Oregon emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1909-1920, October 02, 1917, Image 1

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VOL. 19
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NO. 1
Eaton Makes Statement
to Chamber of Commerce
Faculty Member Says Charges Against
Him Were Made Without Full
Knowledge of Facts; Offers
to Explain Everything
Will Submit Evidence to Public In
Statement Made tj Press Some
Time This Evening
Acting under the decision of Presi
dent Campbell, “that it does not seem
fair that his work should be inter
rupted before he has had an oppor
tunity of stating the case in full,” Al
len H. Eaton, instructor in art ap
preciation, whose dismissal from the
University is demanded in a resolu
tion recently passed by the Eugene
Chamber of Commerce, was in his
office in the Architecture building for
conference with students wishing to
sign up in his course, yesterday and
In the resolution passed by th^
Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Eaton is
charged with having attended the
meeting of the People’s Council of
Democracy and Terms of Peace held
in Chicago, as a delegate. It is also
charged that Mr. Eaton was the au
thor of a signed account of the meet
ing which appeared in the Portland
Journal on the day following.
Besides asking that Mr. Eaton be
dismised from the University faculty
because he had attended the Chicago
meeting, which they deemed was un
patriotic, to say the least, and which
had been forbidden to meet in three
states and met in Ilinois contrary to
the orders of the governor, the reso
lutions demanded that he be removed
from the office of Representative of
Lane county in the Oregon legisla
ture. Governor Withycombe declined
to take any action towards removing
Mr. Eaton from his seat in the legis
lature and that matter has been al
lowed to rest pending the action of the
University authorities.
When the resolution was passed Mr.
Eaton was still in the east and says
he Knew nothing of the charges made
against him except in a general way,
until he reached Eugene, last Satur
day. A letter, written from this city
and informing him of the charges, was
delayed and did not reach him until
a few days ago. That, and only that,
was the reason why he did not return
to Eugene sooner, he says, and he
states that he was in no way trying
to delay facing the charges.
Fallowing President Campbell’s an
nouncement that Mr. Eaton would con
tinue to meet his classes for the pres
ent, as his absence during the regis
tration days would seriously handi
cap the department throughout the
year, Mr. Eaton prepared a statement
which he submitted to the Chamber
of Commerce, Monday evening. After
considering the statement the Cham
ber refused to accede to Mr. Eaton’s
request that he be heard, either by the
chamber as a body or by a committee
appointed by it, and reiterated its de
mand that he be dismissed from the
Speaking of the action of the Cham
ber last night, Mr. Eaton announced
that he had submitted his first state
ment to them, as it was in that body
that the charges against him were
first mrade. Today, he said, he would
make a complete statement to the pub
lic through the press. His statement
to the Chamber of Commerce was as
“I find in the public press that on
September 13 you adopted a resolu
tion denouncing me fur attending a
meeting of the People’s Council of
Democracy and Terms of Peace at
Chicago and for writing an account
of that meeting and signing it “Rep
resentative from Lane County in the
Oregon Legislature.” and you then de
manded my dismissal from the state
legislature and the University of Or
Says Club Uninformed
“Sinjce the governor has advised
you that he cannot act in the case of
the legislature, and the Oregonian
has said that ‘Lane county itself has
a remedy—the recall’—‘But the fur
ther demand that Eaton be required
to retire from the faculty of the Uni
versity is easier’; believing that you
do not seek the easier way but the
right way, and knowing that many of;
the members of the Commercial club
do not want to involve the Universi
ty in issues which, settled either way,
woul<f be to the University’s disad
vantage, and knowing that few mem
bers of the club wish to be unfair to
any other member or citizen, and
knowing that most members would
place the interests of our country far
above any other at this time, and feel
ing sure that the members generally
would be willing to correct a reso
lution if it were made plain that the
action was taken without the knowl
edge of all the facts, and feeling per
sonally that as a member of the club
from its very beginning I would de
sire to have as many facts as possible
before committing myself to "a far
reaching and serious resolution—
these and other obvious reasons have
decided me to place tire matter before
you, rather than to discuss the res
olution in the public press or take it
up with the public with whom it has
unfortunately been made an issue.
