The Daily Ardmoreite. (Ardmore, Okla.), Vol. 23, No. 132, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 9, 1916 Page: 1 of 8
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ARDMORE OKLAHOMA THURSDAY MARCH 9 1916.
S CM CAPTURE OF
1 TO X
OFFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY BY THE WAR OF-
FICE AT BERLIN CLAIMS CAPTURE OF VILLAGE
AND FORT THERE.
port Also Says Numerous Adjoi'.'g Positions Were Cap-
lured Assault Being Made Lasiight In Verdun the
French Repulsed Repeated Gernp Attacks on Beth-
incourt According to Paria Announcement Also Repulsed
Cermans Near Douaumont German sidents Through-
out Portugal Advised To Proceed at Or to Spain Ger-
man Diplomats in Portugal Expected to L ve that Coun-
try This Week Germans Claim to be Mat. j Continued
Progress Against French Northeast of Verdun and to Have
Taken French Positions Alonj a Front of More than Four
Miles There and One Mile Deep French Capture Trenches
in the Upper Alsace French Aeroplanes Dropping Shells
on the P.letz-Sabione Stations.
The village and fort of Vaux
have been captured by the Ger-
mans according to an an-
nouncement by the Berlin war
office which says that numer-
ous adjoining positions were al-
so captured being taken in an
assault last night.
In the Verdun district the
French repulsed repeated Ger-
man attacks on Bethincourt ac-
cording to Paris and again near
German residents throughout
Portugal have been advised to
proceed to Spain immediately
according to Lisbon dispatches
and it is expected that the Ger-
man diplomats there will leave
THE RULING SPIRIT.
at the project of a
It is possible VCS
Apart from the oil
ami it will ym-tr.it'
Ardmore is not poirg to net liystcricnl or seared
rallroa.l from Oklahoma City to tli liealeltou oil fields
even probable that the road will ultimately he huilt.
fields the proposed road taps a country worth the whil
Carter County the financial .Mecca of the soui Invest.
Ill'T Ardmore is not going lo ml still ami let any other city Ret any-
more than the crumlis which might fall from her tahle. Not more than two
days ago an incident witnessed by lint a very few took place which evidences
more than all of the newspaper talk or street optimism could demonstrate.
Fourteen merchants responded to a hurry call to meet the director of the
United States Regimental Hand which is to he here during Style Week. It
was possible to reach only a limited number and without an exception every
orfi responded. The object of the meeting was to lay before those men the
fact that it would cost a thousand dollars to bring the aggregation here and
get it back to their slat ion.
Had it been ten thousand it would have been the same. There was no
hesitancy no consideration of individual interests. Kvery concession neces-
sary to secure this attraction despite the cost and whom it would benefit
was met instantly. There was but one thought the promotion of Ardmore
as a great center and the benefit of Us people as a whole.
To have been present was to catch a vision of Ardmore's future and
in that wholesome co-operative s pi rit of tho-e merchants was the predomi-
nance of the ruling spirit v.hieh has made givat cities elsewhere in the na-
tion. In this spirit being manifested by the 'Ardmore Itusiness Men's Associa-
tion it is not hard to see a greater and better Ardmore nor is it Idle prophesy
to sav that Ardmore will be ready to meet all competition which might re
tard its progress.
AITS Mil COLUMBUS
ummtwn piiiimp a
IILHMLAIUU.MLL 10 Ittl ID
Fir TEEN OR MORE AMERICANS CIVILIANS AND SOL-
DIERS KILLED BY BAND OF FIVE HUNDRED VILLA
BANDITS EARLY TODAY.
Germans Gain More Ground.
London March 9. Fighting of great
violence between the French and Ger-
man infantry lias been In progress
from Iiethineourt northwest of Ver-
dun to the Mouse nnd east of the
Meuse from the southern slopes of
r'iln T .1 Tnlen In Ttniei niiiim t
region battle fronts aggregating
about ten miles in length. Spirited
artillery duels continue along the re-
mainder of the front about Verdun.
