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THE MORNING OREGONIAN, MONDAY, AUGUST 17. 1914.
UNREST INQUIRY IS
DUE HERE SHORTLY
Members of Federal Industrial
Commission to Convene
in Portland Wednesday.
40 LISTED TO TESTIFY
Three Days' Sessions to Be Held at
Public Library Investigation to
Be General Only Prominent
Folk Are Summoned.
On the Western curve of their swing
around the circle investigating indus
trial conditions of the United States,
members of the Federal Commission on
Industrial Relations will arrive in Port
land tomorrow night or Wednesday
morning to hold a three days' series
of hearings in this city. Governor West
and others prominent in affairs of the
state will be called upon for testimony.
The hearings in Seattle will be con
Sessions In Portland will be held in
the Assembly Hall of the Public Li
brary beginning at 10 o'clock Wednes
day morning, and continuing until Fri
day evening. They will extend from 10
o'clock to 4:30 every day, with an hour
and a half Intermission at luncheon
The Commission was preceded by
E. M Manley, W. P. Harvey and George
P. West, who passed through Portland
July 27 to list the persons selected to
testify at the hearings. J. E. Griffith
came to Portland yesterday to make
final arrangements for all details of
Five Commissioner Coming-.
Members of the Commission who will
come to Portland are Chairman Frank
P. Walsh. Professor John R. Commons,
Austin U. Garretson, James O'Connell,
John B. Lennon. Mrs. J. B. Harrlman,
S. Thurston Ballard. Frederick Delano
and Harris Weinstock, other members
of the Commission, will not attend the
Of especial importance in the inves
tigation in Portland will be the effect
of the Industrial AVelfare legislation In
this state concerning women wage
earners, and the metnods usea in Ore
gon for dealing with the problem of
unemployment. It Is estimated mat iu
persons will testify before the commls
alon. Principal among these are: Gov
ernor West, Dr. F. o. Young, of the
University of Oregon; W. C. Francis,
secretary of the Employers' Associa
tion; E. J. Stack, secretary of the Cen
tral Labor Council; A. H. Averlll, presi
dent of the Chamber of Commerce;
Isaac Swett, of the Oregon Civic
League: A. H. Harris, of the Portland
Labor Press; M C. Banfleld, T. H. Bur
chard, president of the Oregon Federa
tion of Labor; C. E. S. Wood, the Rev.
E. V. O'Hara, Amedee M. Smith and
Miss Caroline Gleason, of the Industrial
Welfare Commission; John Tait, presi
dent of the Troy Laundry, and repre
sentatives of the various labor organi
sations of the city and state.
Inquiry to Be General.
In the present visit to the West the
Investigation is designed to deal rather
with general Industrial conditions than
with specific lines of industry. In the
East investigations have already been
conducted on specific industrial lines,
and this may be taken up later in the
West. In Seattle two of the important
specific subjects looked Into in addition
to the general investigation were the
lumber Industry and the problem of
Asiatic immigration and labor.
The present tour of the Commission
Included Washington, New York, Pat
terson. Philadelphia. Boston, Chicago,
Lead, S. D. ; Butte. Seattle and Port
land and will extend through San
Francisco. Los Angeles and Denver.
The organization of the Federal
Commission on Industrial Relations
was brought about following dis
closures of widespread Industrial strife
and discontent in many lines of activ
ity, and Congress, in 1912. passed an
act creating a United States Commis
sion on Industrial Relations, with nine
members to be appointed by the Presi
dent. The Commission was directed to
report its final conclusions and recom
mendations to Congress on or about
August 12. 1915.
Representation Is Assigned.
Three of its members were to repre
sent the employers, three the employes
and three the general public.
The Commission has outlined for
itself certain general lines of Inquiry
that will control the scope of the pub
lic hearings and the work of its staff.
These include an investigation into
the methods and policies of organiza
tions of employers and organizations
of employes; a survey of public agen
cies, state and National, charged with
regulating Industrial conditions: an in
vestigation of unskilled labor and Its
problems, such as unemployment, and
an Inquiry into the activities of the
courts during labor disputes.
W. O. Thompson, of Chicago, is
counsel for the Commission. Mr.
