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VOL,. L.VI NO. 17,320.
PORTLAND, OREGON, FRIDAY, JIAY 26, 191G.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
DR. WHITE ADMITS
LONG GRIME CAREER
BOY, 11,, REVOLVER;
SISTER,' 7, IS DEAD
YOUNGSTER WALKS AND KCXS
12 MILES TO TELL FATHER.
T BILL PASSED
ROOT. FORGES COUNT
ON SWINGING POOL
BLIND CIGAR MAN
GETS NEW START
TEUTONS AT FEARFUL
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
WITHOUT ROLL GALL
T DASH ON
CITY HALL EMPLOYES IN HOLE
OF GOOD SAMARITAN'S.
Life of Thieving Bared
to Evade Death.
MURDER RECOUNTED CALMLY
Insanity Inherited, Says Sire;
Friends Support Testimony.
AFFAIR WITH WOMAN TOLD
Ten Dollars Stolen From Fiancee's
Mother, Confesses Dentist on.
. "Witness Stand in Trial for
Murder of Fatlier-in-ljaw.
TSiSW YORK. May 24. Dr. Arthur
"Warren Waite calmly recounted on the
witness stand tonight, in an effort to
save himself from conviction for the
murder of his father-in-law. John E.
Peclt, by showing that ho was unsound
of mind, how he attempted to cause
the death of Miss Katherine Peck, the
wealthy aunt of his wife and. his own
benefactor, by feeding- her disease
He also told of trying to kill his
wife's parents. Mr. and Mrs. John E.
Peck, in the same way before resorting
to poison as a more effective means.
He testified, in addition, regarding
his relations with Mrs. Margaret Hor
ton, his "studio" companion.
Long; List of Thefta Detailed. -
Waite went on the witness stand
first late this afternoon.
Earlier in the day his counsel had
said he would prove the self-confessed
poisoner of his wife's parents was ln
eane at the time the crime charged
against him was committed.
The prisoner's story was devoted
largely to admissions of a series, of
thefts from the time he was a boy until
he pilfered $10 from the purse of the
mother of thegirl he married while he
was courting' Miss Peck.
Wooing of Wife Related.
He told also of his wooing of his
wife, who sat not far from him in the
courtroom with head bowed while he
The young dentist was preceded on
the witness stand by his father, "War
ren W. Waite. and his brothers, Frank
and Clyde, The father told of a taint
of insanity in his family ir the hope of
thereby aiding his son
All three related Incidents in the
defendant's life designed to show that
he was peculiar even as a boy and that
his thievery always was a problem
for the family.
The testimony of relatives was sup
plemented by the depositions of family
friends and college classmates of Waite,
who told of his thefts and peculiarities.
Walter R. Deuel, counsel for the de
fense, sought to show that Waite was
Waite Calm on Stand.
Waite seemed calm when he took the
witness stand. The courtroom was
tultry, but he buttoned his coat tightly
around him. He smiled almost con
stantly during his examination, but ap
peared resigned and not defiant.
The dentist commenced his life tory
by recalling that as a child he was
cruel to animals. He yawned as he
told of shirking home work in his
schooldays. Then he recounted how he
stole examination papers, copied them
from papers of his classmates, stole
from everyone for whom he worked as
a boy and then robbed his fraternity
brcthers while attending the University
of Michigan. His face flushed as he re
counted some of the escapades of his
student days. ,
SOO Stolen While Frrnhman.
His total thefts during his freshman
year at college amounted-to about $500
he said. He was expelled from his
fraternity while a sophomore for steal
ing. but was reinstated in his senior
year. In his second college year he
raid part of his expenses by waiting
on table and caring for a furnace. At
that time he began to attend church
regularly, although he had no religious
convictions. He asserted, however,
that he did not steal during the time
he was a church attendant.
After leaving College he told of
trip through Canada where he made
his living by cheating at pool. He went
to Scotland, where he took a special
course in Edinburgh University. . He
eaid he "doctored" his diploma from
the University of Michigan so he could
pet credit for certain studies and there
by shorten his course in dentistry.
Scandal AVlth Woman Covered.
