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THE MORNIKG OREGQXlAJf. H'ED iJESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1915.
UNITED STATES IN
THEORY IS AT
Great "Hostile" Fleet, Whose
Objective Is Unknown,
i Seeks to Attack Coast.
REAL CENSORSHIP KEPT
Keportcd Explosion on Board De
stroyer Cushing Suppressed All
Branches Kxccpt Aeroplane
Corps Are Employed.
WASHINGTON. Oct. 5. Theoretically
the United States is at war. tonight.
yty some route unknown to Admiral
KJ etc her, commanding the defending
naval force, a great enemy fleet is
approaching the entrance of Chesa
peake Bay with the purpose of estab
lishing a base, which, if effected, would
open the way for an attack, on the Na
Admiral Fletcher is unaware of the
enemy's objective, and knows only that
he is operating1 somewhere off the
Atlantic Coast between Maine and
l-'lorida. The vessels of the defending
lorce, which includes most of the bat
tleships of the Atlantic fleet, ara
stripped for action.
' Censorship Strictly Kn forced.
T.ittle will be known to the public
about the war game until it is all over
30 days hence. A rigid censorship has
(been enforced by the Navy Depart
ment, all information except that con
tained in official bulletins being with
held for military reasons.
A report reached the Department
today telling of an explosion aboard
the destroyer Cummings, one of the
"enemy" ships, but officials would not
pive out the news. It was explained
that the opposing forces were opera t
Jng under actual war conditions, and
that any information about a disabled
vessel could not be allowed to reach
Yards Heady to Make Repairs.
Rear-Admiral Benson, chief of op
erations, in accordance with plans
worked out by the. Navy War College
at Newport, K. I., has notified the
Navy- Yards along the Atlantic Coast
to be prepared to repair immediately
finy of the ships putting back into port
jn a disabled condition. In theory
many merchant vessels have been com
mandeered by the Government and are
lying in port loaded with supplies, am
munition and fuel awaiting call from
the warships which have depleted their
stores to put to sea and replenish them.
All along the coast mine fields have
been laid and submarines are lying in
wait for the approach ing enemy ships.
in case they evade the fleet. Not a
branch of the service, with the excep
tion of the aeroplane corps, has be in
overlooked by Navy Department offi
cials in preparing to meet the attack.
Attackers Theoretically Superior.
Vice-Admiral Mayo, commanding the
Attackers, has a force theoretically
superior in strength to that of Admiral
Fletcher, his cruisers, destroyers and
other vessels representing powertul
When, one side or the other has won,
both of the fleets will assemble at
Newport, where a three-day conference
of officers will be held to make a
General study of the results.
WINTERS HEIRS UPHELD
V. K." I-1 III) V LOSES SUIT FOR ES
TATE IX SlI'UEME COURT.
ltlorlguKe and Dwd Given Attorney, by
Afttoria Man Later Hanged Is
i Held to Be Valid.
SALEM, Or.. Oct. 5. (Special. Ef
lort of Will K. Purdy. of Xewberg, to
obtain title to the Henry D. Winters
estate in Portland failed toUay, when,
in an opinion by Justice Benson, the
Supreme Court dismissed his aDneal in
escheat proceedings brought by the
Btate. In these proceedings Circuit
Judge Morrow, of Multnomah County,
Jiad previously held the Winters prop
erty to belong to certain of his heirs.
The rulinu today marks the second
time Purdy has lost his fight to gain
possession 01 me property.
On the bringing of the escheat pro
ceedmgs by the state. Purdy tiled an
nnswer claiming title under a deed
which ho alleged Winters had given to
him. In, a former decision in another
case the court had held this deed to be
Answers also were filed by eight
other groups of claimants to the estate.
The lower court ruled against Purdy
ana in tavor ot certain claimants. Ap
peal was then made by Purdy.
