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PORTLAND, OKLGOX, Pit IDA Y DECK3IBER 10 11,15.
price five; cents.
GERMANY WILL HOT
ACT FIRST III PEACE
Nation, However, Will
ing to End War.
MEN CLING ALL
NIGHT TO LAUNCH
I1MII.HMAX AT v.x heaii
ctm: xx t r.rn:cT ma-cix.
CHANCELLOR TELLS ATTITUDE
Triurnpli on All S'des Is Pic
tured to Reichstag.
ft'EAR-COLLAPSE IS DENIED
Jf Iwaim. . IWt h rave an, tlolr
c;. MiVr Proposal ('innpl-
Ible With njHj ! Safety,
They Mill B Dl-cued.
Kr.r.Ltv. r.c . s le'
m r. k ' ra j tf litrmjn; and
I i-f i.t ;? t ppro. hio a rot
,?. rotiu to b tb dominant Idea
f hr f". Ii ottli bo foi y for Ger
many to uhe lh lattlatlv la propola
t.rme of -. tJrmaBy. bowr. I
r1y at any tlm lo omUf a -e
ull'ii.sn from th eountrt with
ft!. b I at war. d
taft' BuA'lott of th war at)4 4-saaso-,,jtt,
rsrte'.f ander th.se circumstance
tr.m any respoaslbtisty tar It pr
Tat U th abtar of th Gcrmia
i-tt iiaicfliori rp'y la th
P.. least today lo ta -ltlt latr
t::t:on a pa-. I which a olnt4
. riLira of Carnuar triumphant oa
a;t t! aa4 uppU.4 wua erytble.
a if at la tti4at. acary lo
ta 3B,-iO'ittca of IB war.
y-i i,. ill toawlat B l:alrtal
Tha interpolation woo lntrooac.4 by
It, a.;dmooa. la tb fallowing
-to ta Imperial 0.aneltar roody lo
jt.o larorasatlon ao lo tho coadUloe
a.ar which BO w'4 wilting lo
tor lata pc otitioar
tf our awaiM mah proposal ora
yotibio with nrmaji dually aa4
afsty." o:4 D. oa Kat.im-Holl-,f
-isoai !- o rly
t at'o-QM l.onv. r. w ao io
untrt of oar mt Ifto (jilt aa4
laTworaa.ro of atalmot aro ontaal4
t" tafiioa of paMI-; opiatsa It
''! k-a 'otty tor O-tmony I nail
yoawo propoaola, M- aroa:4 Oct
lrto. out oat4 Iantfta tho war.
I l-.t tlio cnaiki tnot bo tora from
t. oir fo-o."
talfata Aro fl 7.
OoTr t W:o:tata apoho oa tho I
rj.rt:-n. ail tBo oa-!tociail par
I a-tiB la a abort a.Uratloa ap
oae 4kuio at tsia mom.nl. Tbo
tao af tio 4o3oto wa 4 aift.4 aa4
H:rM(u; oo4 tbo Xrrp-rial ti,.al:of
wa fjlio(4 attaati:y bb4 rja
f itr ii.-api far ovion la.rrp-
naa aa4 ouCburata af lauaM.r from
no fo laiial. lr. La.bkaavbi. w a baa
i baoa l- a'Oi-4 wtt& ft la P'ty alaco
to b:aao af tfto war aa4 oko to
a r,i4 tto afinpatBy.
fk impar al Ctiior la klo flrot
tf-"'. latia k:f aa boar. oplola4
t miutary .it itvoo oa all Iko froata
an a!,clA.. ampKoiifatiy tbat Uor
mat) coui4 "t bo atar4 oat. Too
lO'iatry bJ oaouca fo4. If proporly
0;trtiia4. iaarmaay a tumin. k
ao!4. ware afrrla mora tbaa la
iMfaant. aa4 paylaf llitir prxt for
nk IVal fta IbortaooHts.
