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THE BIORNTXG OREGOXTAN, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1914."
By BRITAIN ASKED
Seizure of Oil Steamer John D.
Rockefeller Made Sub
ject of Action.
ILLUMINANT IS BARRED
Standard Company vUrges State De
partment to Intervene British
Say Exports to Neutrals
Exceed Their Needs.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21. Great
Britain's determination to keep from
Germany cargoes of illuminating oil
which might be turned into fuel for
army motor-trucks, as well as for
dreaded Zeppelins and aeroplanes,
caused the seizure of American Stand
ard Oil steamers by British cruisers.
This fact was developed today in
conferences following the State De
partment's request through Ambassador
Page at London for the immediate
release of the tanker John ID. Rocke
feller. President Wilson and Counsellor
Lansing. Acting Secretary of State,
discussed the seizure of the ships, and
later Mr. Lansing conferred with the
British Ambassador, Sir Cecil Spring
Kice, who called seeking information
concerning the attitude of the Ameri
Standard Oil Asks Action.
The Standard Oil Company has asked
the State Department to secure the
release of three of its ships, the John
D. Rockefeller, Brindilla and Platura,
which were captured by British war
ships while bound from American ports
to neutral countries, carrying illumi
Only in the case of the Rockefeller,
however, has the department felt
warranted in takinn immediate steps.
This ship was under the American flag
oerore the European war began and
therefore is not subject to any of the
questions which might arise in con
nection with the other two vessels,
which were changed from foreign
registry under the recent act of Con
gress. The understanding at the British
Kmbassy is that illuminating oil has
been regularly declared contraband by
the British government, but that the
notice has not yet reached other
powers. Therein the case resembles
the commandeering of the copper-laden
ship which was taken into a British
port in advance of notice to maritime
nations that copper had been declared
Exports Exceed Demands.
In that case the United States did
not abandon its contention that neutral
goods in neutral bottoms passing be
tween neutral ports were exempt from
seizure. A sharp issue was avoided,
however, through an understanding
between the British and Dutch govern
ments that the Dutch embargo would
xtend to copper.
It is suggested that a similar ar
rangement will be sought by the
British government regarding petro
leum and its products, not only with
Holland, but with Denmark and Sweden
It was pointed out today that the
exports of refined petroleum from
America to the Northern neutral Euro
pean countries are far in excess of the
normal consumption of those coun
tries. Only recently it developed that
illuminating petroleum was capable of
being used as a substitute for gaso
line with properly designed motors.
hence Great Britain added this product
to its contraband list.
Another phase of the negotiations
which have been In progress regard
ing the right of neutral ships to trans
port neutral goods appeared today
wiien Mr. Van Rappard. the Dutch
Jlinister, appealed to the State Depart
ment to secure for Dutch vessels the
privilege of conveying neutral German
goods to America.
ATTACKS OX POSITION OJT DR1NA
RIVER BEATEN OFF.
Heavy KlKhtins All Alans lAoc in
Bosnia Army Near Belgrade
Also Repulses Enemy.
NISH, via London. Oct. 21. The fol
lowing oficial statement has been Is
sued by the Servian government:
"On the night of October 17-1S at.
tacks by the enemy were repulsed near
the Losnitza custom-house and the
principal positions on the Drina River
to the south of that town. The same
night the enemy bombarded Banovia
from the Bejania heights and also
Topchidelsko. the Bardo bridge across
the Save and the two Singalia Islands.
None of these operations met with suc
cess. "On October 18 fighting took place
along the whole front occupied by our
troops in Bosnia, and all the attacks
made upon them were repulsed with
heavy losses to the enemy.
"On the same day the enemy directed
an attack against our right wing in
the direction of Montchevo and against
Ernlnova. Both these attempts were
repulsed, as well as one against the
Servians near Belgrade on the left
bank of the Save."
countant at a hearing before Edward
Hacker, special examiner in the Gov
ernment's dissolution suit against the
American Can Company and its subsidiaries.
The books of the American Can Com
pany showed, said the witness, that
the company had been receiving me
rebates since its formation and that
they amounted - to $300,000 the first
Instead of being, carried to the op
erating account, Denman said, the re
bates were credited directly to profit.
