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PLYMOUTH, N. C., FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1913.
THE UNITED STATES
NAVY AND GENERAL BOARD
PLANS CONSTRUCTION OF BIG
BATTLESHIP IN 1914.
WILL BE, LARGEST IN WORLD
Congress Will Be Asked to Appropriate
Twenty Million Dollars for . One
Washington. Congress will be ask
ed next year to appropriate for one
battleship, a mammoth dreadnaught
displacing 40,000 tons and costing
about twenty million dollars, according
to tentative plans of the navy general
board, made public. ' This year the
navy department asked for three bat
tleships and got one as it did last year
when two were asked for.
During the debate on the naval bill
this year, members of congress par
ticularly interested in the navy be
came satisfied that while there were
two extreme factions, one advocating
appropriations for two or three first
class battleships a year and the other
overwhelming majority in both houses
could "be counted upon to vote for a
single dreadnaught. This situation has
been impressed upon the general
board, and as, a result the permanent
building program may be revised to
a one-dreadnaught basis, with provi
sion for adequate colliers, destroyers
and other auxiliary craft. A"-;--.
This one battleship, however, il
be a monster, if the board's plans ma
terialize. With a displacement of 40,
000 tons she would be just about one
fourth larger than any ship yet au
thorised by congress and could easily
rank as the largest and mast formi
dable craft of war in the world. The
plana contemplate giving the dread
naught engines that would drive her
through the water at the rate of 25
knots an . hour faster thanTthe unar-
'mored greyhounds of the navy could
travel a. few years ago without sacri
ficing' anything in more powerful bat
teries or , seaworthiness. Just what
the armament would be has not been
announced, but it certainly would be
equal to that of the last ship author
ized, which is to carry a main battery
of twelve 14-inch rifles, mounted' In
four turrets, three guns to a turret.
TO ORGANIZE G. 0. P. PARTY
Republicans Meet in Chicago to Dis
Chicago, 111. Proposals to reorgan
ize the Republican party were dis
cussed at a conference here between
six Republican United States Senators
and 32 other Republican leaders, rep
resenting nine states. The immediate
subject before .the conference was as
to what action shall be sought at the
meeting of the Republican national
committee at Washington on May 24,
looking toward "re-organizing the par
ty along progressive lines" and as to
whether there shall be a Republican
national convention this year.
The conference lasted for more than
four hours and ,.was held in a hotel
overlooking the lake in a room where
the seven governors last year drafted
the letter urging Colonel Roosevelt
to be a candidate for the presidency.
Although the public was not admitted
Senator Albert B. Cummins stated
"It was merely an informal talk,' a
sort of rund table discussion of
what mav be done for the best inter
ests of the party by reorganizing it
along progressive lines." ,
All Nations in War Against Opium.
Washington. The international opi
um conference will reassemble at The
Hague next month, the exact date to
be announced as .soon as responses to
the invitation have been received from
the government of Peru, Turkey, Switz
erland and Greece. Working in . con
lunction with the government of the
Netherlands, the state department here
has now managed to secure assent to
the conference not only from -the 12
signatory powers, participants in' the
- original conference, but from a ma
' jority of the other 34 nations Of the
world, regarded as essential to a suc
cessful covenant to finally abolish the
opium traffic in all but medicinal
Mexicans Stoned by Americans.
Globe, Ariz. One man stoned to
death and another seriously hurt in a
race war at Miami, six miles , from
Globe, between Americans and Mex
icans. A number of Americans were
the aggressors, and three of them
are in the county jail here. A gang
of Americans determined to run the
Mexicans out of the town ,and the first
they encountered were Jose Peres and
M. Ortez. The Mexicans were chased
through the streets until they dropped,
owing to injuries. Peres died soon af
terwards and Ortez was wounded.
USUAL SPRING INVASION
CHICAGO DAILY NEWft. ' jf".
