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THE MORNING O R EGO XI AN. SATURDAY, JULY 31. 1915.
EASTLAND IS SEIZED
BY FEDERAL COURT
Charges of "Whitewash" Are
Renewed as Redfield
.1 Continues Hearing.
INSPECTORS ON STAND
SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, WHO IS CONDUCTING INQUIRY
INTO CAUSE OF EASTLAND DISASTER.
Ilttle Headway Slade In Righting
Vessel and Only One More Body
Is Recovered Total Dead
Is Below .1000.
CHICAGO, July 30. Investigation to.
determine whether anyone was crimi
nally to blame for the capsizing of the
steamer Eastland in the Chicago River
Saturday with the loss of 1.000 lives,
was narrowed today to a Federal .grand
jury and the steamboat inspection serv
ice under Secretary of Commerce Red-ne,d-
The vessel, still lying on its side
where it fell at its wharf, was taken
over by a Federal marshal on orders
from Judge Landis, of the United
States District Court. The county
grand Jury, it was decided by State's
Minrnvv Hnvnt. nrobably did not have
sufficient Jurisdiction to accomplish
anything and ceased its inquiry for the
a repetition of the statement that the
"Whitewash" Charge Repeated.
Secretary Redfield's examination of
steamboat inspectors continued today.
Charges that the steamboat inspection
service would not be stringent enough
with its own members continued today
nnrt elicited from Secretary Redfleld
inquiry was according to law and that
judgment should not be passed until
the investigation was enoeo.
Before Mr. Redfield began his hear
ings, labor leaders issued statements
declaring that the Department of Com
merce inquest would be a whitewash
for Federal inspectors. These labor
leaders telegraphed a protest to Presi
dent Wilson, but received no reply.
Mayor Thompion Dissatisfied.
After yesterday's testimony before
Secretary Redfield, Mayor Thompson,
Assistant Corporation Counsel Korshak
and others said that the examination
of witnesses seemed to them unsatis
factory, while Assistant State's At
torney Sullivan thought the questions
put by Secretary Redfleld were too
The questioning of witnesses today
was turned over to Solicitor Thurman,
of the Department of Commerce, al
though anyone in the room was allowed
to-put queries to the steamboat inspec
tors examined. Secretary Redfleld said
that the determination of guilt, if any,
lay with the Federal grand jury and
the Federal trial court, as his investi
gation was simply to determine whether
steamboat inspectors had acted con
scientiously and according to legal re
quirements. Total of Dead Under 10O0.
The hearing before Secretary Red
field and members of the steamboat
inspection service will continue tomor
row, as will the taking of testimony
by the Federal grand jury, which was
charged by Judge Landis to show no
consideration for anyone, if guilt were
Little apparent headway was made
today with the righting of the East
land. Only one body was recovered,
making the total known dead 835. The
missing list kept by the "Western
Electric Company, whose employes ar
ranged the excursion that was stopped
by the upsetting of the steamer, receded
to 161 tonight, indicating the total
number of dead probably would be
under 1000, as the dead and missing
now total only 996.
PROTESTS SENT TO WILSOX
President Urged to HaveMen Not in
Service Conduct Inquiry.
CORNISH, N. H., July 30. President
Wilson today received from friends of
persons drowned when the excursion
.steamer Eastland turned over in the
Chicago River protests against having
persons connected with the steamboat
inspection service make an investiga
tion of the disaster for the Federal
The President was told that it would
be fairer to have men not in the Fed
eral service and who could in no way
be blamed for the affair conduct the
inquiry. Several of the protests were
from organizations to which the vic
tims of the disaster belonged.
The President has Intrusted the Fed
eral investigation into the disaster to
Secretary Redfield and has urged that
it be made as thorough as possible. The
protests probably will be referred to
BECKER'S PRAYER IS
GUT OFF BY SHOCK
rtafflfflti'iatWrirtaW raT irs'.ri'lWnii
WILLIAM C. REDFIELD.
