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"FOR GOD, FOR COUNTRY AND FOR TRUTH.
PLYMOUTH, N. C:, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1913.
RIVAL CANDIDATES ENGAGE IN
BITTER DEBATE ON FLOOR
CHARGES ARfc ANSWERED
Majority Leader Underwood Chal
lenges Proof That He Is Tool of
Wall Street or Backed By Liquor
Interests or Other Interests.
Washington. -Representative Rich
mond Pearson Hobson of Alabama
and. Ms colleague, Majority Leader
Underwood, engaged in a bitter de
bate on the floor of the House over
the senatorial contest in their state,
'in which, 'they are rival candidates.
The oratorical duel was precipitated
by Mr., Hobson reiterating utterances
he made recently in a speech in Ala
bama, intimating that Mr. Underwood
was "the tool of Wall Street and the
liquor interests" and charging that he
!had gained Alabamas support in the.
tlast presidential campaign under false
pretenses. Cheers from ' ' Democrats
and Republicans greeted Mr. Under
wood as :heros3 to reply and later
when Mr. Hobson tried to interrupt
there were loud cries of "sit down,
sit down," you've 'had your time."
The climax of the dramatic scene
came when the majority leader, facing
about in his place, asked:
"Is there any other man in this
chamber who believes the charge that
I am or ever have been the tool, of
Wall Street?" "
He was answered by shouts of "no,
no" from both sides of the House.
Speaking to a" question of personal
privilege in answer to a charge of "ab
senteeism" made against him last
week by " Representative Donovan of
Connecticut, Mr. Hobson had devoted
an hour to an explanation of his rec
ord -ii tjongiesd. Then he declared
that in the campaign for the Senate
the liquor interests were behind every
effort to defeat Mm. Discussing his
recent speech and the comment since
then, that he was a supporter of Un
derwood for the Democratic presiden
tial nomination, Representative Hob
son asserted he did not know at the
time that Thomas' Fortune Ryan had
contributed $35,000 to the Underwood
campaign and that the people of Ala
bama did not know it.
Germany Sends Ships to Mexico.
Washington. Germany's decision
to despatch a warship to Mexican wat
ers attracted wide attention in official
circles. No intimation bad been re
ceived here of Germany's intention
and' President Wilson was informed
only by press dispatches of the action.
No formal comment was made on the
incident but it was apparent that the
Washington Government was not dis
pleased. The sending of a German
warship is in line with the policy of
other European Governments, which
hal vessels cruising off the Mexican
coasts from time to time during crit
ical moments of Mexico's internal
strife. Significance was attached to
the action by - official Washington,
however, because it was accepted as
indicating . that European - Powers,
who previously had recognized the
Judge Prouty to Retire.
Washington. Charles A. Prouty
"V -MllN retire in the near iuture as a
member ..of the interstate commerce
commission, to become director of
the physical valuation of railways.
No formal "announcement lias been
made hut arrangements for the change
have been completed with the inter
state commerce commission.
Jack Johnson to Forfeit Bond.
Chicago. Forfeiture of Jack John
' son's personal bond of $30,000 was
ordered by Judge Carpenter, effective
.next April if the negro prize fighter,
-"-who is reported to have taken out
citizenship papers in France does not
, appear fo trial under the Mann white
- slave act. '
Push Currency Bill.
. Washington. Conferences between
President Wilson and senators dis
closed a sentiment agalnts any recess
of congress while the currency bill
is pending. "I think it would be a
political blunder equal to a crime,"
said Senator Stone of Missouri, at the
"conference with the president, "if we
do not pass a currency bill during the
present session. We cannot let it go
over until December." Senator Sim
mons ijaid Democratic leaders would
centinue to work for an early con
sideration of the Mil.
NEWS OF NORTH CAROLINA
Latest News of Genera! interest That
Has Been Collected From Many
'"-.'. Towns and Counties.
KInston. A half million pounds o!
tobacco has been sold here this week
an average of about 100,000 a day,
and the season'B standard of prices
'has .been maintained.
Raleigh. Solicitor H. E. Norris re
cently nol prossed the cases against
Supt. W. L. Wiggs, S. L. Lee and R.
Li. Watkins, of the county road force,
end they will not be -prosecuted.
Asheviile. Pickpockets were active
here during the time of the
Western North Carolina fair. The
members of the police department
received ' notices1 of the , loss of
about $1,000 by persons who were
touched by the light-fingered gentry.