50,000 OFFICES TO FILL
PROVIDED THEY CAN WIN IN
COMPETITIVE EXAMINA- ,
Taft's Fourth-Class Postal Order Is
Amended, by President
Washington. All fouA -6"?ss post
masterships, except those paying less
than $180 a year, were thrown open
to competitive examinations by an or
der issued by President Wilson. These
positions are retained in the classified
service, but about 50,000 incumbents
who were "covered" into the classified
service by executive orders of previous
administrations, will have to meet all
comers In competitive examinations to
hold their positions with civil service
In a statement making this order
public, Postmaster General Burleson
announced that it was the purpose of
President Wilson and himself to ex
tend the classified service to include
presidential postmasters of the second
and third-class, probably within a
year. This may require legislation by
congress, he said. His plan, which
will be laid before the president, would
provide for a qualification test for in
cumbents and applicants "in keeping
with the importance of the offices."
Under President Taft's order of Oc
tober 15, 1912, fourth-class postmast
ers were divided into, two classes.
Class "A," those drawing more than
$500, and Class "B," those drawing
less than $500. Competitive examina
tions were prescribed for future appli
cations for Class "A" appointments,
while the Class "B" petitions were to
be filed upon recommendations of post-,
The order leaves only the offices
paying $1S0 or less to be filled upon
FOREST RESERVE BOUGHT
Latest Purchase 93,000 Acres in Vir
ginia, Tennessee and N. C.
Washington Approximately 93,000
acres of mountain land in Virginia,
Tennessee, North Carolina and West
Virginia, was approved for purchase
by the national forest reserve com
mission. This will make almost 600,
000 acres bought by the government
up to date for the Appalachian and
White mountains forest reservation.
The largest of the group of tracts
comprises 38,400 acres in the Massen
uten region in Pago, Warren and Shen
andoah counties, Virginia, the present
purchase' practically rounding out what
the government needs in that section.
In the Potomac purchase area, a group
of 32 tracts, totalling 32,660 acres in
Frederick and Shenandoah counties,
Virginia, and Hardy county, West Vir
ginia, was approved, about half of
which adjoin lands already bought.
In the Nantahala purchase area in
Macon county, North Carolina, 31
tracts, containing 5,465 acres, was
approved,, filling out tracts previously
School Children in Peril.
New Orleans. Several hundred panic-stricken
school children fled from
the Amesville school building in a
blinding rainstorm when lightning
struck an oil tank belonging to the
Texas Oil company and set fire to the
more than 2,000,000 gallons of crude
oil which it contained. There was no
explosion, but the flames burst forth
hi an instant and enormous volumes of
black smoke ascended to a height of
more than a thousand feet. 'A half
dozen other large oil tanks near by
were endangered by the heat.
SLAYER OF KiNG KILLS SELF
ALEKO SCHINAS, WHO ASSASSI
NATED THE KING OF GREECE
King's Assassin 'Was Being Held In
the Police Station in the Cap;
ital of Greece..
Athens, Greece. Aleko Schinas, who
assassinated King George of Greece,
on March 19 at Saloniki, committed
suicide by flinging himself out of a
window of the police station in that
Schinas was a native of the town of
Volo, Thessaly. He killed the king by
firing point blank into 'his back while
he was walking along the streetsof Sa
loniki accomnanied by an aide.
Schinas gave as an explanation of
the crime that in 1911 he had applied
for assistance at the king's palace
and had ben driven away.
WOMEN AREREFUSED BALLOT
Measure to Extend Suffrage in Great
Britain Beaten by 47 Votes.
London: The fate of the woman's
suffrage bill was sealed by the votes
of more than fifty Irish nationalists.
who voted against it. The bill, where
b yit was sought to enfranchise 6,
000,000 women, was rejected by a ma
jority of 47; the vote stood 266 to
219. ' .
Whether there is any chance " that
the present parliament will pass a
bill of more limited character may De
doubted. Possibly the nationalists
fear - that if they allow a woman's
franchise bill to pass the second
reading it will lead to a parliamentary
struggle, which would not unlikely
end In dissolution of parliament be
fore the home rule bill becomes a law.
Furthermore, the debate proved that
the militant policy of the suffragists
has done the cause great harm as
far as parliament Is concerned. The
conciliation bill of last session was re
jected by only a small majority com
pared with the Dickinson bill under
25 Persons Wounded in Rioti
Syracuse, N. Y. Determined efforts
are being made here to settle the
strike of building laborers which de
veloped a series of riots in which
twenty-five persons, nine of them po
licemen, were wounded. The strikers
met with Sessare Sconfetti, Italian
consular agent at Rochester, who came
to Syracuse and appointed a commit
tee to wait on the employers with a
view of arbitrating the wage dispute.
