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FRIEND, HE NOW
FORMER ('ONFfDENTIAIj ADVIS-
OR TKHTIF1ES AOAIM8T EI-
state's case completed
Whitman Introduces Hte LaM Witness
mill Now Becker's Side of Under-
world Story of Crime Will Be Heard.
Defense His Thirty Witnesses,
Ik-sides the Defendant's Wife.
i NEW YORK. May 18.—District At-
torney Whitman today completed his
case against Chae. Becker by placing.
«m the witness stand two men whom
lie considered his star witnesses—
Charles B. Plitt, Jr., the former po-
liceman's friend, companion and press
agent, and James Marshal!, a negro
youth, who said he saw Becker and
Jack I Cose talking at the "Harlem
conference" which was declared by
the court of appeals to have been the
"heart of the conspiracy to murder
The gambler's wldojv and several
other persons also testified before the
prosecutor decla ,ed his case ended.
l'litt swore that Becker had asked
him hilo on board a train on the
way to Sing Sing to kill Jack Rose.
Plitt also said* Becker had made him
carry messages to Jack Rose, both
before Rosenthal's murder and after
ICoho was locked up In the tombs
charged with having taken part in the
Marshall went fully into the details
of his alleged operations as a "stool
jiigeon" for Becker. He was placed
on the stand as the "disinterested
witness*" to the "Harlem conference"
■whl h the court of appeals said was
essential to convict Becker legally as
the Instigator of the plot that resulted
in the killing of the gambler.
Becker warned Plitt before the
murder to keep away from Times
Bquare the night It occurred and also
to establish an alibi for both Plitt and
himself, according to Plitt. Until two
months ago Plitt Jiad been considered
hy Becker's counsel to be one of
Becker's best friends, and, in fact, he
made several affidavits calculated to
help the former policeman's case. His
testimony today was a complete sur-
jirls.' to the defense.
The defense will open its case to-
morrow morning. Becker will not be
the first witness. His attorneys to-
night refused to say definitely wheth-
er or not he would be called later,
although they assert Becker has de-
manded an opportunity to speak for
himself. Mrs. Becker will go on the
stand and try to save her husband
from the electric chair. She Is ex-
pected to contradict much of the evi-
dence given by witnesses for the state
who sw ore .that-Rose and her husband
were very friendly. It is understood
that she will also attack Blltt.
If Becker testifies It Is understood,
lie will admit that he met Rose on
many occasions but will assert that
the relations between them were
dimply those that exist between every
policeman and his "stool Jtfgeons",
which Rose admitted he was. There
are about thirty witnesses under sub-
poena to testify In Becker's behalf.
The case may be In the hands of the
Jui. by Saturday night.
Bride and Groom
Steam Out to Sea on
NEW YORK, May 18.-r-Vincent As-
tor. much Improved in health, accord-
ing to his friends, has sailed away
from New York with his bride for a
uliort sea trip. On board his yacht,
the Homa, Mr. and Mrs. Astor came
to New York from Rhlnebeck Satur-
day and on Sunday the yacht steamed
out to sea. The trip, it was said, did
not extend further than Chesapeake
Laredo, Tex., May 18.—The civilian
employes of the former Nuevo Laredo
administration who were held as pris-
oners by tlw rebels when they occu-
pied the town, were released today by
order of Jesus Carranza, who offered
them permission to remain In the
town, provided they did not continue
active in opposition to the present ad-
ministration. Several of them came
to Laredo to live.
Death of Roy Dillon.
Mtneral Wells, fex., May 18.—J.
Roy Dillon, c* Texas City, general
manager of wharves for J. H. Steele
and company, died here today after,
suffering a stroke of paralysis. Mr.
Dillon was stricken this morning and
death came shortly after 2 o'clock.
Huerta's Delegates at Mediation Conference builders open
NEW YORK, May 18.—Federal re-
serve banks of the second reserve dis-
tricts organized In accordance with
the new federal banking laws wat>
formally launched at the New Yoik
clearing house today when represent-
atives of Albany, Syracuse, Buffalo
and New York City national banks
wero sworn In as Incorporators of the
The next move on the part of the
federal reserve banks throughout the
country will be the election of direct-
ors, after which the new institutions
will be qualified to do business. The
federal serve bank of the eleven other
reserve centers of the country with
the exception of San Francisco also
were incorporated today.
