Image provided by: University of Oregon Libraries; Eugene, OR
About La Grande evening observer. (La Grande, Or.) 1904-1959 | View Entire Issue (March 9, 1911)
--, -,K -..5. -
. t . - - -
' '''' ' ' '
LA GRANDE, UNION COUNTY, OREGON. ' THURSDAY, MARCUS, 1911.
TEREST 1H WEXIGO; DIAZ
Berlin, March .8. That Germany
will not rely on the United States to
protect her Interests 'In Mexico was
officially announced this afternoon by
the imperial foreign office. The state
ment d clared that if the situation de
velops so as to endanger German in
terests, Germany herself will take
protective measures. ; ;'
Galveston, March 9. Private and
auth ntlc advices today say Diaz Is
alive but his condition is critical. He
is being kept alive by stimulants and
In addition to this. President Taft last .French Interests in Mexico. . '
night sent a message to President t ; 7 : Coast Hears Death Report.
Diaz and today again reiterated ' hi3 , San Francisco, March 9. Reports
assertions that Diaz was alive. j received on brokers' wires practically
Rumors of his death are well found- united In the statement that Diaz U
ed on the other hand. The president dead, "
is 80 y:-ars of age and seriously UL 1 Marines Go South.
Then. too. death or fears "of lmmediat3 Portland. Or.;, March 9. Two com-
death explains the mobilization VM PanleB ' ( m:r!nes from -the Puget
troops.J It is 'well known that Diaz's j Sound navy yard passed through Port-
death would be kept secret by the of-land. today en route to San Diego.
nciais to give tnem umj to - arrange
Much Equipment Beady.
..Boise, March 9. Two Japanese,
well dressed, watched and took notes
w'hile the first cavalry of 200 men: en
trained for San Antonio today.
Washington, March 9. The report
that Pre jldent Diaz has been dead for
48 hours, which was received here
and at San Antonio today spread like
wildfire, and has ,. been credited by
many of authority, yet, in the face of
this- comes a formal denial by Am
bassador de la Barre of Mexico who
Is ; in' Washington. The ambassador
issued a personal message to all con
suls.ln the United States reiterating
that Diaz Is alive, and urgpsall loyal
Mexican subject to return to Mexico.
for emergencies. For this ; reason
many do' not credit the official rt
orts that Diaz is alive. " ; ,
It has been pointed out that only
censored messages have been allowed
tu Luua ul .kite muo nauo cttvt
advices received by revolutionists said Idlers,
he has be n dying for seeral days
and that the. end is rapidly approach
ing If not already there. :..
England Admits Interests.
, Admission of Ambassador Bryce of
England that he had been - asked tp
Intercede witn the United States to
fain protection for English interests
because the revolution has passed be
yond control of the Mexican, govern
ment, is causing much comment in
the light of official denials from Eng
land and Fiance that these govern
ments had sent any requests pertain
ing to the Mexican situation.
A special from Paris today says the
foreign office seml-oftlclally denUd
the announcement It had hot request
ed the United States to protect the
Sacramsnto, March ' 9.- Equipment
for 5.000 men. company by company,
has been ready at the United States
arsenal at Benlcla, according to ad
Jutana General Forbes. The equlp-
. OIL BURNING SHEA IjERE.
Improved Engine Enroute to Portland
for Use by Alblna Company. '
Advanced type of the oil-burning
Shea engines were seen here today
when a new engine destined for the
Alblna ', Incline . company passed
through the city from the east. The
engine! Is a powerful machine, as all
Sheas are, but is provided with many
new wrinkles that go to make It the
very latest In the market. Improved
oil feeds, method of lubrication and a
half dozin other Improvements on for
mer styles were all of much Interest to
local engineers, who saw the machine.
The national guard of Califor
nia is already on a war footing.
Troops and Ships Move.
Chicago, "March 9. Newspaper spe
cials centering here today tell of
ships and men moving from all sec
tions of the country.' Cruisers from
various corners are head south' and
being are rushing from Denver', Leav
enworth, and a halt dozen other forts
to mobilize on the frontier. ,
: Much Ammunition Aboard.
: New York, March 8. The cruisers
Tennessee,; North Carolina, and Mon
tana are expected to sail at daybreak
for Guantanamo. Five thousand new
type Springfield rifles and, the same
number of revolvers have been placed
aboard, and also 40,000 rounds of am
munition. ' . , ' "
avnwciv wuwro ivoinvi tvn
FRED J. HOLMES ELECTED.