A mortgage and deed given bv Os
v aid C. Hansel to A. W. Norblad and
C. W. Mullins, of Astoria, was held
valid today by the Supreme Court in
an opinion by Justice Burnett. Hansel
was executed at the penitentiary sev
eral years ago for killing: Judge Tay-
jor. or Astoria. The deed and mortgage
was made out by Hansel to Norblad
and Mullins to pay for defending him
i nm iriai.
Other opinions were:
.-.biviiu ifwrson vs. cmraa n. Thompson
mi. iijip,inins, sun to loreclose niort
opinion by Juslu-ft McBririe. Circuit
Ju.lt? Hamilton's juugrment for plaintiff af-
H. 11. Wood ft al vs. TV K. Wood an.
yilant, appealed from Lane County, suit to
enjou: u-. a trade name, opinion by
mfi jusiu-a .Moore, rormer circuit Judgi
3iarrls' Judgment for plaintiff afirmed.
Unol-re C. Held vs. J. R KennMlv an
ppllant. appealed from Multnomah County,
uit tw rescind a contract, opinion by Justice
Heuson. Judgment of Circuit Judge McOinn
State on relation of Mary E. Eastman vs.
A. K. Eastman, appollant. appealed from
Columbia County an appeal from an order
adjudging defendant in contempt for fail
Jug to pay to the court alimony, appeaj
dismissed, opinion by Justice McBride.
FRANK F. MOODY IS DEAD
Son of Southern Pacific Attorney
I Victim or Heart Disease.
Frank F. Moody, son of Ralph E.
Stoody. attorney for the Northern Pa
cific, died yesterday at Seattle, where
he was attending the University of
"Washington. He was 22 years old and
liad been ill but a day. Heart disease
v as the cause.
The young man was a junior at the
university. His father was in Corvallis
when news of the death reached the
Moody home at 369 Aspen street. He
was promptly notified and went to Se
attle to accompany the body back to
Portland. Burial will be at Salem this
Krank Moody's paternal grandfather
the late ex-Oovernor Z. K. Moody.
His mother's father was Francis W.
James, ot Port Townsend, Wash., where
the young man was born. His uncle.
Malcolm Moody, of The Dalles, is an
ex-Representative In Congress.
SALEM, Or., Oct. 5. (Special.) The
funeral of Mr. Moody will be held here
tomorrow at the home of es-Governor
CITY REVENUE TO BE CUT
Next 1'ear Expected to Bring $136,-
000 Less Than 1915.
Municipal revenue other than direct
taxation will fall $436,571 short next
year of the amount received this year,
according to the official estimates of
Commissioner Bigeiow made public
yesterday. The total revenue outside
of taxation for this year will be $761.
051, while next year it will be J324.177,
according to the estimate.
Hits year 5291,000 nas been received
from liquor licenses. This will not
come next year. Mr. Bigeiow is figuring
also on decreases in bond premiums.
LouU It- StinHon, Grand Keeper
of RreordN and Seal, Knlghui of
Pythian, Who Shot Hlawell on
Karat Xear Salem.
bridge rentals, street improvements and
other activities which net revenue for
the city s general fund. Although the
city will have prohibition, no decrease
in the amount of Municipal Court fines
is figured on in the estimate. It is
said it is figured the fines of boot
leggers will make up whatever might
be lost in fines for drunkenness.
CHAMBER URGES ACTION
Prosecution of Man Who laired on
Protection for shipping coming" into
the mouth of the Columbia is the
plea on which the Chamber of Com
merce is urging that N. V. Parsons be
prosecuted on the charge of having
fired five shots from a Winchester rifle
nto the cabin of the Japanese steamer
Bankoko Maru, July 12, when she
struck some of his fishing nets at the
mouth of the river.
The Chamber charges that the fish
ermen have been putting their nets In
the fairway and then making trouble
if the nets were interfered with in
the normal passage of vessels. Attor
ney La Roche is chairman of the com
mittee which will endeavor to have
OREGON GERMANS ASSIST
About $7 00 Provided for Comfort of
Prisoners in Siberia.
