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ASSOCIATED PRESS SERVICE.
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cmCUIiATION . .
FAIR TONIGHT. .
VOLUME XX. - NO. 27.
ASHEVLLLE, N. 0, FRIDAY AFTERNOON, MARCH 17, 1916.
PRICE 2 CENTS0
FIGHTING WITH VILLA'S
BANDIT SOLDIERS. MAY
BEGIN AT ANY MOMENT
Expectancy Alon?, Border Is
Keyed to Highest Pitch by
Knowledge. That : U. S.
Troops Are Near Villa, v
NO CLASHES AS YET
Very Satisfactory Asurances In
Regard to Attitude of Car
San Antonio, Tex., March 17. The
American expeditionary force has had
no casualties and no clashes with thef
VHHstas to date, according. to reports
received today at Fort Sam Houston.
There have been no instances of snlp
Inlg reported here.
Washington March I7.e-Very satis
factory assurances In regard to the at
titude, of the Cfcirranza government
toward the entry', of American troops
into Mexico were conveyed today to
the state department by Consul Sllli
man, who is with General Carranza.
He reported that no trouble from the
Carranza forces was to bo expected.
Ncur Villa Territory.
El Paso, March 17. Expectancy
along the Mexican border was keyed
to the highest pitch today by the gen
eral belief that before nightfall the
advance guard of the American ex
peditionary forces would have entered
Villa territory in the mountains of the
Casas Orandes region of Mexico.
While the censorship prevented any
official news of the whereabouts of the
American cVJlumris from arriving here,
intimations coupled with the calcula
tions of men thoroughly familiar with
the territory over which the expedi
tionary forces would pass,- made it rea
sonably certain that the TTSnlted States
foidici- must be close to the district
where Villa is believed to 'exercise his
greutest influence and has the largest
number of sympathizers. With the
roariuitlty that active Agisting with
the Villa followers might bcigln at any
moment. Interest was redoubled' In
every Item of intelligence tihat might
throw any light on the attitude of the
Carranza forces, and more' especially
on the live detachments of, Carranza
troops who are declared by 'officials of
the de facto' government to be assist'
lug In the tnrations against Villa.
Rumors of disaffection and revolt
are plentiful as there are people to
spread them, but all reliable Informa
tion Is to the effect that thus far at
leatt the first chief and his lieutenants
have maintained stlct order.
DESTROYED BY FIRE
Resort Hotel Near Tryon To
tal Loss Guests Escape;
A message from Tryon at noon to
day stated that Mlamosa Inn, a pop
ulur ri'sort hotel one and a half miles
from the town, was totally destroyed
l! fire .this morning. The Inn was
tilled with winter visitors and It w
tatrd that while no lives were lost
the guests lost all their trunks and
belongings; except what they could
tarry out with them.
The fire started In the boiler room
snout 10 o'clock and the structure
burned rapidly. The fire department
went out from Tryon -but the-conflagration
was beyond control The
mount of the property loss or wheth
er It was Insured re unknown.
REV. DR. SWOPE IS
Alexander B. Andrews, Jr., grand
master of the Grand Lodge ot An
cient, Free and Accepted Masons tor
the state of North Carolina, has an
pointed Rev. Dr. Rodney Hush Bwop?,ipat IS years.
rector of AH Souls' church, Biltmore,
irnOclnla rant ohanl.ln of th Jllu
in t. tetter of notification Just
roeeiveu by Kev. Dr. Bwope Grand
Muter Andrews says In part: "I do conduct the services. . The interment
this nut jnly because of your stand-1 will follow at Newton academy eeme
Ing as a man and aa a Christian mln-ltery.
tor, but iso on account of your
ork for the order and especially be
cause you have served as master of
The 'Biltmore rector has taken an
lve Interest tn Masonry during the
jjiany years he has been a resident
here and this honor conferred upon
" will be at matter of gratification
o Ma friends and to his fallow orafts
"n of the order,
Dr. Swops Is also a member of
Yl Bcottl.h Illte, having 'taken the
About 5000 Troops Have
Crossed Mexican Border
Aeroplanes Are Part of Equipment Clear Atmosphere of
Mexico Makes Aerial Navigation Easy All Arms of
Service Represented in Expedition.
