require its perfection
The filibuster carried on against the
bill by-Senators Guggenheim and Gro
na was not resumed.
One amendment would put the new
children's bureau under the direction
of trie secretary of labor. The divis
ion of immigration and naturalization
would be separated into twd bureaus,
and the present bureau of labor would
be known as the bureau of labor sta
tistics. 1 The division of information
of the present department of com
merce and labor also would go Into
the new ' department.
He-Drove With Corpse.
Salem, Mass. For half an hour af
ter he had killed George E. Marsh, an
aged manufacturers of Lynn. William
Dorr drove up and down the Lynn bou
levard with the body propped up be
side him in ..the single seat of his
runabout. This is a part of the re
markable story Dorr told to a jury be
fore whom he Is being tried for mur
der. The stats alleges that Marsh
was murdered so the defendant might
profit, indirectly through a trust fund
which he thought would go to hia
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MUCH DISSATISFACTION AND AN
UPRISING IS FEARED IN
GUERRILLA LIKE WARFARE
Four Hundred Textile Employees Start
Riot But Were Dispersed by the
Police Provisional President Has
Been Conferring For Eight Days.
Mexico City. There is considerable
dissatisfaction in Hidalgo and an up
rising is feared if the Federal Govern
ment fails to satisfy the conflicting in
terests. A committee of citizens of
that state has come to the Capital to
prefer charges against Ramon Rosa
les, the Governor-elect. He is charg
ed with grafting 70,000 pesos and with
secreting arms and ammunition be
longing to the 'Government.
Four hundred textile workers who
were denied permission to hold a
public demonstration in memory of
rioting, but were dispersed by the
police. One factory, La Carolina, has
been closed as a result, the employes
declaring a strike. The firm and en
ergetic military rule promised by the
new Government probably will be in
augurated this week. President Tuet
ta has had eight days of conferences
with the various rebel chiefs or with
commissioners sent by them.
The government is now disposed
to consider an irreconcilable all those
rebels who continue to delay definite
recognition of the new order of things.
The program of pacification will,
it is expected, be put to some severe
tests. A band of adherents of Zapata
fired on a Federal troop train running
from the Capital: to iCuernavaca- and
60 soldiers were filled or wounded.
Similar bands of Zapatistas continue
committing raids in the Federal dis
trict itself and In the state of More
los, indicating that some of the moun
taineer rebels are determined to keep
up their guerrilla warfare despite the
negotiations between the Government
and the Zapata. brothers.
No News of Mexican Assault.
Washington. Although Major Gen
eral Wood, chief of staff of. the army,
called on the commanding officer at
Douglas, Ariz., for a full report of the
alleged killing of four Mexicans in a
border fight with the ninth cavalry
troopers, nothing has been heard of
the affair at last report. Army officers
reiterated their conviction that if, the
American troopers fired on the Mexi
can soldiers, it was in self-defense, af
ter an attack was made upon them.
Prince Takehito Critically III. ,y
Tokio. Prince Takehito, head of a
collateral branch of the imperial army
is critically ill from tuberculosis at
his country residence near Kobe. The
emperor ordered his own chief physi
cian to proceed there. . rince Take
hito is an admiral in .the Japanese
navy and served ijrith distinction in
the wars beMeen Japan and China
and Japan and Russia.
William' Chambers :Third Arbitrator.
Washington. William L. Chambers
of Washington, former chief justice
of the international court at Samoa,
and a former member' of the Spanish
treaty claims 'commission, was chosen
as the third arbitrator the wage dis
pute between the eastern', railroads
and ,their firemen. W. W. Atterbury,
vice-president of the Pennsylvania
Railroad, and Albert Phillips, vice
president of the firemen's organiza
tion, -are the others.
F. K. Loine Is Secretary of Interior.
Washington. Franklin K. Lane, of
California, chairman of the interstate
commerce commission has accepted
the post of secretary of the interior.
Though Chairman Lane himself re
fused to deny or affirm the report of
his election, leaders in congress close
to President Wilson declare positive
ly that Mr. Lane's formal acceptance
of the portfolio has been sent to Mr.
Making Military Preparations.
