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TIIE MORNING OREGONIAX, FRIDAY,
JANUARY 12, 1917.
ABES THESLA FAIR
DIES UNDER TR1
Widely Konwn Woman Writer
. Steps in. Front of Oregon
Electric Car, in City.
CORONER SAYS SUICIDE
"i'ljonds Identify ' Body at. Morfne
: as That of Sociological Worker.
Stpry .of Illness and Hint-
.... ed Destruction Are Told.
Agnes Thesla Fair, sociological work
er arid' wrfter, despondent because of
ill-health, . cast herself before an In
bound Oregon City electric train yes
terday afternoon, 100 feet north of Spo
kane avenue, in Sellwood, and met in
stant death beneath the front, car.
- The .act was witnessed by the motor
anan, J.; A. Vanham,.and by J. B. Keinke,
a bridge worker of the Portland Rail
way, Light & Power Company, who was
-riding on the front platform. The train
had stopped at Spokane aVenue and had
not yet gathered full speed.
1 The woman was walking between the
double tracks, Heinke says, toward the
'oncoming train. When it was less than
a score of feet away, she stepped onto
the track, threw up her hands and went
down beneath the car. Although the
wheels did not pass over her body,
death was instantaneous from the ter
rific . pommeling she received. Both,
legs were broken and her skull was
fractured. The body was taken to the
public morgue by Deputy Coroner
I-owe, where it remained unidentified
for some time.
Friend Identifies Body.
Positive identification was made by
Mrs. Alfred D. Cridge, wife of a news
paperman, who had talked with -Mrs.
Fair earlier in the day, and who was
numbered among her friends in this
city. Mrs. Fair told Mrs. Cridge, it is
reported, that she had wearied of the
burden of .illness and might commit
suicide any time, "perhaps today,"
During the past several days she had
been a guest at the. home of Mrs. Har
riet Chervln, 472 Boulevard avenue,
Sellwood. Mrs. Chervin knew of her
guest's mental stress, but did not an
ticipate her act. She had been in fail
ing health, Mrs. Chervin said, was in
straightened circumstances and ap
- Deputy Coroner Smith, after making
a thorough investigation, considered
the case to be so- plainly one of sui
cide that an inquest will not be, held.
Efforts will be made to discover the
whereabouts of relatives, believed to
reside in the East.
Agnes Thesla Fair was well known
to many in Portland 'as a -woman of
radical convictions, impetuous, ardent
and active in her opposition to eco
nomic conditions which displeased her.
She was an especial foe of. the open
shop.- Little is known of her private
life, save that her home was in the
East, where she is said to have been
She visited Portland at irregular in
tervals, and had been in the city "for
eeveral months. Fiije or six years ago
phe first came to this -city, on her way
from Alaska to - Lies Angeles. She
called on Colonel CVE. S. Wood and in
troduced herself s a friend .of Emma
Goldman. In Spokane, Seattle, Port
land. San Francisco and Los Angeles
she worked as a writer, contributing
sociological articles to EasteVn publi
cations. Her -Alaskan experiences and
impressions were published in maga
zine sketches, while a volume of Alas
kan verse bears her name.
Mr, Fair Widely Known. "
Trior to coming to- the Pacific Coast
Mrs. Fair was similarly . engaged in
New York and Chicago, it is said, and
i widely known throughout the East
as a student of the, radical movement,
and an intense partisan.
Mrs. Fair was slight of stature, and,
according to her friends, was between
. 35 and 45 years of age. She was un
communicative' In discussions concern
ing herself, cherished an unconquer
able aversion to facing the camera,
and literally burned the lamp of the
spirit until the flesh was exhausted.
This, her friends believe, occasioned
the breakdown of he'h which led
Mrs. Fair to self-destruction.
Funeral arrangements have not been
made. Owing to the fact that she is
thought to have been destitute, and
that relatives may not be located, local
friends may take charge of the funeral.
