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TO ANTI-ALIEN BILL
Possibility of Long Litigation
Indicated; Action Post
poned for One Day.
BRYAN IS NON-COMMITTAL
Secretary Expects to Remain In Sac
ramento Several Days, but Pur
pose Can Only Be Sur
mised by Leaders.
SACRAMEXTO, Mar 1. An Indica
tion of the form the Democratlo oppo
sition will take to the passage of the
Webb redraft of the anti-alien land bill
was given In the Senate today when
the measure came up for final action.
It was the original plan of the Pro
gressive Republican majority. In its
assurance of a successful Issue, to force
the bill to a vote at once. but. at the
request of the Democrats, a postpone
ment of one day was gTanted at the
last minute. The bill was set as a
special order for 11 o'clock tomorrow
In return for the delay, the adminis
tration leaders received a pledge from
the minority that It would abide by the
results as shown In tne iinai rou cmi
tomorrow, and not demand a reconsid
eration. Thus the Progressives feel
that, although apparently they saved
several by checking all further efforts
to Impede their plans.
Another antl-alien land bill, copied
directly from the Webb act now before
the Senate, with the. single exception
that It adds a clause permitting aliens
who are ineligible to citisenship to
lease farming lands for a period of
not exceeding three years, was intro
duced tonight In the assembly by As
semblyman Bloodgood. Progressive.
Previous to the offering of the
lneasrre. Assemblyman Bloodgood dis-
cussed the question Of leases with Gov
ernor Johnson and obtained a state
ment from the Executive that he had
no objections to the new plan.
Discussing the new bill. Governor
Johnson said: " -
"I told Mr. Bloodgood I had no ob
jections to any amendment that softens
the bill, so long as it does not affect
the big thing Involved namely, the
prevention of ownership by those who
are ineligible to citizenship."
The brief debate today on the mo
tion to postpone disclosed the fact that
the Democrats have barkened to the
advice from Washington, as delivered
by Secretary of State Bryan, and will
make a formal stand in support of the
National Administration. In order to
meet the issue squarely. Senator Cur
tin. Den, Introduced a resolution set
ting forth the fact that President Wil
son la opposed to an alien land bill,
and Including the following declaration:
"Be It resolved. That the people of
the State of California do hereby defer
to the wishes of the President of the
United States, and this Legislature will
not at this season pass the bills herein
This view of the President was con
tained In the following telegram to
"I take the liberty of calling your
attention to the Webb bill, which would
-involve an appeal to the courts on
question of treaty rights and bring on
what might be long and delicate liti
gation." Bill Exsete4 to Ort Votes.
Although few of the minority will
declare their views. It is generally be
lieved that to the extent of supporting
Curtln's resolution the Democrats will
defer to Secretary Bryan. Beyond that,
however, their party platform In Cali
fornia culls on them to aid In the
rnartment of an anti-alien land law.
and most of them are expected to cast
their votes for the Webb bill In its
present form, if It succeeds In escap
. tienator Caminettl. Democrat, work
ing Independently of his colleagues, is
preparing several amendments to the
Webb bill, to be offered tomorrow.
The drafts were not completed tonight,
he said, ai d he declined to discuss
the changes he expects to propose. The
majority leaders assert they will re
sist all efforts to amend the act.
No apprehension Is felt on account
of the -naming against the Webb bill
telegraphed yesterday to Governor
Johnson by President Wilson.
It is the belief both of Governor
Johnson and Attorney-General Webh
that regardless of how the act were
worded.- it probably would involve an
appeal to the courts, as suggested by
Attorney-General Webb, in a state
mnt tonight." said: . -
"I have been shown the President's
telegram to the Governor, to tho effect
that the proposed land bill might In
volve an appeal to the courts, and It
has been in the minds of everyone hav
ing to do with this subject of legisla
tion, since the beginning of the session,".
that any character of bill must nec
essarily involve the aame thing.
"No method of avoiding an appeal
to the courts by the parties Interested
haa occurred and if the Federal Gov
ernment is advised of the existence of
a way to avoid this question without a
complete and unwarranted surrender
of the rights of the state. It is to be
regretted that such method Is not
pointed out by the telegram.
Court Settiemeat Deemed Proper.