A continuation of the German drive
northwest of Verdun is declared by
THE CORPORATION COMMISSION
FIGURES OUT COST TO EACH
INDIVIDUAL CITIZEN RESULT
IS VITAL TO STATE.
Further hearing of the 0';!al.i:ia
rate cases set for Match C has been
deferred until April 17. Ilecause
Judge Youmans could spare only a
few days now and the state needs
further time in preparing the freight
side of the cases the matter was
continued without formal application
Attention is called to the compara-
tively light cost in this light to any-
one regard being had to the tremen-
dous importance of the subject matter
in controversy. The slate declares
the issues vital; that if the railroads
v in ultimately the most effective
DECLARATION OF WAR ISSUED
AT BERLIN YESTERDA V AFTER
blow ever dealt to regulation will
j. emu iu nine iioiieu lae iicnuaiis i have been struck
French positions over a front of nearly
four miles and more than a mile in
'depth at:d enaljjed them to capture fifty-eight
officers and ;i.277 men. The
villages of Forges and Hegnrvillo the
heights of It.ihen and the Cumierrs
woods f. II into the hands of the Gt-r-unnns.
'The French did not give up these
positions without strong resistance and
1-11ITer1.1l heavy casualties especially
'along the southern fringe of the Cu-
inii res w ood.
Ia tie- Corbeaux wood which was OC-
cupied Tuesday by the Germans the
French launched a heavy counii r at
tack and drove tin; Germans out of j All
the greater part of the position. Alas v
German attack with heavy effectives I In tin
against the French IletUineourt lires i bu -in
that not onlv a
two-cent but a three-cent or even
higher rate can then be proved non-
compensatory and existing freight
schedules Miywhere can be success-
f illy attacked. The state believes that
with a litll" more li ne and the finan-
cial suppoit now available it can
demonstrate to the court now hearing
the cases that the methods relied oil
by tile r.iiiroads on sevi ral nr.inosi-
t'ons. especiallv those involving prop-
jeny valuaii.i'i and maintenance e-
pense are mere conjecture and speci-
jlation. and not such a basis for con-
i cluslunn as the I'nited States suprera-
court has said must be used
business ni'n who are post -.1
!l as the stat ' representatives
casts agree that if Oklahoma's
.-s life is not to be throttled
Dispatches From Lisbon Say Portugal
Was Expecting Break With Ger-
many and is Making Preparation to
Protect Her Coast.
Town Held in Possession by Villa Bandits for More than Hour
and Half Being Driven Off by Three Troops of Thirteenth
United States Cavalry Town Vas Left in Flames by
Mexicans Several Americans Being: Burned to Death in
Central Hotel Villa Personally Said to Have Directed
Bandits Who Cut All Telegraph Wires to Prevent Calls
Being Sent to American Troops at El Paso Three Men
Captured by Villa Tuesday were Hanged and Their
Bodies Burned Mexicans Crossed Eorder Three Miles
louth of the Town and Came to Columbus in Deep Ditch
Paralleling the Railroad Tracks When Discovered the
Mexicans Rushed Throutrh to All Parts of the Border
Town Giving Hideous Mexican Yells Fourteen Dead
Mexicans Counted on Streets.
Ill IB OF
OFFICIALS IN NATIONAL CAPI-
TAL NOW AWAITING OFFICIAL
REPORTS OF RAID.
NOTHING LEFT OF DRIVER TEAM
OR WAGON HOUSES ROCK IN
CLEVELAND SHOCK PLAINLY
FELT AT TULSA.
Berlin March 9. Germany declared
war on Portugal yesterday afternoon
at three o'clock when her minister
here was given his passports.
Portugal Expected It.
Paris March 1). A Lisbon dispatch
to the Matin says that a rupture with
Germany is regarded as inevitable by
the Portuguese government.
