Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, February 25, 1916, Image 1

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President Says Rights of
Citizens Are Clear.
Deliberate Violation of Posi
tion of America Not to .
Be Tolerated.
Other Humiliations, Declares
President, Will Follow if
. Expediency Rules.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24. Presi
dent Wilson, at the end of two days of
agitation in Congress for action warn
ing Americans off armed merchant
men, wrote a letter tonight to Sena
tor Stone, chairman of the Senate for
eign relations committee, saying that
he could not consent to the abridge
ment of the rights of American citi
, zens in any respect.
"The honor and self-respect of the
Nation are involved," he said. "We
covet peace and shall preserve it at
any cost but the loss of honor."
!' Humiliation to Be Avoided.
'' He added:
"To forbid our people to exercise
' their rights for fear we might be
called upon to vindicate them would
( be a deep humiliation, indeed."
' The President also pointed out that
"once accept a single abatement of
right and many other humiliations
would certainly follow."
The President expressed hope that
' explanations of the declared inten
tions of the central powers of Europe
to sink all armed merchant ships with
out warning put a different aspect on
a situation which now seemed to pre-
i sent insuperable obstacles.
Germany's Faith Not Questioned.
"We have had no reason to ques-
j tion their good faith or their fidelity
to their promises in the past," he
added, "and I, for one, feel confident
that we shall have none in the fu
ture." The letter was in answer to one
written late this afternoon by Sena
tor Stone outlining the situation ex
isting at the Capitol, where, since yes
' terday morning, persistent demands
had been made for some action which
might lessen the possibility of war be
tween the United States and Germany.
The President's statement will be
repeated tomorrow morning to Speak-
er Clark, Representative Kitchin, ma-
jority leader, and Representative
) Flood, chairman of the House foreign
' affairs committee, w"ho late today
asked for an engagement in order to
explain the position in which the
. House found itself and ask the Presi
dent for a statement of the Adminis
'. tration's views.
The President's letter follows:
I "February 24, 1916. My Dear Serta-
1 tor: I very warmly appreciate your
kind and frank letter of today and
' feel that it calls for an equally frank
y President Does Not Want War.
"You are right in assuming that I
, shall do everything in my power to
keep the United States out of war. I
think the country will feel no uneasi-
' ness about my course in that respect.
) Through many anxious months I have
cirivon 4nr nfriiprfr nmirlst dif
ficulties more manifold than can have
been apparent upon the surface, and
so far I have succeeded. I do not
doubt that I shall continue to succeed.
"The course which the central Eu
ropean powers have announced their
intention of following in the future
with regard to undersea warfare
seems for the moment to threaten in
superable obstacles, but its apparent
meaning is so manifestly inconsistent
jvith explicit assurances recently
I given us by those powers with regard
I to their treatment of merchant vessels
on the high seas that I must believe
that explanations will presently en
sue which will put a different aspect
on it.
"We have no reason to ques'tion
Child on Way to Practice for Church
Entertainment Is Run Down by
Slowly-Moving Vehicle.
Esther Gibson, aged 14, was run
down and instantly killed by a heavily-
loaded auto-truck at the intersection of
Williams avenue and Fargo street, at 4
o'clock yesterday afternoon. The truck,
operated by the Alberta Fuel Company,
was driven by the owner and manager.
M. Weiser. of 825 Alberta street.
Mr. Weiser, at police headquarters,
said his view of the street corner was
obstructed by telephone posts and
until the girl was struck he did not
observe her. He turned the truck
quickly, but the hind wheel passed
ove." her shoulders and neck. The
truck was going no faster than six
miles per hour, says the driver.
The mother, Mrs. John Gibson, of
681 Rodney avenue, is overcome with
grief. '
The little girl had left home only a
few minutes before the accident, to at
tend a programme rehearsal at a neigh
boring church.
The testimony of witnesses tends to
exonerate Mr. Weiser of blame for the
accident. Mr. Weiser was permitted to
return to his home.
