La Grande evening observer. (La Grande, Or.) 1904-1959, September 12, 1911, Image 1

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VOLUME A. : .'"
Splendid Gathering of Governors of
the United States Complies!
. Spring Lake Today Some pleasure
Features but Principally Work
i Awaits Them Meetings Under Way
at EaHy . Hour. , ; , . : ;v . .
Spring Lake, N. J., Sept. 12. Pre-!
pared to tackel the subject of uniform
divorce laws In the different states
and other cnanges In legislation which
have been advocated by various gov
ernors and the American Bar asso
ciation, the annual conference of the
governors "of the union opened here to
day; From present' prospects the con
ference bids fair to equal if not sur
pass those of the past, both as to at
tendance and business transacted. '
Hays Flays Laxity.
Governor-Hay, of -Washington, who
Is attending the governors confer
ence which began today, speaking on
the movement for a uniform divorce
law, which will be started here, said:
"To a certain point divorce is all
right; the evil lies In the laxity laws
have been obtained; the ease with
which divorce Is given with permis
sion to remarry. The existing condi
tions are a travesty on Justice for the
man and woman who cannot do cerr
tain things in one state, but can cross
the border line and do what their own
'state prohibits., I believe there should
be a minimum residence limt arid a
time limit for re-marriage." , j
This year's meeting will differ from
that of 1910, held in Louisville and
Frankfort, Ky., inasmuch as an effort made to transact more busi
ness and have less celebration. Ken
tucky hospitality last year came near
putting ' serious business in second
place. While New Jersey Is not a whit
. behind her southern sister In tender
ing the governors a cordial recep
tion, Governor Wilson has supervised
the preparation of a program which
Will comprise a minimum of entertain
ment and a maximum of work. There
are only two events of a strictly so
cial nature scheduled for the entire
meeting, a reception by Governor and
Mrs. Wilson at Sea Girt tonight, and
a dinner , to the governors by the
Spring Lake Entertainment commit
tee on Thursday evening. The othes
evenings . will be devoted to serious
work connected wlti the conference
Governor Wooirow Wilson delivered
the onenlne address of welcome, fol
lowed by a response by Gov. Joseph
M. Carey, of Wyoming:. An address
Passing Steamer Comes to Aid When
WlrIess Calls Arrive.
Seattle, Sept. 12. A wireless today
says the steamer Ramona, owned by
the Pacific Coast Steamship company,
Is wrecked and a total loss, off Span
lsh Island. The accident occurred
Sundar nlafot. She was enroute to
Seattle from Skagway. The passen
gers were taken off by the North
western which is due in Seattle Thurs
day. The Ramona struck during
fog, but wirelessed to the Northwest
ern for aid. ' ; V - ;
Spanish Island is 100 miles south
of Skagway near Point Decision.
"The Possibilities of the Gowr
(' Conference," by Gor. Wilson
'.entucky, completed the morning
on. , ' ' '.: ' ':.
Wants Yeto Power Increased.
Go. Norrls of Montana, addressing
the convention, .recommended extend
ing the powers of governors and In
creasing the weight of the executive
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Other topics, to be' treated of during
the conference will be: "Strengthen
ing the. Power of the Executive," by
Govts. Norrls of Montana and O'Neal
of Alabama; "Employers' Liability and
Worklngmens' Compensation," by Gov.
Foss, of Massachusetts;' "The Inher
itance Tax and State Comity," by Gov,
Dix, of New York, and Noel of Missis
sippi; "The Right of the State to Fix
Intra-State Traffic Rates," by Govs.
Hadley of Missouri, and Aldrlch of
Nebraska; "State Control of Public
Utilities," by Govs. McGovern of Win-
"Problems of Prison Labor," by Govs.
West, of Oregon and Oaborn, of Michi
gan. Tlw evening will doubtless be
given over to other problems which
will present themselves to the minds
of those present, together, with the
fixing of permanent plans for future
conferences. "... . ,
In addition to the governors men
tioned the following accepted invita
tions to tbe present. Govs. Richard
E. Sloan, Arizona; George A. Dona
ghey, Arkansas; Hiram W. Johnson,
California; John A. Saf roth, Colorado;
Simon E. Baldwin, Connecticut; Sime
on E. Pennewill, Delaware; Albert W,
Gilchrist, Florlra; Hoke Smith, Geor
gia; James M. Hawley, Idaho, Thomas
R. Marshall. Indiana; Walter R.
(Continued on Page Eight)
Labor unions discriminated
I General Manager J. P. O'Brien Held to I
Be Author ol the Letter.
