Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, May 03, 1915, Page 1, Image 1

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German Torpedo-Boats
Sent to Bottom.
British Steamer Sent Down
and Captain Killed.
'.French Tank Stcumtsliln destroyed
by Shells of Submarine and Hea
dier 1-Mred On; Trawler Sunk
by German Torpedo-Boat.
British destroyer Recruit, sunk
by German submarine off Gal
loper lightship; four officers and
21 men saved.
Two German topedo boats sunk
by British destroyers; two Ger
man officers and 44 of crew res
cued and taken prisoners.
Trawler Columbia sunk by
two German torpedo boats; one
deckhand saved.
American tank steamer Gul
flight torpedoed by German sub
marine off Scllly Islands; Cap
tain dies from heart failure and
two of crew are drowned; ves
sel beached.
British steamer Fulgent eunk
by German submarine off Skelllg
Rocks. Captain shot and killed.
Nine of crew saved.
French steamer Europe sunk
near Bishop's Rock by German
submarine; crew saved.
LONDON, May !. A German subma
rine on Saturday sank the British de
stroyer Recruit off the Galloper light
ship in the North Sea. Other British
destroyers after a tero chaso over
took and sank the two German torpedo
boats that had accompanied the sub
marine on her cruise.
Some of the crew of the Recruit were
rescued by the trawler Daisy, but as
the submarine fired on the fishermen
they were compelled to leave the others
to their fate. The British destroyers
rescued most of the crews of the Ger
man torpedo-boats and two officers
were picked up by a passing steamer
and taken to Holland.
Submarine Operations Continue.
Besides these incidents in the North
Sea, the German submarines continued
their operations off the Scilly Islands,
ar.d in addition to torpedoing the
American tank steamer Gulflight, the
captain of which died of shock, sank
the French steamer Europe and the
British steamer Fulgent, the captain of
the latter vessel being shot and killed.
The Admiralty tonight issued the fol
lowing statement concerning the en
gagement in which the Recruit was
"A series of small affairs took place
In the neighborhood of ' the Galloper
and North Hinder lightships on Satur
day. "During the forenoon II. M. destroyer
Recruit was svink by a submarine, four
officers and 21 men being saved by the
trawler Daisy.'
Trawler Sunk by Torpedo-Boata,
"At 3 P. M. the trawler Colombia was
attacked by two German torpedo-boats,
which approached her from the west
ward and began an action without
hoisting their colors. The Colombia was
sunk by a torpedo, only one deckhand
being saved by the other trawlers.
"A division of British destroyers
comprising the Laforey, Leonidas, Law-
lord and Lark, chased the two German
vessels and after a brief running fight
of about one hour sunk them both.
"The British destroyers sustained no
"Two German officers and 4 4 men
Ave re rescued from the sea and made
prisoners of war."
30 of DfMtroyer's ttr Saved.
The destroyer Recruit was on patrol
duty Saturday morfVig when the sub
marine sank her. According to details
received here, she was struck amidships
by the torpedo and began to sink. The
wounded vessel signaled for assistance,
and her call was answered by the traw
ler Daisy, and 30 men out of her com
plement of 63 were saved.
It is said that a torpedo was fired at
the Daisy, which was forced to leave
one of her rescue boats behind, and that
the submarine chased this boat and fired
her gun at it, wounding four men.
British torpedo-boat destroyers sight
ing in the distance two German torpedo-boats,
which had sunk the trawler
Colombia and apparently were support
ing a submarine, engaged the Germans
at long range in the vicinity of the
North Hinder light. The Germans en
deavored to run away, but the British
boats pressed them hard and shortly
afterward sank them. The British boats
rescued some of the crews of the Ger-
n-ans and landed them today.
The attack on the French steamship
Europe, from Barry for St. Nazaire
with a cargo of wool, is described in
a dispatch to Lloyd's from Penzance.
The dispatch says the Europe was sunk
near Bishop s Rock Saturday morning
The submarine signaled the crew of
the Europe to leave their ship. When
they had done this the submarine
.shelled the steamer, which failed to
(Concluded oa Fas 2. Culumn
Region of Szawle Also Occupied by
Invading Detachments, Admits
Pctrograd AA'ar Office.
