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VOL. XLIX. -NO. 15,346.
PORTLAND, OREGON, WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 2, - 1910.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
House Told That Money
Is Not Well Spent.
WASTE CALLED SCANDALOUS
Mysterious Conventions Help
to Absorb Public Funds.
PRESS BUREAUS AT WORK
Hostile Criticism Provoked for Pur
pose of Bringing Out Answers.
House Does Not Reduce
WASHINGTON, Fb. 1. A running Are
of criticism was poured into the forestry
nervtce In the House today when the
agricultural appropriation bfll was under
consideration. The session -was devoted
to the forestry schedule.
Representatives Mondell, of Wyoming,
and Taylor, of Colorado, were the chief
critics of the Bureau of Forestry, which
found many defenders in the House. Mr,
blonde. 1 responded to an inquiry made
by Representative Alann, of Illinois, why
the National forests could not be made
profitable now. If ever, and said that
the reacon was found In the "scandalous
extravagance" that characterized the
conduct of the Forestry Service.
Money Not AYell Spent.
Much of Us money, he said, was spent
for objects in no way related to the cut
ting of timber or to the protection of
forests from fire. Conventions for for
esters, held mysteriously, with gatherings
In which hostile criticism was to be
voiced for the purpose of answering such
criticism, press bureau work, unneces
sary travollngr expenses and the mainte
nance of large forces of employes in
Washington and elsewhere were among
thft Items of extra vagjmr rmmoTated.
"Mr. (Mann rebuked Mr. Mondell for
characterising the expenditure of the for
est service as "scandalous without go
ing into further particulars to support
rrcw Work Expensive.
Expenditures for nerwspaper and maza
rine -work for the promotion of the Ap
palachian Forest Reserve, replied Mr.
Mondell. appealed to him as "scandal
ous. likewise did the establishment
of the six district headquarters at a
cost of three-quarters of a million dol
lars and the expenditure of $40,000 for
typewriters in one year.
"What is the salary of the official puf
fer?" inquired Representative F"ltzger
aJd. of New York.
That Is a title I am not familiar with."
replied Mr. Mondell. "although they have
some wonderful titles."
Expenses Consume Profits.
Mr. Mann declared in the courso of
the debate that if forest reservations
ever were to be profitable, he could
not see why they were not profitable
"The forests are practically virgin."
said Mr. Mann, "and the timber is as
far advanced as It ever will be."
Representative Scott of Kansas, in
charge of the bill, explained that the
timber was exit at a profit, but that
the profit was more than overcome by
the expense of caring for the forest
"T can reply to that question," inter
jected Mr. Mondell. "The administra
tion of the forest service Is so ex
travagant that It would be Impossible
to pay the expenses from the revenue
of cutting the timber."
Corporations llae Monopoly.
In response to questions. Mr. Mondell
ahl that in his state timber was cut
In the National forests only by the
great lumber corporations. These men
paid $6 for stumpage, he declared
when stumpage on private tracts was
only $1.50. but they did not complain,
because they enjoyed a monopoly of
To make a good showing, he said.
great herders of sheep niado out many
applications for permits, each of their
employes getting a permit. It was by
that method, he said, that it was made
to appear that small grazers were ac
commodated in the forest reserves.
'Mr. Mondell said that on January 7.
when there was a meeting of the Na
tional Woolgrowers -Association at
Ogden there was a meeting of 100 to
E00 rangers and supervisors In that
rlty at the same time and he under
tood that they did much to make the
Ftny of the woolgrowers in Ogden
Eurest Slow to -t-Jrow.
Representative Taylor of Colorado
luestioned Chairman Scott as to the
reason for including in the forest re
lerve lands without forest on them.
Mr. Scott said ex-Chief Forester pin
rhol had assorted that such land could
be planted with trees,
To you know," declared Mr. Taylor,
that at elevations of 7000 and 8000
feet it will take POO years to grow a
forest, and at higher altitudes the time
required will be longer?"
In his own state, he said, land worth
200 or $300 an acre was included in
However. In no instance was an ap
propriation for the Bureau of Kprcstry
Teducod today by the House. .
ROBERT STRONG SAILS tXJU GIB
RALTAR OX HONEYMOON.
Late Ioctors Son Takes Sister-ln-Ijoh
's Sister as Wife at
ROCKFORD, 111., Feb. 1. Special.)
Mlas Mabel Knowlton, of Freeport. and
Robert Strong, of Portland, were married
at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs.