Special protective measures have
aire nly been taken along the coast
against submarines and all light-
houses have been darkened.
Opponents of Administration's Mexi-
co Policy Take Advantage of the
Opportunity to Renew Their Charge
of Carranza's Incompetency.
Washington D. C March 9. Sen-
ptor Clarke of Arkansas in the sen-
ate tcday said that the Columbus af-
fair mpant in'prur-nl inn "! rinn'l c.p
... . . . i ' vp'osion and its ivvei bi rat inn rollee
what else can be done' he said. The' . . .
president faces a new Mexican cri
DO SOT LIKE
y.Vlia.-t of the Meuse the Genua:. s have
jr.-rapturcd the Hardaumont redoubt
lover which there ha.? been such heavy
fghing. and in a line-straighti niiig ma-.
'Denver have made progress otr a
front of about live miles along the j
euthein slopes of the Cote de Talou j
aad i!:o Cote du Poiwe and in the Don-1
a imont region. r v I
'.' In the Woevre district southeast of
Verdun the Germans have forced the I
these cases must be won finally that
if the railroads win not only will the
slate's industrial growth be retarded
but made in1 possible except on n
scale prohibit ins best development
and titiri.ation of its tremcni'(us nat-
The cost to the people of the var-
ious counties including the $7.1 not)
already expended and the $1000'1
recrptly appropriated hits been lig-
tired. The cost to each resident of
C3JECT TO RAISING OF FEES FOR
OPERATING CARS IN THIS CITY
MAY TAKE MATTER TO THE
Washington March 9. Official
Washington today awaited with inter-
est a detailed report of the Columbus
New Mexico raid.
The state department said the sit-
uation is "very grave" but made no
announcement es to what action wiil
be taken until a i official investigation
General Fimston's official report
eaid the cavalrymen were pursuing
.i.e nana is C3Uin.
The raid has started now agi'.atio'i )
in congress where those opposed to '
the ndminisirjition's Mexican policy
epemy charg.-d that the attack wr.s
of of their renea'.cd declarators
the Carranza government is in
tent to deal with the situation.
tary of War Newton Baker
v.lio took office today transmitted to
Piesltlcnt Wilson the reports of th
j sttack as fact as they were received
i at t;-e war department.
It was said at the White House
that vigorous c'.cps would be taken
Cleveland Okla. March S. Six hun-
dred quarts of nilro glycerine ex-
ploded in Uu- oil fields near ;'lee
I 'ml Wednesday afiernoon tit 5 o'clock
bloving to atoms Harry Hill wagon
driver to- the Kastern Torpedo eom-
Wn. The team of horses driven b
:i n. ine wagon wtileli they Heiv
hau'ing and everything connected
'.iih the outfit was utterly destroyed.
A great gaping cavity in the earth
Was excavated by the force of the
inrnugii ine air more trail titty miles.
The i Mplosiori took place within
four miles of the town of ('lev. hind
where the magazine of the Torpedo
company is located. The wagon was
a stock wagon and carried a full load.
The out lit left the she (1 of the Tulsa
factory of the Torpedo company Moa-
lay morning at 7 o'clock. The team
of giant horses started on liieir slow
journey across country to the maga-
zine near Cleveland. Kvery building
in Cl-'Veland was rocked by the cx-
ti Mil was heai-i
t'-nu.on and all
Hint tini". Tli"
1 from Wednc
had gone Well
driver and his
city read th.
notice in last
I outfit had tr.ivi h d fo. ly-six
i fifty miles to be traversed
. I roin - e.rie mil. row n cause the great
: load ef h i lmi- nw.-r. il explosive spent I
jail iis force on th" wagon team and
driver so that scarcely a pailful of
! remain.: could be found by persons
j who ru. hed to the sci ne as i.iinii as
j possible i.fler the explosion occurred.
