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VOL; LVI. NO. 17,529.
PORTLAND, OREGON, ritlDAY,' JANUARY 2G, 1917.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
2-YEAR TERM GIVEN
CLEAN BILL GIVEN
OVER $300 LOT
OWNER OF REJECTED SITE FOR
FTREHOUSE TAKES ACTION.
OPTIONS CLOSED IN
VAST TIMBER DEAL
TAX ON LAND IN
GRANT AREA AIM
SENATE IXVESTIGATEfG COM-
REPRESENTATIVE BEAN TO IN
MITTEE FILES REPORT.
TRODUCE BILL TODAY.
Action Is Opposed by
S. P. Lockwood.
DELAY OF MONTH IS URGED
Women Want Time to Present
Case Against School Head.
MRS. C. A. HART IS SPEAKER
Two-Group Plan, Advocated by Mr.
Alderman, Also Authorized Over
Mr. Lockwood's ProtestOther
Officials Are Re-elected.
L. R. Alderman, superintendent of
Portland schools, was re-elected yester
day by the School Board for a two
year term, dating from the expiration
of his present contract on June SO.
D. A. Grout and C. A, Rice, assistant
superintendents, and R. H. Thomas.
school clerk, also were re-elected for
a like term. There was no change inlfIcial3 to explain their action,
salaries in any of the four offices.
The vote for the re-election of Mr.
Alderman and his assistants was over-
whelming. O. M. Plummer made the
motion ana there was but one vote
against It, that of S. P. Lockwood, who
a year ago, when Superintendent Alder
man was re-elected for a one-year term.
voiced the most bitter opposition to
his continued tenure in office.
Mr. Lockwood Stands Alone.
Director Lockwod again announced
btmself as against the retention of
Mr. Alderman as head of the Portland
school system at yesterday's meeting.
After a short talk, however, he gained
no support and voted alone in the
Mrs. Charles A. Hart, one of a group
of Irvington women who were present,
asked the board If she might be heard
at the conclusion of Mr. Lockwood's
remarks, which were met with some
applause from these women. The re
quest was unusual, as the Directors
are vested with the sole right to choose
a city superintendent.
However, the Directors gave her the
right to speak, and she asked that the
election be delayed one month and
that notice be given of the date
chosen. The request was not given
further consideration by the board
Plea for Delay Denied.
Mrs. Hart said. afterward she wanted
the election delayed so that a show
lng might be made In opposition to
the retention of Superintendent Alder
man. However, as the meeting broke
up, a number of the women present
wished Mr. Alderman success.
The motion by Director Plummer,
seconded by Dr. Alan Welch Smith, for
the re-election of Superintendent Al
derman brought a quick note of opposi
tion from Director Lockwood.
"I was opposed to the re-election of
Mr. Alderman a year ago, and said so
at that time," he declared. "Every
thing I said at that time has been con
firmed. In my own mind, in our experi
"I believe that when a large per cent
of the community is opposed to any
man, whether he be a good man or not.
he is not suited to a position such as
. Two-Group Piatt Adopted.
It is a well-known fact that a large
percentage of the community do not
give their confidence to the superin
tendent. So far as I am concerned, I
shall vote against his re-election at
this or any other time."
Mr. Lockwood also moved that the
election be postponed for one month,
In accord with the request of Mrs
Hart, but he received no second. Di
rectors Beach, Plummer, Smith and
Drake voted for the re-election and Mr,
Lockwood against it.
Director Lockwood also saw his
hopes blasted yesterday when he tried
to defeat the adoption of the two
group plan in Portland schools. He
alone opposed the plan, and the vote
was four to one In favor of it. Su
perintendent Alderman was directed to
establish this system in such schools as
he shall see fit. Plans call for the
new mode of operation In 18 schools,
to become effective at the beginning
of the new semester.
Flan Declared Llfe-Saver.
By means of the two-group plan, as
it is called here, time is saved for the
teaching sian. ir. nas Deen in eiiect
in some of the city institutions, and it
has been found that 510 out of the
1420 minutes of the school week can be
saved in a school where it is put Into
Superintendent Alderman submitted
figures yesterday to show that $20,900
can be saved In a year by adopting the
system in the 18 schools where
change is desired.
