The Wichita Eagle from Wichita, Kansas on December 30, 1908 · Page 1
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4 V i i i if V1 '": r ft: VOLUME XLTX WICHITA, KANSAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 30, 1908. TEN PAGES. NUMBER 36 ! L - V 14 I i I o VICTIMS OF EARTHQUAKE BELIEVED TO BE 100,000 Cities of Messina and Reggio Are Towns Meet DEATH AND DESOLATION Reggio and Adjacent Towns With Sepulchers for MESSINA WAS THE CENTER OF Untold Numbers Are Buried Beneath Fallen Walls and Under Broken FLAMES ADD HORROR AND COMPLETE CITY'S DESTRUCTION Relief Is Being Rushed to the Thousands of Suffering Survivors Who Are Wounded," Homeless, Hungry and Terror-Stricken Soldiers and Sailors Are Giving Succor to Those They Can Reach Grave Danger That Pestilence Will Follow. Rome, Dec. 29. One hundred thousand dead; Messina and Sicily and Reggio and a score of other towns in southern Italy overwhelmed; the entire Calabrian region laid waste; this is the earthquake record bo far as at present known from the reports that are coming slowly Into Rome on account of the almost complete des-structlon on lines of communication to the stricken places. The death list in Messina ranges from 12,000 to 50.UUO; that of Reggio, which, with its adjacent villages, numbered 45,000 people, Includes almost the entire population. At Palmi, 1,000 are reported dead; at Cassano, 1,000; at Coszena, 500, and half the population of Bagnara, about 4,000. The Monteleone region has been devastated and Riposto, Seminara, San Giovanni, Scilla, Lazzaro and Cannitello and all other communes and villages bordering on the straits are in ruinsr King Leaves Naples. The king and queen of Italy are now on their way to Messina, having sailed tonight from Naples aboard the battleship Vittorio Emmanuel The pope has shown the greatest distress at the calamity, and he himself was first to contribute a sum amounting to $200,000 to the relief of the afflicted. British, French and Russian warships are s tea minj?, toward the south, and already several of the Bhips of Great Britain and Russia have performed heroic service in the work of rescue. It is feared that many foreigners have been killed, as a number of the hotels at Messina, and doubtless at other places, were crowded with tourists. Little is known of the fate of the diplomatic representatives of the powers stationed at these posts, although the Italian government is using every effort to relieve the anxiety felt on this account. Fear of Pestilence. There is the gravest danger that a pestilence will foilow the destruction of the towns, where, on account of the vast havoc wrought, bodies will lie unburied for days and weeks. Those who escaped death, many of whom are badly wounded, are making their way by the thousands to the nearest place of refuge. Their sufferings even now must be intense, as they are without food or clothing. Latest reports received here state that four thousand soldiers in the various barracks at Messina were buried under the ruins. The rock of Charybdis now flocks the entrance to the Strait of Mes- rma. The tidal wave wrecked the light house in the strait, including Faro beacon, and they crashed into the sea. All Italy Mourns. Rome, Dec. 29. Stunned at the magnitude of the calamity which has overtaken her follow countrymen, all Italy mourns tonight for the stricken province of Cala- . a brla and the Island of Sicily. Accustotm- ed for centuries to earthquakes, Italy stands ever in dread, but none were pre pared for the disaster which in the fraction of a minute yesterday devastated j cities and towns and caused the death cf ! thousands Messina, whose tragic history has boon marked by tidal waves, and which was the center of yesterday's terrestial maelstrom, was shaken to ruins. Flames burst forth to complete the city's destruction and to burn alive untold numbers helplessly pinioned beneath fallen walls and broken timbers. The Strait of Messina was shaken and twisted by the earth's trembling, for mariners report the channel altered beyond recognition. The ports and villages on both the continental and Sicilian sides were wrecked or inundated and all light houses along the coast were swallowed up. Navigation now is dangerous and iro some places Impossible. Reggio the Center. In the Calabrian district, which was only beginning to recover from the effects of the earthquake of 1905, Reggio