Judge Doesn't Like
of Famous S* mths
STATE CONFERENCE OF BRICK-
LAYER* AND PLASTERERS TO
.LAST UNTIL FRIDAY NIGHT.
:::z: are here
All Sessions at Old Fellows Hall Are
Executive — Committees Appointed
to Report Today—Car Ride to Bel-
ton Tontnlit—Banquet and Smoker
oil Program—McKiiUey's Speech.
MI RK ELIMINATING OF DKTA.
TOR WILL NOT COMPOSE /
MEXICO, THEY SAY. £
► ATLANTA, Ga., May 18.—Caustic
criticism of the methdos employed by
"certain detectives" In their Investiga-
tions In connection with the case of
Leo M. Frank, under sentence of
death here for the murder of Mary
Phagun, was made here today by
Judge Ben Hill of the superior court
In his charge to the grand Jury.
Judge Hill spoke of "famous
sleuths" and declared detectives of
this class were seeking "not the truth,
but money and notoriety" and were a
'•menace to Justice." Judge Hill in-
structed the grand Jury to make a
rigid investigation into the charges of
alleged bribery and fraud that had
grown out of the Frank case.
Over in Gusty Wind,
FRANK FORT-ON-THE-MAIN, Ger-
many, May 18.—Another fatal acci-
dent occurred today in connection with
the Prince Henry aviation competition
which started yesterday at Darm-
stadt. Lieutenant Rhode, who was
flying as a passenger with Lieutenant
Kolbe, was killed when their mono-
plane was capsized by gusty winds.
Lieutenant Kolbe escaped with slight
U. S. Government
to Abolish Cavalry-
Bands in the Army
SAN ANTONIO, May 18.—The Unit-
ed States government Is to abolish its
cavalry bands. The experiment will
be first tried out in the Third cavalry,
according to orders Issued by Briga-
dier General James Parker, com*
mandlng the First cavalry brigade.
In lieu of the bands the regiment
will be supplied with trumpeters who
also will form part of the available
Mrs. Ruth Hewling,
Famous Quilt Maker,
Dies at Age of 92
WHEELING, W. Va„ May 18.—Mrs.
Ruth Hewling, aged 92, a famous
quilt maker, is dead at her home.
Mrs. Hewling is said to have made
fully 1,000 quilts and they are scat-
tered In many parts of the world.
For twelve years she was an Invalid,
and the 178 quilts she made in that
time were given to charity.
and Director Harris
Resigns a Good Job
WASHINGTON, May 18.—W. J.
Harris of Georgia today tendered to
Seoretary of Commerce Redfield his
resignation as director of the census
In order to enter the contest for the
democratic nomination for governor
of Georgia. He will begin his cam-
paign at Cedartown, Oa., Saturday.
Returning to Mexico.
Houston, Tex., May IS.—Many oil
men of this city, evidently have con-
fidence In the ability of the constitu-
tionalists, not only to protect proper-
ty, but persons at Tamplco, for a
large party of them have arranged to
go to Port Arthur tonight and embark
on the Pan-American for a return
trip to that field. Several of the lead-
ers In Texas company enterprises are
in the party. -
ueft to right: Senor Luis Elguero, Senor Augustine Rodriguez and Senor Emiiio Rabas
Scope of Mediation Comprises Entire
Mexican Problem and the Elimination
. of Huerta, Declares President Wilson
NEW PHASE IN METHODIST U.
Conference May Yet Decide to Hold
Whatever Interest Supreme Court
Decides It Possesses.
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 18.—It de-
velops that the church will not, after
all (he furor and debate of the last
three weeks, decide upon an absolute
and complete separatlone from Van-
derbllt University but will continue to
hold on to whatever rights the su-
preme court decided It possessed. This
is the Interpretation of the action of
today's session of the general con-
ference of the Methodist Episcopal
church, south, In referring the ma-
jority report adopted Saturday night,
back to the committee of fifteen,
with instructions to redraft the report
so as to incorporate the supplement
resolution ottered by Judge N. E. Har-
Both factions, the signers of both
the majority and minority reports, the
supplemental legislation, accomplish-
es two very important things. It gives
to the board of education the authori-
ty to reject of confirm trustees until
the committee has either succeeded
In the effort to deliver the rights of
the general conference to the origi-
nal patronizing conference, or failing
to deliver, will represent the general
conference until the next session In
any legal proceeding that may be
This shifts from the board of edu-
cation, which represents the church's
constructive educational work, the
embarrassment of a lawsuit and
places it In the hands of the confer-
ence committee. In the event that
any of the conferences decline to ac-
cept the rights which It had oonveyed
to the general conference and fails to
elect a commissioner to cooperate
with the commission appointed by the
general conference the Interests of the
church will be held by Its representa-
tives in trust.
