Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, June 08, 1915, EXTRA 4:00 A. M., Page 2, Image 2

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Austro-German Columns Are
Only Few Miles From
Capital of Galicia.
1 IMore Than .33,000 Russians Cap-
; tured During Battles Near Prz-
f cmjsl, Says Official Announce-
:' ment from Gcrmanj.
; LONDON, June 7. Telegrams from
!" Vienna say that Lemberg, capital of
; the Austrian crown land of Galicia,
'. now in the hands of the Russians, may
Te taken at any moment by the Austro
German forces, according: to a dispatch
from Copenhagen to the Exchange
', Telegraph Company.
: One message from the Austrian capl
' tal says that the Austrians are 25 miles
-L from the town, and other advices esti
' mate the distance at only 10 miles,
v The official Vienna communication
-. says:
"The attacks of the central Austro-
German forces are making considerable
progress north of Mosciska (Galicia).
Cieneral Linsingen's army, after storm
t ing a bridge head at Zurawna, gained
; r firm footing on the northern bank
f the Dniester."
The announcement of the German
war office follows:
'l ''During the battles at Przemysl 33,
5' S05 prisoners' were taken.
"East of Przemysl the troops of the
J? Teutonic allies continued their vic
v torious battle. They drove back the
J enemy towards Wysznia to the north
.. east of Mosciska. Part of the army
under General Von Llnsingen has
crossed the Dniester at Zurawna and
r has taken the hill on the north bank
I by storm. Farther BOuth, the pursuit
l eached the Nowlca-Kausa-Tomaszowce
i "North of Kurschany our cavalry
i. forced a passage across the Windau
end advanced In a southeasterly di
i rection. Southeast of Kurtwiany and in
' the region east of Rawdynlkl our of
j fensive made good progress, and an ad
J ditional.3400 prisoners and ten machine
- guns fell into our hands. South of the
Niemen, the bank of the river has been
cleared' of all enemies as far as the
j lines from Tolausie to Sapiezyszkl."
; Jiost of Troops in Baltic Provinces
i Are Aged Reservists.
; BERLIN, via London, June 7. As a
T result of what is described in military
i circles here as almost complete ex-
haustion, the Russian offensive in Cour
t land is declared to have shifted to a
i weak defensive, against which the
4 Germans daily are making headway
; which is only overshadowed by their
" gains in Galicia.
The Russian troops in this section, it
Is said, are mostly old reservists, who
are aided by laborers who have been
t nurriedly armed. The German advance
; northeast and south of Shavli was
checked with difficulty by the Russians,
; who barely succeeded In bringing up
their 19th corps to Mitau.
. Directly before Libau the Russians
are declared to have withdrawn their
lines about 60 kilometers (about 40
miles). Their activity is limited to
-. shelling the intervening villages. In
order to make the German advance
f more difficult. Officers say the weak-
ness of the Russians is noticeable all
j along the line, but nowhere more so-
than near Mitau.
It is asserted that the Russian of
; fensive movement near the Dubyssa
" and Shavli were only weak and tem
; porary and were accompanied by great
losses. An illustration of what Is de-rt-
clared to be the general attitude of the
; Russians was given by an officer thus:
; "Recently several hundred prisoners
; were being escorted from Mitau to Til
; sit by a dozen German landwehr troops
; when a strong Russian cavalry patro.
; appeared. The Germans abandoned
; their prisoners to tight off the Rus
; sians. The engagement lasted an hour
; and drew the Germans several kilo-
5 meters away.
; "When they returned after defeating
; the Russians, expecting to And their
V prisoners gone, they were amazed to
: discover the prisoners seated in a ditch
j; anxiously awaiting them and faarful
lest the Russians should be victorious
and they would have to go back into
'- the service."
; .The situation at Libau is said to be
Improving daily. The factories are re-t-
opening and the population Is return-
ing to work, no longer fearful of the
J Germans.
Relatives and Fiancee at Bedside as
? Life Ebbs Away Prosecution of
y . Officer Not Contemplated.
LA GRANDE, Or.. June 7. (Special.)
Death tonight claimed the life of
John Keefe. aged 30, of Moscow, Idaho,
because of a prank. His parents,
wealthy and willing to aid him in every
way, and hia pockets well fllled with
money, Keefe stole a ride on a passen
ger train bound for Baker, to see his
sweetheart Friday. He was put ofT the
train and a bundle of blankets he car
ried incited suspicion of the Sheriff,
who stood nearby. When asked to ex
plain he bolted and ran, and was shot
through the lung. Since that night his
death has been but a matter of hours.
It is expected local Elks will have
some service before the body is shipped
to Moscow for burial.
