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You See It First In The Times TUT II? H' OME , Edition TIMES THIRTY-FIRST YEAR No. 280. FUIX DAY AND NIGHT REPORT OP THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. TAMPA, FLORIDA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 1923. TWENTY-FOUR PAGES. PRICE FIVE CENTS. pi3 I fl MY nn7 n o) W .-Ah a roil y3 JUL AMERICAN INTERVENTION IN EUROPE URGED ) nniT a mi i mrn I 1 ANAffi U. S. TO CALL A CONFERENCE Urges Action to Prevent France Acting Alone. ' HUGHES' PLAN IS ADVOCATED America Pins Faith To a Commission on Reparations. . London, Jan. 5. The British foreign office announced this morning that it had requested the United States to call an international conference on reparations as reported by the Ccn-. . tral News correspondent. The correspondent points out that the conference would come In time to prevent France tak ing separate action. Washington, Jan. 5. The senate foreign relations committee today decided to secure the opinion of the administration on the resolution Introduced by Senator Robinson, democrat, Arkansas, authorizing the president to appoint American delegates on the 'allied reparations commission before proceeding further with consideration of the measure. , Senator Lodge, Massachusetts, republican leader and committee Chairman, was directed by the committee to confer with Secretary Hughes, of the state department, regarding the Robinson proposal and also to obtain for the committee all the department's available Information on reparations negotiations. ' NOW UP TO FRANCE. V. S. Can Go No Further Till Suggestion Meets Response. Washington, Jan. 5. The United States government has already done all it can do to point a way to solution of the reparations crisis, it was stated authoritatively today. Secretary Hughes" plan, contained in his New Haven speech, made "in the friendliest spirit," it was said, is before the French government from which any action to take up the financial plan must come of necessity. It was made clear that the Washington government could not issue any invitation for the creation of such a commission because control of the reparations situation is not in American hands but in those of the allies. There is no disposition in Washington, it was added, to seek to force the financial commission or any other plan upon the allies. , " Can Go No Further. ..; An 'administration' spokesman made It plan that the American government could go no further than it has gone in the reparations situation. It was pointed out that all the allies even the Paris meeting of premiers had been informed of the American views and willing ness to help through the medium of Secretary Hughes' speech recently at New Haven. . . THe present feeling of the Wash-1 ington government is that it would te idle to go any further lacking some intimation that the American suggestion appeals to the I'reneh authorities. No purpose would be served, it was felt here, by seeking to force the situation when the first requisites to any plan of action, as Secretary Hughes pointed out at New Haven, is the voluntary adherence of the governments- 'which control the situation. Almost Resentful. It has been noted officially that the first reaction in France to the American suggestion, despite the care taken by Secretary Hughes ; to make clear in his speech the wholly friendly purpose of the aaminisirauon toward all the allies, was one almost of resentment so far as the French press com-ment is concerned. It was said on authority that the Washington government now Is simply awaiting developments abroad. It Is still hoped that a way of adjustment will bo found, between' Oreat Britain and her allies either along the lines of Secretary Hughes suggestion or by some other route which occurs to the statesmen upon whom the responsibility rests. TO MAKE GERMANY. FAY. France Free To Handle Situation Own Way; Some Support. Paris, Jan. 4. France, free 10 handle the reparations questions according to her own formula, turned today to the task of making Germany pay. The Fcench government apparently has (he support of Belgium. It is less certain of Italy's aid. Premier Poincare will discuss Belgian co-operation with M. Theunls before the latter returns to Brussels this afternoon. He l-so planned to have a talk with Mr. Bonar'Uiw prior (o the British prime minister's departure for London. It was understood, however, that the Lausanne conference would pass judgment oil this question. It has been reported that Ger- tioaunuea on ignt H ) American Educated Chinese Called To Lead Their Nation Peking, Jan. 4. (By the Associated Press.) Governmental mandate tonight reappointed as premier of China Chang Shao Tseng, who had resigned December 30 and in the reorganized cabinet named as foreign minister Alfred Sao Ke Sze, minister to the Wnited States. Premier Chang, will serve concurrently as minister ' of war. C. T. Wang, the acting'min-Ister, becomes minister of justice. ' ' - .. The new cabinet is a compromise between the party of President Li Yuen Hung and that of Tsao Kung, the powerful military leader, whose-headquarters are - at Pao Tihgfu. Both Foreign Minister Alfred Sze and Minister of Justice C. T. Wang, received their college educations in' America. Mr. Sze received the degree of Master of Arts from Cornell university. Mr. Wang is a graduate of Yale. POLK MAN KILLED IN GUN FIGHT Another Injured in Battle in Nichols Swamp. (Special to. The Times.) Mulberry, Jan.. 5. Levy Carruthers was killed .and Holly Simmons seriously injured in a gun battle with a Polk T county deputy sheriff, William Simmons, Wednesday morning at Nichols, two miles from Mulberry.