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VOL. L.TI. NO. 17,527.
PORTLAND, OREGON, WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 24, 1917.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
TORPEDO CRAFT IN
NORTH SEA BATTLE
WILSON MAY TRY
GOLD SAID TO BE
GOING TO GERMANY
SENATE AMD HOUSE
25-CENT DIET DAY
TO WILSON'S PLAN
PRESIDENT SATS HE WELL DO
mysterious Baltimore ves
sels' CARRY MILLIONS.
DEAL MAY BE SETTLED TODAY.
IT IP WIFE CONSENTS.
7 i HMWifiifi
British Admit Loss of
One of Vessels. '
7 GERMANS REPORTED SUNK
London, However, Officially
Claims Only One of Foe.
ACCOUNTS OF FIGHT VARY
Teuton Flotilla Said to Have Been
Attempting to Leave Zeehrngge
to Avoid Ice When Attacked
' by Largo Squadron.
Experiment Is Proposed for White
House After New York Police
Prove It Is Possible.
WASH?NGTON. Jan. 23. Having
proved that 13 husky policemen can
thrive on a 25-cent-a-day diet. Mrs.
Eula McClary. a dietician of, the police
diet squad of New Tork City, today
asked the President of the United
States to do likewise.
In addition to requesting Mr. Wilson
to try a 25-cent diet day at the White
House, she said she had asked him to
proclaim suclf a day for the whole
Mrs. McClary suggested that the ex
periment at the White House would
have a good effect on the country.
"I'll do It If Mrs. Wilson will con
sent," Mrs. McClary quoted the Presi
dent as replying. She said she would
call at the White House again Thurs
day and bring with her a menu to be
prepared by experts connected with
the movement, especially for the Presi
ICE GORGES STOP TRAINS
Montana Floods Continue to Cover
Tracks and Then to Freeze.
LOGAN. Mont., Jan. 23. There has
been no improvement in flood condi
tions in Madison Valley, where ice
LONDON. Jan. 23. Reports from
Tmuiden received by Reuter's Tele
gram Company at Amsterdam say that
German torpedo boats last night at
tempted to leave Zeebrugge to avoid
the ice, which was exceedingly thick.
They were immediately attacked by a
large British squadron.
The action opened at short range
and early in the fight the bridge of
the German destroyer V-69 was swept
away by a. direct hit, the commander
and two other officers being killed.
The British destroyer was lost, also, by way of Helena.
in tnoiner engagement.
The V-69 fired one torpedo and was
then hit by another British shell,
which knocked the funnel flat on the
deck. Still another shell put a hole
In the fore part of the vessel. Her RARE DISEASE KILLS TWO
guns appear not 10 nave oeen cam
Hidden Meanings in
PUBLIC MEN ARE COURTEOUS
REA OF TRACT 26,000 ACRES
All End, However, in Support
ing Britain's Measures.
Body Contains 4;500,000,000
Feet, Largely Douglas Fir.
"SILENT MASSES" HEARD
lalmr Tartv Indorses Action of
Members In Entering War Cabi
netMonroe Doctrine Dis
cussed With Interest.
LONDON. Jan. 23. President Wll
rn' odrirena to the United States
Senate has furnished the British gov
ernment and public with a surprise as
electrifying as his mediatory note to
spread the water over the valley for
several miles. The water rose several
Inches today and the Northern Pacific
and Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
tracks are under 12 inches of water and
ice. Overland trains which ordinarily
run through Butte are being detoured
Reports from Madison Valley points
said several ranchers had difficulty in
reaching places of safety.
aged. The crew of the V-69 numbered
Other Germans Reported Sunk.
It would appear from the statements
f the men that seven other German
Vessels were sunk. The V-69 belonged
to the home fleet.
According to a Reuter dispatch from
Tmuiden. it was officially stated that
four were killed aboard the V-69, In
cluding the commander. Lieutenant
Soehm, and the commander of the flo
tilla. Captain Echultz. German officers
refused Information about an engage
ment, the scene of action - -or - the
Strength of the flotilla.