Under the two-group plan, a teacher
hears one class recite while another is
preparing its lesson and the work of
teachers is taken over in part by su
pervisors. Under the bid plan a teacher
handled as many as 10 subjects, in all
of which she could not be expected to
Charts were shown the Board that
indicated gains ini efficiency In two-
group schools of 15 per cent and more.
and at the same time greater economy
was urged for it.
This point was objected to by Di
rector Lockwood. He gave figures
Concluded oa Fae 0. Column 4.)
Major Martin, Chief Mustering Of
ficer, Arrives at Request of
Colonel to Give His O. K.
BOISE. Idaho. Jan. 25.- (Special.)
The second Idaho Regiment and the
United States Army officers in charge
of its demobilization at the Boise Bar
racks here were given a clean bill of
health by the Senate Investigating
committee of the Legislature when it
filed its report today. . Simultaneously
with the filing was the arrival In the
city of Colonel J. B. McDonald, Inspector-General
of the Western Division of
the War Department, who is here at the
request of Major Amos Martin, chief
mustering officer, to inspect the regi
ment and barracks "for the good of
Major Martin made the request for
his official stamp of approval because
of the action taken by the Legislature
and charges made about the sanitary
conditions, deaths, food, etc., at the
FAIR CANDIDATE MAY SUE
Woman Declares Husband Counted
Her Out of Contest for Constable.
DAVENPORT, Wash.. Jan. 25. Mrs.
Chris Lyse, who claims to have been
elected constable of Govan by a. vote
of four times that of her nearest .'
ponent but who was unable to qual
ify because of the election board re
turns showing the election of a man.
says she may require the election of-
A peculiarity of the case Is the fact
that one ot tne election officials, the
presiding judge, was her husband.
Tno actual complexion of the vote
waa made known last week, when
the legislative committee counted the
entire ballot of Lincoln county to de
cide a legislative seat. Mrs. Lyse has
consulted authorities to ascertain her
rights in the case. In anticipation of
some action of that kind, Frank Kiner,
who was declared elected, also has
failed to qualify.
CASCADE COUNTY DEBATED
Oregon City and Estacada Delega
tions Speak Before Committee.
STATE CAPITOL. Salem, Or., Jan. 25.
-(Special.) Proponents of the pro
posed Cascade County presented their
pleas before the House committee on
counties and a crowd of nearly 1000
Walter Givens was the principal
spokesman. Opposing him were O. D.
Eby and a big delegation of Oregon
City people, who want Clackamas Coun
ty to remain undivided.
Estacada is to be the county seat of
the new county If the Legislature cre
PRIESTS TO GET CHANCE
American Intervention Obtains Fair
Trial for Accused Pair.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 25. Represen
tations by the United States for a fair
trial for two Mexican priests sentenced
to death at Zacatecas on charge of aid
ing Villa have been successful.
The American Embassy in Mexico
City has been informed that as a re
suit they will not be tried under a
law which gives them no opportunity
ARIZONA RECOUNT IS ON
New Phase of Gubernatorial Contest
Begins In Court.
PHOENIX. Ariz., Jan. 25. The Arl
zona Gubernatorial contest entered
new phase today, when the recount of
the ballots was begun in Judge Stan
ford's division of the Superior Court.
One hundred and fifty-seven ballots
had been counted before adjournment,
15 of which were alleged defective by
one side or the other, and laid aside for
PRECEDENT IS SMASHED
President Wilson Walks Over
Treasury to See Mr. McAdoo.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 25 President
Wilson broke another precedent today
when he walked over to the Treasury
Department from the White House to
see Secretary McAdoo in his private of
It was said unimportant routin
questions were discussed during the
TRAMP HAS REAL FUNERAL
Illinois Village Stops Work and
Buries Victim of Exposure
AVON, m.. Jan. 25. Rather than see
a friendless tramp, wno aiea or expo
sure, buried In a. pauper's grave, th
residents of this place gave him a pub
lie funeral today.
