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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 SHOPPING! DAYS UNTIL DEJJVBRKD EVERV EVENING AT VOUB 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 Today-Gun Fights occur Between Loot- ers and Combined Militia and Loss Over HQPEWELL, Va., Dec. and desolation reigned to- day while rescue parties searched for bodies in the blackened embers of America's first and greatest "war brides1' 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 3oo Virginia militiamen were all that remained today of the mushroom city. The erstwhile dance halls, cabarets, saloons and gambling with" tbeir wood and canvas false fronts and the long buildings have baen swept away In a swirl of smoke and flame. Today and thruout the night the search for bodies In the rains was varied with sniping of the. militia men. NEGRO REPORTED HANGED. headers In Hopewoll's civic and business lifo said that during the early part of last night a mob of frantic flre-craced foreigners, made HO-with the loss of their homes and their household goods, had captured a negro thieving among tht rulna 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 po- lice, but no official information was available and BO far as could bf learned casualties were confined to minor wounds. Four hours' flrn 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 dyna- mited 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. .Shiverlns, sod- den groups of men, women and chil- dren, many of them without food anil hut lightly clad, huddled togeth- er seeking warmth in the big hare .auditoriums of churches and thea- ters. Here slack-jawed foreigners, Slav or Latin, growled vcngefully over his little bundle of household goods that he had packed for miles over the rough Virginia roads. Nearby a drawn-faced woman, pale cheeks showing thru tear-stained paint, gazed dazedly about, her mind wan- 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 UATKS. AM thru tho night a pitiable dreary procession had wended its by all roads out of what had bran Hopewcll. It. plodded with the siillenncsK of despair tho long ton miles to Petersburg or sought with frantic frenzy to firirt shelter In Du- 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 Oiipont. private police to drive them away. When the dyna- miting 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 fftr sid and thfeje hundred mi- JiMnmcn under Major K. W. i. Bright, ftf News, were hurried to the tceno. They drove (very one from the fire arta and organised a close patrol which kept for loottrs. The militia found in caah and securities in the mini of the Hope- well bank and the Me- chanics' 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 testi- fied to the effectiveness of their methods. Many of these men In- sisted 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 proprie- tor, whose loss ran close to a hun- dred thousand built himself a shack amid the ruins and In It worked out plant today for a concrete fire- 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 foreign- ers .most of whom were too dazed by the misfortune to even seek for aid. DKCilNS 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 accom- paniment of negro musicians or a nickle-ln-the-Blot piano. There were scores of these cabarets along Hopewell'i streets and in one of them the Greek over his gasoline stove and within four hours Hope- well was no more. There were scores of talcs of he- roism, of bloodshed and of ghoul- ish loot in circulation In Hopewell today but the close censorship main- tained by tho militia and by the pu- pont officials prevented the confirm- 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 close- ly. H is probable that'an official state investigation of the fire will be ordered Immediately. Tlopewell officials denied that German spins had been apprehend- 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 Visi- tors Denied COLUMBUS, Dec. by the long 14-hour journey from Wash- ington, President Wilson arrived hero at today and was given a tre- mendous ovation by the crowds that lined High street from the station to the Chtttenden 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 uutos 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 Pomcrcno, and Congressman C. I... Brumbaugh, of the Twelfth district. "It was just a general re- view of the situation In Pora- 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 presi- 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 chcor- ers as the procession moved down the Street. In the president's party from Washington besides tho presi- dent were Secretary Tumulty, Sena- tor Atlee Pomeretie, of Ohio, and Representative Clement Brumbaugh, of Coiumbus. Unusual precautions were taken to guard the president on his arrival today. Besides the secret service men fro mWashington, scores of lo- cal uniformed and piefn clothesmen swarmed the station and were scat- tered thru tan throng that lined each side of the street. BABY DESERTED IN LOCKED SUIT CASE FINDS HOME. NEW latest for- tuaate 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, superintend- ent of the State Board' of Chil- 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 to.have 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 roach- 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 Bethmann- Hollweg, the German chancellor, met with stern rebuffs today. The atti- tude of the allied governments is .'summed up in this laconic phrase: "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 mark- ed the allies since the war began. However, while the allies are deter- mined to stand together and consid- 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 Entente-Report Hungary Wants Peace LONDON, Dee. gary hu resolved to main pattest without tht) coBMnt of Germany and Genera dis- patch to the Exchange Telegraph Company. ATHENS, Dw. fell on Greek MM! during a rant artuUry duel between Bul- faiian and Anglo-French KMsitraMt of Valandoro. at which HM Mi gun battk wai fought ww near Lake Doiran, which part of the Greek- Servian boundary The Bulgan are reported to have been driven from their ninJJtMTni sidered that the bent answer to the