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PORTLAND, OREGON, WEDNESDAY. JUNE 1G, 1915.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
REGARDED AS HOAX
State Department De
ceived by German.
MANTLE OF RED CROSS USED
Errand in America Is Con
nected With Munitions.
SAFE CONDUCT NOT GIVEN
Supposed Dr. Anton 3Ieyer-Gerhard
Said to Be in Reality Dr. Alfred
Meyer, Privy Councilor and
Vj German Army Officer.
'Copyr1srM. 1015, by the New York Tribune.
Published by arrangement with the
NEW YORK, June 15. (Special.)
Dr. Anton Meyer-Gerhard, German Red
Cross lecturer, and Count von Bern
storffs special envoy to the imperial
government, who landed yesterday in
Christiania, Norway, has perpetrated a
hoax on the State Department of the
United States, according to evidence
now in the hands of the Tribune.
He is none other than Dr. Alfred
Meyer, privy councilor of the first
rank, chief of the department of army
supplies of the imperial German Min
istry of "War.
Name Assumed by Another.
The real Dr. Anton Meyer-Gerhard
has not been out of Germany since the
beginning? of the war and has been re
ported among the wounded on the east
ern front. His name was assumed by
Dr. Meyer and the protecting- mantle
of the Red Cross thrown about him
that his identity and true mission to
the United States might not become
known to those outside German offi
cialdom. His much-advertised Red Cross
propaganda was a farce. He came here
to buy such war supplies as he could
obtain and incidentally to learn the
condition of military preparedness in
this country. He takes to the German
"War Office information of great im
portance which he has gathered in his
dealings with various munition brokers
Appearance la Altered.
Tall and erect, his excellency has
graced the lecture platform while be
made his pleas for contributions, wear
ing a toupee to change the appearance
of his somewhat bald head, and gold
rlmmed glasses to disguise his face;
he has dickered with many dealers and
done everything in his power to pre
vent the allies from obtaining war ma
terials here. At- a latter-day Dr. Jekyll
and Mr. Hyde, he has been a note
His excellency's activities have been
carried on with the knowledge and co
operation of Ambassador von Bern
storff. In fact, the men arrived together
in the United States. Since then they
have been in close communication. Now
Dr. Meyer, armed with a safe conduct
from Mr. Bryan in the name of "Meyer
Gerhard," has been sent back by the
Ambassador, and the German govern
ment is awaiting Bis report before re
plying to President Wilson's latest
State Drpartmpn' Deceived.
The Bcheme worked perfectly, and the
State Department apparently has not
had the slightest suspicion that Meyer.
Gerhard was not Dr. Meyer-Gerhard
at all. It Is a fact, however, that the
French and British embassies at Wash
ington did not issue a safe conduct
guarantee, as in the case of Dr. Dern
burg. They are said, however, to have
made It plain that they would not in
terfere with an accredited representa
tive of the Red Cross.
Dr. Meyer played his part well. The
Email, whispering group that knew all
about it recognized that If the truth of
his "ellency's Identity and business
became known to the allies it would
prove fatal to the success of the en
terprise. The allies would be sure to
notify the State Department, and this
might interfere with the prompt re
turn to Germany of a high war of
Vtmost Caution Observed.
So the doctor flitted from lectures in
behalf of the Red Cross to secret con
ferences with great speed and much
caution. The utmost discretion was ex
ercised In arranging the various meet
ings that took place. Telephone calls
were made from public stations.
Dr. Meyer lived at the Ritz Hotel
only Intermittently and never regis
tered after his first appearance there.
His other address was known to fewet
than four persons, and each conference
with him was attended by an amazing
attention to preliminaries.
GERMAN EMISSARY IS XERVOrS
Bernstorff s . Messenger Hastily
Leaves Crowd at Copenhagen.
COPENHAGEN, via London, June 15
Dr. Anton Meyer-Gerhard, the emis
sary of the German Ambassador at
Washington. Count von Bernstorff to
Emperor William and the German For
eign Office, arrived here tonight on the
steamer United States. He was nervous
on meeting at the pier a large crowd,
Including newspaper reporters and pho
tographers, and disappeared in a motor
car a minute after he had landed.