TOKIO CABINET QUITS
BRIBERY CHARGE IS CAUSE
C0RVALLIS WOMAN BURIED
Funeral of Wife of ex-Postmaster
"Who Died Is Portland Held.
CORVALLIS. Or., July 30. (Special.)
Mn is. W. Johnson, who died in
Portland hospital after an operation
Tuesday, was buried here yesterday.
Mrs. Johnson was the wife of ex-Post
master Johnson, and besides her wid
ower, she is survived by one child
Billle. a 6-year-old lad.
She was Lillian Hamilton, the daugh
ter of T. M. Hamilton, and was born
in Montevideo, Minn., January 30, 1877
While she was a baby the far.ily
moved to Oregon and settled in Lane
County, where they lived until the
Fall of 1892, when they moved to Cor-
vallls. In 1897 she was married to B.
GENESEE HAS BIG FIRE
Idaho Town Postoffice Barns, but
Contents Are Saved.
GENESEE. Idaho, July 30. (Spe
cial.) In one of the biggest fires Gen
esee has ever had the large building
owned by John Sullivan was burned
last night. The postoffice building,
also, and the large barn owned by
Rader Bros, were entirely destroyed.
Most of the contents were saved from
the postoffice. J. R. Nickel had a pool
room in the Sullivan building, and
lost everything in the place.
There was $1200 Insurance carried on
the postoffice building by Dan C. Burr,
owner and postmaster, a-.a SHOO car
rled on the stock of goods owned by
Two Hit by Accidental Shot.
TWIN FALLS. Idaho. July 30. (Spe
cial.) K. Waters and Miss Hele
King, both of Kimberly, while hunt
inar and fishing along China Crek,
south of Kimberly, were hurt by the
accidental discharging of a revolver,
While handing the revolver to Mr.
Waters, Miss King accidently dis
charged the weapon. The bullet passed
through the fleshy part of Mr. Waters'
hand and lodged in Miss Kind's thigh.
Members, Including Pre
mier Okuma, Resign.
an aviation camp. In fact, there is al
ready a camp here, two aviators, Louis
Barln and Emil Komm are learning to
fly with their machines.
It was on this same field that Silas
Christopherson, the aviator, made hi;
first flight. Not only is thi field suit
able for an aviation school, but the Co
lumbia River touches the lower part,
making it suitable for hydroplane work.
This field was inspected by the Army
officers this week, but no report has
yet been given out.
Ex-Police Officer Walks Brisk
ly to Death Chair, Re
MARCH LED TO OWN DOOM
Minister of Interior Is Accused
and Prime Minister Takes Re
sponsibility, but May Be In
vited to Stay In Office.
TOKIO, July 30. The crisis in gov-
rameht circles Drought about' by
harges of bribery against Viscount
Kanetaka Oura, Aiinister of the In
terior, led to the entire Cabinet led by
Premier Okum tending their resign a
Viscount Oura's resignation was pre
sented yesterday and accepted by the
tmperor. The bribery charge grew
out of the Parliamentary elections last
Premier Okuma, believing himself
responsible for the acts of the mem
bers of his Cabinet, was the first to1
tender his resignation. The other Min.
isters Immediately decided to follow
the example of their chief.
Cabinet Change Unpopular.
After -receiving Count Okuma, the
Emperor summoned the elder states
men lor a conference. A Cabinet
change at this time is unpopular with
the public because of the war.
Two causes have been mentioned as
responsible for the crisis. The first
was the charge that 10,000 yen ($5000)
had been offered, to Viscount Oura by
a candidate for the house as the price
for keeping a rival candidate out of
the field. The Minister of the Interior
denied having accepted this bribe but
K. Hayashida, chief secretary of the
lower House, arrested Wednesday, has
been quoted as admitting receiving the
money and distributing it for campaign
Premier May Be Asked to Stay.
The second case involves two Rep
resentatives charged with accepting
bribes to desert the Seiyukai, or con
servative party, and support the gov
ernment in its campaign for an in
crease in the army.