Thompson is arbitrator in the men's
clothing Industry in Chicago, and re
cently distinguished himself in New
York City through his successful ef
forts to overcome difficulties In the
cloak and suit trade and thus save the
famous "Protocol" or trade agreement
which has been the means of keeping
peace In that Industry and of vastly
Improving conditions. He has aban
doned private practice to devote all his
time to efforts to improve Industrial
Experts Are Engaged.
In Its investigation of trades union
Ism the commission has the active as
sistance of Professor George E. Bar
nett .of Johns Hopkins University, pro
fessor of statistics and one of the lead
ing authorities In the country on trades
The Investigation of unemployment,
seasonal labor, irregularity of employ
ment and other problems effecting the
distribution of labor is largely in the
hands of Dr. W. M. Lelserson. state su
perintendent of free employment agen
cies In Wisconsin.
Basil H. Manly, who wrote three vol
umes of the. Government report on the
Pittsburg steel Industry, is in charge
of the force of investigators who pre
cede the Commission. Mr. Manly is an
authority particularly on unskilled
Industrial Fair Forms.
ASHLAND. Or.. Aug. 16. (Special.)
The Industrial Fair will be held in
the first week f September. All dis
plays must be the work of those be
tween 10 and 19 years of age. Win
ners will have the privilege of enter
ing the lists at the county and state
fairs. Te rural districts of Be'.leview.
Soda Springs and Neil Creek will co
operate with Ashland.
The major entries will be in agri
culture, horticulture, domestic art and
manual training. The chief prize will
be trips to the Panama Exposition and
State Fair at Salem. The fair will be
held in accordance with plar.s outlined
by the Oregon Agriculture College, de
tails being left to the local Parent
FEDERAL COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AND
CO-WORKERS WILL COME TO PORTLAND WEDNESDAY.
FRANK P. WALSH, OF
GERMAN FOLK MEET
With Austrians Contribute
$1200 to Red Cross.
AMERICAN AIR STIRS ALL
"United States First and Father
land Next-' Is Sentiment of Big
Gathering Subscription Com
mittee Xamed, Plans Laid.
Patriotism for Germany and Austria
marked a meeting attended by more
than 500 persons In the German House
at Thirteenth and Jefferson streets yes
terday afternoon. The session was
called to arrange collection and solic
iting of Red Cross funds for Germany
and Austria. More than $1200 was sub
scribed at the meeting.
A 15-plece orchestra, under the di
rection of Fritz Haenlein, opened the
meeting by playing airs of the Fath
erland. Dr. F. A. Dammasch, president
of the Confederated German-speaking
Societies of Oregon, spoke on the ne
cessity of German-speaking people liv
ing in the United States contributing
generously to the fund.
Otto Schumann, chairman, addressed
the assemblage in German on the loy
alty shown by Portland Germans for
their native land.
"While the United States is the best
country," he said, "Germany comes
Austria's Loyalty Landed.
The loyalty of Austria to Germany
in the present conflict also was dwelt
upon by speakers.
Cheer after cheer resounded through
out the big hall when the orchestra
intermingled "Die Wacht Am Rhein,"
the national hymn of Germany, and
"My Country. 'Tis of Thee." The crowd
rose and sang the German song with
fervor, which increased rather than
abated when the American air was
"To Illustrate the Idea of patriotism
which has been manifested here today,"
said Attorney Charles J. Schnabel, "my
father came to this country in 1860.
Less than a year later he joined the
United States Army and fought during
the Civil War, losing an arm in the
conflict. I, myself, am a veteran of the
Spanish-American war but next to
America. Germany calls for me."
German Veterans Cheered.
Deafening applause greeted 17 vet
erans of the f ranco-frussian war or
1870 when the German patriots marched
to reserved seats in front- Gustave
Schnoerr. of Oregon City, also a vet
eran of the war of 1870, adressed the
meeting In his native tongue.
Emil Buelcke, of Scappoose, who
served in the Franco-Prussian war.
spoke on the generous spirit of local
"There are more than 75,000 Ger
mans and Austrians in uregon, ne
said, "and It will not be surprising if
this state sends $150,000 back to Ger
many and Austria for the German-
Austrian Red Cross."
