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SALEM, OREGON, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1916
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BELIEVE GENERAL VILLA
Evidence Gathered m Various Sources Indicate the Rebel
Chieftain Plans and Executed Brutal Murder of Eigh
teen Mining Men, Mostly Americans El Paso Seethes
With Impotent Rage Senate Resolution Demands Armed
Intervention in Mexico.
El Paco, Texas, Jan. 12. In
afternoon awaited arrival of
bodies of 16 Americans and
by Mexicans in Chihuahua Monday.
Apparently nothing has been done by either Zack Cobb,
lepresenting the state department, nor General Garcia,
Carranzista commander at Juarez, toward avenging the
cold blooded massacre of this party of mining men of the
Cusihuiriachio Mining company. On every hand, there
was denunciation of the slaying and a spirit of bitterness
toward the Wilson administration, which had found ex
pression in sharp protests to Washington.
The fact that General Villa and 15 men were at La Junta
two days ago, within 15 miles of the spot where the Amer
icans were dragged from a
and shot one by one, strengthened the belief that Villa
himself was in personal command of the bandits. General
Rodriguez and other bandits were not in the immediate
vicinity, it is known.
Arrangements were made here today to admit the
corpses of the bandit victims without the formality of red
tape at the border line. J. F. Ryan, representing the
"Cusi" company chartered a special train to bear them
here, and this is slated to arrive late tonight.
Leading mining men wired at least 100 protests to
Washington today, demanding immediate action to safe
guard effectively Americans in Mexico. Most of them were
addressed to Senator Fall, of
the administration Mexican
CV T,. TliiUni. renresontinrf fiutftrcn-
lieim interests, iiml other big mining
concerns have practically decided to
withdraw their employes and to close
tlio Mexican mines until protection is
Further-details than tlio bloody stor-e-t
already confirmed were unobtain
able today, because of ' strict censor
ship. An unconfirmed report said tiiat
Oeneral Trcvino, Carranzista, had sent
an expedition to the scene to pursue
tlio bandits, but as the latter havo n
two .jlnys st lit, it is believed they are
fcnfo in the mountain! with the loot
they obtained in their holdup of the
mining men's train.
The report that Villa led the Ameri
cans slayers seemed to have substanta
tion from tiio fact that he is known to
have harbored an extremely bitter hat
red of Americans ever since the Car
rnnza government was recognized.
Authorities here think that ho has
merely bided his time for an opportun
ity such as that Monday in which to
whit thirst for rcvongo against the
United States, and his desire, at the
1 rouble with the American govern
ment for failing to protect Americans.
Practically the entire foreign colony
from Chihuahua City is reported to be
ationrd tho funeial train, escorting the
bodies to tho border, Oi.c hundred Car
jun.a soldiers are 'also gunrding it.
The train left Chihuahua City at
moon and is duo here nt 9 o'clock to
juight. Citizens here will hold nn lndignv
omeemg iii Clovoln 'IM1.1 -t b
Abe Martin $
Still another fine, thing about th'
movio theater Is the's no No. 2
roovlo theater is ther's no No. 2
companies, A rabbit Is too proud t'
fight, hence io many fur-topped
a helpless rage, this city this
a special train bearing the
two Britishers, bullet riddled
train, stripped of their clothes
New Mexico, bitter foe of
evening, and afterward will go to the
border to meet the train.
Chihuahua messages today statod
that Villa personally led the murderers.
Survivor Tells Story.
Shot down as they attempted to es
cape, 10 Americans massacred by Vil
lista bandits in Chihuahua Monday,
were given no chance for their lives,
according to the stntement of T. It.
Holmes, sole survivor, who arrived
hero today. Holmes escaped a similar
fate through tho ruse of stumbling and
falling over a railroad tie, worn out
and apparently dead from tho effects
or the experience. The . tragedy has
shaken his nerves, and ho told a brok
"At 2 o'clock Monday afternoon,..'
iio said, "our special was stopped near
La Visa by a derailment ahead.
"I was sitting with Tom Kvnus and
he said: 'Let's get out and see what's
"He nnd I started out of the car,
and Watson and another joined us. We
were not expecting anything, and wo
merely went out to get' tho air.
"As T jumped to the ground, a group
of Mexicans opened fire on us. Kvnns
was hit by tho first volley nnd fell.
Watson started up the embankment
while the Mexicans kept shooting nt
him. Hull fled in another direction.
"Then the Mexicans began shooting
nt me and 1 ran alongside tho car with
tho bullets striking All nround me. 1
stumbled over n tie. Thev evideutlv
thought I was killed, so I didn't rise.'"'