According to a Hague report to the
Exchange Telegraph . Company, two
German shiDs were sunk and three
others badly damaged In the North Sea TENNESSEE IS MADE DRIER
gorges in the Madison River have i the belligerents. With the exception
the Manchester Guardian and the
Daily News, which are the only papers
in Great Britain that can be classified
pacificatory in policy, the press
gives the President's utterances an un
friendly reception and engages In much
speculation over the meaning which, it
is considered, may be concealed behind
Public men Interviewed begin with
courteous tributes to the President s
good intentions and end by supporting
Great Britain's measures.
Wide Discussion Is Certaia.
While the government cannot make
any direct reply to a communication
from the President to the United States
Senate, there is certain to be discus
ion in Parliament. The usages of the
House of Lords give even greater latl
tude for addresss on any topic any
member wishes to discuss than those of
the American Senate, while the ques
tion paper of the House of Commons
furnishes an equally good opportunity
for the advancement of personal views.
Woman Contracts Botulism by Eat
ing Infected Food.
EAN DIEGO, Jan. 23. Botulism, a
rare disease contracted by eating in
fected food, claimed a second victim
today' when Miss Genevieve Nation suc
cumbed late today at Kscondido, near
here. Mrs. Maude Pearson, widow of
the late Colonel E. P. Pearson. U. S. A.,
died this morning. Both women had
been ill for Beveral days.
An autopsy was performed. o the
body of Mrs. Pearson, and according to
Coroner Otto Marsh, traces of botulism
British Ioaa Admitted.
The official statement Issued here to
day says that a German destroyer was
sunk, and admits that in another en
gagement in the vicinity of Schouwen
Bank a British destroyer was sunk.
Governor Rye Signs Three Drastic
NASHVILLE. Tenn, Jan. 23 Gov
ernor Rye today signed three antl-
with a loss of three officers and 44 of I liquor bills recently passed by the Leg.
the crew. The text of the announce- I islature.
"Last night while our light forces
were patrolling the North Sea not far
from the Dutch coast they met a di
vision of enemy torpedo-boat destroy
ers. A short engagement took place.
during which one of .the enemy torpedo-boat
destroyers was sunk and the
rest scattered, having suffered consid
erable punishment. Darkness prevented
the full results of the action from be
Vessel Sank by Own Fleet.
The measures, which become effective
immediately, are: To prohibit clubs,
lodges or associations from keeping
storing or in any way disposing of
liquor; to make a second conviction
tor bootlegging a felony and to make
it unlawful for any firm or corpora
tion to keep in stock or store liquor
intended for sale as a beverage.
$10 LAND YIELDS FORTUNE
"During last night there was a sharp Pomeroy Physician Gets $2500 as
Share of 7 0 -Acre Crop.
POMEROT, Wash.. Jan. 23. (Spe
clal.) Dr. John Gilbert, of this city,
was handed a check for $2517.22 today
for his share of the Marquis wheat
crop, grown on 70 acres of his land,
for which he paid $10 an acre two
The land, before he purchased it.
was used to graze sheep. L. M. Knettle
was the purchaser of the wheat, pay
lng $1.65. There were 614 sacks.
engagement between enemy torpedo
boat destroyers and our own destroy
ers in the vicinity of Schouwen Bank.
During this engagement one of our
torpedo-boat destroyers was struck by
torpedo, the explosion killing three
officers and 44 of t,h crew. She sub
sequently was sunk by our own ships.
"Relatives of the victims have been
informed. Our ships suffered no other!
TMUIDEN. Holland, via. The Hague
to London. Jan. 23. An encounter oc.
curred Tuesday morning in the North
Sea between 14 German torpedo-boat
destroyers and a British flotilla. Six
teen severely wounded Germans have
been landed here by a Dutch trawler.
which took them off the badly damaged
German torpedo-boat V-69.
The torpedo-boat was afterward
towed here with 20 dead aboard. The
commander died before reaching port.
both of his legs being shot off In the
WINTER GETS THIRD VICTIN
North Dakota Man Is Found Frozen
In Street at McVille.
