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VOL. LVI NO. 17,310.
PORTLAND, OREGON, MONDAY, MAY 15, 1916
PRICK FIVE CENTS.
FARMER KILLED ON
FRANCE WANTS FOE
TO ASK FOR PEACE
FIRST MOTOR TRIP
SHIP IS MYSTERY
HOPE OH DEADLOCK
SHOWN IN TRADE
RKLATIVES INJURED WHEN CAR
DISASTER OFF GRAYS HARBOR
RE SAYS NATION WANTS
PLUNGES OFF BRIDGE.
INDICATED BY DRIFT.
..O OIT Ki: FROM CiERMANV.
Food Situation Makes
ANOTHER CRISIS PREDICTED
Renewal of "Sink on Sight"
Method Is Probable-
LANSING IS CRITICISED
Berlin Thinks Administration, if Ac
tuated by Humanitarian Mo
v ttves, "Will Insist That Allies
ET JOHN CALLAN O'lAUGHLIN.
WASHINGTON. May 14. (Special.)
The submarine question with Germany
Is not finally settled, in spite of recent
assurances of the Berlin government.
This is the. conviction ii diplomatic
Washington, based on advices received
here regarding the views prevailing
among officials of the German govern
men t. It is predicted that not much
time will elapse before another crisis
occurs as a result of operations by
German submarines which this Gov
ernment may hold to be In violation
of the pledges made.
German Opinion Ptcbhu.
There Is not the slightest doubt that
Germany desires to remain at peace
with the United States. Also there is
not the slightest doubt also that the
food situation within the empire, which
has become serious, is creating public
opinion that Is bound to influence the
policy of the Berlin government.
A painful impression was created in
German circles by the declarations of
Secretary Lansing that the Administra
tion would not take, steps to force the
lifting of the allied blockade of the
Teutonic powers on the threat of Ger
many that unless - such - -action were
taken there would be a reversion to the
"sink on sight" methods. It has been
pointed out that In his ultimatum of
April IS President Wilson sought to
speak not only for the United States
' ahd other neutral nations, but for non
combatants of the allied states.
Wilson Severely Criticised.
Germany now desires that Mr. Lan
sing shall speak for her non-combatants
as well as those of Austria-Hungary,
Bulgaria and Turkey. Germany
regards it just as inhumane to starve
men, women and children as for such
persons to be drowned on the high
seas. If the President is the humani
tarian he asserts he Is, Germany con
tends, theu she asks why does he not
act as strongly in opposition to the
policy of the allies, which is designed
to bring her to her knees by starving
her non-fighting population?
The suggestion has been made, and
doubtless has received consideration in
Berlin, that after a time, and when
convinced the United States has not
acted against the allies, Germany shall
notify this Government that she is pre
pared to continue her humane policy
. against all ships carrying Americans
as passengers or among the crew, but
that she reserves the right to destroy
on sight any freighter which flies an
enemy flag and which is manned by an
Grave Portent Seen.
Trobably Germany will pursue this
policy in any event. The grave danger
of such a notice, however, lies in the
fact that an American may be on
ship so destroyed. The notice in such
case would have the effect of strength
ening the case against the German gov
ernment and forcing the President to
the extreme step he threatened rup
ture of diplomatic relations.
A pleasing indication of Germany's
purpose to preserve peace with this
country is found by the officials In the
rumors emanating from Berlin that the
commander of the submarine which
torpedoed the Sussex has received
real punishment for his violation of
the Admiralty's instructions.- It is ex
pected thnt by tomorrow or Tuesday
Ambassador Gerard will report to the
rotate "Department the exact penalty
Real Punishment Desired.
Should this be merely a reprimand
undoubtedly the President will direct
'that a protest he lodged. What is de
sired by the Administration is that the
officer be punished so severely that the
lessor will be driven home to every
submarine commander. From the be
ginning this Government has taken the
view that the destroyer of the Sussex
should be executed. There is not the
slightest ground for believing that any
such penalty has been or will be vis
ilea upon mm. But nt least, it is ar
gued, he should be dismissed from the
naval service and not permitted to re
Fume arms in defense of his countrv.