"I lay there n few minutes until the
shooting at my three eomnnnions end
ed, but tho Mexicans began shooting
through the windows nt the otherB in
side. Home of tho boys rushed to the
doors and 1 supposed they were slaught
ered "Then I began to ernwl along the
ground as tho Mexicans wereu't pay
ing nny attention to me. When 1 got
ont of their view, I crept on my lunula
and knees to an open place ami ran at
fast as I could.
"Xenr Kanla Ysnbel, I hid in a Mex
ican ranch house, I gave x man there
soma money to tnka care of me, and ho
fixed tho cut nnd bruises thut I re
ceived in escaping. At night the ranch
man drove me toward Chihuahua, and T
reached thore at 7 o'clock Tuesday
"I learned inter that Watson and
Anderson were only wounded in the
first shooting and wero later given the
'tiro de graeia' or mercy shot. The
Mexicnns shot them through the head,
practically blowing off their heads...'
Holmes, who was accompanied here
by ids wife, has no Idea who command
ed the bandits.
For Armed Intervention.
Washington, .Inn. 12. Armed inter
vention in Mexico, establishment of a
representative government there, and
immediate American evacuation after
this has been accomplished was de
manded today In i senate resolution in
'roduced b Ben a tor Sherman of Il
linois, This resolution, actuated by the Mex
ican massacre of American's Monday,
bad more or less a counterpart in thr
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Washington, Jan. 12. (Special.)
Tho wives, sistors ana daughters of the
delegates to tho Tan-American Scienti
fic congress havo organized a women's
auxiliary, nnd tho early meetings of this
body, presided over by Airs, ltobert
Lansing, wife of the secretary of state,
havo boon marked by tremendous en
El Paso, Texas, Jan. 12. The worst
massacre of peaceful Americans in the
history of Mexico was dotailed in of
ficial messages received today telling
bow 1(1 United Htatcs citizens and two
citizens of Great Britain wero dragged
from a Mexican Northwestern train
Mondny, robbed of thoir $2.1,000 pay
roll, stripped off their clothing and
shot in cold blood.
Direct orders from General Francis
co Villa to his subordinates to kill ev
ery American or other foreigner they
met caused tho slaughter, today's ad
vices showed. That Villa personally
commanded tho firing squad which
slew the unfortunate victims one by
one wns reported in somo quarters.
When tho Americans wero captured,
tho VillistnB at first began to shoot
them one nt a time. Hoeing that death
was inevitable, several of tho unfor
tnnates attempted to make a run for
it nnd wero shot down as they ran. Thu
shrieks of tho men ns they were mur
dered wero heard by Thomas Holmes,
another American pnsscngor on the
train, who scaped toe vengeance of the
Mexicans by hiding in tho toilet room
of ono of the conches. Later he suc
ceeded In escaping to Chihuahua and
bringing tho fir.st news of the mas
The probability that the murders
would never bo revenged aroused the
border to fever heat. In fact, the
slowness of Currnnzistn officials to
take sympathetic action resulted in a
mnss meeting of mine ownerB and oth
ers here last night nt which the dele
gates denounced tho Washington ad
ministration's Mcxicnn policy.
Lured back to work by passports
granted by tho Washington govern
ment', and through the Cnrrnnza admin
istration's guarantees of protection the
miners wore refused nn escort of 100
Carranzista soldiers, though if Gener
al Jacinto Trcvino of Chihuahua had
granted this, tho party would have
Confirmation of tho mnssncrcs came
in mesHOgcs from British Vico Consul
Kcobol at Chihuahua to H. C, Mylcs,
liritisn diplomatic agent hero.
Fifteen bandits stopped lhe train at
Santa Ysnbel. Jn tho party on board
were officials nnd employes of the
Cusi Mining company of which Pot
ter Piilmcr, of Chicago, is president.
They wero going to re open the com
pany's rich silver mines at Cusihuria
chie. Tho bandits attired themselves
in the Americans' clothing and then
marched their victims to a ravine close
to the track and shot them in cold
Each of inn Americans had to wiit
his turn; none but Holmes escaped. The
norror or tneir last moment may never
The slnin men:
('. A. Pringlo, Ran Francisco.
C. K. Watson, Manager, El Paso.
William J. Wallace, El Psso.
T. M. Evans, El Piso, a Canadian.
M. B. Komero, El Paso, naturalized
Maurice Anderson, El Paso.
W. 1). Pierce, os Angolos.
11. T. MuIIntton, El Paso.
J. K Coy. ropreseutlnir Union Iron
Works, Ban Francisco; wlv live In
E. L. Jiobinson, El Paso.
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Lansing, Mrs. Percr V. Pennybacker
thusiasm. At the first meeting Mrs.