Columbus, N. M., March 17, Gen-1
eral Pershing, commander of '. the
American expeditionary force, ac
companied the tro rpg as far as the
border and then teturned with ' an
other part of his tioops who entered
Mexico to the : flan of the mam
Despite the rigorous censorship. It
became . known that about 5,000
men had entered Mexico. Aeroplanes
on motor trucks are believed to have
passed into Mexico with the expedi
tion. Flying conditions, owing to the
clearness of the atmosphere, are
German Flee t
To Engage The British
Now That Von Tirpitz Has Re,t
Warships Will Leave Refu
Foe as Emperor William
Paris, March 17. The . retirement
of Admiral Von Tlrpltz,' head of the
German admiralty, is considered In
French official , circles, according to
Paris newspapers,' to be due to the
fact that Von Tirpitiz had been op
posing the coming out of the' Ger
man fleet, while Emperor William
MAN WITH MANY
McNeelis' Bound to Court-
Negro Confessed He Was
Tool of McNeelis.
E. T. McNeelis, alias Harry .Ham
mond, alias C. J. Crawford, alias Ed
win Lovett, who was brought here yes
terday by Detective Fred Jones, from
Durham, and who the police claim is
one of the most noted crooks in the
country, was tried in Police court here
this morning on charges of bringing
Into and robbing tho apartment of
Sam Pappaa on Biltmore avenue last
December. Probable cause was found,
and at the request of attorneys for the
defendant, he was leld to Jail without
bond, although the right was reserved
by the defendant to have the case re
opened at any time and bond named
by the court.
Ed. Davis, colored, who was recently
held to Superior court by Judge Glenn
on 13 charges, bond of $1000 in each
case being named, testified this morn
ing that he acted as a tool for Mc
Neelis and told of many coses or where
they had worked together, Davis keep.
Ing the goods which he claimed had
Homer Cathoy uiiu Sam Pappas
testified that they had seen McNeelis
here last summer, the- defendant stat
ing to the police that he had' never
been In Ashevllle before being brought
here by the officers.
MRS. E. BRACKETT,
AGED 65, DIES HERE
Following an extended Illness Mrs.
Eliza Bracket aged (5, died yester
day at her residence at No. 120
Poplar street The deceased was the
wife of Thomas Brackett, who has
been In the employ of the city for the
She was a native of
I Ashevllle ana Is survivea Dyeignicnu-
The funeral scrvloee will be held at
the residence this afternoon at
2:10 o'clock and Rev. Mr. Devault will
COLLEGE GIRLS TO DEBATE.
Poughkeepsle, N. YH March IT. A
trlruigular debate between represen
tatives of Wellesley, Ml Holyoke and
Vaiaar, three of the leading colleges
for girls In this country, will take
place tomorrow evening and promises
to be one of the notable event of
the college year. The subject select
d for debate Is: "Resolved, That th
redsral Oovemment should owa and
obntrol all railroads.
The censor asked all correspondents
who filed their news by mall, not to
disclose military movements or de
tails as to the number of men; saying
that to make public questions ot such
military., value might mean the loss
of .American Uvea This rule applies
only to mailed matter as not even
the border has been allowed to go."
over the telegraph wires which are
under military control. I
The column leaving Columbus was
tions that It was considered likely
might arise, and the forces represent
all arms of the military service. -
ired Paris Believes German
ge and Give Battle to English
desired to see It engage the British
naval forces. The conclusion is con-!.
sequently drawn that a change may
oe looKea-ior in me uerman navai
poucy, ana ine recent appearance or
German warships in the North 'sea Is
a sign that preparations are being
made for. early action by the high
seas fleet. "'
Noted. Outlaw ; Brought, Here
for Safekeeping to Be Tried
in Graham County.
HERE ALL WINTER.