This seems to put an entirely new
aspect on the situation and every In-
dication now points to the adoption of
Will Be Department
Head at Texas Univ.
Great Pipe Une Planned to
Supply Navy With Fuel Oil
WASHINGTON, May 18.—Begin-
ning next Thursday at Independence,
Kans., hearings will be held at various
places in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texaa
and Louisiana on the feasibility of the
United States government construct-
ing and operating an oil pipe line ap-
proximately 600 miles long trom the
Mid-Continent oil fields of Oklahoma
to a convenient port on th® Gulf Of
Mexico to supply the navy with Ita
fuel oil. In aooordanpe with A senate
resolution. Commissioner Of Indian
Affairs Coto Selltf *n4 lieutenant J.
O. Richardson, of tjie navy jpft Wash-
ington tonight to conduct these bear-
The Itinerary Include;! Dallas,
May 28; Galveston, June 1; Texas City
June 2; Houston June 3; Beaumont
Arthur June 8, morning; Orange June
6, evening; Baton Rouge June 8.
Construction and maintenance of
each a government oil plppl line was
urged today upon Secretary Lane of
the Interior by a delegation of the In-
dependent oil producers of Oklahoma.
The Oklahomans urged that the
government could holld a pipe line
tor„ about $8,000 a mile, ynfch not
only would enable Independent pro-
ducers get their oil jo market bi»t
woyljl pay a good return on the
HARTFOI.D, Conn., May 18.—Pro-
fessor Raymond B. Gettell of the his-
tory department at Trinity College,
announced today that when the pres-
ent college year closes he will go to
the University of Texas at Austin to
become head of the department of
government. Professor Gettell is a
graduate of Urslnus College, 1903; was
a member of Bates College faculty In
1906 and came to Trinity the next
year. He has been faculty coach for
the Trinity football team for several
years, with notable success.
Rain In Panhnndleu
Childress. Tex., May 18.—The Pan-
handle country Is thoroughly soaked
and the rains continued to fall today.
Since Friday nearly three inches has
been recorded, giving plenty of mois-
ture to growing crops. Streams be-
gan to rise this morning and the
Fort Worth and Denver bridge across
the Canadian river has been partially
And SiiU It Rains.
San Angelo, Tex., May 18.—Rains
of more than two Inches fell south
and west of San Angelo last night,
causing many streams to go out of
Tour of R. M. A. Officials.
Fort Worth, Tex., May 18.—George
K. Fair, Jr., president of the Railway
Mall association, reached Fort Worth
this morning and spoke tonight before
tho local association. He u touring
thp various cities of the Uiilted States.
WASHINGTON. May 18—Presi-
dent Wilson today told tho Amertcan
commissioners who leave tomorrow
for the mediation conference at Niag-
aga Falls, Ontario, that the United
States government regards the settle-
ment of the Mexican problem in a def-
inite form as a prerequisite to the
withdrawal of the American forces,
from Vera Crux.
The president gave the American
commissioners—Justice Lamar, of the
supreme court of the United States,
and Frederick W. Lehmann, former
solicitor general and Diplomatic Sec-
retary H. Perceval—no specific in--
structlons, He told them to place'
themselves In a receptive mood and
await proposals from the three South
American mediators. But at the same
time he outlined to his representatives
that peace in Mexico seemed to him
to be conditions on the elimination of
the Huerta administration and the es-
tablishment in its place of a strong
provisional government which would
conduct an election giving fair treat-
ment to all factions and parties and
guaranteeing moreover, a solution of
the agrarian problem and other inter-
nal difficulties in the southern repub-
lic in the last three years. President
Wilson wishes the Mexican question
settled In comprehensive lines that
will take Into account the economic
principles for which Zapata in the
south as well as Carranza in the north
have been fighting and at the same
time will conserve the rightful inter-
ests of the people in the territory now
controlled by the Huerta government.
Elimination of Huerta.