PETROGRAD, via London, May 2.
The following -official communication
was issued tonight:
"Detachments of the enemy occupy
the region of Szawle (Shavli. 77 miles
northwest of Kovno). German patrols
appeared May 1 near Libau. The same
day hostile torpedo boats visited the
Gulf of Riga.
"West ot the Niemen engagements
continue. At the Village of Tayenko,
on the right bank of the River Netta.
an entire company of a German line
regiment surrendered.
"In Galicia, on the night of the 30th,
strong Austrian forces opened an of
fensive In the region of Ciezkowice.
Our fire forced the enemy to retire-600
paces from before our trench.
"In the Carpathians the same night
we repulsed Austro-German attacks in
the vicinity of Golovetzko and. Senet
chouw." VIENNA, via London, May 2. The
following' official communication was
issued today:
"On the heights between Orawa and
the Opor Valley we repelled heavy
attacks by the Russians a.nd captured
200 prisoners. Afterward we pro
ceeded to attack a strong Russian
point east of the height of Ostry and
took several hundred Russian prisoners
and machine guns."
Distinguished Men Arriving
Open-River Celebration.
LEWISTON, Idaho, May 2. Distin
guished men from throughout the
Northwest arrived here today to par
ticipate tomorrow in the waterways
celebration to .commemorate the com
pletion of The Dalles-Celilo Canal. Ar
rivals included Governor Alexander,
United Slates Senators Borah and
Brady and ex-Governors Hawley and
McConnell, of Idaho. Senator Jones
and Representative Humphrey, of
Washington, arrived tonight, and Gov
ernor Lister, of Washington, and Gov
ernor Withycombe, of Oregon, will ar
rive tomorrow.
The celebration marks the first trip
a steamer from Portland has ever made
through the new canal to Lewiston,
the steamer Teal having docked here
ast night. The steamer Undine will
arrive early tomorrow morning from
Special trains over all lines running
nto Lewiston are bringing large num
bers from all points and the city is
already thronged with visitors.
A feature of the day here was the
firing of salutes along the river to
herald the coming of steamers on their
niaidei trips to Lewiston.
The Undine passed Swift, six miles
from Almota, at 8:35 P. M.
Union Forces Defeat Germans, but
800 of Enemy Escape.
CAPE TOWN, via London, May 2.
The following official statement regard
ing the operations in South Africa was
Issued today:
'General McKenzie's mounted forces
which were designated to cut off the
Germans, who. after the evacuation of
Keetmanskop retreated northward along
the railway, inflicted serious defeat on
them in the vicinity of Gibeon. The
Union forces, by destroying the railway
north of Gibeon, captured a whole rail
way train, several transport wagons, 1
great Quantity of livestock, two field
guns, several maxims and 200 prisoners.
"The remnant of the German force,
which was 800 strong, escaped owing
to the rough ground, which obstructed
the movement of the cavalry."
Young Woman WIk Sent Six Britons
to AVar Is Commended.
LONDON. April 16. Flirting can be
made an effective recruiting expedient.
At a recent recruiting rally -a girl held
up her hand and announced that she
had sent five young men to the front.
At the end of the meeting she indicat
ed the young man at her side and de
clared, "Here's the sixth!"
This caused the speaker to say
"Flirting of that kind is the right sort
of patriotism." He advised the young
girls of the audience to use their wiles
in behalf of King and country.
Mincworkcr Of flcial'R Fate Subject
of Sunday Deliberations.
TRINIDAD, Colo., May 2. The jury
in whose hands rests the fate of John
R. Law son. international board mem
ber of the United Mine Workers o
America, spent the day in deliberations,
but no definite information was avail
able as to the prospect of reaching an
The case in which the labor leade
was charged with the murder of John
Nimmo, a deputy Sheriff, during th
Colorado coal strike, was given to the
jury late yesterday.
I'mpqua Broccoli Contract Given.