- With a warrant for the arrest of Holly Simmons on the charge of receiving' stolen goods, Deputy Simmons and another man trailed Holly and Carruthers into a" swamp, where an order from the deputy of "hands up" was answered by gun fire from the pursued men. The deputy opened fire, Killing Carruthers and wounding Simmons. . . A coroner's jury visited the scene yesterday and exonerated the deputy sheriff. Simmons, the in-jured man, lies at his home at Nichols, too weak to be moved. According to Deputy Simmons, he saw the two men enter the swamp with several bottles and jugs. He followed them through a drizzling rain. After the fight he said he located a complete still with 150 'gallons of mash. Carruther's father testified at the coroner's hearing that his son and Simmons were not armed. Deputy Sheriff Simmons said that they opened fire on him, Carruthers with a revolver and Simmons with a short rifle. Norman Moore, who visited the scene, testified Ahat he saw the. older Carruthers with the revolver, which carried one used cartridge. The older Carruthers said he carried the revolver to the scene. A short rifle, with water in the magazine, was found in the house. British Prepare To Present Their Case Washington, Jan. 5. Members of the British dett commission who'arrived in Washington to take up with the American commission the funding of the wartime debt of about $4,000,000 were putting in final shape today data for their side of the funding problem preparatory to the first discussions which probably will not get . ndcr way until next week. There had been no oficial statements as to what basis the English would put forth for negotiation. .The American commissioners declined to discuss the problem. Reports persisted today that the first etep of the foreign delegation would be to attempt to establish to the satisfaction of he American commission and as a basis for later calculations, he approximate annual amount that Great Britain can pay. Mrs. Knox, Held for Grand Jury, Will Garry on Fight Hemphill, Texas, -Jan. 5. Indignantly refusing to make the $25,000 bond set by Justice W. II. Pratt, Mrs. Lillian Knox, "Lady Bountiful," of Fast Texas, was ready today to tarry her fish I against the charge of claying her millionaire husband to the district court. . The two day examining trial of Mrs. Knox at Hemphill came to a dramatic close Thursday afternoon when Justice gratt ordered the widow lound over to the grand jury on a charge of murder and set the bond at $25,000'. The re sult will be in the nature of ha beas corpus application FRENCH PLAN "BORDERS ON THE ABSURD" France Seeks To Profit at Expense of America. TWO ACCOUNTS ARE SEPARATE ,U. S. Won't "Swap" War Debt for Reparations. ' By DAVID LAWRENCE. (Copyright, 1923, by Tampa Times.) Washington, Jan. 5. The reaction here to the cabled accounts of the premiers conference in Paris is that the exp'ected has happened and that France, under the guise of an attempt to make Germany pay the maximum, is really trying to cut down her wary dr-bt to Great Britain and the United States. Such a plan will not succeed so far as the United States is concerned. For many weeks the proposal has been anticipated. President Harding and . Secretary4 Hughes have made it plain through diplomatic channels and publicly through the press that what Germany shall pay the allies and what Great Britain and France owe the United States are two separate and distinct things. Bordering On the Absurd. France's suggestion that the1 $32,000,000,000 of indemnity fixed by the London conference a year ago as the amount Gerinany should pay ought to be reduced to $12,-000,000,000 with the understanding that the-bOrirts for the-remaln-ing 20,000,000,000 shall be used to cancel French indebtedness to the United States and Great Britain is looked upon here as bordering on the absurd. "The capacity of Germany to pay," says Mr. Hughes, "is not at all affected "by any indebtedness of any of the allies to us. That indebtedness does not diminish Germany's capacity and its removal would not increase her capacity. ! "For example if France had been able to finance her part In the war without borrowing at all from us, that is, by taxation and internal loans,' the problem of what Germany uld pay would be exactly the same. Moreover, so far as the debtors to the United States are concerned, they have unsettled credit balances, and their condition and capacity to pay can not properly be demonstrated until the amount that can be realized on these credits for reparation has been determined." . Already Answered. In other words, Mr. Hughes has already answered the French proposal. His remarks at New Haven -last Friday night are a specific statement of the American government's