El Paso Herald (El Paso, Tex.), Ed. 1, Monday, December 18, 1911 Page: 1 of 12
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1 Past Texas
DeceIerl8 1S11-12 Paf e
Rain tonight or Tuesday;
Secretary of Treasury Asks
For More Stringent Laws
on tiie Subject.
WANTS NEW LAW
FOE THE BANKS
Washington P. C Dec. 18. More
stringent laws to prevent tve smug-
gling of opium Into Ut4 United States
along its borders Is urged by the secre-
tary of the treasury In his annual re-
port made to congress today. He also
sajs the government is rigidly Inves-
tigating treasury frauds and suggests
the revision of tariffs In a scientific
manner to do away with much of the
court interpretation now necessary. He
aiso wants the law amended so that
returning tourists will have more lib-
erty in the classes of articles they may
elect to include under the $16 worth
n inch the tariff exempts from duty for
all returning Americans. All of these
are questions of much interest along
the border nnd at Kl Paso.
Of the oiuum matter the secretary
"The present laws prohibiting the
importation of smoking opium into this
country and all our laws relating to
opium are working very badly. The
smuggling of opium is a wide-spread
and a most serious offence The Intent
and policy of the government's reform
are practical! defeated. Meanwhile
the attempted enforcement of the law
requires the great vigilance and con-
stant activities of the treasury depart-
ment without the hope of anything be-
ond the most incomplete success. Our
entire borders are used for this perni-
cious and degrading smuggling with
the effect of largely defeating the gov-
rnment's settled purpose to stamp out
'he opium vice. Proposed laws are be-
fore congress bearing upon this im-
portant moral and administrative situ-
ation and impelled by the sense of the
seriousness of this situation created
b the practical experience of the
t-easury department during the past
ear I have the honor to beg for them
toe determined attention of tne con-
Rehabilitating Customs Service.
Of the customs service the secretary
The work of investigating correct-
ing and rehabilitating the 'Customs
service throughout the country which
toe treasury department has been
carrvins; on since the beginning of the
present administration has made con-
tinuous progress since the date of my
last rDort Xew York has continued
10 be the main center of customs re
form and the work there has kept up
Us energetic pace. Meanwhile the de-
Telopments as to the undervaluations
and frauds upon the revenues continoe:
and contlne to be most impressive and
'o make it evident that the end of the
reform is not yet in sight.
d Valorem and Specific Duties.
' The experience of the treasury de-
partment in administering the tariff
lis brings to all who share this ex-
ner ence lhe most positive conviction
ihat tariff legislation should adopt the
policy of establishing specific duties in-
stead of ad -valorem duties wherever the
nature of the article involved makes
that a possihllit. The practice of
adopting ad valorem duties adds to the
-ae and quickness with which legisla-
tion may be prepared: but that is its
nnh helpful quality and that lonely
uualtt.i has its palpable drawbacks. Ad
valorem duties lead directly to the
great majority of all the frauds
SdearlHe Tariff LegMatien.
"The present session of congress is
expected to consider and revise some
'f the schedules of the tariff law; and
it is a matter of great concern to the
treasury department as the department
w hich has to administer the tariff laws.
that entirely apart from the question
f the rates of dufes the revision shall
I'p made with scientific knowledge and
accuracy. . The importance of these
( onsiderations is not confined to the
adoption of specific rates' of duty in-
stead of ad valorem rates but includes
the intricate questions of classification.
And in addition to all the rest it in-
cludes a far more scientific statement
of the purposes of congress in the terms
and language used.
"The old methods of tariff legislation
hae thrown upon the treasury depart-
ment and the courts an Immense in-
terminable and perpetual amount of in-
terpretation of a law ifhich ought to
be so plain as to scarcely need auy in-
terpretation at all. And when the scien-
tific method and spirit of legislating
on the tariff is reduced to a practice
and this scientific practice includes all
the features of the tariff law which
affect its ready interpretation a large
and expensive element of the daily
work of the treasury department and
of the board of United States general
aptBinciB uuu a luge amuuut ui liu- i
pattnn fn the pnttrfa will ho antnmsHsl.