From Edinburgh Waite went to South
'Africa, where he traveled for a dental
supply house. He said he stole $1500
from his employers the first year and
increased the amount each year of the
five lie worked for them. He' also told
of hushing up by the payment of
small sum a scandal in which he was
involved with a young woman."
On leaving South Africa, Waite re
turned to the United States and went
to Grand Rapids to live. Soon after
his arrival there, he met Miss Peck
and began to court her.
"Were you in love with her?" he was
"I don't know," Waite replied.
Then he told of declaring to her, "I'll
make you love me." He admitted
knowing that the Fecks were wealth
and explained that the family received
him "very nicely."
910 Stolen From Mrs. Feck.
Later he met the Pecks at Palm
Beach and it was there Miss Pe?k co
(.Concluded on Pubo 2, Column -.)
Trip After' Mail Ends When Little
Girl Fails, Shot Through Stomach.
Bandou Region Is Scene.
BANDON, Or.. May 25. ' (Spe
cial.) Ozle Netherly, tne 11-year-old
son. of. William Netherly. who lives o
the S. J. Wilson ranch 12 miles south
of . Bandon, accidentally shot and in
stantly killed his 7-year-old sister Susie
last evening and. after informing his
mother of the affair, walked and ran
all the way to Bandon to find his
father, who was working in that city.
1 The boy and girl had gone to the
county road for the mail, which is
left by the. stage, taking with them a
38-caliber revolver, to protect them
selves from a bull, it is said. The de
tails of the shooting could not be
learned, but the boy said the revolver
went off accidentally and shot his sis
ter in the stomach.
The boy's account of what happened
is confused. He says he had his hand
in his pocket An the weapon and called
out- to his sister, who turned around.
He said the revolver was discharged
in his pocket, and the sister fell, ehot
through the stomach. There is no hole
in. the boy's pocket to support his
story. It i3 generally believed that the
case is another "didn't know - it was
Until a month ago the family lived
in Bandon, where Mr. Netherly had a
teaming business. Besides her father
and mother, the girl leaves a sister and
POLICE SEIZE HOLLANDER
Prisoner Accused of Offering Ger
man Documents for Sale.
NEW lORK, May. 25. A man giving
the name of Adolph de Leeuw, 34
years old, a native of Holland, was
rrested tonight by Captain Tunney,
ead of the "bomb squad" of the New
York police, charged with revealing
the contents of Government documents
and offering them for sale in viola
tion of the penal law.
De Leeuw is accused of offering , to
reveal to Captain Guy Gaunt, naval at
tache of the British embassy, the con
tents of seven letters, four of which
bore the seal of the Imperial German
embassy at Washington.
TEXAN SHINES IN AIR WAR
Franco-American Flying Man Fells
Foe Despite Broken Plane.
PARIS. May 25. Accounts of the re-
ent aviation exploits of Sergeant Al
bert Hall, of Galveston. Tex., a member
of the Franco-American flying corps
show that on Monday, May 22, he was
engaged with several German,machines
on the verdun rront ana narrowly
escaped being put out of action by
damage to his propeller before he
brought down a German machine near
The machine forced to earth was one
of the fastest of the German aeroplanes.
Hall accounted for it in a few shots.
CONVICTED MAYOR RESIGNS
Wilkeson Executive Sentenced to 10
Days on Liquor Sale Charge.
TACOMA. Wash.. May 25. (Special.)
Mayor Joseph McCaskey, of Wilke
son, a coal mining' town near here, has
resigned following his conviction of
having violated the dry law by sealing
liquor in his drugstore. He was sen
tenced last night to ten days in jail and
ordered to pay a fine and the costs of
the case, 1475.
A. A. Battiste, HcCaskey's clerk. Is
under indictment for having violated
the prohibition law and for perjury.
EGGS DEAR IN ENGLAND
Eugene Man Ships' Case and
Net Profit of $3.32.
EUGENE. Or., May 25. (Special.)
Eggs shipped to England will net the
Oregon marketer $3.32 on the case, ac
cording to W. W. Ebert, of Eugene,
who has just received his return from
12 dozen eggs shipped to Ramsgate,
England, on April 5. He figures this
profit after allowing for 17 broken eggs
and $1 for the cost of the crate.