Portland, Ore., Sept 11. Leaders of
organized labor today come out with
a charge that the Southern Pacific has
been discriminating against the union
shopmen for months, despite an asser
tion to the contrary.' ,
. They base their charges on a' let
ter which they claim .J. P. O'Brien
head of this .Harrlman" system' in the
northwest wrote, to . Julius Krutt
schnltt, in which he said Mohler and
Bancroft were agreeable to raise gal
arles of agents and operators but not
any members of ttue various unions.
The letter Is dated April 5. 1911, and
is said to have been written at Port
land. ' : ' :" ." , i ,' .-.
Union Mesn Benefit First
Assistant . General Manager M. J,
Buckley of the Harrlman line admit
ted the letter was true but said that
there was no discrimination but that
the wages of unorganized employes
had been made voluntarily by the
company because organized employes
had out a short time before gotten
raise. ' :v '' .' ' ' '
Gompers and Kline Confer.
Los Angeles, Sept., 12. Following
a conrerence wun oamuei uompers,
President Kltne and fellow unionists
left for their homes In the east to
day. Kline stated the meeting with
Gompers had no connection with the
Harrlman line situation, further than
an explanation of the position the
union would stand lu case of trouble.
No definite action regarding the strike
has been taken. ' .
Masses to Decide Benefits.
Davenport, Iowa, J3ept. 12. The ex
ecutive commute of the International
machinists union decided today to put
the decision of strike benefits up to
the convention next week, as the com
mittee did not wish to assume the re-
sponslblllty of voting benefits but will
nbmlt them to the convention, until
the convention votes probably neat
weeftthere will likely be no action
toward striking by the Illinois Cen
shopmen's federation! .
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Air Man's Eseape Deemed Miraculous
-Machine Dives 1,000 Feet and
Strikes Hard, Throwing Aviator
Rudder Struck Fowler In the Back
Shows Determination to Continue
' the Flight .;.
Alta, Cal., Sept. 12. The total wreck
of the biplane in which he hoped to
win the $50,000 newspaper prize for
crossing the continent, today ended
Aviator Fowler's San Francisco-New
York flight rnear here. Fowler' was
wounded in the back when the rudder
which broke, caused the machine to
fall, after he had slid downward 1,000
feet, v
He was making about 55 miles an
hour when, the trouble started. The
engine was not damaged much. Fow
ler refused to state positively wheth
er he would continue the present
flight but said he would still be' the
first to cross the continent.
After the accident Fowler said: "My
vertical rudder quit for some reason
and all I could do was to go around
In a circle. My back is wrenched. It
will take a few days to rebuild the
machine,, and get straightened out."
Motor Troublesome Early.
Auburn, Cal., Sept. 12. Before leav
ing hene this forenoon at 9:34 Aviator
Fowler had trouble starting the motor.
He said his next stop would be Reno, 1
125 miles away. He hoped to spend
the night at Lovelock: Nevada, and '
Bipected'TCTdBtlm ShyrTiis- about -
1.500 feet above the ground, and
tended to follow the railroad. He land
ed here last night.
Escape Deemed MJraeuloas.
Sacramento, Sept, 12. A long dis
tance telephone message from Alta
says Fowler's escape from death was
miraculous. He dropped fully 400
feet but managed to regain his bal
ance and slid toward the ground Just
before the machine struck. . '" ' "
Wind Damage Amounts to Millions.
Cdrlnto, Nicaragua, Sept. 12. Ten
perished and 50 were injured by a hur
ricane which laid low eight city blocks
and probably damaged $2,000,000
worth of property. Several t6wns on
tho Pacific side are Isolated and it is
feared a number are dead there.
Woman Overpowers Burglar. V
Oakland, Cal., Sept. 12. Detectives
In possession of a white mask today
are searching for a burglar who stole!
$1,000 worth of Jewelry from the reel-1
dence of Dr. R. H. Carter, only to have
It taken from him by Carter's wife in
a hand to hand struggle. " - ' ' ?