The elder statesmen will meet tomor
row, and it is considered probable they
will advise that Count Okuma be in
vited to retain the office of Premier
YAMHILL AFTER M0RAN
McMlnnTillo Sheriff Calls for A. H.
Adams' Alleged Slayer.
To arrange for the prosecution of
Robert P. Moran for the alleged mur
der of A. II- Adams. Sheriff W. E. Hen
derson, of McMinnvllle. Yamhill County.
brother-in-law of the dead man. was in
Portland yesterday. He held a confer
ence with City Detective Tichenor, who
handled the assault case, and with the
District Attorney's office.
If possible. Sheriff Henderson will
have the trial of Moran, who is being
held in the City Jail on an open charge
pending the filing of one for man
slaughter, held in Yamhill County,
where the death occurred, although tne
assault took place in Portland.
Adams died Sunday from gangrene,
which is alleged to have developed in
the wounds he received when beaten
by Moran on July 11. Moran, found
Adams with Mrs. Moran at an early
morning hour, and attacked him in
jealous rage, for which he was fined in
Municipal Court and sent to jail to
serve the fine. He was in jail when his
't f -i
Last Hours Spent In Meditation
Following larewcil Visit of
Wife to Cell Contention of
SING SING rniSON. Osslning. N. T..
July 30. Walking briskly across the
death chamber Charles Becker, ex
lieutenant of police in New York City,
seated himself in the electric chmir
and was executed at 6:47 this morning
for instigating the death of Herman
Rosenthal, the New York gambler.
Becker was muttering a prayer when
the electric current was sent through
his body. Three shocks were necessary
to cause death. He was pronounced
dead by the prison physician seven
minutes after the first shock.
"Jeius, Mary. Joseph, have mercy on
my soul," repeated after his spiritual
advisers, were Becker's last-words. He
died with a crucifix in his hand and a
photograph of his wife pinned to his
shirt over his heart.
Last Message Is Denial.
Becker's execution preceded imme
diately that of Samuel Haynes, a ne
gro condemned for murder. Becker
requested that ha be put to death be
fore the negro.
A last message was given by Becker
to Father Curry to be given to the
world. It said: "I am not guilty by
deed or conspiracy, or in any other
way, of the death of Rosenthal. I am
sacrificed to my friends. Bear this
message to the world and my friends.
A written statement, bearing the cap
tion, "My Dying Declaration," was
given out one hour before the execu
tion. Becker signed it in bold script
and then presented his fountain pen
to Deputy Warden Johnson. After re
iterating his protestation of innocence
and saying he forgave all who con
tributed to his death. Becker penned a
brief, but glowing tribute to his wife.
cknowleuging her loyalty to him to
the very last.
Becker's wife spent an hour with
him, leaving his cell shortly after mld-
lght and returning to New lorn city
on an early train. She seemed com
posed on leaving the prison, while ner
usband was disturbed no mora than
nyone about the prison.
Doomed Man Leads Death March.
After the departure of his wife.
Becker spent most of the night seated
the edge of his cot, looking at the
loor of his cell. Dawn found him
thus, and when tha time for the execu
tion arrived he led the way himself to
the death chamber.
Entering the door, Becker hesitated.
glanced at the death chair, walls and
witnesses and then walked briskly
across the room and seated blrasell
Deputy Warden Johnson had charge
of the execution in the place of Warden
Osborne, who does not believe in cap
The executioners name is withheld.
as he agreed to serve in this capacity
only on condition that his identity be
Following an autopsy on tha body of
Becker, as required by law, it was
prepared to be sent to New York for
BOYS ORDERED TO FARMS
Judge Cleeton Sends Juvenile Of
fenders to Country.
Alex Helzer. 16, and Louis Spady, 15.
will go to the country and work on a
farm as a result of their attack on Pa
trolman B. L. Monish and A. K. Brad
ford, park tender, a week ago. Juve
nile Judge Cleeton passed sentence on
the two boys yesterday.
They have been released on their own
recognizance until Judge Cleeton can
find a farm where their services are
needed. It must be a place where there
are no policemen and no park tenders.