Because of the death of Miss Gibson,
the entertainment, which was to have
been given tonight at the Central
Methodist Episcopal Church by the
Queen Esther Circle, and in which she
was to have participated, has been
postponed. -
Funeral Is Halted While 14-Months-Old
Boy Is Carried Home.
Nick Falotio, the 14-months-old son
of Mr. and Mrs. Rocco Falotio, 615
Fourth street, was possibly fatally in
jured by being struck by Finley &
Sons' Tiearse during- a funeral yester
day afternoon. The funeral party
stopped while the child was taken home
and a physician summoned, and then
went on to Riverview Cemetery.
The child was sitting in front of his
home near Fourth and Sheridan streets
when the funeral party approached.
He jumped up and ran out into the
road, evidently Intending to cross the
.street. He fell and the front -wheel
of the hearse struck the child's chest,
crushing several ribs. The child was
taken to St. Vincent's Hospital. Th
hearse -was driven by D. D. Parks and
stopped within six feet. Dr. H. F.
Leonard was summoned by W. W.
Johns, a member of'Finley & Sons, and
the baby was hurried to the hospital.
Injured Workman Declines state
Compensation for Sunday.
OLYMPIA, Wash.. Feb. 24. (Special.)
The State Industrial Insurance Com
mission recently allowed George Har
vey Moore $5.73 for four days' loss of
time on account of injury. Moore is a
lineman employed by the Pacific States
Telephone & Telegraph Company at
Yesterday the Insurance Commission
received back its voucher unsigned, ac
companied by a letter from Moore ex
plaining that one of the days allowed
as time lost was Sunday, when he
wouldn't have been employed anyhow.
He desired the allowance reduced to
three days, a decrease of J 1.25 in his
cash benefit.
Aberdeen riant Booked Up With
Foreign Lumber Orders.
ABERDEEN", Wash., Feb. 24. (Spe
cial.) That the Wilson Brothers' mill
will operate day and night here after
March 1, was the announcement of
Manager John Wilson today. He said
orders from South America and Aus
tralia were piling up fast and that the
mill had made arrangements for ton
nage in which to transport these. The
night shift will employ 100 additional
Mr. Wilson intimated that the steam
er Columbia would be restored to the
Aberdeen-San Francisco trade.
Black Hand Letters Followed by Re
tirement From Strike Case.
CLEVELAND, Feb. 24. Black hand
threats caused Judge John H. Clarke,
presiding in United States District
Court here today, to withdraw from
the trial of cases of four men charged
with destroying the postoffice at East
Youngstown during the recent strike
riots there. The cases were postponed
until Monday.
The threat was in the form of a letter
sent to the owners of the Youngstown
.Vindicator at Youngstown, in which
Judge Clarke is a large stockholder.
British Ministers to Accept Part
Paper, for Economy.
LONDON. Feb. 24. In response to
agitation by the newspapers urging the
Ministers to set the country an example
of economy, preferably by accepting re
duction in their salaries, it is announced
the Ministers have agreed for the fu
ture to accept one quarter of their
salaries in the form of five per cent
exchequer bonds.
It is expected the whole body of the
civil servants will be invited to accept
portion of their salaries in a similar
Washington Looks for
Announcement Soon.
Ex-Senator Feels Strongly on
Foreign Policy.
Weakness of Country's Present At
titude Deplored and Colonel Re
garded as Man Fitted to
Voice Nation's Ideals.
(Washington Correspondent of the Chi
cago Evening Post.)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24. (Special.)
Many Republicans here believe strongly
that Elihu Root is preparing to make at
an early date a public declaration in
favor of Theodore Roosevelt for the Re
publican nomination for President.
Before Mr. Root made his speech in
New York outlining the policies in
whin he believes, there were rumors in
Washington that the ex-Secretary of
State eventually would be found in the
ranks of his former chief.