Family of Fonr Barfed Under Postof.
. flee Debris May Die.
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Cadillac, Mich., Sept. 12. Thirty
were injured, six seriously, 60 dwell
lngs and business houses leveled and
property damage to the extent of more
than a half million by a cyclone which
struck the town of Hobart last night,
I according to delayed advices this af
I ternoon
Louis Wenzel and three members of
his family were burled under the de-
1 bris of the postoffice and all will prob
ably die.
Commercial Club and Motor Club Out
line and Endorse Methods of Good
Road Building That Should 1 En.
dorsed In Prospective Good Roads
Measure Hail Gh's Matter Deep
Thought. - .
Road Law Suggestions By -
S " ' Local Orders. S
Endorsement of convict labor.
8 ; State aid in the building oil &
S roads Auto club favoring 1-3 by $
S state and 2-3 by ; county; Ji
Grande Commercial club favor-'3
lng fifty per cent by county an
$ fifty per cent by state.
Supervision and dispensation 4
of funds by non-salaried com-
mission of five men and one paid
engineer, with county courts in 3
Q individual counties using the
$ commission's plans and speclfl-
cations. - :
Two Influential organizations of tTn
ion county last evening' drafted reso
lutions and took out-spoken attitudes
on the proposed good roads bill which
will be tentatively outlined in Port-
i js i . i a it a
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men Appointed by Governor West to
intq ,. lie; gopd-jroada. Question and
in-!uSSet aa nearly as possible a per-
feet law among whom is Dr. M. K
Hall of this city. Dr. Hall cannot
attend but he will be represented by
two resolutions as proxies in which
his personal views in the matter are
exactly expressed. The Union Coun
ty Motor, club directors held their
meeting last night, and endorsed the
sentiments ot Committeeman Hall,
whtf i has given the matter . much
study.. Each Issue referred to above
was seconded by the club .and am
bodled" in a resolution which that club
will send, to the meeting of the com
mittee in Portland and which will
'set forth the suggestions to the new
I law ; which Dr. Hall would make were
I he W. the scene. ' It is up to the com
mittee, comprised of a man from ev
ery county in the state, to draft the
proposed law, but the suggestions ad
vanced by Dr. Hall and endorsed by
this La Grande Commercial club last
night and the Motor club as well may
not necessarily be used in toto but
1 that the main issues will be inculcat
ed seems certain. Convict labor Is
used almost everywhere and state aid
is also given. Dr. Hall Is somewhat
Later Reports Indicate Dauwg Was
Not as Heavy as Thought' '
, Portland, Ore., Sept. 12. Reports to
day show that last night's hall and
electrical storm, while it damaged the
fruit and hops in some districts, did
not do much damage in Willamette
valley as a whole. At Woodburn two
houses were burned after being struck
by lightning. ,
. Mrs. Cella Raush' was struck but
not much hurt, at her home near Gar- about eleven thousand, ara now ,af
vish. . V . fllated with the federation. V,
luclined to believe the Commercial
clubs attitude on the percentage of
cost burden Is right but either are
good. The object is to allow the coun
ty to bond Itself as Is posslbls under
the recent amendment to the constitu
tion and by aid from tbe state proceed
to build permanent roads. Union
county would be aided to a certain ex
tent by the state and In turn would
help the other counties build thisir
roads. The Incentive to speedy ac
tion Is apparent for while Union coun
ty would be helping other counties
build permanent roads, It would be a
poor business policy to not keep
abreast with the other counties and
build herself permanent rotds.
Webster's Error Corrected. .
Judge Webster's road bill which did
not pass at the last session of tha j
legislature is remedied In the resolu
tion adopted bare last night. The
Webster bill made room for a long
retinue of public servants, that would
be parasitical to the state and this
phase alone was the cause pf the bill's
downfall.- The suggestions made here
provide that the commission of five
supeivjsors shall serve without' pay.
The only expense attached to the com
mission is the employment of a cora
p.et2it engineer; all of which is a
huge saving in Incidental expense to
the Webster bill.' It Is generally be
lieved that what this commission rec
ommends tomorrow, or as a result of
tomorrow's meeting will be embodied
in detail into the law tHa the legis
lature will adopt.
i. Meeting of Probat Judge. 1
' Detroit, Sept. 12 The annual meet
ing of the Association of Probate
Judges of Michigan was begun here!