"Indeed, whenever any legislation af.
fecta the property rights of our own
elttsens. - It has ' customarily been
thought quite the proper thing to have
such rights measured and determlml
by the court and the courts are as
fully open or virtue of the laws of
the state, as well as by the treaties, to
the citizens and subjects of other na
tions aa to our own citizens, and in
them the citizens and subjects'of other
nations may have their rights deter
mined and enforced.
"If this act should be passed. I quite
realise that hereafter some person
might contend for greater rights than
the act would seem, on its face, to give
him, and In that case It would be quite
proper for the courts to pass on the
question. I am at a loss, however, at
this time, to understand how the Fed
eral Government could become In any
way Involved In or responsible for such
Secretary Bryan, who has been In hla
temporary office at the capitol building
all day. with the exception of the time
spent on his Inspection trip through a
nearby Japanese colony, haa declined
to discuss the question raised by the
There la much interest In the .future
movements of the Secretary of State,
who haa given out no- word aa to his
immediate plans, other than to aay
vaguely that he expects to remain In
Sacramento "for several days." -
Hla purposes are only surmised by
the majority leadera and Mr. Bryan
steadfastly keeps hla own counsel.
JAPAN IS AROCSED AGAIN
Commercial Retaliation Against Cal-
' lfornla Is Advocated.
TOKIO. May 1. The information
contained in special dispatches from
America reporting the failure of Sec
retary Bryan's mission and the prob
able passage of tb.e alien landowner
ship bill by the California Senate has
caused disappointment here and
aroused soDular sentiment again.
At a meeting of the American-Japa
nese Society last night the speakers
heatedly discussed the situation and
pointed out the Impotence of the Fed
eral authorities aa evidence of race
prejudice on - the part of the Calif or
nians in their determination, at any
cost, to ruin or drive out the Japanese
residents. Commercial retaliation
izulnst California was advocated.
Ranolutlnns affirmed that. while
Japanese hitherto had appreciated and
respected the traditional" friendship
and believed that Americans generally
desired to afford the Japanese the
same protection and privileges as other
foreigners, the State of California was
determined to violate the American-
Japanese treaty, thus straining diplo
matic and commercial relations; nu
that unless the neople of California
recognized the gravity of the situation
and modified their attitude it might be
difficult to restrain the growing irri
tation of the Japanese.
The leading newspapers in uoaio ex
press the bejier mat tne iai aum
gone and that the only recourse is the
submission of the question to xne
Hhonld the bill be passeo. ana sigueu
the most Influential commercial firms
assert that. Irrespective or tne govern-
itn' attitude, thev will decline to ex
hiblt at the Panama-Pacific Exposition
and will decline to trade with Call
rnmli norts. directing everything to
other Pacific Coast ports without re
gard to -cost.
WILSON SENDS FINALi MESSAGE
.Tnlinsnn I Told That Webb xMll
Would Start long Utigatlon.
WASHINGTON. May 1. Just before
leaving Washington for a two aays
trlD through New Jersey today presi
dent Wilson sent what probably will
be his last direct word on me pro
lected California alien land owning law.
It in a, message to governor jonnsuu
Kmrs-nstms- that the Webb bill, which
th Progressive majority pians w pui
through the California legislature w
morrow, "would involve an appeal to
the courts on the question of treaty
ria-hts and bring on what might be
long and delicate litigation."
The Governor Teplied immediately
that he "would be extremely grateful
for anv suggestions that would avoid
th oblectlon vou mention." This came
after the President had left the White
House. At the State Department aD-
solute silence is maintained. It is made
plain that there will be no announce
ments before the return of Secretary
Brvin. The Japanese Embassy Is
eouullv reticent, although it is reported
generaly in official circles that the
Wehh bill is regarded as even more
offensive than any of the previous
drafts of DroDOsed legislation.
That the Japanese are not disposed
to let pass unchallenged the frequent
statements from California of the great
menace to the state of the extensive
land holdings of Japanese subjects 16
evidenced by the unofficial production
of statistics here, said to demonstrate
the insignificant quantity of land held
by the Japanese in. fee simple, in
eluded in these statistics are figures
taken from last year's reports of the
California Bureau of Labor Statistics,
showing that in March, last year, the
Jananese owned only 331 farms in
California of a total acreage of 12,726.
or Just one-fourth of the area of the
District of Columbia. xne same sta
tlstlcs show that the Japanese hold
ings increased only 1000 acres from
1911 to 1912. These facts are ex
pected to be injected Into the negotla
tlons between America and Japan
which will follow Scretary-Bryan's re
turn to the capital.