position. What Germany can pay ia a definite and determinable thing and would be so no matter whether the allies had any debts of their own to pay. If Germany can pay more than the first estimate, the United States wants Germany to lo required to pay that sum. But if, as now conceded by Great Britain and the experts of all countries but France, the Germans can pay only $12,-000 000,000 in a period of 30 years, then the other 20,000,000,000 of bands are Just so much worthless paper and constitute a drain on Germany's credit position and tend to weigh down the value cf the $12,00,000,000 of bonds. France is in effect asking the United States to accept $20,000,-000,000 bonds which are admitted by most of the allied nations to be worthless In exchange for $5,-000,000.000 of indebtedness to Great Britain and approximately 3,000,000,000 to the United States. No. Relationship. , But the view here is that there is no relationship between an uncollectible debt on the one hand and a perfectly valid debt on the other which France can pay. Nobody has said France can not pay America the amount owed. It is true the French have called these debts to American and Britain "political debts" and have made no provision in their annual budget either for interest or 'sinking fund ffs the British have done in the case of their debt to America. On the other hand, it $12,000,000,000 (Continued on Eight B.) Justice Pratt's action followed a stormy session at which attorneys demanded that letters written by the slain man . and now in the hands of the district attorney be produoed. They alif these letters would at once establish the innocence of their client. This the state refused to do. Mrs. Knox was escorted by Sheriff T. W. Nations to her home, where she had been kept under guard. Defense attorneys said at once that their client would not attempt to make bail, although bondsmen were available. , They desired to push their habeas corpus proceedings in district court, they said. To Head Federal Reserve Board K I II l l mum iiimi Daniel Crissinger. Washington, Jan. 5. D. R. Crissinger, the present comptroller of the currency, will be nominated as governor of the federal reserve boa: within a few days, according ... information in high administration circles today. Mr. Crissinger will succeed to the place made vacant by retirement of Former Governor Y. P. G. Harding.' PLANTERS OF COTTON WILL HOLD PARLEY To Investigate Florida Method of Fighting Weevil. Washington, Jan. 5. Announcement of a cotton conference at Memphis, Tenn., early next month to consider the use of . calcium arsenate and other means in the fighting of the boll' weevil was made by Secretary Wallace of the department of agriculture through Senator Harris, democrat, Georgia. Senator. Harris made public a letter "from Secretary Wallace "detailing plans for the meeting which is to be attended, by agricultural extension agents of the department and southern states experiment station directors and leading cotton planters of the south. ' Secretary Wallace , said a great deal of calcium arsenate had been wasted' last year in experiments, which would have given satisfactory results if correctly applied. "The government is not satisfied, however, that everything has been learned, about it that can be." . said Secretary Wallace, "and is preparing to carry on extensive investigations in the costal plains sections of the cotton belt, to see what improvement in the method of control can be made. We do not believe the crops of county demonstration agents could afford us all the information necessary to settl all questions of this kind. '"This whole subject will be thoroughly considered as would a cotton conference held in Memphis, Tenn., early in February at which extension men, experiment station directors and leadingcot-ton farmers from all over the south are expected to be present. - Every phase of the situation would be discussed at this conference and if changes in - the government method of using arsenic they will be made. Discoveries of the Florida Experiment station, If proved practicable for other sections of the country, will materially reduce the expense of applying calcium arsenate, as it contemplates, but one application of the poison and that when the cotton is very small." , Reported Betrothal Of Wales Is Denied London, Jan. 5. (By the Associated Press.) Current reports of the engagement of the Prince of Svalex were oflicially denied In a statement from . York house this afternoon. ' . "A few days ago," says the statement, "the Daily News announced the forthcoming engagement of the Prince of Wales to an Italian princess. Today the same journal states on what is clnimed to be unquestionable authority that it is informed the formal announcement that his royal highness is engag-'d to the daughter of a Scottish peer will be made within two or three months. "This report is as devoid of foundation as was the. previous very deiinte statement of the engagement of his royal highness to a toreign princess. j OPEN HEARING IN KIDNAPPING CASEISBEGUN Allegations of Masked Band Outrages Investigated. GUARD KEEPS CLOSE WATCH Former Mayor of Mer Rouge on Way to : Testify- Bastrop, La., x Jan. 5. Hearing of