Kxtensive relief for the wounded, the
widows and orphans in Germany has
been provided by the Red Cross com
mittee of the Federation of German
Speaking Societies of Oregon, of which
Otto Schuman Is chairman, and efforts
are being directed also toward provid
ing warm clothing for German prison
ers in Siberia. About $700 has been
given to provide woolen clothing of all
kinds for the Siberian captives and
more is being collected lor this pur
The money is being expended and the
supplies sent to Siberia through the
American Red Cross, as it is doubted if
the clothing would reach its destina
tion if' intrusted to the Russians.
HARR1SBURG SHOW READY
School Kair and Potato Carnival to
Open October 8.
HARRIS BURG, Or.. Oct. 5. (Special.)
Harrisburs's annual Potato Carnival
and School Fair will be held here Fri
day and Saturday, October 8 and 9.
The Ladies Civic Improvement Club
will have charge of all departments.
An especial effort is being made this
year to make the School Fair excel
all others. The County Court has given
aid by appropriating liberally to the
The exhibits will include all kinds
of vegetables and fruits, besides po
tatoes, which receive the place of honor.
There will be programmes of music
and speaking each afternoon, and on
Saturday night a minstrel show will
be given by local talent.
HORSE KICKS CHILD IN FACE
Tug at Tail ATtcr Failure to Pet
Head Leads to Accident to Girl.
rENDLETOX, Or., Oct. 5. (Special.)
With her face and skull crushed in
by the hoof of a horse she had at
tempted to pet, little 4-year-old Bessie
Madden was brought to St. Anthony's
Hospital here from Hermiston today
by her parents.
An operation was performed and
although the child's condition is dan
gerous hopes are held for her recovery.
After trying vainly to have the horse
lower its head the child walked around
and pulled its tail.
L. R. ST1NS0N IS SUICIDE
(Continued From First Page.)
a widow and a daughter. Mrs. Carl
Williams, all of Salem, survive him.
"Mr. Stinson was one of the most
lovaole of men, said Frank T. Wright
man, a close personal friend of the
dead man. "He made friends wherever
he went, and by reason of his long
service for the grand lodge of Pythians
had an acquaintance in almost every
town in Oregon. His death, coming as
it does a week before the convening
ot the grand lodge in Portland, will
cast a gloom over the proceedings. He
had been in ill -health for some time.
ana his act was plainly the result of
The funeral will be held in Salem
probably Thursday. Service will be in
charge of the Grand Lodge of the
ivnights of Pythias.
:o: until Henry ill s time were rasp-
tei ric. &ii a . otrrips or cnerrics grrown lu
KiiKlnd. and d- ntt read ol' the turnip,
mullflou er and :uinc being cultivated be
fore ihe ICih. century.
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THE single standard is
maintained at this store the
standard of highest quality
in clothes for men.
YouH find here right now "some
of the finest products of the loom,
tailored into garments of quality
and refinement garments that
will yield their full need of service.
My label is on every garment it
stands for complete satisfaction to
the wearer. The prices are mod
erate. Suits and Topcoats
$20 to $35
Morrison at Fourth
DALE FOUND GUILTY
Pendleton Jury Out Only 20
Minutes in Homicide Case.
PRISONER'S WIFE PRESENT
Chain of Circumstantial Evidence
and Victim's Dying Statement
Introduced by State Defend
ant's Mind Is Blank..
PENDLETON, Or.. Oct. 5. (Special.)
Evincing no sign of emotion. Lee
Dale, the young homesteader of Cal
ifornia Gulch, who shot and killed Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Ogilvy. pioneers of
that section, on the night of June 3.
faced a crowded courtroom today in
the Circuit Court and heard the jury
return a verdict of gnilty. The jury
was out only 20 minutes.
The brevity of their deliberations on
the evidence establishes a new record
here in the trial of a homicide indict
Dale's wife, standing: at his side,
also had prepared herself for the shock
of the verdict and succeeded in con
trolling her emotion.
Dale will be sentenced Thursday
morning at 10 o'clock by Judge. Phelps.