BOOKER T. PTTIES WHITES
Negro Educator Thinks- Few Japan'
ese Need Not Be Feared.
ST. LOUIS. May 1. Booker T. Wash.
ington. negro educator. In addressing
the peace congress, now In session here
tonight, said: .
"For years(we have been sending out
missionaries to japan to teaca inns,
ttanltv, to teach our methods of In
dustry. The Japanese have thought
we were in earnest In our endeavor to
help them. But when a few thousand
Japanese come to our country and at
tempt to put into practice the lessons
we have taught, we attempt to humili
"Such a course is unworthy of our
civilization. I pity the white man in
America who is afraid to stand up In
open competition in the commercial
world by the side of a few thousand
RENT All V ALOIS THREATENED
Land Owners Say Japanese Alone
Will Undertake Work.
STOCKTON. Cal.. May 1. A delega
tion of landowners from the Island
Delta district, where many Japanese
lessees are engaged in cultivating prod
uce crops, left today for Sacramento
to register a protest against the pass
age of any anti-alien land ownership
bill that will affect the value of prop
erty in San Joaquin County.
It Is the intention of the party to
visit Governor Johnson and Secretary
of State Bryan. One of the arguments
to be presented .is a statement that
rental values will be reduced from $25
an acre to as low as $5 an acre. It
will be their contention that work on
the island tracts will not be under
taken by any other class If the Jap
anese are driven out.
Here Are Some REAL Fact
LA FRANCE TELLS STORY
(Continued From First Pace.)
when he felt sure that it was nearly
time for him to be arrested.
"From February on. I was in Port
land several times on business and. be
yond using an alias, made no special
effort to avoid arrest- On my way out
of Marshfield the last time before my
arrest I met J. W. Simmons, state dep
uty of the Modern Woodmen, coming
in. I recognized him. We stopped and
chatted about the condition of the road
further along toward Marshfield. After
I was arrested he said something about
having met me before. I laughed and
told him about the Incident on the
Lots for his wife and babies, L&
France says, was what caused his fail
ure to make a final escape. He eays
that Immediately he learned that the
body purporting to be his was found
be began to realize what It meant. He
states that he was at the Multnomah
Hotel when his baby was born in
January and that at night he used to
sneak into the various homes occupied
by Mrs. La France on the East Bide
and kiss his children while tbey slept.
"I recall the incident of meeting E.
L. Duncan In the meat shop here the
day I got the change and he spoke to
me," La France said. "I walked out of
the shop and stood on the - corner,
hoping they would come and get me
and wondering why they didn't. Nels
Nelson, of the United Artisans, the first
man who, according to the newspapers,
reported having seen me, saw me all
right. 1 remember the incident. I was
there in plain sight, with no disguise.
I never used one."
Not Evem Ceat la Left.
The prisoner says that everything
haa been attached on him by the insur
ance people and that he hasn't a 10
cent piece left out of the J 15.600 which
he collected. He believes that he made
a fortunate timber investment in Coos
County and that if it is handled prop
erty there will be no necessity for loss
They Concern GAY LOMBARD, His Residence and
Some of His Statements.
Read These FACTS, Scan the Accompanying PROOFS
, and Then
Voter, YOU Decide
whether Mr. Lombard is a bona fide resident of Portland, or a de facto resident of San
Lombard's San Francisco Automobile
In an advertisement which he printed in The Oregonian of yesterday, Mr. Lombard said:
Mr. Lombard bought aa automobile ta Portland -which .proved unsatisfac
tory, aad after making neveral wisaccesafal attempts to trade It here, at last
fonad a trader in San Franplseo who -rrnm willing to exchange mat-nines, and
even In making the trade Mr. Lombard refused to alga a letter stating tbat he
was a resident of San Francisco.
The above is Mr. Lombard's language. But look here:
This is a facsimile of a letter concerning that very automobile, from the head office of
the company which made it. The Portland agent for the car had protested that the San
Francisco agent had "cut in" on Portland territory by selling the car to Mr. Lombard, whom
he believed to be a Portlander. The head, office had investigated the charge and then sent this
letter to the Portland agent:
Gene tALOrricEs: Detroit.-Mich.
DcTRorxMicH. -February sy, 19X2.