"Rmrt thai Oormaay la oa tbo r
of ui:ta tai4 tbo CnaseoUor. "atx
in attrlbutioa of a aaoao auaaiea lo
r pramiaaat Uormaa wbo
abro4. IT toe a oa Hi.tow. ITtaca
li;iit.Ua of 8 4a. I t. boif. vr
Ijttj tor lh colonl. an4 Caraitaal n
llarl-naao ra porta la wbu-a tbrro a
ol a acta of truth aro oil port of o
;.!. rat compatca lo k,pj up tb
attrtto of ! aaamy paept.a ta tbo far
of rparala4 4toota. Tbor la n..(
aa poioi la tb Oa.'maa r-.ooin.
tf our anl 4o aot cbooao to pt
ta itaotioa a4 aid t)o war Boor tb.y
btual 4o ao tot.r. Oormaay coo wait.'
At t o cnrlml.i of tho lr:prtat
fcav.:ur'o f'rat apocca Ir. Koatnf.
praait.Bt of tbo t'ftamtxr. ra4 iko In
lrp;ieioa aa4 put Is formal 04.0-
tioa aa to whotb.r lha oracii.ot wa
prapor.4 lo rply.
tattraaaaal Roa4y at. ply
""a aro ra4y to rp!y lfBmo4uatIy.-
y.on4a4 I'T. on tttamannllolIwa
Tb. tU B jra of tbo ImparUl I'tan
r.tlor. tra a ray B-U am form, waa 1m-
m4iat:y aa rtia. (Ita rpty lo Ift
. "l.Ki.maaa wa l.tn4 lo with t ..
4-ap..t atl.ation. in ka bopo tbat II
!! parkapa 4.1na IK t.rrao of Ur
nam I 4aira4 p. oca. altaou1 bi
k.ja waa atifbt. Ha bortr
t. tvt.m.fv. tbia Int.rpattatioa baa
a'fra. t'4 yr.at acf.rat.un n bootil.
'4ntri. motiy of a Joyouo aoliar
T"i q.tl.ia rar-l.n lh O.rmaa
la'rna of poco to at.rprt4 aa a in
of th 4mlaut!oi of li.rmaa alrB4tb
r to b4iaaBa' f tb b4 of tb
ini-n'ia will of tbo iarwiaa paopl.
"Tt lnl.rpi:nla rrtalnly 4tr a
rr opnta4 of i..'0 a.o'ottotkona
no lb tat.rn.nta of tr. f b.ld'-
w wiiCbt 4'xIo to poaalBlIitlaa
of an korteral paxo a4 rr. r.a
propooo! of p-a ft .a J to o,
only ba a u a wo wtr,.-l to rataita atl
It. rajar4 l.rrltort.. or .a a44
. t.rrttort.a th.r.t-x I wt ial aimit
trial II prTtoua biatory of war aalar
ally I.a.ia lo bio fit f "" lo Irak aa
4 10 tt war an 4 proclaim opaly aa
4r wbat torn tbo ;.rmao coorram.nt
"Afar tbo atiiorwo of ft-ala'arta
Uiin vtarrp tUollie Tank rar-ro
Away 0 ad tnp lToat 'rar
Ira(t nation at IUy Cenirr.
notrrit it en r. n, !. (Sp-
r!al Wo4 r.arh4 fcoro to4ay of Uto
krole otrvest mad fcy Captain C. O.
n4 ao4 JIato Cutta. of tho flbln
taviawa Alr4al. of I tar Cotr. 4urln
a otorm To4y nlht la wbk-h both
ararty rat thrtr lla o4 wro rcu4
arty "rr4-t.4ay moratBa.
Tkr aa4 loft South IWn4 Tuaaday
nl.'ht with a load of 11 metal tank
of o-lirao for a flh-pa-ktn elant at
IUy C'Bt.r. Thy woro a abort dto-
laaro from tho nh rompaay'a wharf
at Bay Canter wba tho otl taeka woro
loat and tho launch 8I!4.
Th two m.n rlonc tho root of tb
Biabt to th aid of th launch, and
war r-u4 at daylichl fcy crab flh-
rtnaa who har4 lhair ralia for blp
La a l Sprtrac a younf maa Barn.d fU
n, wa was.l.d ortoar4 oa tho Air-
dt wM'o ctt crab fUM-if har tho
bar with Cutta. Tho carco loaa
amountc4 to about I IS.
FRANCE WILL LIMIT
HELP IN BALKANS
No More Than 60,000
Men to Be Sent.
