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VOL. LVI- NO. 17,528.
PORTLAND, OREGON, THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 1917.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Ialiens at lunch
SON AIDS EX-BANDIT
NEUTRALS SAID TO
HAVE SHIRKED DUTY
:t after 41
AS SITE FOR RANGE
ON FIFTH AVENUE
TO QUIT POOR FARM
WORK III HARMONY
YEARS GETS MERGY
SECRETARY OF WAR DECIDES TO
SIRS. VINCENT ASTOR HOSTESS
TO EAST SIDE DWELLERS. -
CHRIS ETAXS IS REMOVED TO
ST. VEVCEXT'S HOSPITAL.
BUY TRACT FOR ARMY.
Secret Meeting.ls Held
at White House.
PEACE ADDRESS LIKELY TOPIG
Gathering Follows Berlin News
of Sending "Urgent" Note.
CLASH STAGED IN SENATE
Democrats Oppose Discussion of Mr.
Wilson's Talk, While Republi
cans, Lied by Cummins, Insist
on Getting Views of Body.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 24. Five Demo
cratic leaders of the Senate, three of
them members of the foreign relations
committee, had a long conference with
President Wilson at the White House
tonight. Afterward all of them re
fused flatly to talk.
In the conference were Chairman
Btone and Senators Pomerene and
Saulsbury. of the foreign relations
committee, and Senators Walsh and
Hoke Smith. The President is much
Interested in the efforts of Senator
Cummins and other Republicans to
force an open debate on his peace ad
dress, and in some quarters it was be
lleved that it was in this connection
that the Senators were called to the
No Plan of Action Mapped.
It Is understood the subject was dlS'
cussed only generally and that no at
tempt was made to agree upon any
plan of action.
xne legislative programme was
talked over and the President is said
to have urged the importance of pass
ing water-power legislation before the
end of the session.
There have been suggestions that, in
order to prevent interference with leg
lslation by daily discussions of the
Cummins resolution, which would se
aside next week for the debate, the
Administration might favor either fix
ing a limited time for the debate now
or an agreement to postpone It until
the Senate holds its .extra session after
LONDON, Jan. 24. The American Am
bassador at Berlin. James W. Gerard,
was called to the Foreign Office today,
whither he was summoned by the Im
perial Chancellor for a conversation re
specting President Wilson's address to
the Senate, says a- Berlin dispatch to
the Exchange Telegraph Company by
way of Amsterdam.
I rgrnt Message In Sent.
The conference lasted for more than
an hour and later the Ambessador sent
a long wireless message to Washington
"at the urgent request of the German
In Parliamentary circles, says the
correspondent, President Wilson's
speech is generally considered a last
move for peace and that, if it Is unsuc
cessful, the President will be obliged
to side finally with one of the bellig
Rifle Practice Grounds of 1000 Acres
to Be Taken, Half on Option,
for Vancouver Troops.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, Jan. 24. The Secretary of War
has decided definitely to purchase a
tract of land in the vicinity of Linnton,
Or., for a rifle range for the 'use .of
troops stationed at Vancouver Bar
racks. Secretary Baker made this an
nouncement today to Senator Jones and
Representative Johnson, who called to
urge him to purchase a tract adjoining
the Vancouver military reservation.
The Secretary said General Bell had
reported adversely on the sites near
Vancouver and had recommended the
purchase of the Oregon tract, which
embraces about 1000 acres.
The price asked for the land is ?90,-
000. more than is available, so the Sec
retary said he had decided to buy S00
acres and get an option on the remain-
ins 500 and ask Congress for a further
There is now available for this ririe
range Siu.uuu, out pari oi mm iu.
be expended in erecting targets, iur
nlshing water supply and otherwise
imorovlna- the land after it has been
CITY APPEAL IS SHUT OFF
Premature Building of Sidewalk of
Advantage to Charles Schmid.
The City Council yesterday ap
proved payment of T8S78.22 to Charles
Schmid as settlement in full of a Judg
ment against the city for property
taken for the widening of Washing
ton street at Sixteenth street. The
figure is J1000 less than the Judg
ment, the amount being held out as
the assessment due the city from Mr.
