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VOL. LVI XO. 17,241.
PORTLAND, OREGON, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1916.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
GERMANS BRING IN
30-DAY TRUCE MADE
8Y WARRING TONGS
VIRTUE GOLD MINE
IN BAKER TO OPEN
BRITISH SEIZURE IS
TO BE PROTESTED
NEW BRITISH PRIZE
M LOIR RATES
STEAMER WESTBt'RX EXTEKS
FOUR-YEAR LEASE AT $500,000
OPTION IS RATIFIED.
WASHINGTON' GETS REPORT OF
ACTIOX OFF CHINA COAST.
CANARY ISLAND HAIJBOR.
If! VERDUN DRIVE
W IS FEARED
IN SHIP CRISIS
Army of 280,000 En
gaged in Violent Attack,
FIGHTING IN WEST INTENSE
Berlin Says 5000 Prisoners
' Have Been Taken in Neigh
v borhood of Woevre.
;LINE IN ALSACE BROKEN
French Say They Have Re
taken Part of Forest They
PARIS, Feb. 23. The battle of Ver
dun continues with growing intensity.
It extends over a front of 400 kilo
meters (25 miles), and seven German
army corps (280,000 men) are en
gaged. This announcement was mad
officially by the War Office tonight.
The official statement issued earlier
in the day made reference to the ener
getic bombardment being conducted in
that region, but referred to the infan
try activity as extending over a front
of 'only 15 kilometers (10 miles)
There was violent fighting at other
poVnts on the French front as well.
French Retake Part of Forest.
"The struggle," says the War Office
communication, "is continued with
violence against the right bank of the
Meuse toward the southeast. East o
this point a counter attack enabled us
to retake the greater part of the for
est of Causes, situated in 'the salient
occupied yesteYday by the enemy north
"A strong German attack on Herbe
forest was stopped by our curtain of
fire. According to statements of pris
oners, whole units were completely de
stroyed in the course of these actions.
A desultory artillery duel contin
ues in the region of Haute Charriere
and of Fromerey in Torraine. In the
region of Nomeny, our artillery has
been active. An enemy reconnaissance
north of Letricourt failed to reach our
Village Evacuated, Environs Held.
"In the Herbe forest we have evacu
ated the village of Haumont. We still
hold the environs after a bitter fight,
in which our troops Inflicted heavy
losses on the enemy."
BERLIN, via London, Feb. 23. An
nouncement of another important gain
in the offensive on the western front
was made by the War Office today.
The statement says that in Upper Al
sace the Germans captured a position
700 yards .wide and 400 yards deep.
The War Office also announced that
German forces had penetrated the op
posing lines for a distance of three
kilometers (two miles) in the northern
sector of the Woevre. It is said the
allies lost more than 3000 prisoners
and great quantities of material. The
official statement says:
"In the neighborhood of the
trenches captured by our troops Feb
ruary 21 to the east of Souchez the
positions of the enemy were consid
erably damaged by mining operations
The number pf prisoners taken here
was increased to 11 officers and 348
men. The booty consisted of three
Germans Report 3000 Prisoners.
"In the Maas hills artillery duels
continued with undiminished violence.
"East of. the Meuse River we at
tacked a position which the enemy has
been fortifying for one and a half
years with all means of fortress con
struction, in the neighborhood of the
village of Consenvoye, in order to
maintain an embarrassing effect on
our defense in the northern sector of
"The attack was delivered in a front
extending well over ten kilometers
(six miles) and we penetrated as far
as three kilometers into the enemy's
"Apart from considerable' sanguin
ary losses, the enemy lost more than
3000 men in prisoners and great quan
tities of material, the extent of which
cannot yet be estimated.
. "In Upper Alsace our attack east
of Heidwiler resulted in capturing an
enemy position extending over a width
of 700 meters and for a depth of 400
meters. About 80 prisoners were
Passcncers From Several Other
Vessels Are Aboard on Reach
ing Spanish Port.
LONDON'. Feb. 23. A dispatch re
ceived from Santa Cruz,' Teneriffe
(Canary Islands), says the British
steamer Westburn has out in there for
repairs flying the German flag and
with a prize crew of seven men and
one officer. The officer is believed to
belong to the German raider Moewe.