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
BRITISH MUST SUPPLY REST
Allies Not in Accord About
Campaign in Southeast.
TWO OF NATIONS IGNORED
Iluaala and Italy Not nrpi-r-arntrd
at Calalw I-rrnrlt Writer Think
Lngllah. Commit Krror la
Treatment of Nrrbia.
RIOTS IN BERLIN REPORTED
Oolhrrak Said to llae 0 eurrrd In
Other Cltle. Tix.
PARISw We. 1. Th Rom corro-
pond.nt of tho Journal lead tb fol
low I raj:
A Zurich ISwttJrlnJ dlapatrh
tata that ytolant demonatratlona In
favor of p.aco hav takoa plar In
Hrtin. Tb pi: wrro obllcrd lo
rhars tba .crowd. Th window of
lor and rafrs woro a maa bad durlntr
th rtocinc. yoldiars In lh crowd took
aa actl part In th titturbanr."
far man!f.tattona bavo occurred
!o at Tr4on and Iipile. acrordinf
lo lh O.rrnan corr.aponuaat of th
ham, Taswarht. Tha rorrcapondmt
add tbat the ronlctlon orrvail
aanoBc th ntixt In li.rmany tbat only
a rToIutlonary eutbrrak would fori
Ibo yoTmro.nl lo onak pac.
PATROLF.!AN KILLS ROBBER
Other I Cm pi red After
lift-til at Seattle.
EtTTLn. tVaah, If-. Two mn
wbo tried ta rob a private patrolman
In aa atty down town oarly today wr
ratat4 by th patrolman, who o
C(d la a platol f cht with tho mov
On waa ao badly wonnd4 that b
4!4 mma boor later. Ho ca bl
rairo aa Jama, Moran. clrll ncoqr.
4 K. of Irvlnston. N. T wh.re bo
baa a wlf and parvtil. an4 aak that
X. J K. turd. t:i Twelfth ano. Co
lumbia, Oa. bo notlfi.d la rao of hi
death. Tha eeeond robber, wbo
fcta nam aa Char!. a!o. wa captorad
WOMAN TO REGAIN VOTE
nntl.h llo.hand Mill Take Oal VbI-
n.v i ntxrtjica. nc t Mr, rthei
Co-op M Kantie. horn lo California.
aoo richl of auffrsco waa tab. a
from h.r by tbo fupreme Court of tho
l'fttte4 Ittata on the rour.4 that a
Ihe wifo of a Prltlah ritiien. Gordon
UcKaniK. bo wa dlaenfranchl.ed. U
to be lb veto after all
UoKloa M Knt. It wao announcod
today, will, for hi wif.a aka. r
Bounco bl BrttNh cllUanahfp and take
at paper leadinc to hi bocomlnc a
cltliaa of tho 1011.4 ltata.
POSTMASTER DROPS DEAD
t. C. Ilrown. of Tangent. Strkkrn
en th Itlrtliday.
At.flANT. Or.. !-. t Sf-al
"trlrkea with heart irmibte whil aort-
Ir mall YV4nd)r. M. . Frown. pot-
maatrr of To.n died 11 minute
lat.r. It wa hia lh birthday. Mr.
tiro on apparently had b' n In rood
Mr. I'.rown wa epnolntfd poctmaeter
of Taoceni a y.ar aao. He wa a mem
ber of th. Mt-tot;at 'hurr-h. Maaonl.
I oaice an Kralrrnal Protherhood. II.
I"' a widow and an adopted
daufntrr. V.lma Hrown. of Tnctr.c
WINTER SWIM IS PLANNED
Pendleton Arrange llaeea to lie la
rKNM.KTOX. t'r, r-e-. I Unea-lal )
t'and'eton. tt lo be outdon by Port
land and oth.r rltie. I plannlna; a
Chrtaima awlm Ihl faar. Local aiuatlc
antiuia.t ha taken th matter In
harwl and are arranoinaT a programme
of rr whirh are lo b hrUi In th
Atthoutfh th water wttl b cMar
her than Ihe "rVlitarnett Itlr.r ta aa
'rtland. thi fa-t la not delerrlna; Ihe
tolmmer In h.r plara.
