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THE MORNING OREGONIAN. TUESDAY, MAY 4, 1913.
OFFICIAL WORD Oil
State Department Heads Think
Attack on American Ship
INVESTIGATION BEING MADE
Jf Germany Is Innd to Be Tower
Icstroylng Craft, Iudemnlty May
Bo Pemauded Despite View
That Treaty Is Violated.
; WASHINGTON, May 3. Pending an
' official investigation of the circum
stances of the wrecking of the Ameri
can Htcamor Gulflight in the Knglish
Channel, the United States Govern-
mont will defer diplomatic, reprcsenta
'. tions, as well as any pronouncement
Two messages were received today
from American Consul Stephens at
I'lymouth, England, reporting that the
Gulflight was torpedoed off the Scilly
Islands Saturday and that her captain
died of heart failure and two members
of the crew were drowned.
Secretary Bryan called attention to
the fact that the source of his au
thority was not given by Consul Ste
phens and that the messages read as
if he was reporting on information he
had heard rather than of facts learned,
tiermany to lie Asked for Facta.
Mr. Bryan said he would ask for a
thorough and complete report from the
American Consul and would direct Am
bassador Gerard at Berlin to make
similar inquiry of the German govern
ment for such facts as it might have
on the subject.
Officials were careful not to take
for granted the truth of reports that
a Gorman torpedo struck the Gulflight.
Until thore is definite proof no state
ment bearing on the delicate point of
responsibility was deemed expedient.
Should the investigation bear out the
-dispatches that a German submarine
made the attack, the United States
probably will demand an indemnity
sufficient to cover the losses incurred
by the ship and compensation to the
families of the victims. It is thought
probable that an expression of formal
regret also will be requested.
America l'osltlon Given.
While the question of the right of
submarines to attack belligerent mer
chantmen without giving warning or
time for non-combatants to be trans
ferred to places of safety is covered In
the Declaration, of London, any diplo
matic action of the United States likely
will be based on the treaty of 188 be
tween. Prussia and the United States,
Early In the war the United States
served notice on Germany and other
; belligerents that in view of the piece
I meal adoption of the Declaration of
London, by the belligerents, the Wash
ington Government would not be bound
by the declaration but by previous ex
listing treaties and rules of interna-
Already the German government has
taken cognizance of the treaty of 1828
as binding in the present day, agreeing
', to pay for the loss of the .Americaa
ship under that treaty rather than un
der the Declaration of London,
Treaty Violation Seen.
' If the attack on the Gulflight was
' made by a German submarine with or
, without warning1, officials hold that
Germany Is in the position of having
Violated, the treaty of 1828.
While the seriousness of the attack
upon the Gulflight was a. matter of dis
cussion in official quarters today, the
belief was held by high officials that
. the German government, if responsible,
would, not seek to Justify the act. but
. would agree promptly to make amends.
It was pointed out that until there is
proof of any deliberate intention on the
part of the German submarine com
' mandera to attack American vessels,
. the experience of the Gulflight must be
- regarded aa an accident, though one for
.which ample reparation would be de
manded. President "Wilson on his return from
W'illiamstown, Mass., communicated
with Secretary Bryan and State De
partment officials who immediately be
gan an investigation of the law per
taining to the case. Their unanimous
opinion was that from the reports thus
far received there was no excuse for
the attack on the vessel, for even it
she could be accused of carrying con
traband, the ship should have been
visited, and searched and her crew
transferred to a place of eafety before
Ithe cargo could, be confiscated.
meut to be filed in the Circuit Court
tomorrow by Harvey Wells, State In
surance Commissioner, Is granted. The
proposed assessment will apply to the
policies that were in force March 1.
1915, and the plan is to have all holders
pay to 100 per cent, the standard rate.
Mr. Wells figures that it will net 22.
139. 77. Many policy-holders paid less
than 75 per cent of the stapdard rate.
It is estimated that $3000 in pre
miums cannot be collected. Mortgage
loans aggregate $1512.11, the company's
real estate is valued at $2500 and pre
mium notes at $1203. Total apparent
liabilities outstanding are $36,082.52.
