Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, July 08, 1915, Page 2, Image 2

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    LOSS OF $614,000 IS
E. H. Dodge Says Half Million
Was Plunged Off in Port
land in Timber Deals.
Attorney for Frederick Kribs and
Willard Jones, Defendants in Suit
Charging Fraud, Questions
Source ot Alleged Sum.
How the rortune his father left him
was plunged into timber deals and de
velopment schemes until there was
nothing left of it and ho was a bank
rupt, wag explained by E. H. Dodge
on the witness stand in Circuit Judge
Kavanaugli's court yesterday.
Mr. Dodge, through his trustee in
bankruptcy. Parker Stennick. is suing
Krederick A. Kribs and Willard N.
Jones for 1614.000. alleging that they
defrauded him on a timber deal. J!ot
of the testimony yesterday was drawn
from Mr. Dodee by A. E. Clark, coun
sel for the defense, on cross-examination.
Mr. Dodge's father left him 553
shares in the E. J. Dodge Lurabrr
Company, of California. This was esti
mated to be worth ,275.000. he said. In
1910 lie came to Portland to invest in
Oregon and Washington timber lands.
Amooal of Fortune Questioned.
Mr. Dodge's attorney. Thomas Man
nix, alleged that the young man hud
approximately J500.000 when he rame
to Portland and that Messrs. Kribs and
Jones had obtained most of this. At
torney Clark, on cross-examination,
sought to prove that Mr. Dodge did not
have that much money when he en
tered 'nto his deals with the defend
ants. In 1911 the E. H. Dodge Lumber Com
pany, now bankrupt, was organized
Dodge said yesterday. Through pur
chases and stock, deals this concern
became Hie holding: company for sev
eral smaller lumber and logging com
panies. He told of the organization of
the-' Yule Logging Company by thiec
local men.
"They issued $5000 worth of sto-k."
he said, "and then, sold it to themselves
for their good will."
Mr. Mannix interrupted at this point
with an objection.
"This is entirely irrelevant." he said.
"What's this got to do with whether
Kribs and Jones defrauded the Dodge
'Weil." retorted Mr. Clark. "I got
the impression from the front page oi
this complaint that Dode came up
here from California with J500.000. and
that we got it. Now. 1 want to show
what his financial condition was when
he entered into these deals with us."
Source of MonerAaked.
Mr. Mannix then made a statement
to the court in which lie said he wanted
it understood that the $500. OOu was
"only approximate." because Mr. Dodge
was not in Portland when the com
plaint was drawn up.
Mr. Clark continued delving into the
timber deals of Mr. Dodge prior to his
association with the defendants. Al
ways he wanted to know where the
money came f rom.
"I left 353 shares of stock in the
E. J. Dodge Company In San Francisc'o.
and when I needed money 1 borrowed
It against the atock." said Mr. Dodge.
"I borrowed money as 1 needed It."
' Not less than Vialf a dozen U me
ttle same conversation was repeated, as
Mr. Dodge told of another deal In
volving upwards of $5000.
"Where did you get this money?"
Mr. Clark would ask.
"Borrowed it," was the reply. Invaria
bly. "Where?"
From the K. J. Dodge Lumber Com
pany." Mr. Dodge said his stock was left
with the E. J. Dodge Lumber Com
pany in San Francisco, and ne drew
drafts against the company. When he
needed more money, he Just repeated
a draft.
"When did this business of 'kiting
drafts' begin?" Clark asked.
Mr. Dodc turned in the witness
chair and frowned.
f 153,000 Paid (or Lands.
''I don't know what you mean. It
isn't that at all," he said.
Finishing his direct examination
early yesterday. Dodge said he had
paid $155,000 for timber lands, which
he turned over to Messrs. Kribs and
Jones. All be got, he said, was per
mission to buy it back for $269,000
and a contract which he could not ful
fill. If he did fill the contract, he
said, he had a verbal promise of one
fourth of the profits of the J. K. Lum
ber Company.
"It was not one-fourth of the stock,
nor one-fourth interest," he explained.
"It was Just one-fourth of the profits."
His contract, he said, contained a
fitrlct forfeiture clause, under which he
lost everything he had. and by mort
gaging all his holdings in an attempt
to fill tne contract he became bank
rupt. Mr. Dodge referred to his interest
in the J. K. Lumber Company as "only
psychological." He said Mr. Kribs had
told him the contract must be made
stiff or Mr. Jones would not sign it.
The contract called for the construc
tion of a logging railroad into the
Skamania County timber tract involved
in the deal.
Dodge Aotoa Soaber SO.
Getting; back to the stock his father
had left him. Mr. Dodge was asked
by Attorney Clark:
"Did you have any property when
you came to Portland other than this
K. J. Dodge stock?"
"Well, I don't just remember, ex
cept some cash and notes. And I had
some automobiles."
"Automobiles? How many?"
"Oh, as many as 20 at one time, I
Mr. Dodge then explained that he
had backed a, friend in the automobile
business, the friend had gone broke,
and he had taken the cars.