was the center of the earth's upheaval. The seaport of Reggio is reported as no longer vexisting and the city proper is in ruins. The loss of life on both sides of the :rait and in eastern Sicily was enormous. ne of the refugees from Reggio. who was the first to bring the news of the city's destruction, tried to make his way to Sicily in a sail boat, but was complied to return, and finally found safety at i peninsula port. In describing his experience, he said: "The city was strangely, mysteriously j Ugrr.ted and the heavens were ablaze. Nearing Sicily the clearing smoKe revealed the mystery Messina was Irf flames. In the frenzy of despair, I turned .ny boat back to Calabria." Survivors Flee. Starving, bleeding from their Injuries anJ almost insane from their terrifying experiences, Messina's -survivors are fleeing in all directions. The spectacle presented by the ruined seaport Is described as terrifying. Tumbling buildings both kill i and mutilated while hundreds of the Injured were abandoned to their fate by the fieeing populace. One of those wso escaped said: "The earth seemed suddenly to drop and turned rlelently on Its axis. The Destroyed and Scores of Other Like Fate APPALL AND HORRIFY 45,000 Population Are Now but the Dead. THE EARLIEST MAELSTROM Timbers . whole population, who were practically precipitated from the- houses rent in twain were spun around like tops as they ran through the streets. Many fell crushed to death, and others, bewildered, took refuge for breath beside the totteriner walls. where they soon met the fate of their companions." Warships to the Rescue. Already British and Russian squadrons have arrived at Messina. Sailors and marines have been disembarked and they have performed courageous acts in rescuing the injured and removing them. A large numbsr of- survivors have been transferred to the warships, which are transformed into great floating hospitals. It is Imperative that the dead be removed from the ruins in order to avoid pestilence.' Steamers with doctors, druggists, firemen and workmen have arrived at Messina from Catania and other places. Special dispatches received from Calabria confirm the destruction of ' Reggio. They report that the situation there is as bad, if not worse, than at Messina. The streets in Rome are jammed with people who snatch the special editions from the newsboys. The people re plunged in grief and lamentations are beard on all sides. Here and there one asks; . " "When will end this awful, repetition of devastation and death In our country?' Nations Extend Sympathy. The hands of all nations have been extended to; Italy in her affliction. From rulers have come messages of condolence and from the people a spontaneous promise of that aid which brings the world closer together in time of great calamity. Great Britain, France and Russia have sent their warships quick as the flash of the telegraph could carry the orders to lend assistance to the stricken cities. Relief funds have already been started and a hundred ships and trains are on their way carrying supplies and reinforcements to the south. ' Rome, Milan, Florence. Naples and other cities are sending physicians, police and firemen. Today all the ambassadors and ministers expressed sympathy with M. Tittoni. minister of foreign affairs, whose emotion was profound. The bourses and theaters have been closed throughout Italy and dispatches of sympathy continue to pour in from all quarters of the globe. At the time of the earthquake the tor pedo boat Sappho was lying in the harbor at Messina and one of the officers told of the occurrence as follows: Vivid Description. "At half past five in the morning the sea suddenly became terribly agitated, seeming literally to pick up our boat and i Khnlra it fltlmr ri-a ft t- .1 1 , . . .7, "I larly treated and the ships looked like j bits of cork bobbing about in a tempest. I Almost immediately a tidal wave of huge proportions swept across the strait, j mounting the coasts and carrying every- unng wiore 11. scores or snips were damaged and the Hungarian mail boat Andrassy parted her anchor? and went crashing into other vessels. Messina bay was wiped out and the sea was soon cov- ered with masses of wreckage which was carried off in the arms of the receding waters." Eight sailors from the Sappho were landed and took up the work of rescue. Officers and men from Italian and British