"At least 50 per cent of the proposed
assessment will be collected," said
Commissioner Wells, who is receiver of
the company. "I think also that $1000
of the $2487.99 in earned premiums will
be collected. Premiums on the policies
which have been carried on the ledger
as uncollectible and on policies can
celed, for which no premium was paid,
are of little value. The mortgage loans
and real estate should be valuable. The
claims for fire losses against the com
pany will be settled in full if the pro
posed assessments are made and the
earned premiums are paid. I think be
tween $22,000 and $25,000 will be col
lected. I see no chance to return any
premiums to policyholders."
RETALIATION IS PROBED
GERMAN SUBMARINE CREWS ARE
FOOD WELL TREATED.
Solitary Confinement of British
Expected to Be Laid to
LONDON, April 3. Ambassador Page
Informed the Foreign Office today
that the treatment of the c.ews of the
captured German submarines and the
British officers upon whom retaliatory
measures were visited by Germany
was virtually the same, with the ex
ception that some of the British pris
oners were being held in solitary con
finement. These facts were brought
out in the investigation through the
agency of the American Government
under an agreement between Great
Britain and Germany.
E. G. Lowry, an attache of the Amer
ican Embassy at London, inspected the
barracks at Chatham, where the Ger
man submarine crews were confined.
Mr. Lowry found that these prisoners
were permitted to take their meals
together, to receive tobacco and deli
cacies and to have recreation.'
The German detention camp at
Magdeburg, where the British prison
ers are confined, was inspected by Am
bassador Gerard. The expected results
are said to be due to a misunderstand
ing of the treatment by the British
of the German submarine crews.
CASE OF FOOD SHIPS
Brtish Compromise With Wil
Ends Delicate Matter.
QUESTION IS STILL OPEN
PUYALLUP CLIMATE GOOD
"Wiiv Crops Xever Are Lacking and
Markets Are Best Is Told Club.
rUTALLTJP, Wash., May 3. (Spe
cial.) "There are two conditions that
prevail in the Puyallup Valley that, so
far as I know, are not found elsewhere
in the United States," said John Mills,
u leading realty dealer of Puyallup, at
the luncheon of the Commercial Club at
"In the first place our climatic con
ditlons are such that we always have
a crop to market: in the second place
our marketing facilities have been so
perfected through th e work of tire
Puyallup and Sumner Fruitgrowers'
Association that the producer, if he so
desires, can make a five years' contract
with the association for his products
at a. price that will net him, above
labor and all other expenses, $160 an
acre a year. These two ideal and
unique features, making agriculture a
positive certainty, are not to be found
BARLESS SALOON IS IDEA
AIM IS TO RESTRICT LIQUOR SALES
Proposition to Be Offered to Prevent
Absolute Prohibition at Washing
ton, Ending Whisky Retailing.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash.
ington. May 3. "Barless saloons'" are
being advocated for the City of Wash
ington and District of Columbia, as a
substitute for a "dy" town. At the
last session of Congress an effort was
made in the Senate to make the Na
tional Capital "dry," and had the vote
come on a straight-out bill of that
character, it would have been enacted
into law. It was because of the
bungling of the Senators having the
legislation in charge that it was de
feated, but not by direct vote. .
It is expected that when Congress
reconvenes the effort to make Washing.
ton "dry" will be renewed and it is the
hope of those advocating barless
saloons to head off the dry legislation
by securing authorization of their new
project. ' The German societies of
Washington are leading the movement.
The barless saloon idea contemplates
doing away with bar-rooms, where
drinks are served at a counter, and to
substitute restaurants, without bars.
where drinks may be served at tables
only. Coupled with this idea, the Ger
mans of the National Capital favor
legislation which will prohibit the
retailing of whiskies, and make it im
possible to buy the higher intoxicants,
except by the bottle.
