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VOL.. VLI. NO. 17,417.
PORTLAND, OREGON, MONDAY, SEPTE3IBEK 18, 191(V.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
MAN SLAIN; WOMAN
IS HELD, MYSTERY
Body Is Found After
SEVEN FISH, LONG
FROZEN, NOW SWIM
CURIOSITIES TAKES FROM ICE
BLOCK IX ALASKA.
NEAR NEW LONDON
SURE OF CONGRESS
POLICY OF GREECE
NEWSPAPER TCO RETURN'S
WITHOUT FINDING U-BOAT.
NEW PREMIER DENIES HE IS
FRIEND OF GERMANY.
VALUABLES LEFT UNTOUCHED
Axel Nelson, of Vancouver, Vic
. tim of Portland Tragedy.
JEALOUSY THEORY IS HELD
Eva Gibson, Companion of Victim
Shortly Before Shooting, Is De
tained by Police, Who Inti
mate She Is Reticent.
Axel Nelson, 28 years old, was shot
and killed evidently early yesterday
morning by an unidentified person, as
he sat on the steps of the old United
States saloon building at Water and
Harrison streets In South Portland.
He wu employed as a steel worker on
the Interstate bridgre by McCreary &
Willard, under contract to Porter Bros.,
and lived at 810 Esther street, Van
Eva Gibson, of 227 Market street,
Nelson's companion on the eve of the
murder and for whom the detectives
had sought until late yesterday after
noon, is held in the City Jail as a ma
Passerby Finds Body.
The body of Nelson was found at
B:15 yesterday morning by A. T. Wag
ner, of 1578 East Glisan street, who
happened to be passing. Glancing at
the quiet figure that reclined against
the door, Wagner thought that the man
was in a drunken sleep. He reported
the case to Patrolman Helms, who at
Nelson had been dead eeveral hours.
In his chest, Just to the right of the
heart, was a single bullet wound. The
bullet had passed diagonally through
the body, emerging at the back and
denting the door-casing. It had bound
ed into the street and was later picked
up by City Detectives Craddock and
Goltz. proving to be of large caliber,
presumably 41. The body was removed
to tho public morgue by Deputy Cor
Robbery Apparently Not Motive.
Death had come to Nelson as he was
seated, and robbery apparently was not
the motive of his slayer. At his feet
lay several cigarette stubs, evidencing
that he had sat there for some time,
probably In conversation with the per
son who shot him. A gold watch and
S8 in money were In his pockets. The
right trousers pocket was pulled out,
and some email change It contained
was scattered on the sidewalk. It is
the theory of the officers that Nelson
himself Jerked the pocket out in re
moving his hand when the bullet
Considerable diffloulty was experi
enced in Identifying the victim and lo
cating his residence. Detective Cap
tain Baty and Detectives John Price,
Craddock and Goltz were summoned aa
soon as the body was discovered and
worked incessantly until late after
noon. ' The dead man's name was
learned from the maker's identifica
tion label on an inner coat pocket.
This and several scribbled telephone
numbers afforded the only clews.
Woman Friend Gives Clew.
From one of these telephone numbers
Detectives Goltz and Craddock traced
Mrs. Edith Hall, a former friend of
Nelson's. When questioned at the De
tective Bureau she said that she had
known Nelson and had been friendly
with him. but that she did not see him
on the evening before his body was
found. She had, however, been In the
company of his friend, Ted Salln, of
201 Washington etreet. Vancouver,
that evening. The search spread out
for Salln, with whom Nelson came to
After her release Mrs. Hall tele
phoned to mutual friends at Vancouver
and word was taken to Nelson's cousin.
Elof Norman, of 810 Esther street, that
city, with whom he had roomed for the
past year. Norman came at once to
Portland and at the morgue made the
first positive identification of the mur
Man's Movements Traced.
In the meantime City Detective
Price had found that Nelson appeared
in a poolroom and soft drink place
conducted by Henry Swanson at 335
First street at 11 o'clock Saturday
night. Swanson identified the body at
the morgue as that of a late-hour cus
tomer who entered the barrom and or
dered "near beer" for the loungers. He
purchased two packages of cigarettes
and reeled out.