The eggs were sold three for a shil
ling, or at the rate of 96 cents & dozen
FRENCH FIGHT PEACE MOVE
Paris Paper Opioses President Wil
son as Mediator. '
PARIS. May 25. The Temps in an
editorial today again goes on record
as not favoring any idea of peace ne
"It seems," says the Tempts, "that
President Wilson thinks his refusal to
pass judgment gives him a right to
intervene. To have tolerated the viola
tion of the neutrality of Belgium does
not create for him the right to partici
pate in the restoration of Belgium.'
MACEDONIAN FRONT ACTIVE
Violent Bombardment and Infantry
Actions Keported at Athens.
PARIS. May 25. Reports received
from Saloniki by the Havas corre
spondent at Athens yesterday are that
a violent bombardment in the secto
from Doiran to Gievgell, on the Mace
donian front, has been accompanied by
The wounded are reported as being
brought in from the front by Red Cross
Move to Cut Counties'
ONLY HALF GIVEN TO OREGON
State Delegation in House by
Hard Work Averts Slash.
HOPE NOW RESTS IN SENATE
Republicans Vote Down Proposal to
Reduce Counties' Share to 2 0 Per
Cent Upper Body Bill to Ask
That Oregon Get All.
CHIEF PROVISIONS OF I.ASD
GRANT BILL AS PASSED.
Title to unsold lands shall re
vest in United States. Lands to
be classified as power sites, tim
ber lands and agricultural lands.
Timber to be appraised and
sold separate from land for cash
or on time.
Patent to issue for timber when
sold; state authorized to tax tim
ber when paid for.
Cut-over lands subject to home
steading without cost; other agri
cultural lands to be paid for at
Lands in Portland, Oregon City
and Corvallls watersheds reserved
Attorney-General to sue rail
road for accounting.
Appropriation made to pay all
accrued unpaid taxes.
Receipts to be divided, 20 ner
cent to state echool fund, 30 per
cent to counties, 40 per cent to
reclamation fund, 10 per cent to
Preference right of entry given
bona fide settlers residing on
land continuously since Decem
ber 1, 1913.
Hundred thousand dollars ap
propriated to classify lands.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, May 25. The House of Repre
sentatives, without a roll call, today
passed the Oregon & California grant
bill by a rising vote of 1S6 to 6, after
having voted down the Foster amend
ment, which proposed to reduce the
counties share of the proceeds from
30 to 20 per cent.
As the bill passed, the counties set
the 30 per cent, authorized by the com
mittee bill; the state gets 20 pet cent;
the reclamation fund 40 per cent, and
10 per cent goes to the Federal Treas
That the Foster amendment waj de
feated is due entirely to a most vigor
ous personal campaign conducted last
(Concluded on Pago 4, Column 2.)
' UNCLE SAM AS OTHERS SEE HIM. J
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, 60
degrees; minimum, 00 degrees.
TODAY'S Partly cloudy with rising tem
perature; westerly winds.
Germans willing to have President mediate
peace. Page 3.
Germans continue sains at Verdun. Page 1.
Irish and British leaders unite in effort
to compose Ireland. Page 3.
Land grant bill passes House without roll
call. Page 1.
One hundred and sixteen Texan militiamen
to be court-martialed. Page
Vigorous notes cent to Britain and Franca
on mail question. Page tf.
Root forces count on alliance said to con
trol 7oo voua. Page l.
Dr. Watte bares life of crime. Page 1.
Women's clubs plan International congress
for 1U20. Page 4.
Methodists keep ban on dancing, cards
and theater. Page It.
Baby plot not proved in Chicago trial.
Pacific Coast League results: Vernon 3.
Portland 2; ljn Ansel! '2, Oakland 1 ;
San Francisco 8, Salt Lake (I. Page 10.
White Sox and Senators play 14-innlng 3-3
tie. Page 16.
First annual school aquatic meet will be
held here tonight. Page 16.
Interscholastic track meet will be held
here today. Page 17.
Boy, 11, shoots and kills sister, 7. in Bandon
district- Page 1.
Canby sirl survives 30-foQt fall In well.
but dies of heart trouble. Page 7.
Daring trip Is made down Rogue River
with stampmill. Page 7.
Albany viewed as land of promise. Page 15.