Villagers closed their shops for half
a day, bought floral offerings and fol
lowed the hearse to the cemetery.
STEAMER SALE CONFIRMED
Minnesota Said to Have Brought Its
" Owners $2,750,000.
ST. PAUL, Jan. 25. Sale of th
Hill steamer Minnesota was confirme
today by L. W. Hill, president of th
Great Northern Railroad.
The ship is said to have sold for
fronted in Church.
VICE LAID TO LOW WAGES
None Willing to Leave Life for
$10 a Week.
SUGGESTION LAUGHED AT
Leader Denounces Men as Respon
sible for Conditions, and Says
Mothers Should Rear Their
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 25. Five hun
dred women invaded the church of Rev.
Paul Smith here today to find out what
he proposed to do about women of the
underworld in carrying out a vice cru
sade he has been leading. They took
the position that they were directly in
Motion picture men were on hand
and took pictures of them as they
swarmed up the steps of Rev. Mr.
Smith's church, the Central Methodist
Episcopal, located downtown.
The women were under the leader
ship of Mrs. R. M. Gamble, said by the
police to conduct a disorderly house.
news of the affair spread other
omen joined In.
Vice Mass Meeting: Held.
A mass meeting was held tonight to
protest against vice conditions in the
uptown tenderloin, in Bplte of the fact
that the Board of Police Commission
ers conceded last night practically
every demand of the anti-vice cru
saders In the way of reform regula
tions for the resorts against which the
fire of criticism had been directed.
Rabbi Jacob Nieto, who was to have
been one of the speakers, declined to
attend on the ground, be said, that
when the Police Commissioners acted
as they did last night the object of
the campaign had been achieved and
there was nothing to "mass meet'
Others who spoke were Bishop Wal
ter Taylor Sumner, of tne Episcopal
Church of Oregon, who headed an anti-
vice crusade in Chicago in 1910-11, and
Walter MacArthur, United States Ship
ping Commissioner and labor leader.
As a preliminary to the meeting
arlier in the day at which the women
appeared, two policemen were stationed
at the door of the ch.urch and the men
hangers-on of the vice district were
ordered out of the auditorium. Mrs.
Gamble began with a statement that
she had conducted a disorderly house
for eight years, and continued:
Small Wages Not Inducement.
I want to ask first how many of
the women in your church would ac
cept us Into their homes, even to work?
Tou would cast us out where to
There isn't one among us here who
would not quit this life for decent
work. But we won't quit for a wage
(Concluded on Page 5, Column 2.)
West Linn Council Thinks Price Too
High and Property Too Far
From Center of Town.
OREGOJf CITY. Or.. Jan. 25. (Spe
cial.) Over the question of the pur
chase of a $300 lot. the city of
West Linn will have an election. James
Downey, of the Willamette district.
who tried unsuccessfully to sell to the
City Council a lot for a site for a
flrehouse, has deposited with Recorder
Porter petitions calling for an initia
tive election March 5.
The petitions will probably be for
mally filed tomorrow, as the Recorder
has 10 days after receiving the peti
tions to go through this formality.
The City Council, while not agreed
on the site of the proposed firehouse.
s unanimous in opposing the Downey
lot, which Is not on the main street
of .West Linn. Mr. Downey wants 1300
for his property, and the city has had
offers of lots nearer the center of the
town for J100.
Mr. Downey circulated petitions ask
ing the Council to buy his property,
and as soon as- he learned that the
Council Intended to purchase other
property he drew up petitions for an
FOX PELT IS WORTH $1000
Idaho Mining Man Catches Fine
Silver Tip Specimen.
LEWISTON. Idaho. Jan. 25. (Spe
cial.) A silver-tip fox pelt estimated
to be worth Its size In $100 bills Is be
ing exhibited in the Central Idaho
country by John Hanson, a Leesburg
mining man. who made the lucky cap
ture. It s two feet long from tip to
tip and almost black except for a snow
ball at the end of the brush and a few
white spines along the back.
