The Cumby Rustler. (Cumby, Tex.), Vol. 25, No. 13, Ed. 1 Friday, July 7, 1916 Page: 2 of 8
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THE CUMBY RUSTLER
ALLIES BEGIN BIG
OFFENSIVE IN WEST
Teutons driven back along
25-MILE FRONT, WHICH
REAR ADMIRAL WINSLOW
TAKE 10,000 IN 24 HOURS
German Trenches Penetrated Two
Miles in Some Places With
» London.—The long-looked for of-
^ fensive of the allies on the western
front began at 7:30 Saturday morn-
ing when the British infantry ad-
vanced along a 15-mile front to the
north ^nd south of the river Somme,
with the French co-operating on a
10-mile front to the south of the Brit-
ish. In the first day’s fighting fully
5,600 prisoners were taken, and the
German trenches penetrated in some
places as far as two miles, which
were held against all enemy counter
The official British dispatches is-
pued Sunday report the continued
success of the combined Anglo-French
Offensive. The Germans put into op-
eration strong counter-attacks during
the night and made desperate resist-
ance, but the British troops occupied
Fricourt and the French captured
Gurlu and nowhere had to yield
ground already gained.
The German lines in some places
have been penetrated to a depth of
two miles and the prisoners taken
by the French and British In the
! i two days number fully 10,000.
North of the Somme, where the
French and British armies make con-
tact, various/ points of tactical value
have been taken. The allied struggle
Is to extend the hold over the rolling
plateau of 300 to 500 feet high which
Stretches around Albert. At Fricourt,
Contalmaison and Goramecourt the
Germans made u most desperate ef-
fort to defend the highroad from Ar-
rase to Bapaume and Peronne, which
Is one of the main arteries of the
The German official report gener-
ally confirms the success of the first
day's British operations, admitting
the withdrawal of the Germans from
their first trenches and the abandon-
ment of the heavy material therein.
RUSSIANS TAKE 10,506
WIN ALMOST FREE ACCESS TO
CARPATHIAN PASSES AND
RAILWAY TO LEMBERG.
MUCH ACTIVITY IN THE WEST
Germans Make Another Effort to
Take Positions Northwest of
Verdun, but Are Checked.
SIR ROGER CASEMENT
Rear Admiral C. M. Winslow is in
charge of that portion of the Pacific
fleet sent to the west coast of Mex-
NO WAR WITH MEXICO
UNLESS ONLY WAY OUT
President Says He Is Willing to
Sacrifice Political Fortunes if
Necessary to Pursue Just
: French Enters German Second Line,
f Paris.—South of the Somme the
French forced their way into the sec-
of the German entrench-
mente at a number of places and cap-
tnred the village of Prise and the
Mereaucourt wood. The number of
unwonnded .prisoners taken by the
French in the two days’ battle is
stated to be more than 6,000.
In the fighting south of Arras the
French took prisoner 5,000 Germans,
jin the course of the night French
droops captnred the village of Curia,
about seven miles southeast of Al-
. A heavy German counter-attack up-
on the village of Herbecourt, ten
miles southeast of Albert, was re-
pulsed, the statement adds. After re-
peated assaults the Germans were
■obliged to retreat there in disorder.
Early reports show that the entent
allied forces are sweeping forward
along a 25-mile front. The French
already have taken more than 5>000
prisoners, while the allied lines have
enveloped within the last 24. hours
Dine villages and 50 square miles of
French territory held until now by
New York—President Wilson made
It plain in his speech at the New
York press club banquet here Thurs-
day night that he will not counten-
ance a war with Mexico until there
is no other alternative for settling
Again he declared he was ready
to sacrifice his own political for-
tunes ii order to carry out his con
victions as to what would be the just
course to pursue in the situation.