So far as to violations of interna
tionai law by the allies are concerned
when the Administration Is satisfied
that the modification of the German
submarine policy Is permanent, vigor
ous representations will be made t
Great Britain and France to force them
to abandon the kind of blockade they
are maintaining. The recent reply o
these governments to the protest sub
nmtea last ran does not in any way
meet the views of the United States.
It may be expected that the commun
cation to be sent will be coached 1
. emphatic language and will close with
iConciuUed, uu Fatfo 3, Column 3.
Infant, Missing After Accident, Is
i'ound, Absolutely Unhurt, Under
Log "Where It Had Rolled.
ALBANY. Or., May 14. (Special.)
Clarence Koon, 50, a farmer residing
two miles north of Junction City, was
instantly killed when he drove his auto,
containing Ave other persons, through
the rait cf a small bridge and plunged
24 feet to the ground, about two miles
from Peoria, Or., about 10 o'clock this
It was Mr. Koon's first attempt to
make a road trip. His wife was seri
ously injured. His sort and the latter's
wife received minor Injuries, and their
two small children escaped. The young
est, an infant of but a few months,
could not be found for some time after
the accident. Finally, it was located.
absolutely unhurt, where it had rolled
under the edge of a log.
Two men at a nearby farmhouse saw
the car come down a small hill and go
through the rail at about the center
of the bridge spanning a dry gulch.
They ran to give assistance. Mr. Koon
was found to have had his neck broken.
The car had fallen on Its side.
The Injured were taken to local hos
pitals. The wife of the elder Mr. Koon
Is believed injured internally, but had
no broken bones.
Coroner F"ortmille,r and Dr. Davis, of
this place, went to the scene of the
accident, and decided no Inquest was
Mr. Koon had recently purchased the
car, and this morning started out on
his first long trip, intending to drive
to Peoria, cross the river there, and
visit some friends in Benton County.
RACE WITH DEATH IS LOST
Grant County Commissioner Dies
While Wife Is on Way.
BAKER, Or., May 14. (Special.)
Death won the 50-mile race with Mrs.
Joseph Putnam, of Monument, to the
bedside of her husband. County Com
missioner of Grant County, who died
last night at home of Ala O. Mosier, In
Canyon City, after an illness of nine
days with spotted fever, caused by
sage tick bite.
When it was realized yesterday aft-
rnoon that Mr. Putnam's life was in
danger, word was sent to Mrs. Put
nam and she started at once, but thV
automobile broke down.
Mr. Putnam Is survived by his widow
and three children: Mrs. Clyde van
Bibber, now in St. Elizabeth's Hospital
here, suffering from a broken legr; and
by C. F. Putnam, and Mrs. M. Hewlett,
of the Monument country.
CLAMS BRING TOP PRICES
Grays Harbor Reports Scarcity and
Season Extension Is Asked.
HOQUIAM. Wash., May 14. (Spe
cial.) The highest prices ever paid by
the Grays Harbor canneries for razor
clams are now being paid the diggers,
50 a hundred pounds, with another
raise of 25 cents probable. The price
s due to a scarcity of clams this year,
which has been caused by a number
As a result of the conditions brought
on by a late season, cannery operators
and clam diggers are making repre
sentatlons to the state authorities in
an effort to get the open season ex
tended three weeks, or until June 21.
THREE CYCLISTS INJURED
Tl. K. Darnell, Wife and Iaue;I.ter
Thrown ty. Auto Collision.
Three motorcyclists were injured
lat night in a collision between
automobile driven by J. M. Grant and
a motorcycle operated by R. K. Darnel
at Front and Meade streets.
The Injured were R. E. Darnell, 441
East Twelfth street, hurt about leg's
Mrs. Darnell, knee hurt and possibly
fractured; Virginia Darnell, their smal
daughter, broken leg-. All the Darnells
were on the same motorcycle.
Mr. Grant was driving the machine,
and with him were Mr. and Mrs. H. V,
Sherlock. They alLlive at 3S7 hit Fourth
DOMINICANS HEED WARNING
Santo Domingo Evacuated on Threa
of American Minister.
