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THE aiGRXIXG OREGONIAN. THURSDAY, 3IARCII 18, 1915.
I etc After they load op their wagons
they drive away.
10 AMERICAN FLAG
NO RESPECT SHOWN
v. a. m i
l Mexicans Show Open Con
t tempt for Emblem, Says
i , Letter of J. B. McManus.
American since Murdered by Zapata
!' Soldiers Describes Keign of Ban
dits and Previous Attack
Made on His Home.
; CHICAGO, March 14. (Special.) The
J eister of John B. McManus. who was
I murdered in Mexico City by Zapata sol-
- diers entering the capital, today pro
l duced the last letter written by Mc
: Manus before he was murdered. The
I letter gives a vivid description of
- - bandit reign" in Mexico and tells of
' a rifle battle between McManus and ten
looters some time ago. The letter is
dated February 4 and reads:
r "Dear Sister Your letter of Jan-
- uary 11. with clippings received. I am
jT cleaning up a little over $1000 a month
profit on the ranch and am raisins
over 45 head of fine heifers, which
r should begin to produce next year.
"If this foolish revolution would ter-
minate and permit honest people to
develop the land here. I could easily
pile up a stake and reinvest in United
" .States. I am convinced this is no place
S for a permanent residence. Even if
J peace is established it will only be
temporary, unless uncie ora itiH
' and assumes control of the finances.
1 similar to the Cuban arrangement.
Kntierrea Seta Example of Looting.
"I suppose you have read in the pa-
f pers how the provisional president,
T w.iiiii utirres. lit out one dark night
i with about $6,000,000 that was in the
treasury. When this occurred me
J soldiers started in stealing horses on
the streets of Mexico City, looting the
I stores and some private houses.
"A friend of mine phoned me in the
J morning of January 16. advising me to
3 keep the gates closed and to prepare
for trouble. I didn't pay .much atten-
tion because I was busy with art auto-
mobile that refused to work, but for-
tunately I carried two of my United
States Army Kragg rifles up to the roof
" of our house, which is quite large and
commands all of the dairy proper.
- "The house has a 200 foot front and
is built of stone. It is very old and
- has an open attic or garden in the
; center. The rooms, which are 16 or 12.
I open up on this attic with a shaded
f corridor running the entire length. The
i walls of the house are three feet thick
and extend about three or four feet
above the level of the roof.
j "Along about 11:30 A."M., when my
men had finished the morning milking
; and gone to their houses for breakfast.
I heard a racket at the large front
door, or "xaguan," and saw my port
j er's "doorman" light out on the run.
.' Demand Answered With Bullet.
"I ran out to the door and could see
." some khaki uniforms through the
; cracks, and heard the bunch demanding
me to open up. I asked what was
wanted. They said they wanted to get
I In and would do no harm. I said wait
v a moment and I will see.
J "I hustled out a ladder and went up
on the roof and grabbed some of the
? Kraggs and a belt of cartridges. By
this time Zapatistas were getting peev-
- sh and threatened to burst in the door
p if it was not opened at once.
" I called to them from the roof and
J! told them plainly that the door would
not be opened and that any greas-
era who tried to climb over would get
"One of the men got off his horse and
t was boosted up by a companion and
succeeded in climbing up to the roof
- of the small porter's lodge. He re
s' marked: 'No, quire abrir verdad, quire-
mos nada mas media her a, en sii casa.'
This translated means: 'You won't open
up. will you?"
"There was nothing to do but to plug
" the bandit, so I let go with the Krag
'.' and caught him just below the stomach.
? Ho let out a yell and grabbed for the
. flagpole, but hobbled backward into
J the street.
. Loot Left In Doorway.
"By this time I saw I was in for a
- fight, so I started in plugging at the
1 balance of the bunch, which did not
" number over nine or ten at most. They
k all ran like a pack of yelping dogs, and
I kept plugging away as they ran
across the prairie.
"By tills time some of my men got up
courage to come upon the roof. The
" bandits fled, leaving a strange amount
: of loot in the doorway from other
homes clothing, blankets, hats, and
' loot of all descriptions.
"I had taken a furnished house in the
city for Ruth and the children a short
time before. 1 intended to keep them
I there for the present. Ruth comes out
j. in the machine e-ery little while, but
goes back at night.
"At present the Carranza party fs in
power, but I believe that they will skip
, out at the first intimation of danger
and then Zapatistas or some other
; party will start in looting again.