The w'llte Is strikingly distinct
against the black fur of the body. It
Is reported that foxes of this descrlp
xion nave been seen for. several years
in the upper Salmon River district In
Experts value the pelt at $1000.
HAWAII'S "DRY" BILL IN
Committee Reports Favorably Dras
tic Measure to Souse.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 25. The Ha
waiian prohibition bill, designed, like
an Alaskan measure already agreed
on, to make the territory "bone dry.
was favorably reported to the House
today by the territories committee.
The measure goes before the House
with drastic provisions against manu
facture, sale, transportation, gift, pos
session or other use of intoxicating
liquor, with certain exceptions as to
medicinal or scientific use.
LANSING NOT TO RESIGN
Persistent Reports Are Officially
Denied In Washington.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 25. Flat de
nlals were authorized by the White
House and Secretary Lansing today of
published reports that Mr. Lansing Is
preparing to resign.
The Secretary said he attributed per
sistent circulation of such reports to an
attempt to discredit President Wilson's
policies through an appearance of dls
cord within the Cabinet.
WHAT'S THE ANSWER?
Rich Spruce Holdings
in Coos Are Taken.
EASTERN COMPANY IS BUYER
Consideration of $3,000,000
to $5,000,000 Involved.
LAND TOUCHES RAILROAD
Survey Expected to Show at Least
3,500,000,000 Feet, Divided Be
tween Fir and Spruce Spot
Cash Is to Be Paid.
MARSHFIELD. Or.. Jan. 25. (Spe
cial.) With options just closed on more
than 100,000 acres of spruce and fir tim
ber land on the Lower Umpqua and
Smith rivers, a large Eastern paper
manufacturing company today placed a
number of cruisers on the property and
will have It cruised as quickly as pos
sible with a view to completing the
purchase at once for cash.
According to the figures of owners
of the lands the purchase when com
pleted will embody 3,500,000,000 board
feet of timber and the price will be
somewhere between - $3,000,000 an
100.0O0 Acres Involved.
The cost is estimated in connection
with the prices and I)rmer cruises. It
Is believed the new cruising will prob
ably increase the amount of timber
supposed to be contained on the 100,-
000 acres rather than lessen it.
The options cover practically the last
great body of spruce on the Pacific
Coast, and although the timber is not
so large as some found in Northern
Washington, it is of the very finest
quality paper spruce. The land under
option lies contiguous to the Wil
lamette-Pact fto Railroad for approxi
mately 20 miles, about 10 north and the
same distance south of the Umpqua,
Spruce Is Near Sea.
The spruce belt runs in a somewhat
regular line and Is several miles broad
and ranges from six or eight to 10
miles from the sea. The belt follows
the river towards the east as well. The
spruce area, as it Is classed, has a very
heavy proportion of "this timber, run
ning generally from two-thirds to
three-fourths spruce and the remain
der fir. This is the property on the
Umpqua and along the railway.
On the land optioned on Smith RlveT
the timber runs almost wholly fir. The
heavy holdings of fir will not detract
in any manner from the availability of
the timber for papermaklng. since it
can be used together with the spruce
in certain quantities.
One MlM to Get 1 ,230,000.
Following is approximately the acre
age under cruise: The Gardiner Mill
Company, 35,000 acres; C. A. Smith
Lumber & Manufacturing Company,
zi.uuu acres; sparrow & Krali, SpO'
(Concluded on Page 5 Column 3.)
Proposal Will Be Made to Relieve
Counties of State Assessment
Until Payments Come In.
STATE CAPITOL. Salem. Or.. Jan.
25. (Special.) Despite the Federal
.... I n I .. .1.1- f. la..,. 1
of the Oregon & California grant, the
Legislature may assert the sovereignty
right of the stale to tax those prop
Representative Bean, of Lane County,
one of the counties in which a big area
of the Oregon & California lands are
situated, has prepared a bill asserting
such rights and wlU Introduce it In the
The measure Is Intended to empower
the Assessors of the several counties
to list the lands on the 1916 assess
ment rolls and to relieve these coun
ties from the payment of state taxes
thereon until these taxes are collected.
