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PORTLAND, OREGON, FRIDAY, MAY 3, 1913.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
VOL. LII1 C JC361.
HIS STORY AEAIH
La France Laughs at
CONFESSION HERE EXTENDED
Love for Family Alone Halts
MAN SEES SELF SHADOWED
Prisoner, Here, Says He Almost
Laughed 'When Five Detectives
Walked In on Him With Re
volvers In Their Hands.
With the exception that he refused
persistently to say where he secured
the body which was palmed oft as his,
.Malting In the collection by his wife
of an aggregate of $15,600 from an In
surance company and two fraternal
organizations, J. C. La France, who
arrived from Coquille. Or, yesterday
In charge of Sheriff Gage, of Coos
County, told the full story of the
entire transaction to District Attorney
Kvans last night. He gave a chro
nological history of his movements
from the time he left Portland on the
fishing excursion last June, which ter
minated In his supposed death, up to
the day of his arrest.
Mrs. Kmeline La France, his wife,
and three children, the two young
est Ms and the third, a girl 11 years
of age. a stepdaughter, also arrived In
custody of SherifT Gage. The woman
and the children were sent to the Fra
zer home, a county Institution, where
she is being held under guard as a
principal on a charge of obtaining
money under false pretenses.
District Attorney Evans would not
separate her and the children, the
youngest a babe In arms less than six
months of age.
Policy Collections Three.
La France saW last night that at
the time he made known to her that
he was alive she hod collected the pol
icy of $2500 from the United Artisans.
She collected $10.00 and $3000, respect
ively, from the Postal Life Insurance
Company and the Modern Woodmen of
La France, according to his state
ments, has never been further away
from Portland than the . Coos Bay
country since his disappearance last
June and he was more than a dozen
times openly In this city and without
He said that several times he saw
and recognized Thlel detectives who
were shadowing him and that they
even spoke to htm in this city last
Fall. One of them stood in the Mult
nomah Hotel, where he was registered
under the name of A. J. Ferger, and
watched him talking to his wife. He
declares that he was ready to be caught
at any time and expected to be arrest
ed every time he came to Portland, as
he saw detectives following him on the
f.t Would Have Takes Him.
"Why. I understand that they spent
about $3000 to get me." he remarked
to District Attorney Evans, "but $25
would have got me. In the hotel at
Bandon I lived for eight days while a
Thlel operative and W. C. Epps. the
Portland policeman, sent down from
here to Identify me. walked right by me
In the hotel. I was with my wife and
family in the house at Coquille . sev
eral days before they arrested me. I
saw them coming up the road to get
me and I took an old revolver and
threw it In a clothes basket In a cor
ner In order that there might be no
suspicion that I Inte.nded to use It. I
almost laughed when five of them
walked in on me, all with revolvers
drawn. I had thrown myself on the
bed to await their coming."
The prisoner declared that about the
time of his disappearance he went to
the Duncan-Botsford Company, Rail
way Exchange building, and obtained a
job cutting ties at Donald, a station
on the Oregon Electric, about 20 miles
south of Portland. He remained there
till November, coming into town sev
eral times to see his wife and family.
At first he met his wife In secluded
places on the East Side at night, but
later became bolder and visited her
openly. On two occasions they met at
the Multnomah Hotel. It was on one
of these occasions that Morris, a Thiel
operative, watched him talking with his
"Mrs. La France came In and asked
for A. J. Ferger, room 664," said La
France last night. "I saw Morris take
out his notebook and jot down what I
supposed was the name and the num
ber of the room. When I sent through
the $6000 draft from Marshfleld and
had It cashed I thought sure that would
be the last of me, but somehow or
other I wasn't arrested. I couldn't un
derstand it, and can't yet. I was tell
ing Morris on the way up here from
the Coos Bay country how often I had
seen him shadowing me or Mrs. La
France here In Portland or down there.
He didn't seem to like it"
Timber Tract Purchased.
La France says that after securing
the $6000 he purchased a tract of tim
ber and a portable sawmill and took
contract with the Duncan-Botsford
Company to get out a large number of
ties. He sublet part of this contract
(Concluded on P&g -4.)