Iexter A Knowlton. at 4 o'clock this aft
ernoon. Rev. Howard B. French of Chi
Mr. and Mrs. Strong eatl Saturday for
G i bral tar. on t h e tr honeymoon trip.
Her sister Is the wife of Mr. Strong's
brother. The bride Is a graduate, of
Smith. College, receiving her B. I, in
108. From 1900 to 1904 she studied
music with Godowsky. Reglna Watson
and Harrison Wild, following this by two
years as assistant in the musical depart
ment of Rockford College.
In 1906 she accepted appointment as
teacher of English and music in the In
ternational institute at Madrid, Spain, re
maining abroad two years.
Last year she returned to America and
Rockford College and assumed the duties
of preceptress in the preparatory depart
ment. Robert H. Strong Is a native of Port
land, the son of a pioneer family. His
father was the late Dr. Curtis C. Strong.
For the last three years Mr. Strong has
been the manager of the Corhett estate.
Sherman Interests Himself in
election of Senator Scott.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1. Vice-President
Sherman today injected his influence into
the Senatorial contest in West Virginia,
where Senator Scott's re-election Is being
opposed by Representative Hubbard. The
proceeding is so unusual that it probably
will attract much attention in political
circles. The Vice-President issued a state
ment in which he says: ',
'West Virginia would, indeed, be short
sighted if she failed to avail herself of
the opportunity to retain the services of
business man who at all times has
looked after the interests of the state
in every way possible to advance the
great ' development that is now taikng
place. Such a Senator is Mr. Scott, and
In my opinion it would be a misfortune
not to continue into the Senate such an
earnest Republican and so Influential a
OFFICERS TRY CURE FIRST
Soldiers to Be Inoculated AVith Ty
phoid Serum After Test,
VANCOUVER BARRACKS. Feb. 1.
(Special.) To show the rank and file
there is no danger In the inoculation
of serum to become immune to typhoid
fever, officers of the garrison will sub
mit to the treatment before a general
order Is issued requiring the soldiers
to undergo the operation. The post
surgeon has called for volunteers to be
A short time ago the post had a nar
row escape from an epidemic of ty
phoid, and the surgeon has urged all
to prepare for next Summer, when the
entire command will be engaged in
maneuvers and the chances of infec
tion greatly increased.
LYNCHING IS THREATENED
Friends of Hotel Solicitor Seek Re
Tenure Upon Slayer.
ALBUQUERQUE, N. M.. Feb. 1. A
a result of the fatal shooting at Clovis
N. M., last night of Benjamin Lyons,
son of a hotel proprietor, by Frank Le
leanx, threats of lynching have been
made and the police are preparing to
rush Leleaux out of town. Friends and
relatives of Lyons are on the way from
Amarillo on a special train, and trou
hie is expected when they arrive. Lyons
and Leleaux were rival depot solicit
According to the police, Leleaux has
been taken to Tucumcarl for safe keep
ing, but It Is believed that he has been
secreted near Clovis.
JURY SEEKS INFORMATION
Mystery of Old Woman's DeatU in
, Burning House Taken Tp.
RAYVILLE, Mo.. Feb. 1. A Coroner's
investigation of the death of Mrs. Irene
Heath, whose-dead body was found last
Saturday In her burning home, is in prog
ress here today.
Mrs. Heath, who was 78 years old and
lived alone with the exception of a 14
y ear-old nephew, was thought to keep a
considerable sum of money in her house.
Her home was in the country more than
a mile from here, and the boy was away
from home when tho fire occurred.
FIRE DOES QUICK DAMAGE
Large Area I n Sou tl ica st Ba 1 1 imoro
Burned in Short Time.
BALTIMORE. Feb. 1. Fire of un
known origin which broke out in a stable
adjoining the himber yard of the Kisen-hauer-McLea
Lumber Company, on. Cen
tral avenue. Southeast Baltimore, this
afternoon, swept over a large area in a
short time and caused a total loss esti
mated at from $300,000 to $400,000.
ROAD TO SPEND BIG SUM
Canadian Pacific Appropriates $30,
000,000 for Extensions.
WINNIPEG, Man., Feb. 1. It was an
nounced today by General Manager
Bury, of the .Canadian Pacific Railway,
that the company will spend $30.'.X.000 in
Western Canada this year for extensions,
bridges and shops and for double-tracking
the main line.