Schmid for the widening.
The city had intended appealing to
the Supreme Court in the case, consid
ering the Judgment too high, but had
been prevented from so doing because
the Public Works Department had
built a walk' over the disputed prop
erty, thereby accepting the Judgment
Senate and House Are
Again in Accord.
JOINT COMMITTEE CRUCIBLE
Final Measure to Be" Best
Thought of Legislature.
Traditions are set aside
Blouse Chairman Presides at First
of Many Conferences on Plans
for Consolidation Author
Is Willing to 'Yield.
Wealthy Society Women Rub Elbows
With Poor, Whom They Meet as "
"Neighbors and Friends."
KEW YORK. Jan. 24. Mrs. Vincent
Aster's plan to Americanize New York
City's alien population took concrete
form today at a luncheon given in her
Fifth-avenue home, once, the scene of
this city's most brilliant social func
tions under the leadership of Mrs. John
Jacob Astor, to three score residents of
the East Side, at which wealthy society
women touched elbows with those
dwelling in less pretentious Quarters.
We need here in this great city a
neighborhood spirit," Mrs. Astor said
in telling her plans. "A spirit which
will bring Fifth avenue and First ave
nue together and which will make us
acquainted with the homes and needs of
each other as neighbors and friends,
not as charity workers.
"We are striving for two things to
make service, not charity, our watch
word and to have on call at all times
residents who will render personal
service to others in' the neighborhood as
It is needed."
War Crimes Permitted,
Says Bonar Law.
several vessels sunk
Two Dutch and Two British Steam
ers Are Destroyed.
LONDON, Jan. . 24. Lloyd's -Shipping
Agency tuinouuces the sinking of the
Dutch steamer Salland, of 22S2 tons
gross, and the British steamer Trea-
meadow, of 2325 tons gross. The crews
The sinking of the Dutch steamer
Zeta. of S053 tons gross, and the Brit
ish steamer Neuquen, of 35S3 tons
gross, is also announced by Lloyds.
The crew of the sunken fishing boat
Ethel, says another Lloyd's announce
ment, landed after 17 hours at sea in
open boats during zero weather, the
whole crew suffering from exposure
WOMAN ON HUNGER STRIKE
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24. Determined
opposition was revealed by Admin
istration leaders in the Senate today
to Senator Cummins' proposal to set
aside next week for free discussion
of President Wilson's world peace ad
dress. Led by Senator Stone, chair
man of the foreign relations commit
v me, mo iciuwiaio sluuu asainsi xne
Cummins resolution, maintaining that
"with the press of legislative business
such a discussion at this time would
make necessary an extra session of
No Act Ion Is Taken.
At the outset Senator Stone moved
that the resolution be referred to the
foreign relations committee; later Sen
ator Norris moved to amend the mo
tion by adding instructions that the
committee make a report within 10
days. Finally the resolution went to
the Senate calendar without action, and
it will require affirmative action be
fore It can be placed before the Sen
ate for a vote.
Senator Cummins insisted tonight
n pressing the matter at every oppor
tunity, and as a motion to take it up
is debatable. It can precipitate discus-
eion during the first hour of the Sen-,
ate's session every day unless parlia
mentary expedients are adopted to
Duty to Country Is Cited.
In urging his resolution. Senator
Cummins declared the President's pro
posals, right or wrong, were the most
Important ever made by a chief execu
tive of the United States and that the
Senate owed a duty to the country to
discuss them to advise the President
in the matter.
"If there ever was a time." he said,
"when duty commanded that we give
to the world and the country the hon
est convictions of the Senate upon
proposals that affect the integrity of
the Nation, the peace of the world, and
the happiness of mankind, it is now.'
i x senator stone insisted any discussion
f J In the Senate was bound to be two
i s eiaea ana not oi a cnaracter to en-
Jr lighten the President or guide hi
lootsteps. tie also aeciarea there was
scarcely time left for disposing of
pressing legislation before March 4
and suggested that discussion be left
to another time.