Hill bail been In the service of the
i Torpedo company for six years and
('oliinthiis X. M. March 9.
Fit'tciMi or more AnuTieans ci-
vilians aiul soldiers wore killed
early today when five hundred
Villi. Imndits attacked thin
(own and held it in their posses-
sion for an hour and one-half.
They were driven off by
three troops of the Thirteenth
United Slates cavalry at G
o'clock this moniintr leaving a
part of the town in flames.
.Mexican dead dotted the streets
where they had been posted
picking off Americans as they
emerged from dwellings and
hotels. Several guests were
burned to death in the Central
The death ILst as far as is
known includes :
MILTON J AJ11CS AND
J. S. DEAN
C. C. MILLER
A. L. KICHTIE
W. R. WALKER
J. J. MOORE
Also the following soldiers:
SERCT. FRANK KENDALL
COIll'. M. A. DORRS
SERCT. RAUL SIMON
CORP. J. N. N1ERVERGELT
PR1V. II A UK Y WJSWALL.
I'RIV. FRED GRIFFIN.
The Villa soldiers crossed the
jurder three miles souLh of
here where the fiirlit hopim.
They came to town in a deep
ditch paralleling the railroad.
When they were heard ap-.
proaching Lieut. Castleman
the ollicer of the day. turned
I out all men in the cavalry camp
I I iv. I x t
j With shrieki: g battle yells
the Mexicans in overwhelming
number;; rushed savairelv into
French to loosen their hold on outly-' Carter county is 6 cents based on the
liig positions thry held in the village j assessment and the la!0 popu-
Of FresiK s. Here the Germans assert 'illion- The assessed valuati.) l of the
tliey raptured Tot) prisoners. In the ! countv 's 71 U -1. or 1 per .-ent
tills the Trench artillery Is counter- nf lf" 0' state va'uation of SI.1S7.-
1 o J.? 2.s. This county's public service
prope rty valuation is $10 :! 410 or 21
per cent of its total valuation. Tie'
county's part of the total jlT.i.'J")
an; rat riated based on its proportion
of the state valuation is $2iN7.7.-
of v. Kit:1 the pulili; service comi'inies
par ft 17.82 leaving fit$? or on
te lf'l' population r. co.itribu'ior"
j"!:uK the guns of the Germans.
jtt :: j: :: :: n :t i: u u u u
tt WEATHER FORECAST '
a . xi
lU X -.v Orleans La. March !.
$t The weather forecast for
j;Jr Oklahoma for tonight is fair
VI with continued cool. Friday
of f. cents per capit.t.
. j Any person who has
Maximum yesterday 7.7
Minimum last ni-lit cJ
' ilax'muv.i s.imo dte year
IJ i Minimum same dute year
tt ago j.)
es at two-cent fare
Ardmoreite. that 'the city administra
tion had raised the tax on auto livery
vehicles from ten to twenty-five dol-
lars per vehicle per annum there
was a lusty roar that could not have
failed to smite the ears of the city j
dads and if the determination of
those who were discussing the matter
is carried out the city is due for
a lawsuit before the liverymen will
submit to the mandates of the city
The liverymen state that they do
very little business as a whole within
the city limits that 1.10-t of their
L'tsire-: s is between the c:ty nnd the
oil fields and they feel that they are
le irg u:i:u-ily treated.
It is uiub-rstood that a committee
from the livaryni' n ill wait upon
1 ho ma. or and city commissioners at
was regarded as a reliab!" man. He
to pur.ish the bnndiU. The president ; Iivi R)ir Ti:-()i.-..n Arrmv. Tlll!ia
directed Secretary Ddker to do every- ( . y hi . w.ro m(ii(.d
thing possible to protect Americans. ; f;f oxllos;m .(rIy in 'e evening.