ROSEBURG, Or, May 2. (Special.)
At a meeting of the Douglas County
fruitgrowers held here Saturday John
Nix & Co., of New Tork. was given the
contract for handling all the broccoli
produced in the Umpqua Valley. Mos
of the product will be shipped to Chi
cago and New York for disposal.
Captain Dies as Result
of Heart Failure.
German Submarine Makes At
tack Off S'cilly Islands.
Seriousness Admitted, and Xote to
Berlin Speaking- of "Strict Ac
countability" Recalled; Dam
ages Slay Be Demanded.
LONDON, May 2. The American oil
ank steamship Gulflight was sunk by
a German submarine Saturday at noon
off the Scilly Islands, according to a
dispatch to the Central News Agency.
The Gulflight sailed from Porf Arthur,
Tex., April 10 for Rouen. France.
The captain died from heart failure
as a result of shock, and two seamen
jumped overboard and were drowned.
The other members of the crew were
taken off, by a patrolboat and landed.
The vessel was towed into Crow Sound
and beached.
A'eaael Bnllt In Camden, X. J.
The Gulflight was a steel vessel of
3202 tons net and was built at Camden,
N. J., in 1914. She was owned by the
Gulf Refining- Company. The vessel
was 383 feet long, 51 feet beam and 30
feet deep. She was equipped with wire
less telegraph apparatus.
WASHINGTON. May 2. Press re
ports of the torpedoing of the Ameri
can steamer Gulflight and the loss of
her captain and some members of the
crew created a stir tonight in official
circles here, where the seriousness of
the occurrence was everywhere ad
In the absence of President Wilson.
officials made no comment as to the
probable action of the United States
Government, beyond saying that
thorough inquiry as to the manner of
the torpedoing and the responsibility
lor it would tlrst be required before a
decision could be reached as to the
kind of representations to be made.
Note to Germany Recalled.
If first reports are borne out, the at
tack on the Gulflight constitutes the
first case of an American ship struck
by a torpedo, with the consequent loss
of lives. Two American vessels have
been sunk by mines, the responsibility
for which never has been fixed, and
one American, Leon C. Thresher, was
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Tbe Weather.
VESTERDAI'S Maximum temperature, 66.S
degrees; minimum. 41.8 degrees.
TODAY'S Showers; winds mostly southerly.
German big g-un shelling Dunkirk is believed
put out of action. Page 3.
Russian Baltic port menaced by land and
sea forces. Page X.
Many swindlers are found holding officers"
commissions in British army. Page 1.
Lloyd George thanks British-Americans for
relief fund. Page 3.
Many Assyrians enslaved by raiding Kurds.
fage z.
Sharp contrasts noted in crossing Russian-
uerro&n border.. Page z.
Crime on increase in Paris. Page 3.
American oil tanker sunk by German ut-
marlne off Scilly Islands; Washington
admits seriousness of situation. Page 1.
Million war prisoners now held by Germany
may be factor In peace settlement, rise o.
. National.
Ex-Secretary Meyer takes Issue with Bin-
icls on efficiency of Navy. Page 1.
Steamer Edgar H. Vance drifting helpless off
coast; tow also missing, page -1.
Pacific Coast League results Los Angeles
9, Portland (; Salt Lake 1-9, San t rancn
co 1-2 (morning game 12 Innings); Oakland-Venice
game postponed, raiu. Page
Rupert's Monarchs advance to second place
in city League, page iz.
Anglers turn attention to trout when nets
are dropped in Willamette. Page 13.
Casualty list grows in stormy week of major
league baseball, rage 14.
Jlmmle Parsons, though defeated, la hero
at auto races. Page 12.
Pacific Northwest.
First night of net fishing at Oregon City
yields 60 tons of salmon. Page St.
Idaho leaders of both parties drop politics
to attend Celilo Canal opening. Page o.
Portland and Vicinity.
One Portland doctor and another formerly
of Portland go to care lor wounded, in
European war. Page 9.
Three deaths. IO Injuries are toll of auto
accidents of three days. Page 9.