During the day a dispatch came to
one of the foreign diplomats here
from a diplomatic source in Mexico
City stating that General Huerta was
ready to resign and would permit his
representatives at the mediation con-
ference to eliminate him If It should
become absolutely necessary. Intima-
tions that have come from the three
Huerta delegates since thoir vlsjt to
this country showed that they bad
realized Huerta'3 elimination was re-
garded as essential to a settlement
and knew from the outset that unless
they came prepared to deal with this
phase of the problem their efforts
would be fruitless. The Huerta dele-
gates too. It Is learned from persons
who have talked with them, under-
stand thoroughly that the scope of
mediation now comprises the entire
They are said to be ready to rec-
ommend Huerta's retirement but only
on condition that a definite under-
standing is reached on tho kind of
government that is to follow.
President Wilson In his final talk
with the American commissioners at
which Secretary Bryan was present,
spoke hopefully of the mediation. He
is earnestly desirous that It shall suc-
ceed and Indicated that every power
and legitimate influence at the dis-
posal of the American government
would be exerted to make It succeed.
Though tho constitutionalists have
not yet agreed to take part In the
mediation one high in administration
held out high hopes today of their ul-
timate participation saying a misun-
derstanding; which might be remedied
In a short time was largely responsi-
ble for their failure to be represented
at Niagara Falls.
The president laid before the com-
(Continued on page two.)
When an advertiser puts his an-
nouncement In the columns of this
newspaper he thereby gives a
pledge to the public.
We believe ho will keep faith or
we would not; print his advertise-
The advertiser knows that his
only chance of making his an-
nouncement is to "play square."
There is a protection In dealing
with advertisers that is not to be
They have made thetr promises
In the open—In the face of the
world—and they must keep them
or be discredited. • -v
The advertising In this newspa-
per Is a reliable guide to the men
who "play square."
FUGITIVE IS THREATENED
MOB OF MEXICANS AT VERA CRUZ
HOOT FELLOW COUNTRYMAN.
Ex-Minister of Interior, in Flight to
Escape Wrath of Huerta, Has
VERA CRUZ, May 18.—-Hooted by
a mob of Mexicans and called an as-
sassin by one who alleged that his
brother had been killed by order of
the ex-minister of interior. Dr. Aurel-
iano Urrutia, who held that office and
was once Huerta's most trusted coun-
sellor. was arrested for the second
time late today since his arrival here
a few hours earlier among refugees
from the capital.
Dr. Urrutia had fled from Mexico
City to escape the wrath of the presi-
dent and had the appearance of an
ordinary laboring man when ho dis-
closed his identity on board the Amer-
ican train this side of the gap. He
was detained by the American officers
and taken before Brigadier General
Funston, who, however, ordered him
set at liberty.
He was again taken into custody
because of the demonstration against
him. but was released for the second
time and sent to his room, where he
is guarded by a marine, whose pres-
ence was requested by the fugitive in
the belief that his life was in danger
from his own people.
Antonio Rivero De La Torre, editor
of EI Dictamen was the leader of the
demonstration against the former
minister. He apepared In the street
beneath the window of the room oc-
cupied by Dr. Urrutia at tho Dill-
geneias hotel and began an Impas-
sioned speech. He shouted "assassin,
coward" and charged that Urrutia
#as responsible for the execution of
his brother, one of the deputies of
the congress which Huerta dissolved.
He cried out that Urrutia feared to
walk the streets like an honest man
and challenged htm to appear before
the small crowd of hla countrymen
who had gathered.
De La Torre was arrested and taken
to police headquarters and a few min-
utes later Urrutia also was taken to
police headquarters but as thero was
no evidence warranting his detention
He was led back through a great
crowd to tjie hotel. A guard was then
placed outside his door. De La Torre
The ex iftlnlater of the interior was
one of the coolest men In the crowd.
As he was being taken to his room a
correspondent said to him: "De I/a
Torre accuses you of killing his
"As to that," replied Dr. Urrutia
smiling, "I do not think that he will
be able to prove It."
Scarce on Account
of Excessive Rain
The first session of the State Con-
ference of bricklayers, masons and
plasterers opened in this city yesterday
at 9 a. m. with fifty delegates present.
Father Heckinan delivered ihe in-
\.nation and v. us followed by W. E.
!>. Rummel with the address of wel-
come, which was answered by Wni.
J Moran, secretary of the associa-
No bu.iiness was transacted at the |
morning session and the time was j
•,m ii to addresses by members of
i order, visitors and prominent la-
■ .■ men of Texas.
