The Abilene Semi-Weekly Reporter (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 33, No. 58, Ed. 1 Tuesday, July 27, 1915 Page: 1 of 6
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ABILENE TEXAS TUESDAY JULY 27 1915.
ED HI CHICAGO IN STEAMER DISASTER SATURDAY
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FIVE AMENDMENTS ARE DEFEATED 1
LIISHI VOTE FROM OVER STATE p
IN RECTI HELD ON SATURDAY Uk
Serbian Soldiers In Trenches.
ONLY 5000 VOTES COUNTED OVER THE STATE AND LITTLE
INTEREST IS TAKEN IN ELECTION JUDGING FROM
SMALL NUMBER OF VOTES CAST IN DIF-
FER SECTIONS OF TEXAS.
By Tho United Press.
DALLAS Texas July 24. The indications late tonight from the
state are that all of tho amendments were defeated.
Five thousand ballots in a light total reported up to 11 o'clock
For Franchise 2332; Against 2577.
For Supreme Court Increase 1669; Against 3242
For Road Tax 1794; Against 3753.
For Bonds 1865; Against 3141.
For Students Loans 1194; Against 3753.
For Separation 2161; Against 2854.
By The Associated Press.
DALLAS July 25. 1:10 a. m. Late election returns indicate that
all of tho constitutional amendments today except tho separation
of Texas University and the A. & M. College were defeated with
tho vote running light. The indications are that there will be large
majorities against all of the amendments except the University-A.
& M. separation. Incomplete returns from fifty-eight counties gave
the opponents of separation 200 majority.
BY BIG MAJORITY
TAYLOR COrXTY Tt'ItXS DOWX
JvACH OXK OF SIX PROPOSED
ROAD BOND ISSUES BEATEN
Buffalo (i'iiji una .Merkel Itclect Propo-
Hillon to Jiuo Bonds lor Im
nnni-uieiit of Public
AND TIN RAN
FLEET-FOOTED RlT TOO-SLOW
CLERK FAILED TO OVERTAKE
One of tho smallest votes over cast
in Taylor county wus that cast Satur-
day on tho nix proposed amendments
to the stato constitution. Sixteen out
of twentj -seven boxea In tho countv
polled less than four hundred votes I
tho inoro tliun 12.700 votes in the
All tho proposed amendments wore
overwhelmingly defeated according to
tho Reporter's figures from 1C boxes
The second proposed amendment pro-
viding for un Increase in Btiprenio
court judgos which had been agitated
in tho county extensively was defeat-
ed by tho smallest majority of uny tho
voto being Z37 tor anu aio ngunibi.
Tho students' loan fund was snowed
under by a vote of 410 to 03.
The voto on the six proposed amend-
ments in tho sixteen voting precincts
heard from was as follows:
Authorizing qualified voters to voto
in precincts other than tho precinct
of their residence under certain con
dltlrns. For 269; against 200.
Providing that the bupremo cou't
shall consist of a chief jubtlco and
four associates. For 237; against
Authorizing a special road tax not
to exceed fifty cents when so voted.
For 202; against 332.
Students' loan fund. For 93; agalnbt
Authorizing issuance of bonds for
levees drainage road and other pub-
lic improvements. For 171; against
Providing for the separation of tho
State Unlvorsity and Agricultural i &
Mechanical College ofTexas Fo
2U8; against 331.
The Yote In Abilene.
Abilene voted aa follows on the
Authorizing qualified voters to ois
in precincts other than tho precincts
of their residence under certain con-
ditions. For 109; against 63.
Providing that the supreme court
shall consist of a chief justice ami
four associates. For 114; agalnbt
Authorizing a special road tax not
to exceed fifty cents on the $100 when
bo voted. For 98; against 67.
Students' loan fund. For 40;
Authorizing Issuance of bonds for
levees drainage roaaa ana omer uu-
lln tmnrovements. For 89: against 71.
Separation of University of Texas
and A. & M. College. For tus; agama
Thus it will be seen that all amend-
ments carried in Abilene with the ex-
Saturday afternoon Jinks McGec
the well known horHe and mule deal
er gave a youth u check for $105 in
ctchnngo for a. horse und there en
sued a lively footrace between clerks
of tho Minter Dry Goads company
nnd tho holder of tho check. This re
Tho youth went to the Mlntor store
and bought ?1S.10 worth of goods.
Ho reeohed IS6.00 In change irom
his check. Mr. McOec decided to In
vestigate tho ownership of tho horv
and proncd the store tho youtu
overheard tho conversation and took
to his heels leaving tho goods be
hind. Marlon Wutson who had walt-
od upon him gave a creditable but In-
effectual chaso. So far as Is known
tho youth Is still running. He was
a stranger here 'tis said. McGoe is
still in possession of the horse.