The sales of the American Can Com
pany and its subsidiaries, he added.
had increased from 123.000,000 In 1902
to $41,000,000 today.
BRITAIN INTERNS ENEMIES
Hu ml reds of Germans and Austrians
LONDON, Oct. 21. Austrianand Ger
man subjects of military age, who, since
the beginning of the war. have been
permitted to be at liberty in England
unless they rested' under some suspi
cion, are td be interned in detention
The police. during the last few days
have been arresting hundreds of men
between the ages of 17 and 65 years
and sending them to camps in differ
ent parts of the country.' More than
200 were arrested in London today. 100
were arrested in Manchester and simi
lar numbers were taken in all the larire
This action of the government is
TO INVITE BELGIANS
Steps Taken to Ascertain
Terms on Which Colonists
Can Procure Lands.
STATE AID DISCUSSED
Farmers, Not Industrial Laborers,
Wanted Owners or Beet Lands
Advised to Make Offer of
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 21. As a re
sult of a meeting of the California De
velopment Board here today steps will
be taken immediately. to ascertain what
California lands are available for col
onization by Belgian agriculturists now
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markably rapid dresser, was demon
strated by him on the Oregon-Washington
Limited, of the 0.-W. R. & N.
Company, at Welser, Idaho, yesterday
morning, according to a fellow passen
ger who arrived in Portland last night.
Mr. Karth had a through Pullman
ticket, but transportation only to Wei
ser. He had neglected to inform the
porter that he would leave the train
at Weiser and the conductor had not
done so either.
When the train stopped at Weiser at
5 o'clock the conductor noticed that no
passenger got off and went back to
the porter of Mr. Karth's car and asked
where "Lower Seven" was. "Asleep,"
answered the porter. "He " gets off
here," returned the conductor.
The "porter rushed to lower seven
berth, and, peering between the cur
tains, said: "Are you the party that
gets off at Weiser?" Being informed
in the affirmative, he hastily added,
"This is Weiser."
Mr. Karth sprang but of bed, ordered
the porter to hold the train until be
had dressed and the porter hastened
forward to inform tho conductor.
Hurrying back he met Mr. Karth
fully dressed on the platform, who gave
him his card and asked to have any
thing forwarded which he might have
CATHOLICS MAKE APPEAL
UNITED STATES ASKED TO PRO
TECT CLERGY IN MEXICO.
KIEtPORT, DIXMIDE AND BRUGES ARE SHOW, AS IS OSTEXD,
WHICH IT IS REPORTED BRITISH WARSHIPS ARE SHELLING.
necessitated, it is said, because of the
facilities offered German spies to enter
the country with Belgian refugees on
the pretense of being Belgians.
ROAD SHOWS ITS PROFIT
Northern Pacific Reports Dividends
and Earnings of Year.
SALEM, Or.. Oct. 21. (Special.)
Dividends aggregating 517,356,220 were
declared by the Northern Paciflc Rail
way Company for the year ending June
30, according to the annual report of
the company received by the Slate
Railroad Commission today. The net
income was $19,892,228.53, and an in
come balance of $2,295,247.36 remains.
The company operated 6665.46 miles
of road and owned 6243.24, of which
62.90 is in Oregon. It had a capital
stock of $248,000,000 outstanding and
a funded debt of $302,351,000. Other
features of the report are as follows:
Operating revenues, Oregon, $177,
863.76: operating expenses, Oregon,
$249,690.49; ratio of operating expenses
to operating revenues State of Oregon,
140.44 per cent; payroll for -the year,
Oregon, $124,718.56; employes, Oregon,
132; general officers, two; passengers
carried, 9,860,223; tons of freight
BOLIVIA SEEKS CONCESSION
Iireotion of Smelter in Xew Xork to
Handle Tin Ore Proposed.
WASHINGTON,' Oct. 21. Bolivia be
pan informal inquiries today on wheth
er the United States would permit it to
construct a huge government smelter
in New York to use the Bolivian tin
ore output. The proposal was sub
mitted by the Bolivian Consul-Genera
to R'.chard W. Atwater, Jr., of New
Yor'i. who took it up with officials
it was believed the United States
Government would make no objection.