Record prices ar paid for carrying lumber to
Australia. Page 13.
Final bill at Orpheum has wealth of variety.
Page 10.
Chinese, as evangelist, gives sermon to out
door audience at Second and Oak streets.
Page IB.
Civic and military pageant to herald fleets"
arrival May It. Page 9.
Nominations for aueen of Rose Festival
likely to close about Wednesday, with
16 In race. 1'age IO.
City and state to primp this week. Page 10.
Orders for new boxcars will stimulate lum
ber trade. -Page
Business in West shows Improvement.
Page 8.
Some new films are funny, others mysterious
Page 7.
Portland women put Jewels in, melting pot
for relief In Germany. Page 13.
Uncle Leaves Actor, Now in Movies,
Fortune of $100,000.
NEW YORK, May 2. (Special.)
Robert Edeson, a well-known actor of
the legitimate stage, who recently has
gone Into motion pictures, received
word today that he had inherited a
fortune through the death of his uncle,
William Henry Edeson.
The fortune is estimated to be about
$100,000. The news was conveyed to
him by an attorney of Houma, La.
German Airmen Drop Bombs on
Towns In Vosges.
PARIS, May 2. German aeroplanes,
doubtless in reply to the recent French
air attacks on Frledrichshafen today
bombarded various towns of Eastern
Four machines flew over Epinal, cap
ital of the French department of
V-osges. this morning and dropped 20
incendiary bombs. No one was hurt.
T ' Si KIM
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Fx-Secretary Takes Is
sue With Daniels.
No Provision Made for Battle
Cruisers With Speed.
Japan Building Several Warships
AVI tli 14-Incli Ordnance, Britain
Has 14-1 noli Guns AH.
. craft Sadly Neglected.
BOSTON. May 2. Ex;Secretary of
the Navy Meyer made public tonight
a statement reviewing the open letter
from Secretary of the Navy Daniels
to President Garfield of Williams Col
lege, concerning- the present status of
the naval equipment of the United
States. Mr. Meyer opens with the
statement that Secretary Ianiels' dis
cussion of this subject ""leaves much
to be desired in the way of informa
tion." The statement follows:
"The Secretary neglects to state,
when he refers to the last two years
of the Taft administration, that the
House of Representatives, which orig
inates appropriations, wa in control of
the Democrats on account of the bye
elections; that they went Into caucus
and voted 'no battleships.' It was on
the issue that no party could afford
to caucus on patrioism, placed before
the people by some of the leading
papers at my request, that we broke
the caucus and obtained, grudgingly.
from the Democrats one battleship for
each of the remaining two years.
Sale Data Not Add to Tonnage.
' "The war and the campaign of edu
cation on National defense, has in
fluenced Congress in making more
liberal appropriations, but the third
battleship Mr. Daniels obtained was
made possible by the sale of the Idaho
and Mississippi to Greece, using the
fund' derived from this-transaction for
an additional dreadnought. But the
Idaho and Mississippi were both mod
ern ships, built in 1904, and while
President Wilson's sale was a good
business transaction, it will not, appar
ently, increase our tonnage.
"It should also be noted that the
Indiana, Massachusetts and Oregon can
no longer be included In our tonnage
list; that the Iowa, Kearsarge, Ken
tucky and Alabama will reach their
age limit in 1916, while the Illinois.
Wisconsin, Maine, Ohio and Missouri
are due for replacement by 1920, as
battleships become obsolete in 20 years.
It is obvious, therefore, that a policy
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orr coast, iiuudekless.
Tug Is Sent Out from San franeis
00 to SenrcJi for A'cssel, AVhoe
Tow Also Is Not Heard from.
where out in the Pacific off the Cali
fornia coast the steamer Edgar It.
A'anee is drifting rudderless and oth
erwise badly damaged by the storm
that for exactly three days raged
along the roast, but that now has sub
sided. The owners of. the ve..el received a
wireless last night from C- , n
Spike, saying that her rudd .tO" X J-n
carried away and her . washed
overboard by th , f seas. The
tug Navlgato- O .efn sent out to
search for' . ance.
