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VOL. LVIIXO. 17,G24.
MD DIVER BATTLE
American Fleet Reaches
PATROL OF SEAS IS BEGUN
Flotilla Puts to Sea Again
After Brief Conference
- With British Admiral.
WARSHIP ESCORTS LINER
English Officers Amazed by
Full Preparedness of New
Ally for War Duty.
QUEENSTOWN, May 16. A
squadron of American torpedo-boat
destroyers has safely crossed the At
lantic and is patrolling the seas in
The American Navy's actual entry
into the war zone already has been
productive of a brush between a de
stroyer and a German underwater
boat, according to an announcement
by the British Admiralty, but the re-
suit of it has not been made public,
The destroyer squadron arrived in
Queenstown after an uneventful voy
age across the Atlantic, but almost
immediately after a formal exchange
of greetings with the British naval
officials, put to sea again for the hard
work that is before it. '
Crowd Cheers Americans.
A crowd of several hundred persons.
some of them carrying tiny American
flags, lined the waterfront and cheered
the destroyers from the moment they
first sighted the flotilla until it
reached the dock.
The crowd cheered again when a
few minutes later the American senior
officer came ashore to greet the Brit
ish senior officer and Wesley Frost,
the American Consul, who had come
down to the dock to welcome the flo
tilla. Everything was done in a simple,
businesslike manner. There was an
entire absence of formality.
The commander of the British flo
tilla was waiting on board his ship,
and sent wireless greetings to the
American units as soon as they hove
in sight, steaming in a long line into
Full Preparedness Surprises.
After the exchange of shore greet
ings and the British commander had
congratulated the American officers
on their safe voyage, he asked:
"When will you be ready for busi
"We can start at once," the Ameri
can commander replied promptly.
This response, so characteristically
American, surprised the British com
mander, who said he had not expected
the Americans would be ready to
begin work on this side so soon after
their long voyage. When he had re
covered from his surprise he made a
short tour of the destroyers and ad
mitted that the American tars looked
Preparations Made on Way.
'Yes," replied the American com
mander, "we made preparations on
the way over. This is why we are
The equipment on board the de
stroyers was found to be in excellent
condition and remarkably well suited
to the requirements on this side of
the ocean. It was said by the British
officer that the only thing lacking in
the equipment was heavier clothing.
It appears that the Americans are
wearing clothing too light for the
varying conditions of . weather they
will encounter in these waters. This
lack, however, was quickly provided
After the formalities had ended and
the needs of the men were attended
to, the American ships at once put to
sea, the men, from captains to sea
men, looking in the pink of condition
and apparently enthusiastic for their
British Officer Praises.
"They are certainly a fine body of
men, and what's more, their craft
looks just as fit," said the British
commander as he watched the de
stroyers file seaward.
One of the American destroyers be-
i Concluded on Page 2. Column 2.)
ENLIST FOR WAR
OXE REPRESENTATIVE RESIGNS
TO ENTER ARMY.
3lr. Gardner Ordered Into Of
ficers' Reserve Others to Don
WASHINGTON, May 16. One member
of Congress has responded to the call
to war by resigning to enter the Army
and several others intend to enlist in
Representative Gardner, of Massa
chusetts. has resigned from Congress
in response to an order to report for
active service as a reserve officer.
Mr. Gardner has been one of the
most active figures in the movement
for military preparedness, and was a
member of the ways and means com
mittee. He is the first member of
either House to quite Congress for mil
itary service in the" present war.
Several Senators and Representa
tives, it was learned today, are plan
ning to enlist cs bluejackets in the
Navy when the present session of Con
gress ends. They will go in for the
period of the war, to serve during the
recess of Congress, and then determine
whether they will resign from Con
gress or get a leave of absence from
the Naval service during the next
SCOTTSBURG LOSES FLAG
War Revives Corvallls Veteran's
Love for Pole of 43 Years' Standing.
CORVALLIS. Or., May 16. (Special.)
William Wade has received from his
old home in Scottsburg a flagpole upon
which he has had a flag floating fo
43 years. Since the United States got
into war with Germany Mr. Wade has
felt a sentimental attachment for th
pole upon which for so many years h
hoisted his flag, and so had It taken
down and sent to him in Corvallls.
The manual training department of
the high school has undertaken to put
it in shape for erection and it will fly
a flag in front of Mr. Wade's Corvalli
home In a short time. Mr. Wade is
Civil War veteran.
GIRLS TO WEAR OVERALLS
Employers Are Strongly In Favor of
. Masculine Garb.
umt'Auo, May 16. It was made
known at the semi-annual convention
of the National Association of Garment
Manufacturers that employers - are
strongly in favor of their girl employes
wearing overalls and that 10 large fac
tories have already supplied their girl
workers with that article of masculln
It wan predicted at the meeting that
all shop arm factory employes would be
wearing overalls within the year.