U. S. Mail Boat Sinks.
Jacksonville. Fla.The United
States mail boat Laporte, a gasoline
launch which carries mall to the St
Johns rler towns, sank while off Ar
lington.! The boat was overloaded with
mails and parcels post matter besides
some cargo and went down In 19 fee.
of water, 200 feet off shore. Five per
sons aboard were rescued in a ding
hey. A sack for Fulton, Fla., was not
Slayer of Wife Jailed for Life.
Rome, Ga. I. W. Williams, 64-year-old
slayer of his wife, Mrs. Henrietta
Williams, was sentenced to life impris
onment at the state farm. The jury
bringing a verdict of guilty, with
recommendation to mercy after ten
minutes deliberation. The defense'
plea of Insanity and the age of Wil
liams were the contributing factors to
the leniency, the defense's attorney
admitting In his speech before court
that the crime was so "unprovoked
that no sane man would have com
HUERTA ANGRY AT
SAYS UNITED STATES AMBAS
SADOR HAS NO STANDING
KEEN INTEREST DISPLAYED
Action of the United States in Conse
quence of Repudiation of Ambassa
dor Awaited With Interest.
Mexico City. Keen interest is being
displayed by the government and the
public generally in what action the
United States will take as a conse
quence of the virtual repudiation of
Ambassador Wilson by President Hu
erta.' The president has made no state
ment either to Ambassador Wilson or
to the public qualifying his statement
that Mr. Wilson, "diplomatically, has
no standing" but foreign.' Minister
De La Barra displayed an eagerness
to minimize 4 the Incident. Senor De
La Barra said the declaration of Presi
dent Huerta did not mean the sever
ance of diplomatic relations between
Mexico and the United States. He
draws a fine distinction between the
diplomatic representative who per
forms the full functions of his office,
and one who confines himself to rou
tine matters, and said he apprehended
no serious consequences from the in
Those-close to the administration
say they would not be surprised should
the United States take Mexico at her
word and recall Ambassador Wilson,
That President Huerta during his
conference with Mr. Wilson used
much emphasis in explaining the posi
tion of his government, and that his
remarks were characterized by a bit
terness and warmth which clearly re
flected his deep . resentment against
what he termed the unreasonableness
of the Washington government in
withholding recognition of the Mexi
can government, has been established,
Uhough ambassador Wilson has re
frained from discussing it.
In the face of the statement of
President Huerta that a loan had
been arranged through English, Bel
gian, French and German bankers
and ivas lacking only authorization by
congress, there persists the opinion
that recognition of the "Mexican gov
ernment by the United States is an
essential condition to the consumma
tion of the loan and that this fact
was the chief cause for 4 President
Huerta's break with Ambassador Wil
son. NEW PEACE PLAN LAUDED
Thinks America Can Best Bring About
Cessation of Warfare.
New York. William Jennings Bryan,
speaking at a dinner given in honor
of the foreign members of the interna
tional conference that is arranging the
celebration of 100 years of peace
among Englishspeaking peoples, de
clared that "the new peace plan offered
by President Wilson to all nations "is
the latest and longest step toward
Mr. Bryaan's subject was "Press To
ward Peace." He said that the part
of the United States in the cause of
necessity would be large because
"more than any other nation it had a
population which is attached by blood
to nearly all other nations."
Peace for all time between the
United States and Great Britain was
the keynote of other addresses of the
evening delivered by Lord Weardale,
chairman of the English delegation;
Sir Edmund Walker, of Canada; Sir
George Houstoun Reid, of Australia,
and Judge George Gray, of Delaware.
The function marked the last of many
that have engaged the delegates here.
Labor Unions .Exempt.
Washington. By a vote of 41 to 32
the senate refused to accept an amend
ment to the sundry civil bill by Sena
tor Gallinger striking out a-clause
exempting labor and farmers' organ
izations from prosecution under the
anti-trust law with funds appropri
ated by the bill. Three Republican
senators, Jones, Lafolette and Norris,
voted with the Democrats against the
Gallinger amendment and two Demo
crats, Pomer and Thomas, joined the
Republicans in supporting it. The
bill itself, carrying about $117,000,000,
Army Aviator Killed.
