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VOL. LI II. NO. 1G,4TT.
PORTLAND, OKEGOX, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1913.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
HILL IS DEGLARED
CAUSE OF TROUBLE
Answers Filed in Tele
phone 'Trust' Suit.
MEANS OF FINANCING TOLD
Sale to Highest Bidder De
MONOPOLY DENIED BY ALL
California and Puget Sound Com
panies Charge Portland Man With,
(inline In for Xothing and
Then Forcing: Sacrifice.
All the business misfortunes of the
Home Telephone Company, of Puget
Sound, and the Northwestern Long
Plstance Telephone Company, of Call
fornla. were bundled together and
dumped upon the shoulders of Samuel
Hill, president of the Home Telephone
Company, of Portland, In the answer
filed by those two companies in the
Circuit Court of the United States yes
lerday, to the suit of the Government
against the American Telephone &
Telegraph Company and subsidiary
companies. They are charged with
conspiracy to monopolize the telephone
business In violation of the anti-trust
law of July 2, 1890.
Hill la Approached.
It was alleged In the answer of the
Northwestern Long Distance Tele
phone Company that when the business
affairs of their company were in a bad
way and failure seemed, imminent,
William Mead, W. TV. Hitchcock and
W. II. Allen appealed to Mr. Hill for
assistance in rehabilitating the fi
nances of the Northwestern Company
and the Home Company, of Puget
They allege that they agreed to
transfer to Mr. Hill controlling Interest
in all three companies. Including the
. I tome, of Portland, and in return he
agreed to invest new capital. TNs wax
Portland Company Profitable.
The Portland Home Telephone Com
pany is alleged to have been paying a
profit of $5000 a month at that time
and Mr. Hill is said to have had this
company make a loan to the Puget
Sound Company Instead of advancing
it himself. Then the Portland Company
brought suit and forced the Puget
Sound Company into the hands of a
It is further alleged that Mr. Hill
repudiated his agreement to put both
companies on a sound basis and de
manded that the bondholders scale
down their holdings.
TVIIiiam Mead and P. L. Willis, tried
to reorganize the Northwestern Com
pany and exchanged bonds and stock
they held in the Portland company for
lr. Hills holdings In the Northwestern.
Barriera Are Met.
It is said, however, that when Mr.
Mead In his efforts to finance the
Northwestern Company tried to get the
Postal Telegraph & Cable Company to
bid on the Puget Sound plant and to
rntaln its connection with the North
western, Mr. Hill's manager, acting, as
the defendants profess to believe, under
the instructions of Mr. Hill, told the
Northwestern officials that they must
buy the local plants at Albany, Cor
rallls and Oregon City, in Oregon, from
the Portland company, or these plants
would be sold to the Bell interests, thus
cutting oil tho connection of the North
western. Mr. Mead is said to have
been advised also at that time, that Mr.
Hill was trying to sell the Portland
plant to the Bell people.
Under these circumstances the North
western people declare they found that
they could not get aid and were obliged
to sell the Puget Sound property as
best they might to any bidder.' and the
Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Com
pany finally agreed to bid $550,000.
Conspiracy la Denied.
The answer filed by the Puget Sound
company yesterday is in substance the
name as that of the Northwestern Com
pany. Both companies deny any iden
tification with any movement or con
spiracy to monopolize the telephone
business or to destroy competition.
Other answers filed yesterday were
from the Independent Long-Distance
Telephone Company, of Idaho, and the
officials of the Independent Telephone
Company of Seattle. These are the last
of a long list of answers filed by vari
ous companies, yesterday being the last
lay of grace for such filing.
The original petitioa of the Govern
ment cites 42 companies and individ
uals as defendants in the action, and
the list involves nearly every tele
phone company of Importance in the
Pacific Coast States.
The answers filed for the most part
make a general denial of the charges.
TWO DAYS' RAIN 11 INCHES
Mobile, Ala., Suffers From Down
pour Which Causes Flood.