Sheriff J. A. Amnions of Graham
county, with .his brother, are here to
take back Ed. Williams, the outlaw,
who was captured last fall on charges
of shooting and killing W. L. Phillips,
a wealthy resident of the Topton seo-
tlon of Graham. Williams has been
in the county Jail here since Beptem-
ber 27. last, having been brought here'Perate effort to get him Into the sen-
His trial will be held next week In
Robblnsvllle, county seat of Graham,
and the officers will leave here tomor
row morning with their prisoner.
Hurdy Wiggins and Merrltt Miller.
who were tried on similar charges and
given de.it sentences, are still In th:at tne university, where he was the
Jail here, pending u trial of their oases. crack player of the 1909, 1910 and
before the Supreme court of the state. 111 and 1914 teams. He captained
The crime for which Williams
neia ana for wnicn Wiggins and Miller i recora unui me Virginia game,
were sentenced, created more Interest lnt0 which he was sent with a des
throughout this section perhaps than ! Prate case of appendicitis. He played
any murder that has been committed
In this section In many years. Blood.
hounds were brought from . Chatta
nooga to trail the men.
W. L. Phillips, a prosnerous end
prominent farmer of the Tooton ec -
tlon was shot and killed from his
horse late one afternoon last fall, as'when " beat Todd of Virginia In tne
he was riding home. (Ulcers oraan-
Ixed posses and after a search of ev -
eral days arrested Wiggins and Millar,
It was then learned that William, who
wu a son-in-law of Phillips, wa alo
Implicated In the killing and after re.
peated searches throughout that eo-
tion, Governor Craig proclaimed Wll-
Mams an outlaw and offered a reward
for him dead or alive. He wa flnallv
captured and a excitement wa high1'"' distinguished member of the Ro
ue omcers brought mm to Ashevllle
for safekeeping. He la aald to have
been a model prisoner here, causing
th official no trouble whatever.
REV. WILEY HENSON
UIJUO Ai XJAHULttll
jtv. wney t.inson, aga 7, aid
Wednesday at his home near Candler.
in acaea wa a native or Hay.
wooa, out naa ranaea in nuncomb
county for the past two year. H
was wU known throughout that eeo
tlon. The funeral nrlce will b held to
day at Candler and th
will follow there.
now uire.. Burvmng are lb
and three enUdren,
CALL TOR SEED
Commissioner Graham Unable
to Meet Request of Constitu-
ents State Does Not
WIDE INTEREST IN
YOUNG WINSTON'S RACE
Prominent Young! Lawyer to
Run For Lower House From
Wake, Is Announcement
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Raleigh, March 17
Major W. A.
loner of agriculture
. ij..(.j t,a
iome shortcomings which the const!
tuency does not appear to know,
"I get many calls for seed," Major
Graham said today, "but as you know
the state department has none to ills'
tribute and there are so many calls
from so many "' directions that It is
hard to reach all the applicants. Th
! office never had any seed to send
out. Doubtless this function or ine
congressman has led many to believe
that the state officers have the same
The major, now having opposition
from 8. H. Hobbs of Clinton, might
wish a seed department, but cannot
promise it He can merely promise
thot Mr.- Hobbs would be no better off
than the present official.
Chairman E. L. Travis of the cor-
jnorntion commlssloln said today than
In the event or tne ruing or tne scnen
ijle - of . coal rates by the Interstate
. Mrv.ma.A . rnmmlnlnn an. PToeeiP
. VMrter(1itVi wl,l w to Washington
o make Section to the new rate?
fh Bavan,. nformatioln Is what
he parent commission has. decided
. The state, commission had under
stood that the railroad companies are
to 'reffdee the Tsm rates frorxu tlJB,P,o
cahontas territory to certairMaOies'ln
North Carolina, as Goldsboro for In
stance, 20 cents a ton, where as It
now appear that 10 cents is the cut
This does not . affect the Winston-Salem
rate, which Is already 20 cents;
or the Durham, which is 10 cents
less than other places are given. The
official action of the Interstate com
merce commission will determine, the
course of Mr. Travis! and his asso
ciates. Notice of the purpose' of the? rail
roads was given thirty days ago, and
the proposed reduction struck the
state with considerable force as to its
concession to sentiment here. And at
the worst It Is still a 10 cent reduc
tion which has not been questioned.