He will proceed to the German capital
MANY STARVED DIE
DAILY IN MEXICO
REFUGEES REACHING GALVES
TON CONFIRM REPORTS.
Grave 'Condition Exists in Capital
and Hundreds of Smaller
Towns of Repnblic.
GALVESTON, Tex., June 15. Three
hundred and ninety refugees, of whom
284 are Americans, were brought to
Galveston today by the United States
transport Buford from Vera Cruz, Tarn
plco and. Tuxpam.
They are comfortably quartered on
the ship while she undergoes a five
Information from the refugees
brought by a few Government officials
who had charge of the expedition and
who were allowed to land to make
their reports, is to the effect that every
story told of the starving population in
Mexico has been a true one. and that
men, women and children are dying
daily of starvation, not only in Mexico
City, but in hundreds of the smaller
towns of the republic
FOOTBALL CONTRACT MADE
Berkeley, in Return to Old Game,
Takes Washington as Opponent.
SEATTLE, Wash., June 15. A tenta
tive contract for two American foot
ball games between the University of
Washington and the University of
California was signed here today. Man
ager Stroud, of California, who- is In
Seattle, will have to obtain the ap
proval of the faculty and student com
mittees of California.
California, which has hitherto con
tested with Leland Stanford Univer
sity In ruebv football, recently broke
off athletic relations with Stanford.
LONE ROBBEfTHOLDS UP 2
Bartenders Allow Highwayman to
Rifle Till of Saloon.
When a masked robber, armed with
a Hue-black revolver, entered me
saloon at Twenty-fourth and Vaughn
streets shortly after midnight last
night, Mike D. O'Shea, the night bar
tender, and Ed Thoralth, day bartender,
who was visiting there, both reached
for the ceiling with both hands and let
the marauder help himself to $7 from
Police obtained a good description of
the man, who escaped.
KING'S RECOVERY SLOW
Worst Pliase of Constantine's Ill
ness, However, Is Passed.
LONDON, June 15. An Athens dis
patch to Reuter's Telegram Company
says the surgeons who operated on
King Constantino Issued a statement
prior to their departure that the worst
phase of the King's Illness was over
and that all immediate danger had
The hope, they added, was justified
that the King would soon become con
valescent, although complete recovery
necessarily would be slow.
KING LUDWIG DENOUNCED
German Socialists Declare Belgium
Must Be Independent.
INNSBRUCK, Austria, via London,
Geneva and ' Paris, June 15. German
Socialists at a meeting in Munich yes
terday- are reported to have denounced
King Ludwig of Bavaria, because of
the speech recently made by him con
cerning the annexation of Belgium.
According to dispatches received here
the Socialists are reported to have said
that Belgium must be independent
again no matter how the war results.
WEST POINT CLASS SMALL
Chinese Among "Plebes," but There
Are Several Vacancies.
WEST POINT, N. Y., June 15. One
hundred and forty-two new cadets were
admitted today to the Military Acad
emy, the new men comprising the
"plebe" class. One Chinese. K. Wang,
reported among the number.
Today's entering class is the smallest
that has been admitted in some years
and there are numerous vacancies in
the corps yet unfilled.
TOWN RAZED BY TORNADO
Six Injured, Two Fatally, by South
HIGHMORE, S. D.. June 15. Six were
injured, two fatally, by a tornado which
swept this vicinity today. Thirty build
ings were rated by the twister In the
city of Blunt, near Highmore. North
of Blunt crops suffered and a heavy
loss of livestock was registered.
Telephone and telegraph lines are
down in the rural districts and details
of the storm are not available.
13,547 BRITISH TARS LOST
More Than 8000 of Naval Casualties
Are Killed. . '
LONDON, June 15. Thirteen thou
sand five hundred and forty-seven of
fleers and men of the British navy, in
cluding marines and members of the
naval division, have been killed or
wounded or reported missing from the
beginning of the war up to May 31. ac
cording to announcement made in Lon
Of this total 8215 were killed.