Geneva, Switzerland. The Italian
government has joined the remainder
of the European continental powers
in making military preparations. It
has increased the Italian garrisons
along the Swiss frontier, and military
engineers are engaged In building new
forts. Chambers for mines have been
excavated at the Italian entrance to
the great Simplon tunnel, and these
have been fitted wich secret electrical
connections, so that by pressing & but
ton 20 miles away the tunnel can be
NEWS OF NORTH CAROLS
Short Paragraphs of State News That
Has Been Condensed For Buy
People of State.
Thomas ville. Dr. Joseph Hyde
Pratt State Geologist, spoke here
recently in advocacy of good roads for
Salisbury. Mr. Gorge Goodman, a,
well-known farmer living: near Mount
Hope church, about six miles from this
city, left home several days ago, and
all efforts to find him nave failed.
Charlotte. In two more months
everyone who is interested will defi
nitely know what form of government
Charlotte is to reckon with during at
least the next two years and perhap3
for a decade.
Salisbury. A strange young white
man found in a dying condition with
his head badly crushed beside the
railroad track near Lexington and
brought to Salisbury on la special
train was Identified as James Johnson,
of Bessemer City.
Newbern Jonn Parker, a colored
employe of the John L. Roper Lumber
Company, Camp Perry, was riddled
with bullets at that place recently
when he became engaged in an alter
cation with a white man named Lane
and attempted to attack" him with an
Raleigh. By a vote of President
Daughtridge. breaking tie, the senate
passed on second reading the state
road bond bill. The vote came after
the third debate on the measure, 21
to 21. The Chair voted "aye" amid
applause. Being a roll-call bill, it
went over for third reading.
Salisbury. Fire of an unknown
origin destroyed seven dwelling hous
es on the outskirts of Salisbury, with
a loss of $4,000. The houses belonged
to W. H. Woodson and were" out of
rea,ch of water. A brisk wind carried
the fire down a street and It was stop
ped only when all the houses in the
row were burned.
Belmont If the provisions of a bill
that has passed the third reading in
the house are carried out, Belmont
will soon have an excellent system of
concrete sidewalks along the principal
streets of the town. A bill was fram
ed and sent to" Gaston's Representa
tives in the General Assembly some
Kinston. Greene county lays claim
to the original blind tiger. When Su
perior Court was convened in Snow
Hill, Cain Moye, about 50 years of
age, wbo has been blind since chill'
hood, was charged with selling nis
key in the Lindell section of, Greene.
He told the court that frijfnds wrote
his orders for him; otherwise he had
no trouble with his illegal business.
Raleigh. Judge W. B. Council, one
of the special commission conferring
with the railroads of the effort thus
far said: "I regard the results entire
ly satisfactorily in fact, all that we
could have reasonably expected up to
this time. The railroads seem to de
sire to do the right thing and. realize
that any antagonism betweenJ.the peo
ple and the railroads shfeild be avoid
ed. Asheville. Baptist laymen from all
parts of western North Carolina at
tended the banquet given by the lay
men of the First Baptist church of
Asheville, recently. An enjoyable
spread was served and the gathering
proved a very enjoyable otoe. The
feature of the banquet was the address
of Prof. J. T. Henderson, thelecre
tary of the Laymen's Movement of the
Southern Baptist Assembly.
Burlington. The officials of th
Piedmont ' Traction company of this
city, are- figuring with parties in Dur
ham with a view to building a trolley
line from Durham to Chapel HH1. If
this company should undertake this
proposition, they will no doubt Imme
diately extend the present line in op
eration from Burlington, Graham and
Haw River to Chapel Hill to connect
with Durham -as first contemplated.
Gastonia. John, J. Watts of Mor
ganton, a brakeman on a Carolina &
North Western freight train running
between Gastonia and Lincolnton, was
killed recently at Dallas. The train
was shifting and a car was being
placed on a sidetrack. Watts was on
the car with a lantern. It seems that
he fell while the train was in motion,
as his lantern was seen to fall and a
few minutes later he was found dead
on the tracks.
Hickory. There-will be a business
meeting and banquet of the Hickory
Chamber of Commerce at the Hotel
Huffry, March 10, for the purpose of
organization and election of oiTicer.s.
AH subscribing members will receivti
tickets to the banquet gratuitously.
Wilmington. Quincy Lewis, color
ed, who was pursued by a trio of po
licemen, frori whom he ' bad jut
escaped while his house was bein
searched for stolen . goods, jumpf d
from the railroad bridge ' over t -Northeast
River, at Hilton, In tb
northern part of the city and wa.j