Detective Captain Baty based his
hopes on the finding of a woman
named "Eva," whom Mrs. Hall had
heard Nelson and Salln speak of, and
with whom he was in company on the
evening before his body was found.
It was first necessary to locate the
dead man's chum, Salin. He was found
late in the afternoon by Detectives
Goltz and Craddock and was completely
unnerved when he learned of Nelson's
death. He accompanied the officers
readily to the rooms of Eva Gibson,
227 Market street. Both he and the
woman were taken to the police sta
tion. Salln Searcbea for Nelson.
Salln said that he and Nelson came
over from Vancouver early in the even-
tConcluded on Pas 9. Column 8.)
Indian Girl of TJnspellable Name
Gives Them to Portland Rep
resentative of Packers.
Tennyson's story of the Sleeping
Princess has nothing on the history of
seven fish of a. typically Alaskan va
riety which are now swimming about in
a basin of water in the room of S. R.
Brebner at the Palace Hotel. Mr.
Brebner, who is connected, with the
Alaska-Portland Packers' Association,
brought the fish back with him from
Nushagak on the salmon ship Levi G.
. "The name of these fish is Chinda
gaks," said Mr. Brebner last night, with
a wave of the hand, by way of Intro
duction. "You pronounce it with a
cough and, a grunt."
The fish of that species, according to
Mr. Brebner, inhabit lakes in the vicin
ity of Nushagak. They are hardy and
a little thing like cold weather tails
to discourage them In their determina
tion to live.
The seven fish brought to Portland
were found frozen fast In a cake of ice,
where they had been for probably seven
or eight months. They were thawed
out by an Indian girl belonging to a
tribe in that vicinity. The girl shall
be "nameless here forevermore" for
the reason that her name is unspellable
upon an ordinary typewriter.
The fish are still very much alive. In
spite of the fact that they are now
2450 miles from their original home
and have Just undergone a voyage of
27 days, swimming about In a small
KING'S SON OPERATED ON
Prince Albert Invalided Home on
Account of Illness.
LONDON, Sept. 17. Prince Albert,
second son of King George, has been
invalided home on account of an
abdominal abscess, says an official com
munication issued today. The commu
nication adds that the Prince, who has
undergone an operation, is doing well,
but it will be some time before he Is
able to return to any duty.
Prince Albert, while serving as a
midshipman on board the battleship
Collingwood at the outbreak of the
war, was stricken with appendicitis
and operated on. The Prince is 21
SEA DISASTER FORETOLD
Premonition of Fate of Congress Ex
perienced by Girl on Board.
PORTERVILLE, Cal.. Sept. 17. (Spe
cial.) Miss Ruby Kane, daughter of
Mrs. E. M. Bradford, wife of a con
tractor here, who was a passenger
aboard the Congress which burned at
the entrance of Coos Bay, had a pre
monition of the disaster.
Miss Kane had with her a package
of valuables, including a parcel of al
most priceless old lace. Feeling that
something would happen aboard the
boat, she sent the package to her des
tination by parcel post.
Miss Kane escaped from the boat only
with the clothing she wore, her letter
FLAG GAINS 700 VESSELS
Tonnage of More Than Million Add
ed by Americans In Two Years.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16. More than
700 vessels have 'been added to the
fleets flying the American flag in for
eign trade in the two years ended June
The Department of Commerce an
nounced today that in June, 1914, there
were 2405 such vessels of 1,076.152
gross tonnage and two years later
there were 8135 ships of 2.194.470 gross
GUITEAU'S ATTACKER DIES
"Bill Jones, the Avenger," Who
Tried to Kill Assassin, Passes.
WASHINGTON. Sept. 17. William
Jones, 65. widely known aa "Bill Jones,
the Avenger." because he shot at
Charles J. Guiteau, assassin of Presi
dent Garfield, in 1881, died here yes
terday. Guiteau was being taken from
the Courthouse to the district Jail in
a carriage when Jones rode up on a
horse and fired at him.
The shot went wild and Jones was
arrested. He was held for some time.
but finally was released.
GERMANS ASK WAGE RISES
Employes in Berlin Banks Find Llv
lng Cost Too Great.