Believed Special Train Will Pass La
Grande Before Midnight
That Is may yet be possible to get a
glimpse of President William H. Taft
when he passes through La Grande on
the night preceding the 6th of Octo
ber, Is' gradually becoming more and
more evident through of course, It will
be at a very late hour in the evening.
Because the nation's chief executive la
traveling in a special train from Boise
to Spokane, it is likely that the run
ning' time will be cut down so that
the 'special will reach La Grande be
fore the president has retired.
As far as is known now, he will stop
for a five minute speech at Baker
when he arrives from Boise, and, if the
train makes good time, the citizens of
La Grande would at least get . a
glimpse 'of the special, and perchance
entice the president to greet the audi
ence from his car.' Much depends on
the running time of the trains and. the
Commercial club officials will be alert
to the situation and it his train should
reach La Grande at an hour that
would permit the request, the exec
utlve will be warmly urged to show
himself while the engines are being
changed. Local people who see In the
turn of events a possibility .of the
much desired five minute speech, are
waiting anxiously for further devel
opments. ;f.i ;)r; :.... ',"
Labor Men Meet In Omaha.
Omaha,. Neb., Sept. 12 Delegates
from ihny of tre cities aud towns of
N?b' aVa" assembled hero today on the
j'openlic of the I mrth antral conven
tion of the State Federation of Labor.
Sessions will" continue' for several
days. Worklngmen's ; compensation
and legislation relating to woman and
child labor are the chief topics slated
1 for discussion.
The report of Secre-
tary-Treasurer W. A. Chlsman shows
I that , more than one hundred organl-
zatlons, with a total membership -f
ITY OF 500.
Wet and dry vote in Maine so Close
That OiUcial Count Must Definitely
Decide Wets Favorites in That Uo
ofticial Rle turns Favor Them by Five
Hundred Majorlt) A Big Vote Is
Polled.;.; I...
Portland,' Me., . Sept. 11. Although
there is every Indication that Maine
went ''m"'by 500 majority the pro
hibitionists insist that ua official
count will show a "dry" majority. It Is
prpbable that if beaten the drys will
Immediately petition for another elec
tion. By removing the prohibitory
amendment from the constitution It ia
now possible for the legislature to
vote for a local option measure.
Majority Still Small.
.With, eight small towns unheard
from the returns Indicate the wets
won by a majority of 500.
In view of the enormous vote pol
led, the narrow margin Is remarkable.
In Case Thy Might Have to Move
Took A Wise Precaution, j,
J. B. Wade, realizing the. difficulty
of securing a comfortable house on J
short notice has purchased the D. V'
"Brlchoux :modern little home. oa'Ni
street. Mr., and Mrs. Wade do not !,
expect to occupy it until spring, but
In case the property they are no w oc
cupying la sold, they peei secure, Ja not,
being compelled to pitch a tent. This .
is more than. many can say. The house
problem la right now agitating not &
few, the way real estate la changing
hands.' Vacant houses are almost out ;
ot the question Geo. H. Currey, th
land man, negotiated the above sale.
Brokerage Firm "Broke."
New Vork, Sept. 12. Suspension of
the brokerage firm of Vanschalk it' ,
company was announced today on the 'l '
stock exchange. Liabilities are glv
en at more than three millions. Mil
lionaire Jackson who was recently 1
murdered by a bellboy by the name of
Paul Getdel, was formerly cashier of -the
firm. Oyer extension ot credit Is 1
given as the cause of the failure. It .;
is denied there has been any defal
cation. ' , ; . . .-. '
A . Impeachment Fever Grows, , -v
-Seattle, Sept. ; 12.-In celebration of L
the victory over the ; SeattleRenton '
Southrarn car line, the people of Rain- v
ier valley held a mass meeting and
picnic, yesterday at which they deter- '.
mined to keep up the fight for the im- )
peachemnt of Federal Judge Hanford.
Germany's Counter Proposals
France Will Be Flatly Denied.
Paris, Sept. l2. France's reply to
Germany's counter proposals in the
Moroccan negotiations has been writ
ten and will be laid before tbe cabinet
for approval today. It is believed the
demands were not accepted. -
While written In a conciliatory way
It is said the note is firm.