00M PAUL'S PELF
OBJECT OF SEARCH
THREE REPRESENTATIVES SAIL
FOR INDIAN OCEAN".
Party Will Disband at New Zealand
and Captain Hansen W1U Co to
Antarctic for Body of Scott.
NEW YORK, May 1. (Special.) The
Dorothea African Expedition, on the
first lap of Its long hike down to where
$2,500,000 of Oom Paul's pelf lie on a
coral reef beneath the green waves of
the Indian Ocean, left for San Fran
The leaders are An rust de Castellane
Seymore, commander of the expedition;
Captain Thomas Burrette, a veteran of
many battles with the sea, and Vladi
mir Hansen, a doughty Norseman and
sailor of many ships. It Is a syndicate
of 20 these three represent, an Inter
national syndicate, according to Com
mander Seymore. The stockholders
will share in the gold according to their
holdings. With the three lies the se
cret of Oom Paul's treasure and they
carry as expense money stockholders'
subscriptions. From San Francisco they
take ship to Chrlstchurch. New Zea
land, and there the expedition Intends
to divide itself.
While one party, purely a commercial
one, goes over to Durban, in Natal, an
other, headed by sturdy Captain Han
sen, will take a little run down to the
Antarctlo Continent and recover Cap
tain Scott's body from Its shroud of
WORK ON CANAL HASTENED
Steam Shovels Pat on 12-Hour
Shifts to Ouch Up With Locks.
WASHINGTON, May 1. Evidences of
a determination to hasten completion
of the Panama Canal are seen in today's
reports from the Isthmus.
The nine mammoth steam shovels
digging out Culebra cut have been
put on 13-hour shifts and working at
such a rate would have a channel ready
for ships through the most trouble
some part of the canal by the time
the locks are ready.
While the last official estimates of
the earliest day at which ships could
pass through the canal has been some
time In October, the rapid progress of
the work with some additional rush
orders may make It possible for ships
to go through earlier.
MERCEDES JWADER0 WEDS
Slaio President's Sister Bride of ex-
Member ot Congress.
NEW YORK, May L Mercedes Ma-
dero, sister of Francisco Madero, the
slain president of Mexico, was married
here tonight to Antonio Canallzo, who,
under the Madero government, 'was a
member of the Mexican Congress from
Lower California. Members of the Ma
dero and Canallzo families, many of
them exiles from Mexico, attended the
ceremony. Francisco Madero, father ot
the dead executive, gave the bride
The wedding was to have taken place
In the City of Mexico in mid-April, but
the revolution, with Its tragic results.
upset the plans.
RAILROAD MAN ARRESTED
Charge of Embezzlement of $60,000
Placed in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES. May 1. Accused of
having embezzled more than $60,000
during six years. W. J. Ranney, chief
clerk in the office of the auditor of
the Santa Fe Railroad here, was ar
rested tonight and lodged in the
The specific charge on which Ranney
was arrested was the alleged theft of
$670. but Acting General Manager Hib
bard was authority for the statement
that the total amount of Ranney's
alleged peculations would approximate
at least the larger sum.
ANGRY WIFE IS JUSTIFIED
Court Acquits Woman Who Beat
Rival for Husband's Love.
MILWAUKEE. Wis., May 1. A wife
is justified In beating another woman
rho Invites the attentions of her hus
band, according to a decision by the
District Court today.
Mrs. E. D. Mlckle. charged with as
sault by Miss Annette C. Meyers, was
found not guilty and Miss Meyers got
five hours In which to leave the city.
Mrs. Mlckle testified that after she
had made futile attempts to persuade
Miss Meyers to cease receiving atten
tions from Mlckle she knocked her
down and tore her clothing Into shreds.
ART TREASURES INSURED
Morgan Collection Valued1 at $23,
000,000: Premium $102,800.'
NEW YORK. May 1. Contracts were
drawn today insuring the art collec
tion of the late J. P. Morgan for $23.