"About a week ago, when Zapatistas
. departed, the Carranza troops began to
;. arrive immediately. A party of 300
" troops rode up in front of the dairy and
-began shooting. I skinned up on the
- roof to see the battle, but there was
not an enemy within sight. They Just
seemed to gallop up and down the road
way shooting In the air. also at the
buildings or anything moving in the
American Flan; Not Respected.
"I thank fortune that onr stables are
.. all Inclosed with a high stone wall so
that none of my stock were hit, but tb
.bullets hits most everywhere.
"After they rode away I rode out
- over the prairie to see the dead and
wounded, but the only one hurt were
a few masons building a wall nearby
'..and a few humble Indians driving bur
rows loaded with alfalfa. j
"The next day there was a big ac
count in the Mexican papers, with pic
tures of the officers in the charge, and
' saying that Zapatistas had been driven
off after strong resistance with great
loss. I venture to say that there was
"not a Zapatista within ten kilometers
. of the place.
, " "I am afraid that the present outfit
I will not last long in power. They will
simply remain here in Mexico City
' until they accumulate a few millions
In the treasury, then they will depart,
leaving the city with no military pro--
tection. This will permit the Zapatis
. tas to start sacking the town, and ex
perience has shown that they respect
no foreign flag. I have a large Ameri
' can flag on a staff over the doorway,
and It is no more respected than a dish
rag. I am ashamed to acknowledge.
Filing of Claims Is Iseless.
"I have gained tnore respect since
the little affair of the 16th than from
any protection that Brazilian legation
.Van secure. All the dairies have been
fobbed and horses and mules taken, but
my place has been left severely alone.
I don't think there was any considera
tion for the flag.
."The favorite dodge the Carranza
troops have now Is to call at the ranch
"It is too bad that a man like xeaay
did not take the chair instead of the
present schoolmaster that thinks he is
holding down the Job. Americans here
no longer file claims for the losses
they have 'suffered, as the government
has changed hands so often that it is a
OREGON WORK, IN FAVOR
River and Harbor Allotments De
layed Until Later In Month.
OREGONIAX NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, March 17. Representative
liawley today called on the Chief of
Army Engineers and the Secretary of
War and urged a liberal allotment of
funds to continue work on Oregon
river and harbor projects. The War De
partment said the apportionment proD
ably would not be made before the end
of this month and would be based on
revised estimates which the local engi
neer officers had been asked to submit.
Tt will be a week or more before the
figures are received from the Pacific
Coast and at this time it is not de
termined what amounts will be made
available for work in the Northwest.
Both the Chief of Engineers and the
Secretarv of War seemed favorably in
clined toward Oregon projects, especial
ly because local interests in tnat state
have contributed so liberally toward
meeting the cost of construction. The
mnnev allotted last Fall is ample to
continue work to the end of March, and
allotments soon to be made will cover
work from April 1 to June 30, next year.
Indications are that not more man
$1,250,000 will be allotted to the mouth
of the Columbia, as the engineers have
heretofore said that would be all they
required for that project.
GERMANS HUSBAND FOOD
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solution of the difficulty with Roumania,
the pressure was relieved considerably
from Germany. For four weeks pre
vious to my going to Germany the ox
ports from Roumania had been cut oH
entirely. But on February 3 petro
leum began coming in again, and the
Baron von Mumm told me that in tne
week that I was in prison I love to
say that the week of February 7-14,
S0.O0O tons or wneat were resmppeu
into Gf.rma.nv from Roumania.
The biggest hue and cry in the
oaDers. of course, is about bread. Gov
ernment lands have been given away
free for the cultivation of grains, the
use of them for three years on tne con
dition of absolute cultivation this year.
Even the narrow space between the
railroad fences and the rails will be
cared for by the employes or the rail
road. "Up to now Germany has Imported
goo onn tons of saltnetre a year. But
it is held that so thoroughly has the
land been tilled and cared for during
recent years that the lack of fertilizer
this year will not hurt the crops.
Bread Rules Are Unyielding.
There are strict and unyielding rules
about the ingredients of bread. Only -a
certan amount of white flour may be
used. Bread can be baked only once a
day, and none may be baked at home.
Each citizen is obliged to send in word
to the police of the amount of flour he
has on hand: of many other things, too,
such as petroleum, oats, etc., and If he
has more than is allowed the govern
ment buys it from him.