I He was a s'ngb- man. r.bout 2". vears
old. He wis well Known in this sec-
tion. Telephone rerviee in the vicinity
tv ar Cleveland was badly damaged by
COURT DRAWING TO CLOSE
MUCH WORK ACCOMPLISHED
' I 1 1 r 1 urn up the trash
(yards and in the rear of
I houses in the business district. Tlio
police department Rave final warn-
ing to several delinquents and the
n?xt thing ;:l be a fine if they fail
to comply with the warning.
t V ir lieu
regular mee'ir.g and a.ilc
r-vcii-.J their order and in
e-'t !:.;. is 1. -1 iloi.e tliey thinlt
v ill b. up among them-
s lo take the matters to the
.Is will built! up your
Tiie present ti rni of the district
court is drawing to a close and t h 2 '
.docket has been swept clean up to.
! Yesterday the jury in the case of the
'State vs. Alva Davis for a statutory
j offense returned a verdict of guilty
and assessed a fine of fifty dollars
and cost. In tile case of the State vs.
Hud ilal'.ew et a!. charged with mur-
der tli 3 court sustained the demurrer
and tiierefore the state has confessed
Itliat there is no case auainst the de-
! feudal.!. s.
j Carter county is not the only one
'thnt ha had an investigation the past
few months. There is a special grand
jury lonvencd at Waurika with an as-
' 'isrnnt a'torn'-y general in charge and
ji- is reported that there have been
rcariy Jit') witnesses summoned from'
j Kindling and that portion of the oil
fields lying in Stephens county to tell
what they know of conditions as they 1
fore e of the exi '
1 Concussion Reaches Tul3a.
j Tulsa 0!la. March s. The coiicus-
I sion resulting from the explo.- ion of
fioi) ci'.iarts of nitio-glycirine Wed-
nesday af tc rnoon was plainly felt in
Tulsa about fifty mih s sou! beast of
.Cleveland near whieh place the -
plosion occurred (hiizetis in Ti;l-a
rushed from the downtown ofliea
buildings think'ng that the explosion
had eje curi ' d in the immediate h in-
TWO SHIPS IN COLLISION
Passenger Steamer and Tug Collide at
Va .March 9 Tie
sseiiger steamer Mad-
xis.ed there in the past.
Old Dominion p
ison and the lug Daniel J-". Willard
collided at Hampton Iloads today. The
tug was cut in two .-nil sank imme
diately. There was no loss of life. j (CONTINUED OX
The lir. t volley of slc's awoke the-
I own. -pi nolo.
The fi'K ol.'icial army report to
Wa.-hiagioii said that three American
soldi' is were killed and four wound-
ed. AnotJo r American killed in the
light was .1. .1. Moore and an unldeti-
tilii d ch.iuT ur from i; I'aso. Kour-
te'eii ch ad .Mexicans were counted oil
Villa is said to have been seen by
.'iHr.iI of the Amenta-is directing:
i Ids jui-n. The Mexir ans cut all tho
te iegraph wires to prcv. nt calls being;
sent for American troops at Ml l'aso.
It was learned today that Arthur
MiKinney foi email of the I'aloma.
t ranch and W illiam Corbett ami
j James O'.N'i al who were captured by
j Villa Tuesday were hanged and their
j I'e r.-onal pap' rs of Villa contained
1 in a ponmanteau. were found by
t'nit' d States troops west of the Am-
. criean camp.
I The families of A. L. Riggs tho
! customs of.'icr and I.. Jage r tlie sec-
; tion agent of tho Ml Taso Southwest-
. crn were in the midst of the fighting?
i at the border crossing. No member
j of either family was hurt. They bar-
! ricade el themselves in their living;
j quarters be hind mattresses on the)
floor. In tho section bouse nearby
I Foreman McCullottgb his wife and
: four thiblren sought safety on the
1 floor. Itullets flew over their heads
In an official report Colonel Sl
cum commanding the cavalry sail
i I he at tuck was repulsed at G.lj a. 111..
i the Mexicans r treating toward tb
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