allegations of masked tand depredations in Morehouse parish laid by Gov. John Parker at the door of the Ku Klux Klan of the parish, looked upon as the climax of more than three months' investigation by department of justice agents and state investigators was formally opened before Judge Fred L. Odom, of the sixth judicial district shortly before 10 o'clock this morning. Judge Odom immediately summoned the sheriff and instructed him to have all persons entering the court room searched. Immediately after Judge Odom concluded a statement outlining the purpose of ' the investigation, the hearing was adjourned until 2 o'clock. , Judge's Statement. Judge -Odom made the following statement from the bench after instructing the sheriff to take evi ery precaution to see that order was maintained during the hear-ing: " ; " ; , "I want all those who desire to come-and attend' these hearings and all those who may be called as witnesses to .know that l am not going to permit any -interference with the orders or processes of the court. "There must be no disorder in or about the court, and there must be no tampering with witnesses. I want the witnesses to feel free to come here and testify and that in doing so they will be afforded every protection that the state of Louisiana can throw about them. -"If it should come to me at any time during this hearing through any channel that I think reliable, that any person or group of person? have attempted or are. attempting to frighten, intimidate or in any manner interfere with any witness either . before or after he has testified I am going to have the parties implicated arrested and incarcerated at ence. An "Orderly" Procedure. "This Is going to be an orderly dignified judicial procedure. Every facility that the court can possibly afford 13 going to be extended to the state's offices in this probe. Every right-thinking, law-abiding citizen of the parish wants to see the slayers of Watt Daniels and Thomas F. Richards brought to justice and if there is process of power by which this can te done, it should have, and, I believe, has the hearty sanction of our oest citizens. However, much people may differ in their opinion as to the methods used, there should be no dissent from, the proposition that a probe was necessary. "It is -contemplated -'"that throughout these proceedings all the orders and processes of the court shall be executed by the sheriff and his deputies. I have never anticipated and do not now anticipate the slightest disorder during these proceedings nor do I contemplate any interference with the officers in the discharge of their duties. Prepared to Use Troops. "There will, in my opinion, ariso no situation or eontingencv, With Which the stiorfff anJ hi deputies cannot cope. This hearing couiq nave been carried on- with safety, I think, without the presence of state militia. However, the troops are here and In order that the people may be reassured I will etate that they are subject to the orders of the court and I shnll not hesitate to call them into action to protect citizens or to aid the Sheriff in th rtisflmrirn nt 1,1a duties if an emergency should ar- "There is perfect understanding at thin time between tho ennrt of ficers and the military. ' The mil itary is at present in subordination to the civil powers and will do nothing except' in aid and at the request of the civil authorities, unless the governor should see fit to rteelnre martial law. "While I am not authorized lo make this statement, I feel warranted in saying that ns long an conditions remain normal as they now are, action will be taken by (Continued on Eight E.) Citizens Hearing Waterworks Report Members of the civic bureau of the board of trade, members of the city commission, and Tampans interested in the water works project, are meeting Friday afternoon at the city hall. Nicholas S. Hili; jr., the city's valuator in the water works controversy, is to be present, and it is said various points in regard to the water situation will te explained. WHITES AND NEGROES SLAIN IN ROSEWOOD NIGHT BATTLE: VILLAGE IS BURNED BY IB Governor Ready With Troops in ." Rosewood Riots Tallahassee, Jan. 6. Governor Hardee, of Florida, when informed by the Associated Press here early today of the, racial outbreak at Rosewood, immediately made efforts to get in touch with the authorities at Rosewood to determine whether, troops would be necessary to restore order. The calling out of units of the Florida' National Guard -depends on1, Jhow serious the. civil authorities view the situation, the governor said. COMMISSION WILL ADVISE RIVER WATER Expressions indicate Hillsborough Has First Call. Unless , Engineer Hill and the city commissioners discover some at present unknown supply of water, it is practically certain that their recommendations will be given to the Hillsborough" river when they advise a location for a water supply. The river is considered the most dependable source of water that can be obtained, and the nearness of the supply to Tampa, means that the water can be conducted to the city with greater economy than from any other point that has been considered. It has been stated that with all the expense of softening basins and