It is forbidden to sell yeast any more
to private individuals. I remember one
night in Frankfurt I was dining with
friends and the hostess looked suspi
ciously at her bread and called the
maid. As soon as the girl came Into
the room she knew what the trouble
was, and began hurriedly, almost cry
ing. "I'm pretty sure I know where I
can get some more. I forgot to pour
any water on it, and it dried up."
I couldn't imagine what they were
talking about until my friend explained
to me that by dint of much exertion
they had managed to get a little yeast,
which it was Nina's duty to tend care
fully each day, so that it kept on
making more. Instead of that she had
let it dry up and had been obliged to
make her bread without yeast.
Maximum Prices Fixed.
But, as I said, in spite of all these
precautions, you cannot feel that they
are necessary, except for the future.
Prices have gone up only a little in
butter. -tea, green vegetables which
formerly came from Belgium, and pork
since I kept house there three years
ago. Maximum prices nave ueeu n:u
on everything, and notning is too cosi
ly, even for the poor.
Onlv. there does not seem to be
any poor as there are here in Paris.
The government has arranged excel
lently for the care of the wives and
widows of its soldiers, even as it has
for the care and amusement of the
soldiers themselves. They are allowed
free entrance into many theaters; they
ride free on trains and cars the first
and second class accommodations are
saved for them when they are con
valescent wounded. Their every need
is met in the trenches. The commis
sariat is good, and the clothing is
I asked man after man who had come
back from Belgium or Poland about the
number of cases of frozen feet they
are so common here in France. But
there are few In Germany, owing to
the good care that has been taken to
send everything necessary for warmth
and health. Luxury has progressed so
far that there is now a system of
circulating libraries between the large
cities and the trenches.
White Salmon Council Is Host.
WHITE SALMON, Wash.. Mar. 17.
(Special.) The City Council of White
Salmon tendered the Klickitat County
Commissioners a reception Monday
night at the Commercial Club rooms.
Most of the speeches dealt with good
roads and civic improvement. White
Salmon has two women on Its Council:
Mrs. Ida Gearhart and Mrs. Eliza
Kelso Water Plant Inspected.
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Mayor Talbert and a number of citi
zens inspected me reaeriuji i it
Kelso Water Company yesterday and
found that sanitary conditions in the
. . - , v. n M.aivAlp wrA nrfrelv
viciniiy hi " r r
satisfactory. A tight board fence, which
bas been well maintained and which is
animal-proof, surrounds the reservoir,
which is covered by a roof. The water
is clear and Is free from contamination.
11:30 A. M.
11:30 P. M.
:lbadi-iG photo-play house: west park asd aldeh-
TODAY, TOMORROW AND SATURDAY ONLY.
You will like "Sunshine Molly." It is the story of a great Cal
ifornian oilfield a love story, too.
You see the great gushers bursting out of the ground and
you see poor little Molly's oil wells burst into flame, making
a sensational oil fire. This part of the picture cost $50,000,
for the producers had to buy acres of oil land.
Louis Weber and Phillips Smalley Are Stars in This Deliehtful
COMING Edith Wynne Mathison and James
SUNDAY Neill in "The Governor's Lady."
DFI AY? ,7 n
h a aF- , for Four Days
Follow the Crowds
Come while you have the
opportunity to see
Most Realistic, Most Dramatic of All Photo-Play Dramas,
Adapted From the Great Story of the Alaska
Mining Camps by Rex Beach.
FRIDAY SATURDAY 0
ITS A CORKER!
A SHUBERT FEATURE,
Filmed from Bret Harte's
great story featuring Bar
bara Tennant and Howard
"THE DANCING BEETLE"
Everybody is bitten ; they all
' ' i
i mmi WK3gg
and West Park
loaay, rnaay ana f, - :
Saturday, 10 A. M. M
to 11P.M. Mjt '
LONDO STATISTICIAN ESTIMATES
FIGURE AT $16,090,000,000.
Times Bc11ti TntuI Too Great, bat
Admits EnBlnnd Probably Will
Soon Hire to Slake Ionn.
inxnnv. March 17. Edjrar Cram-
mond, a prominent r.r.anclal writer. In
- I.-. i l?Aval Statistical
Society yesterday dealing with the cost
of the war, said the war must end in
July through the exhaustion of some
of the belligerents.