The Proposed investment would
amount to more than $1,000,000. Bo
livia owns about . one-fourth of the
world's tin ore supply, its exportation
has been practically suspended by the
SECRET REBATES CHARGED
Tin Plate Concern Said to Have Al
lowed Million to Car Company.
NEW YORK Oct, 21. Secret rebates
given the American Can Company by
the American Sheet & Tin Plate Com
pany amounted to more than $1,000,000
last year, according to testimony given
today by Charles H. Denman. an ac-
AUSTRIA SHORT OF MEAT
Stock of Cattle in Dual Monarchy
Xovr Believed Inadequate.
VENICE (via Paris). Oct. 22. Aus
tria and Hungary are confronted with
a serious shortage in their meat sup
plies, according to information received
here. Although prices in Vienna and
Budapest have risen considerably the
past fortnight, the livestock offered in
both these markets has been far below
the quantity required for the normal
consumption of the population. The
situation is further aggravated by the
necessity of providing meat for the
troops in the field.
The fact that higher prices have
failed to attract larger supplies of
livestock to the markets is taken to in
dicate that the total stock of cattle
within the dual monarchy is inade
quate to meet the present extraordinary
demand for meat. Since there is no im
mediate likelihood of being able to in
crease imports of cattle, the situation
is regarded as serious.
TRUCK DRIVER ABSOLVED
Inquest, Over Body of Earl Mc
Naughton to Be Held Today.
Harry Gaither, 17 years old, who
was killed in a collision between his
motorcycle and an auto-truck at
Seventeenth ana Taylor streets, was
riding on the wrong side of the street
at the time, and the truck driver was
in no way responsible for the acci
dent, according to the verdict of a
Coroner's Jury at the inquest yester
day. The Inquest over the body of Earl
McNaughton, who died Monday, will be
held today. He was injured September
3 in a collision between his motor
cycle and an automobile driven by F.
H. Adams.- From that time until Mon
day he was hovering between life and
death in Good Samaritan Hospital.
Hookey-Playing Boys Try Suicide.
FREELAXD, Mich., Oct. 21. Delbert
Woodruff and Lloyd Pierce, aged 10
and 13 years, 1 spectively, are dead as
the result of a double attempt at sui
cide last night, caused, it is believed,
by fear of punishment for having
played hookey during the afternoon
Both lived several hours, but neither
was conscious after the shooting.
German Spy Is Xot an American.
LONDON, Oct. 21. The alleged Ger
man spy, believed to be an American
citizen and whose case came up today
for hearing at the Wellington Barracks,
In London, is in reality a German sub
ject by the name of Lody. This man
assumed the name of Inglis and pre
tended to be an American.
landless and homeless through the
Dr. Thomas Forsyth Hunt, dean of
the University of California, and Rob
ert Newton Lynch, president of the
California Development Board, were
appointed a committee to call on large
landowners of the state to learn where
such lands are situated, on what terms
they could be secured for colonization,
and on what terms they could be rented
with option to purchase.
State Aid Investigated.
A second committee was appointed to
investigate the question of state aid
and to find the status on which a state
mortgage could be founded.
Gavin McNab, a lawyer who broached
the idea of extending a state-wide wel
come to Belgian immigrants, expressed
the opinion that it would be unwise to
attempt to bring industrial laborers o
California, laying stress on the desir
ability of farmers. He called attention
to the fact that neutrality would not
be violated by offering; asylum to Bel
gians, as those people are the victims
of the war and not the belligerents.
The sense of the meeting was that
the actual purchase of land in Califor
nia must follow some preliminary ten
ure on a rental basis and the opinion
was expressed freely that it would be
greatly to the advantage of owners of
beet lands and other large industries
to establish Belgian farmers on their
lands at a moderate rental and contract
to purchase their products.
State Mortsise Bank Suggested.
The question of assisting people to
the land and financing their overhead
expense by the state was discussed, the
advance moneys to become a lien on
The feeling -prevailed that some
scheme of state aid to agriculture.
probably the formation of a state mort
gage bank, would be the ultimate way
in which Belgium and other European
countries might be assisted directly to
Many Outrages Against Religion Enum
erated and Americana Urged to
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21. An appeal
to the American Government and peo
ple to protect the Catholic clergy and
church in Mexico and demand repara
tion for outrages . already committed
was filed w-ith the State Department
today by a committee of the American
Federation of Catholic Societies.