TARlft. Poe. I. (Delayed In trn-
ml.mon; fpeclal cab!.) According to
Senator Ciemrnceao. Minister Vlvlanl
and Milleraod bav Informed th com
mltte of for 1 a affair that In no
rao will Franca ond more than 40.000
men to tho Balkan and tbat If more
aro needed they nuit b supplied by
M. Cl.menceau eipreaacd (rat aur
prl that only Franco and Britain were
represented at th recent war council
In Calais, whero supposedly Earl
Kitchener (are bis Impressions of the
Balkan situation. General Porror, rep.
reeentlns; Italy, and General GellnskL
representing Russia, remained In Tarls
and took part only In tho subsequent
council at General Joffre'a headquar
ters. Allleo la Dlaasreewaeaf.
IVsplto tho definite statements to
Ihe contrary made by Premier Briand
on ihe formation of tha new a-overn-ment.
the various allies hav by no
means reached a definite acreement re
rsrdlnc tho Balkans. Gustavo Here
write on this theme:
"Neither tho French nor the British
vovernment nor the Generals represent
In; the armies of the four great allies
se.m to bo screed oa tho Question of
(ttlontkl. In any cas. nothing baa
been revealed of what happened at
these two war councils. Our English
friends still commit tho error of not
sufficiently beading our special sen
sltlveness. which Is so different from
eotlmeot Metre Latlaa.
"We. who sentiment of honor Is
more developed than th sentiment of
interest, sre Incapable of accepting for
a alnala minute tho Idea of desert-
Ing the for bo oo long aa we can per
fectly well aid them. We are. perhaps.
Idiots, but w are made tbat way la
Franco and Italy. Wo must bo taken
aa we aro.
"It woatd be like cutting off our
arms and less and It would diminish
bv te per cent our confidence la the
Juetir of our causa If w war com
pelled to treat the Verba aa tb Urk
have trrat'd th.tn. To tell our English
friends the whole truth, they ehould
lav some hat to us tho direction of
tho army on Ihe Continent. Each
pepls ha It special aptitude, la a
,n Darii4aij h f'.,a 4. I olutnl . t
TntTCRrAT'lt Mailmom temperature.
d. srwe; mlalmum. .3 desr.
TODAT S rlr; olada moally eaatarly.
Ilfrm a m r-ti.nr.IInr Bat Carman t win r..
mo. first fo- peace, but I allliaa; iaa
ar shoald and. rasa I.
rre-ir. .111 i.f Hrttam bear brunt of Ba:.
kaaa campaign- Irasa 1.
Gorr.rnm.nt tarda to build battleships.
I ktarchant marina bill Bet to be lotrooucaxj
I uaiu afi.r first ef ar. Ia Z.
Not ts Austria Inajli all paaarns.r mo-i
b ave4 before aubmarlnea sink a team
era. l ata .
aator rhamberlaln would bealB military
training rlr. lc at.
rour army plana differ radically. Pace .
He-. lotion of rtor t'lark as Prldnt
pro i.m of Senate a:ap at Admlnisiratloa.
Mtai.rr. still ground, Ilntr JllnnMota,
Rallaay t'nloa dlrat.a arrlv lo hold ecrt
eoaveotton oa rtprtns; stiika Pace .
Vlreinia powder mill 'town burns; lose 1
t3.O0O.O0O. rsc s.
Itackey araana lo opn bar tonight Pae 1.
lalrhl.sn Auiri bid far Dr. E. J. 8teart
aa coach, l mtm 14.
Two .line all Blcht ta ssrainpcd launch.
Paper mill plan f3o.noo addition. Pace T.
Oreroa aiat tai la 11 will rale J 2. iJO.OOO.
rBrmera week at Cortrallla arranied. Par T.
fmiwn lal aa4 Marlao.
I'Buscal conditions In Psclflo Coast coffee
market. P 1.
Chinas wh.at w,ak oa bearish estimate of
EnflUh etork. Page 10.
Trading In Wall street limited to profession
al, rsse 19.
It. T tnman ta eleetrd head of Port Com-
ntiaaina upon retirement of President
Meats. Page la.
Conviction of rspialn Rntsrs at Astoria IB
tst - uphold Orcgoa pilot law.
Pertlaad aad Vlrlalty.
Puma ralsrs bid for Flrahorn road. Page 1.