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U. 8. TO HAVE.
XAT10XAL DEFENSE fll'ARR TO HE
CHEATED AS SOON AS
CITIZENRY TO BE TRAINED
President Wnutx .to-io Kierjoiio
Ilciidj for War Consistent Willi
the Traditions of (he 'Amur
I)y Tho Associated Press.
WASHINGTON July 21. Indica-
tions arc that tho Administration's
entire influcnco will bo used when
Congress re-convenes to secure tho
passage of plans for n national de-
Tho general staff has abandoned
its usual summer trip to Newport to
work out plans for u better army nnd
Secretary of War Garrison Iuib been
preparing theao plans for weeks.
The president wishes to see tho
citizenry trained In a way consistent
with American traditions and at the
same tlmo practically. Many possl
buttles of tho present Internutloupi
situation are among tho causes for
this national defense plun of tho pres-
ident. in i ! i pi i i i i
MA YOU AM) 1'AUTY OF V
60 RETURN 10 CHICAGO.
FOUT WORTH Texas July 24.
Kecelpts at this market have been
fairly liberal with bulk of steers com-
ing from bouth Texus and look to be
of short range aa their condition Is
not very good. Our general Informa-
tion Is that the south Texas run la
fairly well over uothlng much to
como from west Texas for some time
and tho good cattle off of grass and
cake nro practically all in which
looks like lighter receipts of the good
to choice cattle and means a better
demand for what comes. Trading In
tho stocker division has been a lit-
tle stronger this week than last all
markets showing a ueciine on me
good to choice steers.
Hogs receipts today 650 head
strong 5 to 10c higher tops 7.85 bulk
7.70 to 7-85. Light receipts through
out the week has causeu a goou ue-
mand from packers and outside tim-
ers with the medium hogs selling
ery close to lite choice kinds.
This report was furnished to Tho
Reporter by Campbell & Rosson Live
Stock Commission Company of Fort
Ry Tho Associated Press.
SAN FRANCISCO July 24. Mayor
Thompson of Chicago and party of
eighty leave hero for Chicago on
special train tonight foregoing Chi-
cago day celebration exposition.
STATE THEASl'HEU EDWARDS
CANDIDATE FOR RE-ELECTION.
ny Tho United Press.
AUSTIN Tox.. July 24 Stata
Treasurer Edwards announced to-
night that he was a candidate for reelection.
BRITISH PRESS PRAISES
FIRMNESS OF U.S. NOTE
Vt'lhh XOT IIKTUIIX UNLESS IX-
STHITTER HY JILS (JOY-
Dy Tho Associated Press.
WASHINGTON July 24. Tho Ger
man- ambassador left Washington to-
day and Ib not to return until instruc
tions from .Germany mnlco it liccci-
sary. Ho' e'ald that ho-Was pleased
with tho declaration of tho latest
noto that tho United States would In-
sist on the freedom of tho soas
"from whatever quarter violated."
It is understood that the Germans
Interpret the noto more favorably 10
tholr desire not to abandon their
ITALIANS CAPTURE GOR.
IZIA; FIERCE RATTLE.
Dy tho AsBosIatcd Press.
GENEVA. July 24. A Tribune dl-
pntch from Milan claims that the Ital
ians captured Gorlzla aftar n fierce
ALLIES ItEPULSE NEW
ATTACKS IX DARDANELLES.
By Tho Associated Press.
LONDON July 21. Tho Allies at
tho Dardanelles havo repulsed new
r i m pi w Mm m
TO HE ASKED TO
LONDON July 24. Qn August 4th
anniversary of England's declara-
tion of war. tho people throughout
the dominion will be asked to sign
resolution pledging continuance of
ENTIRE ARMY CORPS
LANDED NEAR LIBAU
.onHnn of the students' loan fund
and the levee bond amendment.
Road Bond Issue Defraud.
Merkel voted Saturday on tho is-
suance of $150000 in good roads
bonds while Buffalo Gap voted on
an issue of foO.000 for the same pur-
pose Both were overwhelmingly
defeated. Buffalo Gap got a major-
ity of four for the bonds but lacked
several votes getting the required
two-thirda. All boxes in the MerUel
precinct including Merkel Caps-Mer-kel.
Tye Merkel and Trent sate the
.- i vntn! For the bonds 117;
SE p vote in the Buffalo
was 73 for and 69
By Tho Associated Press.