Los Angeles, Cal. Lieutenant J. D.
Park, a military aviator, who started
from San Diego on a flight to Los An
geles, was killed at Olive, nine miles
north of Santa Ana. Lieutenant Park
met his death in a fall of less than fif
teen feet. He had alighted a quartei
of a mile from Olive . School house on,
account of a heavy mist that confused
hinxas to his bearings, and after giving
a message to a little girl to telephone
to Glenn Martin in Los Angele3, he
rose again. Then he swooped over c
low hill and crashed into a tree.
LAND OF THE LONG LEAF PINE
Short Paragraphs of State News That
Has Been Condensed For People
of the State.
Raleigh. Governor Craig commis
sions H. H. McLendou of Wadesboro
as a member of the Board of Directors
of the State School for the Blind, Ral
eigh, to succeed John Sprunt Hill of
Newbern. This city voted a bond
Issue of $20,000 for enlarging the pub
lic schools by a majority of 71 votes.
Six hundred and nine votes cast In
the election, 34Q for the bonds and 269
against them. .
Raleigh. The jury that took the
Hamilton damage suit case against
the Seaboard Air Line returned a ver
dict for $10,000, the disposition of
this case making the close of the
three 'weeks term of Wake superior
Court, Judge Carter, presiding.
Salisbury. At Cleveland, Rowan
County, recently the sawmill of S. L.
Hunter was destroyed 'by fire. It is
said the blaze was started , by forest
fires which have raged in various sec
tions of Rowan and Iredell several
days. The loss was about $2,000.
Hamlet. Much interest is shown
here in the announcement that the
President has nominated R. B. Terry
for appointment as postmaster. There
were several candidates for the place.
Mr. Terry has always been a strong
Winston-Salem Memorial Day was
observed here by the Norfleet Camp
of Veterans and the Daughters of the
Confederacy. About 200 Forsyth vet
erans, together with about 25 veter
ans from adjoining counties, partici
pated in the exercises.
Canton. The curfew, law which was
written by the Board of Aldermen and
submitted to the people to vote upon
at the regular election passed by a
large majority, there being only five
votes cast against the measure. AH
ohildren under the age of 16 years are
required to be at home after 9 o'clock
in the evenings.
Salisbury. John M. Freeman was
recently sentenced by Judg Long J
jxowan superior Court to four years
on the counts' roads on a charge of
stealing four barrels of liquor from
the Southern Railway at Spencer. He
plead guilty and named others impli
cated. He has served one term for
selling whiskey. (
Asheville. According to plans sub
mitted a short time ago to the Board
of Aldermen for a new system of
lighting on Pattbn avenue and North
and South Main streets, similar to
the system recently istaHed on Pack
Square, sketches of these streets have
been made and the sketches were
submitted to the last meeting of the
Board of Trade.
Hendersonville. The body of Zeb
Fowler, aged 24 years, son of Mrs.
Rebecca Fowler, was found on the
Southern Railway track near Fleeter,
12 miles from Hendersonville. The
body was identified by letters and
photographs. Fowler was seen leav
ing Fletcher for his home at Brick
ton, a short distrance down the track.
He is said to have been drinking.
Raleigh. The approval of Governor
Craig for an exchange of courts was
granted whereby Judge Webb will
hold Scotland County court and Judge
Bragaw Mecklenburg County Court,
one week each, beginning June 2. A
special term of court two weeks for
Columbus County, is ordered by Gov
ernor Craig beginning June 2, Judge
Ferguson to preside.
Gastonia. Confederate memorial
services were held here and the oc
casion is said to be the most success
ful one of the kind ever celebrated at
Gastonia. Governor Locke Craig and
Congressman Webb were present at
the exercises and both made address
es. Mr. Webb was presented to the
audience by State Senator O. F. Ma
son of this city.
.Asheville. For the benefit of the
motorists of the city and others who
use the public streets, the city has
had all of its tariffic ordinances com
piled in book form and they will be
distributed free of charge here. The
rights of the pedestrains are clearly
set forth in the ordinances and'at the
same time penalties are provided for
the infractions of certain portions of
the laws by pedestrains.