Bxemptfen far Tourists.
"Much personal annoyance to citi-
zens returning from abroad and much
unremuneratlve work upon the part of
customs officers and employes would
be saved if the exacting and narrow
provisions of the tariff law with re-
gard to the articles which may be in-
cluded in the small exemption from
duty upon articles to the value of $100
allowed returning residents were
Pa-agraph 709 of the tariff act has
been construed by the courts as limit-
ing the articles which may be included
within such exemption to such as con-
stitute wearing apparel toilet articles
articles of personal adornment and
similar personal effects which are
necessary' and appropriate for the wear
and use of the traveler and not in-
tended for other persons.
"The last clause of paragraph 709
could be changed by striking out
eery thing after the word "treasury"
and substituting therefor the following:
'and provided further that articles for
personal or household use or for souve-
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SUGAR BEETS TO BE
GROWN NEAR JUAREZ
Celenla DuMeo Mexico. Dec. 18 H. S. Harris has returned from EI Pa&o
vthere he nan the sugar beet factory people. After considering .the matter
they deeMed to ratec beets but mot to have a sclent I fie overseer this year.
Later they will try th experiment la a scientific way.
The sugar company hem leased a I arge tract of land sear Ctudad Juarez
where it wHI try beet culture: if the land proves productive the company will
pot op a factory In Mexico on that la ad.
Eeyistas Claim It Is Manu-
factured Story to Get Sym-
pathy For President.'
Mexico City. Mexico Dec. IS. Sup-
porters of Gen. Bernardo Reyes declare
that the alleged conspiracy to murder
president Madero and establish Gen.
Reyes as provisional president under
a military rule was cooked up by sup-
porters of Madero to excite sympathy
for the president detract from his in-
ability to restore peace to the country
put him in position to execute his op-
ponents and give him a charge suf-
ficiently strong to warrant the execu-
tion of Reyes if captured in Mexico
or for ths extradition of the general
if he is arrested again in the United
States. The Reylstas point to the con-
stitutional requirement that the vice
president would succeed the president
in event of the assassination of Ma-
dero and cite this as proof that even
if Madero were killed It could not re-
sult in Reyes gaining the presidency
any easier than he could do it now.
However government officials claim
to have ample evidence to prove that
a conspiracy to assassinate president
Madero and proclaim a provisional pres-
ident pending the coming of Gen.
Reyes to the capital to assume to the
office of president was frustrated at
the last moment. The authorities have
arrested Gen. Higinio Aguilar and Mi-
llion Hurtado of the federal army and
a score of co-conspirators
The plan said to have been disclosed
bv correspondence and documents
found in the possession of prisoners
was complete in details. Madero was
to have been shot from a balcony of the
Reforma hotel in Avenida de la Re-
forma. as he rode from Chapultepec this
morning. During the confusion which
this would create the conspirators who
called themselves the "Independent
Constitutional" army were to swoop
down upon the national palace kill
or seise the ministers and take posses-
sion in the name of Reyes.
Upon assumption of power by Reyes
all Maderistas and Cientiflcos. it is as
serted were to be eliminated from tne
government and their property confis-
cated together with that of all of the
wealthy class not in sympathy with
Hurtado. said to have been slated for
the provisional vice presidency was
at one time chief of police under presi-
dent Diaz. i
Mounted bandits numbering 200. ac-
cording to their victims 'but. as usual
reduced to 18 by statements of the
department of gobernaclon. yesterday
looted the haciendas of Moral and
Guadalupe in the district of Chalco
state of Mexico. The scene of their
operations extended from a point 15
miles from this city to 1 Moral about
25 miles out.
The hacienda "El Moral a depart-
ment of the larger property known as
the hacienda de Miraflores was at-
tacked its buildings' practically
wrecked and money arms and food
taken according to eyewitnesses.
Inside the office was a wreck with
$600 missing from the strongbox 10
horses gone from the corrals and
every saddle taken from the stables.
From the mayordomo they took $500
and three horses. The bookkeeper's
office was looted and wrecked and
bookkeeper Juan Laine was carried
off by the bandits possibly to be held
for ransom. Four houndred troops are
quartered in Chalco a few miles from
the hacienda Moral but. according to
reliable in formation they made no
movement to go after the bandits.