The committee reported yesterday
that several Portland young women of
German descent have expressed will
ingness to Join the Red Cross in Ger
many, if their transportation is pro
vided. When the collection for the
Red Cross was taken up It was found
that more than $1200 had been added
to the fund. A total of $1500 has beeD
collected in Portland to date.
German Coin In Plate.
In the collection a German 100-mark
piece was found. An elderly German
woman exhibited great patriotism.
When the songs of Germany were sung
tears came to her eyes. She emptied
her purse into the collection plarte.
The walls ot the large auaitorium
were draped with bunting and flags of
Austria, Germany and the United
States. Attorney Schnabel presented
the Red Cross committee with a pho
tograph taken two years ago by him
self from the painting of A. Kamfe,
Das Volksoffer, meaning The Peo
The picture shows cripples, women
and children giving their mite to the
Red Cross fund of Germany in tne
Meetings will be called by the Con
federated German-Speakir.g Societies
of Oregon In other parts of the state
this month. At Salem $100 was sub
scribed at a preliminary meeting and
Oieaon City Germans have dotted a
Funds Gleaned In Tine.
John Relsacher assured the gather
ing that the funds will reach Germain
and Austria !n time to be of use In
carrying on the Red Cross work on tho
battlefield. J. G. Schwerdtmann, of
Washington County, it veteran of the
Franco-Prussian War, told of the good
CHAIRMAN OF THE COM-
accomplished by the Red Cross in the
struggles of 1870.
Thusnalda Lodge, Oregon, Daughters
and Sons of Hermann, donated $25,
which had been previously raised by
the organization to give an ice cream
sociable. Others announced that they
had given up smoking, drinking and
other habits that they might further
assist the Red Cross, and German wom
en residents are planning a series of
entertainments to raise additional
funds. It was announced yesterday
that subscriptions may be made on the
installment plan, the payments to con
tinue as long as the war is waged.
At the close of the meeting the or
chestra again played a medley of Ger
man, Austrian and United States na
tional hymns. The crowd arose and
sang, first "Deutschland, Deutschland,
Aebe'r, Alias." then "Gott Erhalte Franz,
den Kaiser," an Austrian hymn, and
"The Star-Spangled Banner."
Cheers Close Meeting.
Three cheers followed "The Star
Spangled Banner" and the assemblage
A committee appointed to solicit Red
Cross funds is composed of Otto Schu
mann, chairman; John Reisacher, vice
chairman; Edgar Winters, secretary;
Alvln Jubitz, treasurer; Dr. F. H. Dam
masch, F. Fuchs, Herman Enke and
Thomas Bergman. The First National
Bank has been selected as custodian of
the funds and subscriptions may be
sent to either the bank or to Mr. Win
ters, 100 Front street.
"SING" PLANS PROGRESS
MANY RALLY IN AID OF MULTNO
MAH FIELD COSCF.RT.
Monday Musical Club Lists Supporters
of Event to Be Held Tomorrow
The Monday Musical Club reports
winning hearty co-operation in its
preparation for the community "sing,"
to be held at the Multnomah Field to
morrow evening from 7 to 9 o'clock.
Mrs. Chester Deerlng and her com
mittee of arrangements is receiving the
interest and support of the following
named persons and institutions:
Horace D. Ramsdell, Portland Com
mercial Club; W. J. Hofmann. Royal
Rosarlans; Charles F. Berg. Portland
Ad Club; J. C. English. Rotary Club;
Portland Retail Merchants' Association;
Dow V. Walker, Multnomah Amateur
Athletic Club; William Merriman, F. L
Miller, Percy C. Wood, Transportation
Club; Franklin T. Griffith, president
Portland Railway, Light & Power Com
pany; Sarah A. Evans, State Federation
Women's Clubs; Mrs. Isaac Swett, Mrs.
S. M. Blumauer, Mrs. I. Leeser Cohen,
Council Jewish Women: Mrs. Frederick
Eggert, Mrs. P. J. Mann, Mrs. Fred L.
Olsen, Portland Woman's Club; Mrs. E.