BERLIN, via London, Sept. 17. The
employes of all the big German banks
held a special meeting yesterday to dis
cuss the cost of living.
They adopted unanimously a resolu
tion asking directors of all Berlin
banks for an appreciable increase in
salaries, that the employes may -be able
to make both ends meet.
230 ARE TAKEN IN RAIDS
Wholesale Arrests Made In Surprise
Swoop in San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO. Sept. 17. Surprise
raids on two alleged gambling houses,
maintained, according to the police, in
two hotels In -the so-called downtown
tenderloin district, resulted laat night
In the arrest of 280 men.
All were released on ball.
World Is Divided Into
Groups for Trade.
FOUR CLASSES PROVIDED FOR
Ally, Friendly Neutral, Neutral,
Enemy, Come in Order.
FREE TRADE IS ABANDONED
Change to Protection Expected to
Yield $375,000,000 Yearly Rev-
enue Difficulties to Be Put
In Way of Enemies.
WASHINGTON. Sept. 17. Division of
the world into economic strata sep
arated by tariff walls and classified as
allies of the British empire, friendly
neutrals, unfriendly neutrals and en
emy countries, is urged by the London
Chamber of Commerce. To clear the
ground for this world reconstruction
the Chamber concludes in a special re
port, a copy of which has Just been re
ceived here, that abrogation of all
'most-favored-natlon" treaties. Includ
ing that with the United States, is in
Free trade would be abandoned and a
series of graded tariffs proposed in line
with the present war groupings of the
Graded Tariff System Proposed.
All imports would be divided as fol
lows: Wholly manufactured goods,
semi-manufactured goods and. articles
solely used as raw material" in indus
tries, manufactured foodstuffs and raw
foodstuffs. All parts of the British em
pire and its allies would pay minimum
duties; friendly neutrals which allow
the United Kingdom most favored
treatment would, pay twice as much;
other neutrals, giving preference to
other powers and including neutrals
which might be swung Into the Teu
tonic commercial system would pay a
still greater tax; and ail "enemy"
countries would pay the maximum du
ties, running up as high as 30 per cent.
Roughly it is estimated in the report
that this change from free trade to
protection would net a yearly revenue
of about $375,000,000.
Trade Precautions Urged.
Every precaution Is urged in the re
port to assuage neutral nations to pre
vent them from making commercial al
liances with enemy countries after the
war. The difficulties are spoken of as
"It must also be remembered that
our allies have tariff arrangements
still 'in force with other foreign coun
tries which it is assumed must be ab
rogated before any preferential trade
arrangements can be made with the
British empire as a whole.
"In addition, the United Kingdom
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Preparations Are Made to Receive
Vessel, However; Board Fence
Is Floated Into Position.
NEW LONDON, Conn., Sept. 18. A
persistent report from apparently re
liable sources that the German under
sea merchantman Bremen was approch
lng this port last night lacked confirm
ation early this morning. The first re
port said that a submarine was seen off
Fisher's Island In Long Island Sound at
9 o'clock last night headed for New
London, a two-hour run. Credence was
attached to the report when the Ocean
going tug T. A. Scott, Jr., put out to
sea under hurried orders..
A newspaper tug, which followed the
T. A. Scott, Jr.. returned Just before
midnight with the information that
there was a heavy fog over the Sound
and nothing had been seen of a subma
rine. At midnight the T. A. Scott, Jr..
had not returned.
Another submarine was sighted late
at night at Ocean Beach during a tem
porary lift of the fog.
The second submarine arrived in the
lower harbor about 3 A. M. and an
chored in a heavy fog. It is believed
that she is a United States vessel of
the L" class.
The tug T. A. Scott. Jr., still re
mained outside the harbor. It was
stated definitely that she had repre
sentatives of the Eastern Forwarding
Company on board and that the Ger
man submarine was expected.
SEID BACK IN ACCIDENT
Chinese Falls Into Elevator at Hop
yard and Is Badly Hurt.
Seld Back, one of Portland's most
prominent Chinese residents, wes seri
ously Injured Saturday at his large hop
ranch near Independence.