Loot ef Haelenda Guadalupe.
The hacienda de Guadalupe which
is even closer to Chalco than EI Moral
next received the attention of the same
band This is a larger place than El
Moral and the bandits appeared to
have been augmented by considerable
reinforcements by the time it reached
It was looted as was the first and
according to eyewitnesses 10 little
girls were attacked by the bandits and
subjected to all manner of mistreat-
ment. The looters cut the telephone
and telegraph wires sacked the
church 'ruining the Interior furnish-
ings and robbed the merchants and
officials of 1500 pesos. They they left
leisurely threatening the terrified in-
habitants with all manner of punish-
ment if pursued.
Troops Were Near.
Col. Reynaldo Diaz with ample forces
for the punishment of the bandits was
five kilometers from the hacienda Gua-
dalpe but made no movement owing
to the fact it is alleged that he had
received no orders so to do from the
department of war. Such a bandit raid
dias not been made in the region for
more than 36 years according to resi-
dents of the vicinity.
Battle With Bandits.
A hundred Zapatistas passed through
the village of Tepandngo Morelos at
11 oclock last Wednesday morning and
at 3 oclock the same afternoon major
Caranza arrived. His vanguard had had
an encounter with the bandits killing
one and taking three prisoners.
The fight occurred in the outskirts
of the-village of Guadalupe. The above
information was telegraphed yesterday
by Gov. Ambrosio Figueroa to the de-
partment of goberriacion.'
Chinese Indemnity Settled.
"On or before July 1 1912" is the
time fixed for the payment to China
of the 3100000 pesos as an Indemnity
for subjects of that country massacred
in Torreon during the recent revolu-
tion. The protocol recording the agree-
ment to the amount and the time of
payment formally was signed here
Saturday afternoon by representatives
of both governments. This amount is
by far the largest claim growing out
of the revolution and to meet It
Mexico will it is understood float a
To Invite Dbs Back.
"Mr. Francisco Leon de la Barra was
instructed bv president Madero to call
upon Gen. Porfirio Diaz when he ar-
Eebel Leaders Attack Jail
and Lose Heavily in the
EOMEEO MEETS HIS
DEATH IN ATTACK
Cananea Sonora. Dec. IS. In an
attempt "to overpower the jail guards
at Arizpe on last Friday evening. Ra-
fael T. Romero the leader of the armed
band which recently went on the war-
path was killed as were several other
members of the outfit. It seems ac-
cording to telegraphic advices from
Arizpe. that Romero and his band.
which Is reported to have numbered 30
men. approached the jail from the front
and opened fire on the guards who
not being unprepared answered the
fire and. under the protection of the
walls of the building were enabled to
keep out of range of the bullets with
j'-the exception of a few who received
While Romero and his men were at-
tacking the front of the Jail Col Al-
varado with 30 men. coming from
Agua Prieta. gained the jail bv the
rear entrance and soon were pouring a
heavy fire into the attacking party It
was under this fire that several of the
enemy fell including Romero Arvlzu
and Merino the latter a relatn e of Ro-
mero and several others. It was but a
short time afterwards that the attack
was abandoned and the malcontents
made for the hills leaving their dead
end wounded behind.
Romero died almost instantH while
Arvizu and Merino lived a few hours
Alvarado. who vptained the troops
fiom Agua Prieta was a companion of
Romero during the recent resolution.
he and Romero being under the leader-
ship of Juaa Cabral.
It is reported that on the other side
of Arizpe appeared another small band
of men 'who evidently intended to join
Romero in bis attack but arrived too
late to assist him. They have retired to
The battle about the Jail lasted Opr
four or five hours and had it not been
for the timely arrival of Alvarado and
his Btnall command the malcontents
would evidently have succeeded In
gaining the jail. The fight was inter-
mittent and repeated sallies were made
on the building without progress.
Soldiers la the Field.