Strawberry Festival -opens at Roseburg.-
Orepcon Oddfellows elect grand officers.
Commercial anil Marine.
, Successful opening of Portland Produce Ex-
cnange. Faga 21.
Wheat higher at Chicago on drouth reports
from Southwest. Page 21.
Speculative interest in stock market turns
to specialties. Page 21.
New Vancouver shipyard to build four motor
t schooners. Page 14. "
Portland and Vicinity.
Body of Rletman Is found and murder net
closes. Page 8.
Policeman caught In raid on convivial party,
suspended. Page I).
Harmon y Is keynote of meeting1 of Episco
palians. Page 4.
Weather re pert, data and forecast. Page 21.
Friends of blind cigar dealer pay off his
bills while he is 111. Page 1.
Oregon to get 150 convention seats. Page 15.
Dr. Qantenbeln dies. Page 14.
Fifteen thousand flags, will be carried in
preparedness parade. Page IS.
P. E- O. Sisterhood , elect. Page 2.
Lumbermen of Northwest gather for big
meeting; Page S.
Banquet given for officials of Bureau of
Animal Industry last night. Fare 8.
AIR CRAFTS FLIGHT SWIFT
Message to President Carried 220
Miles in 3 Hours, 7 Minutes.
WASHINGTON. May 25. Victor
Carlstrom, bearing a message from the
Aero Club of America to President Wil
son and carrying: Alan R. Hawlay,
president or Jthe club, as. a passenger.
flew from New York to this city today,
220 miles, in three hours and seven
The aeroplane used will be shipped to
New Mexico Saturday for use of the
National Guard in patrolling: the border.
AUSTRIAN GUNBOAT SUNK
Rome Iteports Victory in Engage
ment on Sea and in Air.
HOME, via Taris, May 25. An Aus
trian aeroplane and an Austrian gun
boat have been destroyed In & battle
with an Italian gunboat in the upper
Adriatic. The crew of the Austrian
craft were taken prisoner.
A building: on the outskirts of Porto
Ferrajo was bombarded by an Aus
trian submarine, which was driven oft
by the coast batterjes before mucti
damage was done.
UNCLE SAM AS OTHERS SEE HIM.
' ' X
New Yorker's.Pm to
BeJ0r o.vr.red Today.
"ALLIES" CLAIM 700 VOTES
Root, Weeks, Burton, Sherman
and Fairbanks Grouped.
WEEKS' CAMP CONFIDENT
Massachusetts Man's Backers Say
He Has Most Votes in Repub
lican Convention Cummins
Men Contest Statement.
CHICCGO, May 25. (Special.) The
Presidential stock of Elihu Root is ex
pected to take a big boom tomorrow
when John AV. Dwight. Job Hedges,
Sloat Fassett. Cornelius N. Bliss, Jr.,
and other aides arrive in Chicago to
open headquarters for the former New
York Senator, who, the former Bull
Moosers say, will be acceptable to them
as the Republican nominee for Presi
dent. Around hotel lobbies today It was
rumored that several favorite-son can
didates would throw their votes to Mr.
Root after the first ballot was taken
in the convention.
Combination Said to Have Control.
There were reports that backers of
the Root boom were showing: extreme
interest in a pool of delegates that will
have more than a. majority of votes in
the convention. The Burton. Weeks,
Fairbanks and Sherman booms were
said to bo tied up with the Root can
didacy in such a way that one favorite
son of the- combination wfll win and
thus freeze out Hughes or Roosevelt.
Barnes, of New York, and Penrose,
of Pennsylvania, the chief Root back
ers, w-ere said to be oounttng on this
allied strength to bring about Root's
nomination. The other favorite sons
will be tried out one by one. When
all have failed the Root boom will be
trotted out full strength, according to
Pool Said Mare TOO Votes.
The general understanding in candi
date row in Chicago, in that the "allies'
will pool their Interests and name the
nominee when the timo comes. If the
first ballot estimates count for any
thing, and they are able to "deliver,'
the allies" will dicctate the nomina
tion. Here is the first ballot estimate
of the candidates whose representatives
were grouped in the Congress Hotel.
Root 130: Weeks 200: Burton 140;
Fairbanks 140; Sherman 90. Total TOO
Necessary to choice 4!3.