Throughout the trial Dale was quiet
and his manner on the witness stand
evidenced complete control of his nerves
and faculties. Only once did he ex
hibit any emotion, this being when his
counsel. Will M. Peterson, assigned by
the court, made a sympathetic refer
ence to the defendant's wife and
mother, in his final argument to the
Jury. Dale then brushed his hand
across his eyes.
District Attorney K. XV. Steiwer
presented a perfect chain of circum
stantial evidence against Dale, coupled
with the dying declaration of Mr.
Ogilvy, identifying him as the slayer.
Dale pleadfd Irresponsibility on the
as its drug-, caffeine, is frequently sold, coffee
drinkers would wake up to the fact that coffee
is not a food but a drug.
Yet in spite of the warnings of reputable physi
cians, many persons fail to realize the harmful ef
fects of caffeine, coffee's subtle, habit-forming drug.
Taken regularly this coffee drug the frequent
cause of nervousness, heart-flutter, headache and
other ailments sooner or later gets its hold.
Look coffee in the face read what physicians
and health experts say: (Names on application)
"Coffee is a dope
opium. Slowly but
victim and holds him in its grasp, a pitiful, helpless victim."
"Coffee is a drug. Those addicted to its use are drug addicts."
"Some people get the craving for alcohol by first taking tea or coffee."
"They (the tea and coffee drugs) are comparable to opium in that they
induce a habit and should be avoided."
Right now, Mr. Coffee Drinker, is the time to find out whether or not coffee has a
hold on you. It's simple and easy quit coffee ten days and use
the pure food-drink
Made of wheat and a bit of wholesome molasses, Postum has a delicious coffee
like flavour, yet contains no drug or other harmful element.
The better health that follows freedom from the coffee drug shows
"There's a Reason" for POSTUM
Sold by Grocers everywhere.
ground of drunkenness, declaring his
mind is blank concerning any Inci
dents of the night of the murder. He
had taken considerable whisky and
nearly a quart of distilled alcohol
shortly before the crime.
MR. HAWLEY GOES ON TOUR
Siuslaw and Coos Bay Projects to
SALEM. Or.. Oct. 5. (Special.) To
inspect waterways and harbors along
the Oregon coast. W. C. Hawley, Rep
resentative in Congress, left Salem to
day and will be gone 10 days. Tonight
he spoke at Kugene to the Woodmen
of the World and tomorrow will go via
Mapleton to Florence to inspect the
Siuslaw waterway and the jetties be
ing built there by the Government and
Port of Siuslaw. From Florence Mr.
Hawley will go to Coos Bay, North
Bend and Marshfleld.
Mr. Hawley plans to be in Myrtle
Point October 11. The following day
he will visit Coquille and Bandon. Oc
tober 13 he will be In Marshfieid and
from there will go to Gardiner. He will
return to Salem by way of Drain.
SUNDAY CLOSING CONCEDED
Law Opinion Favors Xeuberg Thea
ter 3Ian but He Yields to Council.
NEWBERG, Or.. Oct. 5. (Special.)
Despite the announcement by City At
torney Chapin that th. law was on the
side of the theater manager, he has
announced his intention to comply
with any decision the City Council
may make in the matter of Sunday
There was no appearance before the
City Council at its regular meeting
last night of representatives from the
churches, which had protested against
the opening ol a Sunday theater.
Woman to Be Tried for Murder.
VANCOUVER. Wash., Oct. 5. (Spe
cial.) Mrs. Otto Ludke, whose hus
band was killed by Edward Gall. No
vember 20, 1914, will be tried for mur
der in the first degree during the Oc
tober term of court, which opens here
October 13. Gall, who confessed to
killing Ludke and Is serving a life
term at Walla Walla, will be brought
back to testify against Mrs. Ludke.
and narcotic almost equal to
surely it gets control of its
MAVERICK CARGO ARMS
FORMER OIL TANKER IS DETAI.NKD
IX DUTCH KA ST INDIES.
50,000 RIMes, Machine Gont, Cans
and Submarine Parts Are Dis
covered on Board,
TACOMA. Wash., Oct. 5. (Special.)