FPGIHF IIOdFilS l'!uT
Will mm wsrw. ansaw mm ill 5
Circumstances Indicating on the
face of them that a concerted effort
had been made by train robbers to
ditch second s.ctlon of number five
last night and loot the American Ex
press company treasury safe carried
on that train, were u
helper engine crew ytf
at Durkee and brougt
Uon of the secret se
of ths'O-W, though j'
velopmentB carry oil
at first reached.
cha,ln lay across thf
point where the sf
meshes ,on the mail '.'.'-J,
Into the frog In ? ;
; 4 i att:n-
" b inclusion
C of heavy
5 n6 at the
t i, Durkee
, :. nd Jammed
Another opinion advanced by officials
and railroad nieii nere is that , had
there been any attempt to commit a
crime as might be suggested, by the
Incident, it would h ive b en perpetrat
ed at some remote joint and not right
at Durkee. ' ' ; '
Circumstances Match ATell. v ;
The fact that second five carried
valuables of ' great amounts, and oth
i r incidental ; circumstances are re
sponsible for a steadfast belief by
some that there was something really
behind the proposition.
Three men Immaculately
and apparently out of place la th
Grande Xnttonal, Bank's Official
Prsonncl Slightly Changed.
" tray that It 5 small town of Durkee, were seen neaf
could readily derail fz, jngine, wa3(a saloon there last evening, Popular,
fund after the first section of number k suspicion was pointed at them the mo-
; THE CLUB
BIG MASS MEETING HELD LAST
ETESIXG WITH GOOD RESULT
affairs., There was no dissenting opin
ions on ' this matter, and the entire
work of the meeting last evenlnan
seemed to be In a direction that will
Tax for Maintenance Will Be Small for
It was practically settled last night
that La Grande Is to have a commer
cial club once more. This was deter
mined by a mass meeting of the busi
ness men. There wm no undu ex
citement and no air castles. It was a
plain business proposition if La
Grande wants a permanent club and a
man to look after things she must pay
for It, and to do that there must be a
small tax rals;d from the business
people of the city. A schedule was
Introduced which works no hardship
Bnd in fact places the rate very low
on each "commercial concern In the
No definite action could b; taken
last night, for it was a mass meeting!
but this did result: A motion prevail
ed asking all directors of the old club
to resign and come in and assist In
forming a commercial organization
that Is to be active. Another, motion
carried to rivlse the constitution and
In fact make the new club slightly dif
ferent from the one La Grande had
for some time. ,
The committee named to look after
thj matter of reorganization is com
posed of Messrs. Fred J. Holmes, Chas.
Dunn, John Collier, George.Currey and
M,ac Wood. This Is an executive com
mittee empowered by the. mass meet
ing to call to their assistance any per
son in the city. The report from them
Is to be made Monday evenint.iMarch
20th, at the Commercial club rooms
when the further work of putting the
new-organization on Us feet. will take
Win nire a General Worker.
It was the sense of the meeting to
nlre a man. Not a professional "boos
ter," neither will this club at first en
, ter the field with magazine advertis
Ing. But the man to be chosen will
le on the ground every day and look
After the stranjters who enter La
Grande and take charge of all publl
Texas Sunday School Workers.
Fort Worth, Texas, March 9. Op
ening today with a large attendance
and everything in good .working order,
the1 annual convention of the Texas
Sunday School association bids fair
to be the medium of much accom
plishment In the Sunday school field
throughout the state. Sunday school
workers of national reputation are
on the four days' program and the
discussions will cover a wide range of
topics. The big feature of the gather
ins: will be a monster parade next
Saturday, when it Is expected
10,000 Sunday . school pupils
march through the streets of
JUDGE KNOWLES HOLDS THAT
PCCKETTE MUST PAY.
Cashing Check on Which Payment
Had Been Stopped Not a Crime. -
Pendleton to Meet Fossil.
Because of the fact that, the Wheel
er county , high school at Fos3lI de
tested Weston high last night in de
bate, it now becomes necessary for
Pendleton to meet the vlctor.v The
nuestlon which will be debated is
'Resolved. That further, maf.rial in
creases in the U. S. navy are desir
able," but the sides, place and date
have not yet bien decided. There are
but two other teams in the eastern
Oregon division which have not been
eliminated, the Baker and Prin.vllle
teams. These two will meet soon at
Baker and the winner will contest
with the victor in the P ndleton-Fos
sll debate. Pendleton won from the
Fossil team In this city last year and
It Is very probable that the contest
this year will be held In the Wheele
ronntv town. Pendleton East ure-
gonlan. ' '
SNOW STORM IN MOUNTAINS
Beaver Creek Region Scene of llwnl
est Storm of Tear Yesterduy.