Woman Wins Point
COURT-MARTIAL TRIAL ON
Wife, Despite Allegations,
Stands by Husband.
MADE TRIP TO WASHINGTON
Secretary or Xavy Meyer and Senator
Ijodpe Won Over by Plea of
Spouse of Man Assaulted
for Taking Picture.
BOSTON. Feb. 1. "It's a woman's
fight," said a naval officer today as he
left the court -marshal trial of Paymaster
Geroge P. Auld, after hearing the wife
of the man that the young Burlington of -fleer
is said to have attacked, testify
that she made a special trip to Wash
Ington to get Secretary of the Navy
Meyer and Senator Lodge to press the
charges against Auld.
Women predominated in the courtroom
today while the presence on the witness
stand of half a dozen young women of
the Navy dancing set gave the scene
decided feminine touch.
From the testimony today the quarrel
which the men took up originated over a
photograph of Miss Dorothy Hesler, of
EVanston, III., which Dr. E. S. Cowles,
of Boston, is said to have carried from
the room of Dr. A. S. Robnett, who Is
coupled with Mr. Auld in the charges
and who will be tried later.
"Twas All a Mistake."
T3r. Cowles, whose claims as a physl
clan were repudiated by the state au
thorities today, said that he carried the
picture away by mistake and that when
about to return. Dr. Robnett called him
up by telephone and ordered him in
emphatic language to return the picture
at once or take the consequences. Dr.
Cowles accepted the latter alternative and
said that Mr. Auld carried out the or
ders of Dr. Robnett, which resulted in
the alleged assault on December 11, at
Miss Hesler corroborated the story of
the taking of the picture and said Cowles
asked her to meet him and wanted to
send her flowers. She disliked him and
so did her friend. Muss Virginia Swift, j
daughter of ex-Commandant, Rear-Ad
Then Mrs. Cowles went on the stand,
She testified that she was surprised to
learn, nearly a month after the incident,
that the matter had been closed.
Incident Is Recounted.
Mrs. Cowles recounted the inciden
with Paymaster Auld and Dr. Robnett
at the "hop" and the filing of charges
two days later. She said she was sur
prised, when nearly a month later, she
heard that the affair had been "hushed
She went to Washington, where she
saw Secretary Meyer and Senator
Lodge. Secretary Meyer, she said, read
the charges and said that the affair
was the most Bcandalous that had eve
been brought to his attention. He asked
her, declared Mrs. Cowles, not to press
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INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature,
87-9 degrees; minimum, 2S.2 degrees.
TODAY'S Fair; northerly winds.
Son &t Bpanlsh dancer seeks recognition In
British courts as son of late Lord Lionel
fackvilIe-West. Page 3.
Iooters of submerged bouses In Paris get
no mercy. Page 3.
Charges of gross extravagance and rnlBime
of funde by forestry service made in
Hmue. Fage 1.
Secretary of Navy and Senator Lodge won
ty woman ngnUnr for husband In latest
Navy scandal. Page 1.
Death roll In prlmero mine -disaster reaches
7. Page 3,
Ten men known to be dead and IT missing
a.m result of mine explosion la Kentucky.
Page G. -
Breakfast food trust to be formed by 12
firms. Page 1.
Bo-bert Strong, of Portland, -weds well-
known Illinois musician and satis for
Gibraltar on honeymoon. Page 1.
Portland woman's husband wanted by San
Kranclts-oo police for alleged pad checK
passing. Page 1.
Dismissal of case against Mrs. Ford, alleged
black-mailer, is asked. Page a.
rrtvorced wile in Boston claims share ot
$250,000 estate; six Prineville. Or., rela
tive of decent may contest. Page 3.
Nfew York stock firm falls for $1,000,000.
one of largest since panic of 1007
"Weoster and Oonley put in fast day's
PaelHc , Northwest.
Representative Humphrey plans to an
nounce candidacy to United, totstes sen
ate. Page 6.
Idaho youth may prove fire fiend; arrested
but later released. Page 0.
State wins appeal in Warner Valley swamp
lands case. Page o.
Life of reclamation act at stake In appeal
of Burley case. Page 6.
Commercial and Marine.
Pur prices advanced at January sale In
London. Page 16- -
Scramble by shorts raises Chicago wheat
prices. Page 16.
Tone of stock market generally heavy.
French, bark Boeeuct arrives from Antwerp
and will load lumber for New Zealand.
Portland and Vicinity.