The president’s audience, composed
of newspaper men, state and munici-
pal leaders and others prominent in
public life, signified their indorse-
ment of his position by repeated out-
bursts of applause. When he asked
if the glory of America would be en-
hanced by a war of conquest in Mex-
ico, shouts of “No” came from all
parts of the banquet hall. A similar
response was made to his query
whether it is America’s duty to “car-
ry self defense to the point of dic-
tation Into the affairs of another
The president dwelt also on his
efforts to serve the whole people,
thousands of whom, he said, are
appealing to him to maintain peace
so long as possible.
“I have constantly to remind my-
self,” he said, “that I am not the
servant of those who wish to en
hance the value of their Mexican in-
vestments, but that I am the servant
of the rank and ^le of the people of
the United States.”
London.—In a Russian attack over
a front of 25 miles extending east-
ward from Kolomea in Galicia, the
Austrians have been compelled to
retire on a part of the front in the
region of Kolomea and southward.
The Austrians valiantly attempted to
hold back’ the oncoming Russians,
but, according to Vienna, Emperor
Francis Joseph’s warriors finally
were compelled to give way before
In this fighting and also in battles
near Kuty, In Bukowina, the Austri-
ans suffered heavy casualties. In ad-
dition, 221 officers and 10,285 men, a
total of 10,506, were taken prisoners
and heavy guns, machine guns and
stores were lost.
Free Access to Passes.
The Russian successes in this re-
gion seemingly give them almost free
access to the Carpathian passes and
the railway line running northwest
from Kolomea .to Lemberg, the cap-
ital of Galicia.
The Germans have again made an
effort to win French positions west
of Hill 304, northwest of Verdun, af-
ter a bombardment extending from
the hill to the Avoconrt woods. The
curtain of fire of the French and
the fire of their infantry put down
the attack, however. Intense bom-
bardments continue northeast of Ver-
dun, around Fleury and the Vaux,
Chaptire and Chenois woods.
German Trenches Damaged.
The British along their part of the
front in France and Belgium are
keeping up their heavy bombardment
of German trenches and sending out
raiding parties who are reported to
be doing effective work, inflicting
more or less serious casualties on
the Germans and bringing back pris-
oners. The guns of the British have
done much damage to German
trenches at many points.
In the Austro-Italian theater the
Italians in the Trentino region are
still driving hack the Austrians and
recapturing important positions.
AT CARRIZAL FREED
fWENTY-TH REE NEGRO TROOP-
ERS ARE DELIVERED TO GEN-
ERAL BELL AT EL PASO.
TROOPS DIDN’T FIND BANDITS
Another Punitive Expedition Chase*
Raiders Across the Rio Grande.
MEDIATION REJECTED BY U.S.
Lansing Insists That Pending Reply
From Carranza ^Operations Will
Continue—Troops to Border.
Fabens, Texas.—American troops
which crossed the Rio Granda into
Mexico near Fort Hancock late Sat-
urday afternoon, in pursuit of Mexi-
can raiders, recrossed the river Sun-
day, the trail having been lo3t, ac •
cording to a report received here.
Three troops of cavalry under Cap-
tain Leroy Eltinge pursued eight
Mexicans who raided the old post at
Fort Hancock and escaped with sev*
eral head of government horses.
London.—Sir Roger Casement was
found guilty of high treason and
sentenced to death. The end of the
historic trial came when the jury,
which had been out less than an
hour, brought in its verdict against
the Irish knight. “Treason in time
of war, when all persons in this
country are making sacrifices to de-
feat the common enemy, is almost
too grave for expression,” the chief
POSINA AND ARSIERE
AUSTRIANS STILL FALLING BACK
IN REGION OF TRENT BE-
El Paso, Texas.—The 23 negro
troopers of the Tenth cavalry, who
at Carrizal, Villa Ahumada, Chihua-
hua City and Juarez have been cen-
tral figures in the most stroking and
potential chapter of the Mexican sit-
uation, are once more safely out of
Survivors of a bloody engagaement
with vastly superior forces, twice
victims of mobs that stoned them,
more than once gripped with the
fear of execution for their part in
the Boyd expedition, and lastly, ob-
jects of intercession by the president
of the United States, they were
brought to the border from Chihua-
hua City on a special train and
turned over to General Bell Jr.,
commander of the El Paso base.