SALESMA3V MUST CLASSIFY HIS
PROSPECT, SAYS MR, RICHEY.
Business Man's- Create Need la IJe-
dared to Be Special Training ln
' Modern Methods.
At the weekly meeting of the Great
er Portland Association yesterday at
the Hotel Portland, it was decided to
4.i.vc a. dinner dance the first Thursday
in February at one of the downtown
The principal speaker at yesterday's
meeting was Harry Richey. a Portland
insurance man, who addressed the as-
foL-ianon on "Salesmanship and Scien
- tif ic Business Methods."
"What the business man of today
" mure specialized training in
his particular line of work, and a more
aeiinite understanding of the princi
ples of modern salesmanship," he said.
Mr. Richey divided, human nature
into tnree types the mental type, con
servative type.- and the lmniilslvo tvim
The triangular-faced man, said Mr.
jticney. Known as the mental type.
If you want to sell to him dn It
qulffkly and let him do some of the
talRing and most of the thinking," con
"When you are doing business with
a square-faced, conservative man, don't
urge him, don't hurry him, but put your
proposition up plainly and intelligently
and give him time to think it over. The
impulsive type must appreciate the
benefits he is going to derive from the
sale you expect to make. He buys on
Impulse and he is frequently a creature
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f "IrtiriH WiHrmf -fcniai-diar ,.iv 1 ..1 St 1 ss. -iebMlit&Am,
cause his ideas were stolen from him,
she was the heroine of a series of
scenes depicting adventure, love, sus
pense and mystery. The reformation
and final return of her husband brought
the picture to a pleasant climax." New
STATE BANKS ELECT
TODAY'S FILM FEATURES.
Sunset Harry B. Warner,
Star Clara Kimball Young,
"The Foolish Virgin."
Broadway -"Twenty Thousand
Leagues Under the Sea."
Peoples Louise Huff and Jack
Pickford, "Great Expectations."
Majestic June Capripe, "A Mod
Columbia Mary Pickford, "The
Pride of the Clan."
. Globe Maude Fealy, "The
( ( " RE AT EXPECTATIONS." Fa-
I -j- mous Players' interpretation
Of the Charles THoItayim mtni-v nf
that name, is a motion-picture gem. It
is a nearly perfect Dhotonlav. . Tn nn
essential does -"Great Expectations"
fall below the highest standards... The
story Is engrossing; Jack Pickford and
ixiuise liiyr charm as they did in
"Seventeen." while never has thr
been exhibited a play of finer costumes
ana DacKgrounds. . The detail Is per
fect, the photography and lighting ef-
iects are beautiful, while soma of fli
scenes have all of the artistry of paint-.
It Is surprising to discover that In
Dickens the world lost a fine photo
play writer. By omitting unnecessary
details Director Vlgnola has obtained
rrom the old-time novel n. nlnt fhnt to
splendidly adapted to screen Visualiza
tion, containing suspense. snspiiv
action and artistically
climaxes. It is. a picture worthy of
the greatest commendation and pub
lic support, not only for its artistry,
but because of its entertainment worth.
Jack Pickford Is cast in the rol 'of
Pip, a young fellow who lives with his
brother-in-law, a blacksmith or,
.works at the forge and in the kitchen.
He is forced to aid an escaped convict.
cwn mier years tnis convict, re
membering the kind action of the boy.
ima iae iaa eaucatea as a gentleman
Pip looks forward to. the "great ex
pectations," but does not know the
name of his benefactor. The boy falls
in love with Estellac, ward of a strange
woman of the neighborhood. As the
story develops, the convict, who has
amassed wealth following agriculture
in penai coiony, proves to be the
father of Estella, as well as the foster
father of Pip. The old man escapes
from the colony to take a peep at his
foster-son and daughter, but is killed
trying to further evade the authori
ties. The love affair of Pip and Estella
Is a delicious part of the picture, while
everything in the photoplay Is in
harmony with the atmosphere of the
Dickens stories. The stagecoach
scenes- are particularly effective.