A column of the Fifth battalion with
a vanguard of 40 rurales. left Cananea
on Saturday for the Arizpe neighbor-
hood not having learned of the defeat
of the malcontents and death of the
A band of 20 rurales. under i he lead-
ership of F. Vendee left fliagdalena on
Saturday morning. Xor Mariguiia
mountains where they W attopffffm
give battle to Buetna and CardUIU. An-
other body of rurales have left Ca$-
anea for the mountains and the two
bedies will attempt to close in on
A large number of horses have dis-
appeared recently from pastures and
corrals in this vicinity evidently be
ing stolen by the malcontents. Several 1
Deeves nave been Kiuea close to tne
city the men taking the portions de-
sired leaving the rest of the carcasses
to the vultures.
Troubles Considered Serious.
Douglas Ariz. Dec. 18. That some-
thing serious is brewing in Sonora can-
not be denied in view of a battle which
occurred Saturday in Arizpe. between a
band of Reylstas and the federal gar-
J rlson in which Ca.pt. Romero a Reyista
: leader was killed fend Juan Arvizu
another prominent Reyista. was wound-
ed and captured. The federal garrison
of Arizpe numbers 100 men. The number 1
of the attacking force could not be as-
certained. The battle lasted for several
Magnified rumors of the battle
reached Douglas but the report given
above was that confirmed bv Capt.
Strada of Atrua Prieta. Cant. Strada left
Saturday with 50 men going overland
to Arizpe. Capt. Mendoza and 50 men
left on the day previous for the same 1
place going by train. This leaves a
garrison of 50 in Agua Prieta under
stated before his departure that the
wlureaboots of Herreri. Ir uncertain
J The federals have reason to believe that
cbwuushx is uba 111 iite war game in
Sonora and is a Reyista leader.
rived in France and assure the gen-
eral that whenever he desired to re-
turn to Mexico he would be given
every protection" said Manuel Calero.
.minister of foreign relations Saturday
There is no animosity held by the
present administration against the
former chief executive. When a representative-
of the Italian government
called upon me and stated that Gen.
Diaz was about to visit Rome and
that as the ex-president had received
a decoration from thatv nation making
Gen. Diaz a member of a most promi-
nent order .there was some doubt as
to how Gen. Diaz should be received.
I told the representative that his gov-
ernment was welcome to treat Gen.
Diaz with every consideration it chose
Ranch Robbers Taken.
Twenty-five soldiers under the com-
mand of Capt. Elisias Segura y Guz-
man and Lieut. Ricardo L. Contre of
the 9th battalion have arrived at Mon-
terey from Ciudad Victoria. Tameuli-
pas with 22 prisoners and a consign-
ment of arms. The men captured had
attacked a ranch near the village of
Santa Catarina carrying away money
Ncrr Elections In Xaevo I.een.
The state legislature of Npevo Leon
has declared the election of Congre-
gacio Columbia as alcalde illegal. The
legislature also threw out the muni-
cipal elections of the towns of Gen.
Trevino Rayones Galeana and Ce-
nalyo and those held in Monterey on
November 12. The new elections are
called for December 31 the votes to
be counted on the first Sunday in Jan-
uary and the new officers to take of-
fice on the third Sunday in the same
Tvto Americans Liberated.
Two of the Americans who were
arrested at Guanajuato here a few
days ago under a misapprehension
were set at liberty -and it Is expected
that the third will be out soon. The
reports on the matter have been great-
THEEE KILLED IN A
Kansas City Mo. Dec. 18. In a col-
lision between two trolley cars on the
J Kansas City Leavenworth electric line.
wnicn met neaa on :n a aense iog
near Wolcott Kan.. 16 miles north of
this city today three persons were
killed and nine others seriously in-
jured. A misunderstanding of orders is be-
lieed to ha e caused the collision.
WILL ABROGATE RUS
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Big Guns Shatter Windows and
Break Bricabrac on Long Island
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The most remarkable photograph ever made of a big gun in action. This gun weighs about 100000 pounds
and its projectile which is of steel 12 inches thick and as high as a man's waist weighs over half a ton. It
starts forth with a speed of over half a mile a second or 30 miles a minute. The camera in taking the pic-
ture was -worked by the wires attached to"the mouth of the gun and the projectile whose end may be seen com-
ing out of the smoke. Is about half again its original length. The photograph was recently taken by captain
Francis J. Behr at Fortress Monroe. The time of the exposure was l-300th of a second. Observe also the cone
made by the smok at the mouth and wires by which the shutter was worked.
