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Piqua Leader-Dispatch (Newspaper) - December 10, 1915, Piqua, Ohio Piqua Merchants Can Supply Every Want You Have for Christmas Buy at PIQUA DAYS UNTIL EVENING AT HOME AT lOc THE WEEK VOLUME XXXIX PIQUA OHIO FRIDAY DECEMBER PRICE 2 CENTS MOB RIOTS FOLLOW VIRGINIA FIRE Greece Shows Signs of Hostility to the Entente as Bulgars Continue to Win HOMELESS WHEN VIRGINIA TOWN IS SWEPT THE MAP BY FIRE Search For Bodies In the Ruins Continues Fights occur Between ers and Combined Militia and Loss Over Va Dec and desolation reigned day while rescue parties searched for bodies in the blackened embers of America's first and greatest war Va Ten thousand people who yesterday found homes in the hundreds of flimsy shacks that made up the boom city were today homeless and destitute They lost their all in the blaze which swept away property valued at from to The city built within a year disappeared over night A few pathetic little heaps of fitfully blazing embers scattered over 24 city squares guarded by Virginia militiamen were all that remained today of the mushroom city The erstwhile dance halls cabarets saloons and gambling with wood and canvas false fronts and the long buildings have baen swept away In a swirl of smoke and flame Today and the night the search for bodies In the rains was varied with sniping of the militia men NEGRO REPORTED HANGED headers In civic and business lifo said that during the early part of last night a mob of frantic foreigners made the loss of their homes and their household goods had captured a negro thieving among tht and hanged him to the nearest tree There were numerous gun fights be- tween looters and the militia and be- tween looters and the Hopewell lice but no official information was available and BO far as could bf learned casualties were confined to minor wounds Four hours completed the de- struction of the boom city Where gamblers gunmen and girls held sway all went up In flames and smoke tanned by a brisk breeze But at no time was the hig powder plant nearby with Its tons of gun cotton and other explosives In any real danger as when the flames approached the high stockade surrounding tho plant a double row of buildings was and the fire checked POWDER ESCAPES The Dupont Powder company which owns the plant suffered no loss Today the erstwhile In- habitants of Hopewell were scattered In little groups over 100 square miles of Virginia Public buildings and homes In the little towns nearby were filled to overflowing with refugees while Petersburg Va ten miles away sheltered thousands den groups of men women and dren many of them without food anil hut lightly clad huddled er seeking warmth in the big hare auditoriums of churches and ters Here slack-jawed foreigners Slav or Latin growled over his little bundle of household goods that he had packed for miles over the rough Virginia roads Nearby a woman pale cheeks showing thru tear-stained paint gazed dazedly about her mind dering awkwardly There wore many of those women for tho boom town had lived up to its reputation In most regards and the fire had found them Slid driven them forth where the re- cently inaugurated police reform movement had passed them by THIRD TO STORM AM thru tho night a pitiable dreary procession had wended its by all roads out of what had bran It plodded with the of despair tho long ton miles to Petersburg or sought with frantic frenzy to shelter In pont City City Point or In the shacks of const ruction gangs In the neighborhood One half crazed mob tried to storm the gates of the hig powder plant and It took half the force of private police to drive them away When the of the flimsy buildings be- gan n wave of panic struck stricken multitude which feared a general explosion in the powder plant It was this condition that prompted the local authorises to mil sid and hundred mi- under Major K W i Bright ftf News were hurried to the They drove very one from the fire arta and organised a close patrol which kept for The militia found in and securities in the mini of the well bank and the bank It was removed un- der heavy guard GUNMEN Hopewell's boom town days bad developed a crop of gunmen and the militiamen found their bands full In handling them but today a growing pile of revolvers rifles and other weapons taken from refugees and hangers-on fied to the effectiveness of their methods Many of these men In- upon remaining in the fire area with ready weapons to guard the little heaps of household goods that littered the streets But de- spite the calamity which struck Hopewell yesterday the boom town waa again on the map today Con- tractors anil