Fred Selbel. who also was held re
sponsible for a share in the near-riot
at Lincoln Park, may stay at home in
Portland, but he must report to Judge
Cleeton once a month. Eight other boys
arrested as a result of the riot, which
followed a ball game in which the park
tender was umpire, were released after
a bearing three days ago.
FIRE FIGHTER ENDS TASK
Shirley Buck Home Says Wind HiTcr
Blaze Burned 2 50 Acres.'
Shirley Buck, or the District Forest-
l er's office, has Just returned from the
Wind River country, north of Carson,
Wash., where he was In charge of the
fire fighting in the burned-over area
near the Wind River Lumber Com
pany s mill. Mr. Buck reported tha
the fire presumably had been started
by a spark from one of the donkey
engines ana Derore it was under con
iroi it naa Durnea over 250 acres.
ana naa aamagea an engine to the ex
tent or 1100. The cost of fighting the
rour-aay rire was close to 2000. Mr.
Buck left when the fire had been con
trolled and said that no more damag
wouia result unless a .strong wind
The Forestry Department has also
been notified of three fires that are
Burning in southeastern Alaska, bu
no oeiaiis nave Deen received.
Count Okuma, Prime Minister of
Japan, Who Has Resigned
With Other Members of Cabinet.
and reconstruct the Cabinet. The name
of Lieutenant-General Count Terauchi.
Governor-General of Cores, also has
been suggested, however, for the post
Several members and former mem
bers of the Imperial Diet are involved
in the bribery investigation. K. Hay
ashida had been chief secretary of the
lower House for 20 years.
VANCOUVER SITE VIEWED
Army Officers Inspect Aviation
Field at Barracks.
VANCOUVER, Wash., July 30 (Spe
cial.) While a committee of United
States Army officers is making a gen
erai survey ot me jracuic coast In a
search for an ideal aviation field, it is
possible that it will be located in Van
couver Barracks, where there are sev
eral hundred acres of land suitable for
Saturday Last Day of the
July Clearance Sale
Mail and Telephone Order Filled by Expert Shoppers
mccS$yM& (& Co.
Merchandise cfcJ Merit Only'"
Home Phone A 691
Pacific Phone Marshall 5000
Charged on Sep
tember 1st Bill
$59c Important Sale
For Women, Misses, Chil
dren In 7 Styles as Illustrated
In sizes for children from 6 to 20
years and for women up to 46'inch
85c Middy Blouses 59c In two styles that slip on over the
head. One laced front, the otner plain. Long or snort sleeves.
$1.25 Middy BloUSeS 89C Made of ffalatea with laced or fancy
tie front. In all white, or navy collars, braid trimmed.
$1.50 Middy Blouses 98c
of white jean cloth, long or short sleeves, laced
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Special Middy at $1.25
Of white palatea, laced sides and fronts, navy
or all white collars. Long or short sleeves,
emblem and band on sleeve.
Special Middy at $1.75
In regulation style all white or with
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Middies at $1.50, $1.75
Zct, In white or sand color made with
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patch pockets, laced sides, short
I Oft .
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All Women's Cloth Bathing Suits Reduced
Suits to $3.00 for $1.69 Suits to $4.00 for $2.45 Suits to $5.00 for $2.95
All Women's Silk Bathing Suits Half Price
CONVICTION RETOrtMiS POLICE
New York. Man Says Becker Case
Has Eradicated Graft.
SAN FRANCISCO, July 30. (Spe
cial.) "In my opinion, Ciovernor Whit
man of New lark made no mistake
when he refused to commute the death
sentence of Police Lieutenant Becker,"
declared Elgin R. L. Gould, of New
York, today. "W hen I was foreman of
the New York City Brand jury last
year my colleagues and I went over
the Becker case testimony thoroughly
when an investigation waa inaugurated
to sift bribery charges in connection
with the trial, and none of us could
possibly doubt the guilt ot the man
who was electrocuted today.