Proclaim Dr. G-omez Presi-
dent and Pascual Orozco
as Vice President.
SACK THE TOWN
AETEE TAKING IT
Madera. Chlh Mex. Dec. IS. Accord-
ing to refugees reaching.thls city today
from the town of Mineral de Deloree.
in the Guerrero district that place was
assaulted by ' Vasquexltas under the
command of Antdnio Rojas. a colonel
in the ex-insurreeto army and known
to fame as the man who first -took
Agua Prieta last fall. The force of
men under Rojas's command is varl-
ouslv estimated at from 80 to 100 men
The assault took place Friday after-
noon and was attended by very little
fighting the -VasoijiwitSB being too
strong in numbers for the few men
who were doing police duty in the
town. Upon taking the plaza the ln-
aders took possession of the Dolores
Mining company property an American
concern under the management of W.
H. Paul but it is not known as yet
whether the company's place was
sacked The jefatura was searched and
all available arms and ammunition
Upon taking the plaza. Col. Rojas
read a manifesto calling upon the citl-
S?ns to nominate Dr. Francisco- Vasquez
Gomez president and Pascual Orozco
vice president. After the reading of
this. Rojas and his followers adjourned
to the jefatura. Afterwards the band
sacked several of the places in the
The authorities in Chihuahua have
been notified by telegraph and an an-
swer has been received spying that
100 men under the command of Maj.
Porfirio Talamantes have started for
the scene to give battle to Rojas and
Ills men. y
Reports are prevalent in' this city
to the effect that Ocampo has been as-
saulted but no details are obtainable.
Ocampo is about three days' ride on
horseback from Dolores. Travelers
reaching this city say that there are
several armed and mounted bands in
Dolores is situated about 14 hours'
horseback ride southwest of this city by
about 4S miles over a rough trail. The
population of the town is about 3500.
The Dolores Mining company emnloys
about 1100 men.
BECAUSE The El Paso
Herald is CONSTANT-
LY WORKING FOR GOOD
GOVERNMENT it is the
strongest newspaper in the
Government Makes Test off
Mortars That Are to
Defend New York
New York X T Dec. IS. A rushing
business for glaziers and plasterers Is
indicated along the western Long
Island shore for tomorrow. Today the
government began its official tests of
the new mortar battery recently in-
stalled at Fort Totten.
Residents within a radius of three
miles of the fort have received a notice
from the war department inviting them
to throw open their windows disman-
tle their homes of all hanging orna-
ments pack the bric-a-brac away and
walk out of doors to avoid having their
ceilings fall on them.
The tests will include the firing of
all 16 of the new 12-lnch mortars with
which Fort Totten has been equipped.
The new battery is said to make Kew
York city impregnable.
m exIcItremq rs
Kill M. PEOPLE
Volcano of Orizaba Belches
Smoke and Cloudburst
at Taxco Kills Five
Mexico City. Dec. IX. The greater
part of Mexico has been shaken by an
earthquake which is knowa to have
cost 28 lives and caused damage to
property running into thousands of
Telegrams reporting tremors have
been received from Merida. Tapachula.
Guadalajara Culiacan Guaymas. Tam-
pico. Veracruz Taxco Iguala and
The volcano of Ornaba. which has
been silent for more than 300 years
is smoking heavily and belching sand
and boulders which are falling hot in
all towns n ithin a radius of 20 miles.
The quake was accompanied by a
cloudburst at Taxco resulting In the
death of five persons by drowning.
Felt 1b Many Places.
The disturbance was severe in many
partions of the republic but was most
severely felt in the state of Guerrero
and in Chllpaclngo where a great deal
of damage is said to have resulted.
In this city the shock lasted two
minutes. Two slight tremors were reg-
istered after the main shock
Walls of adobe houses were shaken
down and at least two fatalities result-
ed an aged woman being caught be-
neath falling walls and crushed to
death and Mrs. Dora Chenoweth wife
of an American dentist died from
fright due to the earthquake.