Opening of the headquarters of the
campaigns for Theodore Burton, of
Ohio, John Weeks, of Massachusetts,
and Charles Warien Fairbanks, of In
diana, in the Congress Hotel today.
marked the beginning of the race.
Root Sentiment Apparent.
Charles M. Pepper, confidential agent
of the Root campaign, came in from
New Y'ork and. said John W. Dwight,
Concluded on Page r. Column 1.)
Whilo Tom Long, Financially Em
barrassed, Is 111, Friends Pay
Oft Bills and Restock. Stand.
It will be a different world a bright
world instead of a gloomy one for
Tom Long, the blind cigar dealer at the
City Hall, when he gets out of the
County Hospital in a week or so and
returns to his cigar stand to take up
the fight for a living where he left oft
a few days ago when illness tempo
rarily got the better of him in his
business struggle against odds,
will find all his bills paid and
stand restocked with goods.
When municipal employes in
City Hall became apprised of the fact
that Mr. Long had lost in his fight
of several months against financial
stringency, and illness was added to
his affliction of blindness,' they started
Everybody chipped ir with a willing
ness that has raised the fund to nearly
9100, and it is still going.
The Samaritans plan to pay oft all
the bills of Mr. Long, fill his cases
with new goods and welcome him back
to his old stand with a new start in
the world. It is reported at the County
Hospital that Mr. Long is getting along
well, and will be able to be around
again in a short time.
POLAND NOT TO GET FOOD
Germany Unwilling to Accept IMan
for Aid by America.
THE HAGUE, via London. May 25.
It is declared here on information
from authoriative, but unofficial Ger
man sources that there is not the
slightest chance that Germany will ac
cept the British stipulations regarding
the plan to feed the civilian population
of Poland through an American com
mission. It is therefore not considered likely
that any relief for. the Polish people
will be accomplished this year.
COURT 0. K.'S FIRST FIGHT
Principals in "Affair of Honor,'
However, Fined $150 Each.
BATON" ROUGE. May 25. Adjutant
General McNee-se and A. D. Stewart, a
prominent New Orleans hotel man,
each paid a J150 fine in City Court to
day for their pre-arranged fist fight on
the Capitol lawn yesterday, which
they designated as "an affair of honor."
Judge Odom in imposing the fines said:
"Personally, I approve of this method
of settling differences between gentle
men, but it is against the law and I
will have to fine you."
GENERAL GALLIENI WORSE
Condition of Frencli cx-Minister of
War Is Alarming.
PARIS, May 25. The condition of
General Gallieni. former Minister of
War, has suddenly grown worse and
grave anxiety is felt as to his chances
General Gallieni resigned as Minister
of War on March 16 on account of ill
health. He underwent a second oper
ation for kidney trouble on May 18 and
was then reported to be rapidly re
LEMAN REFUSES LIBERTY
lcrcndcr of liiejre Will Not Admit
lie Is Unfit for Service.
HAVRE. May 25 The German au
thorities have offered to allow General
Leman. the defender of Liege, to go to
Switzerland, according to news received
Because the permission was granted
on the ground of his ill health and age,
the General rejected the offer, saying
that he did not wish to admit that he
was unfit to fight for his country.
TEN KILLED IN CYCLONE
Town of Kogrcrs, N. IK, Is Swept,
According to Vague lleport.
FARGO, N. P.. May 23. An uncon
firmed report received here tonight over
shaky telegraph wires, said 10 persons
had ' been killed at Rogers. N. D-. In
the storm which swept Southeastern
North Dakota early today.
Rogers was cut off completely from
the outside 'world, all telephone and
telegraph wires being down.
NEW YORK EXPORTS GROW
Record for April More Than 36 Per
Cent Greater Than Year Ago.
NEW YORK, May 25. Exports of
merchandise from the port of New Y'ork
during April amounted to $181,751,946
compared with I135.1-5.5J3 in April a
Imports for that month increased
also, amounting to $115,290,462. com
pared with ID2.252.029 in April. 1915.