Ho fell from the top of a kiln onto
a platform below, suffering fractures
of three ribs, severe internal Injuries
and concussion of the brain. Two
physicians of Independence were Im
Seid Back, Jr.. of this city, son of the
Injured man, went to Independence
with Dr. E. H. East, of Portland. Last
night Dr. East made the following
"Mr. Back is semi-conscious, but
seems to be on the mend. Barring un
foreseen developments his condition is
Mr. Back is nearly 70 years of age.
BRITAIN SENDS MORE GOLD
Heavy Guard Placed Over Million or
More From Cape Town.
BOSTON, Sept. 17. More than $1,000.
000 in British gold arrived yesterday
from Cape Town. South Africa, on the
British steamer Tork Castle, consigned
to Montreal bankers.
It was taken across the city in four
motor trucks under heavy guard and
placed aboard an armored car attached
to the Montreal Expi ess.
Woman Leaps to Death.
SAN FRANCISCO. Sept. 17. From a
window ledge on the third story of the
City and County Hospital, Miss Clara
Bowen, aged 55, Jumped today to her
death on the concrete pavement below.
A BATTLE ROYAL FOR THE FLAG.
House Regarded as
SENATE IS FIGHTING GROUND
Election of Necessary 22 Can
WILLC0X RAPS LANSING
Answer Given to Plea That "Poli
tics Stops at Water's Edge."
"Let XTs Be Honest About
This," Chairman XTrges.
WASHINGTON. Sept. 17. (Special.)
Republican campaign leaders, backed
by Chairman Willcox. of the National
committee, are predicting the capture
of both House and Senate from the
"The election of a Republican House
is a foregone conclusion." said Mr.
Willcox today. "A one hundred per
cent campaign will be conducted, which
will insure a Republican Senate.
"The Senate is now composed of 66
Democrats and ?9 Republicans. Count
ing the Maine results, its composition
becomes 65 Democrats and 41 Republi
cans. In the November election 82 Sen
ators are to be elected to fill the places
of 17 Democrats and 15 Republicans.
Confidence Strongly Pelt.
"To gain control. Republicans must
elect 22 candidates, that is, elect all of
their 15 and make an Inroad of eight
on the Democrats. The states now rep
resented by the 15 Republicans are
New Mexico, Minnesota. Wyoming, Del
aware. Wisconsin, Rhode Island. Mas
sachusetts. North Dakota, Connecticut,
Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington,
Utah, Michigan and California, In
none of these states is there any doubt
of the success of the Hughes and Fair
"As to the Senatorshlps, only two
may be considered doubtful Washing
ton and Wyoming and in these the
undoubted strength of the National
ticket will serve to elect the Republican
"The states represented by Democrats
are Arizona, Florida, West Virginia,
Texas, Nebraska, Indiana (2), Tennes
see. Maryland. New Jersey, Montana,
New Tork, Nevada, Ohio, Missouri, Vir
ginia and Mississippi. ,
Tfeeary Gain Predicted.
"Out of these 17 places the Repub
licans must take eight. First let as
eliminate the four certain Democratic
states of Florida, Texas. Virginia and
Mississippi. This leaves the field to 12
states of Arizona. West Virginia, Ne
braska, Indiana (2). Tennessee, Mary
land, New Jersey, Montana, New York.
Nevada. Ohio and Missouri. Of these,
Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Nebraska
(Concluded on Page 3, Column 1.)
Austrian Diplomat From Athens Says
Rumors Constantino Will Abdi
cate Without Foundation.
LONDON. Sept. 17. M. Kalogeropolus.
the new Greek Premier, declares that
the new government will observe the
most benevolent neutrality toward the
entente, says a Reuter dispatch from
"He repudiates allegations that he
Is Germanophlle," adds the dispatch,
"although he confesses that he is an
admirer of Germany."
BERLIN, via London. Sept. 17. Baron
George Bareza. attache of the Austro
Hungarlan legation at Athens, who has
arrived at Sofia, says a dispatch from
that capital, declares that the rumors
that King Constantine may abdicate
are absolutely unfounded. The King,
says the attache, though a nick man.
Intends to remain on the throne at all
costs and is becoming increasingly
popular with his subjects.