Statesville. Clyde Parks, a well-to-do
young man of the northern sec
tion of the county, has been placed
under $500 bond for his appearance
at Superior court to answer charges
of retailing. Parks is a son of a
prominent physician of this com
munity. Asheville. About a hundred Bun
combe County survivors of the War
Between the States, many of whom
walked with the aid of crutches and
canes and several or wnom carried
empty sleeves, arose from their seats
and gave the Rebel yell at Memorial
Day services here.
OF TARIFF BILL
PENROSE PLANS AN EXTENSIVE
FILIBUSTER, TO CARRY HIS
DEFECTION IN THE RANKS
There is a Report That Seven West
ern Senators Will1 Oppose the Free
Wool Schedule in the Proposed Con
ference Democrats Skeptical.
Washington. Senator Penrose who
plans to conduct an extensive filibus
ter in support of his proposal to hold
open tariff hearings before the Senate,
Finance Committee will not receive
the unanimous following of his fellow
Republicans when it comes up, Ac
cording to the views of leading mem
bers. Many 'prominent Republican
Senators do not believe it wise to fire
their tariff guns in the preliminary
fight over thequestion of hearings.
They are willing to put the question
to a vote and rest Content with that.
They argue ' that Republican oratory
should be conserved until the bill is
before the Senate and that then their
efforts should be directed toward
showing the country what the party
thinks of it. ' - . .
Several Republicans , indicated that
they would vote, against the Penrose
amendment 46 compel the committee
to hold hearings.
Persistent reports about the Senate
say, however, that several Democrats
will be found voting with the majority
of the Republicans for the 'Penrose
amendment and the vote in conse
quence is likely to be close. When Mr.
Penrose is likely to be close. When
Mr. Penrose made his motion the Re
publicans had enough votes to carry
it but before the Senate meets Demo
crats who were absent are expected
IjAhe present and the first blood of the
fhfryrobably will find both sides of
the Senate fully represented.
Democrats on the Finance Commit
tee are skeptical of a report that an
agreement had .been signed by seven
Western Democrats who' are opposed
to free wool to' vote against that pro
vision of the bill in the proposed con
ference. To "Reorganize", Republican Party
Chicago. After the conference of
progressive Republican leaders here,
former Governor Hadley of Missouri,
stated that a "coalition of the Repub
lican party and the Progressive party
is not pnly desired but is being
sought." Mr. Hadley explained that
this end was being sought by the at
tempted reform of the Republican
party so that conscientious Progres
sives who left the party last fall
could rejoin. - ,
Five Men Killed by Lightning.
Tulsa, Okla. 'Five men were in
stantly killed and another perhaps fa
tally injured and four others serious
ly hurt when lightning struck the '
wagon in which they were riding one
mile northeast of Cdlinsville, about
20 miles north of Tulsa. One horse
was killed. The driver was uninjured..
The man sitting next to him had his
shoes burned off but was otherwise
Crest of Flood Passes Into Gulf.
New Orleans The crest of the big
1913 flood has passed out the Mississ
ippi river into the gulf of Mexico.
Falling stages were recorded at all
points along the Mississippi south of
St. Louis except at New Orleans
where the gauge was stationary and
the weather bureau issued a bulletin
announcing there would be no further
rise in the river. '
Seven Drown When Boat Overturns
Wausau, Wis. The overturning of
a motor boat caused .the death of six
persons Herman Rohel, Gustav Jan
ke and Janke's four children. Four
persons were saved. The boat struck
a sunken log, breaking the rudder.
The current was swift and the craft
drifted over a partially submerged
pier and capsized.
Good Roads Meets Another Success.
Washington. The good roads cam
paign met another success when the
house rules committee agreed to re
port for a good road-s committee of 21
members, of which Representative'
Shackleford of Missouri, is slated to
be chairman. It also agreed in favor
of a public health and quarantine
committee of fifteen members, prob
ably to be headed by Representative
Foster, of Illinois. Creation of the
two additions to the legislative ma
chinery of congress is in accord with
t:.e democratic platform.