steamers also went ashore as soon as possible, the Britishers saving a fam ily of five who were imprisoned in a burning house. Many prisoners from the jails made their escape and looted right and left. Hundreds engaged in the work of robbing the banks and business houses. In the opinion of the officers of the Sarpho half the population of Messina perished. King Victor Emmanuel and the queen, who left for the scene of the calamity, reached Naples tonight and proceeded at once to Sicily. A large number of people saw their rulers depart from Rome and one among a number of deputies at the station observed to the king: "The presence of your majesty will suffice to console the stricken population." ne king turned sharply upon the speaker and said, abruptly: twn't talk nonsense." Straits Are Changed. Reports indicate that the geography of the straits of Messina has been so changed as to cause apprehension of serious commercial and strategic difficulties. It is believed that navigation has become extremely dangerous, in which case the fortifications on which the government in recent years spent large sums wlil be useless. The famous whirlpool of Charybdis, it is said, has shifted its position. Desperate calls have been made from Rome to Messina, but these remain unanswered and fears are entertained that Fort Spuria, near Messina, has been destroyed, as the wireless station installed (Continued on Eighth Pare.) FIGHT TO BE MADE OH FLOOR OF LEGISLATURE TAFT FOLLOWERS CAN'T FORCE CAUCUS OF MEMBERS Burton and Keifer Have Joined For aker in Opposing Plaan to Hold Early Caucus Harding Formally Enter Senatorial Race Columbus, O., Dec. 29. The prospect of a settlement by caucus this week of the senatorial fight that is stirring Ohio as have few political events in recent years, was seriously diminished tonight when Congressman Theodore E. Burton announced that he was opposed to the plan of bringing the Republican members of the legislature together in joint conference on Saturday next. The supporters of Charles P. Taft last night demanded that a caucus be held Sunday following the separate caucuses of the state senators and representatives to choose legislative officers, and are circulating a petition to that end. Mr. Burton let it be known today that he is entirely satisfied with the progress of his campaign and that he is not convinced of the necessity of imposing a choice upon the legislative leaders ten days in advance of the time set for the senatorial balloting to begin. United States Senator Joseph Benson Foraker has already announced himself as opposed to a caucus, and General J. "Warren Kiefer, another of the candidates, has also taken an opposing posi tion, thus leaving the Taft supporters practically alone In their demand. Mr. Burton has not said that he would oppose a caucus some time next week, after the members are swon in, although it seems doubtful now that a, de cisive conference will be held at any time. Another Candidate. Former Assistant Governor "Warren G. Harding was formerly brought forward tonight as a candidate. More than ever tonight it seems that the fight is to be taken to the floor of the legislature and this turn of affairs is particularly pleasing to Senator Fora ker. whose attitude has been somewhat disconcerting to his opponents, Senator i Foraker has declared himself in the fight to win and although he Is credited with holding only from 8 to 12 of the 91 Re- J publican votes . on joint ballot, his ad herents declare he is by no means eliminated from the race. Senator Foraker continues ' to deny that he will receive Democratic support, and says Democrats may vote for any one of the other candidates, but not for him. The Foraker forces claim that the senatorial contest ultimately will resolve itself into a choice between Senator Foraker and IVJr. Burton. There is also much talk pf Senator Foraker throwing his strength to Mr. Burton In the event of the fight narrowing down to the Cleveland congressman and the brother of the president-elect. This talk is based largely upon the belief that Senator Foraker is planning to make his real fight for another term in the senate two years hence, when a successor to Senator Charles Dick is to be chosen. The legislature meets on Monday, January 4, and the first balot for United States senator will be taken on Tuesday, January 12. ABE RUEF SENTENCED To Serve Fourteen Years