000.000. The premium --4U be $102,800.
ALBANY; N. Y, May y Under the
provisions of & bill passe y the Sen
ate tonight, the J. P. Mory V art col
lection will be exempted from the
state Inheritance tax provided the col
lection Is turned over "to a municipal
corporation of the state for educa
tional, scientific, literary, library or
historical purposes." by the heirs,
within two years.
Primary Bill Is Defeated.
ALB ANT, N. Y May 1. Governor
Sulzer's statewide direct primary bill
was defeated by the assembly early to.
day, after a long debate, by a vote of
4T ayes to 93 noes.
The bill was defeated In the Senate
NEW JERSEY "GANG"
FOUGHT BY WILSON
Return of Old Corrupt
System Is Seen.
DEMOCRATIC PARTY WARNED
Campaign Pledges Must Be
Redeemed, Says President.
NUGENT CONTROL FEARED
Unsparing Attack Made on Oppo
nents of Jury Reform National
Executive Says He Has Xo
Candidate for Governor.
NEWARK, X. J., May 1. President
Wilson battled hard tonight in two
speeches at Newark and Elizabeth to
wrest New Jersey politics from what he
termed a "resumption of control by Jim
Nugent and the old political machine."
Great crowds, frequent Interruptions
of applause and demonstrations of ap
proval greeted the President when he
put on his "warpaint," as he described
It, and campaigned In earnest to have
the power of drawing jurors taken from
the Sheriffs and placed In the hands
of non-partisan commissions.
He also pleaded for the calling of a
constitutional convention and pointed
out that it no longer was regarded as
a radical procedure to change constitu
tions In the United States.
Fucht Made for Nation.
His two speeches were filled with
satirical characterization of what he
called the "old gang In New Jersey."
But he made it clear that his fight for
apparently a local issue was made for
the rank and file of the Nation.
"I am sorry," he said at Elizabeth,
"that I should have to' come back to
speak words of criticism, but I must
say that It is familiar to have the war
paint on In New Jersey again. And it
is not singular that we should always
have to be fighting to get control of
Sheriff's Office Is Soucht.
"We want to redeem the Jurispru
dence of this state, not only of the sus
picion, but of the stain that men are
not equally treated In these courts of
law. Where the political machine is
misused in this state, as In every other
state of the Union, Is where the ma
chine controls the Sheriff's office. The
machine Instinctively fights for the
"It made all my pulses beat," said
the President In his speech here, "to
think that I was to come to this great
county of Essex that wants to govern
itself, but does not. I have come,
therefore, to speak not to you, but for
"I have exercised a great self-denial
(Concluded on Page 2.)
I IT'S UNLAWFUL TO TALK POLITICS ON ELECTION DAT.
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INDEX OF TODAFS NEWS
TESTER DATS Maximum temperature, 61
degrees; minimum. 41 degrees.
TODAY'S Fair and warmer; northwesterly
United States to tecognise Chinese Bepub-
iio today. rage 7.
British suffragettes say real war ts on.
Wilson goes to New Jersey and opens war
on ."gang" politicians. Page 1.
Western Senators fall to shake Wilson's
tariff views. Page 1.
Wilson opposed to antl-allen legislation, but
California will go ahead. Page 4.
Eastern railroads will ask permission to ln
. crease all freight rates 6 per cent. Page 2.
Dozen negroes take place of sandbags and
. save break in levee. Page 6.
Search party goes to Indian Ocean for $2,
eoo.OOO treasure. Page X.
Speakers at Peace Congress: declare against
disarmament. Page 3.
Bait Lake City employes on verse of strike.
Railways refuse demands of trainmen.
Wireless ruling brings dlsoord. Page 2.
Missouri train robber takes $1500, shoots
millionaire fatally, and Is himself wound
ed. Pare 14.
Pactflo Coast League results: Venice 5.
Portland 8; Sacramento 4, San Francisco
0; Los Angeles 4. Oakland 2. Page 8.
Northwestern League results: Tacoma 4,
Portland 3; Seattle S, Spokane 0; Van
couver 15, Victoria 6. Page &
Ty Cobb reinstated. Page 8.