In addition to her own crew there are
206 passengers, taken from various
British vessels; on the Westburn. The
Westburn left Liverpool January 21 for
The prisoners on board came from
the British steamers Flamenco, Horace,
Clan McTavish and Cambridge, the
British bark Edinburgh and the Bel
gian steamer Luxembourg, all pre
The Westburn, after her departure
from Liverpool, was last reported as
pausing St. Vince,nt, Capo Verde, Feb
ruary 4. The Flamenco left Newport,
England, for Valparaiso, January 21,
and the- Horace left Buenos Ayres, Jan
uary 26, for Liverpool.- The Luxem
bourg, left Newport for Buenos Ayrs
January 18. The Edinburgh sailed from
Rangoon, India, September 22, for Liv
erpool. The Cambridge cannot be Iden
tified, but may be tho Corbridge.
The Canary Islands fcelong to Spain
and the port of Santa Cruz de Teneriffe
is one of tlte few fairly good harbors
of the group.
Several German merchantmen at
Santa Cruz were reported to be arming
themselves, it was presumed, for com
Peace Leaders Mediate
MURDER HONORS EVEN NOW
Armistice Bulletin Beings Joy
to Chinese Fearing Death.
GRAND JURY INVESTIGATES
Indictment for Murder of Hop Sin;
Member Wedncsdpy Morning Is
Expected Today Assassin Is
Sullen and Silent.
A. truce between the 'warring Port
land branches of the Hop Sing ana
Bing Kong-Bow Leong tongs was de
clared yesterday at 4 o'clock.
At the headquarters of the Chinese
Benevolent Association. Fourth and
Davis streets, on the third floor, rep
resentatlves and dignitaries of the
battling societies solemnly pledged
themselves and their clansmen to re
frain from war during the following
month. The meeting was held at the
instigation and under the direction of
the Chinese Peace Society.
Session Lasts Two Honrs.
,For two hours various phases of the
situation that has cost two lives and
disabled two other tongmen within the
past week were dlseussed by promi
nent members of the parties at strife.
In the end the advocates of harmony
gained their point.
Documents were prepared setting
forth the situation and naming the Hop
Sing and Bing Kong-Bow Leong tongs
as parties to the strife and pledging
both societies to the rigid maintenance
of a 30-days armistice.
To the paper so prepared Lee Way,
chief of the Portland Hop Sings, and
Time- Bonir. chief of the rival Bing
Kongs, with which the Bow Leong
tong is affiliated,.affixed their signa
tures and the seals' of their orders.
Pence Emissaries Happy.
Happy with the success of his ef
forts toward settlement. Mo Lee Tong.
New York Court Tukeft Jurisdiction vice-president of the Chinese Peace So
ciety of Portland, hurried with a proc
lamation of the truce to the bulletin
wall at Second and Oak streets.
NEW YORK. Feb. 23. An interlocu- Scores of Chinese gathered about me
tory decree of divorce was granted here I proclamation and read it with llvet
todav to Princess Evelyn Partrielare disDlav of interest and enthusiasm. To
Entralitcheff. daughter of Charles Ni I men who have walked with rear
GILLIES' FATE WITH JURY
Defense Insists State Failed to
Show Defendant "Got the Money."
OLYMPIA, Wash., Feb. 23. Argu
ments in the trial of John F. Gillies,
deposed claim agent of the Industrial
Insurance Commission, accused of
grand larceny in connection with the
industrial insurance frauds, were com
pleted and the case given to the jury
at 4:40 o'clock this afternoon. The
jury is composed of six men and six
Attorneys for the defense in their
closing argument laid most stress on
the assertion that the stats failed to
show that Gillies "got" the money."
in Case of Russians.
Partridge, of Chicago, in her suit
against Prince Nichol is Vladaovich En-
galitcheff, of Russia.
The case was the only one on record
in this country where there was a dis
pute as to whether the suit could be
tried here or in the courts of Russia.
The defendant contended his Russian
tizenship entitled him to a trial of
the issues in his own country.
CYCLONE DESTROYS TOWN
seven days or more the bulletin street
corner was a happy haven.
Two murders have been" committed
since the plans for peace were 'begun.
One Bow Leong died in St. Vincent's
Hospital of his wounds, received Mon
day. With swift vengeance came the
killing of a reputed Hop Sing early
The Peace Society, with true Oriental
blandnessv held to its original course
and produced results that the white
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Initial Expenditure f $50,000 to
Be Made In Preparing to Op-
erate Baker Property.
BAKER, Or.. Feb. 23. (Special.)
The Virtue mine, known as one of the
best producers in this vicinity, will
resume next Wednesday as a steady
gold producer, it was announced at
the close of a special meeting of the
stockholders of the Virtue Mines De
velopment Company today.