There were some things known which
have not been made public, but it is
enough perhaps to say that there were
"solid reasons" why the word should
go out that the New York lawyer in
tended to say things which would ad
vance the cause of Americanism. Colo
nel Roosevelt's friends maintain this
necessity would advance the cause of
Washington Hu Eyes on Xnr York.
Washington is watching New York
Just at the present moment with a good.
deal of interest. There are some fac
tional differences in the Republican
party in the Empire State and if Elihu
Root, as he may, pronounces before
long for Colonel Roosevelt, there will
be more trouble, but it will affect only
the Barnes element which, however, big
as it is today, will be much smaller im
mediately following a Root pronounce
ment. Republican Senators and Repre
sentatives in looking over the political
field have noted what has been fully
said concerning the distaste In the Mid
dle West and the West for any assump
tion by the Republicans of New York
that they are entitled to the leader
ship in the party.
Several Republican leaders here have
their views on this matter and have
not been unwilling to disclose them.
It seems that the feeling among the
Republicans in the House and Senate
is that the party in New York is not
entitled to take the leadership on or
dinary , occasions because generally
what New York wants is antagonistic
to that which the Progressive-minded
Republicans of the West want.
Feeling Toward New York Changes.
Today, however, the Republicans
here say that things are different, that
the party in New York has taken the
leadership this year because it has
based it on issues which must be ac
ceptable to the party all through the
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Passengers on Cars Left Standins
Hear Explosion Soon After.
Flagman Is Made Target.
SEATTLE, Feb. 24. The Northern
Pacific eastbound North Coast Limited,
train No. 2, was held up at 8:45 o'clock
tonight a mile and a half east of Cov
ington, 25 miles east of Seattle. The
robbers uncoupled the baggage and
mail cars and compelled the engine
crew to haul the two cars up the track
into the mountain forest.
Automobiles filled with deputy Sher
iffs were dispatched from Seattle to
apprehend the robbers. At 10 o'clock
tonight the Northern Pacific officers
here had not been informed concerning
the action of the robbers aftey they
disappeared with the baggage and mail
A short time after the engine and
baggage and mail cars disappeared
passengers in the cars left standing on
the track heard an explosion. It was
supposed the robbers dynamited the ex
press safe.
The flagman who reported the holdup
from Covington said that the robbers
fired several shots at him as he ran
down the track to give the alarm, but
he escaped uninjured. The flagman
ran back to Covington as soon as 'he
learned the robbers' purpose and was
unable to give details of the robbery.
Adjutant-General White inspects
Artillery at Roseburg.
ROSRRITRG. Or.. Feb. 24. (Special.)
That high school boys 18 years old
are taking a great interest in military
affairs throughout Oregon and had
aided materially in increasing the en
rollment of the National Guard, was
the assertion made by Adjutant-Gen
eral George A. White, of portiana, in
an address before the pupils of the
Roseburg schools here today.
"While the United States is not a
wurrinir Nation." said General Whte. "it
is a matter of defense to have a strong
force ready to withstand the invader.
Ha believes the preparedness pro
gramme will be" in operation here by
Seattle Men Buy Lumber Plant on
Vancnuvor Island, B. C.
SEATTLE, Wash., Feb. 24. H. A.
Dent and A. W. Milroi, Seattle lumber
men, today purchased the Canadian Pa
cific lumber-mill and 25,000,000 feet
of fir and cedar timber at Port Al
berni, on Vancouver Island. B. C. The
mill, which has been idle for 18
months, will be operated with 200 men
on or before March 10.
The plant will cut from 100,000 to
200,000 feet of lumber a day and will
be kept running to its full capacity.
Return Home Will Be Made by Way
of Trinidad.
BARBADOS. B. W. I.. Feb. 24.
Colonel Theodore Roosevelt and Mrs.
Roosevelt arrived here today and pro
ceeded to Demerara, British Guiana.