That the former oil tanker Maverick,
which caused, a great deal of specula
tion among shipping men and Govern
ment authorties at San Francisco sev
eral months ago. carried a cargo of
war munitions has been definitely es
tablishet by marine men who have re
ceived word from the vessel, now at a
port of the Dutch East Indies. The
vessel is being held, and what dispo
sition will be made of her is a ques
tion that is perplexing the Dutch au
thorities. The Maverick Is at Tandhong Prlok
with the American flag flying and com
manded by a Danish master. The ves
sel lay at anchor for several days at
Poeloe Melak, where another vessel
was to have met her and taken th
cargo. This steamer failed to arrive.
The master of the Maverick, when tiie
Dutch officials became Inquisitive, ex
amined the Maverick's cargo.
The examination disclosed that the
supplies consisted of 21 machine gunn.
50,000 rifles in beer cases. 21 big guns
and parts of a submarine in knock
down form. Ib is declared the com
mander of the jubmarine, who was
among the crew, disappeared and that
parts of the wireless outfit in the
carg-o are missing.
After the nature of the cargo was
disclosed 30,000 rifles were thrown
overboard. The rest of the cargo is
still on the ship. It is stated two
other steamers are expected there with
It is believed this cargo was for the
Germans, but that plans miscarried
Greek Princes Goinjr to Saloniki.
ATHEXS, Monday. Oct. 4. (Via
Paris, Oct. 5.) Crown Prince George
and Prince Nicholas and the members
of the Greek General Staff are hur
riedly arranging to leave for Saloniki.
Telegrams from diplomatic sources re
port the arrival in Sofia of a large
number of German aviators and Ger-
4 man officer.
LAFFERTY SWATS NEWSPAPERS
Let'erBuck'Is Challenge to Character Aspersers
Land Grant Fight, Nearing Victorious End, Has Produced Real
ar, bays ex -
INSIDE HISTORY AXD PRESENT
'Poor Pat," Is Comment on McArthurs Announcement That He
Will "Vigorously Oppose" Sales of Timbered Rail
road Lands to Settlers.
-i- W. Lafferty.
To the Citizens of Oregon:
If you wish to know how It feels to
be Zeppelined, torpedoed, submarined
and forty-two-centimetered by the
newspapers, just get your self elected
to Congress and tell the silk-tiled
gentlemen at Washington, who are in
the habit of herding your representa
tives like sheep, that you are going to
be on the square with the people who
At first they would laugh at you, for
your assertion would only be what they
had heard many times before from
green Congressmen. But If you should
go ahead and show that you were not
only determined to be on the square,
but that you had the ability to get re
sults, then the real war would begin.
Commendable Acta Not Mentioned.
My time is too valuable, and space in
The Oregonlan costs too much per inch,
for me to use many words in answering
the silly attempts of three millionaire
newspaper corporations of Portland to
discredit me before my fellow-citizens.
Suffice it to svy that if these papers
had thown any disposition to be fair
in the past, by publishing any of the
things that I have done which were cal
culated to reflect credit, then they
might expect to be believed when they
print their highly colored yarns intend
ed to bring me into disrepute.
If they desire to keep up that char
acter of campaign. I reply to them in
the sublime and picturesque language
of Pendleton, "Let 'er buck."
Great Land Opening; Die.
Oregon is now approaching one of
the epoch-making events of her his
tory. Very soon, unless some crooked
deal be pulled off to prevent it, 2.300,
000 acres of the finest vacant lands in
Western Oregon will be opened under
a drawing system to actual settlers, at
$2.50 per acre, and undoubtedly in
tracts of 40 acres as to all the more
Congress said every acre of these
lands should be sold to settlers. In
quantities not larger than 160 acres,
and at a price not exceeding $2.50 per
The Supreme Court of the United
States has recently held that the fore
going provision constitutes an "en
By its decision the Supreme Court
has given Congress six months after
the date the modified decree shall be
entered in which to specify just how
these lands shall be sold. If Congress
fails to act within that time the Fed
eral Court at Portland is ordered to
make the necessary rules and regula
tions for such sales.