MOBILE. Ala., Sept. 15. Much dam
age ha been caused by a terrific
downpour of rain which began Satur
day morning, the precipitation for 43
hours beln;r more than 11 Inches. The
low portions of the city. Inundated
Sunday morning, were flooded again
Transportation lines hav not been
erioudy- affected, ,
GUN SET FOR BEAR
SHOOTS IDAHO MAN
HOMESTEADER. IS VICTIM OF
Wounded Settler Carried 41 Miles
Out or Wilderness to Reach
LEWISTOX, Idaho, Sept. 15. (Spe
cial.) August Anderson, a homesteader
in the North Fork country,' walked into
a set gun Friday night that had been
placed on the trail for bear by John
Larson, a neighbor. The bullet from
a 38-caliber revolver entered me leu
tbigh, badly fracturing the bone.
The accident happened on a trail
leading to the Upper North Fork, and
at a point 43 miles from Orofino, known
as Meadow Creek.
Larson was sleeping in a cabin
short distance from where he had set
the cud and was awakened by the
shot and cries of Anderson. He imme
dlately went to his neighbor's assist
It is a lonely section of the moun
tain country and it was necessary for
Larson to travel ten miles to secure
Fred Freeble before Anderson could be
brought out for assistance. He was
then carried five miles, where a boat
was secured, and taken 42 miles down
the North Fork River to Ahsahka. The
trip consumed nearly 24 hours.
After receiving temporary medical
aid at Ahsahka the patient was brought
to Lewlston and placed in St. Joseph's
Hospital, and probably will recover, say
I. W. W. IN CONVENTION
Gompcrs Pictured as 'Pure Reaction
arj" at Head of "Labor Trust."
CHICAGO, Sept. 15. Fifty delegates
declaring they represented a vast army
of unskilled workmen, attended the
opening of the annual convention of
the Industrial Workers of the "World
here today. The delegates listened to
Tom Mann, English labor leader, criti
cise Samuel Gompers, president of the
American Federation of Labor. "Gom
pers is a pure reactionary, . ne saia.
and has got far away from a sympa
thetic understanding of the needs of
the great army of .borne-down, un
'He virtually Is at the head of the
American 'labor trust.' Instead of wel
coming into its membership all who
need the benefits of organization, the
labor trust' draws a sharp line, ex
cluding the unskilled."
MORE RESERVOIRS WANTED
Commissioner Daly Preparing
Conserve Bull Run Water.
To provide for future increase in the
city's supply of water, plans are under
way for the surveying of Bull Run
canyon by the city water engineering
bureau to ascertain the best place for
the establishment of a storage basin.
In the annual budget for 1914, It is
probable City Commissioner Daly will
ask for an appropriation of $5000 to
cover the cost of the survey an for
the making of preliminary plans ft the
basin. Arrangements are being made
also for the erection of a new dam at
the head works in Bull Run canyon.
Another plan which Commissioner
Daly has under way Is the establish
ment of another reservoir to hold part
of the supply of water, which at pres
ent is going to waste.
ECLIPSE OF MOON VISIBLE
As Hour Is 2:4 2 A. M., Few Port
land People Witness Phenomenon.
A total eclipse of the moon, visible
on the Pacific Coast, but not elsewhere
In the United States, took place Monday
morning at 2:42.
Inasmuch as most good folks are
abed at this hour, few persons other
than scientists, "milkmen, burglars and
policemen witnessed the phenomenon.
At San Francisco, the only point on
the Pacific Coast recognized by the al
manacs, the exact instant when the
earth's shadow began to obscure the
moon was 243:8 A. M. The total eclipse
began at 3:51:3 A. M. and ended at
5:25:5 A. M.
JUDGE THAYER IS ACCUSED
House Committee to Consider Case
of District Court at Shanghai.
WASHINGTON. Sept. 15. Charges
against Rufus F. Thayer, United States
District Judge at Shanghai. China, were
laid before the Hous committee on ex
penditures, in the State Department to
day, by John F. Curtis.
Mr. Curtis charged that Judge Thayer
left his court at Shanghai and spent
much time in Canton while various
prisoners were awaiting trial before
him. He also charged that the expense
accounts of the court were Irregular.
The committee twill receive docu
mentary evidence In support of the
7 INJURED IN DISTURBANCE
Garment Factory Workers- Attacked
by Strikers, Police Say.