Bob Winston for Lower House.
Local political Interest In the an
nouncement among some of his
friends that Robert W. Wlnlston, Jr.,
will make the race for the lower
house from Wake county Is not to be
confined to the county.
It Is the first suggestion of general
assembly races and there, are four
places open. Wake sends one senator
and three members of the lower
Several weeks ago friends of
Judge R. W. Winston made a des
atorlal race, but It had no attractions
for a big lawyer.
Toung Bob Winston's candidacy
will e widely Interesting in North
Carolina. He is remembered In Ashe
especially, where he coached
tne Bingham school football team: and
lsth 1911 organisation which made a
throughout th game terribly out of
rorm and did not get Into It, until
he went on the operating table, and
under the spell of ether, ran signals
In darning style.
i roung Winston brought a treat
'deal of glory to university athletic
great sprinting contents. II Is an
. Immensely popular youna fellow, has
been practicing law nearly two year
na would run In Wake even a he
spnntea upon tne cinder track and
jtn Kridlron. In 10-econd style,
Th Fortnightly Review club of Ra
lelgh ha offered to Ml.. Comervs
regent of tne Mount Vernon associa-
tlon, th nam of Mm Jonenhus Pan
. wmn chid, aa me North Carolina
Each state Is entitled to vice re
gent and the Raleigh club has pre-
vmeo jwr Daniel with an th en
thmdasm of which It Is eaoshle.' No
oth?er nam wm mgrested and th
ntlre cmh . roe hrtriv on' record
-ror Mr, i"!" Th vice tency
,m ewwmmnn w nM by Mr.
iAl B. Andrew who rwmttv rtld
Th" 'nertwr Morris p'on I Xtnr-
;rt hnk which the ecr'trv of state
T rlrtri. Tn authorised win.
tal I l 000 th rM un l0
(Amon fh mnnrnorator , .are two
. wm' known bnVor. : C. Jon
nrMMvnt of th Flrxt Nations! bnnk.
nd T. TAnr Johnon, caahler of th
am hnk. In Pner,
Th Wn company of Kanlr.
r""rtl merchandise, w charterml
with l70 rM In eanital. The m
' (ConUsutd o peg two).
'resident Signs Joint Congres
sional Resolution Autho"
izing Increase in Reg- ',
DEFENSE BILLS TO
BE HANDLED PROMPTLY
Senate and House Set Aside
All Measures Interfering
With Action on Prepar
Washington, March 17. President
Wilson today signed the Joint congres
sional resolution authorizing the in
crease of the standing army up to ltt,lne Tubantia of the Holland Lloyd
full strength of approximately 120,000 1,. . . .., ,
sweemns- aside mterveninir issues,
congress has set the stage for prompt ;
action on the national defense meas-1
urea urgently pressed by President I
Wi'son since the session began. unanimity on the part or tnose aooara
The house yeBterday voted unanl-! tha i'. Tubantia in attrabutlng the de
mously for a special rule under which ! strtiction of the steamer to the act of
the army increase bill will be taken a submarine.
up today, with passage by Saturday The members of "the crew base
night in prospect. A ten-hour limit their beIlef chiefly on the Intense vlo
for general debate was fixed despite ' lence ot tne explosion and on the fact
the fact that the bill is the most far
reaching military measure ever favor
ably reported to that body.
The senate military committee com
pleted Its final review of the senate
army increase bill and it is now in the
hands of the printer. Senator Cham
berlain with the administration's in
fluence behind him, will Insist that It
t,e taken up promptly, displacing the
water power bill now under consider
ation unless the latter reaches a vote
In a few days. The senate measure in
some respects proposes an even more
drastlo change in military than is pro
vided for in the house bill.
Indications are that the Joint con
ference comnittte. which will adjust
the. two bills and frame the final meas
ure, will be at work within three
hwsekef - The bill may be ready for the
presidmf signature within another
month. . '
While the naval program has ap
peared to progress more slowly possi
bly it will be completed sooner than
the army projects. The navy.' bill
hearings before the house committee
will 'end about April 1 and the com
paction of the measure Is expected to
take . but a short time by the com
mittee. ; . I ,
; The essential difference between the
house and. senate bills lies In the pro
visions as to the regular army. The
house measures proposes to add new
organizations to the existing estab
lishment to give it a total ' peace
strength of one hundred and fifty
thousand fighting troops.