P. Preble, Mrs. Allen Todd, Mrs. R. E.
Jones, Portland Shakespeare Study
Club; Mrs. Charles A. Steele, Mrs. Flor
ence Crawford, Mrs. W. T. Wade, Psy
chology Club; W. H. Boyer, L,. P. Bruce,
Apollo Club, Portland Symphony Or
chestra Musicians' Mutual Association,
Local 99, American Federation of Mu
sicians; Campbell's American Band;
Mrs. Thomas Carrick Burke, Mrs. Ed
ward Alden Beals, Mrs. Nancy Beals
Van Dyck, McDowell Musical Club;
Robert Lovell Wilson, F. T. Chapman,
Warren Erwin, H. C. Bayley, George E.
Jeffery, Willis E. McElroy, Daniel Wil
son, Charles E. Patterson, Mrs. Ralph
C. Walker, Pauline Miller Chapman.
Mrs. Ralph Robinson, Mrs. B. E. Tait,
Mrs. Ethel Maylield Meade, Mrs. D. B.
Mackie, Miss Carrie A. Holbrook, Miss
Katherine Ensey, Miss Genevieve Gil
bert, Miss Martha B. Reynolds. Miss
Nona Lawler. Miss Abby Whiteside, Dr.
Clement B. Shaw, George M. Trow
bridge, Mayor H. R. Albee and Mrs.
Albee, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Brewster,
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Piper, Mr. and
Mrs. Cecil H. Bauer, Mr. and Mrs. Julius
Meier, Mr. and Mrs. Carl V. Lachmund,
Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Irvine, Mr. and Mrs.
Harold Hurlbut, Mr. and Mrs. Montrose
M. Ringler, Mr. and Mrs. William P.
Strandborg, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Chap
man, Mr. and Mrs. Waldemar Llnd, Mr.
and Mrs. Hartridge Whlpp, Mr. and
Mrs. Claire Montleth, Mr. and Mrs.
Mose Christensen, Mr. and Mrs. Malwyn
Evans, Mr. and Mrs. George F. Myers,
Dr. C. H. Chapman, Meier & Frank Co.,
Owl Drug Company, Lipman. Wolfe &
Co., Olds, Wortman & King Co., Sher
man Clay Company, Lennon's Company,
Woodard, Clarke Company and Wiley
B. Allen Company.
Roseburg Postman Xamed.
ROSEBURG, Or., Aug. 15. The con
tract for carrying the mails between
Roseburg and Camas Valley, on the
Roseburg-Myrtle Point road has been
awarded to George Q. Rapp, of this
city. As bids also are asked for car
rying the mails between Camas Valley
and Bridge, and BrWge and Myrtle
Point, the Postoffice Department may
intend to abandon the old Coos Bay
w.gon road, over which the Marshfleid
mail has been consigned for many
years, and route all Coos County mall
over the Myrtle Point line.
The change in mall service Is op
posed by Coos County citizens, who
argue that they are entitled to serv
ice as held by other towns.
ADVANCE IN PRICES
Farmers Blamed With Holding
Products in Expectation
of Increased Demand.,
MEATS RELATIVELY LOW
Drugs, Toys and Other Manufactures
of Germany and Austria Soar
and American Competitors
Profit by Conditions.
Sharp advances in the prices 'of many
commodities have occurred in Portland
since the outbeak of war. These prices
are a reflection of general advances all
over the country.
The increases are most pronounced
on imported articles. This is especially
true of those coming from Germany and
Austria, as there is no prospect that
the stocks now on hand can be replen
ished. Imports even from neutral coun
tries have advanced, however, because
of the added cost of ocean freights.
even the difficulty of getting any trans
portation at all, owing to the fact that
most of the worlds commerce is car
ried by vessels of the nations now at
Thus olive i ... the bulk of which
comes from Italy, with France also a
producer, has gone up 15 per cent.
Castile soap Is selling for nearly dou
ble Its price two weeks ago. Chemicals,
toilet articles and drugs in general
have risen from 20 to 300 per cent.
Wholesale drug dealers just now are
not even quoting prices for a longer
period than one day on foreign articles
that are showing war Influences. One
large Portland wholesale drug firm has
sent out a list to the trade showing
how war advances have affected the
values of their stocks, but at the bot
tom of the list is distinctly printed:
"The above prices are not iuotations
and are subject to change without no
tice." War Not Entirely to Blame.