With them came Lem H. Spills-
bury, the Mormon scout, who guided
Captain Charles T. Boyd and his
little command over the trail that
led to the Carrizal encounter.
___ Two Stories of Fight.
Two stories, widely diverging, were
brought back from their captivity by
the prisoners. One, told by Spills-
bury, upholds statements he was
credited with making at Chihuahua
City, charging Captain Boyd with
“bullheadedness” in advancing in the
face of a certain Mexican attack.
The other, narrated by fighting men
of the Tenth, declares the Mexicans
to have been the aggressors.
CAPTURE 30 OR 40 MEXICANS
Americans Brings Prisoners Into Co*
Ionia Dublantf From Carrizal Re-
gion, is Report.
El Paso, Texas.—Between 30 and
40 Mexican prisoners were taken in-
to the American camp at Colonia
Dublan Monday„ afternoon in motor
trucks, according to a rancher who
arrived here and who said the trucks
came from the direction of Carrizal.
He believed a skirmish had taken
place on the Santa Maria river, about
50 miles from Colonia Dublan.
Military authorities here said they
had heard nothing of an engagement
between American and Mexican
forces along the Rio Santa Maria. It
was pointed out, however, that a
column of the Eleventh cavalry has
been scouring that district in search
of survivors of the Carrizal battle
who might have been wandering iv
Awaits Furter compliances.
Washington—The Washington gov-
ernment still awaits full compliance
London.—The Austrians in the re*
gion southeast of Trent are still fall* ...... . .
in* back before the advance of the "lth.. ts daman,i by the de tacto au’
thorities of Mexico.
Release by General Carranza’s or-
Italians, who have recaptured num-
^TtoZToT^ZS a°„ d ™e !«•"■ ot_tbe Ainertcan f~e_tak-
again have fallen into the hands of
the Italians, while in the district of
Adige and Bretna rivers numerous j
peaks and mountain positions have
ATTACK “INSULT TO U. S. FLAG”
New Note to Austria In Vigorous
Language Asks Immediate Amends
In Petrolite Case.
(Italian Offensive Continues Unbroken
Rome.—Continuing their offensive
dn the Trentino, the Italians have lje-
•gnin an attack on the Austrian forti-
fied positions between Zugna Torta
and Foppiano, cays the Italian ofli-
jcial statement. The Austrians were
Jdriven from sections of trenches
[north of Pedescala, the statement
(adds, and some more trenches were
^carried between Selz and Monfalcone.
In the latter battle 196 Austrians
’were taken prisoner.
Carranza Release* American Bullion.
Chihuahua City, Mexico.—General
£arranza has given orders for the re-
lease of 75 per cent of the 200,000
ounces of silver bullion recently
seized by troops of the de facto gov-
ernment from the Alvarado Mining
& Milling company of Parral, a cor-
poration controlled by Americans.
The remainder of the silver is being
held, according to dispatches, as se-
curity for taxes. The bullion was
seized at the time of the Carrizal en-
gagement as a necessary precaution
In the event of hostilities with the
Washington. — The American re-
joinder to Austria regarding the Aus-
trian submarine attack on the steam
er Petrolite, made public by the
state department, describes the act
as “a deliberate insult to the flag of
the United States and an invasion
of the rights of American citizens,”
and requests a prompt apology, pun-
ishment of the submarine command-
er and payment of indemnity.
In' vigorous language the commun-
ication sent a week ago made it
clear that the United States govern-
ment believes the facts of the case
entirely different from what the Aus-
trian submarine commander report-
ed them to be, and that immediate
amends are expected.
Lightning Kills Three Little Bisters.