The senate fill provides for a
sweeping re-organlzatlon of the regu
lar ormv In nil HnnrtmAnt. am lipffAd
hv h war cnllair in th nlan nf 1812.
it provide a peace strength of one
hundred and seventy-eight thousand.
Y.M.C.A. BOYS ARE
Coolest For Members Causes
Great Interest Changes
In Standing Made.
Interest In the T. M. C A. boys'
membership contest I Increasing
dally and yesterday saw mora point
marked up than on any previous day.
This great activity on the part of
the workers caused several change to
be made In the standing. At the
same time during the day the first
four workers were in first place. The
change wer made so often that It
kept the workers In a high pitch of
excitement and all afternoon the buU
letln board was surrounded with boyj
watching th point being entered on
the score board. .
At the close of the day William
Leewae leading the older boy and
Joseph Sevier the younger boys.
APPEALS FOR POOR
Adjutant Walter Hayes who has
Just taken charge of the Salvation
army wer k In Aahevllle, auoceedlng
Adjutant Uoutera. la having many of
the poor coming to him uklng for
II wishes to appeal to the public
for donation of either money or pro-
vision; article of clothing are great-1 A guest of th club this lifter,
ly headed. Tho who oan help th noon wre Walter Trlbble of Piyrv
rmy to oar for needy famllle are cuse, N. Y, and Mr. Helgel of Kal
urted to communicate with Adjutant lh. Rotarlans, who mad talk and
llnyr. J II telephon number la, Ed Moll of Boston was also prnt
llt ' aa a guest.
LOSS OF IIR 'GERIIOf E
Jjie of Holland Indignant
Over Sinking of Country's
Largest and Finest Pas
Now Believed That Some Lives
Were Lost Liner Had the
Usual Marks of Identi
fication. Amsterdam, March 17. (By Way
of London.) The newest and finest
steamer sailinig under the Dutch flag,
- MM iL. rv..il. All
jcuwjiuay um juw;u tuaim
though it is not positively established :
whether the sinking was due to a
or -a torpedo, there is singular
uiui li. occurred amiasnipn,
The vessel was outward bound from
Amsterdam for South American ports,
carrying a crew of 294 men and 82
passengers, the latter mostly neutrals,
including three Americans.
The ship bore the usual idientlfylng
marks of its neutral character, In
cluding an illuminated name plate
The disaster has created a profound
sensation throughout Holland, where
the Bhlp was a great popular favorite
because of its size and luxurious ap -
puiiiiiiienia. x-ress commenL reiiects
the anger and Indignation of the peo
ple. It is now believed that a small num
ber of lives were lost In the sinking
of the Tubantia, either in the ex
plosion or, In accidents which attend
ed the launching of Ilfeioits, ''
The steamer remained afloat sev
eral hours after being struck.
GOHON SEED BUSINESS
SHOWS II DECREASE
Number of Tons Crushed From
1915 Crop Below Two Pre
Washington, March 17. Cotton
eed crushed from the 1915 crop, the
census bureau announced today
amounted to 4,132, 486 tons,, as com
pared with 5,779,665 tons In 1914 and
4,767,802 tens from the 1913 crop.
Llnters Obtained amounted to 880,780
equivalent 500-pound bales, compared
with 656,800 bales from the ' 114
crop and 638,881 bales from the 1913
crop. . .
The bureau Included 503,698 tons;the high school la the annual concert
of seed to be crushed . and 121,606
bales of llnters to be obtained after
the date of the March canvass.
Active mills operating for the 1913
crop numbered 840. Llnters obtained
numbered 895,274 running bales.
8ed crushed and llnters obtained vatlng a love of good mt'slc among
by states follow: North Carolina: Seedithe pupils: but each performance has
cniKnea, zaz.zxi tons; nntera obtain
ed 62,631 bale. South Carolina:
Seed crushed, 322,922 tons; llnten
obtained, 67.337 bales.