FARGO. N, D., Jan. 23. The third
death from freezing in North Dakota
this Winter was reported tonight.
Knute Haugun, a resident of McVille
w-as found frozen to death in a stree
there. One man was frozen to death
last Sunday near Alfred, Lamour
County, and another in Western North
Dakota earlier in the year.
TERRITORIES TO BE DRY
Alaska and Hawaii to Come Under
Ban, Decision of House Committee.
BEST COW BRINGS $5000
"prohibition for both Alaska and Hawaii
consignments usiensimy iw uucuira i . - .
I 1 s r 1 r r. k4.AA4' U it
Aires Believed to Be Intended j L-L.L. I CO 1 1 1 IC I CO lb L
for Raiders at Sea.
BALTIMORE. Jan. 23. It was re
ported in local shipping circles today
that three steamers which left Balti
more, recently, presumably, with coal.
also took out several million dollars In
gold eagles and half eagles. The ship
ments of gold, it was also reported.
were for Germany and were to be
transferred at sea to the raiders sweep-
ng the South Atlantic.
The report is based on the departure
on December- 24 for Norfolk of the
steamer Au Sable. The vessel was
known to have cleared with coal and
about $2,000,000 in gold. ' She left Nor
folk on December 28 for Buenos Aires,
but her, arrival has not been reported,
She was followed on December 29 by
the Maumee also carrying a heavy con
signment of gold for Buenos - Aires.
She has not been reported. The Win
nebago sailed on January 7 for the
same port. The three steamers are un
der American registry and have been
bought by a new enterprise which Is
said to have steamers on the British
Maurice B. Carlin. agent for the
steamers here, admitted today that the
ships had taken large consignments of
gold, but refused to say for whom it
was destined. . A member of the con
sular service of one of the South Amer
ican countries admitted that gold was
on board the three steamers but re
fused to discuss it.
It is already foreshadowed by mem-
ben of the Commons that a discussion
will be insisted on when Parliament
assembles, and speeches from members
of the present and the late Cabinet are
expected. Possible action cy the Amer
lean Congress on committing" the N
tion to membership in an international
peace league is awaited with great
Pablie Utterances Recalled.
Both David Lloyd George, in his his
toric maiden speech as Prime Minister,
and Viscount Grey, while Minister
Foreign Affairs, stated strongly that
membership in such a league without
obligations to force its decrees by arms
would be useless.
The effect of President Wilson'
policy on the status of the Monroe
Doctrine is discussed with equal in
(Concluded on f'age 4. Column 2.)
PAY INCREASES FAVORED
Senate, However, Limits Grant
Lower Salaried Clerks.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 23. Pay In
creases for many Government :lerks to
meet the higher cost of living were
approved by the Senate today in an
amendment to the legislative appro
priation bill. It would advance the sal
aries of employes receiving less than
$480 by 15 per cent and those receiving
from $480 up to and including $1000
by 10 per cent.
The amendment takes the place of
one proposed by the House which
would raise the pay of higher salaried
employes also. The vote was 33 to
29, many Senators opposing increases
on the ground that now is the time
TROLLEY TO CROSS BRIDGE
Streetcar Will Be Run This Morn
- lng to Test Lines.
VANCOUVER, Wash.. Jan. 23. (Spe
cial.) The first streetcar will cross
the Interstate bridge tomorrow morn
ins at 8 o'clock. The Portland Rail
way. Light & Power Company will run
one of the regular cars used in Van
couver across the bridge and down
Washington street in Vancouver to
test the new tracks which are being
laid and to determine whether it wil
be necessary to lower the grade of the
street under the North Bank viaduct.
The tracks on Hayden Island were
Joined with the rails of the bridge to
LAND LIES ON COLUMBIA
Intimation Is That Manufacture Will
Be Commenced Soon, Necessi
tating Extensive Operations
and Several Mills.
The largest timber deal closed In
Oregon in several months was con
summated yesterday when the Oregon
Lumber Company purchased most of
the DuBois Lumber Company's hold
ings for a consideration understood to
be approximately $4,000,000.