Lansing delivered the nddrcss of wel
come in Spanish, the native tongue of
three-fourths of the women ia the audi
ence. At this first meeting it was doclded
to form a Pan-American union for wo
men, with headquarters in Washington.
Mrs. Robert Lansing, Mro. Albion Fcl-
George V. Newman, El Paso.
Jack Hase, Miami, Ariz.
J. W. Woorn, El Paso.
K. H. Simmons, address not given.
Avery Couch, Canadian.
Alexander II. Hall, Douglas, Ariz.
Charles Wadleigh, Bisbee, Ariz.
J. Adams, .
Sorrow In Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, Jan. 12. Mrs. Lorenzo
Coy, widow of one of the Americans re
ported slain by Mexican bandits near
San Vsabel, wns prostrated today by
nows of his death. Her grief wns re
lieved only by tho faint hope that tho
story migiit not bo true, that her hus
band ro!'-, by chance havo escaped
Woo was brought to several homes of
Los Angeles by tho slaughter. Mrs. W.
1). Pearce bore up bravely when sho
received a telegram from El Paso toll
ing of the murder of her husband, who
was general manager of the Cusi Con
solidate! Mining company. With nor
little daughter at her sido sho said
"I cannot believe Mr. Pcnrco hns
been killed. I do not believo ho wns
.'.board that train,"
Pcnrco resided for sovcral years In
Kan Francisco. A member of the Pa
cific lodge of Masons, he wns very
well known In the northern pnrt of the
state. He hnd been engaged in Mexi
can mining operations for 10 years.
Bitter reseutmont' i against tho ad
ministration was voiced by W. B. Me
Hatton when ho wns informed of t.m
death of liichard Halo Mcllatton, aged
23 years, his son. Voung Mc Hatton
was acrouiitiint for tho Cusi Mining
company, and wns to havo entered Col
ninliia university this year. l(o had
on interest in tho townslte of Tipton,
Snn Joaquin valley
Two sons of C. R. Watson, mining
man reported killed, are students at a
military academy hore. They have not
yet been told of their father's death.
Watson was married six weeks ago to
Miss Haysinger in Hartford, Kansas.
Tho sons are by a formor marringe.
His bride is in El Paso.
The family of E. L. Kobinson, assny
er also reported massacred, wired in
sturctions today to El Paso for tho
care of his body, if it is recovered.
The widow and two small children of
George W. Newman, visiting hore, wore
informed of tho tragedy today. At
tempts to locato the family of W. F.
Wallace, mine superintendent, reported
slain, have so far failed here.
Pringle Well Known.
Han Francisco, Jan. 12. Relatives of
Charles A. lfi ingle, who, pros dis
patches state, was slain by Villistas in
Mexico, today awaited definite con
firmation of the tragedy before going
to Mexico to investigate.
PringU was the son of Mrs. Cornelia
J. Pringle, and brother of Covington,
Edwird J.. William B. and Hydney
Pringlo, all prominent In business and
social life in Han Francisco. -
Pringle was one of the most papular
athletes at the University of Califor
nia. After graduating in 1101 he en
tered the mining business in northern
California. Tea years ago he went to
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m Liu t
and Mme. Eduardo Suarea.
lowes Bacon, Mrs. Tcrcy V. Penny
backer, president of the General Fed
eration of Women's Clubo; Mme. Ed
uardo Suarez, wife of the ambassador
of Chile, and Mme. Blanche Z do Bar
rel t of Cuba were named on the com
mittee which will spread the gospel of
co-oporation among the women of the
KEEP STATE BRIDGE
Eleven Sets of Plans Under
The bridge department of the State
highway department engineer's office
has been spending most of Its time dur
ing tho past month on the Salem bridge
plans according to tho report of Chief
Deputy Stato Engineer E. I. Cantine,
which was received from Engineer
Holmes of tho bridge highway com
mission which met at tho state house
Tlio highway commission found a
largo number of bills to audit and the
session was spent largely in routine
Mr. Holmes' report follow:
During tho month of December the
greater portion of the time has been
consumed in connection with the pro
posed Hulem bridge. Specifications
covering the design wero prepared nnd
eleven plans of different types check
ed and reported upon. Altcrnato de
signs for both steel nnd concrete struc
tures wero prepared by tlio department
and cost estimates mado for various
modifications and types of floor con
struction. This work is still In pro
gress, the department acting in an ad
visory capacity to the Board of Viewers
and tlio County Courts. Additional
modifications are now being prepnred.
It is expected that one steel nnd one
concreto lU'sign will bo iinnlly select
ed within the next two weeks.