Says Justice Demands Hearing
“Painful as these accusations have
been to my family and me, with con
sequences which you cannot know, and
serious as has been the damage to
my reputation for patriotism and loy
alty as an American citizen, a dam
age which can be repaired in part
only, even with your willing efforts,
yet I am not bitter, nor do I ask any
consideration for myself at your
hands. But I want an opportunity to
lay Deiore you tne tacts wmcn t atn
sure some of you desired when these
resolutions were passed. Had you had
all the facts, you could not, I think, I
have taken the course you did, and
now in the interests of justice, a clear1
record for the club, the interests of
the University and the still larger in
terests of our country, I offer to give
you the truth which I could not give
you sooner.
“What information I have I will be
glad to submit to the Eugene Commer
cial club a9 a body or to a committee
selected by you for that purpose. I j
will present the matter in person, or
in a written statement, or both.
Some Facts Semi-Confidential
“There are some things growing
out of my visit to Washington that I
could only lay before a committee, on
account of some of the semi-confiden
tial matter entrusted to me by officers;
of the administration. I believe that i
the circumstances would Justify the
appointment by the club of such a
committee, and I shall be glad to
appear before it at the committee’s
But One Accusation True
“That you may not doubt the qual
ity of my request, let me refer to the^
resolutions which have gone forth
with your indorsement. Of all the
serious accusations in the resolutions,
only one of them is really true, that
one being the statement that I at
tended this meeting in Chicago. But
that I represented myself as a dele
gate from Lane county or Oregon Is
wholly a mistake, and that I signed
a communication as representative
from Lane county in the OregonJLeg
islature equally a mistake. There
were _^-esentatives from flrpgnn
in the ctj. 'ence. Washington, Cali
forr.l . Montana, Colorado—
in far ’ Western states—but
Oregon, South Carolina, Alabama, and
Florida were not represented. I was
asked to go as a delegate from a local
(Continued on page 3.)
Welcome! Let's Go!
The University of Oregon extends a whole-souled and hearty wel
come, a warm handclasp, a cheery “helloK to every student that
walks her campus. t
We wno are here at Oregon today are fortunate—fortunate in that
we can continue our education, with the determination and knowledge
that our preparation is one that will fit. us* for future service and ac
tivity in any line that we may be called. “The war will be long,” says
the government— let the youth of the country continue *their edu
To the incoming freshmen our welcome is doubly significant—we
welcome you into our midst with the full knowledge that you come
prepaied for four years of earnest endeavor and study. Oregon has
'no room for a “slacker”—she can offer much to the man or woman
who comes ready and anxious to offer his or her every effort for the
betterment of Oregon.
Our opening charge to you is that you “catch” the spirit of the
institution, that you drink in and breathe the atmosphere of democ
racy, of freedom, and friendliness. Learn to know your fellow stu
dents—feel that in them you have friends that will last through life.
“It is a little college but there are those who love it.” You will not
be here long ere you realize what it means to “fight for this institu
tion at Eugene.” Oregon stands for constructive endeavor, she builds
unalloyed men—she asks nothing but an equal return from her stu
dents, measured in willingness1 and desire to aid her.
Again let me extend a warm welcome to the old and new students
alike. Upon the former will fall the governing and guiding power—
the latter’s lot should be one of, eagerness to learn and desire to
work. • Let us all start the year with a community-co-operativeness—
let us ever keep alive the real, the Oregon Spirit, and let us build
anew and strengthen the ties that bind us together.
President Associated Students.
No Definite Word Has Reached
Here from The Dalles,
Where Shy Is
(Jimmy Sheehy.)
“Off again, on agin, Finnegan” has
nothing on “Shy” Huntington, Ore
gon’s premier quarterback, when it
comes to keeping the public in sus
pense concerning his next movement.
College fandom, instead of asking
the eternal pre-season question, “What
are the football prospects for the
year?” are quizzing each other as to
when Shy will arrive. If the Dalles
Boy drops off the train one of these
fine nights, shares in Oregon’s war
rifled football machine ought to mount
to the near-normal stage. At pres
ent he is in The Dalles, undecided,
undetermined, yet anxious to get back
to Oregon.