When pressed, by Mr. Clark for
figures and dates on some of his first
timber deals Mr. Dodge frequently
sought refuge In the statement:
"Look at the books. They will show."
-That's just the trouble," retorted
Mr. Clark once. "The books don't show
Mr. Mannix was on his feet in an in
stant. "That's -not proper at all. Mr. Clark
has no right to say anything like that.
If he wants to get on the witness stand
let him do so, but he must be sworn."
Judge Kavanaugh looked, from one
attorney to the other.
"Really I didn't hear what he) said
anyway, so it doesn't matter. Proceed,"
said the court, mildly.
First Interstate Pier Finshed.
VAXCOUVKR. Wash., July 7. (Spe
rial.) The first pier for the main span
of the Columbia River Interstate bridge
was completed this afternoon by the
Pacific Bridge Company. This is known
as pier B. Four similar ones will be
made for the main bridge. Kxcavation
for pier B was started May 20. Another
pier, no. ii. at tne top or tne incline.
has also been built since that time.
of a
lOc No
Assaults cn Lines of Allies Is
Without Result.
British General Says Artillery Fire
AVas Most Severe of Campaign,
but Anglo-French Casual
ties Were Xegllgible.
LONDON, July 7. The Turkish
forces completely failed in the big at
tack which they began July 4 against
the Anglo-French forees oh the Dar
danelles, according to a statement Is
sued today by the British official press
bureau, which added that the Turks
lost heavily. The text of the statement
"General Sir Ian Hamilton reports
that the night of July 3-4 was quiet
in the northern section, but at 4 A. 11.
the enemy started a heavy bombard
ment of the trenches. All the guns
used previously against us and some
new ones were In action, but the bom
bardment died away about 6 A. II.
without doing much damage. During
the bombardment about 20 11-inch
shells were dropped from a Turkish
battleship- in the Straits.
Bombard meat Heaviest Vet.
"In the southern section the Turks
kept up a heavy musketry fire along
the whole line during the night and
did not leave their trenches. At 4 A.
M. their batteries started the most vi
olent bombardment that has yet been
experienced. At least 5000 rounds of
artillery ammunition were expended
by them. Meanwhile this shelling of
our lines on the peninsula proved pre
liminary to a general attack on our
front, with efforts at special points.
The principal effort was mad at the
junction of the Royal Naval Division
section with that of the French.
-Here, at 7:30 A. XL. the Turks drove
back our advanced troops and assault
ed a portion of the line held by the
Royal Naval Division. Some SO Turks
gained a footing in our trench, where,
nevertheless, some men of the Royal
Naval Division held on to our supports
and the men who had retired counter
attacked immediately and htrrled the
Turks out of the trench.
Allies Losses Relatively Small.
"Another attack on the right of the
Twenty-ninth Division section was
practically wiped out by rifle and ma
chine-gun fire. On oiv left the Turks
massed to the northeast of our newly
completed trencrles and attempted sev
eral attacks. None of these were able
to get home, owing to the steadiness
of our troops and our effective artil-
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mr: sroRxixcs' onrnoxiAN. tiiursdat. .iuly
uives and rorsnves.
Gets and Forgets
Edith Hallor in
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Advance in Prices lOc
lery support. The bombardment died
down towards 11 A. M., though it was
resumed at intervals.
"Not only wa the result a complete
failure, but while our losses were neg
ligible and no Impression was made
on our line, the enemy added a large
number to his recent heavy casual
ties. It seems plain from the disjoint
ed nature of his attack that lie is find
ing it difficult to drive his infantry
forward to face our fire."
Farntcrs Rcgln Cirubhln Out Hoots
to KraUicale Pcs-t.
ALBANY, Or.. July 7. (Special.)
Hundreds of Canada thistles are fall
ing In LJnn County every day. Ef
forts are being made to destroy every
thistle in the county before they bloom
this year. In addition to cutting them
down many farmers are also grubbing
out the roots and cultivating the land
to eradicate the pest entirely.
I ne weeds nave spread so rapidly
that in some parts of the county they
have become a serious menace to farms.
This year s campaign will prevent any
new thistles starting next year from
seeds and it is believed that In three
years all of the thistles may be stamped
out in this county.
fntlnul From Ftrat Pace.)
were met by a largo delegation ot the
citizens of Wasco.
Arriving at that place we found
nearly all cf the citizens of the town
and surrounding country in the streets
to meet us.
After a short time spent in introduc
tions and felicitations. County Com
missioner Ljghtner made a few re
marks. Sam Hill got up in an auto
and had Frank Terrace and others
stand beside him for a general intro
duction. Maryhlll la Reached.
Then amid shouts of Godspeed we
wended our way through the fertile
fields, over a very good road to the
Columbia and were ferried across to
the old town of Columbus and are
now quartered as the guests of our
genial host. Sam H11L
We will remain here for the night.
and tomorrow via Coldendale and
hlte Salmon we will reach the ferry
and cross the Columbia to Hood River
and thence over the Columbia River
Highway to Portland, where we should
arrive tomorrow evening.
foninii'1 From Flrt Pare)
shown to Ambassador Gerard, was not
viewed favorably by the United States.