Describing the political conditions
which are declared to be responsible
for the present state of unrest in Mex
ico, the committee asserted the atti
tude of the Roman Catholic clergy has
been one of absolute neutrality, striv
ing only to teach the uneducated classes
obedience and respect for constituted
"The revolution which will shortly be
in control of the government in Mex
ico," says the statement, "has pro
claimed, as a necessary means for the
establishment and -working out of its
programme, the suppression of three
classes which it considers to be in
superable obstacles to its purposes the
regular army, the Roman Catholic
party and the large land holders.
The recent revolution differs from
those that preceded it only in being
more radical. The present generation
of revolutionists are thoroughly imbued
with anti-Christian and anti-spiritual
principles. They are, therefore, enemies
of all religion and especially the Cath
olic relierion. Thev nronDse at snv cost
to uproot the Catholic religion from )
the hearts of the people.
"The priests of all the places which
have been occupied by the revolution
ists have been expelled in a body and
without trial. They have been robbed
of everything they possessed. Many of
them have been thrown into prison.
Others have been tortured. Some have
been killed. Churches have been turned
into barracks and stables. In Sehuayo,
Michocan, eleven priests were threat
ened with death if they would not pay
ransom. The bishob of Zacatecas
was also subjected to ransom but had
nothing to give. The Catholics freed
them from captivity with the money
they had gathered in order to placate
In conclusion the appeal said:
"We trust that the American people
ill realize that they are in honor
bound to defend us, to demand satis
faction for the flagrant violation of
the recommendations which were made
by them to Carranza and his followers."
RITiSHSEIZE OWN SHIP
VESSEL THOUGHT TO HAVE COAL
DESTINED TO ENEMY.
Loivther Ranee. Taken In Golf of Call,
xorala. Makes Lame Explanation
and Is Seat to Esquimau.
VICTORIA, B. C. Oct. 21. Suspected
of having coal aboard which might be
destined for the enemy's ships, the
British steamship Lowther Range, with
a prize crew in charge of her from H.
M. S., Newcastle, was today brought to
The Lowther Range was seized by
the Newcastle In the Gulf of California,
and as Captain Gundey, master of the
vessel, could not give a satisfactory ex
planation to the boarding officers re
garding. the destination of his fuel
cargo, there was no alternative open
to 'the commander of the cruiser but
to place a prize crew aboard and dis'
patch her north to the British Colum
bia base. This is the first prize that
has been brought to Esquimalt since
the outbreak of war.
According to the latest maritime ve
ports, the Lowther Range was bound
from Rockhampton for Port Piri
South Australia. She is reported sail
ing from Rockhampton on August 6 by
way of the Straits of Magellan, and the
fact that she was located by the New
castle off the Gulf of California, draw
ing, it is said, considerably less water
than the draft given by her papers on
clearing from the Atlantic port, im
mediately aroused the suspicions of the
naval officers sent aboard the vessel
from the cruiser to investigate.
After putting the prize crew on board.
the Newcastle got in touch with H. M.
C. S. Rainbow by wireless and turned
the vessel over to the Canadian cruiser,
which aided the Lowther Range into
DRESSING. RECORD MADE
Man, Asleep In Pullman AVlicn Sta
tion Is Reached, Shows Speed.
That S. L. Karth. of the Hardie Man
ufacturing Company, Portland, is a re
STATE TG SELL ACREAGE
TTMALO PROJECT PROPERTY. 17,464
ACRES, TO GO.
Desert Land Board Decides ' to Let
Go of Bis Tract at $40 an
Acre to Repay State.
SALEM." Or., Oct. 27. (Special.)