filtration. system which would be necessary to render the. river water suitable for use, it would still be obtained at far less cost than the water of Crystal Springs or Lithia Springs, both of which would necessitate treatment for hardness before entering the mains or conduits for the long journey to Tampa. Basis of Conclusion. That Engineer Hill himself has reached the conclusion that the Hillsborough river is the logical and practical place to obtain water for Tampa is indicated by a statement attributed to him, in which he was quoted as referring to "Influence of dry or wet seasons on the hardness or softness of the water" which would hardly apply to either -of the springs so frequently mentioned, but does apply directly to the Hillsborough river where tests have shown that the character of the water varies considerably during extremes of wet and dry seasons; This due to the fact that in rainy seasons, the volume of surface water coming into the river greatly surpasses the subterranean supply, thereby making the water softer. In dry seasons the springs continue their flow surpassing the volume, of surface water and naturally give off a harder water containing more sulphates. Another convincing argument In forcasting the Hillsborough river as the water source, is found in the fact that the city has already secured options on land which may be used in event that it is needed for building pumping plants and arranging filtration and softening basins. While the city also has an (Continued on Kight B.) The Weather Highest yesterday 62 lowest last night 45 Year ago Highest. 19. Lowest 60 Highest for January, 32 years.-. Lowest for January, 32 years... 23 Today' Temperature. A.M. A.M. . A.M. P.M. 12. ..50 4. '..45 8. ..46 12:. .64 1...48 2.. .47 3. ..46 D ... 4i 9. ..51 B.-..4& 7.. .45 10. ..66 11. ..60 V a.m. 12:30 p.m Dry thermometer Wet thermometer 4 67 43 67 Rel. humidity (pet.) 80 . 63 Tampa's hottest day (31 years record). June 3, 1918. Deg.. 97.6. Sun rises 7:23 a. m. Rets 6:49 p. m. erate variable, becoming east and southeast. - Tampa and vicinity! Fair and warmer tonight. Saturday Increasing cloud i'ness anil warmer. Florida: Partly cloudy and warmer tonight and Saturday; probably rain Saturday In extreme north portion. Winds for 36 hours ending Saturday, 8 p. m.: East Gulf, fresh e&Kt flnrl annth. Sat' Bear Sayai ,.aKf. South At-'FaIr, Warmer." lantlc coast, mod-KalutalL For 24 hours to 8 a.m., Inches. . .53 Total this month, inches .58 Excess since Jan. 1, inches ., 0. 4 1 Excess since, Jan. 1, inches ,. 0.41 Trmnerntnren. Kxccss slnco Jan. 1, degrees.. ttxees tince Jan. 1, degree!.. Citizens Surround Party of Blacks in Cabin, - Where Gun Fight .Continues Until Dawn Comes. BESIEGED MAKE ESCAPE WHEN r POSSE EXHAUSTS AMMUNITION Two Found Dead, in Bloodstained Cabin ; Attacking "Force Loses Two- Men; k ; Thousands in Pursuit. Otter Creek, Fla., Jan. 5. Two white men; two negro women and one negro man are known to be dead, while it is believed there are many other casualties as a result of race trouble early today at Kosewood, 12 miles from here. ' With the exception of three buildings, the entire village was burned by a mob shortly after daybreak, according to available reports here. ' A party of citizens from Sumner went to Rosewood last night to investigate a report that two negroes wanted for a criminal attack upon a young white woman near Sumner last Tuesday, were concealed in a house there. Upon thet approach of the party this negroes without warning opened fire, killing outright two persons and wounding four,; one of them probably fatally. ' It later developed that 21 heav- c ily armed negroes were in the house and citizens established a cordon around it and opened fire with every conceivable kind of fire arm. 1 " ' ; ' ; ; Negroes Escape. At 4 o'clock this morning, ac cording to information received here, the ammunition was exhausted and the departure of many for fresh supplies gave the besieged negroes an opportunity to escape. Their departure was discovered at daylight. The vacated house contained the bodies of two negro women and one negro man who had been killed by bullets penetrated the walls or the windows. Bloodstains indicated that many of the others had been injured. Immediately afterward, according- to word received from the sccne the mob began firing the buildings in the village and every structure except the grocery store, the residence Cf the grocer and the residence of another white nian were destroyed, The village was in flames. It was said members of the mob fired upon negroes flee ing from their homes. The result was not known here. About 20 families lived in 'Rosewood, many," if not the majority of which were negroes. Thousands Arming. Rosewood, Jan. 5. (By the Associated Press.) Hundreds of citizens were early today preparing to renew their efforts to smash a barricade, bejiind which 25 or i.iore heavily armed negroes were making a stand here in a small hut. Thousands ot persons were pouring into the village early this morning in heavy laden automobiles ,all of them armed. All night long armed citizens surrounding the hut kept up a heavy fire and at intervals volleys of lead were fired from behind the barricade. At the first break of dawn the whites were preparing to rush the house from all sides. The dead are: Polly Wilkerson, of Sumner, 45, a merchant. . , ' . Henry Andrews, 43, of Otter Creek, superintendent of a lumber company. Sylvester. Carrier, 42, negr.i. i Bertha Carrier, negro woman, mother of Sylvester. Unidentified negro woman.. The injured, all white, are: Manning Hudson, wounded about body. M. 1: Sturdeville, shot through arm. 