PHILADELPHIA. Sept 15. Seven
persons, believed to be striking gar
mentworkers and their sympathizers,
were so badly beaten In a disturbance
late today that they had to be sent to
a hospital. Two are in a serious con
dition. According to the police, several gar
mentworkers who refused to Join the
strikers were attacked by about 800
men and boys when they left their
places of employment, police Lieuten
ant Morrow, who undertook to quell
the- riot, was badly beaten.
LAID TO EMPLOYES
Engineer, Flagman and
CRIMINAL WARRANTS ISSUED
Company Neither Made Liable
Nor Absolved in Verdict.
SIGNALS IN PERFECT ORDER
Regardless of Whether Banjos Are
Obsolete, Accident Would Have
Been Prevented if Rules Were
Not Violated, Is Charge.
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Sept. 15. Three
employes of the New York, New Haven
& Hartford Railroad are held by Cor
oner Ell Mix to be criminally responsi
ble for the disastrous wreck at North
Haven on September 2, when the White
Mountain Express plunged through the
second section of the standing Bar Har.
bor Express, exacting a toll of 21 lives.
The Coroner's finding was filed today
after he had conducted a "private" in
Signals Found O. K.
Those held to be responsible are Au
gustus Miller, engineer of the White
Mountain Express, and Bruce C. Adams
and Charles H. Murray, conductor and
flagman, respectively, of the Bar Har
The Coroner neither blames nor ab
solves the New Haven Road. He finds
the signals were In perfect working
order, "and whether the banjo signals
are obsolete or not he accident would
have been prevented if the company's
rules had not been violated." He de
clares the number of violations of
rules by employes "makes a sorry rec
Engineer Is A ire ted.
Engineer Miller was arrested on a
bench warrant this afternoon and
pleaded nit guilty before the Superior
Court. Bench warrants have been is
sued for Adams and Murray. It is said
they will be brought into court to
In his findings the Coroner says of
"The lives of a large number of peo
ple were in his care and he was duty
bound to take no chance and incur no
risks. Engineer Miller was aware the
late train was ahead and tbat it was
imperative and his duty to have had
his train under perfect control, ready
to stop at a signal of danger. . . .
Miller approached the banjo signal set
at danger just north of the wreck at
a reckless rate of speed."
Adams and Murray Scored.
Regarding Conductor Bruce Adams,
ot the Bar Harbor Express, Coroner
It was clearly his duty (after the
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INDEX OF TODAY NEWS
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, 75
degrees; minimum, 5t degree.
TODAY'S Fair: variable winds, moatly
Mexicans celebrate 103d anniversary of In
dependence. Page 3.
Knotty tariff problems solved at Senate-
House conference. Page 2.
House Democrats remain firm behind cur
rency bill. Page 2.
Three employes of New Haven road held
criminally responsible for wreck. Page 1.
Thaw protested against kidnaping by habeas
corpus writ, jp age l.
Native Portland girl out to win Portola trip
nere. .page z.
Big dipper, most famous of constellations,
-gradually is falling to pieces. Page 1.
Two more ar held in New York murder.
James drafted by - St. Louis Americana.
Northwestern Leasrue results Seattle
Portland 0; Vancouver 12, Spokane 1;
victoria o, i a com a fage f.
Coast League pennant difficult to dope.
Major leagues get JoO.OOO worth of ball
players on Coast for $15,000. Page 6.
Gun set for bear shoots Idaho Homesteader.
Industrial "Activities of La Grande are fea
tured by Addison Bennett. Page 4.
Two persons slain by ex-asylum inmates
within three months. Page 4.
Four autolsts in collision hurt near Salem.
Flre-swept Sheridan rebuilt rapidly. Page 4.
Junction City prepares for annual pumpkin
snow. Page 5.
Commercial and Marine.
Strong demand for Oregon hops at 20 cents.
Large world's shipments weaken wheat mar
ket at Chicago. Fage 17.
Stocks sold freely to realize profits on Jast
weeic's advance, page 17.
Tug Sampson will be added to bar fleet
Portland and Vicinity.
Fine weather blamed for slight decrease in
school enrollment. Page 12.
County economizes on Insurance under new
system, page 16.