London Averts Recording Govern
ment ms Making Xecessities for
Civil Population of Enemy
LONDON, April 13. (Correspondence
of the Associated Press.) Through the
compromise witn the owners of the
cargo of the American steamship Y il
helmina, the British government avoids
a court decision which might have been
extremely distasteful to Great Britain
in future years. Had the prize court
condemned the Wilhclmina's cargo,
which was foodstuffs avowedly des
tined for the use of the civil population
of Germany, Great Britain would have
been on record as having made food
to the civil population of a belligerent
country absolute contraband, a position
which is directly opposed to the posi
tion this country always has held.
Although Germany issued a procla
mation under which the German au
thorities took charge of all foodstuffs
in the empire, the German government
nevertheless gave its pledge that It
would not take over the Wilhelmina's
cargo and would permit American
agents to give the food over directly to
the civil population.
When the Wilhelmina was reported
at Falmouth nearly two months ago,
the vessel attracted marked attention
as her cargo of food destined for Ham
burg offered an opportunity to test the
British policy on foodstuffs for the
enemy. All suspected cargoes had been
held up by Great Britain since the be
ginning of the war and, while food had
not actually been allowed to proceed
to Germany, the British government
had not gone on record as making
foodstuffs absolute contraband.
The Wilhelmina sailed from America
before Germany's policy of taking all
foodstuffs under government cpntroi
had been promulgated. Consequently
owners of the steamship were in an
excellent position to make a successful
ight for the admission of their cargo
o Germany, and the dilatory tactics of
English officials made it clear from
the first that they did not care to test
the case in the courts.
Consequently the purchase of the
cargo by the British government ai
Hamburg prices, under agreement to
pay the owners what loss they have
suffered, as a result of the delay, was
the solution of the tangle, which had
been confidently expected by members
of the diplomatic corps, who had fol
lowed the negotiations.
FIRE CHIEF YET MISSING
EUGENE ASSISTANT APPOINTED TO
OFFICE OF. HARRY BRIGGS.
Unofficial Search I Made and Worry
Bring About Breakdown In
EUGENE, Or., May 3. (Special.) No
trace of Harry Briggs. missing fire
chief who left Eugene mysteriously
Saturday morning, has been found up
to tonight, despite an unomciai searcn
made by Eugene officers through
courtesy to his wife, who is well
known here. Worry over his absence
caused a complete breakdown today
and she was confined to her bed.
J. M. Devers. District Attorney, in
vestigated the case this afternoon and
stated, that Mrs. Briggs has been left
William Nusbaum, assistant fire chief.
today was promoted to the position of
are chief to take the place of the
PACIFIC WINS IN DEBATE
Puget Sound College Is Defeated,
2 to 1.
PACIFIC UNIVERSITY, Forest Grove,
Or., May 3. (Special.) Pacific Univer
sity debaters defeated the College of
Puget Bound, 2 to 1. Friday night in the
second annual event. The question was:
"Resolved, That the initiative and
referendum should be incorporated into
the statute of the various states.
The affirmative was upheld for Pa
cific University by E. M. Livingston, '17,
and Newton McCoy, "18, and the nega
tive for College of Puget Bound by Ter
ril Newby and Warren Rees. The nega
tive team sent to Tacoma consisted of
James Rasmussen and Elbert Taylor.
The Judges here were Professor Sher
man Wallace, of McMlnnville College,
C. O. Carietta. of Lincoln High School,
Portland, and A. F. Flegel, of Portland.
FRUITH0USEIST0 BE BUILT
Odell Growers to Put Vp Warehouse
to Handle Product.
HOOD UlVEIt, Or., May 3 (Special.)
At a meeting of the stockholders of
the Fruitgrowers' Exchange Saturday,
a recommendation of the board of
directors providing for the immediate
-construction of a local storage house
and warehouse in the Odell vicinity
was adopted. The local selling agency
has contracted to sell its fruit through
the Northwestern Fruit Exchange.
The members of the board of direct
ors of the exchange are: E. K. Stanton,
E. W. Sweaney, J. O. Mark, F. W. Buff
and Kenneth McKay. The latter is
ASSESSMENT IS DESIRE
Horticultural Policy-Holders May
Be Called On to Pay.