Mayor Irurfsle upon ripht of Board of Health.
to choone crematory type ; Council asked.
lor funds. Page 10.
Jap in cataleptic state - for ten months,
whistles, awakes, regains speech, sweeps
ward. Pase 7.
Portland Fair and Livestock Association
plans September meet; Inducements of
fered aviators. Page 9.
Gtreetcar company promises to Improve
service, heat cars, et cetera, by next
"Winter. Page 30.
Taxpayers to vote today on bond issue for
new high school on West Side. Page 16.
Clearing-house may lend German-American
directors :O0.Oi0 to wind up Oregon
Trust affairs. Page IS.
THaba Haba'' man will rewed his divorced
wife on stage: honeymoon trip to Soutn
America. fage 7.
Food chow attract thousands on opening
aay. rage u.
Commission's wheat-rate' order concerning
Astoria interpreted variously; case may be
fought. Page g. -
Hermann, after five hours of direct ex
amination, is turned over to Attorney
Jfeney for cross-examination. Page 1.
BRITISH POOR TO GET JOBS
National Labor Exchanges Opened to
Solve Unemployed Problem.
I-ONDON. Feb. 1. (Special.) Seven
hundred and eighty labor exchanges
throughout the country were opened at 9
o'clock today and by the end of July 150
more will be set going. All are under
direct control of the Board of Trade and
represent the government's attempt to
cope with the evils of unemployment,
hitherto left to private or municipal en
terprises. Henceforth, national effort
will be made to furnish every able
bodied, decent worker with a job. The
plan is new In Great Britain, but it has
been tried in France, Germany, Switzer
land and Belgium.
The success of the plan abroad appar
ently has not been above question, there
fore British experimenters are moving
slowly. The British workman is innately
opposed to appealing to a labor exchange
for employment, as to him it savors of
destitution and charity. The Board of
Trade recognizes this as -the main obsta
cle to be overcome.
YOU LIKE TO BE THE SPEAKER?
APES BEEF MERGER
Breakfast Food Com
bine Forming, Report.
FLOUR MILLS MAY JOIN IT
Twelve Factories to Consoli
date, Says Financier.
THROAT-CUTTING IS CAUSE
Rivalry Producing 4 2 Failures In
Three Years, Huge Holding
Company to Control All.
Prices May Not Rise.
CHICAGO. Feb. 1. (Special.) The
hungry public, turning from prohibitive
meat 'and other foodstuffs to cereals, is
apparently in for another hard shock
as there Is every Indication that a
great combine in cereals Is on the verge
of completion to be followed i immedi
ately by a general boost In prices.
Snowballs and sand seem about the
only things left that cannot be cor
Advices from Minneapolis today and
tonight are to the effect that a great
holding company is forming to take
over several ot the largest cereal fac
tories in the- TL'nited States in short.
to form a trust in breakfast foods. Ac
cording to these reports, these com
panies probably would go into the com
Northwestern Cereal Corporation.
Minneapolis Cereal & Milling Co.
Fruen Wheat Food & Milling Co.
Mlnne-Paul Cereal & Milling Co.
Malta Vita Food Company, of Battle
Pettijohn Pure Food Company.
All Iowa plants of the United Cereal
Flour Mills May Join...
It. is further declared that in addi
tion to these concerns, seven white
flour mills in the territory adjacent to
Minneapolis would be In the merger and
that there was a possibility that two
of the large baking concerns of Minne
apolis also would be included.
Thomas W. Hicks, of the National
Financing Company, said today:
"There are- 12 cereal-producing firms
in this country, where one holdin
company could handle the entire out
put. We- seek at present to combine
these 12 firms and avoid the throat-
cutting which has been going on for
years and which has caused many
failures. For Instance, Battle Creek,
Mich., which has been the center of
cereal producing, has been the victim
of 42 failures In three years.
Cereals Losing Game.
"The way things are going at present,
the cereal output is a losing proposition
for the food companies. It. is a con
tinual fight for contracts and the re
suit Is that the jobber is the only one
who makes the big money.
""In the present circumstances, with
grain at the price it commands, the
Twin City is the only logical cente
for the production of this class o
food. -If a combination is effected it
is not probable that prices will go up,
as it will give the manufacturer
larger margin in selling to 'the Job
"HUBBY" IS WANTED
HUSBAXQ OF PORTIAND WOMAN
8OTOHT BY POLICE.
Fraikk J. Rotters, of Ixs Aneclcs,
Alleged to Have Passed
BAN FRANCISCO. Feb. 1. (Special.)