Road declared to be firm where Sunday's
auto accident occurred. Page 19.
Equalization Board faces S00 protests on as
sessments, rage n.
Chattanooga g Irl is house guest of Miss
Marie Haller. Page 10.
Portland visitors pleased with Roundup.
Estimate of Water Bureau expenditures for
1914 is S93tl.tiD0. Page 11.
Members of firemen's band return from East
today. Page 16.
Samuel Hill blamed by telephone companies
in answering monopoly charge. Page 1.
County Clerks of state discuss uniform ac
counting. Page 10.
Open-air work to be tried at Irvlngton
School Page 12.
SECRET OF SEX IS TRACED
Plans May Solve Mystery of AVhy
Animals Are Male and Female.
BIRMINGHAM. Eng., Sept. 15. The
secret of the determination of sex pos
sibly may be found In plant life. Sir
Oliver Joseph Lodge- told the British
Association at Its 'meeting this after
noon. Referring to the fact that some
plants produce .both male and female
flowers, he said this must be the result
of some profound change in the sap at
the Junction In the stems, where dif
ferently sexed flowers branch away
from- each other. He continued:
"I don't know what this is and the
microscope tells me, nothing. - Perhaps
If physiologists could find out what
happens In that little plant joint they
might get a clew to the reason why
some human beings are born boys and
Frontier Agreement Reached.
CONSTANTINOPLE. Sept. 15. 1 is
officially announced that an agreement
on the principal points of the frontier
question was reached today at the sit
ting of the Turkish and Bulgarian
A CONTINUOUS INTERRUPTION.
LA --- JUL JL.AJL JL --- '
HABEAS CORPUS WRIT ISSUED
Jerome to Fight New Coup of
HEARING TODAY SCHEDULED
Fugitive Has Feeling of Security, as
This Is First Time His Case Has
Been In United States Courts.
Constable Is Arrested.
H.. Sept. 15. The
the United States
judicial branch of
Government assumed Joint guardian
ship of Harry Kendall Thaw tonight
By virtue of a writ of habeas corpus
Issued at Concord. Saturday, United
States Marshal E. P. Nute became one
of the Matteawan fugitive's custodians
and tomorrow morning maw win ue
taken to Littleton, N. H., and produced
before Judge Edgar Aldrich in the
United States District Court.
The writ was obtained by Thaw's
lawyers as a weapon against William
Travers Jerome, in case Jerome should
essay forcibly to get Thaw across the
New York border. Before the Federal
Court tomorrow they will seek to have
the writ continued to safeguard their
client should Governor Felker rind
against Thaw in the extradition hear
ing to be held at Concord probably on
Jerome to Oppone Action.
Jerome will oppose the continuance
of the writ and insist on an Immediate
hearing, even though there is a possi
bility that Thaw may be released from
Jerome believes Thaws counsel
would make no attempt to get, their
client out of the state under- the cir
cumstances and that Thaw Immediately
would be arrested and brought before
the Governor as arranged.
Both factions planned tonight to
leave Colebrook for Littleton tomorrow
morning. Thaw was eagerly anticipat
ing the trip to Littleton. It is the first
time, with the exception of bankruptcy
proceedings at Pittsburg, that his case
has been heard in the Federal courts
and the sovereign power of Uncle Sam
gave him a sense of security against
Sheriff Served With Writ,
Marshal Nute reached Colebrook
shortly after 3 o'clock this afternoon,
The writ he bore was directed against
Holman Drew, Sheriff of Coos County,
or any other custodian of Thaw. But
because the Sheriff was absent tempo
rarily, having gone to his home in Ber
lin for the afternoon, the Marshal re
frained frdn serving tas writ and
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BIG DIPPER SLOWLY
FALLING TO PIECES
IX 200,000 YEARS FAMOUS COX-
STELLATIOX WILL VANISH.-
Lick Observatory Astronomer Says
Pilot Star Group Did Xot Exist
Once and Now Wastes Away.
SAN JOSE. Cal., Sept. 15. (Special.)
"It is now known positively that the
Big Dipper, most famous of all con
steuatlons. Is gradually falling to
pieces. In 200,000 years the grand fig
ure as we see It will not exist longer.