in State Prison at San Quentin. San Francisco. Dec. 29. Abraham Ruef. former political boss of San Francisco, was today sentenced to fourteen years in the state penitnetlary at San Quentin. Sentence was pronounced by Judge WU-iam P. Lawler, who presided over Ruef's trial on the charge of bribing a member of the Schmitz board of supervisors in the award of an overhead trolley franchise to the United Railroads. The trial, which ended with a conviction nn December 10, was one of the most celebrated in the history of the city. Judgment was pronounced at. the close of a day devoted to a legal battle wherein the defense sought to introduce many reasons for a new trial. When Judge Lawler had denied this and other motions involving delay the defendant arose at the court's command and stood unmoved through the recital of judgment. There was no demonstration on the part of the spectators during the proceedings in the court room nor later when Ruef, having entered the prino van in the cus tody of a deputy sheriff started on his long ride to the county jail. Before the adjournment of court notice of appeal had been filed on behalf of the defendant and the court signed a writ of prcbable cause which will act as a stay of execu- tion in tne case, in tne trial that was prolonged through a period of nearly f-ur months, Ruef was convicted on December lv of bribing John J. Furey, a former supervisor, to favor the award of an overhead trolley franchise to the United Railroads. This was one of the 1!4 indictments returned against Ruef by the Oliver grand jury, which heard the confessions of sixteen supervisors who admitted the acceptance of bribes in several matters involving public service corporations. One of the many incidents that to make the trial of Ruef remarkable was the shooting of Assistant District Attorney Francis J. Heney by Morris Haas, an ex-convict, whose pist record was exposed by the prosecutor after Haas had be-?n accepted as a member of the Jury in Ruef s second trial. Haas suhsequent'y cemmitted suicide in the county jail. HE SEARCHES CONGRESS Says Moral Code There Is Lower Than in City Councils, Baltimore. Mi. Dec. 20. Following today's meetings of the various sections of the American Association for the Advancement of Science there was a general meeting at Johns Hopkins University devoted to the tariff question. Dr. J. J. Orton of New York charged that members of the ways and means committees are pecuniarily interested in the tariff schedules which they have to adjust He taid: "It cannot be doubted that congress has departed very widely from honest or consistent protection. That this is the inevitable result of the system of Droiecung private industries is oyi own belief; but that it is a necessary consequence of that system conjoined iwth out unrepresentative scheme of government, I think no observer at Washington can fail to see. "If we had a high and honest standard of public morals in congress, it would be much easier to get an honest tariff and the consumer would not be plundered as he is now. I venture to say that the publicity-established moral code in congress is lower than in most city councils. In Washingtin it is common gossip that out of nineteen members of the ways and means committee, which will frame a new tariff, various ones are pecuniarily interested in this or that schedule." Dr. Orton referred to Representative Fordney and former Representative Rhodes, alleging that - they are interested in lumber manufacture and barytes, respectively. He alleged that they oppose legislation favorable to the consumer in each case. "So far as the moral quality is concerned," he said, "Senator Burton's act in representing private interests before one of the government depart ments for which he was sent to prison, was mild compared with the acts which are openly committd by members of congress in tariff legislation." FATAL MINE EXPLOSION Four Men Are Dead and Twenty-five Are Entombed. Blue Fields, W. Va.. Iec. 29. Four men are known to be dead and probably twenty-five more were entombed as the result of an explosion which occurred in the Lick Branch colliery, owned by the Pocahontas Coal company, the largest coal mining concern in southern West Virginia, this afternon. It Js not known exactly how many men were In the mine at the time. The men leave the mine after what Is known as the "run," and many of the fifty-two at work today were not in the mine when the explosion occurred. At midnight. 