Baron Bareza who had some diffi
culty in reaching Sofia after his ex
pulsion from Greece, paints Greece afi
wholly shut in and without the vaguest
idea of the happenings in the rest of
the world. He considers the situation
not hopeless, however, in view of the
postponements of the elections, the
strong trend for neutrality at all costs,
the utter loyalty of the army to the
King, and the army's weakness, even
if Greece should be forced into war.
HUGHES READY FOR TRIP
Nominee to Leave Today on Two
Weeks' Speaking Tour.
NEW YORK, Sept. 17. Charles E.
Hughes came to New York tonight from
Bridgehampton, preparatory to leaving
early tomorrow for the second trip of
his campaign. He will deliver the first
speech of his trip at Peoria, 111., Tues
Mr. Hughes will be gone two weeks.
The trip will take him through Illi
nois. Indiana. Ohio and Wisconsin.
Mrs. Hughes will accompany him. The
party will travel by special train.
ALLIES NEARLY IN SERBIA
French and Russians Close to Bor
der South of Monastlr.
PARIS. Sept. 17. French and Rus
sian troops, advancing rapidly on the
western end of the entente Macedonian
front, have arrived In front of Fiorina,
close to the Serbian border, south of
Monastlr, the French War Office an
nounced In today's official bulletin.
Serbians are advancing on both sides
of Lake Ostrovo. defeating Bulgarians
near Kajmackalan and continuing their
troops to River Brod, where Bulgarians
San Francisco Strike Averted.
SAN FRANCISCO. Sept. 17. A threat
ened strike of . union shipwrights,
caulkers. Joiners and boat builders
was averted here today when the men
voted to accept a compromise offer of
the employers. They wanted an In
crease from $4 to 15 a vlay and ac
cepted $4.50. At a previous vote tho
compromise was rejected.
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
TEPTERDAT'S .Maximum temperature, 74
decrees: minimum, 54 degrees.
TODAY'S Fair, slightly cooler; northwest
Allies niike further gains on five-mile front.
London (Thamber of Commerce propose
graded synte-n or tanris lor iintain nwr
war. Page 1.
Americana called on to contribute million
a month to save Belgian children. Page 4.
Effect on American trad of allies' blockade
till In doubt. Page 4.
New British armored car spreads terror.
Greek at'ltude atlll one of Benevolent neu
trality toward allies. Pas 1.
Official report. Page 4.
Villa forces lo heavily in futile attack on
Chlhanhua. Page 8.
Roosevelt plans alx speeches in West. Page .
Republicans confident of controlling next
Congress. fare l-
Seven alleged members of blackmail gang
arrested In Chicago. Page 1.
Seth Low !. Page 2.
Foreigners cause run on Chicago bank on
Sunday. Page 8.
Submarine Bremen again reported near New
London. Paga 1.
Pacific Coast League results: Vernon B-8,
Portland 0-2: Pan Francisco 9-7. Oakland
l-; Los Angeles P. Salt Lake 1. Paga 10.
Tbung players hold prominent place on
Mu'tnomah Club football squad. Paga 11.
Both major league races may be decided by
single game. rife lo.
Tigers retain lead In American League and
Red Sox pass w nite box. Page lu.
Six girl fur1tlv-e from Oregon Industrial
School still at large. Page V.
Chaplain Gilbert announces Third Oregon
turns to Guard with all units. Page S.
Burned ateamer Congress la towed into Cooi
Bay. Page 18.
Portland and Vicinity.
Seven fish, long frozen, now swim. Paga L
Cornerstone laid for home of Sisters of Good
Shepherd. Page 18.
Vancouver man murdered mysteriously In
fortiana. r-ga j.
Portland urged to aid Mr. Strahorn on eco
nomic basis, page 6.
Fight haa queer ending. Page 12.
Move Is started here for Belgian soldiers'
tobacco fund. Page le.
Children are taken out on Highway for
oay a outing. rasa
Dr. Hugh Walker pleases Westminster Pres
byterian conirregsiion. 1'agc 16.
Rev. Frank Tneoilore Pcott jirearhea
First L'nlversallst Church. Page 16.
Mystic amazes Helllg audience. Page 5.
Mlsa Ll'lan Tingle returns from Japan.
Weather report, data end forecast. Page 13.
Immediate relief in car shortage not in
sight- Paga 13.