In fact It did not exist 200,000 years
This announcement Is made by Pro
fessor Heber D. Curtis, astronomer at
Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton,
a member of the faculty at the Uni
versity of California. This fact, says
Curtis, was discovered by the study of
the motions of the stars through com
parison with records kept by astrono
mers for the last 150 years.
"Stars," Professor Curtis explains,
"have two motions that in their orbits
and that which has been recently made
In a path through the sky, known as
the proper motion.
"The stars of the Big Dipper are not
all moving In the same direction in
their proper motion. Five are going
in one general direction ana two In an
entirely different one.
"In relation to the movement of the
earth their pace is so slow that cen
turies must pass before the constella
tion will have vanished completely."
$1 A MILE IS FINES CHARGED
Automobile and Motorcycle Speed
ers Pay for Fast Traveling. i
A dollar a mile was the line paid by
automobile and motorcycle speeders
when they were found guilty of break
Ing the trafftc laws in Municipal Court
c. Linville paid $25, C. H. Brlstow
$33, Wilbur Herron $22, Victor Chev
aiier, a motorcyclist, $20, and Arthur
Miller. C. M. McDougall and W. L. Diel,
The arrests were made by Motorcy
cle Officers Coulter and Bewley, Gould
stone and Nutter and Patrolman Hunt.
The cases of C. B. Malarkey and A
Lnenoweth were continued for later
POOR SUFFER FROM STRIKE
ateamers at Dublin Loaded With
Grain Unable to Discharge.
DUBLIN, Ireland, Sept. 15. The labor
situation has assumed a more serious
phase and the city is affected to
greater extent by this strike than any
in its history. Today 5000 builders
went out after refusing to sign a dec
laration proposed by the employers
that they would not Join with or sup
port the Transport SV'bVkers' Union
which started the origlnql strike.
Two thousand farm laborers and 600
dock workers also are out Four
steamers loaded with grain are unable
to discharge. Food is running short
and the poor are beginning to suffer.
FIDO MAY SHED -MUZZLE
Mayor Albee Hears Pleas of Dogdom
for Uncaged Xoscs.
Doaiiom may yet win Its anti-muzzle
fight. Following scores of complaints
against muzzles, received by Mayor Al
bee by telephone, mail and 'otherwise,
the Mayor announced yesterday that
he will consider with the City Com
mission, probably tomorrow, an ordi
nance to permit the removal of muzzles
after October 1.
As it stands the ordinance requires
all dogs to be muzzled the year round,
Owners of dogs complain that this is
foolish and they insist that the muz
zles be removed as soon as possible.
FOUR ARE LOST IN ALPS
Experienced Swiss Climbers
Caught in Snowstorms.
GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept 15.
Four experienced Swiss mountain
climbers, one of them Mile. Bunzll. of
Pontresina, have been missing; since
Friday on Piz Palu, a summit of the
upper Engadine, in the environs of
Pontresina. As continuous snowstorms
have prevailed since then there is lit
tie hope of finding; them alive. x
Two rescue parties of guides, which
started from different places, were
driven back by the fierce storms.
HAVEMEYER WILL 'FILED
Sugar Baron's Four Children Get
All Except $5000 of Fortune.
NEW YORK, Sept 15. The will of
the late William F. Havemeyer, one of
the organizers of the American Sugar
Refining Company, filed today for pro
bate, leaves all but $5000 of his for
tune to his four children.
The $5000 goes to Lydia G. Magee, of
Pennington, N. J. The will does not
disclose the value of the estate. Mr.
Havemeyer died suddenly on Septem
ber 7. -
DE YOUNG ISJEAR DEATH
San Francisco Publisher Xot Ex
pected to Live Until Today.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 15. Charles
DeYoung, general manager of the San
Francisco Chronicle and son of M. H.
DeYoung, proprietor of that nsTtpa-
per, was not expected today b? ia
physicians to live until tomorrow.
He is ill of typhoid fever, which has
run into typhoid pneumonia, gompllgat
ed by perltonltia, . ...
Tl MORE TAKEN
Dr. Muret, Dentist, and
Bertha Zeck Held.