VILLA AND ZAPATA
AGREE Oil LEADER
Carranza Chief, How
ever, Is Aloof.
BATTLE FOR CAPITAL BREWS
Foreigners Prepare Against
Change in Mexico City.
WILSON RESERVES PLANS
Manuel Vasquez Tagle, Only Madero
Minister Who Did Not Resign,
Regarded as Possible Provis
WASHINGTON, June 15. Manuel
VasqueE Tagle, Kinister of Justice in
the Cabinet of 'j'adero, who has taken
no part In 'evolutionary activity in
Mexico since Huerta's coup in Febru
ary, 1913, has been practically agreed
on by leaders of the Villa.-Zapata coali
tion as acceptable to them for the pro
visional presidency, should an agree
ment with the Carranza faction be pos
Tagle was the only Cabinet Minister
who did not resign when Huerta over
threw the legally-elected Madero ad
ministration. He left Mexico City then
and has since lived in the United States.
In official and diplomatic quarters
there has been much discussion of
Tagle. especially because the United
States has been desirous of according
recognition not only to a provisional
president agreed on by the factions,
but one who could be brought into
power by a continuation of the legal
machinery existing before the Huerta
Cirriiin Adverse to Conference.
At present officials are watching
closely political developments in Mex
ico. General Vilja's overtures for peace.
made directly to Carranza, have not
yet borne fruit, but such information
as has reached here from Vera Cruz
indicates that the first chief is unwill
ing to enter into any conference with
his adversaries, insisting that . his
forces' will soon obtain a military su
premacy which will merit recognition
from the United States and foreign
Word that General Pablo Gonzales,
the Carranza commander who is ap
proaching Mexico City, had refused to
entertain peace proposals from a dele
gation sent by the Vllla-Zapata con
vention government reached here to
day. The possibility tbat the Zapata
lorces win engage tne i. rranza army
for possession of Mexico C.ty has made
foreigners apprehensive aid already
efforts are being made through diplo
matic channels by some of the foreign
missions In Mexico City to secure pro-
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INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS I
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, 72.3
degrees; minimum, 04.6' decrees.
TODAY'S Fair; nodthwesterly winds.
Knvny sent by Ambassador von Bernstorff
said to have hoaxed State Department;
reported to be high German official using t
another's name. Page 1. ,
Evidence relating- to measures of precaution ,
taken for Lusltania to be heard In secret.
Perjury, arrests in Lusltanla case surprise
Berlm. Page 2.
Japan's economic relief necessity, but domi
nation over China questioned. I'ago
Villa and Zapata agree on Manuel Vasquez
Tagle for provisional president oi si
ico; Carran&a holds aloof. Page 1.
Hundreds die dally of starvation in Mexico,
declare refugees. Pago 1.
Security League urges President Wilson to
lay need of preparedness before Congress.
California scientist expects to limit typhoid
fever period to week. Page 3; .
Missionary says door is being closed to
Christianity In Orient. Page 2.
Magnificent necklace presented Miss Gene
vieve Clark by members of Lower Honuse
of Congress. Pag 3.
Early arbitration of Chicago car strike la
thought probable. Page 5.
Pacific Coast league results: Oakland
Portland 1; Salt Lake 8, Venice 4; San
Francisco S, Los Angeles 0. Page 10.
Cubs again tie Phillies for leadership in Na
tional League. Page 17.
Boy of 17 furnishes thrills at state golf
cnamplonsnip tourney. x-age 4.
Oregon Alumni Association unanimous In op
posing abolishing Intercollegiate athletics.
E. I. Cantlne is made Highway Engineer to
succeed John Lewis, deposed. Page 7.
Alumni of normal again on campus at
Monmouth. Page a.
University of Oregon regents elect deans of
law and commerce departments. Page tt.
Fight over Washington prohibition law is
begun in court. Page 3.
Commercial and Marine.
Wheat surplus In Northwest Is gradually re
duced. Page 17.
Export trade flat and wheat falls to dollar
at Chicago. Page 17.