Thv will e-o from Demerara to Trini.
rinH where thev will take a steamer
direct to New York. Both Colonei
Roosevelt and Mrs. Roosevelt are in
good health.
Lumbermen Seek to
Avoid I o-3.
Co-operation Between Manu
facturer and Retailer Urged.
Standardizing of Product and Sta
bilizing of Market Declared Re
forms Most Needed In Trade.
Points Made by Speakers.
The crystallization of a meeting of
the trustees of the West Coast Lumber
Manufacturers, held yesterday morn
ing in connection with the conference
of both retail lumber dealers and man
ufacturers in three days' session at the
Chamber of Commerce, was the offer
ing of a resolution to the members at
tending the afternoon session, praying
the Interstate Commerce Commission
to relieve the car shortage that was
making the"distribution of lumber and
fuel almost an impossibility.
The inability of shippers to obtain
bottoms, thus tying up cars at seaport
terminals, is the reason given for the
car shortage.
Deliveries to Be Slow.
It was the statement of men repre
sentative of manufacturing interests
yesterday that orders should be placed
now for deliveries many weeks hence,
as the car shortage was of such mag
nitude that immediate delivery was
The danger of lumber manufacturing
plants losing a large per cent ot their
profit by inability to get the means of
transportation to make deliveries, ac
cording to the natural laws of distri
bution, was emphasized in the conclud.
ing remarks made by George Cornwall
editor of the Timberman. at the close
of yesterday's sessions.
He asserted that it was a fact there
were many hundreds. cars wafting
to be unloaded at vialveston, that Cali
fornia had a shortage of 2000 and that
other seaport terminals were affected
Resolution Is Presented.
The following resolution was pre
sented at the conclusion of Mr. Corn
wall's speech:
"To the Interstate Commer.ce Com
mission, Washington, D. C:
"Members or the West Coast Lumber
Manufacturing Association, the West
ern Pine Manufacturing Association,
the California Redwood Association,
engaged in the manufacture of lumber
and the products of lumber in the states
of Oregon, Washington and California,
and the Western Retail Lumbermen's
Association, doing business west of the
Rocky Mountains, respectfully repre
sent that for years the industry has
been laboring under a severe depres
sion, and but recently has begun to re
vive under an increased demand.
"It is now, however, confronted with
a condition that, unless relief is speed
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HAS $8,500,000 CARGO.
Anonymous Threat Received That
Germans Would Destroy lllue
Funnel Liner Talthybius.
SEATTLE. Wash.. Feb. 24. When
the big British steamer Talthybius, of
the Blue Funnel line, docked at the
Smith Cove terminal tonight every ap
proach to the wharf was closely
guarded by policemen and special
watchmen employed as the result of
an anonymous threat tha,t the liner's
$8,500,000 cargo had been marked for
destruction by alleged German spies.
The Talthybius brought 6000 tons of
rubber, worth $5,000,000; silk worth
$1,000,000 and other Oriental products
valued at $2,500,000. The rubber was
shipped from Singapore and will be
rushed by rail to the East for use in
American automobile and tire factories.
Owners of waterfront property, al
though skeptical of the authenticity of
the warning sent to Fire Marshal Harry
Bringhurst, have placed guards about
their warehouses as a precautionary
measure. Several months ago pier 11,
which was used by the Blue Funnel
fleet, was destroyed by fire, believed
to have been of incendiary origin, and
from time to time there have been
vague threats that other piers used for
the shipment of war munitions to Rus
sia would be destroyed.
ETfort After Heart railuro Attiifk
Fatal to Olympla Resident.
OLYMPIA. Wash., Feb. 24? (Spe
cial.) Confident that he had entirely
recovered from an attack of heart fail
ure. Albert E. Stanford stooped over to
wash his hands in preparing for lunch,
eon with his family at home here today.
He sank to the floor and died in a few
Mr. Stanford was 67 years old and
had served the Northern raclfic as
agent at Olympia for 23 years. He
had worked two years in Portland prior
to coming here, was a member of the
Episcopal Church and the Elks.