.Although relatives refrain from ex
pressing their personal viewpoint for
publication, it is understood on good
authority that they do not contemplate
prosecuting Sheriff Hug. It is under
stood that they entertain no bitterness
toward the Sherin. C. W. Keefe, a
Great Northern conductor out of Spo
kane, was the last brother to arrive,
and the two brothers, father, mother
and sweetheart waited at the bedside
for the end to come, which all knew
was certain.
Correspondence Maintained With
Girl Inmate During Jail Term.
k John Keefe, the young man tsliot by
mistake by Sheriff Hug at Union June.
X tion. Or., Friday night and reported to
i. be dying, has been followed by a curi-
i ous fatality since his arrest by Federal
f authorities last Winter on a. charge or
i using the mails to defraud.
; Hid offense was not a vicious one.
t the amounts he obtained through his
alleged fraudulent scheme being small
""- ones,- and Assistant United States At-
torney Johnson, who prosacuted him,
joined with others in asking Judge
Bean to exercise leniency. Judge Bean
sentenced Keefe to only 60 days in the
County Jail in Portland. A physician's
statement that he had contracted tu
berculosis was another mitigating fac
tor In his case.
While he was in jail Keefe became
involved In a. harmless but spectacular
looking-glass flirtation with a. woman
prisoner on the floor above him. He
wrote notes which he hoisted on a
string to the cell window above and
lowered the return notes In the same
way. This continued for several days
before it was discovered and Keefe
was put in solitary confinement.
After his release Keefe remained In
Portland for some time, but finally de
cided to go to Baker, Or., where he has
friends. Having no money he beat his
way as far as Union1 Junction, whers
he was put off the train.
Sheriff Hug happened to be waiting
by the track on the lookout for a cou
ple of "yeggs." He challenged Keefe,
who tossed his blanket roll at the
Sheriff and ran. The Sheriff fired.
Keefe fell, dangerously hit.
United States officials and others
who had to do with Keefe here all say
there was nothing vicious about him.
land that his troubles were more the
resultof reckless judgment than of de
liberate lawlessness.
Entlre Life of Pioneer ot Klickitat
Valley Spent In Painting Pictures
of Scenery of Northwest.
GOLDENDALE. Wash., June 7.
(Special.) William Samuel Parrott, an
early settler of the Klickitat Valley
and an artist of world-wide fame, died
at the Golden homestead, near Golden
dale, today after a brief illness. He
was born in Missouri in 1844 and came
to Oregon with his father. Lewis S. Par
rott, in 1847. In 1859 Lewis S. Parrott
and hia son-in-law, John J. Golden,
founder of Goldendale, came to the
Klickitat Valley.
William 8. Parrott, wllen a boy, dis
played natural talent for painting out
door scenery and spent his entire life
reproducing the snow-capped mountain
peaks, waterfalls and other landscapes
of the Pacifio Coast States. He opened
a studio in Portland in 1867, where he
resided for 20 years. A painting that
he made of the Massacre of the Lava
Beds during the Modoc Indian war in
1874 brought him into prominence in
Portland. One picture that he painted
of Mount Hood sold for $10,000 in New
York. Other of his paintings are to
be found in the leading art galleries
of Paris and London. In 1887 he closed
his studio in Portland. Just a few
days before his death he completed a
large painting of Mount Shasta.
The following brothers and sisters
survive: Mrs. Jane G. Golden, Golden
dale. Wash.; Mrs. Ben E. Snipes, Se
attle; Mrs. Elizabeth Pond. Seattle; El
gin Parrott, Seattle; John F. Parrott,
Portland, and E. D. Parrott, Seattle.
Official Report Says Several Sub
marine Were In Vicinity, but None
Reports Amy Activity.
. WASHINGTON, June 7. Ambassador
Gerard reported today ihat the German
Admiralty as yet had no report on the
torpedoing of the American steamer
Nebraskan, but was conducting an in
vestigation. Ambassador Gerard's . message was
an answer to the State Department in
quiry whether any report had been re
ceived from German sources. Mean
while the department await also a
full report of the inquiry by American
naval attaches sent to Liverpool from
BERLIN," via London. June 7. No
report has been -received from the sub
marine flotilla covering the torpedoing
recently off the coast of Ireland of
the American steamer Nebraskan. It
is believed that all the submarines
which were out at the time already
have returned to their base.
Several underwater boats were In the
general vicinity where the explosion
damaged the Nebraskan. but none of
them has reported any attack having
been made on a steamer in the place
cr at the time when the Nebraskan
was damaged.
Body of Dead Soldier's Brother Is
Found at Neighbor's Home.
VANCOUVER, Wash.. June 7. (Spe
cial.) Grieving over the death of a
brother in the Russian army, John O..
Alpenheimer, a Russian Pole, natural
ized, committed suicide at a. neighbor's
home on Elk Horn Mountain, near Dole.