"There Is no desire on the part of
the President's friends to prevent the
Birth-Control Propagandist Refuses
to Eat While Held in Cell.
NEW YORK, Jan. 24. Mrs. Ethel
Byrne, sentenced to 30 days in the
penitentiary at Blackwell s Island for
spreading birth-control propaganda.
continued her hunger strike when she
was returtied to her cell today after
failure to obtain her freedom on a writ
of habeas corpus. She announced she
had tasted neither food nor water since
she was sent to the island Monday.
Mrs. Byrne, who Is a sister of Mrs.
Margaret Sanger, is being watched by
the prison physicians. They said '
night her condition was "good."
STATE CAPITOL, Salem, Or.. Jan. 24.
(Special.) The Senate committee on
consolidation and the House committee
on consolidation got together tonight
and their first joint meeting was as
friendly as a family fireside gathering.
Ten minutes after the session began
the members of the two committees
were deep In earnest discussion on how
to work out a consolidation programme
between them that will best make for
efficiency and economy.
When they adjourned, an hour later.
it was to meet again tomorrow night
to continue their work. And they
agreed to hold joint sessions every
day, if it becomes necessary, from now
to the end of the session, to prepare
the best consolidation measures pos
Clackamas Chairmen In I'armony.
There was not a bicker or a quibble
or a question of one committee or one
house over the other in the whole ses
Senator Walter A. Dimlck and Repre
sentative George C. Brownell, both of
Clackamas County and respectively the
chairmen of the Senate and House com
mittees, set an example of cordiality
and displayed a desire to co-operate
that made the situation easy for all
It had been reputed- that personal
rivalry between these leaders has been
a factor in holding the two houses
apart up to this time on the consollda
tion question. No one ever would have
guessed It by their attitude tonight.
"Let George Do It," Says Walter.
When Senator Dimick spoke to Rep
resentative . Brownell he called hira
When Representative Brownell spok
to Senator Dimick he went still furthe
and called him "brother" and "Walter.'
Senator Dimick suggested that the
honor of presiding at the Joint meet
ings of the committee go to Mr.
It's customary at Joint meetings fo
the Senate chairman to preside, cour
teously Insisted Mr. Brownell.
No, you take it. George," said Dim
I couldn't think of It, brother; you
take it," returned Brownell. .
Somebody moved that the Senate and
House chairmen alternate in presiding
CHANCELLOR ANSWERS WILSON
Britain's Aim and President's
Said to Be Same Peace.
METHODS, HOWEVER, VARY
English Statesman Declares Ger
many Must lie Beaten so That
World May Xot Be Left
Facing Horrors of War.
WIDOW GOES ON APPROVAL
If Rood River Woman Pleases Colo
rado Man They Will Wed.
HOOD RIVER. Or.. January 24.
(Special.) Mrs. Emma Hammond, an
elderly widow of the Heights section,
left here yesterday for Denver, where
she may wed J. A. Chapman, of Star
ling, Col. Mrs. Hammond told her
friends that she had been correspond
ing with Mr. Chapman for several
months and following his proposal of
marriage, the two agreed to meet In
If the disposition of Mrs. Hammond
proves compatible with that of the
Coloradan, a wedding will follow, Mrs.
Hammond told her friends, and she
will go as a bride to a new home at
The Baptist Mission Circle gave Mrs.
Hammond a linen shower a few days
REPORTER TAGS PROPOSED
Connecticut Has Bill Requiring
Licenses for Newspapermen.
HARTFORD. Conn-. Jan. 34. A bill
was Introduced in the Legislature to
day providing for the examination and
licensing of Journalists by a commis
slon of five, to be appointed by the
Governor. Under the proposed meas
ure, a licensed news writer on daily
and weekly papers in the state would
have to have at least six months' ex
A license would cost 110 and would
be subject to suspension.
Joseph Evans, Rancher, Living Near!
Vancouver, Wash., Helps Parent
When Plight Is Learned.
Chris Evans, famed bandit, made an
extremely limited stay at the Multno
mah County Farm, where provisions
were made for him Monday by Dr. E.