Tyler, Texas.—Saturday evening
three girls, aged 7 years, 3 years and
6 months respectively children of Mr.
and Mrs. W. H. Estes of this place,
■were instantly killed by lightning at
•Mount Selman, 22 miles south of
here. Another of their children was
badly shocked. They, with other
children, had taken shelter under a
tree, when the tree was struck by
17,049,068 Available for Army Duty.
Washington.—In 1910, when the
last census was taken, there were
20,538,484 males of military age In
the United States, which number
probably has Increased to 25,000,000
during the last six years. Last year
adjutants general of the states re-
ported to the division of military af-
fairs there were a total of 17,049,068
males available. The following are
the figures for southwestern states
deported by adjutants general: Ar-
kansas 327,743, Louisiana 346,286,
Oklahoma 321,094, Texas 502,236.
Will Not Bury Dead in Mexico.
Columbus, N. M.—The bodies of
eight American soldiers and civil-
ians who died in Mexico as a result
of fever or wounds received in battle
'since the entry of the American
punitive expedition, were brought
here by undertakers sent into Mex-
ico by the war department. The
bodies were embalmed and will be
'Shipped to relatives for internment.
.Mexico In Need of Food for People.
Eagle Pass, Texas.—Curtailment of
traffic between the United States and
(Mexico due to the present situation
■already Is causing the pinch of hun-
ger throughout the southern repub-
lic. According to men in close touch
with Mexican affairs, General Car-
ranza would be unable to feed his
troops longer than three months
^should the United States blockade
'the ports and stop fooer shipments
across the border. In six months,
(these men say, the entire country
jwrould be in a state of famine.
Easy to Take Washington.
Nogales, Arizona—Circulars spread
broadcast from Kermosillo by re-
cruiting officers and brought here by
refugees contain a flamboyant call
to arms. They say in part: “No
fighting will be necessary. Our brave
troops will simply march northward,
brushing the gringoes aside until our
glorious tricolor floats from the dome
of the capitol at Washington.”
Gas Struck Near Miilsap.
Weatherford, Texas.—Gas was
struck in the well of the Weather-
ford Development company about
three miles northwest of Miilsap at
a depth of about 2,400 feet.
Carranclstas Seize American Stock.
Washington.—The seizure of a
large number of live stock, the prop-
erty of J. M. Dobie and other cit-
izens of Texas, by the Carranza gov-
ernment in Northern Chihuahua, near
the international boundary, was
brought to the attention of the war
department by Senator Sheppard,
with request that troops be dis-
patched from Eagle Pass. The Tex-
ans were feeding 40,000 cattle, 70,-
000 sheep and 4,500 horses, all of
whicfa notice to confiscate was given.
Twenty-Two Horses Returned.
El Paso, Texas.—Twenty-two hors-
es, 21 saddles and a quantity of
rifles, pistols, ammunition and cloth-
ing captured at Carrizal were turned
over at the international bridge here
to American military authorities.
The horses were brought to the Mex-
ican end of the structure by a peon
and driven across in a drove to the
American side, where waiting troop-
ers caught them. The accoutrements
were hauled across in a rickety wag-
on, an American officer signing a
receipt for the property.
British Bombardment Continues.
British Headquarters in France.—
The fourth day of the British bom-
bardment of the German positions
sees no dimunition of the volume of
fire which continues along the whole
line without cessation day or nighty
cutting barbed wire entanglements,
demolishing first and second lines of
German trenches and placing cur-
tains of fire on the roads and com-
municating trenches. Considerable
more than a million of shells a day
are being expended and there seernsr
to be no limit to the supply of them.
been retaken. The Austrians, accord-
ing to the Italian war office, vainly
attempted to hold back the Italians
by a concentrated artillery and ma-
chine gune fire, but the Italian*
would not be denied.
There again has been a slackening
in the intensity of the bombardment
on the various sectors around Ver-
dun and only one infantry attack
was attempted Tuesday. This wa»
launched by the Germans on the
part of the village of Fleury, south-
west of Verdun, which is held by the
French. It was repulsed.