Fayetteville. Lieut. Alton. G. Mur
c 'son of Company F. N. C. X. G.,
who a week ago turned in his resigna
tion as third officer, has been elected
captain of the command, to succeed
Captain Paul Watson, who retired
with the rank of major coincident
with Lieut. Murchison's resignation.
Greensboro. The annual meeting
of the Y. W. C. A. of Greensboro was
held recently which Miss Florence
Cain, general secretary, made her
annual report. This showed that as
sociation had more than 700 members,
the largest membership in its history
and had done a splendid year's work.
Asheviile. Lieutenant E R. W.
McCabe, of Louisville, Ky., United
States inspector of cavalry troops for
the division south of the Mason and
Dixon line and east of the Mississippi
river arrived here recently to make
an inspection of the government prop
erty belonging to Troop B, Cavalry of
the North Carolina National Guard.
Washington. Senator Ov rinan and
Representative Webb saw Secretary
McAdoo and asked him to have the
government give to the city of Char
lotte eight feet of the postoffice lot
for the purpose of widening Mint
otreet. "I think the Secretary is go
ing to grant our request," said - Mr.
Newton. The Baptist congregation
of this city is preparing to build a
$6,000 church during the coming year.
This is a heroic undertaking for this
congregation, but they will succeed
under the leadership of their pastor,
Rev. M. A. Adams, who came to them
last winter. The church has grown
wonderfully, under his supervision.
This is indeed a working congrega
tion. Mebane. A small blaze occurred in
the machine department of the large
plant of the White Furniture Company
here recently while the factory was
running. The blaze doubtless started
along the line shaft, from spontaneous
combustion and rapidly spread, the
smoke 'being very dense. The auto
matic sprinkler equipment worked
(beautifully and in a short while the
fire was all out.
Asheviile. James Caldwell, who
shot and killed his wife and probably
fatally wounded her uncle, Asbury
Moody at Hamphill, near Waynes
ville, about ten days ago, was brought
to the Buncombe county jail for safe
keeping. It was feared' that if Cald
well was kept in the Waynes vllle jail,
that friends and relatives of the mur
dered woman would lynch him, as
feeling against the prisoner is strong
In the Hemphill, section.
Klnston. Josiah Wells, the vena
ble chief of LaGrange, is to be tried
before a magistrate here on the
charge of perjury. He is alleged in
a warrant sworn at the instance of
John S. Taylor, of thai town, to have
sworn as 'a witness in court against
Taylor that the latter sold whiskey
to a negro. Taylor says the evidence
was false. The warrant has not been
returned to Kinston and the date for
the trial is not set.
Chapel Hill. Clear, concise and
marked"-by the simple dignity of
forceful simplicity growing out of a
complete understanding of the subject
under discussion, the exposition of the
life and aims of the University of
North Carolina student at work and
at play on the campus which was
the report of Acting President Gra
ham to the state was the outstand
ing feature of the University Day cel
ebration here in Memorial Hall re
cently. Salisbury. A. B. Saleeby has re
ceived letters from Secretary Bryan
and Senator Lee S. Overman asking
him to be in Washington January 14
to 19 for the purpose of considering
the appointment as ambassador to
Asyrta for which place Mr. Saleeby
recently became an applicant.
Tarboro. Mr. W. J. Martin, form
erly county superintendent of road3,
has accepted a position as superinten
dent of roads cf Columbus county, ,
and with his family has move:! to
Cbadbourn. Mr. T. Perry Jenkms
has succeeded Mr. Martin as super
intendent of road3 for Edgecombe.
GOUP BY HUERTA
IY SPLIT ARMY
WIVES OF ARRESTED SOLONS BE
SIEGE U. S. REPRESENTA
TIVE. THE SITUATION IS TENSE
Startling Developments Expected to
Follow Arrest of the Mexican
Mexico City. There has been end
less speculation here regarding the ef
feet of Provisional President Huerta's
coup d'etat. Many appear to believe
that the logical result will be a split
in the army, which they assert has
been held together only by the force
of General Huerta's personality. They
argue that there has been dissatisfac
tion over Huerta's course in general,
and that this will test loyalty to the
danger point. They look for startling
developments in the near future.
On the other hand, there is a large
element which believes President
Huerta took the only possible course,
and expressei wonder that he had not
taken the step long ago. Huerta's
friends say it is no secret that had
the deputies believed any substantial
part of the army would stand with them
they would have overridden Huerta
and taken the reins of government en
tirely In their hands.