P. Geary. County Physician.
Joseph Evans, a rancher living near
Vancouver. Wash., the eldest of Mr.
tvans' four sons, received his first
notification that his father had become
county charge through reading a
newspaper report. He hurried to Port
land, and yesterday saw Mr. Evans
taken from the county farm to St.
The man who once diverted all his
energies to relentless war against the
Southern Pacific Railroad Ira .California
Is now facing a losing battle with age
and its infirmities. He is under the
care of Dr. O. J. Goffln at the hospital.
An operation may be attempted if Mr.
Evans' condition will allow it.
Three of Mr. Evans' sons live In Port
land. -but did not know their father
was going to the County Farm until
they learned of his commitment
through the newspapers.
(Concluded on Page 4, Column 3.)
PAPAL NUNCIO SEES KING
Rulers of Bavaria Give Audience to
Slonsignor Gluseppi Aversa.
BERLIN. Jan. 24. (By wireless to
Sayville. N. Y.) King Ludwlg of Ba
varia has received in audience the new
papal nuncio, Monsignor Giuseppl
Aversa, and exchanged with him mu
tual greetings, says t dispatch from
Later the nuncio was received by the
BRISTOL, via London, Jan. 24. Ad
dressing a meeting tonight In connec
tion with the war loan campaign,
Andrew Bonar Law, Chancellor of the
Exchequer and member of the British
War Council, made the following reply
to President Wilson's speech to the
United States Senate:
"The end of the war Is peace. The
Germans made us what they have
called an offer of peace. It received
from the allied governments the reply
which it deserved the only possible
American Neutrality Admitted.
Most of you, however. I presume.
read the speech by President Wilson,
which appeared In yesterday's papers.
It Is a frank speech and It Is right
that any member of O'le of the allied
governments who refers to it should
speak with equal frankness. It Is Im
possible that he and we can look on
it from the same point of view.
The head of a great neutral power.
whatever his private views may be
and I know as little as any of you what
they are must adopt a neutral attitude.
America Is very far removed from the
horrors of this war. We are In the midst
of theny America is neutral; we are
not neutral. We believe that the essence
of this conflict Is a question which is
as old as time the difference between
right and wrong... - -"
England's Aim Said to Be Peace.
"We believe, we know, that this war
is a war of naked aggression, that
crimes which have accompanied the
conduct of the war, which have been
unbroken In the world for centuries.
are small In comparison with the Initial
crime of plunging the world into war
by cold-blooded calculation because
those responsible thought it would pay.
"President Wilson's speech had this
aim, to gain peace now and secure
peace for the future. That Is our aim.
and our only aim. He hoped to secure
this by a league of peace." and he not
only spoke In favor of such, a league,
but he-is trying to' induce the Ameri
can Senate to take the steps necessary
to give effect to It. It would not be
right to regard this proposal, as some
thing altogether Utopian.
Question Now Vital.
"You know that almost up to our
own day duelling continued, and Just
Jesse Pomeroy' to Be
Treated as Others.
SOLITARY CELL TO BE LEFT
Man Now 57 No Longer to Be
Shut Off From Humanity.
LIGHT TASKS PERMITTED
HOUSE-CLERK HIRE LOWER
Smaller Force Maintained and Sav
. ing Over Last Session Made.
STATE CAPITOL. Salem. Or.. Jan
24. (Special.) If the House continues
through the session with its present
average force of clerks and stenog
raphers it will he able to save from
$3000 to $6000 compared to the expenses
of the last session.
Speaker Stanfle'd has Just completed
a survey of the House payroll and finds
that with the same number of bills
on hand and the same amount of work
accomplished,, the House has 24 fewer
clerks than two yearr ago. He expects
this ratio to be maintained. His Inves
tigations revealed tbat a few clerks
were employed on several commtltees
who had not been authorized by the
customary resolution. They were dismissed.
ARKANSAS NOW BONE DRY
Express Companies Do Rushing
Liquor Business on Final Day.