builders were on hand to plan new structures in the still smouldering ruins In the old town and men who lost thousands in the fire were planning to raise more thousands to resume their old place One general store tor whose loss ran close to a dred thousand built himself a shack amid the ruins and In It worked out plant today for a concrete proof building Meantime the re- lief capacity of eastern Virginia was taxed to the utmost Petersburg Norfolk and Newport News organized relief committees and relief expeditions Hundreds of Virginia homes were opened to the unfortunate ers most of whom were too dazed by the misfortune to even seek for aid IN CABARET Hopewell's fire began in a Greek cabaret A cabaret In Hopewell Is an eating and drinking house where before the reform movement dancing and singing girls held forth In gay allure to tho of negro musicians or a piano There were scores of these cabarets along streets and in one of them the Greek over his gasoline stove and within four hours well was no more There were scores of talcs of of bloodshed and of ish loot in circulation In Hopewell today but the close censorship by tho militia and by the pont officials prevented the ation of any of them Major Bright in command of the militia insisted that no one had been killed by the militia and the Dupont officials said that their police officers had reported no serious damage Both militia and police feared renewed efforts at looting and every foot of the burned area was patrolled ly H is probable official state investigation of the fire will be ordered Immediately officials denied that German spins had been ed about tlin plant and town but the report still prevailed that such was tho case PRESIDENT WILSON IN COLUMBUS Huge Crowd Greets Executive Upon His Arrival Today Immediately Retires to Room and tors Denied COLUMBUS Dec by the long journey from ington President Wilson arrived hero at today and was given a mendous ovation by the crowds that lined High street from the station to the hotel Every effort had been made by the Washington as well as local authorities to keep down the crowd that would greet the presidential party but the streets were lined with people as the long procession of bearing the re- ception committee headed by the presidential car moved slowly down the street escorted by a mounted guard and cordons of police High street was one long lane of cheers clear to the hotel where the lobby was choked with persons despite the efforts of the authorities The president retired Immediately to his suite on arrival at the hotel and visitors were denied The few hours Intervening between his ar- rival and the time for his address at the chamber of commerce luncheon at the Masonic temple were spent in preparation of htR address While breakfasting on the train President Wilson discussed Ohio politics with Senator and Congressman C I Brumbaugh of the Twelfth district It was just a general re- view of the situation In erene said after the conference It Is probable that the piano for 1916 were gone over in some detail and the probability of the nomination of Former Governor James M Cox on the democratic ticket as the opponent to Governor Willis dwelt upon GREETING SURPRISES The greeting accorded the dent in spite of tho authorities somewhat surprised him Ho had de- sired a quiet arrival He was con- stantly baring his head to the ers as the procession moved down the Street In the president's party from Washington besides tho dent were Secretary Tumulty tor Atlee of Ohio and Representative Clement Brumbaugh of Unusual precautions were taken to guard the president on his arrival today Besides the secret service men fro scores of cal uniformed and clothesmen swarmed the station and were tered thru tan throng that lined each side of the street BABY DESERTED IN LOCKED SUIT CASE FINDS HOME NEW latest for- victim of the fad for adopting children which seems to be sweeping New York is the little baby found two weeks ago to a locked suitcase in a far cor- ner of the Brie station In Jersey City The little bit of deserted humanity was turned over to Miss Frances Day ent of the State Board of dren's Guardians Millionaires hoard of the dress suit case baby and tried to adopt her Truckmen laborers and bankers wanted her too But Miss Day was obdurate This baby Is going a real she said I will not let her go to a home where merely money IB plentiful She must have love The name of the people who have adopted the baby has been kept secret but Miss Day sated the information that the little girl who began lite In a suit case in a railway station would one day ride In a private car or at least in a drawing room section