At the meeting ratification was
made of a four-year lease and option
on the property to George W. Fields
& Company, of Boston. The purchase
price named is J500,000 and the lease
is on a royalty basis of 17 per cent
of the gross receipts for the first two
years and 20 per cent for the last half
of the period covered. The contract
will go into effect March 1 and fail
ure to operate for any 6Q consecutive
days will automatically abrogate the
J. K. Komig, president of the Virtue
Mines Company, has been appointed
by the Fields' Interests as manager of
the mine and will have personal sup
ervision of the development work. The
initial expenditure to put the mine in
running , order will amount to $50,000.
During the past 15 years the mine
has been worked only spasmodically
and for the last three .years of that
time has been almost inactive. Since
1901 approximately 54C0.OO0 was taken
out, and the mine has a total yield,
through its entire history, of $3,000,-
nan ui diiipcJ .o
Left to ri ,.i?ttee.
CHAMBER BUREAU IS UNIT
SWEDEN ' WILL GET COAL
Britain Grants Trade Privilege
Exchange for Concessions.
LONDON, Feb. 23. Sweden will be
permitted to import larger supplies of
coal from Great Britain than hitherto
under a fresh arrangement 'with the
British government. In return, Sweden
has consented to the export of certain
articles, including pit props, to Great
Sweden also will transmit- goods for
R0SEBURG TRAIN RESUMED
Improved Business Warrants Local
Freight to Junction City
EUGENE, Or., Feb: 23. (Special.)
The Southern Pacific Company an
nounced today that a local freight train
would be put on between Junction City
and Roscburg. This train was discon
tinued several months ago on agcount
of business depression.
Improved conditions warrant the re
sumption of this service, it. is said.
Analytical Review of City's
Present Position Given.
NEW SUIT TO BE STARTED
Attitude Is That Portland's Advan
tageous Geographical Location
Should Be Recognized Now as
It Was in Original Case.
.s'.rest of Germans on American
( Vessel on High Seas to Be Hold
Violution of Territory.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 23. The Amer
ican Consul at Shanghai, China, today
submitted a partial report to the State
Department on the recent seizure of 38
Germans aboard the American steam
ship China by a British warship. The
report gave no details, but fixed the
location of the incident as "10 miles off
shore." Should it be established that the
seizures took place on the high seas,
as the Consul's report indicates, the
State Department is expected to protest
to Great Britain, reasserting its con
tention that persons on American ves
sels outside territorial waters are en
titled to the same protection that
would be due them on American ter
ritory. That principle was asserted in a pro
test to France recently, which effected
the release of Germans and Austrlans
seized by the French cruiser Descartes,
and has been maintained in several sim
CO-EDS PRESENT PAGEANT
BRITAIN SHORT OF DYES
Prices Soar and Vast Stocks of Tex
tiles Await Treatment.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23. Consular
dispatches received here today told
how Great Britain as well as the
United States,, is feeling the pinch of
Prices are soaring and vast quan
tities of goods are accumulating to be
yed, the reports said.
A committee of five representative
Portland business men will determine,
within the next few days, what will
bo Portland's future attitude on the
terminal rate situation.
The executive committee of the
Chamber of Commerce, transportation
bureau, at a special session at noon
yesterday authorized L. A. Lewis,
chairman of the bureau, to appoint
this committee. Three members are to
be selected from the membership of
the bureau and two from members of
the Chamber outside the bureau. Their
action, of course, will be subject to the
approval of the. Chamber directors.
Analytical Report Made.
At yesterday's meeting an analytical
report of the Interstate Commerce
Commission's recent ruling in the As
toria rate case was presented by J. H.
Lothrop, traffic manager for the
Chamber of Commerce. J. N. Teal, I
traffic attorney, supplemented Mr.
Lothrop's report by a brief discussion
of several phases of the case as they
apply particularly to Portland.
It seemed to be the universal sentl
ment of the men attending yesterday s
meeting that Portland should take
firm stand in defense of its advanta
gaous position at the foot of the wate
grade, that drains, the great interior
New Rate to Be Sought.
It was informally decided to bring
new suit before the Commission
seeking a rate for Portland lower than
the Puget Sound and the Astoria rate,
This action, it was agreed, should be
started at the earliest possible moment.