"The conviction of Becker has had
a most beneficial effect in the New
York police department. It created a
wholesome fear in the hearts of those
inclined to make an easy dollar and has
resulted in the absolute eradication of
graft in the department. You hear of
no more scandal and no more charges
of graft in police circles. At present
New York's police department is a
model for the departments of all other
Mr. Gould Is president of the City
Suburban Homes Company, of New
York, where he has been active in fi
nancial and philanthropic affairs and
political reform movements. He is a
personal friend of President Wilson,
with whom he received his degree from
Johns Hopkins University.
THEATER MUST CUT BILL
Council Denies Petition to Continue
Vaudeville at Bnrnslde.
The City Council yesterday denied
me petition or the Pacific Amusemm
Company to continue the operation of
me uurnsiae wi neater at Fifth and
.tsurnside streets, as at present, with
large vaudeville programme in add!
tion to moving pictures. The action
of the Council will cause a cutting
down of the vaudeville which can be
The Council took the stand that the
granting of the petition would be In
opposition to the building code, which
prescribes that theaters giving a cer
tain class of entertainment must not
be located below occupied rooms. There
is a hotel, at present unoccupied, which
has rooms above the auditorium of the
Burnside Theater, but it is not ex
pected that it will continue unoccupied.
HIGHWAY WORK IS RUSHED
Centralia Firm Busy on Washington
Road Near Forest.
CENTRAL! A, July 80 (Special.)
The work of laying concrete on the
Pacific Highway near Forest has been
started, the grading having been com
pleted from the end of the present pav
ing to the new steel bridge over the
Newaukum River. The work is be
ing rushed by Speaker A. McK.ee. who
have the contract.
A delegation ot Pe Ell business men
this week called on the Lewis County
Commissioners relative to the improve
ment of three-quarters of a mile of
the National Park Highway near Wal
ville, which is in miserable condition,
but the funds of the district have been
apportioned for this year and residents
of that section will get no relief until
1918. when the road probably will be
The Philippine, a few y.sra iro, was tha
leading source of the world' copra supply.
The cocoanut plantation were o serlou!y
Injured in 1012 that this youngest and
heretofore most rapidly developing- of the
leading export Industrie of the islands re
ceived a check from which, even now it Is
only be&lnning to recover.
CAPITAL STOCK SALE 0. K'D.
Linn-Benton Growers Association
to Sell $23,000 Worth.
SALEM, Or.. July 30. (Special.)
Corporation Commissioner Schulder
man today gave permission to the Linn
Benton Co-operative Growers' Associa
tion to sell capital stock. The purpoue
of the organization is the growing of
tarm produce and fruit on a co-opera
tive basis. The capital stock Is 125.
000. U. a. Smith. Albany. Is presi
dent; Oreon Stratton. Brownsville, vice
president; Victor Oliver, Albany, secre
tary, and Ira Hutching. Brownsville,
The Springfield Flour Mills. of
Springfield, with a capitalization of
$20,000, filed articles of incorporation
with the Corporation Commissioner.
Beth H. Baker, Nellie M. Baker and
Mary B. Stevenson are the incorpora
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Boys Wool Suits
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In regulation. Tyrolean and sailor shapes.
Sizes tVz to 6?'8.
In white, navy, black and burnt.
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from 4 to 6 inches. In a wide range of colors. First Floor I
Women's Unit Batning Suits
In the regulation Jersey styl
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Made of striped coutil. with medium bust, long over the hips and with curve
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pairs of hose supporters attached.
Sizes 19 to 28.
HEIRESS TO WED TODAY
TEACHER FROM PORTLAND SIOST
HONORED AT CEREMONY.
Thoaaaad I.vttatlon. laaaed ay Cata-
erlae Barker lacladea All Vko
Have Doae Her Service.
HARBOR STRINGS, Mich.. July 30.
i.rR..vthl,( 1 a in radlne?S
IQllcriai.j 1- j ...... r,
for tha marriage tomorrow of Catherine
Barker, tne S3U.uuu.wju nrirt- i
ard Spauldlng. of Chicago. Eight hun
dred guests will attend the ceremony.