“Shy” is “The Last of the Mohicans”
—the one and only regular member
of the Coast championship football
eleven not wearing the “ojive” or
“blue” of Uncle Sam. If “Shy” had
his way he would no doubt be direct
ing the wonderful football machine
assembled by the marines at Mare
Island. Only an athletic heart kept
him from enlisting with the “soldiers
of the sea,” or the Eugene Ambulance
Just what part Shy plays in Ore
gon’s offense may be gathered from
the fact that he scored unaided last
year some 130 markers, kicked field
goals, threw forward passes, reeled
off numerous forty-yard runs, and
above all directed the attack of one
of the best teams developed in the
country in 1917.
The enlistment of “Shy” with Bez
dek’s 1917 forces means that Qregon
can place a war-time team on the
field, able to cope with the best in
the conferences. If he does not come,
the way of Hugo Bezdek will be hard.
Earl Leslie, a member of the fresh
man football team last fall, has been
elected to captain tlio Vancouver
diers’ football team for the year. A
game has been aranged with Multno
mah Club and an effort will be made
to get games with Oregon and 0. A.
Leslie is in the Medical Corps which
is stationed at Vancouver Barracks.
Military Drill Attracts Many Men,
Is Belief of President
With a total registration of 773 this
afternoon, the University begins real
work tomorow for the first year of
“war” college.
This registration far exceeds an es
timate mia.de by the President’s office
ten days ago that there would be about
700 in attendance at the University
for the first semester of the 1917-18
year. President Campbell now expects
a student body fully as large as in the
1916-17 semesters. Registration of
freshmen alone reached 400 Monday
right, land about BO more entered to
In only one way Is the war affecting
the Oregon student body—there are
now registered approximately the
same number of girls as boys. Pre
viously the percentage had run about
60 per cent boys to 40 per cent wo
Despite the registration of many of
the older cc'lege men as well as the
older high school graduates through
out the state, the age of the college
men has not been materialy changed
as was expected.
But to this rule there is one excep
tion. He Is Robert,E. Lees, 15 years
old, a 1917 graduate of the Ontario
High School in Malheur County. Lees
wears knee-pants and will be some
thing of a novelty in Oregon fresh
man circles. He has been in Eugene
waiting for the opening of the fall
semester for nearly a week according
to the Registrar’s office.
An evidence of the growth of the
University's reputation is shown in
the registration of Dong Kiang Chu,
of Kiang-Su China, and Tao Sun, of
Sze-Chuan. Both prepared for Uni
versity work in Chinese schools, but
their registration cards, already com
pletely filled out and signed by the
faoulty, show no trace of Chinese
monogram art. Their writing com
pares favorably with that on the reg
istration cards of their American
trained fellow-students. There are two
Chineso registering this year.
“College work this year will be made
much more intense and serious by the
Oregon students, I believe,” said Pres
ident Campbell Monday. “War seems
(Contnued on page 4.)
T resident Campbell ai.d Coacn Bezdek
Are to be Among Speakers at
Annual Y. M. C. A. Affair
Tho annual stag mix, for every man
in tho University, will be held under
tho auspices of the campus Y. M. C.
A. next Friday evening in VUlard
Hall. Secretary McPherson of the
j Y. M. C. A. is especially anxious that i
I every freshman be among thoso pres-1
ont, as it is expected that many of the
college traditions and time honored
customs will be revived for their spe
cial benefit.
“Thirsty” Laraway lias charge of
the social committee, and although lie
is tighter than tho proverbial clam
relative to his plans, an evening never
to be forgotten is in order, as "Thirs
ty” never started anything that he
could not finish.
President Campbell is expected to
he present and give a few words of
advice to the frosli, Hugo Bezdek will
outline the fall athletic program and
probably will give us a few of his ex
periences as a big league manager.
A musical program has also been
arranged and several members of tho
reorganized cabinet will give short
talks on the work of the campus Y.
M. C. A.
At present the organization is de
voting most of its time to securing
work for the new students as well as
conducting an information desk in the
administration building.
Resignation Effective at Once; Robert
Hall His Successor
The resignation of Allan J. Delay,
for the past two years in charge of
the printing plant of the University
and an instructor in the School of
Journalism, has been accepted, is the
announcement made last night by
Dead Eric W. Allen. Mr. Delay’s res
ignation is effective at once.