("lie feature of the day was the j
add! ess of Robert McKinley of this;
city, who spoke at length on matters
pertaining to labor. J. E. Proctor of j
Houston, secretary of the State Covin-1
oil of Carjtenters spoke of the affili- I
tion with other unions and impressed |
the audience with his expressions!
relative to cooperation among the j
"sons of toil."
J. I!. Spencer of Waco, secretary of I
the State Federation of Labor, and i
E. W. Waier of Palestine, grievance i
man of the I. & G. N. and president j
of the Car Repairers Union, also de- |
livored spirited addresses. W. J.
Moran, secretary of the State Confer-
ence, spoke on behalf or the conven-
In the afternoon the meeting was
confined to the selection of commu-
te >s and the outlining of their work.
The different committees will meet
today, after which their reports will
be ready for action by the meeting.
All the sessions of the conference
will be executive. The meeting will
continue until Friday night and will
conclude with the election of officers
and the selection of the next meeting
Tonight the visitors will be the
guests of the Chamber of Commerce
to a car ride to Befton.
Robert McKlnley. In his address
yesterday morning said In part:
"It has been well said that 'he who
makes two blades of grass grow
where only one grew before, is a
benefactor to his race and time.' Ap-
1 lying this quotation and the thought
again so tritely expressed to the true
dignity of all labor In whatever sphere
it may with forceful and apt logic
be deduced, that he who makes the
towering spires of two brick build-
ings to pierce the blue ether of the
skies where only one has existed be-
fore. is likewise, a benefactor to the
industrial conditions and the people
of his day.
There are two ideas which should
pervade the minds of every Ameri-
can citizen; first, that spirit of true
and loyal patriotism which exalts his
country and his country's good above
the murky clouds of personal self-
ishness. Second, the ideal of the true
dignity of labor which perforce of the
expression, carries with It the true
and forceful thought that measured
by genuine worth, the humblest la-
borer may by his own life and con-
duct build for himself a character
which is supremely more sublime
than that of any man who boasts his
millions and yet has no thought for
his environment nor through whose
veins courses one single drop of un-
selfish blood. Excuse this personal
reference, but when I was but a mere
lad toiling as best I knew how, in
aid of my father In his efforts to pro-
duce and store a livelihood for his
family, 1 thought in jrty childish fancy
that the desire to gain high official
station was the most lofty and noble
aspiration In the world; but as I have
lived on through the years into a ma-
ture, if not ideal manhood, there coin-
ing in contact with men In their var-
ious and varied relationships to the
things that be, I have learned for
myself the valuable lesson that one
constructor Is worth a thousand who
merely occupy, one builder Is worth
a horde of mere parasites; one hon-
est, honorable, tolling bricklayer who
performs his unit of service during his
working hours in construction by the
use of his trowel, brick and mortar of
one single brick building, is worth
more, to the measured progress of
his time than an hundred Nero's,
who, ruler of a great nation, caused
the blasting touch of the torch to he
laid on the beautiful city of Rome.
No great general ever succeeded in
leading Ills army to a glorious victory
unless the soldiers who composed that
army were men. Imbued with the
spirit of patriotism, fidelity and loy-
alty to the cause. Likewise the cap-
tains of Industry in this progressive
age and country, will fall of coveted
success, unless the same elements of
sublime manhood are manifested by
(Continued on page ten.)
to reckon with carranza
With Their light fo Liberty Almost
Won and Gaining; Impetus Every
Pay. tlie Constitutionalists Declare
That No Sort of Compromise in the
Present Crisis Will Be Considered.
JUAREZ, May IS.—The news that
General Huerta had authorized bis
delegates to the conference with the
South American mediators to present
his resignation should that act be nec-
essary to restore peace elicited the
statement from constitutionalists here
that such an action would not compos#
the situation. They assert that their
plans contemplate not only thte elim-
ination of Huerta but also of his party.
"Any compromise which would not
entirely eliminate the cientlficos from
politics," said Rafael Muzquiz, son-in-
law of General Carranza, "simply
would mean another revolution. An-
other Huerta would spring up and the
struggle would continue."