Imported foodstuffs generally have
gone up. There nas been a rise In do
mestic foodstuffs, too, though dealers
declare that in most cases this is due to
what might be termed natural home
conditions. Irrespective of the war.
Thus the aduod price of butter in the
last week is attributed to the present
unusual dry spell, v hich has lessenea
the flow of milk and consequently in
creased the value of butter fat. Eggs
are high, but it is pointed out that
they are always high at this season,
and that they may be expected to re
main high until the hens begin laying
again in September or October.
Trobably the most notable advance
has been in sugar, both raw and re
fined. Raw sugar has gone up 66
cents a hundreweight in the last two
weeks, until It is selling at $7.55.
Forty days ago it was selling at $4.40
a hundredweight. Another advance
which may bring it to the $S mark is
ovnected this morning, and it is pre
dicted that it may even reach $9 before
the advance ceases.
This advance, large as it is, is de
clared by dealers to be justified by con
ditions. They point out that Austria.
Germany, Russia and France are great
producers of beet sugar. With their
production now cut off. Great Britain
and other countries, formerly largely
dependent on the European yield, have
had to turn to this country.
War Foods Affected.
Rice, most of which comes from Ja
rn thouerh a considerable quantity is
raised in the Southern United States, has
risen 30 per cent. Beans are up J.3 per
cent. These are staple foodstuffs for
which there Is always a greatly in
creased demand in war time. Lower
prices on beans are looked for with the
new crop in uctoDer. nowever, im
h offset bv the fact that Austria
is one of the largest bean exporters and
that her exports are cut off entirely.
Flour has not changed much, an ad
vance of 20 cents a barrel being noted.
When shipping conditions become more
steadied and it is possiDie to snip nuui
to England, the demand is expected to
stiffen the price somewnai.
All imported groceries have already
jumped from 20 to 40 per cent, some
going even higher. Sardines are up 20
to 25 per cent. French canned dainties
have gone up. Caviar is about 25 per
cent costlier than two weeks ago. Im
ported onions, pickles, chow chow and
the like have aavancea ai. me oo..hd
ratio, which is also true of cheeses.
German foodstuffs have gone consider
ably higher and the end Is not in aigni
because of the embargo on German ex
Coffee Advance Nominal.
Some of the other imported articles
especially affected are: Olives, spices,
Crosse & Blackwell's goods, birdseed
and other seeds, kippered herring,
mushrooms, pate de fois gras. citron
and peels, currants. Holland herring,
Norway mackerel, imported French
mustard, lentils, dates, pimentos, sago,
tapioca, kraft paper, filberts and bra
Ells. Tea Is up approximately 5 cents a
pound. Stocks on hand In this coun
try are declared to be considerably less
than at this time last year, so that a
shortage is possible. In New York, the
largest storage center, there were only
197,000 packages a week ago to 267.000
last year and 354,000 in 1912.
Coffee has advanced one cent a pound
generally, though one largo Portland
wholesale house has not met this in
crease, feeling that it was a temporary
one. Brazil is the principal coffee
growing country, and one of its largest
markets has been shut off In Germany.
Brazil warehouses, it was explained by
a Portland wholesaler yesterday, will
hold 2,500.000 bags of coffee, and with
8.000,000 additional bags likely to be
shipped in monthly, there is every rea
son to believe that there will not be a
shortage. In fact, coffee dropped 2
cents with the first war news, later
recovering and advancing one cent.
Speculative Tendency Noteu.
Any advance in coffee at all will be
due to war rates, war risk and in
A factor in the increased price of
domestic products is the tendency of
the producers to hold out for expected
"As an example," said Henry Hahn,
of Wadhams & Co., yesterday, "we
have just been notified of an advance
in rolled oats of 50 cents a barrel, ap
proximately 10 per cent. The manu
facturer informs us that this is because
the farmer won't let go of his raw ma
terial. "Advances in foodstuffs up to the
present, however, have not been exces
sive. Domestic commodities have ad
vanced little. Flour Is an example. The
old law of supply and demand is gov
erning the situation almost entirely,
and oo far there ia practically nothing
artificial In the prices.