Judges av.rt rue. and rlos buslneaa of -
eloa to b nt.rtln.4 today. Page .
Corn .hew wins warm commendation.
Llnnton boulevard assessment fuss In Coun
cil draca oo. Page S.
later! of f"oubm pacific In grant lands
declared only 12 M an acra psg 13.
Civil fi.rvic Roard score, water Bureau
official a Pag 9.
flovernor I pralaad by flax export. Page IS.
Prog-rsslv fttialiaaa Men' Club bears Sun
day-closing dsbai. Pag 11.
lltiia and chariHe lll gather relief bundle
today, i'ag a.
IJvaaiock at show sold at suction. Paga 11.
Pork demand fall off. rage .
Knfrlrs at chlrken show total CrOOrt. paga 3.
rilin. seised. I releaeed again. Pig, 1.
Oremn building at fair offered to Army.
O. M. Plcmmer easays role of major dorno
or trench.. pg a.
W.athrr report, data and forecast. Page IS
FOUR ARMY PLANS
Framing of Bill's- Is to
Begin Next Week.
UNIVERSAL SERVICE UNLIKELY
All Proposals Are for Sweep
STAFF DRAFT IS SECRET
President's Recommendation Id
Slodlflcation or M'ar College
l'lan Chamberlain Provides
for No Continental Force.
WOMAN WEDS DEAD MAN
W Idow's Pension to Be Ttccelred by
PARIS. Tmr. 9. The cuetom of mar
riage by prosy which has com Into
vogue during , th war ha placed a
young Parisian woman In a curious
situation. She was married by proxy
on November IT to Sergeant Joseph
Conduche. On December 1 she was In
formed officially that Sergeant Con
duche had been killed at Souchea on
September St. several weeks before the
Although the marriage Is Invalid In
law. th authorities, taking account of
Sergeant Conduche's Intentions, will
git a widow pension to the woman.
Arkansas Indorses AVI 1 won.
t.lTTl.K HOCK. Ark., Pee. . The
Democratic state central committee at
a meeting here today adopted a reso
lution Indorsing consideration of Pres
ident Wilson and expressing belief that
he should be renominated.
WASHINGTON. Dec . Congressional
military committees will be confronted
with four radically differing plans for
building up National defense as urged
by President Wilson when they settle
down next week: to the work of framing
Army measures to be presented to both
Aside from the Administration plan
outlined in the President's message, the
Senate and House committees will have
before them tentative schemes offered
by Senator Chamberlain and Repre
tentative Hay. their respective chair
men, and also the plan prepared at Sec
retary Garrison's direction by the War
College division of the Army General
Hay aad Chamberlain Differ.
From these four proposals will be
developed the solution of the problem,
as there is no Indication that serious
consideration will be given the univer
sal military service measures intro
duced by several Individual members
of each house.
Copies of the Chamberlain, and Hay
bills, which are designed for committee
consideration only and will not be in
troduced in either house, became avail
able today. They show wide divergence
both from each other and from the pla
advocated by President Wilson, which
itself was based on a considerable
modification. It Is understood, of the
War College plan. AH four plans pro
pose a sweeping reorganization of the
regular. Army from top to bottom and
creation of an adequate reserve for the
regular lines and the officers' reserve
Man Plan Not Public.
Th Chamberlain plan has little In
common with the Administration's pro
posals. It contains no mention of the
continental army scheme, which Is the
feature of the War Department pro
gramme, and proposes Instead practi
cally doubling the standing Army. The
Hay scheme Includes the continental
army proposal virtually aa presented
by President Wilson, though it does not
contemplate all of tho Increases In the
regular establishment also suggested
and would provide that the organized
militia receive pay from the Govern
ment on a scale of one-fourth- of the
pay of the regular Army.
Th War College plan has not been
FILM, SEIZED, IS
CKXSORS OBJECT TO SERPENTS
AND POLICE ACT.
Columbia Theater Photo-Play Con
fiscatedManager Secures Return
by Promising Corrections.
"Stolen Magic," a widely advertised
comedy on exhibition at the Columbia
Theater, at Sixth and Washington
streets, was confiscated during the
show last night by 'order of the local
board of censors. Tho seizure was due
to the management's alleged failure to
eliminate scenes showing snakes. The
film was taken to the nollco station
but later returned to the theater.