18 of the entombed men had been taken out of the colliery alive. They were not injured seriously. -. Roanoke, - Va., Dec. 29. Meager reports of a coal mine disaster at Lick Branch, Va., reached - here tonight. Between forty and fifty men are" said to have been imprisoned and up to 6 o'clock this evening rescuing parties have been unable to get into the shaft because of the fire and smoke. Lick Branch is the name of "the coal mine in operation on, the Pocahontas di- vision of the Norfolk and .Western railway. It is without comiaercial . tele- graph facilities. No particulars have been learned here. FORCED THEIR ACTION Voters League Caused Arrests Before Detectives Were Ready. Pittsburg, Dec. 29. Indications are that there will be no mjore arrests In connection with the city's eouncilmanic scandal in the immediate future. " rnere la. also a belief that Is steadll fining new supporters that the Voters Lagui when it caused the arrest -of several councllmen and two former bankers Monday night of last week, was forced to act before the plans of its detectives were fully matured on account of Bank Examiner Harrison Nesbit's discovery of a note in one of the national banks serving as a city depos itory, which it is alleged compromised two of the officers of that bank. MARRIES A REVOLUTIONIST Wealthy Boston Girl Fell In Love With Mexican Prisoner. Tucson. "Ariz., Dec. 29. Manuel Sara- bia, an alleged member of the Mexican revolutionist junta, was married here yesterday to Miss Elizabeth Trowbridge, a wealthy girl. Sarabia's acquaintance with the young woman commenced when she paid a visit to the Los Angeles jail, where he was confined before being tansferred here. Sarabia Is out on $1,000 bond. The hnde s mother is the widow or a prominent hydraulic engineer of Boston Miss Trowbridge was attracted to Sar abia by her interest in Socialism. WOULD DEFY THE COURTS Spokane Labor Union Gives Advice to Labor Leaders. Spokane, Wash., Dec. 29. In scath ing resolutions the Spokane Centra" Labor Union today went on record as urging the head officer of the AmT lean Federation of Labor to defy the supreme court of the District of Col umbia, and, if necessary the higher court, and keep on publishing In the Federationist the list of employers unfair to organized labor. Kansas Teachers Meet. Toneka. KaKn., Dec. 2?. Registration at j the forty-ninth annual state teachers' con- so of j early in the meeting. The address welcome was given by J. W. Gleed of , Topeka tonight and the address cf Presl dent J. E. Rover of Kingman, who was unable to be present, was read by Professor C. E. St John of Marlon. C. S. Ris-den of Independence Is the avowed candidate for president and so far no opposition to him has developed. ghc ISltcTtitn gagle WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30,1903. The Weather. Washington. Dec. 3. Forecast and Oklahoma Partly cloudy 1 wave Wednesday; Thursday fair : Kansas rith co id and cc!d. 1. Hains Trial. Yaqui Indian Treaty. Earthquake. Ohio Senatorial Fight. 2. Oklahoma Gets Interest. Convicts From Kansas. 3. Assess Fraternal Property. Increase Cobum's Salary. 5. Plans $35, XO Residence. Sultan Resigns. 6. Cold Wave Coming. Step Wearing of Birds. 7. Fans Suggest Names. Red Men Coming. Permlta" for 125,000 Residences. TREATY OF PEACE IDE WITH YAQUI IRD1AHS AGREED UPON BY THREE CHIEFS AND MEXICAN GOVERNOR. Agreement Reached on Christmas Eve and Was Properly Celebrated War Has Been Long and Many Have Been Killed. Nogales, Ariz., Dec. 29. The long war with Yaqu! Indians in Mexico, In which scores have been killed at different times, including many Americans, has terminated In a treaty of peace agreed upon by three Indian chiefs and 166 of their followers and the rovernor of the 6tate of Sonora, Mexico. The scene enacted at the treaty agreement was a remarkable one. concluding with the Mexican soldiers embracing the Yaquis and participating In a joint celebration lasting all night. La Constitution of Sonora gives the par ticulars of the formal declaration of peace: A conference took place at Bacatetea in the Yaqu! country December 24. At S o'clock Monday three Yaqul captains appeared and requested permission to brims a hundred and sixty-6ix of their armed followers to hold a conference with the state representatives. The conference took place in the