Victor McLaughlen picks "Gunboat" 6mith
for heavyweight champion. Page S.
Alaska bill aimed at Japanese vetoed by
Governor. Page 6.
Yakima Blossom Festival opens. Page S.
Commercial and Marine.
Meat business on Pacific Coast will be rev
olutionized by Imports from Australia.
Wheat declines at Chicago with lower cables.
Boom In Wall street sends stock prices soar
ing. Page 21.
Docks Commission Is piqued by action of
Northern Pacific Terminal Company.
Portland and Vicinity.
Boycott of Home Telephone Company urged
by Electrical Workers' Union. Page 13.
Women voters put questions to Progressive
Mayoralty candidate. Page 15.
Knights Templars give May day dance.
East Mount Tabor children win fight for
playgrounds. Page 12.
Cinderella shoe-wearing honor falls to Port
land woman. Page 12.
La France makes "clean breast" of Insur
ance swindle affair. Page 1.
Nat Goodwin's role of Fagln is gem of act
ing. Page 14.
Baker answers Lombard In talk. Page 16.
Wheat rate cut expected te wipe out sur
plus. Page 1.
Lombard puts pertinent queries to Mayor:
Women startled by speech of Judge Gatens
on Immorality. Page 6.
5200 IN PORTLAND Y. M. C. A.
Gains Indicate City Again May Lead
Associations of World.
'More than 6200 members were en
rolled ' in the Portland Young Men's
Christian Association last night when
the census was taken for comparison
with all other associations.
The members of the census commit
tees met at supper in the association
auditorium and reported on the gains
of the week, which were almost 200.
The Portland association last year
was the 'largest In the world. While
It may not gain that honor again this
year, due to big gains made In other
oittes, It Is certain to be near the top
of the list.
J. E. Day and his leading member
ship team will be tendered a picnic by
Walter Krupke and his team, the sec
ond best. R. J. Clarke led the individ
SENATORS FAIL 10
Western Member's Er
rand in Vain.
FREE LIST IS NOT ABATED
President Says He Does Not
Fear Political Effect.
PROGRAMME IS UNCHANGED
Chamberlain and Lane at White
House With Party to Protest
That Democratic Seats in -Senate
Are in Peril.
OREGONTAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
Ington. May 1. President Wilson in
tends to stand firm for placing wool,
sugar, lumber and other Western
products on the free list, and so an
nounced to Senators Chamberlain and
Lane and four .other Western Demo
cratlc Senators, arter they argued with
him two hours ano. a half today In the
hope of gaining his consent to a Sen
ate amendment placing a duty on some
Western articles now on the Under
wood free list, especially wool and
While neither Senators Chamberlain
nor Lane would discuss the conference.
It Is understood Senator Lane's argu
ment was similar to the one he made
reoently before the flnanoe committee,
All the other Senators are appealing
for a protective duty on wool and
sugar particularly. So long as the
Senators have it In their power to pre
vent placing wool and sugar on the
free list they will exercise that power,
In view of the President's stand, but
they will accept the Administration
bill and shift the responsibility for the
free list to the President's shoulders.
Lane's Proposal Finds Support.
There are some Democratic Senators,
satisfied they cannot cut down the Un
derwood free list, who are talking to
night of adopting Senator Lane's pro
posal and attempting In the Senate to
place on the free list manufactures of
wool and other Eastern products, con
tending that only In this way can dis
crimination against the West be re
The President was told today that the
present bill does discriminate against
the West and that that section of the
country would surely suffer unless the
bill was amended.' The Senators laid
greatest stress on the political effect
of passing the Underwood bill as It
stands and told the President frankly
that if Western Democrats were com
pelled to vote for the bill that carries
free wool, free sugar and free lumber,
Republicans would certainly succeed
(Concluded on Page 2.)
READY TO STRIKE
FIRE FIGHTERS LEAD WAY
Salt Lake Commissioners Say Plenty
of Experienced Men Will
SALT LAKE CITY, May 1. The res
ignations of TS members of the city
fire department, which Includes every
active member of the fire-fighting
force, with the exception of Chief W.