For the present no courses in print
ing will be offered and the shop and
its work will be in charge of Robert
C Hall, secretary of the Eugene local
of the International Typographical
union, who takes up the work Monday
morning. Mr. Hall formerly conduct
ed a print shop in Eugene and has re
cently been employed in the compos
ing room of the Register.
Mr. Delay is undecided as to what
he will do for the present.
Lower Prices on Paper Announced
Despite Heavy Advances in
Market Cost
Attention, students! The Universi
ty of Oregon Co-operative store opened
yesterday for its second year, with a
rush of business. M. F. McClain, man
ager of the “Co-op,” says that the store
is better fitted than ever to carry out
its motto, “Service and lower prices to !
all students,” in spite of the prevalent;
cry of higher prices on account of
the war.
Nearly all of the text books have ar
rived. A few English, German and
mathematics books which have been
delayed by congestion of freight are
on their way and will reach the storo
soon. “Book prices have advanced
from 10 to 25 per cent, on account
of the increased cost of paper and
other materials;” said Mr. McClain
yesterday, “but our policy v n be to
sell them below list price.”
Notwithstanding that the price of
paper has increased as much as 50
per cent, the Co-op is able to furnish
paper this year at the old prices or
i less. For instance, the notebook fill
* ers are less than last year. '
Bezdek Faces the Huge Task of Mak
ing a New Football Machine
in Two Weeks
With but one veteran out of last
year's Coast champions on hand to
start tho season, Coach Hugo Bezdek
will have the hardest row to hoe of
any coach in the conference when he
steps off the train next Thursday
morning. Bas Williams, sub-tackle
and letter man, is the sole survivor
of the “greatest team that ever wore
the lemon-yelow,” although Shy Hunt
ington may possibly return. Rumors
have been flying thick and fast all
summer concerning the star quarter
back, but the college wil not breathe
easy until Shy has paid over his six
plunks to Registrar Tiffany and had
his name entered on the books.
Trainer Bill‘’Hayward issued the
first call for candidates this afternoon
merely to get a line on what material
there actually is on hand. Hard work
will start with the coach’s arrival.
Not a day can be lost because the first
game is due in three weeks at the lat
Boz will have several members of
last year’s frosh team <to work on in
addition to the “syrrals.” Bill Steers,
who caused such a sensation by his
all-around work last season, hit town
Monday looking fit as a fiddle for a
strenuous campaign. Bill has a stran
gle hold on a backfleld Job and will
probably do the punting and drop
kicking as well. George Cook an dthe
two freshman ends—Stan Anderson
and Dow Wilson—will fight it out for
the extremity positions. In the line
Carl Nelson, Keith Leslie and Berg
are all experienced men. No real
dope can be obtained until after the
first week or more of practice.
Football givos i 1. indications of be
ing played throughout the colleges of
the land to an even greater degree
than in past years, despite the war,
and the serious international affairs.
In line with preparedness along mili
tary lines every university and school
of any note is urging a big turnout of
men to keep them in the best possible
physical condition for the call to the
Football machines of the coast have
been riddled by enlistments in the ar
my and navy. The marines at Mare
Island are in the field with a wonder
ful team, composed mostly of last
year’s Oregon varsity and stars of
other western colleges. Hollis Hunt
ington, Johnny Beckett, Brick Mitch
ell, of Bezdek’s 1916 eleven, along
with Elmer Hall and Ed Bailey, are
holding down five places with the "sol
diers of the sea.” To date they have
Lrimmed California on two occasions
and may posibly play Oregon In Port
land in late November.
Word from eastern gridiron centers
Shows a remarkable interest in foot
ball. Any fears that the big colleges
would give up the gridiron sport have
been dispelled by the fact that Har
vard, Princeton, Yale, Syracuse, and
both the army and navy have large
turnouts. Syracuse has more men out
for football at present than In any
other year, and over 200 candidates
•3.o striving fo- places on i io West
1 < int team.
Football wi’i nc doubt 3” fer the
country over in the class of game put
up. but there promises to be far mu, 1—
interest from the students in general
Conditions are such that many i
who have been unable, through kec •
competition, to make the squad will
have ample opportunity to show their
worth in the 1917 training and play
ing season.