Eocker Auto Conp&ny,
we nave received a report from rue Manager of our.
Francisco Branch relative to the sale of a ear to Kr. Gay
Lombard. lir. Lombard, when ha purchased the oar in question,
stated to our San Prenoiaoo Manager that nis residence was in
San Francisco; he stated that he had formerly lved in Portland
On February 23rd, lira Lombard in reply to a que3tlot
on the subject, stated that tneir residence vras San Francisco,
Hr. Lombard being out of the city. She confirmed tlr. Lombard's
statement. that they had formerly lived in Portland, but that they
had removed from tnat city and considered San Francisco their homt.
If Mr. and lira. Lombard have stated the case, correotly,
we must of course consider then 'as being residents of 'San Francisco.
We have maae it a rule tnat a six months' residence in a city
constituted sufflolent proof to establish the faot although certain
cirounutanoea may render this rule one not to ue entirely depended'
upon. There are. oases where buyers of cars maize it a practice-to
spend six months In ono section .of the country and six months In
another section. In tnat case, tno only equitaole way to treat. -this
matter Is to consider the purchaser as having two separate
resiaenoes and the dealer who makes the sale is therefore entitled
to U. ;
. If you can throw any further light on this subject, wa
would be pleased to hear from you. tie do not countenance the
selling of cars to purcnasers residing in territory controlled by.
other dealers, but front Information whloh we have at-hand and with
no proof to the contrary, it would appear to us as -though 12r.
Lombard had establlaned his residence In San Francisco.
Tours .very truly.
MAHAG3R lEPARTMEST OF SALES
Two other letters figured in the correspondence. The first was as follows:
Detroit, Mich. February 16, 1012.
Becker Automobile Co, Portland. Ore. .
Gentlemen t We note from your favor of recent dale that Mr. Car Lombard
parrhaaed a Lorler car from our San Francisco Branch. ....
We have written oar Manager at that point asking him to give ua details of
' the sale and advise na If Mr. Lombard considers himself a resident of that city
or of Portland.
' Your, verr truly, . . . .
C. A. EWIXG, manager Department of Sales.
And the second letter in evidence reads thus:
Portland, March 8, 1913.
Losler Motor Co, Detroit. Mich. .
Gentlemen i Referring to your letter of Feb. SSth with reference to the sale
of n car to Mr. Gay Lombard In San Francisco.
We do not de.ire to question the position that the San Francisco Manager
takes regarding this sale, but we do know that Mr. Gay Lombard claims Port
' lana aa bJx home, and on the 4th Inat. our Mr. Smith called Mr. Lombard's
office on the telephone and asked to speak to Mr. Lombard. He waa told that
Mr. Lombard waa ont of the city, but would return shortly. When inquiry was
made as to whether he had moved away he wan told tbat he had been away
lace October last, and when questioned further na to whether Mr. Lombard
had given up Portland as his home he waa told that he had not.
Mr. Lombard ran for Mayor of this city last year and up to that time was
a Councilman and tn view of the fact that he baa holdings all over the city
and still maintains hla home here it Is not reasonable to expect that he la not
a resident of Portland. Wt have further heard tbat Mr. Lombard will return
shortly with hla car. . .
It in through the Portland Agency that Mr. Lombard nought this ear for
the reason that during the poet season we had a man working on him and
while the San Francisco Agent may be Innocent of Mr. Lombard's home we
feel that we nre entitled to our share of the eommlaaion.
We would be pleased to hear further from you on the subject.
Your very truly,
BECKER AUTOMOBILE CO.
Now, these automobile people were not in politics when they wrote these letters. The
Portland and San Francisco travelers and the head office at Detroit had made a combined and
painstaking effort to get at the facts. It was a matter of business, and was conducted with
Did They Have the Facts?
Voter, YOU Decide
Then Mr. Lombard publishes a facsimile of a card purporting to show that he is now a
non-resident member of the Olympic Club, of San Francisco. Facsimiles are interesting. Here
with, I think, is one fully as interesting as the one used by Mr. Lombard. The head bellman at
the Olympic Club wrote this letter. He is also not in politics, but he has answered a simple ques
tion, straight out from the shoulder. He says Mr. Lombard is an active member of the Olympic
Club. In his position this bellman is supposed to know the status of all members.
Has the Bellman Told the Truth?