H. Bywater, were presented formally
to the city commission today. It was
said tonight that three members of the
commission were ready to accept the
resignations, as there were sufficient
experienced men available to take the
places of the men who quit.
Employes of all other city depart
ments are said to be preparing to take
the same action as the firemen unless
their demands for Increased wages are
A wide breach has been made in the
ranks of the city commission as the
result of the controversy over the fire
men's wages and it Is said that several
investigations of alleged misconduct iu
office will follow. The Mayor and one
commissioner are divided from the
three commissioners who declined to
vote for the Increase. According to
Commissioner Morris, the action of the
firemen In resigning their positions
was instigated by certain high offi
cials in an effort to force the commis
sion to grant the firemen's demands.
This has been denied. According to
Assistant Chief James Paul, the fire
men acted solely on their own initia
tive and without Influence from any
members of the commission.
COLLEGE GIRLS VISITORS
Seniors in Domestic Science Class at
Corvallis See Portland Schools.
Under the leadership of Mrs. Henri
etta W. Calvin, dean of home econom
ics at the Oregon Agricultural Col
lege, and Mrs. Brooks, professor of
domestic, art, a party of 12 girls of
the senior class of the college is pass
ing a few days In Portland, visiting
the larger schools and Institutions.
with a view to gaining Information
along lines of domestic science and
Yesterday Mrs. Calvin, with six of
the girls, Mrs. James B. Kerr and Mr.
and Mrs. H. H. Herdman, were enter
tained at luncheon at Washington
High School, with Miss Lilian Tingle
Mrs. Brooks and the other six girls
were the guests of Lincoln High
School, Mrs. Sanborn acting as host
All were entertained at tea by the
senior class of the Portland Trades
INTEREST INFLECTION BIG
More Than 50,000 Ballots Are Used
in Preparation by Voters.
That Interest in tomorrow's election
Is widespread Is apparent at the City
Hall, where more than 60,000 sample
ballots have been carried away by
voters during the last seven days.
The middle of last week the ballot
tables were covered with big plies of
the ballots. When the City Hall
closed yesterday there was not a sam
ple ballot to be found.
It Is estimated by City Auditor Bar
bur that 60 per cent of the ballots have
been taken away by women. The va
rious clubs have taken small stacks
and thousands of women have ap
peared at the City Hall In person to
select ballots for their particular pre
cincts and wards.
ROADS 0RDERNEW CARS
$25,000,000 to Be Spent to Handle
Crops Movement This Year.
ST. PAUL, Minn., May 1. To provide
adequate facilities for the movement
of crops of the year 1913, approxlmately
20,000 units of rolling stock shortly will
be placed In service by three large
railways centering here at an Initial
expenditure of $25. 000,000. The roads
are the Great Northern, Northern Pa
cific and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis
According to purchasing officials of
the roads, the new equipment will be
of the latest type.
ICE HIGHER TO HOTELS
New York Concern Says Mild Winter
Has Caused Shortage. .
NEW YORK. May 10. The price of
Ice, already raised from 17 to SO cents
a hundred pounds to hotels and cafes,
may be increased again shortly, al
though the retail price to families will
remain at 40 cents, the same as last
year. Wesley M. Oler, president of the
Knickerbocker Ice Company, so as
The mild Winter and resultant short
age of 1,000,000 tons were responsible,
be said. His company supplies nearly
half the city's ice.
ALASKA REDUCTION DUE
Commercial Message Rates to Drop
July 1 to Far North.
SEATTLE. Wash.. May 1. Effective
July 1, a reduction of 60 per cent in tho
rates for commercial messages not ex
ceeding 10 words to all points In
Alaska will be made by the United
States signal corps operating the mil
itary cable between Seattle and Alaska,
according to an order received by Ma
jor D. J. Carr, from the War Depart
WHEAT RATE GUTTO
WIPE OUT SURPLUS
Action of Ship Lines
OTHER GRAINS ARE AFFECTED
Stock Diminishing Rapidly as
MILL FEED RISE IS FELT
Trans-Pacific Service Officials Have
Conference In Seattle and Un
confirmed Report Tells of Gen
eral Freight Rate Cut.