In the height of the storm Friday
afternoon the Vance's deckload of
lumber was carried away. That
evening she lost her tow. the Nor
wegian ship Ask!, and because of the
storm was unable to put lines aboard
the ship again. No word has been re
ceived from the Aggi.
The steamer lowan, which was
blown far to the southward by the
storm, reached this port early this
Crater Lake Park fjc-Superintcudcnt
Denies lllglit to ICemove Him.
ington, May 2. Secretary of the In
terior Lane must show cause before
tho Supreme Court of the District of
Columbia by May 11 why a mandamus
should not be issued compelling him
to reinstate William F. Arant as su
perintendent of Crater Lake National
Arant was removed June 30 after
having refused to resign at the re
quest of Secretary Lane. On that date,
Arant asserts, a United States Marshal
and posse ejected him and his family
from the superintendent's house and
took possession of the building.
Arant contends he was a civil serv
ice employe and could be removed only
for cause. He is represented by J. A.
Carnahan. of Klamath Falls, and by
Washington counsel.
Party Passes Hood River on Way to
Canal l"ete at LewlMon.
HOOD RIVER, Or., May 2. (Special.)
The following were on the O.-W. R.
& N. train leaving Portland at 6:30
o'clock tonight to participate in The
Dalles-Celilo Canal celebration at
Lewistoia and other points:
Governor Lister, Governor Withy,
combe. Lieutenant - Colonel Morrow,
Joseph N. Teal, Captain James W.
Troup, Captain J. C. Gore. Colonel J.
A. Munday, Arthur II. Devers, James
F. Failing, Wallace R. Struble. R. A.
Graham. Inspector R. W. Williams. I.
W. Zeigans, private secretary to Gover
nor Lister; William McMurray, gen
eral passenger agent of the O.-W. R.
& N. ; Captain A. Degerstedt. Captain
C. W. Gay, W. II. Pope and Mrs. W. II
Sunday's War Moves
EVENTS followed thick and fast in
Wum the sea war zone Saturday. A
British destroyer was sunk by a sub
marine and other British destroyers
pursued and sank two German torpedo
boats, which had attacked a British
trawler. An American oil tanker, the
Guflight. from Port Arthur, Tex., was
attacked by a German submarine. Its
captain died from heart failure and
two of the crew were drowned. The
vessel was beached. A British and a
French steamer were sunk by subma
rines. Most serious of all from the Amer
ican point of view is the sinking of
the American oil steamer. Washing
ton notes that it is the first instance
in which a vessel flying the American
flag has actually been torpedoed in a
way that fixed a responsibility beyond
doubt. The international aspect of the
situation is regarded as corresponding
ly grave.
On land the Germans say they have
made an advance in their raid into the
Russian Baltic provinces and after de
feating the Russians to have reached
the region to the southwest of Mitau.
which is well on the road to Riga, and.
if they are in strong force, they should
prove a serious menace to the Russian
communications. It is believed here,
however, that the movement is nothing
more than a raid, ar.d the Russians pro
fess not to be disturbed over it.
There lias been no further bombard
ment of Dunkirk, which would seem to
Indicate that the Germans had only one
big gun in position and that the
Kr,nrh a i ndf 11 hnv n)d( it SO UnCOITl-
fortable for the gun crew that It has
been withdrawn. As a reply to this
bombardment, the French have brought
one of their big guns, to bear on ono
of the forts on the south front of the
fortress of Met.
Along the rest of the western front
attacks and counter-attacks continue,
but no battle of importance has devel
oped. It appears that the Turkish report
that the Asiatic shore of the Dar
danelles is free of the invaders was
correct, the French having simply gone
ashore there to make the landing of the
British on the other side easier, and
this accomplished, having been with.
drawn, doubtless to land at some other
News of these operations is awaited
in London with the greatest interest
as, for the moment, they are consid
ered among the most important of the
Officers' Commissions
Are Taken Away.
Commands Once Obtained by
Criminals and cx-Convicts.