' He was born near Rome, N. V., and
had been a railroad man all his busi
ness life. He leaves a widow, one son
and two daughters.
Street Railway Owl Patronaue Has
Decreased I'ndcr Prohibition.
Another effect of prohibition has been
revealed through the statistical bureau
of the Portland Railway, Light & Pow
er Company, which shows that the
number of nocturnal passengers on the
street railway lines has been material
ly reduced since the first of the year.
The figures show that patronage of
the owl cars has fallen off approximate
ly 20 per cent since prohibition has
been in effect. Officials of the company
attribute it entirely to the new condi
Important Bank at Essen la Ms.
LONDON, Feb. 2 4. A dispatch to
the I'-iXcliangc telegraph Company from
7ii.tfh cava- "TH-a fulln.. f 1....
portant bank at Essen, Germany, is an
nounced. It is believed that many of
me men 111 me niuip wurivs nave JUKI
meir a.vniKs.
The Weather.
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, oti
degrees; minimum, 37 degrees.
TODAY'S Fair; easterly winds.
Germans drivinir French back In vicinity
of Verdun. Page -1.
Brandeis recused of evasive practices as
lawyer. Page 'A.
Senate refuses to tax power development
on navlganic streams. Page o.
Houston suggests amendments to land grant
bill. Page 3.
Pacific fleet could be defeated by one bat
tleship, says commander. Page 1.
President Wilson not to forbid travel ou
- high seas. Vage 1.
Text of Senator Stone's letter to President.
Page .".
Federal tax on power rejected. Pago 4.
Root expeetetl tn announce support of
Roosevelt for President. Page 1.
Prluco Mfslvinoff'tt suit to end today. Pago .!.
Suffragists plan campaign before National
conventions. Page -.
Dr. J. Grant Lyman believed caught In
Florida, Page 4.
Washington offers to meet Washington
State at football In seuttle Thanksgiving
day. pane 11.
Walter Miller refuses to risk his llf.oo
championship belt In match with O'Con-
ncll. Page 14.
Final league hockey game to bo played
here tcriight. Pago 14.
Football rules ei.niniltteo may require that
players be numbered. Page X't.
Pacific Northwest.'
British treasure rhlp. threatened, guarded
at dock In Seattle. Pago 1.
Big Xorthwest dairy conference opens at
Spokane Pao 7.
Munition train a'. Tacoma is attacked; two
Austriana arrested. Page 7.
Northwest 1c unit In Congress for Columbia
naval base. i'ago 0.
Northern Pacific train held up near Seat
tle; robbers lake three cars Into forest,
i'ago 1.
Seattle Montenegrin runs amuck and stabs
six citizen. Page J.
Commercial and Marine.
Flour prices lo-.ver owlhg to decline In
wheat. Pajje I'..
Cnicago slumps on unverified rumor
of trouble with Germany. rage i-j.
All stocks weak, on selling, due to complex
international situation. i-age m.
Ideas differ on proposed harbor lino exten
sion. Page 18.
Pacific Mail 'to create new fleet of fivo
steamers. . Page IS.
Portlaud and Vicinity.
Lumbermen ask Federal aid in providing
car relief. .Page 1.
Esther Gibson, 14, is instantly killed by auto
truck. Page 1.
Big Summer military camp near Portland
proposed. Pago JS.
New attack is made on life Insurance tock
sale. Page II.
Ladles at Grand Army party wear gowns of
istw. Page 8.
Anny man declares war within 10 years
seems inevitable, rage 8. j
Hop Sing tons displeased, but accepts
truce. Pago S. i
Threat Is Made to Kill
All Germans in Sight.
Dirty Knife Used and Danger
of Infection Grave. ,
While Death to Teutons Is Italtlit
Cry, Vietims Arc All Neutral r
Pro-Ally Assailant, Owr
' powered, Refuses to Talk. ,
SEATTLE. 'Wash.. Feb. 21. f Special.)