of a Pullman PEACE TALK OF CHANCELLOR WILL BRING FORTH NO PEACE PROPOSALS LONDON Dec all the capitals of the entente powers the I peace talk of Dr con Hollweg the German chancellor met with stern rebuffs today The tude of the allied governments is summed up in this laconic We are determined to fight it out on this line If It takes years From Petrograd Home and Paris came messages breathing the same spirit of confidence which has ed the allies since the war began However while the allies are mined to stand together and er no proposals for peace they do not underestimate the strength of the German allies nor do they mini- mize the victories that Germany and her allies have won up to date In British officials circles It is con- SHELLS FALL ON GREEK TERRITORY IN BOMBARDMENT Bulgars Steadily Driving the Anglo-French Forces Shows Signs of Hostility Toward the Hungary Wants Peace LONDON Dee gary hu resolved to main without tht of Germany and Genera dis- patch to the Exchange Telegraph Company ATHENS Dw fell on Greek during a rant duel between and Anglo-French of at which HM Mi gun wai fought ww near Lake Doiran which part of the Servian boundary The Bulgan are reported to have been driven from their that the bent answer to the German chancellor la the fact that even row the war chiefs of the allied countries are planning fresh by land and sea SUGGESTIONS MADE In the discussion of various phases of the war at the highest council In Paris suggestions were made it was learned today as to how the Gorman I seas fleet might be forced from I tin In the Kiel canal It Waa for the discussion of that question it was said that Admiral chief of the general staff of the sian navy was called to Parts The military chiefs are satisfied with the progress of operations on all fronts It Is said notwithstanding the check at the Dardanelles and the subjugation of by the Germans and Bulgarians 22 FREIGHT CARS ARE DESTROYED IN WRECK Dec 10 Twenty-two freight oars and their contents were destroyed in a wreck on the Pennsylvania near well Pa early today A brakeman and an engineer were slightly hurt One ruin going cast was ally derailed and tho train coming west smashed Into It Wrecking crews are busily engaged IB away the trails WANTS TAX BACK Ohio Dec County Treasurer Herman KCr has presented Superintendent 1 V Kennedy with a claim for one dollar dog tax with a per cent penalty duo since 1906 Tho clog reached here in a box car nine years ago and resisted all efforts to be driven from the depot When the assessor checked up tho dogs no owner for the tramp dog was found so he was charged up to the railroad KAT DINNER TOLEDO Dec Latin students of Scott high school are to eat Roman dinner in order to show how the Romans The menu will include pheasant brains flamingo and artichoke M PASSING OP AMERICA'S WAR Monetary loss to hundred to dred totally Ton thousand people less Hanks hotels business buildings and homes swept One looter lynched by homeless foreigners Gun fights between militia in charge of the flro against looters Firemen injured in of brick wall No loss to the powder com- pany WHEAT FOR THE ALLIES IS BURNED ERIK PH Dec tions of the combination of tho Anchor Lino Co was de- by fire early this morning About of wheat said to be intended for the allies was lost The loss runs over a lion dollars The fire broke out shortly before daylight and when the city ment arrived the interior of both sections was a roaring furnace and a sheet of flame had shot up thru tho roof By hard work the fire fighters saved the third section of the big elevator There Is erable suspicion regarding thn gin the Ire snd the federal undoubtedly will be called spou to assist the MILITARY SERVICE IN U S SHOULD BE COMPULSORY SAY SECRETARY GARRISON IN A REPORT OP WAR TO HAVE RE- SERVE ARMY OP MKN WASHINGTON Dec military service is declared by Secretary Garrison in his an- report made public today to bo the only resort of the United States in providing an adequate de- Cense should citizens fall to enlist in the Continental army proposed as a reserve to the regular army Secretary Garrison throws down the gauntlet to Former Secretary Bryan and other opponents of tary preparedness in this It the Nation requires tain service and offers the most opportunity for the to furnish such service withstanding that it cannot secure such service it must then resort to some method of compelling the vice CAN MS Mr UM LONDON Dec fighting between Anglo-French tropos and Bulgarians is now in progress upon the very frontier of Greece If the Bulgars with their heavy German guns are able to continue their advance the battle may be shifted to Greek soil in 72 hours The