Adventurers Go to front to AVork
Confidence Games, lint Are Jis
covcred and Are Ileing Cash
iered by AA'ar Department.
LONDON, May 2. (Special.) General
French and the War Office are now en
deavoring to get rid of a number of
undesirable ofllcers,' who, in the last
few months, have obtained commissions
in the army, especially in crack regi
ments like the Guards, the Rlflo Rri
gade and Tenth liusKars, more or les
by faliie pretenses. These ofllcers have
become known in the si-rvice and in the
military clubs in London as the "black,
Four ofllcers in the British army in
France were cashiered last week, and
six in England were deprived of their
commissions. It is believed that more
than 40 have previously been secretly
weeded out.
Many Are Worst Tyjtr.
These men are adventurer of tho
worst type, blackmailers. profenMonl
sharpers, bankrupt financiers, iacln
touts, etc.
The ease with which commissions In
the army are now obtained even In the
cra-k regiments, by men who are phys
ically fit and Jens than Co years old.
made it an easy thing for these adven
turers to find as officers In the Guard
or other crack regiments a wide and
profitable field for the exercise of their
particular talents.
It is true that to obtain a commission
iik the army an applicant must give a
reference of an off her of field rank,
but these references are. a ofln n.t
not, not Inquired into, so a swindler or
adventurer by daringly giving the name
of some prominent officer at the front
as a reference, readily obtains a com
mission. Swindlers Hup' ilurea.
One of the officers dismlsn-d from
the army last week obtained a com
mission in the Gronadier Guards u
couple of months ago. On his applica
tion form he gave a reference to Gen
eral Smith-Dorrien. He was quartered
at St. James' Barracks, and he and his
wife were invited to dine at Bucking
ham Palace, as is customary In the
case of all newly joined officers of the
Tho officers wife shortly afterward
started a fund for opening cafes for
soldiers at Boulogne and other places.
In the collection of which she was as
sisted by the Queen and several ladies
of tho royal entourage, with the result
that in less than a month this woman,
attractive, smart-looking and about 30,
had got in some )13,0I0.
Woman Opens GambllnK Uen.
Then she disappeared, and with the
money opened a gambling hell at
Calais under an assumed name, which
wss raided and broken up by the mil
itary authorities.
This incident led to inquiries that
resulted in the discovery of the fact
that the woman was not married to
the officer whose wife she had pre
tended to be atij that the officer in
question had served a term of imprls-'
onment some years ago as a fraudu
lent bankrupt. He was then at once
Prince of Wales 1 l lim.
Since this incident Q i Mary wiil
not receive the wives f nffu cis who
have not been presented at ourt, as
her majesty at first arrayed t ) io dur
ing the war. This mcai. - thai, no o'li
cer'a wife can meet the .ju-n without,
her name being submltt' 1 to the scru
tiny of the Lord Cham. ' rl.u!).
Another member of tin- "bl i k li'.iu
diel" who was dismi('l fom In-'
Army last month was a n - notorious
card sharper, named Snutliw l i;, w li
changed his name and obt .- iti-.j . l om-
mission in the blues. !! h ms t-i,t t
France as a transport off "r, iiu.j !tir-
Ing his three weeks'
"lifted" 20.000 from a v
French officer and won
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n 1 1. h y ? ' u n n
l'-n-vr Kijir.a
', thf I'llk.:
i; l:ti -lis. .t
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from the Trlnce of AVal
of Roxburglie and a M:
nephew of Lord Rothsch
ment by the young French officer to
a member of the English headquarters
staff led to inquiries being made about
the sharper, with the result that he
was cashiered.
Landing Party Itetlrcs After Stub
born Battle of Two Days.
ATHENS, May 2. via wireless to Lon
don, May 3. The French troops which
landed ou tbe Asia-Minor side of the
Dardanelles retired after a stubborn
battle lasting two days.
LONDON, May I. A casualty list is
sued tonight by the British ar De
partment shows that during the land
ing of British troops in the operation.-
against the Dardanelles, that is be
tween April 25 and April 30, 26 men
of the British fleet were killed and 63
were wounded.