Under provisions ot such a bill the
counties naturally would look to the
Southern Pacific Railroad for their
taxes. The Southern Pacific, as lessee
of the Oregon & California corporation.
had title to the property until divested
of it by the Federal Supreme .6urt
The grant Involves 2.360.492 acres.
of which 2,075,616 acres are patented.
Their assessed valuation Is $22,564,270,
on which the affected counties in West
ern Oregon received $400,000 annually
In taxes, until the Government won
its suit for title.
TAFT, LAUDS WILSON'S ACT
President's Address to Senate De
clared "Epoch in Foreign Policy.'
BANGOR, Me.. Jan. 25. Ex-President
Taft. In an address here tonight, de
clared President Wilson's recent ad'
dress to the Senate was "an epoch in
the history of our foreign policy," and
his advocacy of our participation In
a world league was a most powerful aid
to its formation.
Mr. Tatt said he was In cordial sym
pathy with the President's Insistence
that the United States cannot join
world movement to preserve "a peace
whiota is unjust and contains In its un-
fair terms assurance of its temporary
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
The We-1 br.
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, 55
degrees ; minimum temperature, 42 de
TODAY'S Fair; westerly winds.
Report on state school made to Legislature.
Clean bill given Idaho regiment by legisla
ture. Pago L
House has one of busiest days of session.
Bone-dry bill to be before House Monday.
House members In generous mood Indorse
California town's plea for Federal cash.
ways and means committee. Page 14.
Agreement of consolidation problems seems
tiAor Pn cm 14
Legislature memorialize congress ror early
development ot water power. Page 6.
Olympla. dry bill again delayed. Page 7.
nt area will be proposed In
Tax on land gran
cur oy ean. i
senate decides Ben Bingham name never
was on payroll, rage o.
Lansing gives Mexican hint as to objec-
tlonaoie leatures ol constitution. Page -0.
Japanese Emperor dl-norves House of Repre
sentatives. Page z.
Doctrine held no
Navy. Page 5.
Borah Introduces resolution opposing Wil
sons plan for entangling alliance. Page 4.
Senate committee agrees . on strike MIL
Wilson sharply rebukes critics of National
Guard for unrestrained language. Page 2.
Attempted frauds under 620-acre homestead
law charged. Page a.
W. A. Brady
says there Is no
motion pictures. Page 2.
San Francisco women of redlight district
Invade church to demand voice In de-
termlnlng their fate. Page 1.
Jury weeps as H. J. Bpanell tells of shoot-
lng of wife and Colonel Butler. Page 13.
Britain's portion compared to that of North
In Civil War. rite 4.
German editors call Wilson animated theor
ist. Psge .
German airmen reported victorious in sev
eral engagements. Page 4.
Three teams tied in Winnipeg. to-St.-Paul
dog race. Page lo.
State Game Warden Shoemaker replies to
charges by llnn County sportsmen.
Jefferson quintet defeats Lincoln. Page IS.
Bees likely to be much stronger. Page 18.
Labor Federation ends session. Page 14.
Options closed on vast Oregon timber deal.
Robert A Hood, photographer, convicted by
Fpokane jury of murder In first degree.
City election called over t300 lot. Pag L
Commercial and Marine.
Steamer Kuskokwlm River purchased by
Grain Inspection measures are considered by
local dealers. Page 21.
Early advance In wheat at Chicago reduced
by realising sales. Page 21.
Moderate gains in stock market are main
tained. Page 21.
Portland and Vicinity.
Superintendent Alderman re-elected for two-
year term, page l.
Bishop Sellew styles President's peace plans
mm "Utopian. fage la-
Retail hardware dealers elect G. W. Hyatt.
of Enterprise, president. Page 8.
Ex-lovers at war, court orders harmony.
Heads of three charitable Institutions sued
because rats eat supplies. I'&ge 20.
February Z designated as Thrift Day.
Wife scorns spouse when accident leaves
him cripple. Page 15.
Felix W. Isherwood appointed receiver of
Monarch Lumber Company properties.
East Side Business Men's Club celebrate
year's work. Page 9.