The State Desert Land Board today
fixed $40 an acre as the selling price of
17.464 acres of the Tumalo irrigation
project. About 6030 acres - have been
sold and the Board will advertise the
remainder for sale about the middle of
It is figured that the money derived
from the sale of the land will repay
the state the appropriation of $450,000
for reclaiming the land, give a profit
of $5 an acre as provided in the act
making the appropriation, pay interest
of $31,104.66 on the money, provide
$86,761.71 for refunding money paid on
contracts with the Columbia Southern
Irrigation Company, which started the
work, and leave a balance of about
The material is being shipped and
will arrive in time for the comple
tion of the project about December 15.
Under a motion adopted by the
Board the state will hold a lien on
each tract until it is entirely paid for
by the settler. It is provided that 10
per cent of the selling price shall be
paid in advance and 10 per cent yearly
with interest. Persons who clear 30
acres the first year will be exempt
from making annual payments the first
three years, but must pay the interest
and later pay all the principal. The
maintenance charge an acre the first
year will be 80 cents.
Mr. Largaard said the land would
grow two crops of alfalfa yearly and
furnish fine pasture in the Fall. It is
adapted for all kinds of grasses, pota
toes, vegetables and fruits and espe
clally fine for dairying purposes.
DALMATIAN FORTS FAkLING
Nine Bay of Cattaro Batteries Hit
Constantly by French.
LONDON. Oct. 2L A dispatch from
Cettinje forwarded by the Rome cor
respondent of the Exchange Telegraph
Company says that the nine forts about
the Bay of Cattaro, in Dalmatia, are
being constantly hit by shells from the
new French guns, which have been
placed on Mount Lovclen and are grad
ually being destroyed. Only one forf
attempted to reply.
The Anglo-French fleet continues
successful bombardment of the outer
GERMAN FACTORIES RUN
Berlin Report Says Many Are Pay
ing for Overtime..
BERLIN. Oct. 21: (By wireless.)
According to reports from the indus
trial districts of Germany, made pub
lic in Berlin, German local industries
are again in full activity, so much so
that in several factories overtime is
often being paid for.
The Aftenposten, of Christiania. pub
lishes a report from London that the
British iron and steel industries, with
the exception of the army a factories,
are without orders. .
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DEEP SEJSSE OF OBLIGATIOX FOB
bruised and shaken considerably by the
force and was unconscious for some
time. Fire again broke out in the build
ins early this morning from oniolder
ing embers and before It could be ex-
tinguished considerable damage was
done to the contents. The value of the
stock is placed at $5000, partly insured.
A portion of the roof and east wall
were wrecked by the explosion.
Vice-Admiral Tashlro Replies That Per
fect Harmony la Source of Ut
LONDON, Oct 21. Winston Churchill,
First Lord of the Admiralty, and Vice
Admiral Tashlro, Japanese Minister of
Marine, have been exchanging frater
In a telegram to the Japanese Min
ister, the First' Lord of the Admiralty
"I desire, on behalf of the British
Admiralty and the royal navy, to ex
press at this crucial stage of the war
our 'deep sense ot thn efforts and en
ergy with which the Japanese navy Is
sustaining the cause of their ally.
Vice-Admiral Yaahiro replied:
"On behalf of the imperial Japanese
navy I tender warmest thanks for your
sincere and cordial message, and I as
sure you that it is a matter' of the
utmost satilsfaction to us both that
perfect harmony and understanding ex
ist everywhere between the two allied
navies, which strikes the true note of
the main object of the compact, and
which will certainly tend to hasten the
attainment of the ultfmate goal. I ear
nestly hope it will not be long before
this end is successfully achieved."
WEISER STORE IS WRECKED
Stove Polish Mixed With Gasoline
Explodes and Owner Is Hart.
WEISER, Idaho. Oct. 21 (Special.)
The explosion of a pijt- of stove pol
ish, in which gasoline had been mixed,
partly wrecked the building occupied
by the store of H. R. Warner last night
and a started a blaze, which was ex
tinguished quickly iby the city chem
icals. Mr. Warner, who was in the store
alone when the explosion occurred, was
In Train Schedules
Effective Sunday, October 25,1914
OREGON ELECTRIC RY.
Detailed, information may be had of
agents. Xew time cards ready Satur
day at all agencies.
City Ticket Offices 5th and Staj-k,
10th and Stark, 10th and Morrison,
North Bank Station, Jefferson-Street