A warrant charging the felonious
passing of a check drawn on a bank
in which, he had sufficient funds was
issued today for the arrest of Frank. J.
Rogers, an automobile dealer of Los
Angeles. The complainant is Michael
Barclay, ex-manager of the Reliance
Auto Rental Company. He alleges that
Rogers gave htm a check tor SHOO on
the Night and LXiy Bank of Los Angeles.
December 11, last, which was dis
honored. Barclay alleges he sold to Rogers,
formerly manager of the Pacific Auto
mobile Company, at 1150 South Main
street, Los Angeles, a Stearns car for
$3500 and that Rogers paid JS00 cash
and secured the balance by promissory
notes and a contract by which the ma
chine was to revert to Barclay on
failure to pay.
He alleges Rogers took up the notes
on checks, giving one for $1100 and an
other for 1917.50. Barclay said he
wired to Los Angeles and found the
checks worthless and then ascertained
Rogers had disposed of the machine
Rogers whereabouts is unknown to
Barc'ay. He is 24 years of age and
married recently Miss Maud Morrison,
of Portland. Or.
LUMBER PRICES ADVANCE
Demand by Railroads Given as Cause
LOS ANGELES, Cal., Feb. I. (fepe
cial.) Rough Oregon pine lumber ha
advanced $1. to $22 and $-6 a thousand
feet. Shingles have advanced 25 cents,
to $2.25 and $3 a thousand. Shakes are
up $2, to $20 a thousand.
"The reason for the advance In rough
Oregon pine." said J. F. Mullin. of the
Montgomery & Mullin Lumber Com
pany, today, "Is the heavy demand of
the railroad companies for this lumber.
Not only in the United States Is the
demand heavy, but it extends to China,
where they are doing an immense
amount of railroad building.
"The railroads use bo much, lumber
that they practically make the market.
When there is a great amount of rail
road -building the price of lumber goes
"The outlook for the lumber business
is higher prices. There has been a ten
dency toward higher prices since th
slump caused by the financial depres
eion of a little more than a year ago.1
MONTANA TOWN IS BURNING
Marysville Cries for Help From
Helena Xo Water Supply.
HELENA, Mont., Feb. 1. Marysville, 20
miles southwest of this city, is burning.
The fire started in a restaurant and rapid.
ly spread in the direction of the railway
As there is no water supply in the town
citizens were unable to fight the flames
and have had recourse to tearing "down
the buildings In the path of the fire. Tho
Helena fire department has gone to
Marysville on a special train.
Marysville. Mont., is a mining town of
2000 population. - It was famous in the
early '80s for the Drumlummon gold
mine, which for a time was the richest
gold mine in the world. The mine was
discovered by Thomas Cruse, who de
veloped it alone for nearly 20 years be
fore he made the strike which justified
his faith and made it possible to sell the
property for eeveral millions', to a syndi
cate organized in London. After the mine
had been largely worked out. other prop
erties of Mr. Cruse became producers.
FIGHT IS OVER RICH GIRL
Russian Stepfather Kenews Efforts
to Obtain Custody.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 3. Renewing
his attempts, for nine years unsuc
cessful, to regain the custody of his
stepdaughter, Jenta Fishburn, alleged
to be the heir to 2,000.000 roubles in
Russia, Jwanowitch Juryewski, who
claims the title of Count Dolgoruki,
and says he Is a half-brother of Em
peror Nicholas, began suit today for the
revocation of the letters of guardian
ship held by M. J. white, secretary of
of the Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to children.
Mr. White says the girl, who will
soon be of age, is living with a good
family and that he Is acting for her
best interests in refusing to relinquish
his charge. He scouts the story told
by her stepfather.
CATTLE ARE $5 A HEAD
Zero Weather Finds Stock Too Weak
to Drive to Feed.
PI3NDL.ETON, Or., Feb. 1. (Special.)
This section of Eastern Oregon is in the
grip of zero weather again. The ground
is covered with snow and if the cold
weather continues It will mean a great
expense and possible loss to stockmen.
Feed Is high and hard to get at any
price. According to reports received this
evening from the John Day country in
Orant County, the hay supply is ex
hausted and cattle can be purchased at to
a head. It is said that they are already
too weak to be driven out to where feed
can be obtained.
-It is clear tonight, a strong wind is
blowing from the north, and there Is
every Indication that the temperature
will go below zero before morning.