Causes ear Panic.
The quake caused a near panic here.
Hundreds of people rushed to the Zo-
calo where they ran aimlessly about
or fell on their knees In prayer. This
was watched by president Madero with
apparent enjoyment for he stood at a
window in the national palace laugh-'
ing. He was conferring with some oi
his cabinet members when the first
shock was felt and apparently without
fear he walked to the window over-
looking the Zocalo. where he remained
until the tremors ceased.
Telegraph and telephone wires were
snapped and for a time this city was
without light and electric power on ac-
count of the breaking of cables but
aside from the throwing down of a few
adobe walls no serious damage was
done The first shock was felt at 12 40
and continued four seconds more than
two minutes. The instruments regis-
tered an oscillatory movement from
sou lowest to northwest.
MES. BEBEE GIVEN
LIBEETY BY ST
Mrs. Walter Bebee. charged with hav-
ing administered strychnine to her
husband. Walter Bebee which it was
alleged resulted in his death Tuesday
night at the Plaza hotel was released
in justice Stacy's court Saturday after;
Judge Stacy released Mrs. Bebee
n her own recognizance and will file
the papers of the case with the grand
jury which it expected to Investigate
the charge The opinion of the court
as that sufficient testimony to hold
the woman w as not aiailable
All Cars Coming Down
Boulevard May Be Turned
Into Stanton to Mills.
UP MILLS STEEET;
THEN TO THE PLAZA
The Stanton street loop for the
Boulevard. Fort Bliss Highland Park
and Government Hill street cars will
be definitely decided upon before
Thursday of this week if the Stanton
street property owners can raise the
M. M. Phinney district manager of
the Stone & Webtser Management corn-
puny for Texas and president of the
-ill Paso Electric Railway company ar
rived Sunday evening with C. W. Kel-
logg manager of the of the 3 Paso
Electric Railway company and manager
of the Texas securities department of
the Stone & Webster company. While
here Mr. Phinney and Mr. Kellogg
together 'with general superintendent
H. S. Potter will make a careful in-
spection of the proposed change and
will make a definite report to the Bos-
ton office regarding its feasibility.
The proposed change ic the traffic
aratrngement of the north side cars is
to have the cars which now come down
Boulevard from Highland Park Gov-
ernment Hill and Fort Bliss end on to
the Oregon street double track
switched to the proposed new Stanton
street car line and run from Boule-
vard down Stanton street for five
blocks to Mills street and come into
the transfer station from the east. By
this arrangement the inward bound
cars on the Boulevard line and its feed-
ers will come into the transfer station
on a loop and those advocating the
change saj the congestion on Oregon
street now caused bv the arrival of the
north side cars including the smelter.
Arizona and Sunset Heights cars will
be largel eliminated.
The property owners along Stanton
and Mills streets are making an effort
to raise a sufficient fnud to pay for
the construction of the fue "blocks of
street car line down Stanton street to
connect with the Mills street line and
complete the loop Tln. wil cost it is
estimated b the construction engi-
neers at least J1G.000 This amount
has not vet been raised although an
effort has been made by Winchester
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to m us
SYMPA THE TIC STRIKE
OF SHOPMEN PLANNED
St. T.ouls. M Dee. 18. Leaders of four anion of railroad Markers are
schedule to meet here tonight to dhteim the advisability of eaUtn. a strike
or wentem rallronds B sympathy ivl th the strike of the shopmen aau-tlier
workers of the Illlnoin Central and HariimaB road. -
J. W. Kline president of the International Bretberhee ef Blaefumlth
and Helper arrived here thin meratmg; He U to meet the aalea erHetale of
the weetera reeds. Seereey Is maintained an re where the meeting will be held
and union vrerkerx en every reed la t he jurisdiction ef the general BanarerV
aeaoeiatloB of western an southern railroads will be called ont If the pres-
ent plans ef Kline are realised.
He In quoted as saying that the men are going to win the strike ea the
narrlmaa and the mteeln Central reads If hU coleaders have to call out all
members of their ttnloBs.