Foreign exchange rates drop to new low
records. Pane 17.
Lack of foreign demand causes wheat selling
at Chicago. Page 17. ,
Liner Colusa to take first cargo of wheat
from Portland to Vladivostok. Page 13.
" Portland and Vicinity.
O.-W. R. & N. announces extension of cross
state road SO miles west from Riverside.
Sorrowing multitude . pays last tribute to
Rose JBloch Bauer. Page 11.
O.-W. R. & N. Company to have women
passenger agents. Page 11.
Donations to poor reach $1313. less than
one-third of fund needed to carry on
. charities. Pag 18.
July 1 Is last day given Jitneys to comply
with law. Page 9.
War causes grain bag prices to soar. Page 12.
Steamer Korlhern Pacific will not' sail; pas
sengers to be handled by southern Pacific
line. Page 4. -Suspects
are., identified as streetcar robbers.
Oregon Eastern Star officers elected. Page 4.
Weather report, data and forecast. Page 4.
SUFFRAGE GETS $1 ,500,000
Amount of Sirs. Leslie's Gift Is Re
lated In Inventory.
NEW TORK. June 15. An inventory
filed here today of the property men
tioned in the will of the late Mrs.
Frank Leslie showed that nearly
$1,500,000 will be turned over to Mrs,
Carrie Chapman Catt for the use of the
The will of Mrs. Leslie, who had the
title of the Baroness de Bazus, left cash
and property valued at nearly $1,800
000 and provided that all but about
$200,000 was to be gjven to Mrs. Catt
to be used entirely at her discretion
the only proviso being that the suf
frage cause shall benefit.
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W I h N AhU U
" REQUEST DEFENSES
Early Message to Con
gress Is Urged.
NEED IS DECLARED PRESSING
Treaties Proved Valueless, Is
View of Security League.
RECENT VIOLATIONS CITED
Germany and England Both Are Ac
cused by ex-Secretary of War,
W1k Hints Lord, Alone, Pro
tects United States.
NEW XORK, June 15. A resolution
introduced by Mayor Curley, of Boston,
appealing to President Wilson to call
the attention of Congress to "the press
ing need of prompt and efficient action"
with regard to the National defense,
was unanimously adopted today by the
delegates to the peace and prepared
ness conference of the National Se
The Massachusetts delegates at first
proposed that a special session be de
manded to consider what they termed
"the unprepared state of the country,"
but such action was deemed inadvis
able and was abandoned.
Treaty Protection Donated.
The preamble to the resolution read,
in part, as follows:
"Events of the past year have dem
onstrated the fact that war, no mat
ter how greatly it may be deplored,
may suddenly and unexpectedly occur,
notwithstanding the existence of trea
ties of peace and unity, and they have
shown that nations unprepared have
paid and are paying the price of their
lack of foresight.
"The reports of our military and
naval experts have made it clear that
the defensive forces of the country
are inadequate for the proper protec
tion of- our coasts, to enable our Gov
ernment to maintain its accepted poll
cies, to fulfill obligations to other
states and to exert in the adjustment
of international questions the influ
ences to which the republic is entitled,
Early Action Is Urged.
The resolution itself asked that the
President be appealed to to call, the
early attention of Congress "to the
pressing need of prompt and efficient
The resolution was adopted at an
executive session following a luncheon
in an uptown hotel, which more than
1000 persons attended. The speakers
were George Von L. Mayer, ex-Secretary
of the Navy; Luke E. Wright, ex-
Secretary of War; Major George Haven
Putnam and Frederick R. Coudert.
Mr. Wright said in part:
"We have seen the well-established
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Tuesdays War Moves
THE Austro-German rush in Galicla
is on again. Both Berlin and Vi
enna officially lay 'claim to progress
along virtually the entire southeast
ern front, and Lemberg, seems again
to be in danger.