After contemplating, for more than
a year resigning as president of the
La Gran?1: National bank George
Palmer at a recent meeting of the di
rectory stated he could no longer give
the bank as much of his time and
attention as he felt that he should
and therefore asked the board to elect
someone to succeed him. This action
was caused by the increasing business
of the Palmer Lumber company, of
which he Is president. ' f.
Fred J. Holmes, head of theiM. &
M, company, was elected to the pfeBl
dency and .W. J. Church was elected
vice . presidentthe office fdrmerly
held by Mr. Holmes. . ;
, No jotber, change, was madeYin the
La Grande National's officers "and the
working force of the bank will remain
the same. In retiring from the presi
dency of the financial institution Mr.
Palmer is fulfilling a duty which he
has felt he owed to himself for a long
five had pa Durkee and before
No. 18 and second five had reached
tht point. Its discovery was In a for
tunate manner. The helper, engine waa
abq,ut to back, in on the Biding where
18 and five were to pass, when; while
running slowly, It struck the obstruc
tion on the track. ; Ever ahrt, the dis
covery was reported to he dispatch-
er's office here by the crew and in
stantaneously steps were taken to
frustrate what at that time looked like
an attempt to derail some train' A
secret service agent was sent out on
second five from Huntington and a
close guard maintained all night., but
aside from finding the chain on the
track there were no other develop
ments. ' " " '
;May Hare Been Dropped There. N
It is possible that the chain was
dropped Ly No. 5. This Is the most
popular opinion among railroad men
ment the chain incident became known
but there have been no developments
to corroborate the theory prevalent
today that these men had be:n "tipped
off" to the fact that big sums of money
were aboard second live and had chos
en Durkee as the scene of their opera
tions to ditch the train and grab the
loot. In any event the . manner of
finding the chain was fortunate for
had , any passenger train, especially
No. 18. come alone the Kne at the us-"
ual speed assigned for that spot, thai
outcome would have be'n disastrous to
say the least. - As.lt was, the helper
engine made the discovery . without
even derailing thr lone locomotive. ,
Ballroad officials are confident to
day that robbery was not the motive,
basing their opinion, as pointed out.
on the fact that such" effort would have
been concentrated at some remote
point on the road. r
Basing the opinion on the, grounds
that Ralph Atkinson had committed
no crime in presenting a check issued
by Al Puckette In favor of Atkinson
when Puckette had ordered non-pay
ment of the check. Circuit Judge
Knowles this afternoon instructed the
ury in the trial of Atkinson to bring
back a verdict for the defendant.
It is said the check was Issued by
Puckette to Atkinson to pay a gam
bling debt, and that Puckette ordered
payment stopped the next day. Atkln
son cashed the check at the A. V.
Andrews Toggery and Andrews insti
tuted chargi.s of obtaining money un
der false pretenses against Atkinson.
The court held this afternoon that At
kinson had committed no crime and
that Andrews could bring suit tp col
lect from Puckette as there was mon
ey in the bank at that time to pay
the fce value of the paper.
coma a big businesBsrwUh good pTonrj
to the farmers. There is a duty on im
ported rice of 2 cents per pound and
a ready market Is found for. the orr-
duct In the United tSates at 7 1-2 cents
ttm a ' TKa litmViAW AAmnon v writ K ft A
. .. , ... ., . a pound. It is said to be a more prof-
elves his personal attention, has .. v. . . . , .
grown to such proportions that his
time is entirely taken up by it T
. , . .
Winter Has Been Favorable and In
dications Point to Good Fleeces.
Oscar Jacobson of North Powder Is
In the city today. Mr. Jacobson is
one of the largest sheep breeders in
Baker county and In reviewing' the
sheep industry says that this has been
exceptionally fine winter for sheep
and they will be in fine condition for
the lambing season) and that
Itable crop to grow than wheat
Many suppose It Is a difficult cereal
to false and harvest' This is" sail to
be a mistake for by modern methods it
can be handled as easily as other
grains. Only after, the planting has
been made Is the field flooded and the
wator Is drained from the ground n
few weeks before harvest. Then haa -
ers are run over the field and th9 rice
threshed the same as If It were wheat
Birmingham Awaits Roosevelt.
Birmingham, Ala., March 9. An en-
thuBlastlc ; welcome awaits ex-PresI-
the dent Theodore Roosevelt, who Is com-
SOLDIERS DRUNK ON TRAIN.
Chll Authorities at Baker Dared Not
Make Arrents Called For.
According to a telephone message
from Ed. Propeck, caretaker of the
intake of the Beaver creek pipe line,
18 miles back In the hills, the heavi
est snowstorm of the year Visited that
r glon yenerday. In sharp .contract
to the severe storm In that ' section
was the delightful weather In the val
ley. 1300 feet below the spot where the
message came from.