'Odom, Otter Creek, shot through neck. Bodies hay Untouched. x The bodies of Andrews and Wilkerson lay all night where they fell. No one was able to venture close, so hot was the fire from be-r hind the barricade to rescue them. loaves a wife and three children and Wilkerson a wife and five children. tvi hut wflH in total darkness throughout the night, but efforts of the citizens to creep up on n brought rortn a neavy lire. ssfcoHffa anA their deoutles from neighboring counties arrived here during the early morning wnno in n,o moontimn nPETn villaees in surrounding towns have been placed under heavy guard. Martial I-avr Declared. In each place practically a mar tial law has been declared, the blacks telng warned to remain within their homes. , At Sumner and Bronson armed men arc pa-trollng the streets. - On racial outbreaks other than at this place have been reported. Since Monday this section of Florida has been stirred as & result of a criminal attack upon a young white woman at Sumner. Three negroes are alleged to have taien part in the attack. Early Monday night one negro was shot to death when he admitted to a mob that he transported one of the negroes to a distant point in a horse and wagon. Last night word reached Sumner that armed white men were searching houses in Rosewood, In one house they found about 25 negroes. Wilkerson and Andrews started to enter the house and citizens said they were shot without warning. Three other citizens were wounded in the first skirmish, v i -Y WAITED FOR DAWN., Firing Is Heard Through Night at ' Sumner, Two Miles Away. . Sumner, Jan. 5. Firing at Rosewood, two miles from here, where more than a score of negroes were barricaded all night in a house with" hundreds of armed men be, sieging them, ceased shortly before dawn and had not been resumed at 8 o'clock this morning. The intermittent firing throughout the night could be . heard distinctly here. : - The bodies of Andrews and Wilkerson were recovered shortly af- : ter 8 o'clock. Volunteers entered the yard under the guns of the negroes and removed them without being fired upon.; They were brought here. Numbers of armed', men continued t pass through here this morning en route for Rosewood. i i Fourth Victim? , Jacksonville, Jan. 5. An official of the Cummer Lumber company here stated this forenoon that he had ' been , advised from Sumner that a fourth white man, as yet unidentified, was shot during the night at Rosewood. Tho victim, he said, received a -ullet wound in the head and was dying. He added that the situation in Rosewood had quieted and that the sheriffs of Levy and Alachua counties , and deputies were on guard. Governor Seeks Data. Tallahassee, Jan. 5. Governor Hardee was without information of last night's disorders at Rosewood when he arrived at the executive ofices this morning. In the absence of such he did not indicate what steps he might take. It was said the governor was trying to obtain official information on the situation. In unofficial quarters it was pointed out that there were no nearby national guardsmen available should the situation call for their, presence. The hope was expressed that Sheriff Ramsey, of Alachua county, and a posse reported in press dispatches to have gone to- the , Levy county authorities' assistance, might give a balance of official weight sufficient to cope with the situation. . No Telephones. ' Jacksonville, Jan. 5. All efforts to get into telephonic communication with Rosewood and points in that vicinity proved unavailing in the morning hours. The one telephone in Rosewood was a store which remained closed this morning. The only telephone at Sumner was at the Cummer Lumber' mill and no answer could be received from them. ... ' ; JESSE HUNTER FREE. Negro Believed Assailant of Worn- ' : an Still at Large. Sumner, Fla., Jan. 5. (By the Associated Press.) The negro house, was burned to the ground shortly before midnight. Scores ofk heavily armed men from Levy and adjoinng counties : poured into Sumner with the dawn today. Sheriff Walker ordered negro mill workers lo remain in their homes. Wilkerson and Andrews were shot to death when they attempted to enter the negro house last night in search of Sylvester Carrier. Five to 16 negroes were said to have been barricaded in the place at that time, and opened fire On the white men. Bodies of the two men lay where they; fell throughout the night. The dead negro is a brother of the men in Jail charged with tho assault upon a young white woman several days ago. Jesse Hunter, an escaped negro convict who is believed to have iommittcd the crime is still at larse. Sheriff Ramsey and posfie of Alachua county, returned to Gainesville this morning. i f

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