According to Secretary Lansing no
intimation has come as to the date
when the German reply will be
formally delivered. It is Inferred,
however, that the effort to conduct in
formal negotiations will delay the com
pletion of the document for several
das, perhaps another week.
...... .
Cathedral Declared in Berlin
Report to Be Burning.
I'arU Admits Enemy Huh renrtratctl
I1r-t Mne for-Distance of 700
Vards UritUli Said to Have
I.ot Previous Gain.
LONDON'. July 7. There is agree
ment in the German and French omcial
reports today to the effect that fighting
has been general along the westrr.l
front, and lierlln asserts that the town
of Arras has been set on fire by Ger
man si. ells ami that the cathedral Is
burning. Iltrlln declares that t!ie
ground won by the British north of
Vprcs. in Kelglum, was regained by tlie
Germans later In the same day. The
rt-port from lierlln adds:
Between the Meuse and the Mnnelle
Hlvers tiiere was llvelr lighting. There
also was some activity to tne southwest
of Is Kparges. where the enemy con
tinued nis efforts to win back the po
sitions recently lost. At the first at
tack the French got Into a iart of the
German line of defense. A counter at
tack won back all the trenches with
the exception of one niece of 100 vards.
The enemy abandoned one machine
3oO French Taken Prlsoaer.
"Half way between Ai:iy and Apre
mont the Germans attacked and
stormed the enemy positions alonfr a
front of 100 yards and captured 300
"'Near Croix des-Carnea. In the forest
of I.e I'retre. the enemy made an ex
ceptionally violent counter attack
which was repulned.
"On Siil-1, In the Vosgea. an enemy
trench was stormed and rendered use
less for defense purposes.
"In the ChampaRne southwest of
Hulppes a German aviator shelled suc
cessfully an enemy training- camp."
The official report from Paris to
day said that "In the region north cf
Arras the bombardment continued all
last nlKlit." There was crest activity
on (he part of the Germans on the
heights ot the Meuoe. where It is ssld
the German forces attacked simul
taneously In force on two sides of a
ravine. Both attacks are declared tu
have been repulsed.
Krrnrk I.tae Pear tra ted.
The French report continues:
"To the southeast of St. llihlel the
enemy, after a bombardment of itrrat
violence, took the offensive last nlcht
alone the front stretchlns; from the hill
which commands the riant bank of the
river Meuse, to the south of Alllv. as
far as the locality known as the Cows'
Head Ijv Tete-a-Vache. in the forest
of Apremont. At one single point in
the Vaux i'ery rejlon they were sue-
Stronjr in Plot,
Vivid in Action,
Staged and Acted
Many Prefer to See It in the Afternonon When It Is Not So Crowded.
cessful in penetratinK our first line
alonir a front of about TOO yards. At
all other points they were repulsed
with heavy losses.
"In the eastern part of the Le Tretre
forest we checked a fresh German at
tack, which was preceded by the
throwing of flaming; liquids."
The cathedral at Arras, the capital
of the French department of Pas de
Calais, was built in lTti-1833. When
the war broke out the cathedral con
tained some rood Including
a "Iescent From the Cross" and an
"Entombment. attributed respectively
to Hubens and Van Pyck. In the south
transept was a SL Hernard "Suppllcat
Inir Inspiration From Heaven." by Van
Thulden. A ba relief In Kilt bronxe
was on the hish altar.
Several Hurt In Automobile Crashes
lnring Ten laja.
CORVALLIS. Or.. July 7. (Special.)
In the past ten dsys Corvallis has had
four auto accidents.
On June I U. W. Johnson, former
postmaster of this city, while returning
home from the races si Independence
with his wife and son -Hlllle" and with
Mr. and Mrs. cott. of Itortland. were
truck by a machine. The Corvallis
man's car was only slightly damaged.
On June 17 Jack Talor and family,
of this city, while returning from Al
bany was overtaken by an unknown
car, which In attempting to pass then
car skidded Into Ih other machine.
Koth artle escaped without Injuries.
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Mr. Teterson. operator of the Western
Union office, while speeding on the
streets skidded and recelveu slight in
juries about lite head. The other mem
ber of m party escaped, little hurt.
On July 4, while he was Kolnir to
visit relatives in the country, George
K. Cooper, member o; the firm of
Whiteside A. Cooper. In crossing- Oak
Creek bridge, aoout one mile south
west of Corvalll. met a car being
driven by Karl Wagner, son of C. F.
Wagner, member City Council-elect,
was thrown from Ins mart, ne and In
the mixup his ear was turned over and
h" rc-iv.., n broken arm
Today, Friday, Saturday
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LJvrlj- Ientant for Can. Opener
Gives Clew to Arizona Officers.
THOF-NIX. Arlx July 7. A llvelr
demand for can-openers revealed t3
state officials today the latent schema
for violating the slate prohibition law.
Large quantities of cans have been
found, labeled tomatoes, but contain
ing whisky. These cans have found a:
extensive market, according to Investi
gation officers, and arrests are ex
pected. and Kate Price
Funny Comedy
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