SANTO DOMINGO. Dominican Repub
lie. May 14. The warning of the Amer
ican Minister, "W. "V. Russell, that the
city of Santo Domingo would be taken
by force unless it was given up by
the rebels not later than Sunday morn
ing resulted in the evacuation of the
city last night.
The rebel leaders, soldiers and rural
guards stripped the fort of guns and
war materials and withdrew from th
city, leaving the civil police in charge.
They notified Mr. Russell of thei
PANAMA POLICE TO DISARM
Isthmian Government to Comply
With Demand "Unwillingly.
PANAMA. May It. William K. Price,
the American Minister, to3y delivered
to the Panama government the final
demand for the surrender of 1200 rifle
used by the Panama National Police.
The disarmament of the police force
has been sought on account of riots
which resulted in the deaths of Ameri
cans. It is understood the administration
Is opposed to the surrender of the
rifles, but will deliver up the arms to
morrow under protest.
linoisan Making Se
PGHES BELIEVED IN RACE
Justice Expected to Enter No
BOOM MANAGER ARRIVES
Chauncey 51. Depew Thinks There la
Chance for Fairbanks Local
Mangers In Chicago Are.
WASHINGTON. May 14. (Special.)
enater Sherman and his friends con
ferred today concerning details of his
campaign for the Presidential nomina
tion. They also met with friends of
Mr. Weeks land Mr. Burton. William J.
Calhoun, and S. D. Rosenfeld came from
Chicago to see the Senator, and Repre
sentative McKinley was called into the
It Is understood the managers for
other favorite sons were Interviewed
by Mr. Calhoun and Mr. Rosenfeld. The
Sherman leaders feel confident they
ave an excellent opportunity to get the
ominatlon for Illinois' favorite son
and are laying plans to win votes from
other candidates when the latter shall
ecome convinced they have no chance
Precautions Taken Against Stampede.
The leaders are taking precautions,
lso. to prevent a stampede of the con
vention to any candidate and to force
general tryout of the strength of
Chauncey M. Depew, of New York,
delegate from that state to the con-
entlon, who Is here, gave it as his
opinion that should the selection be de-
ayed through failure to get a majority
early in the balloting by reason of a
favorite son vote, the processes of elim
ination of candidates would lead finally
to a fight, over Roosevelt, Hughes and
Root, the three most dominant candi
dates. He said there was a possibility
that neither of these three might be
able to get the required majority be
cause of objections to Colonel Roose
velt arising from the 1912 campaign; to
Mr. Root because of his age and former
legal associations, and to Justice
Hughes for some other reasons.
Fairbanks ThooKht Possibility.
rn such event, he suggests the con
vention might go to Fairbanks.
Mr. Depew has served as delegate to
all but two Republican conventions
since 1865, and has been interested
all the campaigns since that year. He
would not predict how New York would
go finally in the coming Chicago con
vention, but said he did not think the
delegation could be stampeded under
Local managers here for the various
Republican compaigns have been busy
tfonrlurfed on Fage .1. Column 6.)
No Vessel Reported Lost, but Resi
dents on Beach Recall Fire
Seen at Sea.
. HOQUIAM, Wash.. May 14. (Special.)
Wreckage from some unknown ves
sel has been coming ashore since last
Tuesday along the beach northward
from Damon Point at the north side of
the entrance to Grays Harbor, ac
cording to word just brought to the
city by people living on the beach.
This fact, coupled with what appeared
to be a fire at sea, which beach resi
dents saw Monday, is believed to in
dicate a disaster off the Grays Harbor
A heavy southwest gale was blowing-
both last Monday and Tuesday, being
particularly heavy the last day. Mon
day afternoon people living along the
beach near Oyehut, about three miles
north of the harbor entrance, noticed a
smoke cloud at sea. apparently some
15 or 20 miles out. It remained In
about the same position, and at times.
by the aid of powerful glasses, watch
ers thought they could distinguish the
masts of a sailing vessel. The smoke
finally, toward evening, was blotted
out by fog.
Tuesday, with the gale at its height
and with a heavy aea running, wreck
age began to be cast up on the beach.
This Included some case goods, two
rocking chairs, both crated; & trunk
of clothing and parts of what appeared
to he the rail of a ship. There was
nothing to indicate what ship the
wreckage might have come from.