Shielded behind the mighty arm ofj
Uncle Sam. two soldiers of the regular
army, In charge of two military pris
oners en rotfte from the east to Fort
Vancouver, created considerable ex
citement aboard ' the-' evening west
bound train following a carousal while
the passenger was coming from Hunt
ington to Baker. The conductor called
for help at Baker but the "officials
were Informed by the drunken soldiers
that they were on duty for Uncle 8am
and could not be arrestrd. The officials
saw the weight of the argument and at
the same time the men quieted down
Guards and prisoners alike weri well
saturated, It Is said, and for a time
had the nassengers on the anxious
fleece this year Is the best In all his in to Birmingham 'tomorrow io
experienfe in the sheep business. ' speak before the. National Child La
bor conference. Upon his arrival la
GROW RICE. IN OREGON. the city he will bj greeted, by a reT
ception committee of the Birmingham
Willamette Volley Said to, Be Suitable chamber of commerce, whose guests
for the Oriental Foodstuff. : he will be while here. In the fore
noon he will address the school chil
Portland, Ore., March 8.-(Speclal) dren assembled in Capitol park. At
Thst rice can be grown In th Wal- luncheon he will the guest of Govef
lamette alley successfully is the be- nor O'Ntal and other .prominent men
lief of government experts and at- 0f Alabama. The afternoon will be
tempts will be mad-; to introduce this devoted to seeing the city and in the
new crop. Charles B. Chambllss, In evening Col. Roosevelt will deliver his
haree of rice Investigations for the address before the child labor confer
United States department of agrlcul- ence.
ture. wll come to Portland soon to
look over th situation. Local people
believe the Willamette valley . offers
Ideal conditions for rice culture.
The crop has been found to be a suc
cess In Arkansas and Texas and tests
made at Red Bluff, Cal., last year were
encouraging. Seed from the Callfor
REED AT FRISCO BUT ARREST.
RESTED ON PORTLAND PAPER
Ban Accused of Stealing from Steam
er Humbolt In More Trouble.
San Francisco, March 9. Charles
Barrett, arrested at Salt Lake for al
leged complicity In the robbery- of
gold bullion from the steamer Hum-
bolt, .last fall, was releaser .today
from San Francisco, and Immediately
rearrested : on a Portland warrant
charging the same crime.' ; :
Montreal, March 9. A wedding of
note today was that of Miss Marlon
Howard Ross, daughter 6f Dr.. and
Mrs. George T. Robs of this city, and
Mr. William O. Pugsley, son of Hon
, . . , , . .... . , William Pugsley, minister of public
la .nai-lmontol nlnta will ka nonrt In I """" "
r.:: y:::z : :: - works of Canada. The ceremony was
sewing uie buiuu ublio iu uo imcu 1111 . . ,. . . . , r, u
this state. The mild winters, early V ,:i..;
springs, dry summers, with abundant
water for Irrigation and flooding the
rice fields of the Willamette valley in
dlcate to those Interested In the sub
ject that rice culture may be made
viry successful here and a bl? Indus
try built up.
The character of the soil has bnen
found to be similar to that at Louisi
ana, Ark., and the elevation Is about
the same. There rice growing has be-
terlan church and was followed by
reception at the home of the bride's
Deputy Consul Coming.
Deputy Head Consul of the Wood
men of the World D. K. Beakey will
meet the local camp Saturday night
and all Woodmen are requested to be
present. C. C. Fitzgerald has issued
a call for the occasion,
' Washington Solons Done.
Olyrapfa, March 9 Tonight the leg
islature adjournes. The session will
be recorded as the most progressive
In the history of the state. It passed
the initiative and referendum bills
for constitutional amendments, the
eight hour law for women, and the
public utilities bill. ,
Ensenlda In Danger. .
Mexican, March 9. Driven by re
ports that the United States Intends
to occupy Lower California, General
Leyva. the revolutionist, announced
today that unless attacked before to
morrow by federal troops, reported
near,he would advance on Eensenlda. :
Gold Strenk Located.
Tanana, Alaska, March 9. Pay gold
has been discovered on the banks of
Koyukuk stream In this district. Hun
dreds are ruslng to the scene.
Grandmother Steals for Child.
Tacoma, Wn., March '9. Mrs.; M. J.
Morrill, aged 63, was arrested today
for stealing three bottles of milk for
her 10-year-old . grand daughter whom
she said was hungry, and had no food
In "the house. She declines to say
where'she lives, And probably will be '
released, so the needy child can ba
located. . '.. '.: ... " '