SALEM. Or., May 3. (Special. More
than 8700 policy-holders of the' Horti
cultural Fire Relief, an insurance com
pany of this city, which failed recently,
will be assessed If a petition for assess-
"Hog" Case Set for Hearing.
NORTH YAKIMA, Wash., May 3.
(Special.) The Independent Meat &
Packing Company, of this city, yester
day was made defendant in an infor
mation filed by Assistant Prosecuting
Attorney Sydney Llvesey in the Su
perior Court, charging the company
with manufacturing and having for
sale an "adulterated" article of food,
The 8peclfio charge is that the adulter
ation consisted in using the carcass of
a hog which "died otherwise than by
slaughter.11 The case will be heard on
Killer of Grouse Is Fined $25.
VANCOUVER. Wash., May 3 (Spe
cial.) George Thomas, an employe at
a lumber camp near Yacolt, arrested
on a charge of killing grouse out of
season, today was found guilty be
fore Justice of the Peace Campbell and
was fined $25 and costs, which amount
ed to $11.25. Being unable to furnish
the tin's, he was remanded to jail to
work out his fine. Thomas' arrest
was made by J. M. Hoff, Game Warden
of Clarke County.
Y. IV. C. A. Meeting Held at Caldwell
CALDWELL, Idaho, May 3. (Spe
cial.) The Advisory Board of th
town and of the College of Idaho
Young Women's Christian Association
were entertained Friday, April 30. at
the home of H. D, Blatchley. More
than 100 were present. The members
of the board are Mesdames R. Madden,
R. Oakes. S. Plowhead, W. A. Stene,
F. Mitchell, W. M. Case and H. D.
Blatchley. Mrs. Belle Kurtz, of Narapa,
laano, maao an aaaress.
Venezuela Elects Gomez President,
CARACAS. Venezuela, May S. The
National Congress today, by a unanl
mous ballot, elected General Juan
Vicenete Gomea President of Venezuela
for the term of 1915-22.
of the fire and water committee, an
nounced that the committee is satisfied
that the former chief has left and that
the appointment . is permanent.
Nusbau'm has served continuously on
the Eugene department for three and
a half yeara and first became a mem
ber of the city staff seven years ago.
Orlo Hender&hot has been made as
Briggs had been regarded highly.
both in his private life and as a city
official. Twenty minutes before he
left, he consulted with members of
the Council regarding prospective im
provements in the Eugene department
that he planned.
BABE OFFERED AS GIFT
Attempt of Young Women to Dispose
of Infant Starts Inquiry.
TACOMA. Wash., May 3. (Special.)
Tacoma officials today are investigat
ing the efforts of two young women
to give away a 24-hours-old boy at
the Union Station. Sunday, and are
seeking to find a noma for the young
ster. The young women eame in on
a train from a neighboring town and
later on appealed to the Travelers' Aid
worker, Mrs. liealey.
"They were igood, clean-appearing
girls," said Mrs. Healey, "and gave
their . names and addresses, but we
don't wish to tell who they are. They
said the baby's father disappeared
without knowing anything of the con
dition of the mother, who is a hard
working girl supporting herself. They
explained that she couldn't keep the
baby, so they offered to come to Ta
coma and try to find a home for it."
ALBANY WOULD SEE RELIC
Plans Made to Try to Have Liberty
Bill inhibited in City.
ALBANY, Or., May 3. (Special.)
The historic Liberty Bell may be ex
hibited in Albany for a few minutes,
if plans inaugurated today by the Al
bany Commercial Club are successful.
Knowing that it is the plan to have
the bell sent to the San Francisco Ex
position by way of Portland, the local
club plans to complete arrangements to
have the train which will carry it stop
here for half an hour in order that
local people may pass through the car
and see it.