No reports of a marine disaster have
been received here.
JURORS OBSERVE SUNDAY
Xo Ballot Taken by Men Who Hold
Fate of David Caplan.
LOS ANGELES, May 14. No verdict
was reported today by a Jury which
retired before noon yesterday in the
trial of David Caplan for murder, as
result of the destruction of the Los
Angeles Times building, October 1, 1910.
W. II. Evans, a Juror whose illness
yesterday from Indigestion interrupted
the jury's deliberations, required i
physician, again today for the same ail
ment. No ballot was taken today.
It was expected the Jury would not
resume balloting until tomorrow.
WILSON'S VACATION ENDED
President Much Improved in Health
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.. - May 14
President Wilson ended his week-end
vacation to this vicinity tonight and
departed on the naval yacht Mayflower
for Washington, where he la due early
His physical condition has been much
improved by the outing.
ZEPPELIN IS DESTROYED
Copenhagen Reports Airship Brought
liown Off Norway.
LONDON. May 14. The destruction
of another Zeppelin is reported in an
Exchange Telegraph dispatch from
It is said the Zeppelin was brought
down off the west coast of Norway and
I mat inree nruisn aesiroyers went in
pursuit of it.
GOOD LUCK TO YOU. MR. VOTER.
LAW FOR DEFECTIVES URGED
Wider Use of Indeterminate
NDIFFERENCE IS DEPLORED
Necessity for Public Interest in Se - J -
citrine Welfare Lt-gllatlon Is
Strongly Dwelt On Perma
nent Body Advocated.
Resolutions containing the gist of
those matters t social welfare which
have been occupying the time and at
tention of the Oregon State Conference
of Social Agents during its recent ses
sions at Reed College were adopted by
unanimous vote of the delegates at
thelr final meeting yesterday after
noon. Ben Selling, chairman of the reso
lutions committee, submitted the meas
ures to the conference and they were
read to the delegates by Arthur C
Newill. It was first resolved to ex
press the gratitude of the conference
to the trustees, president, faculty and
students of Reed College for their sup
port of the conference and the use
of the -college buildings; to the Oregon
Welfare Commission for the loan of
their exhibit: to the various commit
tees and speakers for their helpful
service and to the press for its sup
Permanent Body triced.
Secondly, it was resolved that steps
should be taken to organise the con
ference into a permanent federation of
all the social agencies of Oregon, so
that-by united co-operation they might
better be able to forward social wel
fare. The third resolution dealt with the
question of feeble-minded ness. and
read: "Whereas. It has been scien
tifically demonstrated that feeble
mindedness is Invariably transmitted
from parents to offspring, and. where
as, it is recognized that mentally de
fective persons are unable to conduct
themselves with ordinary prudence and
foresight and are almost certain to
become state charges as paupers, de
linquents or crfminala: Be It resolved.
That the Oregon State Conference of
Social Agencies favors a law for the
committment of the feeble-minded to
permanent custodial care."
r.nm.nltr Property Kavered.
Next It was resolved that the con
ference should favor "the enactment of
a community property law for Oregon,
providing that husband and wife be
Joint owners of property acquired after
On the subject of health Insurance
It was suggested that the conference
favor "the discussion and criticism of
various plans providing for health in
Concluded on. Pas: 3. Column s.)
So I-ony; as Enemies Will Not Recog
nize Themselves Yaniutlcd
Conflict Will Go On.
NANCY. May 14. President Poincare.
In an address here today, responded to
Germany's suggestion regarding peace,
contained in the German reply to the
"France does not want Germany to
tender peace," said the President, "but
wants her adversary to ask for r-ace,"
'France." he continued, "will not ex
pose her sons to the dangers of ne
aggressions. The central empires,
aunted by remorse for having brought
on the war and terrified by the Indig
nities and hatred they have stirred up
in mankind, are trying today to make
the world believe that the entente allies
alone are responsible for the proton
tion of hostilities a dull Irony which
will deceive no one:
"Neither directly nor indirectly have
r enemies offered -us peace. But we
do not want them to offer It to us; we
want them to ask It of us. We do not
want to submit to their conditions; we
want to Impose ours on them. We do
not want a peace which would leave
imperial Germany with the power to
recommence the war and keep Europe
Fo long as that peace Is not assured
to us; so long as our enemies will not
recognize themselves as vanquished.
ws will not cease to fight."