German' chancellor la the fact that even row the war chiefs of the allied countries are planning fresh cam- paigns 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 higii 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 Rit- 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 Sarvla by the Austro- 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 Crom- well. Pa., early today. A brakeman and an engineer were slightly hurt. One (ruin going cast was accident- ally derailed and tho train coming west smashed Into It. Wrecking crews are busily engaged IB elcaflHf away the deofls, Fsswager trails WANTS IKK3 TAX BACK. MAXSVIELD, Ohio, Dec. County Treasurer Herman Homber- KCr has presented Superintendent .1. V. Kennedy with a claim for one dollar dog tax with a 1G 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 tongnet and artichoke wltk M PASSING OP AMERICA'S KIKST WAR BRIDES'CITY Monetary loss to Tliren hundred to flre hun- dred totally ilc- stj-oycd. Ton thousand people home- less. Hanks, hotels, rwtaurants, business buildings and homes .swept mva.v. One looter lynched by flre- crnzed 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. sec- tions of the combination elovators of tho Anchor Lino Co. was de- stroyed by fire early this morning. About hushels of wheat, said to be intended for the allies, was lost. The loss runs over a mil- lion dollars. The fire broke out shortly before daylight and when the city depart- 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 consid- erable suspicion regarding thn ori- gin the (Ire snd the federal au- thorities undoubtedly will. be called spou to assist wttk the lnvestlga- MILITARY SERVICE IN U. S. SHOULD BE COMPULSORY SAY" SECRETARY GARRISON IN A REPORT OP WAR DEPARTMKXT. niSCUSSKS PfcAN TO HAVE RE- SERVE ARMY OP MKN. WASHINGTON, Dec. pulsory military service is declared by Secretary Garrison, in his an- nual 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 mili- tary preparedness in this declara- tion: "It the Nation requires cer- tain service and offers the most fav- orable opportunity for the cltisens to furnish such service, not- withstanding that, it cannot secure such service, it must then resort to some method of compelling the ser- vice." CAN MS Mr, OantoM awkM UM fteta 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 with- in 72 hours. The flanking move- ment of the Bulgarians upon the Tcherna riTW 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 Teheraa vallay to a point near Valandoro. ATTBMPT n FAtttJBB. In floflla tt U claimed that tbe al- lies' attempts to invade Bulgaria been a complete failure. The French and British, it Is said by officials, have suffered terrible loiaM on the Valandovo front. Not onlf has the Anglo-French drive agalMt Strumultza been checked, according to the Bnlgara, 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 hnvo very little fuel for their camp fires. PURSUING THE AI.UKS. The Bulgars, reinforced by a Ger- man division, are reported In have abandoned the pursuit of the Serv- ians for the time being to concen- 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. Hith- erto the French were spoken of M bearing the brunt .of the Bulgarian attacks. HOSTILE TO ENTENTE. A dispatch to the Times declare! that there are ominous signs of hos- tility toward the allies In Greece. The allies are said to abandoning their hospitals at Ofevgll, the place whera the railway from Salonika leaves Greek territory and enters Servian soil. As the fighting draws nearer to 3reac the signs multiply that devel- opments unfavorable for the may be expected. The Greeks evi- dently regard the trend Of as foreshadowing a complete tri- umph for the German, Atutro-Huu- garlan and Bulgarian analea te statement after dismaying the pects of raising a reserve army of IMB voluntary en- listment. "With to the an- nual Initallmeots of men for the Continental says the Secretary of War, "tbe question un- doubtedly will to' frequently asfced, Can they be secured? 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 voliuiteer 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 mili- tary preparedness in itself makes tho United States Immune from for- eign attack. Anticipating the an- tagonism of the pacificists, Mr. Gar- rison devotes a large part of his re- port to meeting the arguments which he says will be advanced against his policies. CAIJvS FOR INCREASE. The of the Garrison mili- tary program previously have been' made public. Briefly the plaa calls for tbe Increase of the regular army to officers and men. A re- serve to be known as the "Conti- nental 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 ContumUl Army wosld always compfhw alar army of and a national guard of more would bring the military fonts up to 870.000. Last year congress appropriated for military par- poses. As previously disclosed by Secretary Garrison, hit plaa whetf in complete operation at the sad at four years womld can for M an- nual expenditure of Mr. Bryan's opposition to military force nfcvtrw thlt jolt .in alsiost opening paragraph of Garrison's report: BRYAN is "Tht necessity of a nation fear- ing a force with it! responsibility Is demonstrated every correct process of masmilnst founded upon fact. This is so wheth- er the subject is considered in tbs) light of the philosophy of mcnt or of history. The use of forco is the inherent essence of gov- ernment. The very term Itself Is explicit right or power to compel obedience to law; Where thnrc is no force to compel such is, to govera is anrchy. Individuals! give up the right of unregulated1 actions when they form themselves into or become subject to s> ornmcnt. The progress and mcnt of that which Is summed 9 In the word 'civilization' ktjsss made possible solely ttea.ua of eminent. Unless tht ladrfMsssI secure in his person sad klf. perty, he has neither Mr cllnatlon to devote kimadf w cultivation of the nmtal, ar spiritual side of his natmre. TIM security Is secured to him by ernment, and government csa omtf meet Its responsibility of by the possesison of sufficient tongs) to secare and preserve It." 9TKAMRR MINSK SVftK. LONDON, ItMIWT mk if a Tfca   

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