"The Lilac Domino", at Keillg. fascinate.
Weather report, data and forecast. Face L
Would Bar Frats.
ft I 1 1 JtALuUuICO U HAH U til
Townspeople Accused of Prey
ing on Students.
SINGLE BOARD ADVOCATED
Consolidation of Administration ot
University and Agricultural Col
lege Recommended In Re-,
port Filed Yesterday.
SALEM. Or.. Jan. 25. (Special.)
That there is a tendency on the part
of Corvallls and Eugene citizens to
take advantage of the students at the,
University of Oregon and Oregon Ag
ricultural College In charging them
for living facilities and sometimes
"grafting them to the limit"; that a
condition exists among the Greek-
letter societies at the university that
"is undemocratic and dangerous";
that a feeling of jealousy-exists be
tween the university and the Agri
cultural College, and there Is little or
no tendency between the two institu
tions to co-operate in educational mat
ters, with a tendency to duplicate work.
condition "that Is detrimental to both.
institutions." are some of the findings
made by the special legislative Inves
tigating committee, which filed Its re
port with the Legislature today.
The statement also is made that the
university and Monmouth Normal
School should keep within their mi.lage
Committee. Dates to 1015.
The committee was authorized to
make the Investigation by the last Leg
islative Assembly and members of the
committee were Representative Charles
Chllds. Senator W. H. Strayer, Rep
resentatives E. V. Llttlefield and W. W.
Cardwell and Senator George M. lie
Bride. Representative Childs and Sen
ator Strayer are members of the pres
Speaking of living conditions at tne
schools, the report says that the high
cost of living will bar many stuaents.
that living is high at both Corvallls
and Eugene, and that In some cases
house rent is 100 per cent higher than
it should be. It declares tnat in one
case a group of students was found
I r,ovinr 1900 a year rent for a house
th.t could be built In any city in Ore-
I ffon for 14000 or less. These conditions
let" . i t j
nraetically the same ai oowi uu
, . , ..whii. th. ii
tutlons. It is asserted. W hile there 13
apparently nothing that the heads or
I tne Institutions can do. we feel that the
Ht ire not getting a square deal."
.Hts are not getting a square
says the report.
Cliques Found Disadvantageous.
Referring to sororities and fraterni
ties, the report says mi
tlons are really helpful In the begin
ning "but cliques soon develop and
different fraternities entertain eacn
other ... At the University we find
It costs as much to Join tne ween let
ter fraternity as It does to Join a lodge
Ike. the Masons or Oddfellows, in some
cases $25 or 130 to become a member.
. Students can become memoers
by Invitation only. At the university
we find fraternities and sororities, or
girls secret societies, flourismng. ana
we understand that there are more w
be added. A condition exists there that
is undemocratic and dangerous. we
believe that no more secret societies
should be allowed to be organised and
that the fraternity system be discour
aged as much as possible."
It Is declared that at tne university
the fraternity system flourishes to such
an extent as to threaten to dominate
student body affairs, and it is declared
that the university girls who live at
the small dormitory have a better rec
ord and better average grades than
any of the sorority house girls.
Single Board of Regents Urged.
Failure to provide a proper housing
system is said to be the cause, ana
the fault is not placed with the stu
dents, but with the heads of the insti
tutions and past Legislatures, in fall
ing to provide for adequate dormi
tories. The report, after commenting upon
I jealousy existing between the two in
stitutions at Corvallls and Eugene, de
clares In favor of one board of regents
for both. ,
Students from foreign countries
should pay tuition, the report advo
In making recommendations for the
University of Oregon the report urges
that the school of commerce there has
been issuing several bulletins that are
practically worthless and should not
be Issued by any state educational In
It is recommended that the depart
ment of commerce of the university
be discontinued. It also is urged that
the department of art appreciation be
The average number of working
hours at the University Is found to be
far lesa than those at the Agricultural
College, or in most Institutions of a
It is urged that sufficient dormi
tories be constructed to house properly
all the girls attending the University.
The report finds 146 people on the
payroll of the University, "which we
(Concluded oa l'ase 5. Column 4.)