Efforts will be made to get the con
sent of Philadelphia authorities to dis
play the bell here. The local club is
urging this plan because of Albany's
many railroad connections which would
enable people from all parts of the sur
rounding country to see the belL
SEBASTIAN TESTIMONY IN
Los Anjivs Ex-Chief Makes Forci
ble Denial of Girl's Charge.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., May 3. Charles
E. Sebastian, suspended Chief of Po
lice, testified in his own behalf today
that he was innocent of the moral mis
conduct alleged in the indictment
charging him and Mrs. Lillie Pratt with
having contributed to the delinquency
of Edith Serkin, Mrs. Pratt's minor
"May God strike me dead if I do not
tell the truth," he declared, striking the
witness stand with his net.
Sebastian's forcible declaration on the
witness stand were his last words be
fore submitting himself to the people
tomorrow as a candidate for Mayor in
the municipal primary.
3000 POUNDS SALMON SENT
Catches In Columbia Xear Vancou
ver Better Than Usual.
VANCOUVER, Wash.. May 8. (Spe
cial.) Almost 3000 pounds of fresh
salmon, caught here in the Columbia
River since the season opened Satur
day at noon, were shipped by express
to Seattle today. The catch here for
the opening of the season has been
better than the average.
Launches from the canneries come
along the Columbia and buy the sal
mon from the fishermen, sell them
their supplies and assist them in many
Ashland Band Reorganizes.
ASHLAND, Or., May 3 (Special.)
The local band has been reorganized
and the instrumentation increased. A
missing man. C. O. Peterson, chairman ! series of concerts will he given on
Under auspices of the Portland
Jovian League, will be given
May 14-6 Shows
Entire proceeds are needed to
provide funds for the Electrical
Parade of the
Every person attending will be
given a chance in drawing for
elegant ELECTRICAL PRIZES
GIVEN AT EACH SHOW.
will be introduced at the close
of the show
You can do better for less on Third Street.
Sundays and otherwise throughout the
Summer. As a means of helping along
the organization, the City Council and
Commercial Club will each contribute
$25 a month and the women of the
Civic Improvement Club $10 a month
for the half year, which besan April 1.
and EgyptianGgartttts inlhtWrJi
If your suffering from Eczema or
any itching skin trouble has been ins
tense, the quick relief from one appli
cation of Foslam will seem wonderful
Just as soon as you spread it gently
on. itching stops; burning skin is
gratefully soothed; no more need to
scratch ; no discomfort to keep you
And to see the trouble disappear will
be another cause for wonder.
Improvement every day. The skin
forced to respond, soon resumes its
natural color and condition.
Tour druggist sells Poslam. For
free sample write to Pmergency Labora
tories, 32 West 25th St., New York.
Poslam Soap, for toilet and bath
medicated with Poslam; 25 cents and 15
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The man who buys his clothing here, saves
anywhere from $5 to $7.50 on a suit.
This is because he is asked to pay only one
Elsewhere several middlemen's interests are
taken care of, which means higher cost to
you, of course.
Ask to see our
New Spring Suits at
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Same grades will cost you from $3 to $7.50
Woolen Mill Store
Third at Stark
Third at Morrison
4-n. iV 7
Paint-Up Clean-Up Week, May
See El Grilstovo
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Come in, ask us about it.
We'll be glad to demonstrate and explain fully why El
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appliance on the market today.
El Grilstovo is a combined grill and stove. It broils, fries,
boils and toasts two operations at the same time one
above and the other below the glowing coils. Operates
from any lamp-socket. Regular price $5.00.
Reduced to $3.35 during
Hotpoint Week, May 3-8
El Grilstovo may be used in the kitchen, for regular cook
ing, or on the dining-table. No special dishes required.
Use ordinary utensils, graniteware included, on top; for
broiling, etc., an extra deep Underdish is provided.
El Grilstovo is an economical, convenient cooking device,
at a remarkably low price. Remember, $3.35 for this
week only. Get yours today.
Electric Store, Broadway and Alder
Portland Railway, light & Power Co.
Ninth Annual Rose Festival June 9-11, 1913
Typical Parkrose "City-Farm
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