Mosciska, to the east of Przemysl,
has been captured by the Austro-Ger-Germans
and according to the German
contention the Russians are falling
back south of the railroad connecting
Przemysl and Lemberg. All the Rus
sian counter-attacks have been re
pulsed, with gains for the Teutons from
a point north of Przemysl into Bessa
Far off as this front Is from England
and France, it is being watched more
closely than the western front because
it would appear that these operations
are being pressed, in an attempt to clear
Gallcia of the Russians, preparatory to
a breathing spell in the East, which is
likely to be followed by a crushing
blow aimed at Italy.
The fighting is growing harder dally
along the Austro-Italian frontier and.
in view of past performances, it is con
sidered reasonable to assume that Ger
many will throw a great mass of troops
on this front and endeavor to sweep
into Italy and hold ground there. Just
as she has done in Poland, Belgium and
The fighting In France around Arras,
while bitter and marked by dally at
tack and counter-attack, has reached
the stage where the German and
French official communications flatly
contradict each other. On the whole,
it is believed, the advantage has been
with the French.
That England is prepared for long
siege operations In' the Dardanelles Is
indicated in an official statement Just
issued, explaining the nature of the
tedious trench warfare prevailing, al
though asserting that the Turkish of
fensive is not so sharp as It was for
merly. Almost complete returns for the gen
erai elections assure a war chamber
for Greece, although with the King
still In a precarious condition and the
chamber not due to meet for more than
a month, no Immediate events affect
ing Greece's neutrality are expected.
An allied air raid on Karlsruhe re
sulted in considerable damage, although
the nature of It has not been given in
detail. These aviators reached a point
in Germany farther from their lines
than any point previously reached by
French or British airmen.
KLAMATH MAYOR QUITS
F. J. Nichols Resigns In Midst of
Trouble With Council.
KLAMATH FALLS, Or., June 15.
(Special.) After a row with the Coun
cil in which the Mayor struck O. D.
Mathews, acting-president, and made
Chargrn that the. Cauzrcilrnen were in
league against him. Thomas F. Nichols.
Mayor, today presented his resignation
and those of several of the police force.
The trouble grew out of the failure
of the Council to confirm the appoint
ment of Joseph Smith as chief of police,
and the reslgation of that official, to
gether with those of Patrolmen Sam
Walker and Hank Wilson, was pre
sented. J. H. Carnahan. City Attorney, also
resigned, saying that $1000 a year is
not enough salary. Mr. Williams named
committees and a special police force.
A special election may have to be called.
MRS. RAY BARKHURST HURT
Wife of Portland Tailor Injured in
LOS ANGELES, Cal., June 15 (Spe
cial.) Mrs. Ray Barkhurst, wife of a
prominent Portland tailor, was Injured
in an automobile collision near Santa
Ana late tonight. The machine was
driven by D. G. Cole and carrfed four
passengers, all of whom were badly
Mrs. Barkhursfs collar-bone was
broken and her body was .badly bruised.
She was visiting her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. C. S. Shaw, at Santa Ana.
Mr. Barkhurst said last night that his
wife had gone to visit her parents two
weeks ago and that he planned to meet
her in the south in about a month for
a trip to the exposition,
GERMANS USE LIQUID FIRE
Heavy Guns and Reinforcements
Are Sent to Baltic Region.
LONDON, June 16. Telegraphing
from Petrograd. the Times correspond
"The bombardment of Shavli (Baltic
region) by heavy artillery is seen to
foreshadow the adoption of tactics
which proved successful on the San, in
Gallcia. It Is noted that the Germans
are now assembling in the Baltic re
gion not only heavy artillery, but con
siderable reinforcements, which they
perhaps removed from the San. The
Germans on the Bzura River are em
ploying liquid fire in hand-to-hand en
counters." MOUNT HOOD LILIES BLOOM
Auto Parties Revel Slid Vast Fields
of Beautiful Flower.
HOOD RIVER, Or., June 15. (Spe
cial.) The Mount Hood lily is now at
Its best. Many fields of this beautiful
flower, some of them almost an acre
in extent, are now In full blossom at
the base of Mount Hood, and motor
parties journey out and return with
The flowers exhale a rich perfume.