tent of Commander Luis Barron of the regular army. Requests Were Granted. Three old Yaquis acted as spokesmen. All those at war taking off sandals and crossing arms over their breasts, appeared before the assembled officials and made their requests. First was a guarantee of their lives. liberty and a pardon for past . offenses, which was granted by the governor on consideration of their submission being complete. Second was a request for a return of their people deported to Yucatan to which the governor . replied that this would depend on the conduct of those now surrendering. They requested the reten tlon of arms, to which the governor re plied that the captains and a certain number of men acting in guards, all to be in service and pay of the state, would be allowed to retain arms. Several other requests relating to their religious features were readily granted. Followers All Approve. The other chiefs then turned to their followers and In a loud voice asked them If they agreed to all the terms, .to which tu as one replied: "Eugi, EugU" meaning Yes." The old chiefs then thanked Commander Barron and Captain Cota for their Intervention and acclaimed thanks to God and the vir gin saints, saying: "WJb ask no more, thank God, than on Christmas eve, peace has been declared." A number of soldiers rushed forward and embraced the Yaqul warriors and a treneral jollification was soon in progress. As previously arranged formal peace will be ratified January 4. CLAUS SPRECKLES' WILL Estate Goes to Three Children After Death of His Widow. San Francisco, Dec. 29. The will of the late Claus Spreckles, which was executed in New York May 11, 190St was filed today with the county clerk. Under its terms, the widow. Anna Christina Spreckles is given a life interest in the estate which, after her death, is to be divided between her three children, Claus A. Spreckles, Rudolph Spreckles and Mrs. John Ferris of Kingswood. England, formerly Miss Emma Spreckles. The testament recites that the other tw-o sons, John D. and Adolph, have been liberally provided for during the life of the testators. The value of the estate is not given, but it has been estimated as high as $50,000,000. Claus A. and Rudolph Spreckles are appointed executors and trustees of the estate without bond. RELYING UPON ALIBIS Relatives of Night Riders Swear Prisoners Were at Their Homes. Union City, Tenn., Dec. 23 With the defense of the night riders well un1-r way. the ra. ha settled down into a wearisome round of cumulative tetimny. The defendants are pleading not guii'v. amd are relying upon aMllg for escape These alibis are to be strengthened by the testimony of scores of witnesses. most of them relatives of the defendants, Aii dui iwo oi ice eiKm aeicrjaanxs naves been put on the stand. The two excp- tions are Tip Burton and Fred Pinion. Each of the defendants remember 1 i distinctly many people who were In thlr ; homes the night cf tne Rankin murder, I and recalled many Incidents that occur red then, pressed to name people who were present on other nights or recite n- cldents that bapper.ed a few days r ri r to the murder, they were unable to do o. The cross-examination- cf Attorney General Caldwell was severe. A Mr. Graney, mother-in-law of Wad Morrl. one cf the cor.feed riders, sort th-t her son-in-law was in feej in tho md room with her at Y o'clock on the of the kinirjt. and therefore could not have teen at the murder, at he nyt he was. She could not recall what t!mi h went to bed upon ary ether r.:ht ;r.c she had known him. TO INVESTIGATE PRISON Joint Committee to Visit, Lansing and Go Through Penitentiary Topeka. Kn , Dec. S The n nV,x.- j tier, cf cniitiAr,s at the penitentiary as La using by the joint com rr.itlee from Ok ta rtma. anJ hrM wi'I't-f-. f Khrat'Sj. X'.Ahj The s;.n t.ere lejrin tomorrow sfterrja. Goterrr ; a forrr.lljr 'r,4 ttrsM i!h th rn-lloch gave tfc Kr,ai ir..e?r.a cf tr &aj -4dre i IrefcJ-rt G. f A--itr. committee fir-al trstrortlns at a metiTij i c New Haven, Cr,n. In h'. office this aftmojm. Tie lnvei- I . g-atKn is the outg-rowth of charge md j Cholera Is Increasing. Kate Barnard, visitation t.Jf:cT Oklahoma. It will b rsase alor.g t lines creel pa TiUhrrjr.t. irr-pur and !m ' prcper foA and unsar.'tary eorjdiilor.a. ! CHAUFFEUR DILLE HELD Charged With Responsibility cf Diath ef Mrs, Bye! Greer. Kansas CUT. Mo, Dec Z&.1T. j, tn lm, chauffeur for