Many Rich Men Num
bered as Victims.
AMOUNT OBTAINED IS LARGE
Men Prominent in Politics Re
ported on List.
PENDING PLOTS NIPPED
Plan Was to Lore Men and Women
Into Compromising Positions and
Mulct Them Man Pays $40,-
000 and Woman $35,000.
CHICAGO, Sept. 17. (Special.) Final
strands In the web of evidence en
meshing four men and three women.
lleged members of a powerful and
unscrupulous gang of blackmailers,
were woven today by combined Federal
and city authorities.
The swindling coterie was taken Into
custody Saturday night at an apart
ment hotel. After a midnight bearing
before United States Commissioner
Foote they were held in prohibitive
bonds for another hearing Tuesday.
Victims Rich and Prominent.
The powerful twinge of a guilty con
science was the lever worked by the
blackmailers to obtain tribute from
their victims, all of whom arc wealthy
and most of whom are prominently
known and connected. Several cities
contributed to tho list of victims.
Although the warrants for the arrest
of the gang members charge three
separate offenses against the laws ot
the United States, the principal charge
which will be laid against them will
be that of kidnaping a Government
The persons taken Into custody and
now held in the county Jail on Federal
warrants are: Edward Donahue, alias
"Dm" Donahue; Mrs. Helen Evers.
alias Mrs. George W. Brown; Henry
Russell, alias II. J. Russell; Mrs. Ed
ward Donahue, James Christian, alias
J. IL Grosse; George Bland and Mrs.
Frances Allen, alias Mrs. Frances Chap
Money and Reputations) Saved.
According to Ilinton Q. Clabaugh,
head of the local bureau of Investiga
tion of the Department of Justice, the
three most Important captures are Mrs.
Evers, Donahue and RusselL
The arrest of the members of the
gang has, perhaps, saved tjhe money
and possibly the reputations of several
Government agents who were detailed
on the case trailed Russefl through
Jackson Park, all day Saturday. He
left his apartment early In the fore
noon with a camera under his arm.
Within a short time he had met a
woman, whose name Mr. Clabaugh de
clined to divulge, but who Is said to
be prominently known In the North
Side colony. Together they sauntered
through the park unconscious of the
Federal agent In the discreet distance.
It was Russell's plan. Clabaugh, says,
to obtain the confidence of the woman,
place her In a compromising situation
and then blackmail her.
One Poses aa Mayor's Brother.
Another plot which was foiled was
In the development. One of the mem
bers of toe gang has been posing as a
brother of Mayor Thompson. Tho In
tended victim had been lured to an
apartment-house and lavishly enter
tained. The arrest nipped this plot
in the bud.
There ore approximately 16 known
victims of the swindling operations,
many of whom live In this city, al
though some make their homes in
New York. Philadelphia and Atlantic
City. Some, It Is said, were men prom
inent In political Ufa who were vlctlns
ized while at the Republican conven
tion here last June. The women of tne
gang, according to the authorities, are
young and beautiful. The men are
well groomed and of a type calculated
to impress society women.
Victims Pay nigh.
Most of the victims paid high for
their indiscretions. One man paid
$40,000 In cash. One woman paid $35.
000. Another paid 10,000. The small
est amount obtained was from Mrs.
Reglna A. Klipper, of Philadelphia,
who gave $500.
it is Mrs. Kllppers testimony that
is counted on by the Government to
send the gang to the Federal peniten
tiary. Mrs. Klipper was kidnaped
and spirited to Canada several weeks
ago by members of the band. Just be
fore she was to appear as a witness
against one of their number who had
previously been arrested In an Eastern
The District Attorney's office in
Philadelphia notified Mrs. Klipper over
the telephone that she would be called
as a witness and that a deputy United
States Marshal would be sent to escort
her to the Federal building.
The wire to Mrs. Klipper's home had
been tapped and before the Marshal
arrived a man had called, represent
ing himself as a Marshal, and asked
her to accompany him to a train.
Mrs. Klipper awoke in Montreal,
where she was detained under the
representation that she was being held
there to prevent members of the gang
from reaching her.
A Government agent, discussing the
"Their women mnde a Vict ice of
ll'onciuded on i'ago 3, Cu