Manager Myrick explained that the
film was seized while he was away at
dinner, and while the operators were
eliminating the parts objected to. "It
was a difficult film to cut and took a
lot of time," ho explained. "I found no
one but the censors who wanted any
of it eliminated, but I had ordered it
The censors objected on the ground
that tho scenes in which the serpents
appeared would frighten children and
were not pleasant for delicate women.
Mrs. Harry Vorse and Mrs. H. Cole
man reviewed the show aa representa
tives of the board yesterday morning.
They told the theater management that
the scenes must bo cut out.
The censors allege that the show
opened at 10:30 A. M. with the objec
tionable scenes still in evidence. Mo
torcycle Patrolmen Gouldstone and
Crane were assigned to make the con
BURNS RAISES BID
$125,000 Promised for
Main Rail Line.
CHANGE DEPENDS ON COST
Engineers Ordered to Make
Survey and Estimates.
LINK TO MEET O.-W. R. & N.
Railroad Builder Believes Harrinian
Company Is Not to Extend as
l'ar as Originally Planned,
Which 1'act Helps Burns.
PRESIDENT GOES TO OHIO
Two Addresses to Be Made at Co
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9. President
Wilson left tonight for Columbus, O.,
where tomorrow he will deliver two
addresses and attend a reception at the
State Capitol building. He Is making
the trip on a special train.
Tho Presidents first speech, to be
delivered at a noon luncheon before
the Columbus Chamber of Commerce,
will be devoted to business. The other,
which he will make at night before the
Federal Council of Churches of Christ
in America, is expected to deal largely
with problems facing farmers.
FRUIT SCARCITY PREDICTED
Nurserymen Say Plum and Cherry
, Seedlings in Europe Cut orf.
KANSAS CITT, Mo., Dec. S. Plums
and cherries may become scarce In the
United States aa a result of the Euro
pean war, according to reports given
her tonight by speakers at the 2Gth
annual convention of the Western As
sociation of Nurserymen. Imports of
plum and cherry seedlings., grown
chiefly in Europe, have been cut off by
Tho association. It is said, represents
more than one-half of the nureery
business of the Nation.
CIVIL SERVICE LINE DRAWI
Reinstatement After Two Years'
Absence Forbidden Hereafter.
(Concluded on I'ag 3, Column 1.)
EXPORTS ARE $180.000,000
III Iteeoetl Are flrnkrn Daring No
vember In New York.
NEW PORK. !. Novmbr ex
port Utrouch thi port broke a'l rc-
rd by asceedlng It !.. In
Foodatuff. 14 by wheat, and eg-
ptoatve. mostly mekt powder, trl-Bitre-tul'aot.
cordlt and gun rot t or
formed a larg proportion of th ex
TB p-archa taer about equally
EACH PUTS FORTH THE DOVE AT THE BAYONET'S POINT.
4iM4 fc.ns:ii4 4 K(aa.. j
TT"T...... ., I
Reinstatements to the Municipal civ
service eligible lists are not to be con
sidered by the Civil Service Board here
after, if the applicant has been out
the service more than two years.
Under the present rules there la
limit. The members of the board have
decided that if a man has been out
longer than two years he has got ou
of touch with conditions and should
be required to take another examina
tion before getting an appointment.
PRISON SYSTEM REBUKED
Provision for Jail Inmates Said to
Be at Expnse of Deserving Poor
OLYMPIA, Wash., Dec. 9. (Special.)
Skagit County Commissioners are
taken to task, in a special report is
sued by the state bureau of inspection,
for adoption of the honor camp system
in working county prisoners.
"Many men need work," tho bureau
asserts, "and the additional money
spent on food, clothes and pay for
working prisoners might well be spent
on those who are not only needy, but
MOTOR VEHICLES SAVING
Month's Gasoline Bill 45
Horses' Keep $150.
The economy of motor-driven fire ap
paratus as compared with horse-drawn
machines is shown In a report made
yesterday by Fire Chief Dowel! to the
effect that the cost of gasoline for
I the machines at engine company No. 13
J j for last month amounted to 45 cents.