With a threut to kill every Herman
in sight. George Yakich. :I3 years old.
a Montenegrin, ran amuck in a crowd
at Second avenue and I'nion hlrtit
shortly before 2 o'clock today ami
stabbed six persons one of whom Is
seriously wounded.
The nianluc wits overpowered by Pa
trolman li. K. rtltodcau and taken to
police headquarters. The victims arc:
n. M. Domer, :!0 years old. who lives
at the Hazelton Court, stabbed 111 the
back of the head. Tho cut extendi d
through the mouth and almost severed
the common carotid artery, Dinner
condition is critical.
Frank Wattle. 1S1I Terry street,
stabbed in the back of neck; nut se
rious. Walter Taber. S:i years old, :!4ll
North Thirty-ninth street, slabbed hi -hind
Louis Coberg, 3 4 years old. 1S2I Six
tieth avenue South, stabbed In the back.
J. M. Peterson, of the Standard Hotel,
stabbed in the back of the neck.
I u fret Ion la Km red.
Carl Krickaon, manager of the Spear
Creek Mining Company of Dawson, who
is visiting Peterson and Mopping at
the Standard Hotel, slashed in t tic back
of the neck. The bludu was dirty and
physicians say the wounds of the vic
tims may become infected.
At the City Jail Vaklch refused to
talk. His sanity will bo examined.
The "war college" was In usual dis
cussion when Yakich suddenly turned
away and, according to E. H. l.angdoii,
2232 Harvard avenue North, muttered
In a low tone. Yakich said:
"I'm going to kill every (lermuii
Ceberg. the first victim, was leading
the war bulletins when Yakich drove
the knife blade into his back.
I)ulor Snvea Man'a l.lfe.
Yakich turned to Homer and Jabbed
the knife blade into his head. Domer
fell against the curb and was picked
up in a semi-conscious condition and
carried to tho office of It. E. C. Ne
ville, who prevented the man from
bleeding to death by taking li stitches
in Ills head.
The maniac tried to slab K. l-idwards,
Domer's brother-in-law, who ducked
and escaped. Yakich next drove tho
knife into Krlckson's neck and repeal
ed on J. M. Peterson.
Darting about tho crowd to escape
interference, Yakich attacked Wattle
and stabbed him In tho neck. Tim last
victim was Taber. Traffic Policeman
Bilodeau ran to the crowd and seized
Yakich, who made a swing at hini with
his knife.
The policeman grappled, finally tear
ing the weapon from hla hands and
handcuffing him.
.Mother Finds liuhy Dead Avlien She
Imestiffutcs Long sleep.
IHIYAD. Wash., Feb. 1'4. (Special l
Mrs. James Howard, of Doty, found
her little daughter dead yesterday
morning from injuries sustained tho
night beforo when the child fell from
her bed. Since tho baby had not com
plained of tho fall, the injuries were
not thought to bo serious.
Yesterday the mother noticed tho
child was sleeping unusually long and,
on investigation, found her dead.
Friendly Opponent In School Sp;tr
ring Match Frostriite.
CINCINNATI. Feb. 2!. During
friendly sparrlne; bout between Will
iam Hildebrandt and August Nalsel.
both 14 years of a,;e, at tile Thirteenth
District School here, HiVlebrandt was
struck on the Jaw. He did a f e .v min
ute's later. r
The Nalsel if grief was so Kient
that he was i d in the t are of a
physician. M '
Field Guns and KiflcH of I'lirduei
rudets Destroyed.
LAFAYETTE. Ind., F-b. 24. The
three-inch field gimn of Unttery II of
Purdue Tniversity, 1200 Krag rifles and
7u00 rounds of ammunition of the Pur
due Cadet Corps were destroyed by fire,
at a loss of $20,000 when tho Purdue
Armory burned here today.
The cause of tho fire has not been determined.
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form of exchequer or war bonds. i