Selig-Tribune news weekly is also
Legislative Bills Available.
E. T. Judd, ln charge of the Oregon
state exhibit on the ground floor of
the Oregon building, has arranged for
a reference list from the Legislature
which will be available at the exhibit
headquarters for the use of everybody
who is interested in the work of the
present session. He has arranged for
copies of the calendars and bills of
both houses and they will be on file
and accessible to the public on the
desk at the exhibit headquarters at all
times. The Oregon exhibit room is at
Fifth and Oak streets.
Tot real entertainment values It "Is
difficult to conceive of a photoplay the
superior of "Shell 43," the Sunset
Theater's week-end film offering. It's
one of the best European war pictures
yet exhibited, if not the very best, and,
better still, is not a preachment against
war or for preparedness. It's an en
thralling story of mystery and Intrigue,
constructed about the European spy
system. And Aarry B. Warner, mat
inee idol, is the man of mystery, the
sphinx who dominates the film In. a
mystifying series of guises.
William Berner is introduced as an
American newspaper man.' He appears
in Alsace-Lorraine and is the recipient
of the confidences of the German army
staff and the. allied spies. It is not
long before the observer discovers that
he Is an Englishman. A spy, caught
by the Germans and told to seek out
Berner for protection, is a German
trick to test him. But Berner gives up
tire spy, aitnougn not without a strug
gle. And after that Berner plots the
defeat of the Germans, but he does if
in such a way that calls for the re
mark that the picture is neutral, an
extremely difficult achievement. He
saves a German Lieutenant from death
and sends him back to his wife and
child, mother and sister; he puts his
own love aside and is killed when the
allied army is victorious.
Berner. who is not Berner at all, but
a British secret service man, is an
ideal hero for a picture. His feats
and his daring, though impossible,
sweep the spectator into conviction by
their sheer heroism. Mr. Warner lives
the part of Berner, his strangely mask
like face contributing to the role an
added element Of mystery. Enid Mar
key, Jack Gilbert (the Portland boy),
George Fischer and Margaret Thomp
son are members of a capable support
ing cast. .
"Puppets," a Triangle novelty com
edy, and a Burton Homes Travelogue
installment complete a strong bill. :-
The story of "AfModern Cinderella,"
designedly or by accident, fits June
Caprice like a glove. As the title sug
gests. Miss Caprice leads an unhappy
life under the browbeatings of an am
bitious mother and an ill-tempered sis
ter, but, unlike the Cinderella of the
fairy tale, she wins her prince by her
own wiles and efforts. In fact, the
prince did .not stand a chance when
June had made up her mind to go out
and get him. -
This photoplay, the current Majestic
attraction, is handled in a comedy vein,
with now and then a pathetic moment;
but for the most part the situations
are amusing and the action speedy.
Miss Caprice plays her -role with great
vivacity, and her work will add to her
June falls in love with the rich young
bachelor who is attentive to her. sis
ter, Polly, but her mild advances are
received with laughter, because" her
mother has kept her over-long' in short
dresses and curls. But she makes up
her mind to catch ' her prince, and,
events conspiring, she enters into a
contract with Tom whereby they shall
make Polly jealous. The contract re
quires that Tom make violent love to
June, and, while at first the young man
finds the task a hard one, ln the face
of Polly's displeasure, he gradually be
comes so used to it that at the end
of the contract he finds that he has
the habit. The play ends with a strong
suggestion of wedding bells.
Throughout the production refer
ences to the other .Cinderella are fre
quent, necessitating the visualization
of the fairy tale in which June and
Tom always take the leading roles. The
setting is of the summery sort, with
canoeing, tennis and riding all set in a
A "Captain Jinks" comedy, starring
Frank Daniels, and Fathe News of cur.
rent events complete the programme.