'The advances in the prices of im
ported goods haven't more than covered
the increased cost due to war condi
tions. Among these factors is the diffi
culty in getting the goods, higher ccean
freight rates and the high war insur
ance rates. This Is running from 4 to
5 per cent, and I have heard of even 10
per cent. The high cost of foreign ex
change also has added to prices. A few
weeks ago the exchange rate on one
pound sterling was $4.86. but the other
day it was $5.15. Somebody has to pay
that difference, and that is what brings
Meat Changes Slight.
The advance in prices of dressed
meat, according to dealers, Is nothing
unexpected at this time of the year.
They have not gone up any higher
than is usual at this season and dressed
pork is about half a cent lower.
Dressed pork can now be obtained for
13 cents, while a year ago It was 14
cents. An Increase of one cent for
veal has occurred since the beginning
of the war, but the advance was ex
pected. Relief is looked for within
the next few weeks. Mutton and veal
have remained the same, 10 and 11
"Invariably at this season prices of
meats go up," said William Constan
tino, proprietor of the Alder Market.
"Coming coincldenfly with the out
break of war, It naturally causes the
general public to believe that It is due
to the war. Such Is not the case, in
my opinion. As proof of this, the prices
at this time last year show even a
greater Increase In some of the dressed
"The increase in prices each year at
this time is due largely to scarcity of
meat, because the farmers do not sup
ply the markets, as they are too busy
harvesting. It is my opinion that no
one should become alarmed at the pres
ent price of meat and that It Is a mis
take to blame the advance on the war."
Drugs Hit Hardest.
Probably in no one line has the war
Influenced conditions as in the drug
business. This is largely due to the
fact that Europe is the largest pro
ducer of chemicals, drugs and toilet
articles. Germany is an especially large
producer of drugs?, and this source is
now entirely closed.
The increases on these articles al
ready has reached in some cases 200
and even 300 per cent. Prices are still
going skyward. Among the articles af
fected may be mentioned oxalic acid,
much used by builders, which has gone
from 7 cents to 30 cents a pound: car
bolic acid, quinine, which has gone up
15 per cent; citric acid, formerly 75
cents, now $1.35 a pound; morphine, ep
som salts, which have risen a cent a
pound, and are likely to go higher be
cause of the European shortage, and
menthol, which comes from Japan. In
the Russo-Japanese war, menthol at
one time sold higher than $14 a pound.
Normally it is about $4 a pound, but it
has risen to $6.75.
Java rice powder, a French face
preparation, ordinarily retailing at 50
cents, has gone up 50 per cent. French
perfumes have risen at least 25 per
cent. Harmonicas, which all come from
Germany, have gone up 25 per cent, and
jobbers say that if the war continues
long will be out of the market entirely.
Drug Predictions Not Ventured.
All toilet goods, such as hair brushes,
made with Russian bristles, have in
creased 23 per cent. Some bristles arc
produced in Japan, but the bulk of the
supply comes from Russia. Tooth
brushes probably will go up.
"Practically 50 per cent, perhaps even
more, of the goods in the drug business
are affected directly or indirectly by
the war situation." said Edgar Frank,
of the Blumauer-Frank Company, yes
terday. "If the war continues long. It
would be Impossible to predict how
high prices may go."
Rubber goods generally have been
advanced. This is due partly to the
fact that Liverpool and Hamburg are
the principal shipping ports for crude
rubber. Automobile tires have gone up
from 10 to 30 per cent. Rubber water
bottles have advanced 10 per cent. Rub
ber bands are 20 per cent higher than
a week ago. Though rubber Is shipped
from South America, its price Is con
trolled by the European market.
Aluminum cooking utensils, for which
Austria is the largest manufacturing
point, are responding to war prices.
The same is true of enamelware.
Though much enamelware la made in
the United States, the German manu
facturers control the price, and with
their competition eliminated the Ameri
can makers have announced a 10 per
Toy Market Entirely German.
Nlnety-flve per cent of all toys are
said by dealers to come from Germany.
As long as the war lasts no more toys
can be shipped from there. Little
George will have to do without his
Teddy bear this Christmas, or else papa
will have to pay four times the usual
price; and Genevieve may have to do
without a doll, for the bulk of the
supply also comes from Germany. It
may have to be a rag doll for her, or
Germany Is the source of supply for
the best camera lenses, and also for
most of the optical glassware used,
and an Increase In price may be ex
pected. George Borgfeldt & Co., the great
New York toy Importing house, has
notified dealers here that the supply
of the highly - popular "kewple" dolls
is limited to the stock now in this
country. When that is exhausted, no
more can be obtained. This firm had
18 factories in Germany manufacturing
kewple dolls alone.