The Germans also essayed an at-
tack against the British southeast of
Ypres, but this also was without re-
sult. In patrol engagements the Brit-
ish at many points entered German
trenches, inflicting casualties on the
defenders and taking some prisoners.
Four German aircraft have been
brought down by the British airmen
in aerial fights. The British lost on*
On the front in Northern Russia
the Germans have bombarded Rus-
sian positions and followed them up
with infantry attacks. Petrograd says
that all the attacks were put down
by the Russian fire.
The official statement issued by
the Russian war office places the
number of prisoners captured by
General Brussiloff’s army between
June 2 and June 23 at 198,972 of-
ficers and men. The number of heavy
guns, machine guns and bomb throw*
ers reached more than 1,000.
French Retake Another Section.
Paris—The French have recaptured
another section of the trenches at
Thiaumont in the Verdun sector, ac-
cording to an official statement.
Three allied aeroplanes dropped 65
shells on German ships near the Bel*
Western Pacific Road Sold.
Oakland, Cal.—Ahe Western Pa-
cific railroad was sold to the reor-
ganization committee at public auc-
tion for $18,000,000.
Britain Yields Guns to U. S.
New York.—The war department
has been able to obtain for immedi-
ate delivery, through the courtesy
of the British government, 250 Lewis
machine guns for use in Europe. At
the same time, because cartridges of
the kind hitherto used by United
States troops are not suitable for the
Lewis gun, the war department or-
dered 6,000,000 cartridges. The am-
munition, it was said, was being man-
ufactured on British specifications
for shipmen to the British forces.
American Property Seized in Mexico.
Carranza protesting against seizure
of American property in many parts
of Mexico have been made by Spe-
cial Agent Rodgers. Official reports
said that thousands of dollars wSrth
of gold and silver bullion, horses,
cattle, automobiles and other mov-
able merchandise belonging to Am-
ericans have been taken. Officials
said information indicated that the
locax authorities had made the seiz-
ures on their own initiative and
without sanction of the central gov-
ernment at Mexico City.
en at Carrizal has averted the prob-
ability of immediate retaliatory
steps. It is possible that it has also
helped to pave the way toward an
attempt at peaceful settlement of
the whole border situation.
High officials made it very clear,
however, that the vital point at is-
sue—the future attitude of Mexican
forces toward American troops in
Northern Mexico, engaged In guard-
ing the border and pursqjng ban-
dits who raided American territory
—remains to be settled.
Troops Hurry to Border.
Pending a satisfactory answer to
Its second and more far-reaching re-
quirements, the United States will
continue to hurry troops to the bor-
der and to take every step necessary
In preparation for the carrying out
of its purposes by force of arms.
No Time for Mediation.
Mr. Lansing made it clear to Ig-
Aacia Calderon, minister from Bo-
livia, that pending a formal reply
from Carranza to his note, no offer
pf mediation would be acceptable to
the United States. The minister had
noted raports that the Carrizal pris-
oners had been released and called
to see whether that had changed the
attitude of the Washington govern-
ment. Mr. Lansing again succeeded
In convincing his caller that it would
be a waste of time to attempt to
talk about mediation at this stage,
whatever might be possible later.
The attitude of the government on
this question, as officially outlined,
(s that arbitration is wholly out of
the question; that the United States
has nothing to arbitrate.
It is understood that the govern-
ment would not under any circum-
stances consent to a military status
quo during a discussion of possible
co-operative measures. Officials in-
dicated that they had little hope that
an agreement for co-operation could
be arranged. The United States al-
ready had declared officially its be-
lief that General Carranza is unable
to guarantee adequate precautions on
the Mexican side of the line. It also
has informed him it has reason to
believe that the bandits have been
encouraged and aided by his forces
In certain instances.
Any Delay in Mexico Crisis Welcome
San Antonio, Texas.—Any delay in-
cident to new negotiations with Gen-
eral Carranza will be of inestimable
benefit to the United States, should
the course of events cause a general
clash between the United States and
forces of the de facto government,
according to army officers here. No
similar advantage would accrue to
the Mexican forces, according to
those in close touch with the intel-
ligence department of the army.