POISON ISSUE IN TRIAL
Stndent to Contend tilrl Had Access
to Drug, as Well as He.
CHICAGO. May 11. The trial of Will-
am H. Orpet. the University of Wis
onsin student, on a charge of murder
ng his sweetheart, Marion Lambert.
will begin at Waukegan tomorrow.
The evidence. It is said, will be largely
Ircumstantial. The essential question
for the Jury to decide will be whether
the poison by which the girl died was
obtained by herself or by Orpet
The state will attempt to prove that
the defendant save her the poison and
got her to tako it by saying that it
was a medicine which - would avert
Oruet's father and the father 'of the
girl both are gardeners employed on
ig estates at Lake rorest, a suburb.
Both gardeners had a supply of poison
used to light plant pests. The defense
will allege that the poison was as avail
ble to the Rirl as to Oriet.
WILSON ASKED FOR REPORT
House Wants to Know of Steps
Taken for Citizen's Release.
W ASH ING TON, May 14. Itopresen
tive Rennet's resolution requesting
President Wilson to tell the House
what has been done to secure the re-
ease of Samuel Schwartz, of New York
City, a naturalized American citizen,
"alleged to be unjustly deprived of
his liberty by the British government.
was taken . from the foreign affairs
committee Saturday and adopted by the
House without dissent.
Schwarts has been held in a British
Jail a year as an Austrian suspect.
ROANOKE WRECKAGE SEEN
Destroyers Itetnrn. However. With
out 1'indlng Trace of Boats.
SAN DIEGO. Cal.. May 14. The tor-
pedo-boat destroyers Hull. Hopkins and
Truxtun. whi-h left San Liego Thurs -
day to assist lit the search for life -
boats of the lost steamer Roanoke. rc -
turned to San Pedro today.
Lieutenant Bradley reported by radio
that the destroyers sighted a mass of
wreckage from tho Roanoke about 35
miles south by west oft Point Concep
t-ton. but no lifeboats were seen.
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
YBTKRDAY'tS Maximum temperature,
decrees; minimum, 45 decrees.
TOtAY Fair; norlhwet.-rly winds.
Xonromhatanta In Northern ranee near I
Submarine rrlsis likely to b precipitated
anew, rase 1.
War nurse ursea girls lo Join preparedness
move. Pii. .1.
Senator Fhvrmal buiM up hopes en possi
bility or deadlock: Oepew says Fairbanks I
. ....... i I
Bitter fights, both Democratic and Repub -
llran. mark rnai ivama. primary cam
paign, i'aso 3.
K port a.
ra-lflo Coant larue reeulla: Portland 4.
fan Fran.-lvo 2: salt 1-ake 3-4. Oakland
7-2: Vernon loa Anseles. a-v.
New York nlanls win their fifth stnaisht
came. Page 14.
Kuarene country Club defeats Portland Golf I
Club la malcn. face l.
Farmer la killed driving- car on flrat road
trip. Paf. 1.
Fellow citizens arte Fd Wright, f
;rand. for Public Service Commissioner.
Botae woman amys fight for millions has only
beguu Pago 7.
Ship wreckage mystifies Grays Harbor peo-
pie. Page l.
Deck sports are held on Japanese freighter.
Short skirt criticism creates furore. Par 6. I
Hallway agents enthusiastic after seeing
Columbia Highway. Pago
Strikers- piaoea to bo filled at University
miil rage lo.
David Mtrhlon killed
1,1 ne road. Pace 9
by auto on Be
Rev. R. V.. mUl. scores whole! divorce
evil, race !.
Blehop Brevforel jddre- three evangelical
A. A. Murk is much sued man. Fmgn 11.
Great advancement hoa In buPin in
Portland. Face 1.