Proprietary Articles Higher.
Among the drug products not previ
ously named which have advanced from
20 to 200 per cent in price may be
mentioned alum, castor oil, camphor,
saltpeter, cocaine, quick silver, Rus
sian parrafin oil and aspirin.
All bismuth salts have advanced 20
cents a pound, all iodides 20 cents,
and all lithium salts from 40 to 50
cents a pound.
All crude drugs, herbs, seed, bark,
roots, gums, balsams, spices, etc.. that
are Imported have advanced from 25
per cent up, according to the country
they come from. Pharmaceuticals into
which these items enter probably will
be advanced in proportion.
All essential oils have advanced from
60 to 300 per cent, according to their
point of origin.
All French proprietaries, patents,
chemicals and toilet preparations have
gone up approximately 25 per cent.
English preparations have advanced
from 10 to 15 per cent, and German
proprietaries and chemicals from 10 to
50 per cent.
LAD ADMITS ROBBERIES
Otto Nagle, Operating From Vacant
House, Terrorizes Neighborhood.
Otto Nagle. 20 years old. known to
people in the vicinity of Peninsula Park
as "The Holdup Kid," was arrested yes
terday by Detectives Royle. Grisim and
Goltz, after he had terrorized the vi
cinity of the park for more than two
months. Nagle confessed to most of
the crimes when questioned by the of
ficers. The youth had taken possession of a
vacant house near the park, and made
this his headquarters. Nagle, it is al
leged, lay In wait for pedestrians,
preferably boys. A knife was his only
A number of dime novels were found
in the vacant house.
Nagle will be charged with holding
up Otto Kerns, a newsboy, of 875
Strong street, and with burglarizing a
house at 1884 Exeter street, says the
Unwrapped Melon Mailed.
ST. DOUIS, Aug. 14. A watermelon
was received here today by parcel
post. It was unwrapped and the ad
dress was engraved on the rind.
Postal authorities did not know
whether it had been plugged before
or after shipping. Negro employes re
fused to talk.
Buntal straw, which M extracted 'mm
the leaf stem of the open burl leaf, comes
cl lefly feom Tayabaa province and upper
Lagun-i, Philippine Islands.
To Marcus Loew's
To every woman over 18 years of age w!i makes
personal application at the Accommodation Desk,
First Floor, Temporary Annex, r Stationery Deport
ment, First Floor, Sixth-Street Building cue FREE
TICKET, admitting to matinee or evening perform
ances today at the "Empress," will be given. Tin s.
Free Tickets entitle the holders to the best s ;its in
the theater and earry no obligations whatever. Only
one woman admitted on each ticket.
2000 admissions to the afternoon and 1000 Jidmis
sions to the evening performances to be issued in all.
IN YESTERDAY'S PAPER
Tells the Shopping News of Today
tHEr qjualitV Store of Portland
Fifttv, SbcU, "Morriaorv, Alder 3ta.
OAKS LEADER CHEERED
E. M'ELROY, BAM) DIRKOTOK, I S
GIVE.V LONG OVATION.
American Orchestra. Pictures and
Vaudeville to Dr Programme for
Remainder of Season.
W. E. McElroy laid down his baton
as leader of McElroy's band at the
Oaks Amusement Park last night after
being accorded un ovation few MM
ever get. It was the close of the last
regular band concert at the Oaks.
From now on McElroy's band will
play conceits every Sunday afternoon
and night, but on week days there will
be the American orchestra, augmented
by vaudeville and motion pictures.
The auditorium was pakcd for both
performances when McElroy led his
men through the various National an
thems of the "seven nations.'' They
were Impartially cheered, some more
strenuously than others, but tho bars
of "The Star-Spangled Banner"
brought everyone simultaneously to his
The new numbers of the vaudeville
bill were excellent In quality, the mu
sical and vocal numbers by the
Capelli Duo being harmonious in the
extreme. Excerpts from various
operas were well rendered, a clarionet
of unusual tone blending well with the
soprano of the woman member of the
Athon and Johnson, a couple well
known In Portland, were well received
in a number of new songs and catchy
Two reels of motion pictures dosed
The vaudeville numbers, motion pic
tures and orchestra will be repeated
daily during the week, weather per
mitting. TAXICAB RATES CUT IN TWO
Three Companies Announce Neutral
ity at Reopening of War.