But whethee Portland should bring
action aiming to set .aside that part of
the Commission's recent decision that
applies to Portland was not deter
In support of the contention that
Portland should ask for lower-than
terminal rates, students of the situation
point out that Commissioner Clark, in
his decision on the original Astor
rate .case, laid down the principle that
Portland is entitled to lower rates than
Now the Commission, in its decision
of last week, has set aside this prin-
Fifty-Year Jubilee or Y". V.
Celebrated at Eugene.
Democrats Seek to Tie
Hands of President,
TENSION IN CONGRESS HIGH
Administration Fights Rcso-
lution Warning Americans
From Armed Vessels.
DAY FULL OF SURPRISES
Wilson Holds Repudiation of
Policy Would Hamper Dip
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, Eugene.
Feb. 23. (Special.) One hundred !
pretty co-eds today participated in an
historical pageant a featuro of the
Nation-wide Y. W. C. A. jubilee celebra
tion of the organization of tho associa
tion in 1866. The pageant was entitled
"Girls of Yesterday and Today," Miss
Juanita Wilkins, of Eugene, and Miss
Emma Wootton. of Astoria, typifying
the girls of 1S66 and 1916.
The pageant was presented before an
audience of university and townspeople
at the regular assembly hour of 10
$50,000 MADE FROM FARM
"Cnnrlurieri on Pase
Storm 'Apears to Have Been Gen
oral Over Central Alabama.
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Feb. 23.
Meager reports tonight from Brewton,
Ala., said a cyclone late today practi
cally demolished the village of Apple-
ton. 10 miles away.
Medical aid was called for from
Brewton, but the extent of injuries or
fatalities had not been reported.
The storm appeared to be general in
Central Alabama, extending from east
of Brewton, south of this city, to Clan-
ton, SO miles north. -
SEE WHO'S BACK FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE DEEP, DARK WOODS!
TWO MEN BLOWN TO ATOMS
No Trace of Bodies Found After
EMPORIUM, Ta.. Feb. 23. Jack la-
cum and Victor Sudderland, of Empori
um, were killed today when nitroglyc
erin in the gelatin house at 'the Em
porium Powder Mill of the Aetna Ex
plosive company exploded, I here were
no other ;nen in the building.
No trace of the bodies of the two-l
men were found. The explosion was
heard at Driftwood, nine miles away.
WEDDING PARTY DROWNS
Four Lost When Launch
Down in Alaska.
SEWARD. Alaska, 'Feb. 23. The
launch Mattie, carrying a wedding
party from Afognak to Kodlak foun
dered a few days ago and four persons
The dead were John Payjomem Jesse
Robins. Sarah Larson and Mrs. Oroloff.
The bady of Payjomen was washed
ashore on Wood Island, near Kodiak.
FULTON CAR TURNS OVER
Ten Passengers Cut and Bruised,
but None Seriously Hurt.
Fulton car 346. in charge of Gondii
or R. H. Crouty and Motorman W.
Miller, southbound, turned turtle at the
corner of Virginia and Nebraska
treets about 11 o'clock last night.
Of the 13 passengers on the car, 10
were cut and bruised, but none was
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Land Regarded as Worthless
Years Ago Is Developed.
EUGENE. Or., Feb. 23. (Special.)
Intelligent farming methods employed
on a ranch near here, -.which 12 years
ago was regarded as worthless and of
no soil value, resulted In a profit by
the owner, J. M. Wilson, of 150,000 in
the 12-year period, according to George
II. McMorran, of this city.
air. wuson bought the land on a
"shoestring," developed it, netted good
profits from his crops and is now well-to-do,
according to Mr. McMorran.
P0ST0FFICE PLANS HALTED
Change in Portland Building Means
New Delay of Several Weeks.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, Feb. 23. Because of modifica
tions which are deemed necessary,
plans for the Portland Postoffice build
ing have, been returned to Architect
Hobart at San Francisco.
The changes are not radical, but will
delay the advertisement for bids three
or four weeks.
British Deny Mutiny in Egypt.
AVASHINGTON, Feb. 23 The British
Embassy today issued a denial of a
report received here by wireless, from
Berlin that there had been a mutiny
of Indian tribes in Egypt.
I,TKST DKVKMIPMKM'S IN
ritiM ovi:n (.i ihhm n
Agitation suddenly develops In
Congress fur warning to Amer
icans to keep off Hrmed mer
chantmen of bclilKcrents.
Administration Insists on right
of Americans to travel on mer
chant vessels, as broad principle,
not to be abandoned.
Many democrats fHVor repu
diating Administration pulley If
Wilson known to believe
breaking off of relations with
Germany means wnr, but holds
Congress' action would embar
rass him In negotiations.