Voter, YOU Decide
Now, club cards are accommodating things. It is easy for a clubman to transfer from one
class of membership to another upon occasion. The thing is done frequently. Possession by
Mr. Lombard of a card showing he is now a non-resident member of the Olympic Club proves
Besides, there is that other general report, which refuses to down, that Mr. Lombard en
gages his apartments at the St hrancis Hotel, ban f-rancisco, by the year.
Mr. Lombard prints an array of figures to prove the entirely obvious and universally ad
mitted fact that city taxes have increased. Of course they have. And the reason is that
our style of city government is ponderous, out-lated and wasteful. That is one strong reason
tvhv we need commission Kovernment. as proposed under the new charter about to be voted, on.
Mr. Lombard admits the present form of city go eminent is expensive and bad. but opposes a
change. Is Mr. Lombard sincere? Mr. Voter, you decide.
I thank Mr. Lombard for the title he has cjnferred upon me that of "Assistant Mayor."
I hold it an honor to be so designated. Let m : return the compliment by stating my estimate of
Mr. Lombard. In one of Katie Putnam's ol 1 plays, years ago. the heroine, a frivolous, irre
.Donsible young thing named "Gay Hatch." wis designated by the programme man thus:
Gay Hatch (GAY BY NAME AND GAY BY NATURE)
Whenever Mr. Lombard does or says anything the old line from Katie
gramme comes back to me.
. . Katie Putnam
on the part of the Insurance companies.
La France la g clean-shaven, bright
and Intelligent man. He Is SO years of
age. having been born in Louisiana in
November, 1882, he states. He Is ex
tremely dark in complexion, hts hair
FLASHLIGHT TAKEN IN" DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE SHOWING ALLEGED SWINDLER
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LEFT TO RIGHT DISTRICT ATTORNEY" EVAXS, "TOMMY RYAN. STENOGRAPHER f DEPUTY DIS
TRICT ATTORNEY ARTHUR MURPHY AND J. C. IiA FRANCE, THE PRISONER.
bfilne let black, and he Is about 5 ffiet it partially embalmed, or he may have
;e!?w- 4 hVht wi -weieht Drob-lfound the body In a well-preserved
6 inches in height, iiis yeigni.
a vi,. fr Mn nnunds.
Arro T.a France is a mild, motherly-
looking: woman of about the same age.
She is of the quiet, domestic type and
attractive. Both seem to be extremely
fond of their children.
La France says that on the occasion
of their first interview, which was in
August, 1012, and which followed a
telephone conversation in which he in
formed her of his being alive, she
urged him to go no further with the
deception, but that he persuaded her
to go through with it. It was after
this that she collected from the Postal
Life Insurance Company and the Mod
ern Woodmen of America. The man
says that in the course of that inter
view, which was held on a vacant East
Side block late at night, she wept copi
ously in urging him to go no further in
IDEXTITY OF BODY SUGGESTED
Lloyd Williams, Missing Clackamas
Official May Be Accounted For.
OREGOX CITY, Or.. May 1. (Spe
cial.) Considerable credence has been
given to the theory which has been ad
vanced here that the body placed in
the Clackamas River by La Franco is
that of Lloyd Williams, ( formerly
Clackamas County Recorder, who dis
appeared from this city last March.
The boy, which La France is sup
posed to have placed in the Clackamas
River, was not found until July, and
it was badly decomposed. Williams
and LaFrance were both of the same
general build and identity was impos
sible. The fact that Williams disappeared
several months prior to the discovery,
might not alter the case, as LaFrance
may have securwl la body and kept
Great Damage Done by Water.
VTDALIA, La., May 1. Flood water
from the break in the Mississippi River
levee near Gibson's Landing continued
to spread in all directions today, de
stroying crops and inundating many
plantations. The damage will run into
hundreds of thousands of dollars..
There ai-e notr over 100 women police of
Hncni In the rnited Ptto.
Do You Want a
Good Complexion? i
tTOTJ cxa. have on if you take
Jt ears of yourself.
Overeating- and slugTisn cir
culation clog- the bowel and af
fect the skin, nature haa pro
vided aa iasal laxative whloh, pu
rifies your blood, cleanses your
intestines and relieves constipa
tion the real oause of pimples,
to. (ret a bottle of
KUNYADI JANOS WATER
today at any Drug Store,
take 14 glass on arising or
at any time on as empty
stomach, and you 11
see the difference in