In addition to tho abovo ono rein
forced concreto structure was designed
to cross JuckBon creek in Jackson
Thcro are under preparation detail
plans and specifications for a steel
structure over Willametto slough and a
large concreto vioduct both In Yamhill
The Columbia county court hnve also
requested at nn enrly a ditto as possible
plans for a steel structure at Vor
nonln, All the above structures linvo been
authorized and it is the desire of the
courts to begin construction early this
yenr. The county courts of Murlon nnd
Polk counties hnve, by joint resolution,
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t THE WEATHER J
Demand For More Vessels Is
Such That Construction
San Francisco, Jan. 12. War time
demands for vessels and yet more ves
sels in 'Which to carry America's
mighty commerce, abroad is rinding its
echo in ringing anvils and humming
saws in every shipbuilding port along
the Pacific coast.
In Kan Francisco, Seattle and other
northwestern poits centers tho greater
part of this business, but from every
quarter come tiding that the nucleus
of an American merchant marine is
being hammered together as fast as
sturdy workmen enn do it.
Hot on tho path of announcement of
a giant shipping combine on the At
lantic, shipbuilders along tho Pacific
told todav that they were Bwampod
with orders "to build staunch and
strong a worthy vessel that shall laugh
at all disaster."
In Sail - Francisco, the Union Iron
Works is building or Boon will be con
struction 19 ships of iron, many of
them large enough to buffet the seven
seas, and bring back with them tho
prosperity of war times. These enor
mous orders represent thousands upon
thousands of dollars worth of business.
And they mean employment of a small
army of toilers.
The Anderson company is building
-j salmon boats tor the Alaskan f ish
eries, 1.1 other small craft and a tow.
Other plants havo minor orders, with
prospects of much larger oncB. AcrOBS
the bay, in Oakland, practically evory
ship '-ard is humming with construction
of craft of various sizes and for vari
Portland, Oregon, reports extromoly
activity on small craft; Seattle is jam
med with orders, several of which are
for giant ocean going craft; Hoquiam,
Washington, is at top speed on lumber
vessel construction, whilo plans are un
der way for building Bubmnrines; Ta
coma, Washington, has a vast slice ot
tho war time prosperity with a pas
senger ship and other vessels, going up
on the, ways. Everywhere t'io ship
builders are nuving such boom times
that they are refusing to pledge or
ders for iiumcdiato delivery.
Seattle Yards Crowded.
Seattle, Wash., Jan. 12. The cry for
vessels everywhere has boosted tho Pu
get sound shipbuilding industry to a
pitch of unprecedented activity and
Extensions, new equipment and men
are being added to ninny of tho plants
At the Seattle Construction and Dry-
dock company's yards the pross of work
exc.eedB every former high water mark,
according to tho officials. This com
pany, ono of the biggest in tho country
is now constructing two 5,000 ton steel
freighters for tho Ward company; throe
submarines and ono torpedo dcatroyor
for the United States navy, in addi
tion to a number of smaller craft.
"The proffers of tonnngo aro far
greater than wo can handle", anscrted
Assistnnt General Manngcr U. VV. Kent
today. "Wo have never before hnd such
a volumo of actual and procpcctlvo con
"This means that our concern will,
this year, put Into circulation in Heuttlo
more thaa doublo tho amount of money
annually expended here horetoforo.
"Jt means nn increaso protiatiiy or
from 500 to 1000 in tho number of our
Pushed with nil nossiblo dispatch, the
building of a new ship yard by the
Skinner nnd Eddy corporation is under
wtty. Two lug ocenn going freighters
will bo constructed immediately.
Impetus s also being reflocted in tho
activity of the 23 other smaller con
cerns in Seattle.
Tho difficulty In getting mutcrinl
from tho eastern steel mills, is a most
serious handicap to local chip builders.
They will not quote deliveries less than
six to eight months in advance.
Construction at Tacoma.
Tacomn. Wash., Jan. 12. Marine
activities in local ship yards this winter
includo ono passenger steamer now lin
er construction which will no piuccu in
commission April 1, another similar ves
sel, the keel of which i.i expected to bf
laid shortly nnd several fishing boatB.
At tho Dockton ship yards of Johr
iiurtlnollch, tho Washington Steam
boat company of Kcuttlo is having con
structed n passenger cnrrylng steamer
122 feet la length, Di foot uenm. anu r
feet in denth of hold. Tho craft when
completed will bo equipped with the
machinery to bo taken from tno com
pany's steamer ftfohawk. Tho estimat
ed rost of the hull is 10,000.