Clara Kimball Young opened a three
day engagement yesterday at the Star
Theater in "The Foolish Virgin,"
film narrative of Thomas Dixon's well
known story. The picture has been
well received throughout the country
many believing that its story. value is
greater than that of "The Common
Law,'; a film which introduced Miss
Young to fandom as the star of her own
The following are a few excerpts
from critical approval of "The Foolish
v irgin :
"Everyone who saw it agreed It was
a greater production than 'The Common
Law.' From start to finish it held the
rapt attention of every spectator. It
presents a story replete with heart-Interest
yet refreshingly free from Im
possible situations. The star's work
is strong and convincing, and she en
dows her role with a charm peculiarly
her own. New York Journal.
"There Is enough action to suit the
most particular spectator. The name
of Clara Kimball Young outside of a
motion picture theater will send- a lot
of people inside, and no one will be
disappointed. In each scene there is
something that stands, out because of
its punch. The film is especially free
from titles and absolutely nothing is
lost from the thread of the story.
"The title role affords Miss Young the
most interesting emotional part she has
played. As the deserted wife of a
young inventor who turned burglar be-
Ninety and Nine
Broadway Children's Matinees.
Manager James, of the Broadway
Theater, will hold a series of chil
dren's matinees Saturday, between the
hours of 10 A. M. and P. M.. with
"Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the
Sea." the eight-reel plcturtzation of the
famous Jules Verne story, as the at
traction. This film, which is remarkable for
its submarine photography, is particu
larly entertaining to children. Its edu
cational value is high, because of the ex
posure of the wonders of the ocean.
Divers hunting sharks on the Coor of
the sea, searching for treasure ln an
cient wrecks, struggling against cur
rents, wandering among the gardens of
coral, sponge and other vegetation, and
a. struggle with an octopus, are inter
esting features of the undersea pho
tographic effects. Captain Nemo and
his adventures with the submarine
Nautilus are pictured In scenes that
harmonize with . the phantasies of the
Filming Pickford Story.
The Massachusetts coast at Marble-
head was selected for the staging of
the exterior scenes of "The Pride of the
Clan," the Mary Pickford seven-act
photoplay which is enjoying prosperity
at the Columbia Theater, and which
will remain until Saturday night. On
tno rocky shores Miss Pickford and her
company lived for several months mak
ing the new picture. In one of the in
cidents of the story Mary appears on
a half-sunken fishing boat, and in this
scene she was forced to enact bits of
realism that proved distinctly real and
that the camera has faithfully recorded.
The craft, a rickety and water-soaked
veteran, sprang a leak Just as the Im
portant part of the scene was being
filmed. Miss Pickford was rescued
Fisher With Mutual.
George Fisher has been engaged by
Samuel S. Hutchinson, president of the
American Film Corporation, to play
opposite alary Allies Allnter in Mutual
Mr. Fisher's first, appearance In sup
port of Miss Mlnter will be In '"The
Gentle Intrader." the star's sixth tro
auction on which she recently started
work at the studios of the American
Company, at Santa Barbara.
Mr. Fisher will appear ln the rola of
Arnold Baxter, a spoiled and pampered
son, wno nnds real manhood througd
the efforts of his little cousin "the
gentle Intruder." '
Recently Mr. Fisher has been con
nected with Ince studios. .
Screen Gossip. '
Fritz! Sc.heff. who appeared In a nlc-
ture some . months ago called "The
Pretty Mrs. Smith," is reported as
soon to return to the studios. A musical
comedy she was in "went on the rocks"
at Philadelphia. i
Holbrook Blinn, who has appeared ln
a number of World productions, is as
sociated with Jamea Shesgreen. ln a
new theatrical producing organization.