LITTLE ROCK. Ark, Jan. 24. While
600 men sang 'Ho Dry I Am. Gov
ernor Brough signed the Arkansas
bone-dry" bill at the annual dinner
of the Little Rock Board of Commerce
tonight. All state officials and mem
bers of the Legislature were guests at
Express companies were rushed to
day delivering orders for liquor. One
local telegraph company reported It
handled 800 telegrams from Little Rock
residents ordering liquor yesterday.
(Concluded on Pace 3, Column 1.)
$1.50 WHEAT CONTRACTED
Enterprise Deal for 2 7 5-Acre Ranch
Is at Record Price.
ENTERPRISE. Or., Jan. 14. (Spe
cial.) An agreement establishing the
record price for contract wheat was
entered into a few days ago between
H. A. Quesenberry, W. R. Holmes, pres
ident of the Wallowa National Bank,
of this city, and owner of the property
farmed by Mr. Quesenberry, and C. R.
Elliott, a retired stockgrower and
C. R. Elliott agreed to pay Mr.
Quesenberry and Mr. Holmes $1.50 a
bushel for all merchantable wheat to
be raised upon 275 acres during 1917.
(Concluded on Fag 3, Column
SCHOOLBOY, 9, IS MISSING
Marcel Bishop Is Sought by Police 1
When Parents Grow Anxious. "
V. B. Bishop, 4228 Fifty-second ave
nue, Southeast, reponea io me puiico
early this morning that his son. Mar-1
eel aired 9. had not returned home 1
The boy had gone to school thatj
marninz as usual. When he did not
return the parents became anxious and.
after several hours, asked the pplic
to join in the search for the lad.
BRITAIN OMITS CEREMONY
King and Queen to Reopen Parlia
ment "without Vsual Events.
LONDON. Jan. 24. The King and
Queen will reopen Parliament on Feb
ruary 7, but without the customary 1
A procession of a naval and military I
character will be substituted.
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
-Maximum temperature, 48
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t i - . i
I mo .4
degrees; minimum, 41 decrees.
TODAY'S Partly cloudy and occasionally
threatening; weather; southerly winds.
Mr. Bean proposes new consolidation bill.
Senate passes tllesitlmate child blu. Page 6.
Substitute fishing bill develops friction In
House committee on fisnerlea Page 6.
Higher education fight grows warm at
Olympla. Page a.
Senate and House In harmony on consollda-
tion. Page 1.
Power to remove officials denied Idaho Gov-
ernor. Page 7.
German press inclined to applaud worla
peace note, race a.
Naval battle waged In Inky blackness la
rorta be. Page 4.
Britain refuses to let English concern sell
hells to America. Page 13.
Ambassador Gerard ordered to conduct In
quiry Into condition or deported Belgians.
Bonar Law accuses neutrals of having
shirked duty, page 1.
Japan on verge of crista Page 20.
Senate committee rejects President's plan
to formd strikes, rue o.
"Leak Inquiry suspended for few daya
Fortifications bill provides S60.000.flo0 for
improvements and maintenance. Page 18.
President calls night conference at White
House. Page 1.
Linnton selected as site for Army rifle
range. Page 1. .
Proposal to tax water power may end dead
lock: In congress. Page 13.
President visits Capitol despite criticism of
Kepubllcana. Page 3.
Noted convict, after 41 years In solitary cell,
to be treated as are other prisoners.
"Honey Boy" letter used in evidence to sup
port Miss Tamer' a story. Page 8
Mrs. Astor hostess to Gotham aliens. Page 1.
W. W. McCredlo would give Vernon f ran
chieo to Pasadena Page 13.
Columbia defeats Franklin five. 22-21.
Frankle Banders, bantam, would meet Mas-
cott or Branson. Page 14.
Minor leatruea hit by demands of Players"
Fraternity. Page 15.
Oregon Labor Federation wants Government
to probe Everett clasn. Page 7.
Girl, 9, attacked; posse in pursuit. Pas's
Commercial and Marine.
Alaska salmon pack closely sold up. Page 20.
Wheat firmer at Chicago on unfavorable
crop news. - Pago 21
Unka Maru No. S and Capto are shifted
in harbor. Page 20.
Stock trading narrow, but market is firmer.
Portland and Vicinity.
Shrtnera plan gala session next Saturday.