Mr. Crammond estimates the total
cost of the war to the end of July at
3.388.000,000 (J16.990.000.000) and the
IUIIU CLUlluimi. .... a-- j, .
propertv and other direct and indirect
losses, "at 9.148.000.000 ($45,740,000.
000). He estimates that Great Britain
alone will spend up to the end of July
708.000, VUU ijj.mu.uuu.wuv;.
The Times, commenting on Mr. Cram.
' thinkfi ha takes a some
what exaggerated view, although he is
in possession oi ia.cis v,ihi;i cuuuc
t itnn Tpindct The Times
points out that Premier Asquith's esti
mate of Great .Britain s expeaimre cur
ing the same period was only f 500,000.
000. but adds:
"Thiy certainly now appears too low.
Why Have the People Used Over
a Hundred Million Boxes?
THE extraordinary merit of Laxative Bromo Quinine
explains the reason why the people of all nations have
used the enormous quantity of over One Hundred Million
(100,000,000) Boxes of this famous remedy. Whenever
you need Quinine, think of Laxative Bromo Quinine
but remember there is Only One
Laxative Bromo Quinine
wed roe world oven to cure a cold ih one oat
too high, and it is already believed In
financial quarters that the government
will be obliged to have recourse to a
new war loan sooner than was antici
pated, probably In the month of May."
Ten Licensed to Wed t Vancouver.
VANCOUVER, Wash.. March 17.
(Special.) Marriage licenses were is
sued to Herbert E. Butterfield aifd
Irene Bxley; Ernest Wuthrich and
Frieda Katterman, of Portland; B. W.
Pollard and Mrs. Nina Weaver, of
Chitwood, Or.: Ralph Rogers and Anna
Mershon, of Troutdale, Or., and John
Perkins and Louise La Fleur, of Me
Louie torn thla mlgnMttirm
awt thm box. Mm 2e
Today, Friday, Saturday E
I Last Chance to See 1
Elinor Glyn's j
Thrilling Love Drama 'I
B El El Ea 1 1 a H H
The Battle of the Sexes
PACKED HOUSES AT THE STAR
Testify this is one of the vital plays of this
"Concerns a husband, hiB wife, the "other
woman" and his daughter.
The daughter determines to kill "the other
woman." But she decides on another way. Her
father finds her in the arms of his mistress
Do you see how the doctrine of THE SINGLE
STANDARD is forced home to him?
Kull motion picture nf hl emit trip
now on at the Htnr Theater. Kvcr)M
Ten knew in the film.
Yes, we've got Marguerite Clark for next Sun
day. We heard this morning that we could have
"Wildflower" for next Sunday. Now, all you
people who have been begging us to put this
picture on again, here's your chance. t
A Queen With a Country, A King Without a Throne
Blanche Sweet and Harry B. Walthall
The Avenging Conscience
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l ALL IliVilUJ open Uatly. Noon to 11 I'. M. fl
7""""" Open Sunday. 10:.10 to II I. M. H
" THKSK ltfc TO.HO lUtOW MTtlllMVl H
TharSc5' Charlie Chaplin in 'In the Park'
IHtPU.v, Newest Great Kssnay Comedy. IH
New Comedy All Im
THE The Master Mummer VI
Today. Great Three-Act J-.diKnn lrriiM Irt
thv MtTFR- Features wonderful t o r y of 1H
iTAii-H Intrlffue of IntermUlotiHl Im-
Three-Ar t Feature portKiu e. A heritKc of .in. rt
Draa Tomorrow! accompanies a crown
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OR Iti TERBOn. KPISODB OK ABRAHAM I. IN- S
Six Acts. Sunday roi.N. M
andMonday. Kxtra special feKiuro for fUi- JJ
lm-m2j TIC E AWD POI.n ATIKH,
g Musicians. 2
BI MOTION pirTI RK of fef
M I XAVF.l. KXCtRMON.
? TODAY "The Silent Plea": Charlie aplln Com- JM
edy. "In the Park ": Flavel Pictures; Tire and Pol- IB
matier. and "Bide Orders," Geo. Ace I able. B
Soak a towe! In boiling water, wrin
dry and place H ower the aching Prtfor
a moment to help open the pore.. Then
rub in plenty olOmejraOiL Youwillba
surprised at the quick relief thit aimplf
treatment girea. loc k ajc bofile.
cr stable and ut to Duy. gram, teca