He hung himself. The body was found
yesterday, though indications are that
lie had been dead probably since about
May 26.
Edward Kaholospi, the' neighbor, had
been at Roseburg and during his ab
sence Alpenheimer was supposed to be
working for him. Returning May .30,
Kaholospi was surprised to learn of his
friend's disappearance. In a few days
the odor from the body led to the
Contract for Purchase of $60,000
Tract Xear Peoria Set Aside.
ALBANY, Or., June 7. (Special.)
The colony of Russian Donkhobors to
day won the case it instituted against
B. J. Hecker to rescind the contract
whereby it purchased for $60,000 the
tract of loOO acres which it occupies
near Peoria. The decision was handed
down by Judge Galloway, who took
the case under advisement when It
was tried the last week in April.
The case will be appealed to the
State Supreme Court.
Con tinned From K!rt Pje.
Warneford's bombs were immediately
"Unhappily the airship crashed down
on the Grand Begulnage de Salnte
Elisabeth; one of the best known con
vents in Belgium, which is situated in
the suburbs of St. Amand.
"The burning mass fired the build
ings, which were filled with nuns and
Belgian women and children refugees.
Terrible scenes followed. A man, bent
on rescue, leaped from a window with
a child in his arms and both were
"The Zeppelin was one of .the largest
yet seen in Belgium. It was-returning
from a scouting expedition . along the
Belgian coast."
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American People Will Be Sat
isfied With Reply to Ger
many, Say Officials.
President's Desire Is to Present
Document Which Cannot Be Im
peached by Any I-ix J?V-r t in
International Law.
WASHINGTON, June 7. President
Wilson let it be known today that the
note which the United States is to send
to Germany with respect to submarine
warfare had been prepared with the ut
most expedition and had not been sub
jected to an hour's unnecessary delay
since it was first drafted.
The President's desire to have the
document convey explicitly the position
of the United States Government so
that it cannot be misunderstood abroad
or invite protracted discussion on the
fundamental Issues involved is 'chiefly
responsible for the fact that the note
has not yet gone forward.
Legal officers of the Government ex
amined the note with minute care to
day and sent it back to the President
with some changes. It may reauire
further consideration by the President
and his Cabinet tomorrow, and high
officials did not know tonight just
wnen it would be cabled. On the high
est authority, however, it was said that
as soon as the. President regarded
rne communication as satisfactory in
phraseology it would be transmitted to
Ambassador Gerard.
Unimpeachable Note Is Desire.
Questions of such serious moment are
involved in the wording of the new
note that the President is anxious that
the communication not onlv shall meet
his own wishes, but should be unim
peachable from the point of view of the
experts in international law.
While the President has been at work
on the document, special agents of the
United States Government have by their
investigation corroborated in every de
tail the statement made in the first
American note that the Lusltania was
unarmed. At the same time Myer Ger
hard, personal ' envoy of Count von
Bernstorff, the German Ambassador,
has been voyaging nearer to Germany,
carrying important messages from the
German embassy concerning the Ameri
can point of- view on submarine war
fare. The latter circumstance, how
ever, was declared in high official quar
ters to have been merely a coincidence
and in no way to have Influenced the
progress of the note.
Hope ot Adjustment Held.
To what extent the German view
point here regarding the situation be
tween the United States and Germany
13 the same as that held at Berlin
Is not clear as yet. But certainly
the general view in German quarters
at the capital is that the recent trend
of events gives hopes of a friendly
adjustment. This is based not alone
on the probable course of the German
side of the negotiations, but also on
the Americah course, which is regarded
as developing along lines which will
permit of a satisfactory conclusion.
The most promising formula for a
solution, according to the German
viewpoint, is one which would combine
an agreement on the status of the
Lusitania as an armed or unarmed
ship, and also a general agreement
guaranteeing immunity from attack
hereafter to all unarmed ships carry
ing passengers.
As to the Lusltania, the German po
sition thus far has been that she was
an a(med ship, according to the in
formation in her possession, but when
the United States Government declares
definitely that its official information
shows the ship was unarmed, then it
is suggested the Berlin authorities
will be in a position to accept this
positive assurance from a friendly gov
ernment, notwithstanding any report to
the contrary.
Peace Is Possible Resnlt.
The recent Von Jagow note, it is
pointed out, was predicated on the
view that the Lusltania was an armed
ship, but did not assert the principle
that unarmed passenger ships would
be similarly Bunk. It is maintained
therefore that the principle of im
munity to unarmed passenger ships is
one which could be accepted by Ger
many as consistent with her attitude
up to this time and would give the
largest measure of protection to Amer
icans in the future.
Such an agreement on the status
of the Lusitania and the principle to
govern unarmed passenger ships, it Is
generally admitted, would pave tne
way for a much wider adjustment of
all the various . conflicts which have
arisen over American ships and the
safety of the seas,' and the hope is
expressed that this larger adjustment
might even in turn lead to the supreme
question of bringing the warring na
tions to peace.