LONDON. July 24 The Brlttsn
press compliments the American on
its firmness. The note sam tnai u
further loss of American lives would
Tja "considered a aeiiDeraieiy u-
PROMINENT FORT WORTH
By The Associated Press.
FORT WORTH. Tex July 24. K.
E. Bladridge president of the Fort
wnrth Ravines & Trust Co.. which
went Into friendly receivership yes
terday killed himself with a pistol to
day in bis barn.
Ho started as a West Texas cowboy
and accumulated a fortune in cattle.
Ho is one of the richest men ia Fort
Worth and leaves a widow and five
By The Associated Press.
LONDON. July 25. Petrograd dis-
patches say that the Germans have
lauded an entire army corps on the
Russian coast of Libau. The Ger-
mans first seemed to bo aiming at
Libau but a sudden swing south in-
dicated that they may cut communi-
cations between the Husbians and
HINDENBURG STORMS AND CAP-
TURES FORTRESSES DEFEND.
MAIN RUSS ARMY IN DANGER
Germans' Trying to Force Passage on
the Right Bank of The Vistula
In An Important Movement.
By Tho United Press
BERLIN July 24 Tho most Im
portant victories in tho present War-
saw drlvo nro announced tonight.
General von lllndeuburg stormed unr
captured Rosan und Pultusk tho fort
icsBos defending Warsaw from the
north. Ho crossed tho Nurow River.
Tho Russians are retreating to Bug
with tho Germans pursuing.
Southeast of Warsaw unother Ger-
man urmy has reached Czeruk nnd Is
now trying to force a passage to the
right bunk of the Vistula. If succcsh
ful this will pierce the Russian lino
between Warsaw und Ivangorod and
will forco tho Immediate evacuation
of Warsuw and threaten an envelop-
ment of the main Russian army con
centrated around tho city.
LONDON Jly 24. Tho Austro-
Germau armies seem unable to force
the Russians from an important
point immediately west of Warsa v
and from tho Lubllh-Cholm railway.
However the German victories in
Northern Poland havo tightened their
grip on Warsaw.
After weeks of battering the Ger-
mans for the first tlmo havo crossed
tho Narcw River north of Warsaw.
Berlin officially announces that
General von Buelow defeated the
Russians today near Shavll and also
that the Germans Irresistibly stormed
Rozan and Pultusk rivers near the
FOR A NEW ARMY
OIL STRIKERS DEMANDS
NOT TO BE ACCEDED TO
By The ABOClated Press.
NEW YORK July 24. The Bayonne
oil strikers were notified tonight by
the Standard Oil officials that they
would not accede to the men's de-
mands. This followed the otforts of
the federal conciliators who sue
cceded in getting tie men's demands
modified and a conciliatory attltuaa
from tho company.
Lad) I'ugct to Aid in Relief.
LONDON. July 22 Lady Paget
wife of Sir Ralph Paget who has
been 111 for some time with typhus
caught while in charge of one of the
Red Cross hospitals in Serbia baa
left London to take up her work
By the Associated Press.
WASHINGTON. July 24. President
Wilson's national defense policy an.
nounced last night is reported to include-
an American army of 00000
CARRANZA TELLS HIS
GENERAL NOT TO ATTACK
MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN
GO TO THEIR DOOM IN SIGHT OF
1 00000 HORRIFIED ONLOOKERS
2ASTLAND NEVER EUDCJED PROM WHARF AND IN FIVE
MINUTES HUNDREDS WERE DEAD WDE PROBE
TO BE MADE HOLIDAY WAS TO BE SPENT
AT MICHIGAN CITY IND. COMPANY
3y Tho Associated Press.
CHICAGO ILL. July 25.-12:10 a. m. The coroner announced
late tonight probably not more than 1000 are dead in the Eastland
disaster. Ho has ordered the at rest of every official of tho Indiana
Transportation Company which leased tho Eastland. A baby res
cued from tho hull was asleep on n chair ovor tho wator. Tho
mother is missing. Only three persons wore found alive among all
those trapped in tho hull. t
By The Associated Press.
CHICAGO ILL. July 24. Under misty skies soven thousand
persons went to tho river wharf shortly after 7 o'clock this morn-
ing to fill fivo large lake steamers for tho Western Electric Com.
pany's holiday to Michigan City Indiana. Rain began falling as
tho wharf superintendent lifted the gang plank from the first of
these steamers Eastland declaring her Government limit of 2600
Whito dresses peeped from raincoats along the shore rails those
aboard waving farewell to their frionds aboard the Theodore Roose-
velt across the river another steamor on the samo excursion. Pas-
sengers swarmed to the river side of the Eastland as a tug hitched
to tow her out of tho port of her mooring cables and cast off. Her
engines started but tho Eastland did not budge as was expected.