The modified decree has not yet been
entered at Portland, although the opin
ion was handed down June 23, last. Let
Mr. Reames, United States Attorney,
answer why this has not been done.
The six months in which Congress may
act. and in default of which the court
at Portland may order the land sold to
settlers, will not begin to run until the
modified decree is actually entered at
Portland. I here charge the Depart
ment of Justice with deliberately hold
ing up the decree in order to further
prolong this litigation, and to lessen
the chances that the lands will ever be
actually sold to settlers.
No matter whether the rules shall
finally be fixed by Congress or by the
Federal Court, these things are certain
1. A drawing system will of ne
cessity be adopted, because these val
uable lands could not possibly be
opened up satisfactorily in any other
2. At least three years residence
will be required before final approval
of title by the couTt.
3. Not more than 40 acres will be al
lowed any one settler as to the more
Therefore, there will be no fraud or
speculation possible. Each settler will
give in time and money all his land, in
cluding the timber thereon. Is worth
It will simply be an opportunity for
people without means to get homes.
Systematic Suppression Shown.
Why do the newspapers keep the
people in ignorance as to the status of
this most important case?
The answer is that $50,000,000 are in
volved and secret plans are afoot to
blight the State of Oregon and upset
the original act of Congress by enter
ing into some sort of compromise
which would defeat the settlement of
We now find millionaire newspaper
editors. Republican. Democratic and
mugwump, traveling in circles like so
many tailed imps and emitting loud
yelps that these lands are "unfit for
If that be true why did we ever com
plain that the railroad refused to sell
If it would be wrong, now that Con
gress or the court may make the rules,
to order these lands sold to settlers,
would it not have been wrong for the
railroad to have sold the same lands to
The logic of these questions is that
the people of Oregon must stand pat
for enforcement of the law as It is
written, or they will admit themselves
out of court.
it will be seen that those who now
oppose selling these lands to pettier
are "hoisted by their own petard. They
are annihilated by their own argument.
But that Is exactly what theve fakir
-want. They are offering to the public
STATUS OF CASE IS GIVEN.
skilled briefs for the railroad In the
guise of proposed amendments to th
original law. Once we admit that the
terms of the original trant law oupht
to be amended before being- enforced,
then we condone the refusal of the rail
road to live up to that law, and we plve
vitality to its claim to the valuable
Umber growing on these lands.
McArthnr Aaralnst Settlenu
And now comes my worthy successor
In Congrress, the Hon. C. X. McArthur.
and in the face of the plain words of
the statute, and the solemn declaration
of the Supreme Court that those words
constitute an "enforceable covenant,"
announces through last Sunday's Ore
gronlan that he will "vigorously oppose"
the sale of railroad timbered lands to
settlers. Foor 'Pat.M
The Honorable ''Pat" will doubtless
sway Congress with his eloquence, ex
plaining that these timber lands are
unfit for settlement and that the South
ern Pacific ( ught to be Riven a leather
medal for its wisdom and foresight in,
refusing for all these years to live up
to the law.
Honorable "Pat' at the same time;
announces hi candidacy for renomlna
tion on the Republican ticket May 19.
next. He will please be advised that I
will be a. candidate for that same Re
publican nomination on that same date,
and that X favor selling every acre of
these lands, timber and all, to actual
Congress knows where I stand on the
land grant question, and It will soon
know where Honorable "Pat" stands.
This matter will not be disposed of by
Congress until after May 19, next. If
this Congressional district votes to
support the Honorable "Pat In his de
fense of the railroad company, then
Congrress will construe that as an in
dication of what the people of Oregon
desire. If the district returns me to
Congress the National Legislature will
know that the people of Oregon stand
for enforcement of the original law to
the letter, and enforcement of the orig
inal jaw tney win get.