Minister of the Interior Manuel Gar
za Aldape made the followinfg an
"The deputies who have been ar
rested-and Imprisoned cannot be re
leased on any writ. They will be tried
for the various offenses of which they
are accused. Not one of them has
been released by the government to
date. They will be treated well while
"The dissolution" of ' congress will
not affect the holding of elections in
the least. The ballots will be cast In
October. The only change in the elec
tion program will be that new sena
tors and deputies will be elected to
replace these put out of office by the
coup d'etat. -
"The governors, civil and military,
of all the states have been notified
of the dissolution of congress, and all
have responded accepting the govern
ment's course of action!
President Huerta's defense of his ac
tion in causing the arrest of 110 mem
bers of the cabinet is that the depu
ties were Revolutionists. It is his be-lief-that
they represented the Carran
za sentiment in the capital.
In a proclamation dissolving the
chamber, it is frankly stated that the
deputies' threat to remove themselves
from the capital and hold sessions
where they would enjoy the protection
which' they alleged was denied them
here meant that they would transfer
their sessions to territory controlled
by the rebels.
TIMOTHY WOODRUFF DEAD
former Lieutenant Governor of New
York Stricken in New York City.
New York. Timothy L. Woodruff,
former lieutenant governor of New
York tate, died here. He had lain
in a critical condition for nearly two
weeks after having been stricken with
paralysis while addressing a Progres
sive party rally in this city. He was
55 years old. .
Mr,., Woodruff rallied for a time
from his first attack and hopes were
entertained for his recovery. Howev
er, his condition again became alarm
ing, and he lapsed into unconscious
ness, from which he emerged only
once for a brief interval. During the
night the use of stimulants and oxy
gen was resorted to, and this, togeth
er with his great vitality, kept him
alive through the day. Wlfh him as
he died were Mrs. Woodruff, Mrs. Rod
ney Ward, his only sister, and Mrs.
Ward, and John E. Woodruff, his son,
and the latter's wife.
Born In New Haven, Conn., 55
years ago and graduated from Yale
In the class of 1S79, Mr. Woodruff
shortly afterward entered a business
career in New York, and soon began
to take an active interest in politics.
As a Republican he was an active po
litical figure in New York state for
nearly thirty years, and until a year
ago, when he left that party and join
ed the Progressives,
Cut Off His Hand and Hanged Self.
Savannah, Ga. Paul Meinig, a 34-year-old
white man, with a family of
three small children, committed sui
cide here in a most unusual manner,
lie first severed the artery in his
right foot with a razor, and then crawl
el under the house to die. Uncon
sciousness did not come as quickly
as he desired, and then he limped
back out into the yard and cut his
right and from his wrist The suffer
ing was evidently intense and death
still refused to come, so he tied a rope
o.:cuntl his neck and hanged himself.
STEAMSHIP VULTUHNG BURNS AT SEi
A WIRELESS MESSAGE SAYS A VESSEL BOUND FROM ROTTER
DAM .TO NEW YORK WAS ABANDONED AFIRE JN
ONE HUNDRED" AND THIRTY-SIX PERSONS PERISH
Ten Steamers Responded to the Volturno's Wireless Calls for Help, But
Were Unable to Be of Any Assistance Because of a
London. The latest accounts of the disaster to the steamship Voltur
no, burned and abandoned in mid-ocean, confirm that the loss of life
will be limited to about one hundred and thlrty-slx. The CarmamW
first of the rescuing ships to reach the burning steamer, carried off
Queenstown, but, owing to the gale, proceeded direct , to Fishguard., ,
A graphic story by the solitary survivor aboard the. Carmania was re
ceived by wireless and presents a terrible picture of the horror, the panic
and confusion aboard the burning liner. Walter Trlntepohl, a German,
who tells the story, however, is clearly suffering from the stress of Ill
ness and his awful experience, and his story Is too incoherent to be ac
cepted In every detail.
Most important, if true, is his denial that two boats got away from the
, voiiurno. According to other acccounts, Captain- Inch was; the last to
leave his vessel, which was still burning and was a danger to naviga
tion. ' ' :
Forty of the one hundred and thlrty-slx persons lost from the steamship
Volturno In mid-Atlantic were in the two boats which succeeded in,, get-,
ting away from the burning vessel and which, without doubt, were swamp
ed. The majority of the other persons who lost their lives "were in four -other
boats which were smashed against the steamer's side in attempts to
launch them. , ,
Ten steamers responded to the wireless calls fo help and fought for
hours during a raging gale to save the passengers and crew of the' burn
ing steamer, which eventually wn. abandoned. w
Occupants of six lifeboats were thrown into the sea when the boats
wero smashed against the steamer's side and probably drowned.