The macnuies iook ine juaces oi six
horses which would have cost $25 a
month each, or $150 for the six during
WILSON GOES TO DANIELS
Violation of Precedent Causes Ten
Minute Sensation In Capital.
WASHINGTON, Dec 9. Instead of
waiting for Secretary Daniels to visit
him at the White House for a confer
ence concerning tho building- of two
new battleships authorized by Congress,
President Wilson today strolled over
to the State, War and Navy building
through a flurry of snow and entered
tho Secretary's office unannounced.
There was a 10-mlnute sensation
throughout tho building -
Robert E. Strahorn, president of the
Oregon, California & Eastern Railway,
returned yesterday from a tour of East
ern and Central Oregon, which included
a visit to Burns, where he discussed
with leading citizens tentative plans
for including Burns on the main .line
of the network of railways that Mr.
Strahorn proposes to build in the state's
To demonstrate their interest and
their good faith In the project tho peo
ple of Burns and surrounding territory,
who already had promised to subscribe
$100,000 to the enterprise, agreed to
raise this sum to $125,000 or $150,000
providing the road can be built through
If. as now seems probable, the O.-W.
R. & N. Company ends its line now be
ing built westward from Vale, at Crane
Creek Gap instead of pushing it on to
Arden, as first proposed, it is possible
that the route of Mr. Strahorn's new
line can be changed to include Burns
on the main line.
0.-W. B. A N. Not Likely to Extend.
Mr. Strahorn also covered much ter
ritory in the eastern part of the state
and in Southern Idaho. He traveled
most of the time by automobile and
reports the roads at some places in bad
He reached Burns on Tuesday and on
the evening of the same day met a big-
group of citizens there. They discussed
the possibilities of meeting the desires
of the Burns people to become a part
of the interior railroad system.
'It seems to be settled now that the
Oregon Short Line or the O.-W. It. &
N. Company will not extend Its new
road west of Crane Creek Gap," said
Mr. Strahorn upon his return yester
It seems clear to me that if we are
to have any eastern connection for our
road we will have to extend the Ore
gon, California & Eastern farther than
we originally intended.
1 2.-,000 Subscription Proposed.
"Our original programme would leave
Burns about 25 miles north of the main
line. This, naturally, has been very dis
appointing to the Burns people and has
occasioned a number of conferences.
The people of Burns, in their eagerness
to have tho road built through that
city have expressed a willingness to
increase their proposed subscription to
the new road from $100,000 to $125,
000 or $150,000, If they could thus be
practically assured of being placed on
tho main line.
Mr. Strahorn was much encouraged
by the spirit and the enthusiasm dis
played by the people of Burns and the
Harney Valley. He has instructed en
gineers to run lines from Riley, a point
on the present main route, io xjurns
and thence southward and eastward
to Crane Creek Gap. connecting at this
latter place with the O.-W. R. & N.
Company's line now being built west
ward from Vale and Riverside.
Ckange Depends on Cost.
On the reports of the engineers Mr.
Strahorn will base his conclusions re
garding the construction through
If it is determined that the cost of
changing the route will not exceed
the additional eum that the people or
Burns propose to raise, llr. Strahorn
said he would be glad to make the
As a matter of fact, the route
through Burns would have some ad
vantages. It would be about is miles
shorter than th6 original route, but
would require some more difficult en
gineering and construction work.
'It seems to me, he commented. In
discussing the position of Burn3 in re
lation to the new development, "it is
a great pity that such a deserving lot
of business men and pioneers who
have worked so hard all these years
to build up such a substantial little
city as Burns and the country immed-
ately surrounding it should be threat
ened with the loss of a market, of their
business and their prestige as the lead-
ng city of the Harney Valley country.
It seems that this new line should be
made to serve Burns if it is at all
practicable to do so.
Proposed Road la But MIa!nj Link.
However, I want to make it plain
that we do not want to extend the
Oregon, California & Eastern eastward
ny further than the O.-W. R. & N.
Company wants to build westward. Our
urpose is only to connect up the ex
Also, in carrying out the pro
gramme that our meeting at Burns de-
eloped, it was made plain that the
Harney Valley thus will be fairly well
served until some time in the future
hen a north and south line is render
1 necessary by the development of
the country south of Harney and Mal