TWO CONSULS QUIT CRETE
German and Austrian Diplomats and
Families Jcavc Canea.
rAUIS. May 25. The German and
Austrian Consuls at Canea. Island of
Crete, left that city with their families
and the Consulate staffs on May 24 for
Athens, according to a Havas dispatch
from Athens toWnv
French Retreat Before
PARIS ADMITS NEW DEFEAT
Germans Toss Helpless Foe
Back From Cumieres.
SHELLS SCATTER CORPSES
Crown Prince's Armj Takes Dead
Man's Hill Soldiers at Douau-
mont Fight Screaming, Jland-to-IIuiul,
PARIS. May 25. (Special.) Con
tinued retreats of the French before
German onslaughts on the right bank
of the Meuse are officially admitted in
the midnight communique from Taris.
A French defeat between Haudremont
wood and Thiaumont farm, near Douau
mont. is reported.
LONDON. May 25. (Special.) The
tide of battle which has swept back
and forth with unequalled fury around
Verdun for the past week turned
strongly in favor of the German forces
again last night and today, driving the
French from their hard-won positions
at the Haudremont quarry, sweeping
them further southward below the
ruins of Fort Douaumont and tossins
them back helpless when they at
tempted in repeated attacks to regain
the lost village of Cumieres.
(irrmana Gain All A Ions:.
Paris this afternoon officially ad
mitted losses of Haudremont and else
where and practically confirmed he
German statement, which announced
decisive gains at practically every point
on the Verdun sector.
Unofficial dispatches, however, indi
cate that the German gains have been
made at the cost of thousands of men.
estimated in some quarters a high as
43,000 for the week. On the other hand.
German dispatches put the French
lesses at almost an equal amount and
claim the capture of 850 men bt Hau
dremont quarry today.
The mighty artillery duel which "
rages night and day over Hie entire
Verdun front has made it impossible
to remove the dead and some of the
corpses have lain where they fell in
fighting a fortnight ago.
helln Art mm Oravedlggera.
To the west of the Meuse. around
Hill No. 304 and Le MoVt Homme, where
tho fire of hundreds of German guns
has been concentrated for many days,
shells have sometimes acted the art
of gravediggers, covering the corpses
with tons of earth thrown up by their
mighty explosions. But too often the
bursting steel. falling among tho
mounds of dead, tears to atoms the
corpses, adding to one horror of battle
another which is sometimes worse than
Between the lines xoldiers helpless
from wounds have died amidst the
fallen, the Red Cross workers being
unable to reach them because of the
Germaaa Wllliaa; to Pay Price.
That the Germans are willing to pay
any price to take Verdun has become
"It is a battle of madmen in the
midst of a volcano eruption," is the
description given today by a staff
"Between Saturday morning and noon
Tuesday we reckon the Germans used
up 100.000 men on the West Meuse
front." he said. "That is the price they
paid for the recapture of our recent
gains and the seizure of our outlying
"The valley separating I.e Mort
Homme from Hill 2S7 Is choked with
bodies. A full brigade was mowed
down in a quarter hour's holocaust by
our machine guns.
Dead Mii'a Mill Takrn.
"Le Mort Homme itself passed from
our possession, but the crescent Bour
ros position to the south prevents the
enemy from utilizing it.
"The scene there is appalling, but
is dwarfed in comparison with fight
ing around Douawaont. West of the
Meuse, at least, one dies in the open
air. but Douaumont is the horror of
darkness, where the men fight in tun
nels, screaming with the lust of butch
ery, deafened by shells and grenades
and stifled by smoke.
"Even the wounded refuse to aban
don the struggle."
CFMIEIIKS IS IMPOHTANT LINK
German Lines Fast and West of Mcue
Joined. Safe From Flanking.
BERLIN. May 23. The capture by
the Germans of the village of Cumieres.
on the Verdun front, just west of the
Meuse, is regarded here as being espe
cially important, since It connects tha
German lines east and west of th
river. It will make impossible here
after, the flanking fire on the Germans
west of the river from the French
positions on the east bank.
" The Germans took and constructed
the position In the Cumieres grove,
north of the village, in the fighting be
tween March 7 and 11. They attempted
no further advance at the time, be
cause they wished first to capture
points on the hills to the wet, so that
when they pushed on along the banks
of the Meuve their operations would be
attended by much smaller losses than
otherwise would be the case.