MATCH FDR HENEY
'rosecutor Fails to
MAYS TELEGRAM NOT RECALLED
Defendant's Direct Examina
tion Takes Five Hours.
DENIAL IS CORROBORATED
Jones Letters, Prosecution's Strong
Point, Never Received by Wit
ness, Is Testified Explan
ations Seem Telling.
After devoting five hours to his di
rect examination, Hermann was turned
over to Attorney Heney yesterday aft
ernoon and from the outset was not
baffled by the special prosecutor.
Heney went as far back as 1ST3 in
questioning the aged defendant, who.
three years before the Centennial, was
Receiver of the Land Office at Rose
burg. Rapidly, the prosecutor spanned
more than a quarter of a century and
arrived at the phase of Hermann's of
ficial life where Hermann and Secretary
Hitchcock did not gibe. Hermann typi
fied Hitchock as being "captious, suspi
cious and highly autocratic.
"In other words, Mr. Hermann, he
was not a handshaker, or so amiable
as he might Lave been?" asked Heney.
"Not quite so amiable as yourself,
Mr. Heney," replied Hermann.
Hermann declared his trouble with
Hitchcock arose over an order received
from the Secretary concerning a map
which the Land Office was 'preparinic
and which Hermann induced President
McKInley to revoke. The cross-examination
ended there for the day.
Heney wanted to know whether Her
mann, in 1S73, allowed land more valua
ble for timber than agriculture to ba
taken under the homestead act. Her
mann replied that the fact that timbef
was on the land was not considered a
fatal defect in a homestead enlry where
the treeo could be removed and the land
Ienial Is Corroborated.
Hermann's defen se against the accusa
tion that he had become a. party to the
Blue Mountain forest reserve conspiracy
at a meeting in the office of Surveyor
General Meldrum, at which Mays was
alleged to have been present, is a denial,
supported by the testimony of Holm
strom, Capitol watchman. He refutes
Meldrum'B assertion as to sending word
to Mrs. Silverstein to buy school lands
by the testimony of Mrs. Silverstein, who
eeid she bad not received the message
Meldrum said, he delivered.
For the prosecution Attorney Henej
made & strong point of the letters writ,
ten by Willard N. Jones to Hermann, in
which the land-fraud manipulator told
the Commissioner that his "gratituda
would be equal to the results" of the re
quest to expedite certain patents. Her
mann denied that he had ever had any
business dealings with Jones of any!
character and said he had not writtetn
Jones at any time.
His entire testimony was a scries of
denials, upheld in some instances by ex
planations evidently making his position
tenable. In other cases, as in that re
garding the Alleged conversation with
Callahan concerning friends interested in
the Oregon school lands, Hermann sim
ply matched his word egainst the witness
for the Government. Hermann denied
talking with Callahan about, the school
lands and admittted that he may have
shown him his system of checkerboarding
objectionable lands out of a reserve.
Watchman Contradicts Patterson.
Having testified Monday that neither
F. Pierce Mays nor Ringer Hermann
was present at the office of Meldrum
when he called there with H. L. Patter
son, C. A. Holtnstrom, night watchman
at the Salem Capitol, was recalled' by
the Government for cross-examination.
Patterson had testified that when he and
Holmstrom visited Meldrum they saw
Mays and Hermann there poring over a
map. Attorney Heney had fixed the al
leged visit as taking place when Meldrum
alleged that Hermann advised Mays as
to the best method to be followed in
creating a reserve in the Blue Mountains.
Holmstrom. In testifying Monday, said
he knew Mays personally and 'Hermann
by sight, and that neither Hermann nor
Mays was with Meldrum when he and
Patterson visited Meldrum's office. This
was flat contradiction of testimony given
Attorney questioned Holmstrom con
cerning an alleged conversation by him
with 1. H. McMahon. an attorney of
Salem, in which Holmstrom was said to
have declared antagonism to land fraud
prosecutions as well as asserting that the
activity of the Government in that lino
had been responsible for the hard times
in Oregon, which might lead to anarchy.
Prosecution Opposition Denied.
"I don't recall telling him that I was
opposed to land fraud prosecutions," re
plied Holmstrom. "I don't feel opposed
to anything which Is right, and have no
way to know about this case. Accordlngr
to newspaper accounts and talks which I
had with different persons I thought soma
were being pressed harder than others,
and I might have said that to McMahon.
I have never been acquainted with Mr.
(Concluded on Pajre 12)