Instead tho laden ship wavered sidewise leaning toward the river
Tho lurch was so startling that many of the poMengers joined the
already great crowd on tho river side. The ship sever heeled back.
It turned steadily and slowly toward portside. Children clutched
to their mothers' skirta and tho whole crowd was impelled toward
tho-sinking side. - - -""" a
The water began entering the lower port holes and the mooring
ropes snapped. For nearly five minutes during this mighty turn-
ing humanity aboard was mixed with a mass of women and child'
ren fighting whilo tho heavier fixtures here and there crushed them.
There was a plunge with a hiss of air escaping from the hold mingled
with tho shrieks of tho women and the wailing of the children and
the ship lay on its sido on tho river bottom in twenty-five feet of
water. It's sido protruded abovo tho water line like a monument
to tho hundreds it had drowned.
Federal city and state officials are investigating to determine
whethor tho ship was top-heavy from faulty designing or improp-
erly ballasted or poorly handled in warping from the wharf.
Tho Eastland used light water ballast so it could pump out on en-
tering the shallow harbor water in the lakes.
All day long bodies have been removed from the holes cut by gas
in the steel side. Two women were rescued ulive by divers from
tho state room after they had been imprisoned for six hours. Late
this afternoon a baby under a year old was brought out alive.
One city fireman leaning far over the opening in the hull pulled at
a body passed up to him by a diver. He turned the form over and
fainted as he looked into the face of his own daughter. Similar
scenes were numerous When Captain Pcderson was arrested a
man dripping with water who evidently had just been rescued
rushed at him striking the captain a heavy blow in the face.
There was a great panic on the decks as the steamer turned and
struggling men women and children slid across the decks fighting
and clutching to tho chairs and anything that they could get hold
of. The big steamer overturned flat on her side in less than five
minutes. The faces of passengers bore the appearance of desperate
struggles in the mob Some were scratched and clawed their cloth-
ing torn their faces bruised. Many women rescued alive in the
earlier part of the day were blood-stained bruised insensible or
hysterical. The great hulk floating on its side in midstream was
witnessed by 100000 persons massed about on Clark street bridge.
On nearby docks and buildings stood the crowd of those fortunate
enough to escape some bleeding some of them screaming. From
the docks and other steamers swimmers boatmen and city firemen
rushed to the steamer dragging out the living and dead. The
fire department corps chopped holes in the sides of the cabins and
inside they found the dead piled up like baled merchandise. They
carried them out in heaps to tugs alongside which took them ashore.
All the big stores sent blankets and stretchers for the dead and liv.
ing. Stores for blocks about were turned into morgues. Pul-
raotors by the score were used on the drowned but few of them were
revived. Eight years ago the Eastland nearly turned over is a
similar manner with water ballast trouble but the officers got the
crowd to the opposite deck in time to avert a catastrophe
WASHINGTON July 24. Gen. Car-
ranza notified his agency hero todav
that be has instructed his comman-
der before Nogales not to attack th
town and precipitate danger on th.
American side. Fun&toa has dras-
tic orders to use force if tho rebels
fire into American territory.
KIDNAPPED BASfllEK KILLED;
TRIED TO ESCAPE
IDAHO PALLS. Idaho. July 24
E A. Empey kidnapped rancher wa3
shot and killed by bis captor while
trying to escape last night.
By The United Press.
CHICAGO ILL. July 24. While the estimates vary more tkaa
1000 men women and children died in the excursion horror a dep-
uty chief now says that his 1800 estimate may be lowered by 100 or
150. Divers and dredgers continue their work under searchlight
and aro lamps. Twelve girls huddled in a supposedly u&oeenpied
stateroom were found late this afternoon and were revived by pul-
motors. The greatest horror of the whole affair is that the ma-
jority of the victims were babies girls and children. Betweea 000
and 725 bodies have already been recovered.
Seventeen hundred and fifty-eight were drowned or are missis?
in the Eastland disaster according to figures of General Misssjer
Greenbaum of the Indiana Transportation Line and layeriaUadint
Charles Culp of the Western Electric Company. This ertimtts of
nearly 1800 makes it the greatest water disaster is history A dey.
uty police chief says that nearly 700 bodies have beea reeevertd ad
he believes that 600 more are is the hulk. Que reject iajjertm
that water ballast os oae side were empty causing the vessel te tilt
Greenbaum and others will be witnesses is a bis; prefc.
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