The news was wired to General
Carranza who was on his way to Du-
ra ngo. He was requested to make a
statement outlining his attitude to-
ward the situation as developed in
Washington, it Is possible that Gen-
eral Carranza will not receive the
message until tomorrow evening, as
the time of his arrival at Durango is
Constitutionalist officials said little
regarding the intimation by the Huer-
ta delegates that I.uis Cabrera would
he acceptable to the Huerta element
as provisional president after tho
resignation of Huerta. They pointed
out. however, that the constitutional-
ist leaders had agreed on General
Carranza as provisional president and
that General Carranza himself would
not be allowed to decline that place
without the approval of the leaders,
and particularly the generals of the
They added that Senor Cabrera,
though thoroughly identified with the
constitutionalist movement. Is litt 1«|
known personally to the constitiftian-
Some said that It was most improb-
able that Senor Cabrera would allow
his name to be used in connection
with the provisional presidency. They
argued Cabrera would regard the pro-
posal merely as an attempt by the
Huerta party to win some concessions
from a struggle in which they have
been defeated at every turn.
White Refuses to
Be Eliminated and
Is Still Running
DALLAS, May 18.—C. B. "White,
who had been listed as one of the
"eliminated candidates" for state
comptroller, announced here today
that he emphatically is stl© in the
race. White and Worth S Ray were
eliminated by the executive commit-
tee of the prohibition democrats in
favor of Tom F. McClure. It had
been announced that both accepted
The prohibition state advisory com-
mtitee held a meeting here today.
Chairman Thomas B. Love announced
that the morning session of this com-
mittee w as executive.
Does Not Suit Owner
And Trouble Brews
FORT WORTH. May 18.—R. W.
Jenkins, who owns river bank prop-
erty the city needs for the approach
to the new $500,000 viaduct, success-
fully stopped work this morning with
the threat that he would give up his
life before he would give up the land.
He wouldn't deny he had a shotgun
handy in his house, overlooking the
land. Jenkins objected to the price
the appraisers put on the approach.
Hardware Healers Meet.
Galveston, Tex., May 18.—-The Tex-
as Hardware Dealers association met
here in annual session today with
members present from every Import-
ant town in the state. The conven-
tion will continue through tomorrow.
Freight rates and freight handling
will be the chief topics before tho
dealers for consideration.
Trial of McAfee Set.
Sherman, Tex., May 18.—The trial
of former Sheriff Leo McAfee for as-
sault to murder in connection with
the shooting of Sheriff 1 ,oe Simmons
on the night of November 2, 1912, was
today set for June 22, in the special
HOUSTON, May 18.—Cloudy skies
and showers that keep the fields in
such condition as to prevent work,
continue in the coast section with lit-
tle prospect of relief held out by the
Irish potatoes are rotting In the
fields and this has served to boost the
price of the new product. Many
houses are claiming inability to get
supplies to furnish the retail trade.
The crest of the Trinity and the
Brazos floods is now pouring into the
bays with an early prospect of relief
in that quarter, although much valu-
able farming land continues to be in-
undated with homes still abandoned.
Death of A. T. Smith.
Sherman. Tex., May 18.—A. T.
Smith died here last night from apo-
plexy. He was president of the
Smith-Coleman Oil and Gas company
of Kingston, Ok^a. His body was
shipped to "Cookvllle, Texas, for
Mail Carrying Roads Lose
in Claim Against Government
WASHINGTON, May 18.—Claims of
mail-carrying railroads against tho
United States aggregating $31,000,000
and involving 720 railroads wero de-
nied In a test case decided today by
the court of claims. In an opinion by
Chief Justice Campbell, the court re-
versed a former ruling and held that
tho present method of weighing mall
to fix compensation fpr transportation
Is legal and proper.
Prior to 1907 the procedure In
weighing mall secured the average
dally weight by weighing the mall car-
ried for a period of 105 daft and di-
viding the total by 90, the number of
days exclusive of Sundays. Sine*
1907 the department has recognised
Sunday as a working day and ha*
made the division by 105^ By thla
means the railroads contended they
were carrying about one-seventh ot
the mall without compensation.
This contention was upheld by the
court of claims during the last ad*
ministration, but Assistant Attorney
General Houston Thompson secured a
rehearing which re$ulted In today'f
decision, Th* original finding would
have held tho fcoverftmeut liable for
ttl.OOO.OOO io 7 0 different road#.
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Williams, E. K. Temple Daily Telegram (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 7, No. 180, Ed. 1 Tuesday, May 19, 1914, newspaper, May 19, 1914; Temple, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth474636/m1/1/: accessed March 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Library Consortium.