They are also laden with honey and
hundreds of gaudily-plumed humming
bids may be seen hovering over the
O.-W. fl. & N. TO TAP
LAND WEST OF VALE
Line to Corvallis to Be
CHANGE PROMISED THIS YEAR
Central Oregon Line to Go 30
Miles Past Riverside.
PLAN IS TO CROSS STATE
Officials Leave on Trip Over Pro
posed Route; Southern Pacific
Has Material on Hand Ready
for Change From Steam.
TWO EXTENSIONS OF RAIL
J. D. Farrell, piesldent of O.
W. R & N., and party go
to Vale to plan extension of
line from Riverside to Crane
Creek Gap. 30 miles west.
Robert E. Strahorn, president
Portland, Eugene & Eastern
subsidiary of Southern Pacific
returns from San Francisco with
plans for electrification of line
from Whlteson to Corvallis, 43
Two important development projects
are provided for by two Oregon rail
roads in their plans for the remaining
months of the present year one each
by the O.-W. R & N. and by the South
The O.-W. R & N. Company will
build a 30-mile extension to Its line
recently completed from Vale to River
side, and the Southern Pacific will
electrify the line between Whlteson
and Corvallis as an extension of the
existing electric unit between Port
land and Whlteson.
Officials Go to Vale.
J. D. Farrell, president of tl
O.-W. R. & N., together with F. J
Piel, assistant to the president; J. P.
O'Brien, vice-president and general
manager; J. R. Holman. chief engineer,
and Frank W. Robinson, assistant
traffic manager, left yesterday for
Vale, whence they will proceed over
the newly completed line through Jun
tura to Riverside. They will travel
from Riverside over the route of the
proposed line in automobiles.
The western terminus of the pro
posed extension will be Crane Creek
Gap. near the northern shore of Mal
heur Lake, In Harney County. Port
land contractors have been asked to
submit estimates on the cost of thl3
work, and several of them now are
sending men into the interior to look
over the ground.
It is understood that Mr. FaYrell and
his party will continue through Cen
tral Oregon and return to Portland via
either Condon or Bend.
Road Will Cross State.
The new line now is being operated
from Vale to Riverside, a distance of
80 miles. It connects with the Oregon
Short Line at Ontaria, but is a part of
the O.-W. R. & N. system. It is in
tended eventually ' to extend the line
across the state to a connection with
the Deschutes line now terminating at
Bend. This route then will offer the
company a new main line between
Portland and the East.
Mr. Strahorn, in discussing the South
ern Pacific's proposed electrification of
the Whiteson-Corvallis unit, said yes
terday that definite plans for this un
dertaking have not been completed, but
he pointed out that most of the ma
terial already has been assembled and
that it is the intention of the company
to do the work in "the very near
Work Is Expected to Begin Soon.
"Just how soon will that be?" Mr.
Strahorn was asked.
"I can't say definitely," he replied,
"but it certainly will be within a very
Mr. and Mrs. Strahorn returned yes
terday from a two months' visit to New
York and Washington. D. C, and a
month each in Florida and California,
where Mr. Strahorn has been assisting
in the transfer to the Southern Pa
cific Company of the Portland, Eugene
& Eastern and the other Southern Pa
cific subsidiary lines in Oregon. Be
sides the Portland, Eugene & Eastern
this, about July 1, will wipe out of
existence the Pacific Railway & Navi
gation Company; Corvallis & Eastern
Railroad Company; Salem, I 1s City &
Western Railway Company, and the
Coos Bay, Roseburg & Eastern Rail
road & Navigation Company. The posi
tions of all such executive officers as
Mr. Strahorn will be abolished.
Mr. Strahorn Outlines Plan.
Asked about the change and his fu
ture plans. Mr. Strahorn said:
"Well, as this has been under way
for about a year it Is rather a thread
bare story. So far as the steam lines
are concerned, it was inevitable from
the moment of their completion and
acquisition by the Southern Pacific that
they would be finally amalgamated for
more economical operation. After the
parent company began operating them
the only Justification for maintaining
a local organization was the advantage
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