Kline cbargen that other road hate been lending engines aad cars to
the lines now affected by a strike.
Senate Committee Considers
Form of . Abrogation of
Treaty of 1832.
KNOX SAYS ETJSSIA
HAS NOT PEOTESTED
Lodge Drafts a Eesolution
Declaring That the Treaty
Has Become Obsolete.
Washington. D. C. Dec. 18. With the
cefinite though unofficial statement
tiiat president Taft formally had no-
tified Russia that the treaty of 1832
with that country would be abrogated
v ithin the next two or thr-e days the
senate committee on foreign relations
todty considered what form the abro-
gation should taice.
Two propositions were laid before the
:cinm!ttee The first was that the pres-
ident should officially proclaim the ab-
ngation with ratification of his action
by the senate Th second was that the
brc pation should be ordered in a join'
ii'olution as proposed by the house
Theie was no thought however of
adopt n. g- the language of the house
May Act With Senate Alone.
Tlost members of the committee are
hi lined to the belief that the president
snouid act with the senate alone and
vtthout regard to the house.
Pre committee also discussed at
-c i gth the question as to whether t ie
abiogation of the treaty should be
coi sldered In open session of the sen-
ate as it was in the house or whethe"-
the discussion should be in executn
session. L ntll this question was set-
tled it was declared no official state-
ment would be made as to the message
of the president on the subject of ab-
rogation. HeselHtlOB Is Prepared.
A resolution satisfactory to the ad-
ministration is said to have been
framed by senator Lodge of Massa-
chusetts. This) dmft would briefly And
simply decmre the treaty abrogated on
the ground that it had become obsolete
In a letter to the foreign relations
committee and in a message to rh
senate president Taft today stated th. t
he served notice on Russia of the ab-
rogation of the treaty on December !".
.e Pretest From Russia.
Secretary Knox said that there hal
been a great deal or misapprehension
about the attitude of Russia in the
recent negotiations He asserted anev.
that Russia had not protested to th
United States against the abrogation of
the treaty nor against the language o'
the Sulzer resolution.
The secretary said that neither for-
mally nor Informally had Russia en-
tered any sort of complaint.
It was intimated eariv this after-
noon that later in the day correspond-
ence might be made public whichtwould
clear the air materially
The senate committee on foreign re-
lations decided to report to the senate
the house resolution in modified form
for the abrogation of the Russian
treaty. This means that the house will
be included in the action of abrogation.
Heyhurn Prevents Vote.
An objection by senator Heyburn ff
Idaho who protested against precipit-
ous action prevented the United State
senate from voting todav t approve
the action of president Taft on Decern
ber 15 in notifying Russia that tn
United States desired to terminate th
treaty of 132 with that country.
The senate went into Session at J
oclock this afternoon to ratify the ac-
tion of1 president Taft. in nqtlfying. on
December 15 the Russian treaty of
1832. with that country
President Sends Message.
President Taft sent to the senate a
message stating the cause Tie had
Earlier be advised the foreign rela-
tions committee of the senate of the
executive steps taken. The same conV-
mittee recommended that the senate a t
with the house in carrvine out the
abrogation of the pact. Under the r. -tice
to Russia and under the terms of
the treaty itself the abrogation will
be effective January 1. 1913
The president's message was read i"
the senate in open session soon after
It convened. He stated he took th
matter up with the Russian ambassa-
dor in this city last Friday The of-
ficial declaration of the intention t
abrogate did not reefch the Russian gov-
ernment until yesterday
Ledge Submits Resolution.
Immediately after the presidents
message had been read senator Lode
presented the resolution agreed on h
the foreign relafltus committee and
offered it as a substitute for tne Sul-
zer resolution passed by the house
The Lodge resolution recited presiden
Taft had on December 11 caused to he
presented to the imperial Russian gov-
ernment at St. Petersburg notice t! at
the treaty would be abrogated. T
resolution approved this action decli--irg
that the treaty between the u o
countries no longer was responsible .o
the political principles or the commer-
cial needs of either.
President TVt. with the idea that his
message might be considered In exec i-
t.ve session of the senate sent no couie
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