Honorable "Fat" states that he will
be so busy attending to his onerous of
ficial duties at Washington about May
19, next, that he will be unable to give
the people hereabouts the rare treat of
seeing him In person. That sounds
very strange, for it is the custom of
nearly all Congressmen to go home and
meet their opponents on the stump,
when they have opponents, and the-
House invariably grants leave of ab
sence for that purpose.
But since Mr. McArthur does not feel
that he can conscientiously come back
next May I hereby challenge him to
meet me in Multnomah County in ten
debates, five debates, or one debate, be
fore he leaves for Congress, if he dares
to discuss publicly his position on this
land grant question. I suggest the pub
lic library, where no charge for hall ia
required, as the place for the first
Brought First "Settler" So It.
My heart Is in this land grant fight
as .t was never in any other case. I
seriously appeal to that large number
of intelligent citizens who have been
prejudiced against me through news
paper report to come and see me, or
let me come and see them, in order that
they may judge first hand whether I
am worthy of support.
To these facts, proved by official
court records, I invite consideration:
1. September 16, 1907. one year
ahead of any action by the Government,
I filed for John L. Snyder. In Judgn
Wolverton's Court, the first suit that
was ever brought to enforce the terms
of the Oregon & California Land
Grant I received no fee in that or any
of the other test cases which I brought.
2. I fought the cases through to the
Supreme Court of the United Statea
without fee, paying my own expenses,
and was the only Oregon lawyer who
even appeared at the final trial in
Washington and argued the case in
3. Had it not been for my protest
the case would have jone over in the
Supreme Court for argument till Oc
tober. 1915. The railroad attorneys
had succeeded in getting the Solicitor
General's office to agree to make no
objection to a continuance when I ex
posed the rotten deal by a speech on
the floor of the House February 20.
1915. followed by a brief filed in the
Supreme Court, which resulted in forc
ing the case to final argument in April.
Had it not been for my efforts in that
behalf the case would still be pending;
undisposed of in the Supreme Court,
and the Portland papers that live so
near the skies as to seldom notice me
would not now be writing columns on
what should be done with the lands.
4. I was the only lawyer who asked
the Supreme Court to enter a decree of
enforcement, the Government being
bitterly opposed to the plan, and con
tending for a. forfeiture back to the
United States. The court refused the
Government's prayer, but held the
terms of the grant to constitute an
"enforceable covenant and provided
means for Intelligently and fairly en
forcing it either through regulations
to be fixed by Congress, or through the
Federal Court at Portland if Congress
shall fail to act.
When the decision was handed down
June 23, Portlands leading papers re
fused even to mention my name in
connection with the victory. They have
ignored my work in the case since.
"Switzerland of America.
And now that I have won the case
without their support, and in spite of
their attempts to drive the dagger in
my back while I was in Washington,
they have the effrontery to tell the
people that the lands are "unfit for set
tlement' and that the law that I have
made a heartbreaking fight to have en
forced ouarht to be repealed or amend
ed. Do you wonder that I am hot in
These lands have properly been des
ignated the "Switzerland of America."
They lay in the Willamette. Umpqua
and Rogue River Valleys. From the
foothills on either side crystal streams
wind their way through the everpreen
forests. Over the top of the Coast
Range is wafted the pure air of the
Pacific Rest, sunshine, health, scen
ery, recreation and all the best thing
of life await hundreds of thousands of
human beings if a solemn act of Con
gress, passed with full knowledge of
the facts, shall now be enforced.
None of these lands are any rougher
than Portland Heights. But because
some of them approach Portland's fa
mous residence district certain men
who ought to be ashamed of themselves
declare that the whole tract is "unfit
It would be a crime longer to keep
human beingd from these lands.
When debating the grant 40-odd
years ago. Representative Smith, of
Oregon, said that these lands consti
tuted sdrch a forest as "grows only in
Oregon." Representative Sargent, of
California, said that every acre of the
land would be sold to settlers at 92.50
per acre even if the building of the
road made them worth $100 per acre.
So Congress knew exactly what it was
doinsr.' There is no excuse now for
failure to enforce the law.
A. W. LAFFERTT.
40-42 Filtock Block.