WOMAN WANTED AS WITNESS
Former Is Held on Technical
PRIEST AND GIRL KNOWN
Schmidt, Who Said He Killed Anna
Aumuller Because "Lord Told
Him to Do It," Closely Guard
ed in Cell at Tombs.
NEW YORK, Sept. 16. Inspector
Faurot, who on Sunday arrested Father
Hans Schmidt, who later confessed to
having murdered Anna Aumuller and
cut up her body and cast It piece by .
piece Into the Hudson River, early this
morning arrived at Police headquarters
having in custody Dr. A. E. Muret, a
dentist of 301 St. Nicholas avenue, and
his housekeeper, Bertha Zeck.
Dr. Muret is being held on a technical
charge of counterfeiting and the wo
man ns a material witness.
It Is alleged that under the name of
George Miller, Muret hired an apart
ment In West One Hundred Thirty
fourth and that in this apartment were
found plates and presses and portion"
of partially destroyed proofs of $20
DentlNt Is I'ncnncerned.
The detectives allege that they alo
found In Father Schmidt's room at St.
Joseph's rectory a plate from which
counterfeit money had been struck.
Dr. Muret was arrested at his home,
which is In the vicinity of St. Joseph's
Church. The dentist seemed uncon
cerned when lie was taken into cus
tody.' , Dr. Muret is SI years of age. Ho was
born in Chicago, but went to Europe
as a. boy and studied in the public
schools of Berlin.
He graduated from a dental collega
there In 1902-3 and came to New York
in the latter year.
The police say that Father Schmidt
often was seen In the apartments in
West One Hundred and Thirty-fourth
street with Dr. Muret. The agent of
the flat also is said to have identified
Muret as having been In the apartment
with Father Schmidt.
Confession Not Implicating.
Inspector Faurot said he wanted It
understood that Father Schmidt had
made no confession implicating Muret
In the Broadhurst avenue apartment
where the murder of Anna Aumuller
took place, the inspector continued, was
found a receipt made out to John
Schmidt for the apartment in West One
Hundred and Thirty-fourth street. De
tectives were put on Jie trail and tound
that the premises had been leased by
George Miller. They got a good de
scription of Miller from the agent and
janitor and also learned that Father
Schmidt was a frequent visitor to the
place. They ran down several other
leads and finally decided to arrest Dr.
Muret Knew Aumuller f.lrl.
Dr. Muret said he first met Schmidt
when the priest visited him to have
some dental work done and it Is al
leged by the police that Muret to.d In.
spector Faurot that Schmidt first
broached the subject of counterfeiting.
"Does Muret or Miller admit know
ing the Aumuller girl?" the newspaper
men asked Mr .Faurot. -
"Yes," was the reply.
"Where did Muret meet the Aumuller
"With Father Schmidt," was all the
inspector would say.
Schmidt Is Guarded.
Hans Schmidt, the priest who con
fessed that he killed Anna Aumuller
"as a sacrifice to be consummated in
blood," is in the observation ward of
the Tombs prison tonight under the
watchful eye of Dr. McGulre, the pris
on physician. Warden Fallon, of the
Tombs, declares the man Is insane
one of the most dangerous men ever
confined in the prison, and In thla
view he was upheld by Deputy Com
missioner of Corrections Wright
From far-off Mainz, Germany, there
came today to Mgr. Joseph F. Mooney,
vicar-general of the arch-diocese of
New York, a cablegram from the secre
tary of the bishop, which said that
Schmidt had been declared insane there
and suspended by the bishop. The
"Schmidt born at Aschaffenburg.
Priest of diocese of Mainz. Ran away
from Mainz because of attempted
frauds; arrested by police. Declared
insane by court and discharged. Sus
pended by bishop for acts and for pre
senting falsified document regarding
studies he pretended to have made.
Then left diocese."
Schmidt Repeats Story.
In his cell today Schmidt told and re
told the story of his crime and how.
after the woman was dead, he cut up
the body with a knife and saw, and
sank it portion by portion in the
waters of the Hudson River from the
stern of a ferryboat
The Lord told me to do It," or "St
Elizabeth, my patron, demanded the
sacrifice," were the only reasons he
gave for his deed and he Invariably
God In his own time will clear it up.
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