Republican Leader Munn In
sympathy with President's poj-i-tlon.
Administration leaders concen
trate effor's on preventing out
break of discussion tod.iy.
Senator Gore to offer resolu
tion refusing passports for voy
ages on belligerent vessels.
Wilson determined to insist on
settlement without prolonged
Only six days remain before.
German order to submarine com
manders becomes effective.
Tension In both bouses of Con
gress is keen.
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
YESTKR PAY'S Maximum temperature. 65
degrees; minimum, 43 degrees.
TODAY'S Fair; northeasterly winds.
Seven German army corps attacking Verdun
Page 1. . -v
Hermann take Urittsli prize into Canary
Island purt. Page- 1.
Representative Mr-Arthur proposes complete
revision of shipping laws hy experts.
Navy's needs and dangers to ho revealed
behind closed doors. I'aRC 1.
British artlon in arresting tlermans on
American vessel will be protested when
confirmed. Page 1.
Armed merchantman crisis acute In Con
gress; Wilson strives to prevent action
to warn Americans front sailing on bel
ligerent ..vessels. Pane 1.
New charges of legal trickery made against
Brandeis. Pago I.
Burton and Cummins officially In Presiden
tial race, Page 4.
New charge made by Chicago woman against
woman superior In office. Page- .1.
Connecticut Republicans favor Hughes,
Burton or ltoot for President. Foge 4.
Prince Mlsklnoff drops separation suit on
learning babv is foundling. Page 3.
James John High School defeats Franklin
at basketball. Page 14.
M Delmar Baker praises Wlllc and Harstad.
Page J 4.
Frank Moi-an confident of victory, rage 14.
state fair racing programme arranged.
Baker gold producer is leased for steady
operation. Page 1. V
I T Sichler arrested as prime mover In
Seattle blackmail syndicate. Page u.
Commercial and Marine.
Wool contracting starts in Kastern Oregon.
"Wheat slumps at Chicago on weakness at
Winnipeg and Liverpool. Page 10.
Wall street stock dealings smallest in
months. Page 10.
Negotiations for sale of gasoline schooner
Anvil pend. . Pago 18.
Portland and Vicinity.
Warring Chinose tongs agree to 30-day truce.
Representatives of great lumber interests
meet here. Page u.
Portland to fight for lower freight rate.
Fish Warden Kelly quits because of fric
tion with Commission. Page 7.
Intent to wreck Union Pacific Life, charge
in reply to suit. Pag 18.
Opera benefit for Baby Home is tonight.
Auditorium contract is let to Hans Pedersoo,
oespite protests, page zu.
Chamber npproves plans for new bureau of
jmbliu ugoauuiy and eUKK-ncj, lags 2.
WASHINGTON, Feb. iX Agita
tion in Congress for action warning
Americans off armed ships of the
European belligerents suddenly grew
to such proportions today that Demo
crats of the foreign affairs commit
tee voted to canvass the sentiment of
the House on several pending resolu
tions of that nature.
Sentiment in tho Senate in favor of
somj such action also was expressed
openly, but at the end of n day of
surprises, tension and agitation such
as has not been seen in Congress in
some time, the word came that Presi
dent Wilson still was unalterably op
posed to amy such action by Congress,
and that he would only be embarrassed
thereby in the negotiations with Ger
many. Final Position Undetermined.
Suggestions were widely circulated
that the situation had reached a poii-.t
where the President noon would lay it
before Congress, that Secretary Lan
sing might in some way define the at
titude of the Government in a com
munication to Senator Stone, and that
a time had been fixed within which
the United States would expect Ger
many to signify her intention to aban
don the announced intention to sink
armed merchant ships without warn
ing. In reply the uniform statement was
made officially that nothing had been
determined upon; that the situation,
though grave, still was a waiting one,
and that no final position would be
announced until Berlin was heard
Leaders Are Apprehensive.
The sudden development at the
Capitol brought surprise and appre
hension to the Administration lead
ers. While confronted with the pos
sibility of Congressional interference,
with all its grave aspects, ranging
from a' defection from the Adminis
tration policy to downright embarrass
ment of the President and the Secre
tary of State, the leaders were confi
dent they would control the situation
and leave tje executive branch of the
Government free to carry on diplo
matic negotiations with Germany.
At no time today did the question
come out openly on the floor of either
the House or the Senate, but about a
score of members who announced they
were in favor of warning Americans,
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