W. D. IUcy, fenx,er costrolr of ttm currency, wu t14 for trial in the criminal court todayon the charge of fourth degree manslaughter for causing the death of Mrs. Byrl Greer, of . this city. In an automobile accident here on November IS. Dille furnished a bond of $1,500 and was released. Earlier In the day the coroner's Jury decided that Mr. Greer's death was the result of criminal carelessness on the part of DM. SENATOR STONE ANXIOUS Has Been Investigating Credentials of Missouri Legislators. j Kansas City, Mo.. Dec. 29. United States Senator W. J. Stone was In Kansas Cty today. He consulted attorneys for .he Democrats In cases In which the election of some members of the Missouri legislature Is contested. Senator Stone has carefully Investigated the credentials of nearly every member of the legislature elected and says there are some whose seats can be contested because they have not paid taxes. However, there are no contests filed to bring the matter before the legislature In the regular way. , AMERICAN CONSUL DEAD Our Representative at Messina Supposed to Have Perished. Washington, Dec 29. Arthur S. Cheney. American consul at Messina, and his wife are supposed to have been killed by the earthquake, according to advices received by the state department tonight from Vice-Consul Stuart Lupton, The following dispatch came via Malta, Maltez Islands, in the Mediterranean, being received there by wireless from Messina by Consul Wm. H. Gale and transmitted by him to the state department: "The Messina consulate destroyed and consul and wife supposed to be dead. Lupton." Consul Gale in forwarding the dispatch by cable, added that Lupton is supposed to have escaped. He stated that a British warship had left Malta for Messina to assist in the work of rescue. Arthur S. Chaney is a native of Illinois, but was appointed consul to Messina from Connecticut August 15, 1907. Mr. Lupton, who is from' Tennessee, was only recently appointed vice and deputy consul at Messina, and had Just arrived at his post, succeeding II. Pierce, an Italian. CASTRO DENIES REPORTS He Didn't Know Whit Would Happen When He Left Venezuela. NBerlln, Dec. 29. Senor Castro left the hospital and returned to the Esplanade hotel this afternoon. He granted an Interview to the Associated Press corporation tonight. The former president was asked if there was any truth tn the statement published in various newspa pers to the effect, that he left Venesuela knowing what wa going to '"happen. Senor 'Castro, who was "already greatly Irritn ted - over unfounded press reports concerning his movements and affairs. at first refused to discuss the - matter and then calmly made the following re ply: . "No, for If I had even suspected such a thing 1 would have remained In Vene miela. even had ray life been imperiled thronrh ill health, because I hsve J- i ways been and am now the slave to honor and duty. The only fear I have is the fear of Cod." "It Is rumored that the Venezuelan government will request your ettradttlon from Germany In order to Indict you." X?astro waa informed.' "II do not consider that posMhle," replied Castro, "since no such covenant is in existence between Venetuela" and Germany. The only covenant between the two countries relates to trademarks and is dated WC. Extradition treaties exist only with Belgium, Brain and Bolivia. But. even suppoainir such an Intention exita. only the slightest hint la ne-w"ary and I am wllllnjt to go to Venezuela and prove my political honor. I believe I would I he the galnr from this In public opinion. In regard to the foreign paltry of Venezuela, I would suggest that an International tribunal should Judxe me to prove that Venezuela has right and reason provided that If such right nhould t-e proven juMke might be accorded to Venrzulea and to me." Jury Chosen in Erb Case. a. IMC r Much ro-r pr-grfsa than had ben rnra!ly antsi- Ptd was mad hre today in the trial of Mrs. M. KV-rrie Erb and her slater. Mrs. Catherine Bie?l. fr tr.urdr1nr Captain J. Clayton Erb at him home. ! ua r:sKi ! cirtr.y-i- a :iF i rjulrkly s5e-ed this afternoon and the taking ef testimony win legn tomor- r0r. Prominent Man Suicides. Ijon Argfles. Cal., I"c. 'Si Qrf, T. i Kxion. e rl 2 y-ra. pf priMor r,f th j Kxton MusJe on f; any and a prominent business mn cf this rVr was found In the j basement of the r'many's b'ir.d:t.g today j with a bullet hoi In hi elnth f'l- : lowed thrtlr afterward. It Is thgM he corr.mnted sy ride on of bu2ne tr'.