Chris Evans, ex-bandlt. removed to hospital
from poor farm by son. Page 1.
Woman "mtiaher" of Alaska visits In Fort
land. Page 9.
Dr. Harry F. McKay named county phy
sician. Page 8.
Hardware dealers will elect today. Page 16.
Eighteen persona swear allegiance after com
pletlng course in "citizenship." Page IS.
Lang Syne Society has fourth annual session.
Page 2. ,
Weather report, data and forecast. Face 20.
Noted Prisoner Who Can Read Seven
Languages and Whose Efforts to
Escape Are as In Fiction, at
Last to Be Treated as Human.
BOSTON, Jan. 24. To Jesse Pome
roy, who has been for 41 years in soli
tary confinement In the state prison
at Charlestown. were granted equal
privileges with other prisoners by the
State Executive Council today. Con
victed of murder at 15. Pomeroy tt
years later was locked up In a cell
lighted from a window In the celling,
so that he might not gaze on his fellow-men.
He was exercised apart from
the other prisoners and barred, as far
as possible, from human companion
ship. Two years ago the sentence was
enforced less rigorously, to accord with
modern Ideas of prison reform. He
received more opportunities for exer
cise In the prison yard and was al
lowed to attend church services twice
on Sundays, sitting apart from the
other men. f
Light Work to Be Permitted.
Now. at the age of o7. Pomeroy will
move Into a cell where he can see
passersby. will be allowed to exercise
with other prisoners, sit with them a
the church services and at the prison
entertainments, and will have suca
light work In the prison shops as hi
somewhat enfeebled health will per
mit. Governor McCall announced to
night that he approved the commuta
tion. Pomeroy was convicted of the brutal
murder of two children, following a
series of degenerate acts, which had
terrorised the South Boston and Dor-
hester districts of this city. He was
sentenced to be hanged, but because
of his youth the sentence was com
muted to solitary Imprisonment for
life. On September 7. 1S76. he was
placed In his solitary cell a the
Attempt to Escape Continued.
But he did not drop out of the publlo
eye. .Reports of sensational attempts
to escape, carried through with patient
Ingenuity rarely found outside of fic
tion, became public at frequent Inter
vals. His mother, until her death two
years ago. never relaxed her efforts
tc secure his pardon, and was allowed
to visit her son regularly.
When Pomeroy began his sentence
he was poorly educated. Now he can
read In seven languages, and at the
age of 57 is studying Arabic
His last known attempt to escape
was four years ago. om mcu
has been diligently studying law as It
bears on his case. Beyond his attempts
to break through steel and brlcic to
freedom, he has been, on the whole,
his keepers say. a quiet and model
"MRS. SPEAKER" RULES
Woman Legislator presides uvcr
House First Time in History.
STATE CAPITOLt Salem. Or, Jan 24.
For the first time In the history of
the Oregon Legislature a woman pre
sided over one of its branches today.
Soon after the House session opened
Speaker Stanfleld called Mrs. Thomp
son, the only woman memoer. io im
Mrs. Thompson has a voice that mu
the entire chamber, and she Is well ac
quainted with parliamentary proced
ure. Four bills were passed while she
was In the chair.
The men addressed her as "Mrs. -Speaker."
but at her own suggestion
did not cease smoking.
BEER OUTPUT IS CURTAILED
British Food Controller Limits 1917
Production to 7 0 Per Cent of 19 1 .
LONDON. Jan. 24. To reduce the
consumption of foodstuffs by brew
eries. Baron Devonport, the food con
troller, has decided that the quantity
of beer to be brewed for the year be
ginning April 1 shall be restricted to
70 per cent of the output of the pre
This means that only 1S.000.000 bar
rels of beer will be produced, about
half the output of the year preceding
HOGS BRING RECORD PRICE
Market Reaches $11.40 a Hundred,
Highest in Its History..
ST. JOSEPH. 'Mo.. Jan. 24. A high
record in hog prices was established
here today, when the market reached
a top of til. 40 a hundred pounds.
The next highest price since the mar
ket was established was yesterday,
with the price J11.25.