Oaki la itcene of tSunday frolic Vaice 1t
Christ tenaon loot viewed by in any, yet little
.di.tJt'.efJ. Face 35.
f p4-tal coj.trf tire at Reed Colli-ye completer
1 Ubora. I'ttit 1.
Lumber Industry Revi-
val Effect Marked.
BANK CLEARINGS REYEAL GAIN
Portland Listed for First Time
in Years in 'Favorable' Zone.
RECORDS OF OLD BROKEN
Wonderful Increase In Mills Yet to
Be Counted Shipbuilding Will -
Bring Added Business Bank
ers tilvc Prohibition Credit.
For tho first lime In more than three
years, authoritative reports of trade
conditions In the I'nlted States show
hat Portland is in the "favoraplo"
This situation is Mild to be ulmo.vt
entirely due to the revival of the lum
ber trade, which is the basis for ap
proximately 60 per cent of the city's
commercial and- industrial activity.
Improvement of the lumber market
likewise reflects Itself In almost every
other line of business.
Indicative of the present steady ex
pansion Is the volume of bank clear
ings in Portland, which, for the week
1 ended Saturday
994 an increase of more than 13.000.
000 over the corresponding week of
1915. The clearings for the same week
last year were 110,093,611.
L ReMrd of 4 Years Aso Panari.
But the true significance of the bank
figures is revealed only by going back
into the records for three or foun years.
The volume of banking business now
Is the greatest In the history of the
city. The record has not even been
approached, excepting In the year 191:.
when business here wss fairly good.
For four years, up to 1912, the bank
clearings in Portland Increased stead
ily year by year. Then they started
to drop down, little by little, going
off a shade every year.
But the present revival not only has
overcome all the losses of the last four
years, but has far exceeded the rec
ords of foifV years ago. The clear
ings for the week of 1912 correspond
ing with last week were only $11.-
510,811 nearly 1. 500. 0)0 below this
Prohibition snlal t Be Factor.
In casting up figures on the banking?
It must be remembered. "too.
I that clearings necessarily are ad-
I versely affected by the mergers of lm
portant banks In the last two years.
The consolidation two years ago of the
Security and the First National elimi
nated a large volume of business from
the clearing-house. Checks that for
merly passed from cither of those
banks to the other" were handled
through the clearing-house and their
value was reflected In. the figures.
Similarly the purchase of the Mer-
I chants' National by the Northwestern
1 National last Fall has had a tendency
1 to cut down the clearing-house total.-,
Wcr tne prcurty Bank and the Mer-
chants' National continuing In busi
ness. It Is probable that the bank clear
ings would be fully f 14.000.000 for last
week Instead of 113.217.000.
Bankers are firm in the belief that
prohibition has helped not only their
business, but business generally, and
to a marked degree.
Portland bankers lay firm hopes for
future business activity In the con
tinued expsnslon of the lumber market.
The present lively tone, they say, is
merely the forerunner of even better
times that are to come. It Is pointed
out that the lumber revival has been
apparent only since the first of the
Orders Sn amp Mills.
The mills now are working on or
ders received since the first of th
year. In fact, the orders have be- u
coming In so heavily that some plants
I have been unable to fill them al
turns from this business have not yet
made themselves felt. The money has
not yet come back. It should begin
circulation here within the next three
months, bankers say.
Every important mill In the Portland
territory now Is operating at full ca
pacity. A few. In fact, are working
night and day. Most of the big millj
up tho state also are running steadilv.
The lumber market continues firm, tho
demand for mill products Is growing
every day, and operators look forward
to a long an almost indefinite period
Another hopeful angle in the loal
situation is the improvement in the
livestock market. Cattle and hogtt are
bringing excellent prices, and farmers
To handle the increasing business
both the Union tock Yards and the
Cnion Meat Comrany are preparing to
I add substantially to their present yard
and building equipment.
frala C rap Mmy Be Les.
Th volume of wheat production in
thi Northwrt will be materially lower,
though, this year than last year. Bml
I weather prevented the farmers lat l'atl
from putting out their uual acreag:.
This lot's wa partially overcome, how
ever, this Spring: by an Increased ncrr
aga of Spring- wheat land. But tins
afcgreftrata production. It in efUmated.
will laf'il.y V) per cent below tnt of