The timber land involved lies In Co
lumbia, Clatsop, Tillamook and Wash
ington counties and embraces about
26.000 acres. The tract cruises about
4.500,000,000 feet of merchantable tlm
ber and is said to be one of the finest
large bodies rn the West. The principal
variety is Douglas fir. although there
are considerable quantities of spruce,
cedar and hemlock. -
Eccles Interests Bayers.
The purchasing company is ovroed by
the Eccles Interests, with headquarters
at Ogden. Utah, of which David C
Eccles Is the directing head. They
have Invested several millions of dol
lars in Oregon timber lands heretofore
and are extensive manufacturers of
Mills at present are operated at Ba
ker, Austin and Whitney, in the East
ern Oregon yellow pipe district; at
Dee, in the Hood River Valley, and at
English, in Columbia County, on the
Astoria branch of the North Bank
It it understood that the new owners
of the DuBois tract contemplate ac
tiva operations in the near future.
Plans for operation would involve th
building of logging roads and one or
more large mills, either on the Colum
bla River or on Tillamook Bay. Deft
nite announcement of the company'
plans are expected to be made upon the
return from Ogden of Charles T. Early,
who is in charge of the Eccles Interests
Facilities Are Good.1
The tract is attractively situated as
far as transportation is concerned, be
ing directly accessible to the Astoria
branch of the North Bank Road and
the Columbia River on the north and
the Tillamook branch of the Southern
Pacific on the south, in addition to
tidewater outlet at Tillamook Bay.
J. K. Gamble, representative of the
Supreme Council Meeting at Los An
geles Has Three Important Mat
ters Arising for Decision.
LOS ANGELES. Jan. 23. (Special.)
Three important subjects are to come
before the supreme council of the Fra
ternal Brotherhood for final settlement
at its meeting tomorrow in Fraternal
One of these, it is understood, will
e a demand by Charles Dempster, su
preme secretary, that a merit system
be established for the employes of the
brotherhood, that dead wood be weeded
out. that all possible overhead expense
e eliminated and that the body be re
A second proposition Is that of con
solldating the 25,000 members with the
8,000 members of the United Artisans,
Portland organization said to be
lmilar in many respects to the Fra
The third proposition Is to curtail
the budget expenditures of the su
According to J. W. Mills, secretary
of Montavilla Lodge No. 10 S, the propo
sition of merging the two oidera h
been under consideration for a short
time but that it had been agreed be
tween representatives of the ledges to
withhold public announcement until
plans for consolidation had been defi
The United Artisans were organized
In Portland 21 years ago, C. L. Mo
Kenna, the present supreme secretary,
being one of the organizers of the or
der. Mr McKenna is now out of th
city and no official statement from
the order will be made until his re
The order has 18,000 members, the
majority of. whom are residents of Ore
gon. Other states In which lodges
have been formed include Washington.
Idaho. Montana, California and Colo
rado. The order is a fraternal lnsur
(Concluded on Par 2. Column &.)
SOME FIGURE OUR UNCLE SAM WOULD CUT IN THAT LIONS' DEN.
Each Has Merger Pro
gramme Laid Out.
THOMAS ASSAILS DIMICK BILL
Members of Higher Body Ac
cused of Grandstanding.
LABOR BOARD IS PROPOSED
SN0WSH0E CLUB IN STORM
Portland Party Is Caught In Gale at
Night on Hood's Slope.
HOOD RIVER, Or, Jan. 23. (Spe
clal.) Members of the Portland Snow
shoe Club, who traveled six miles yes
terday on ski and snowshoes from
Mount Hood Lodge to the clubhouse
at the foot of Eliot Glacier, last night
experienced one of the severest storms
that has prevailed in the high altitudes
this- season. Telephone lines' are down
and no communication exists between
the snowehoe party and the outside
world. John Goldsbury, whose ranch
is at the edge of the National Forest,
reports that the wind blew a gale and
that a heavy snow fell on the moun
tain. The mountain come of the Snowshoe
Club is built of hewn logs and strong
enough to resist the most severe
virtually was decided on today by the
House territories committee.