ITomlnent among inose
wedding is Miss Margaret O'Reaan.
i in.i '. n .4 Or Mia.
wno nu i vi 1 1 1 o nun, vi - - -
O'Regan was Catherine Barker's teacher
for several years ana nas oeen uriuiru
to the girl because she waa a school
mate of Catherine's mother. Catherine
Fitzgerald, in Montreal Convent. When
John H. Barker, of Michigan City, many
years ner senior anu a .. -
one child was dead, the friendship be
tween the two women suffered the nat
ural break of circumstances, but waa
resumed after Mr. Barker's death. Mrs.
Barker herseTf chose Miss O'Kagan as
her daughter's teacher.
The gray-hatred woman from the Ta
clflc Coast is today the most honored
guest of the wedding party.
Included among the thousand Invita
tions Issued to the wedding are a pec la.
requests to all those who have served
Miss Barker In any way. Tha laun
dress who has worked for her at Har
bor Point for several years will be
present, as will also the laundry man
who drove his wagon daily every Sum
mer to the Point.
Mine neceivcrshlp Ends.
SEATTLE. July 30. After the filing
of a stipulation by counsel and the
settling of the case out of court. Jndge
Meterer, in the United Slates dis
trict Court yesterdsy entered an order
dismissing the receiver appointed for
the Goldfleld Merger Mines Company,
a Washington corporation, owning ex
tensive mining properties In Nevada.
Carl Johanson. of Seattle, the receiver.
wno in m .r . .v . .
clared tha organisation has no debts.
Is directed to turn tha assets over to
NAME CHANGE IS URGED
Storm Cllfr Suggested for Mitch
ells Tolnt on Highway.
SALEM. Or, July SO. (Special.)
E. E. Stanton. County Judge of Hood
River County, in a letter to the State
Highway Commission today asked that
the nam of Mitchells Point, which is
being tunneled, on the Columbia High
way be changed to "Storm Cliff." He
.aid the Indians called the projection
-Storm Cliff.' and there was no rea
son why the nam should have been
Secretary of State Olcott favored
adopting the old name. Judge Stan
ton suggested that the Commission
adopt a resolution changing tha name,
promising that the Hood River County
Court would do likewise.
OF 156 ACCIDENTS 3 FATAL
Industrial Commission Report
Cases for Week Kndne July 29.
SALEM. Or, July 0. (Special.)
According" to a statement Issued today
by the State Industrial Accident Com
mission. 15 accidents, three of them
fatal, were reported to the Commission
(or the week ending July S3. Of the
total 10S of the persons injured mere
subject to the workmen's compensa
tion act; 37 were employed by public
utilities; 13 by firms that have re
jected tha act. and three by firms that
hav. no work considered hazardous
E. Syverson was killed while blast
ing at Msrshflcld; Hilarlo Berasaluce
was killed while working In a saw
mill at Baker, and Paul W. Karrell
was killed while engaged In construc
tion work at Rainier.
Vancouver Man Oat on Bonds.
VANCOUVER. Wash.. July 30. (Spe
cial.) Frank V. Arnold, who haa been
held In the county jail on a charge
of highway robbery, l as been released
under 11000 bonds, signed by W. Ii.
Arnold, a brother. Mrs. Harriet Ar
nold. Mrs. M. K. Arnold and Ueorae
I'aice. JudJ Arnold, arrested at the
same time, has not yet secured ball.
Stovall's Suspension Lifted.
KANSAS CITY. Mo, July 30. Th
suspension of George Stovall. manager
of the local Federal League club, was
today lifted by President Gilmor. so
that Stovall could play In tomorrow's
prsTte hr. which will be "Stovall rtav."
Think It Over.
What would you do if you or
some one of your family was
taken with cramp colic or chol
era morbus in the middle of the
night, or in your busiest sea
son? Should you not be prepared
rfr such an emergency?
Hunt the whole world over
and you will not find a better
medicine than Chamberlain's
Colic, Cholera and Diarrhoea
Remedy for these diseases
It only costs a quarter.