The Volturno caught lire in mid-Atlantic and that the flames raged so
, furiously in the gale that the steamer was abandoned. -
A gallant fight was made by the crews of ten Atlantic steamers who'
responded to the Volturno's call.
The Volturno sailed from Rotterdam on October 2 for New York by ,
way of Halifax. . . .;'
Captain Barr, of the Carmania, received the distress call of the Voltur
no when" 78 miles distant, in latitude 48.25 north, longitude ' 34.32 west.
The Carmania crowded on full steam and with extra stokers made over
twenty knots an hour in the teeth of the gale.
When tjie Carmania reached the. vicinity of the Volturno she found the
forward end of the distressed vesseel burning fiercely. The flaming ship
was at the same time rolling heavily, while her propellers were fouled
with boat tacke used in lowering ber six lifeboats. -, ' -.
It was learned by the captain of the Carmania that two only out of six
. lifeboats had succeeded in getting safely away from the Volturno. The
other four crowded from stem to stern with passengers and members of
the crew, had been smashed against the side of the vessel and all theiroc
cupants thrown into the sea end drowned. , ,
In spite of the terrific gale raging when his vessel arrived near the Vol
turno, the captain of the Carmania had one of, his lifeboats lowered to
proceed to the Volturna to t help in the rescue. The boat was launched
'with much difficulty, for even on the lee side of the Carmania the seas -were
terribly rough and it was only' by extraordinary efforts ' that the
small craft was' prevented from being smashed or capsizedas-she left the
side of the ship. ' " ' - : ";
The Carmania's life boat In charge First Officer Gardiner, made a. gal
lant but futile attempt to get 'alongside the doomed Volturno. After two
hours' battle with the waves during which the lifeboat lost all but three H
of her oars, the rest being broken cr torn from the hands of the crew,
First Officer Gardiner returned to the Carmania." .
Captain Barr, of the Carmania, then maneuvered Ms big vessel rery -close
to the Volturnao and finally got the Carmania's bow within a" hun- .
dred feet of the Volturno's stern. - '" . ' '
It was found impossible, however, to cast a, line on board the Volturno
or to get anybody off her. -
Jt was a terrifying sight for passengers and crew of the Carmania to see
so close to them the hundreds of passengers, including women and chil
dren in horror-stricken fear on the decks of the Volturno and yet be un
able to help them.
Captain, of the-" Carmania, in the meanwhile kept, his wireless
apparatus at work communicating with all the vessels, within the rad
ius of his Instruments." ' -
GERMANY, FRANCE AND SPAIN
CLAIM THEY ARE DISCRIMI
The 5 Per Cent Rebate Clause Will
' Be Repealed Owing to Pro
tests From Abroad.
Washington. If the consent of Rep
resentative Underwood and other
house leaders can be secured, a joint
resolution will be passed through con
gress, repealing that portion of the
new tariff law authorizing a five per
cent, tariff rehate on goods brought
to this country in American-owned
The decision to ask for the repeal
of the clause was reached by adminis
tration officials after experts of the
state and treasury departments had
decided that to carry out its exact
terms would mean a reduction of five
per cent. In tariff on goods from prac
tically all of the chief exporting coun
tries except Brazil, France and Rus
Foreign countries, including Ger
many, France and Spain, which claim
thev would be severely discriminated
against by the shipping clause,
Wants $35,000,000 From United States
St. Petersburg. A claim of 70,000,-
000 rubles will soon be Instituted
against the United States government
by Laska Burdzinsky of Petrokov, Rus
sian Poland. Burdzinsky claims to be
a direct descendant of Puiaski, the
Polish soldier, who so materially as
sisted General Washington' in freeing
the American colonies from British
rule. He bases his claims on the ac
cumulated receipts accruing from the
sale of real estate in Chicago, which
land was granted to Gaeral Pulaski
for his services.
MEXICAN REBELS ROUTED
HUERTA'S MEN CAPTURE PIED
RAS NEGRAS- WITHOUT
FIRING SHOT." '
Thousand of Mexicans Flee .to the
United States for Protection
Piedras Negras, Mexfco.-r-Without
firing a shot Federal soldiers took pos
session of Piedras Negras, erstwhile
provisional capital cf the Constitution
alists, culminating " the victorious
march of the. government army un
der General Maas through the state
of Coahuila, the home of Venustiano
Carranza, Revolutionary commander-in-chief.
.With the exception of four strag
glers, who were cut down by ' Federal
cavalry' while attempting to escape
across the border, all of the Cdnstitu
tiojialist troops in Piedras . Negras
marched away with the apppoach of
the government army They were not
pursued, the victorious troops content
ing themselves with a search of the
city for rebels who might' be in hid
ing. The city is policed by troops,
and so far there has, been no loot
ing. '. ' '
Reforms Proposed by Exchanges.