The reintroduced Wlckersham bill to
prohibit manufacture, sale. gift, pos-
session or transportation of liquor in
Alaska was ordered favorably reported
to the House.
The Hawaiian bill then was taken up,
and the main features of the Alaskan
bill were written Into it after the com.
mittee had eliminated provisions that
would make prohibition dependent
upon petitions of the Hawaiian people.
SHIP EXPLOSION IS FATAL
Boiler on Steamer Carlb Bursts and
v Several Are Killed.
SANTO DOMINGO, Jan. 23. Many
..raona on board the Dominican coast
steamer Carib were killed and others
severely injured by the explosion of the
....mer'a boiler, which wrecked the
The material loss will be heavy.
Holder of World's Record for But
ter Fat Sold to Creamery.
UTICA. N. T.. Jan. 23. Tletje Queen
de Kol. the cow which recently broke
the record for butter-making in giv
ing 542.7 pounds of milk in seven days.
or 42.26 pounds of butter, was sold to
day for $5000 to a creamery company.
The previous record had been 32 pounds
The cow is 9 years and 9 months old.
WOMAN, 91, PASSES AWAY
Mrs. Mary Lowell, of Empire, Was
Native of Aetna, Maine.
MARSHFIELD, Or.. Jan. 23. (Spe
cial.) Mrs. Mary Lowell, of Empire,
aged 91 years, died yesterday.
Mrs. Lowell was a native of Aetna,
Maine, and had lived in Oregon 12
years. The deceased leaves no chil
dren, the last, Mrs. W. C. Bickford,
having died here several years ago.
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INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature. 48
degrees; minimum. 40 deg-reea
TODAY'S Partly cloudy, westerly win da
Olympla dry bill set for tomorrow. Page 6.
Senate and House won't co-operate on con
solidation programme. Page 1.
Senate passes nine bills and three memori
als. Page 6.
Both sides heard on antl-picketlng bill.
Rogue River people and MacLeay Interests
ciasn. page 7.
Cold opens way to extensive fighting on sev
eral ironta. Page 2.
German commander of prize Tarrowdale
tells of running British blockade. Page z.
French think Wilson's plan is cblmerieaL
British opinion hostile to President's peace
Plan. Page 1.
British public men say Germany must be
aeleatea. Page 4.
British and German torpedo craft in battle
in isortn Sea. Page 1-Kmtionml.
Policy of lumbermen condemned by Federal
Dodlea Page 3.
Wilson says he will try 25-cent diet ay It
wire consents. Page 1.
Stock Exchange members ordered to pro
duce lists in leak inquiry. Page 2.
Washington admits troop movements in
Mexico are under way. Page 3.
Wilson to wait for popular verdict oa his
peace scheme. Page 4.
Revenue bin drafted. Page 15.
Bethlehem Steel cuts $30,000,000 melon.
United Artisans merger is proposed. Page 1
American gold said to be going to Germany.
Ctvlo Federation speakers differ as to peace
zneinoas. fage a
Ed Maler may back outlaw league. Page 14.
Big leagues keeping faith with Pulta.
Commerce defeats James John five. Page 14.
Bronson defeats Pelslnger. Pago 15.
Governor tells 'State Grocers Oregon should
proauce steel, page a.
Demonstration made against anti-boycott
law Djr labor. Page 8.
Commercial and Marine.
Record price paid for Willamette Valley
wool, rare is.
Peace talk depresses wbat prices at Chi
cago, rare iu.
Stock sales smallest of any day tinea Aa
gust. Page 16. '
Joseph Supple obtains contract for two new
wooden vessels. Page 18.
Portland and Vicinity.
Timber deal Involving 14,000,000 closed.
Man faces trial for theft ofood for hungry
oaDies. rare j.
Mr. Dieck now approves of Jitney tariffa
Commerce examiner hears dispute over coal
rate, rage k.
Hardware dealers convene today. Page 9.
Stranger gets cash in advance for whisky
ana aeparta. rage id.