The radical cut In freight rates on
wheat and flour to Or'ental ports
agreed upon yesterday, will, in the
opinion of grain men, result In a com
plete wiping out of the wheat surplus
In the Pacific Northwest.
As a consequence of the action taken
by the steamship lines, the wheat mar--kets
In the three states were much ex
cited yesterday. Not only wheat, but
also barley and oats stocks are dimin
ishing fast with prices rapidly advan
cing, and in the mill feed market quo
tations are being raised almost dully.
Altogether the grain market Is enjoy
ing such a boom as It has not seen for
a long time.
Official In Conference.
The officials of the trans-raclfio
lines were again in conference at Seat
tle yesterday. Grain men here reclved
no official notification from them, but
it is known they agreed to cut the rate
on wheat and flour to $3 a ton to
Japan, 4 to Hongkong. $4.50 to Shang
hai and 15 to Manila.
This Is a reduction from the former
rate of $1.30 a ton to Japan and Hong
kong and $1 a ton to the other ports.
The new rates will apply throughout
June, July and August, and in some
quarters It Is believed-they will go into
Already a considerable amount of new
business with the Orient has been
worked on the basis of the lower
freights. Large Japanese buyers, In
fact, have been operating for about a
week on this basis, which would Indi
cate that they knew what was coming.
Their purchases have been entirely
from dealers and speculators in the
Extra Steamers Required.
This sudden Increase In Oriental
trade, which could only have been
brought about by the freight situation,
will not only insure the lines full
cargoes during what are usually the
dull months of the year, but It Is stated
that two extra steamers will be re
quired to move wheat arranged for.
Between 10,000 and 12,000 tons of wheat
are expected to go to Japan.
The Oriental buyers have confined
their operations so far to wheat. No
flour orders have been, booked at the
new rate, so far as can be learned, but
la Is believed that a large volume of
flour business will develop. Millers have
been active In their efforts to induce
the steamship people to lower the
rates, as only by this means could
Oriental orders be obtained.
Even without the resumption of the
Oriental demand it is likely that wheat
stocks In the Northwest would be
cleaned up before the new crop comes
on. Wheat markets in Europe have
been climbing for several weeks and
the export trade with that quarter is
reviving at a period when It usually
ceases. Several Bhlps and steamers,
Including the Port Caledonia, Inveresk.
Kentra, Marco Polo, Arracan and His
torian, are to take full or part cargoes
of old-crop grain to Europe.
War Conditions Factor.
War conditions are responsible for
the strength of the European markets.
Nearly all the wheat floated recently
from this country and Argentina has
been grabbed up by Continental deal
ers, and the English millers, finding
themselves short, have been forced to
bid up prices. This Is partly respon
sible for the higher wheat market here.
Another important factor in the
situation is the very poor-crop out
look In California, where the long-continued
drouth may cut the wheat crop
fully In half. Already this season Cali
fornia has drawn 5,260,000 bushels from
here, and grain men believe tho South
ern state will take $2,000,000 to $2,000,
000 bushels more before the season Is
ended. Three coasting steamers have
been chartered In the past few days to
carry grain south in addition to the
Portland, which is now on the regular
wheat run. and the large- shipments
that are being made regularly by the
It Is not certain that wheat prices In
this section will be affected by the
new developments, but at any rate the
market cannot recede. The cut In Ori
ental freights will not permit buyers
to pay much more for wheat to grow
ers, but it assures a-very active sell
ing and shippfhg movement. Club
wheat changed hands on the local mar
ket yesterday at 89 cents, and bluestem
was quoted at 99 cents to $1. Several
small lots have been sold recently at
the latter figure.
Coarse Grains Rise.
As for the coarse grains, they arc b
Ine: Influenced entirely by the dry
weather In California. Southern buy-
. (Concluded on Tag 2.)