New York. That the New York cot
ton exchange ls considering some ac
tion with reference to the grades and
contract methods which figured so
prominently in recent proposed legis
lation at Washington, was made appar
ent through the publication of reso
lutions passed by the board of mana
gers. The resolutions provide for the
appointment of a committee of seven
by the president to consider the ques
tion of charging the existing type stan
dards, tho question of making such
changes In the contracts.
LAST PANAMA DAr,'
PRESIDENT PUSHES BUTTON AND
DIKE, 4,000 MILES AWAY, IS
. DEMOLISHED. .
THOUSANDS SEE EXPLOSION
Only a Little Work Now Remains Be
fore Waters of Atlantic and Pa
- cific Are United.
Panama. The Gamboa dike,' the la.si
artificial barrier to actual communica
tion between the Atlantic and Pa
cific oceans by way of t'ffe Panama
canal, was rent in twain by the hand
of President Woodrow Wilson. . Be
tween., three thousand and four thou
sand persons from Panama and Colon
cities and various sections of the Ca
nal Zone journeyed to the scene to
witness the demolition of the barrier,
and while the event of destroying the
dike was spectacular to a degree and
successful in its every detail, some,
disappointment was evinced because
the entire dike was not destroyed.
Utter demolition was not carried out
because of the fear that the concussion
might damage the railroad trestle
crossing the cut near San 'Miguel
locks. The two remaining sections
will be dynamited at some future date.
The spectators lined the banks of the
cut, outside the danger zone occupy
ing every available vantage point. As
the hour approached when the event
was to happen expectancy fell over
all. When the minute hand of watches
passed the hour of two o'clock, the
suspense became still greater and the
ensuing two minutes seemed like as
many hours '
Then suddenly came tft muffled
roar of the discharge of 1,600 pounds
of dynamite which sent a shower of
water and rock . high into the air,
spreading out as it went- upward the
whole heavily veiled in a cloud of
smoke. It was considered among local
dynamite experts as a remarkably
clean explosion. A section of the dike
sixty feet wide was lifted bodily from
its bed and its component parts scat
tered far and wide. '
As water began to pour through the
rent made by the explosion whistles
were tied down and the -crowd sent
up a great cheer. Not an obstruction
was. left in the opening except some
iron pipes which stuck up here and
There was only one accident, a wom
an spectator was struck on the head
by ( a rock which was dislodged ' by
others from the hillside where she was
watching the explosion. Her injury is
not serious. All the heads of the ca
nal departments were present for the
epoch-making event, as also were all
the members of the cabinet of Presi
TROOPS DESERT GENERALS
Soldiers Under General Aubert and
General AliVrez Flee at Danger."'
Mexico City.-The failure of General
Trucy Aubert to get to the city of
Torreon in time to relieve It a mis
sion upon which he set out from Sul
tlllo nearly a month ago with a large
force of Federal troops is explained
by the fact that the greater part of
his 5,000 nien deserted him before he
had completed half of his journey.
He had reached Madero, 25. mile.
east of ' Torreon, when new s of tho
evacuation of the city reached him.
As soon as the vanguard of the re
treating Federal troops came into
view General Aubert's men fled with
all their arms and ammunition!
General Alvirez, who, started with
1,000 men, two siege guns and a num
ber of pieces of light artillery to re
take the city of Durango from the
rebels and whoae defeat caused th
evacuation of Torreon, fell into an
ambuscade at La Loma, 30 miles to
the southwest of Torreon. Relying on
Information that the rebels had left
the vicinity, he moved forward. Sud
denly he found both his advance and
his retreat cut off . in a canyon by
heavy forces of rebels, who poured in
a sharp fire from both sides of the
pass. General Alvirez made a stout
resistance and managed to get word
back to Torreon asking for reinforce
ments. Crew of Schooner Rescued.
Norfolk, Va. - The British steam
ship Kilnsea, Captain Husband, from
Galveston, Texas, to Hamburg, via
Norfolk, landed here, the master and
ten members of the crew of the four
masted schooner John Twohy of Bos
ton, from Jacksonville, Fku to New
York, lumber laden. The Kilnsea dis
covered the Twohy In distress sixty
miles souti of Fryln Pan Shoals Oc
tober ". A first effort to take the
Twohy's crew from the schooner fail
ed, and one man from the Kilneca v.
rescued after beinc thrown in thaea. .