-;t. j Good Time for Members, j To k Kj.n.. Dec. tor ,' r,,,.,,,,, i,th . tf way from W&hi-jt!cn tn attend tl . r-;v;!et r-t th Eturdjy iht fiut, he tTi Nw Te-ar's eve Tt.e r.iUt miA '(- f J-t cf borir ""The Vj f tS Btr".;rer." mho la utkrwrarr, to (vhjW!; except the jnviU'Ioti cf-Tara.iie. h . aid tv b- q;;te a t-lU-w, Historians at Richmsnd. RS'hmor.-d. Va . tw. .The Anverk-sn HitrVal a'x iatlon tran?erTd ih-e - r,n4 fcJf i ! c frotn Wa ; t - - - . . " ! has iiga.a !r,.re.j r m fit. ;r i to the cc-!d nhr. There wr IX r w Cen f t-if ?a?h frr O, four li'-iT r.4 at r.zn t -f . Atte'l Defeats Mackar New Oflria. I -a... Lr, J At AtteTJ ! retir.eS th p-th-r-w-g!u cLatH. aliijit by kn'-ck-r.a out "IiU" Mack? ia the '.iMh os4 lsntg-4. tfr Vut Ella AtUUo tlubi. MAINS' WIFE LOVED ME So Servant Testifies Mrs. Hains Had Informed Her. USED ENDEARING TERMS Called Him "Papa" and Said He Was Her Affinity. HELD DRUNKEN CAROUSAL When Witness Said Captain Wife Turned Somersaults, SERVANT TOLD THE CAPTAIN Attorneys for Defendants Alleys This Recital So Affected the Captain That He Became Mentally Unbalanced Flushing. X. Y Dec. 19. The rt feuse of Thornton J. Ilains. indicted with his brother. Captain Teter C Hains, Jr.. for the killing of Wm. E. Annis, called two witnesses In the ses sion of the trial to show certain alleg ed acts of Mrs. Claudia Halns, which the lawyers for the defendants claim so affected Captain Hains that he became mentally unbalanced. Samuel Chester Reid of Chicago, a friend of Hains' family, swore that Captain Hains told him of all his mari tal misfortunes and that the captain evinced signs of being irrational. IJe- fore the close of the day's session ths defense called to the stand a servant in Captain Hains' household. Minnie Rhone, who related certain alleged incidents in which Mrs. Claudia Hains and Wm. E. Annis figured at the Using home while Captain Hains was tn the Philippines. These Incidents, the witness said, she told the captain en hit return. , Wife Wat Intoxicated. The witness said that Mrs. Hains was Intoxicated at the house with Mr. Annis and that the wife of the army captain turned somersaults and Mr. Annis smacked her. The servant aid she told the captain that his wife smoked cigarettes and that she went out automobile riding with Annia and stayed away all night. What did the captain tlo when yotj told him that?- Tbe witness Jumped from her scat and gave an exhibition of how the captain acted, crying out: -Oh, my Cod! Did he do that What will become of jny children "When did you tell Captain Halm all this?' askM Jnstlee Crane sternly. The night he ram home from lbs Philippinen." was the reply. She Loved "Billy" The witness said she toJd Captain Hains that Mrs. lUlns had told her that she loved "nUly" AnnU for fi? years, and that she did not know what love was when h married. The wo man further testified that Mrs. Hains called Annis "Papa," and her "Affln-ity." and on one or fusion Captain Hains young son called Annis PaDa., The wjtnrss said she told all this ti Captain Hains. Rhe told the captain that Annis had made hlms-Jf at home In the house and that he hid when someone called. At this jxAr.l the court adj'ume4 until tomorrow. GUN WAS LOADED Small Boy at East Mulberry Kilts Hit Cousin. Plttaburi?. Kan.. T"-. 23. TteJievip that the t?in he h!d waa not loaded. Charles Rwlirert, artd 12. today Mew the tnp off the head if Ms 7 rear-oM cousin. Willie Swigert. with a chant of shot at Hast Mulberry, pnlllcc the trigger after remarking that be was go'ne; to shoot. "Shoot a say. for the run I'D i loai'o. was ie jumuir: r i ply, followed a!rnot Instantly by the 1 gun's boom. The boy hd bee.n fcBt iirir f nil thousht the load had been n moved from the was the eon of East Mulberry. run. The dea istf tie city marshal cf WANTS ADDITIONAL COURTS Attorney General Would Have Them Handle Only Liquor Case. Trpeka. Kn l- -AtVjrr.ey G1-ra! Jfk"n'i t,r,ri'.l f', to tf fa emr fcr he retVr tf e-mrAf '. c-:rt. the td mrKa n t-e tp px:r.te-l Yy tt-e f.vrff to t af1l t Ir. t A vt'A.'.hncry Isw vJiaW rvy Ife n-TK'ta'Ti'm l .- i- t -r ;.(.? to testify In ht'.ed r,1 a law tr.-' r ' t h -e -. lf the er"lV;r r-' f MANY WERE INJURED ! j O'.d Frame BuUd-ng C$!'apd During Trial of Negro. ' ji.?:tr.'.-e. 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