Isaac Is Pat Squarely.
Officials familiar with the situation
dissipated the notion that any influ
ences had arisen to delay the sending
of the communication. One of the
President's closest advisers declared
that there had been no intentional de
lay, but that the note had required
much scrutiny and careful considera
tion. When the document finally is made
public, these officials said, it would
not only satisfy American publlo opin
ion, but wouid place squarely before
Germany the issue as to whether the
imperial government intends to adhere
to the hitherto accepted principles of
International law on maritime warfare.
The President has been olepleased by
the numerous detailed accounts of
what the note would contain when he
himself had not yet settled finally on
Its contents. . He is anxious that mis
conceptions of the position of the
United States shall not be cabled
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6hall suspend Judgment until they read
tne text or the document.
' Diplomats Are Interested.
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ing of the note before going to Sum
mer quarters of the Embassy at Ce
darhurst, L. I. '
II. J. Harms Says Keig-bbor Accused
Him of Committing Felony.
OREGON CITY. Or., June 7. (Spe
cial.) "H. D. Harms wantonly poisoned
two of my pedigreed Airedale dogs and
killed them," J. M. Steward Is alleged
to have remarked to persons in the
Macksburg district recently.
Today Mr. Harms, through Attor
neys Brownell & Slevers. filed a suit
in the Circuit Court for 15000. To kill
a dog is a felony, punishable by a peni
tentiary sentence, argues the plaintiff.
Therefore, Steward is alleged to have
accused him of committing a felony of
which, he says, he is Innocent. The
suit Is considered unusual by local at
German Officer Counterfeits Ameri
can. Documents, Says Rumor.
WASHINGTON, June 7. Ambassador
Page has advised the State Department
of the circulation in London of 'stories
to the effect that Robert Rosenthal.
a. German held there as a spy. recently
made a confession in which he charged
Captain von Prieger, of the German ad
miralty office, with having a. complete
equipment for issuing fraudulent pass
ports. Department officials said today it
was presumed the Ambassador was in
vestigating and would report later.
(Oir.tinued From First Page.)
efforts by neutrals to mediate if begun
now would be successful.
Germans Not All far War.
' Most significant of the impressions
which Mr, Geldemeester brought from
Berlin, it was said today, was that a
large section of the populace and an
important element in the German gov
ernment itself were not in sympathy
with the extreme militarists and be
lieve a discussion of peace terms is not
Just how far Mr. Geldemeester may
have been encouraged in Berlin to pre
sent his views to the people in the
United States is not definitely known.
Jane Addams and others Interested in
peace who have recently visited Ber
lin have been cordially received by
high German officials, and in German
quarters here lately there has been
constant reference to the likelihood of
peace growing out of the present cor
respondence concerning neutral rights.
In allied quarters here any talk of
peace emanating from Germany is
looked upon with much scepticism and
doubt and the time is regarded as in
opportune, with German troops on
French, Belgian and Russian soil. 'It
is suggested, too, that peace talk might
be designed to divert the attention of
the Government and people of the Unit
ed States from the serious issues in
volved in the sinking of the Lusitania.
Mr. ' Geldemeester is expected back
In .Washington in a few days. He may
not desire to see officials, but to In
form himself in other ways on the feel
ing concerning peace as it would be
reflected in the diplomatic and official
quarters C the capital of the largest
nutral Nation. He plans to return to
Europe soon.
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Germans Hold Advantage.
Major Redway Declares Enemy Is
Victor Thus Far and Has Es
tablished impregnable Hold
on West Front.
LONDON. May 26. (Correspondence
of the Associated Press.) "It is no use
to cry over spilled milk. Let us admit
that our first and second cam
paigns against Germany have been
failures, and start a new one." writes
Major G. W. Redway, a well-known
Rfltish military exoert. to the Daily
Mail, urging the seriousness of the war
situation and the necessitity of a com
plete reconstruction of the British plan
of campaign on orwact
more intensive basis.
Major Redway puts it even stronger.
"The contest, if now stopped," he de
clares, "would be decided in favor of
the Austro-German alliance. German
science has beer, opposed by British
inertia and science has won."
"It is very difficult to be precise in
suggestions which may savor of criti
cism because this war is not a British
war ' primarily, and our gallant ally
across the channel must always figure
asHhe senior partner in the enterprise.
That the French have upheld their old
reputation as dashing fighters is evi
denced by their losses uncomplainingly
borne: but it were much to be desired
that' we could as easily recognize the
value of General Joltre's strategy."
Major Redway'w criticism of the
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Napoleon, and so far as the operations
on land in the west are concerned the
war is over in a technical sense. The
decisive action that was practicable
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