This advantage would consist not
only of permitting the release for
active service of the 35,000 regulars
guarding the border by substitution
of national guardsmen, but in the
concentration of supplies for a big
campaign, the mobilization of trans-
port facilities and the rehabilitation
of the flying arm of the service.
Pershing Moving Troops Northward.
Mexico City.—General Trevino,
commanding the de facto government
forces in Chihuahua, informed the
war department by telegraph that
the American troops had commenced
a retirement, northward and ha<^
abandoned the towns of San Buena
Ventura, Las Cruces, Namiquipa and
Santa Clara. These places he ad-
ded, were immediately occupied by
his forces. General Trevino also ad-
vised the department that the V ilia
Generals Marcelo Carabelo, Juan
Cabral and Ramon Sousa had been
permitted to enter the de facto gov-
ernment's territory, coming from th*
National Guards Cross Into Mexico.
Columbus, N. M.—For the first
time national guardsmen crossed in-
to Mexico on military service. Three
motor trucks were loaded with New
Mexico guardsmen and dispatched
down General Pershing’s line of com-
munication to help guard against the
line being cut. This action was tak-
en following receipt of a report that
the Carranza troops have been con-
centrating large forces of cavalry at
or near Guzman. Such troops would
be in a position to break the Amer-
ican, line whi.ch is ten miles from
Fire on American Outpost.
Brownsville, Texas.—A military
Autpost stationed at an irrigation
plant two miles west of Brownsville
was fired on by two Mexicans. The
Americans returned the fire, 15 or
20 shots being exchanged. It is not
known if the attackers were wound-
ed. None of the Americans were hit.
Coal Deposit Bill Reported.
Washington.—A favorable report
was made by the house Indian com-
mittee on the Carter bill providing
for sale of the coal and asphalt de-
posits of the Choctaw and Chickasaw
nations, amounting to about 445,000
acres in what is known as the seg-
regated area. The property is to be
appraised by a board of three to be
named by the president, or upon
recommendation of the secretary of
the interior, and one each by tho
nrincipal chiefs of the two nations.
German Influences in Mexico Alleged
Washington—Advices received from
Mexico allege that the German rep-
resentatives there have encouraged
General Carranza and the officers of
the de facto government In their op-
position to the United States troops
remaining, in the Country. The form
of encouragement was said to have
been moral rather than material.
The reports further declare that
German citizens in Mexico are being
treated with great consideration,
their property not being molested.
American Flour for Mexicans.
El Paso, Texas.—Sixteen big motor
trucks drove across the international
bridge here with 7,500 sacks of Am-
erican-made flour for the Carranza
troops in Juarez. An effort was made
to prevent the flour from crossing,
but orders were received from Wash-
ington for it to be permitted to go
to Mexico, although billed for the
Bond Issue For Expense of Guard.
Washington—Authority of congress
to issue bonds as necessary to meet
extraordinary expenses in connection
with the Mexican emergency will be
sought by the administration as a
result of the agreement reached by
Secretary McAdoo and others.
Chance for a “Graceful Act.”
Chihuahua, Mexico.—High officials
of the de facto government said here
that it would be a “very graceful
act” on the part of the United States
government if it would return the
ten machine guns and other war ma-
terials taken by the American troop*
in the fights with Villa bandito.
Producers Co. Pays 200 Per Cent.
New York.—The Producers’ Oil
company of Houston, Texas, a sub-
sidiary of the Texas company con-
trolling many oil properties in Tex-
as, Oklahoma and Louisiana, declared
a cash dividend of $6,000,000, or 200
per cent of Its capitalization. The
dividend will go to shareholders of
the Texas company. The Texas com-
pany stock is on a dividend basis of
10 per cent, but the company has at
various times declared extra divi-
dends in stock or cash.
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