Another vessel of almost identical di
mensions, for a Tacoma steamboat firm,
to be used in Sound freight and pass
enger service, Is to be built at the same
yard. The contrnct will he lot tno lat
ter pnrt of the present week.
Several fishing boats are under con
struction at the Ola Town yards, the
average cost of which will be about
In addition to locul building opera
tions, several large stenmors aro re
ported to have been purchased by the
Pacific-Alaska Navigation company.
The ship are expected to reach Pugot
sound early in the spring. Two vessels,
re-christencd Admiral Clarke and Ad-
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Cettmje. Is Closely Besieged
and In Most Desperate
MOUNT L0WCEN TAKEN
AFTER FIERCE CANNONADE
French Say Germans Lost
25,000 In Futile Offensive
' By Henry Wood.
(United Press Stuff Correspondent.)
Home. Jan. 12. The early fall of
Cettin.ie. Montenegrin capital was fore
casted today by dispatches confirming'
reports that tho Austrian forces had
occupied Mount Lowcen, dominating
Cot tin jo and only seven miles distant.
The military evacuation of Cettinja.
began Sunday, when the arsenal waa
dismantled and everything of military
value was removed. The new capital,
however, has not yet been selected.
Tho Austrinns re striking forcibly at
the valiant little band of Montenegrin
defenders, handicapped by lack of
equipment and foodstoofs.
Mount Lowcen fell after five diy
of terrific nnd uninterrupted bom
bardment from a squadron in the Cat
taro gulf and from the forts and light
er artillery brought up to closa range.
Tho Austrian guns blew to pieces th
first lino of Montenegrin trenches on
the lowor slopes of the mountain, anil
slaughtered hundreds of the defenders.
Then a combined Austrian lssaulb
carried the second lino. Ilanassed by
artillery and machine guns, the Monte
negrins wore pushed over the summit,
still fighting bravely despite enormous
"Tho Austrian are advancing to
ward Cettinjo nnd tho fighting eon-
tinues,..' said the Montenegrin consu
late officially today." "The govern
ment archives have been removed."
Mount Is Captured.
Vienna. Jn. 12. Couture of Mount
Lowcen, Montenegro, was detailed by
the war office today.
"In threo days of ftorce fighting."
said tho official statement, "our bravo
infantry, co-operating with the lieivy
nrtillory and our navy overpowered th
bittor enemy resiBtnnco and the diffi
culties of the wintry Karst mountains,
which, ariso from the sea as a wall
and havo been organized as i deienso
Tho statement claimed capture oC
many guns and supplies.
iJefcat of tno Aionreuegrins near
Berano in northeast Montenegro was)
GERMAN LOSS GREAT
By William Phillip Sunms.
(United Tress Staff Correspondent.)
Paris, .Inn. 12. With a reckless dia-....rtii-.l
Mfn ihn flermnns sacrificed
ovor 25,000 men in the Sunday offen
sive In tno unnmpngne, Becoming i
Chalons dispatches today describing
WO IIIOOillCSl Ilgiiung buico mo mg-
Oroat' numbers of flermnn wounded
prisoners reaching Chalons confirm
bond tho whole allied front from
Hhoims to Verdun. j
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artillery failed and that Instead of si
lencing the rr.-ncn naiirnes, im
wrecked portions of
tho advanced tmeches, while the days
bombardment gave the French tima to
bring up reserves to cope with the at
tack. . . . .. '
Ons bombs forced retirement or ins
Germans from several advanced posi
tions before they charged. Many wore,
torn to ribbons as they attempted to,
push on and then, before they eoubl
fortify their gains, the French ennrged.
and ergained nearly all the lost French
ground. Gorman bodies littorcd to
battlo ground in vast masses.
Injured In Explosion.
lioriin, ny wireiess iu nurm", . -,
Jan. 12. Seventy persona were Killed
and BO badly injured, in an explosion,
:- ii.. nv.initlnn linnet nt Lille Tester-
day. said an official announcement to
rinda No Tact.
UTnahinalnn .Tan. 13. Austria has
notified the state department, it waa
understood today, that after a full in
vAatiirnflnn flint frnvcrnment haa been,
unabio to determine how the liner Per-
iin was sunk, '
Pursued By Bubmsiriiis.
Barcolonn, Jan. 12. The 4400 ton
British steamer Tnfna after eludif a
nursuing German submarine in 1 set
nrnl mila chose in tho Medltersnneaa
arrived here todav.
WILL NOT BE TATT
Washington, Jan. 12. The sneeoasor
of tho late Associato Justice Lamar of
tha United Htatcs supremo eonrt will
not bo lyofessor William Howard Tfr,
a source close to President Wilson stat
ed positively todap, tA