The three largest theaters ln New
York are showing motion pictures, and
piaying to capacity nouses nigntiy. The
Liberty presents "Intolerance." the
Lyric. "A Daughter of the Gods," and
me-- orty-Fourtn-street, "Joan the
Tully Marsh, who did such wonderful
work in support of Marie Dortf in the
Lasky adaptation of "Oliver Twist," is
now playing ln support of Anita King
and Wallace Reid in a forthcoming
' A dramatization of "GsJlagher." the
newspaper Btory that first brought the
jate Kicnara Haralnr Uavls to the at
tention of the literary world, has just
Deen completed at the Bronx studios of
Thomas A. Edison, Inc., and It will be
released at an early date under the
brand of Conquest Pictures. Among the
writers - of - stories . that are being
dramatized for release under the Edi
son Conquest Pictures brand are Robert
Louis Stevenson, Richard Harding
Davis, Ralph Henry Barbour. . John
Bennett. Kirk Munroe, Rex Beach and
Ellis Parker Butler.
Margery Wilson plays opposite Bill
Hart in his next Triangle picture.
Cleo Madison is now under contract
to Isidor Bernstein, who has opened up
studios ln Los Angeles.
Robert Edeson reports that he will
be seen no more on stage or screen, but
will devote his entire time to play-writing.
Scandianvian American De
fers Meeting Three Weeks..
FEW CHANGES ARE MADE
Recently . Appointed Officers at
Ladd & Tilton's Ratiricd and
. Assistant Cashier Added by
Ashley & Ilumelin.
State banks of Portland In most
cases held their annual meetings yes
terday and chose their official staff
for the coming year. The Scandinavian-American
Bank deferred Its meet
ing until February 3.
Ladd & Tllton chose the old officers.
The selection of two men who were
added some weeks ago was ratified.
The officers of the bank are: Presi
dent, W. M. Ladd; vice-presidents,
Edward Cookingham and Isaac D.
Hunt; cashier, W. H. Dunckley; as
sistant cashiers, R. S. Howard, J.
Wesley Ladd. Walter M. Cooke, Thomas
H. West and Samuel L. Eddy.
The East Side Bank re-elected as
follows: President, H. H. Newhall;
vice-president, L. Newhall: cashier.
Roger Newhall; assistant cashiers, H.
F. Butke and S. W. Alt.
At the annual stockholders meeting
of the Lumbermens Trust Company all
of the directors were re-elected as fol
lows: P. S. Brumby, C. H. Carey, James
Danaher. Jr., John A. Keating. C. S.
Russell, J. E. Wheeler and C. E. Wright
The directors elected the following of
ficers: President, John A. Keating;
vice-president, F. A. Freeman; treas
urer, Carl S. Kelty; secretary, Frank
W. Camp; assistant secretary, Carlos
C. Close. .
Ashley & Rumelln chose the same
official list with the exception of add
ing an assistant cashier The list fol
lows: President. C. E. Rumelin; vice
president, R. G. Ashley; cashier, M. A.
M. Ashley; assistant - cashier, E. J.
EPISCOPAL CLERGY SIT
PEXSIOX FVXD IS SUBJECT AT
Dean McCoIllster Will Speak Today,
Rev. John Dawson Presiding Rev.
F. K. Howard Makes Plans.
A meeting of the Northern Convo
cation ot the Episcopal Churches which
assembled last night in the Church of
the Good Shepherd will continue
throughout today. Bishop Sumner pre
sided and gave a short talk. A number
of laymen spoke on the pension fund.
This measure provides for the pension
ing of clergymen over 68 years of age,
and gives to the widows of clergymen
a stipulated sum. Bishop Lawrence, of
Massachusetts, is general chairman of
the pension commission. There is
ii, 000.000 in the treasury, and it Is the
aim of the commission to obtain an
other million before March.
This morning after the celebration of
the holy communion Dean McCollister
of St Stephen's pro-Cathedral will give
an address on "How to Increase At
tendance at. Evening Prayer on Sun
days." Luncheon will be served at
12:30 o'clock, and in the afternoon va
rious subjects pertaining to the welfare
of the diocese will be discussed. Rev.