flanking ment of the Bulgarians upon the Tcherna has compelled the French eastward as well as southward The strategy of this move was to keep near the The battle front in Southern Servia is now 35 mllea long approximately stretching from a point In the vallay to a point near n In tt U claimed that tbe lies attempts to invade Bulgaria been a complete failure The French and British it Is said by officials have suffered terrible on the Valandovo front Not has the Anglo-French drive been checked according to the but the allies been forced to retreat From 15 ti 20 miles separate the main front from the Greek line but at some place patrol skirmishing la la progress within a stone's throw of Greek territory In the triangle of the Tcherna and Vardar rivers the fighting Is taking place in the bleak snow-covered mountains with the weather ranging from 10 to 20 degrees below aero The ranges are barren and tor most part bare of any kind of foliage whatsoever The soldiers cannot erect shelters and very little fuel for their camp fires PURSUING THE The Bulgars reinforced by a man division are reported In have abandoned the pursuit of the ians for the time being to trate against the Violent ar- tillery duels are raging Advices from Salonika and Athens for the first time dwell upon the fact that the British are taking an Im- portant part in the fighting erto the French were spoken of M bearing the brunt of the Bulgarian attacks HOSTILE TO ENTENTE A dispatch to the Times that there are ominous signs of toward the allies In Greece The allies are said to abandoning their hospitals at the place the railway from Salonika leaves Greek territory and enters Servian soil As the fighting draws nearer to the signs multiply that unfavorable for the may be expected The Greeks dently regard the trend Of as foreshadowing a complete tri- umph for the German garlan and Bulgarian te statement after dismaying the of raising a reserve army of IMB voluntary en- With to the an- of men for the Continental says the Secretary of War tbe question un- doubtedly will to frequently Can they be Will yon get the cannot of course be a answer to this question Nobody knows but this does not in any way alter the course which we should pursue With respect to tbe Continental force the most favorable conditions will be provided for the citizens to enter its service The minimum of time will be required the maximum of compensation will be provided and If the volition of the citizen does not result In the securing of the needed number there will be a complete demonstration of the In- ability ol any system to produce results These on the part of Secretary Garrison must Inevitably have the effect of throwing a bomb into the camp of Mr Bryan and those who assert that lack of tary preparedness in itself makes tho United States Immune from for- eign attack Anticipating the an- of the Mr rison devotes a large part of his re- port to meeting the arguments which he says will be advanced against his policies FOR INCREASE The of the Garrison tary program previously have been made public Briefly the calls for tbe Increase of the regular army to officers and men A re- serve to be known as the Army would be raised In three installments of each These reservists would six years three the first with the colors during which they wonld receive annual intensive training In field camps With the plan in com- plete operation tbe Army always alar army of and a national guard of more would bring the military fonts up to 870.000 Last year congress appropriated for military poses As previously disclosed by Secretary Garrison hit in complete operation at the sad at four years can for M an- expenditure of Mr Bryan's opposition to military force thlt jolt in opening paragraph of Garrison's BRYAN is Tht necessity of a nation ing a force with responsibility Is demonstrated every correct process of founded upon fact This is so er the subject is considered in tbs light of the philosophy of or of history The use of forco is the inherent essence of The very term Itself Is explicit right or power to compel obedience to law Where is no force to compel such is to govera is anrchy give up the right of actions when they form themselves into or become subject to The progress and of that which Is summed 9 In the word civilization made possible solely of eminent Unless tht secure in his person sad klf perty he has neither Mr to devote w cultivation of the ar spiritual side of his TIM security Is secured to him by and government csa meet Its responsibility of by the of sufficient tongs to secare and preserve It MINSK LONDON mk if a
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