Parent-Teacher Association Prepares Thura
day menus. Page 5.
Judges will ask for wider discretion In pass
ing sentence, rage la.
Weather report, data and forecast. Page 5.
W. D. Fenton defends constitutionality of
proposed Public Revenue Commission
bill. Page 13.
Poster to attract educators is selected.
Frizes offered for history essays. Face 13.
Measure Providing for Consolida-
tion of Tax Commission Is Re
ferred to Committee as Part of
General Merger System.
6TATB CAPITOL. Salem. Or., Jan. JS.
(Special.) All prospects for early or
effective co-operation between the
House and Senate committees on con
solidation went glimmering today when
the House committee determined to
pursue an independent course toward
the Senate programme.
In accordance with that plan the
House committee has prepared a bill
creating a state commission of labor .
and consolidating with it the present
Commissioner of Labor, the board of -Inspection
of child labor, the Industrial
Welfare Commission and the Industrial
Other Bllla Proposed.
This bill probably will be introduced
in the House within a few days and
earnest efforts will be made to pass
It- Other 'bills consolidating other
state departments are in the making.
The House committee met this af
ternoon and expressed violent disfavor
of the Dlmick bill, consolidating the
State Tax Commission with the Publlo
Service Commission, which passed the
Senate with an almost unanimous vote
Representative Thomas bill trans-
ferrlng the duties of the Tax Commis
sion to the State Board of Control is
in the hands of this committee and
with a few amendments probably will '
be put through the House. If it is it
is probable that the Dlmick bill will
be smothered, as the two measures con
flict. Harmony Not Apparent.
No. It fioesn't look as though the two
committees are working very well to
gether, although both express a genuine
desire for effective consolidation.
The breach was further widened
when, on the floor of the House this
morning. Representative Thomas, a
member of the House committee, ac
cused members of the Senate commit
tee of "grandstanding" in their consol
idation efforts. It was the first burst
of forensic oratory that has been heard
this session. The House meetings have
been mighty dull thus far and It is
probable that Thomas has broken the .
Ice. Some Interesting times appear on
the distant horlson.
Governor's Ideas Carried Oat.
Representative Thomas' somewhat
sensational speech was called forth
when his own bill providing for a re-,
organization of the Tax Commission
was under consideration. The measure
was prepared in accordance with tho
views expressed by Governor Withy
combe in his message to the Legislature
two weeks ago. In asking that the bllL .
Instead of going to a vote, be sent to
the consolidation committee, Thomas
reviewed the recent efforts of tho lat
"We have been considering the Tax
Commission as well as other commis
sions," he said. "We don't want to re
port any recommendations until we feel
certain that It can be carried out successfully.
Bad Faith Charged.
"It is very apparent from the action
of the Senate that if either house is
going to stand for good, carefully cau
tious, constructive legislation, that it
will be this house and no other. It is
detrimental to the interests of this
state to attempt to pass bills in one
house with the knowledge and with the
sincere desire that the bill will be
killed in the other house.
There has been too much of this
appeal to the galleries in the past.
There is too much of it at the present,
and if the members across the hall
continue as they have commenced this
session the interests of the taxpayers
can only be conserved by our being
"Recognlring that this situation ex
ists, and feeling that this house should
not recommend or pass any bill except
what we feel should be passed. I recom
mend that this bill be referred to the
consolidation committee for further in
vestigation." Accordingly the bill went before the
consolidation committee and will be
recommended favorably with amend
ments that will make the State Board
of Control the tax commission and
provide for one tax expert at $3000 a
year and a secretary at $1800 a year.
Dlmick BUI Opposed.
Chairman Brownell, Representative
RItner and other members of the
House committee were much disturbed
today at the report that various Sen
ators, In speaking for the Dimick bill
yesterday, had given assurance that
the House committee would support it.
They denied that they ever had prom
ised their support. Senator Pierce at
tended the- committee meeting and
vigorously opposed the Dimick bill.
It is probable that the Thomas bill,
with amendments, and the labor bill.
.(Cuucludad oa 7, Colunia 3.).