Frederick K. Howard assisted ln ar
ranging the programme. Rev. John
Dawson will preside today at some of
Bishop Sumner returned yesterday
from Seattle, where he attended the
15th anniversary celebration of Bishop
Keator. A dinner was given for Bishop
Keator. Six bishops and 200 laymen
attended. Bishop Sumner will leave
tomorrow for San Francisco, where he
will lecture ln the divinity school, and
will speak at the diocesan convention.
An address at Mills' College will be
Included ln Bishop Sumner's programme.
Wlnthrop 31. Daniels Confirmed.
WASHINGTON'. Jan. 11. After a
Today and Tomorrow Only
That Exceedingly Popular Photoplay
UNDER THE SEA
Filmed on the Botton of the Ocean
Saturday 10 A M. to 6 P.M.
" Miss Esther Sundquist
v Broadway Symphony Orchestra
11 A. M. to
11 P. M.
I r vvj
Geeat Cxpectat! HJ
At the Peoples Today
M.U F F PICKFORD
Have made a photoplay more exquisite and appealing
than "Seventeen." It is an amazingly sweet picturization
of Charles Dickens'
You'll miss one of the surpassing; classics of camera art
if you fail to see this picture today or tomorrow at the
Alder at West Park
Ionr nd bitter fisht the renomlnatlon
of Wiuthrop M. Daniels, of New Jer
sey, as a member of the Interstate
Commerce Commission stood confirmed
today by the Senate. The vote for cos
tirmation was 42 to 15 against.
BABY HOME HEARING TODAY
Charges Brought Agalnet Manage
ment Will Be Investigated.
Recent troubles In the management
of the Baby Home will be aired today
before Dr. David N. Robers. State
Health Officer, who will conduct an offi
cial investigation Into the conduct of
Charges already made public have
been lodged with Dr. Roberjr against
Mrs. D. C. Burns, president of the
trustees of the home, and the board
by Mrs. George B. Cellars, who was
dropped from the board last Monday
at the annual meeting.
John F. Logan, John S. Xapler and
Marshall N. Dana have been named by
Dr. Roberg as an investigates committee.
Oil Struck on Koscburg Man's Land.
ROSE BURG, Or.. Jan. 11. (Special.)
K. L. Miller, a West Roseburg gar
dener, who some time ago traded a
piece of Douglas County property for
a small ranch near Winfleld, Kan., to
day was offered $10,000 for his hold
ings in the latter state. Since Mr. Mil
ler purchased the farm oil and gas
have been discovered on the adjoining
ranches. A. representative of a Kansas
syndicate arrived hero recently and ne
gotiations for the sale of the property
owned by Mr. Miller are now pending.
Before agreeing' to eell the land Mr.
Miller said he would go to Winfield
and make a personal Inspection of the
A MARVELOUS CHARACTERIZATION
H. B. WARNER
as an English spy among the German forces is
is a real INCE war picture, which will teach you more
about the present war than you could ever learn by
Keystone Comedy and "Picturesque Prague"
TO THE THOUSANDS WHO HEARD
Richard J. Jose
IN PORTLAND SEVEN YEARS AGO:
Remember the old Bungalow Theater and how long
you had to wait for a seat?
Remember the stage-production "Silver Threads
Among the Gold" in which he was playing? and the
price you paid?
HE'S COMING AGAIN, AND HIS VOICE IS
SWEETER AND BETTER THAN EVER
and "Silver Threads Among the Gold" is now in photo
Admission will be only 15c and 25c, and in response to
numerous requests we have decided that
YOU 1MAY RESERVE SEATS BY
TELEPHONE FOR 50 CENTS
Sunday at the
'...ill "l" J wtt"1 ,mm " 1 111 ', 1 " ' ' " 1
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A sensation a smash
' -f-'B-. ing photodrama com-
nff next Sunday to
"j " The Star. It will be
-.ll X7 the talk of the town.
X Added Sunday: Charlie Chaplin in "The Rink" & Kiot.