Sudden revival of the taxlcab and
livery automobile war which started
about two months ago In Portland
caused rates to be slashed 50 per cent
in a single day by two of the largest
concerns of the city and others are
expected to follow their lead.
The war took a new turn Krlday
when the companies lined up In two
distinct factions. One group Is made
up of the owners of the ordinary
metered taxicabs and the other faction
Is composed of those who operate auto
mobiles and taxlcabs and charge ac
cording to a zone system. To this
latter class tho hire automobiles also
The big rate-slashing tight started
two months ago. following on the heels
of a gasoline war which Is assisting
to cut the operating expenses of the
taxlcab companies. The innovation by
a local concern of a zone system with
rates considerably lower than Its com
petitors Caused the war.
The taxlcab companies started to cut
A Familiar Scene
Nightly the chugging of motors and the gay
laughter of pleasure-loving folks is heard at ili
entrance of "Ye Oregon." It is Portland's (li
ter of good fellowship and good cheer! See
rates soon after this nnd the n ncrn
of livery automobiles followed their
example. One automobile with a down
town stand Is operating for LM nn.
hour as a result of the rate light.
Two taxlcab companies cut
rates 50 per cent in one dn .
metered rates formerly w. rr .."
for the first one-half mil ami 10
rents lor each additional quarter mile,
one or two passengers. The prMWl
rates of these two companies now ar
50 cents for the tlrst mile, one or four
pnssengers. Hiid 10 cents for men addi
tional quarter mllr.
Three companies Bra Maying out of
Tillamook Welcome- lir-h Vlr Par
ti Mini oilier Are Planned.
Tillamook outdid Itself In araleoMMafJ
the party of fresh air ehll.lien Hint
went with the United Artisans to that
city Saturday, according to the report
sent back by Mrs. Margaret Th. Toman,
who with Mrs. H B, llondurant. a m-
panied the party as a chaperon. All
organizations of the city appointed
ommlttees anil united in the work or
preparing to receive the children ami
providing two weeks of solid happiness
for them at tho esashore.
This party was the largest .if th
season and brought the total of Mil
dren who have enjoyed the benefit Ht
the fresh air movement this e.-u- up lo
4 3 6. Parties will go to Nchaleni and
Turner this week. The Nehal. ,n putty
will consist of seven and will leav. to
morrow, being the third that has bean
entertained by the people of that pines.
Twenty children will go Thursday In
the party to Turner.
Children who are to u to . Iinlem
will be outfitted at t Assn. luted
Charities today and the Turner party
will be outlined Wednemla)
Donations of money for the fresh air
fund contlnuo to be te.elved In spite,
of the new demand that lh. various
Ked Crosa organizations have made
since the beginning of the war upon
the g;eneroslty of the people, and it la
believed that the fund will rea. h i
portions sufficient not only to care for
all the fresh air parties this season, but
to give a substantial beginninii at least
on the fund that Is sought for the pur
chase of a fresh air farm for next
TWO DEBATE AT NEWBERG
Dr. '. T. WHwa ami K Holer
ens?. Prohibition iHWi
NaVWsWML Or.. Aug II fHpcti.
Before hundreds of men unci women,
many of whom came In slltos fioin
neighboring towns, ltrv. Clare nes Trtni
Wilson and Colonel lv Motor debated
the liquor Issue today.
The argument lasted two and nna
half hours. Colonel llofer ai-Riied that
prohibition would entail loss of r ve
nue and contended that prohibition i si
Ineffective. Dr. Wilson maintained
that the Issue Is a moral one. that
liquor weakens the citizenship .nd
damages the state.
Mr. L. F. Cowen
New York's most pop
ular Tenor, in all the
latest- song successes.
Miss Veta Florenz, in
new songs and dances.
Barritt just up
from Frisco in
new song hits.
Join the gay