JUDGE J. F. GLENN
Discussed "Big Brother"
Movement in Connection
With His Court.
Featured by an address by Judge
J. Frasier Glenn, In which he dl
cuMd the "big brother" movement,1 In the post card view wnicn wrs
speaking in particular about th t-jnt to Prlvat Herman Bank ol
uatlon In hi court in regard to th troop B, Ashvllle's cavalry unit ot
youthful offenders of law, yesterday ' the national guard, by Nowell Piper
afternoon's session of th Rotary club,! who I a trooper in the 13th cavalry,
which wa held at th Langrcn ho-; Rationed at Colurobu at th time the
tel. lasted for over an hour. attack wa mad on th town.
Judge Glenn uggted that every' The picture will remain, on dls
Rotarlan. who wa really ia earnert pie until tomorrow afternoon, 1
about helping In the "big brother"
movement, turn hi nam ovr to Ed
B. Brown of th Y. M. C. A. who
ha, charge of th work for the Juve-
nlle association and court her. In
this way It ia bellvd that Mr. Brown
can call 'on th man for real help In
ohlng the problem.
ON VAUX FRONT
Crown Prince's Army Made
Five Desperate Attacks
Against Village and
Fort Last Night.
ALL WERE REPULSED,
SO PARIS DECLARES
Vienna News Indicates Import
ant Operations May Be De
veloping on the Rus
The German drive at the Verdun
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". Strong assaults were made by-
"J wermans on me rrencn nne buhl
of Verdun, during the night, five suc
cessive assaults in the Vaux region
having been repulsed by the French,;
Paris dispatches announce today.
The German attacks were most vlo.
lent, but jch was broken up by the
French fire, Paris declares. Both the
fort and the village of Vaux were tho .
objectives of the Germans, two attacks
being made on each, while a fifth was
delivered in an effort by the Ger
mans to advance from the protection
of the roadway to the southeast of
the village of Vaux.
Recently the heavy fighting has been
to the northwest of the fortress and
only last night Paris reported mass
ed attacks by the Germans who drove
at the French position at Dead Man's
hill, only to be forced back eastward.
1 toward the Corbeauv wood, after suf
ferlng heavy losses.
Though -the bombardments have
been continued In that region the In-
fantry- attacks . have not been . . re-
veloplngi alcng the southern part of
the Russian frtmtr-tts'Vrtmna reports
Increasing activity by the artillery on
both sides. '
MUSIC PERIOD IS
Many Tourists Hear Attractive
. Program For Last Appreci
ation Period of Season.
Many Ashevllle visitors formed part
of the large audience present at the
Vl-k U 1 ...I- ..... I .V. lauf
lll&II BV. UUUI 111V. ...tig m.
musio appreclatloin period of the sea
son. The program, printed Wednesday
in The Times, as rendered by Mr. and
Mrs. Wolslagel with Miss Rhea Hey.
nolds as accompanist, was thoroughly
j enjoyed ' by the students and those
Urno went over from various parts of
tna cty. The next musical event for
which will be given April 28 under
direction of Willis J. Cunningham,
supervisor of music In the city
These programs were originated by
Mr. Cunningham a a means of cultl-
- 'been a source of pleasure to many
other lover of good music.
The practice work for the presen
tation of "Pan" next month is prr
ceedlng in a satisfactory way and
the director and those who have
heard the rehearsals believe that the
boys and girls will achieve a greater
success than they did last year with
the "Rose Maiden."
Pictures taken at Columbus, K. M,
fter the rcent battle with Villa and
hi men, are attracting much atten
tion In the window at Th Tim of
- ,nce. Many dead Mexicane are shown
Amcrh-nn Car For Spanish King.
Toledo, QljIOi March 1?. III Royal
Majesty, King Alphdnso, of Bpaln, ha
placed his order, through th Rpanlah
ambassador In Washington for a Wll-ly-Knlsht
car. On account of the
embargo on rubber tlr, special prr
mlMlon wa ebtu'nerf from th Ur1tlh
ambassador to ahlp this ear with tire.
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