EXPRESS RATES VIEWED
Plans to Petition for Increase Are
NEW TORK, May 16. Rumors are
in circulation that the principal ex
press companies were about to file
with the Interstate Commerce Commis
sion an application for an increase in
Today a statement from the execu
tive office of the Adams Express Com
pany said that the rates of the compa
nles were now being analyzed "in con
nection with the Increased cost of con
HARRY THAW COMMITTED
Assailant of School Boy to Go
PHILADELPHIA. May 16. Presiding
Judge Martin, of Common Pleas Court,
today signed a decree authorizing the
removal of Harry K. Thaw to the Penn
sylvan ia Hospital for the Insane.
unaw is in a hospital here, where he
has been confined since an attempt at
suicide several months ago, following
an indictment In New Tork, charging
mm with assaulting a schoolboy.
YAKIMA VALLEY HAS FROST
Damage Not Serious Except In Few
NORTH TAKIMA, Wash., May IS.
Frosts occurred in riearly all parts of
the Yakima Valley last night, but with
the exception of a few small districts.
are reported to have done ho serious
damage. Predictions of a heavy frost
tomgnt Has caused much uneasiness
This is the first time since weather
records have been kept here that
freeze has come so late.
WOOL CONTRACTED AT 52C
Montana Sheepmen Sell 1017 Clips
at Record Price.
HELENA, Mont., May lfi. H. J. Hr.
in, of Wolf Creek, and Philip Chevalier,
near Johns, have contracted in an
their 1917 wool plips for 62 cents a
This is as high as any price ever re
ceived for wool in this district.
GENERAL DIES AT FRONT
Berlin Announces Death of Former
Governor of Strassburg.
AMSTERDAM, via London. 1 e
The death at the front of General
Victinghoff is reported in a dispatch
General vori Victinghoff formerly
Governor of Strassburg.
PORTLAND, OREGON, THURSDAY. MAY
RUSSIANS AGREE TO
UNITY OF FRONTS
Confidence in New
Cabinet Is Voiced.
PLENITUDE OF POWER GIYEN
Government Rejects Part of
GENERAL STAFF HELPLESS
:. K. Kerensky, Previously Minis
ter of Justice, Succeeds Mllu
koff in War Office Radi
cals Modify Demands.
PETROGRAD, via London, May
A plenary sitting of the Council of
Workmen' and Soldiers' Delegates has
Indorsed the decision of Its executive
committee Socialist participation In the
PETROGRAD. via London. Mav 18.
xne government and the radicals, who
have been hampering Its activities, have
reacnea an agreement on three Impor
tant points and Cabinet reconstruction
nas been Inaugurated.
Following the publication of impor
tant Cabinet changes, including the re
tirement of Professor Paul N. Milukoff,
Foreign Minister, from the Cabinet, the
official news agency issued a state
ment. . - . .
tTnlty of Fronts Agreed.
"The three cardinal points upon which
the government executive commlttes f
the Duma and the Council of Workmen's
ana boidlers' delegates have agreed
"The unity of the allied fronts.
"The fullest confidence of the revo
lutionary democracy in the recon
Power Granted Government.
"A plentitude of powers for the gov
ernment." ... .
BT ARNO DOSCH KLETJROT.
(Copyright by New Tork World. Published
by arrancaraent. )
PETROGRAD, May 15. via London
May 16. (Special cable to the New
Tork World.) The Council Of Soldier.'
and Workmen's Deputies has agreed to
iorm a coalition government, after A.
F. Kerensky. the Socialist Minister of
Justice in the first provisional govern
ment, in a speech showed . them the
critical condition of the country.
orty-four of the executive commit
tee of the Council voted for participa
tion in the government and 1 against
Early Peace la Condition.
The Council enters on the coalition.
however, only on the following re
A definite statement that Russia's
foreign policy is aimed at an early
and general peace on the basis of
(Concluded on Pas a. Column 1.)
JUST A MATTER
TO CASH WHEAT
MERCHANTS' EXCHANGE HERE
VOTES NEW RULES.
Until Business Resumes Its Normal
Course" Is Effect Placed on All
Cereals and Mill Feed.
At a special meeting of the Mer
chants' Exchange Association yester
day it was voted hereafter to trade
only In cash wheat until business re
sumes Its normal course.
On cash trades made this month sell
ers had the privilege of delivering any
time up to the end of June. On and
after June' 15. if the present arrange
ment continues, sellers will have the
right to make delivery up to the end
of July. The new rule covers other
cereals and mill feed, as well as wheat.
There has been no speculation in
grain on the local board, as has been
practiced at Chicago. Only actual grain
has been dealt In here, either for
prompt or later delivery, and deposits
were required when all deals were put
through to bind the bargains.
Portland grain men have worked
hard against many obstacles to build
P the Exchange, considering it one
of the necessary factors in ihn un
building of this city as a great wheat
port, and the prices established, as
they were based on bona fide trans
actions, were accepted throughout the
Northwest as representlna- the actual
terminal values of grain. It was
deemed advisable, however, to limit
trading for the present is cash business.
as is being done in moat of the Ameri
can exchanges. The Merchants' Ex
change at Seattle and the Chamber of
Commerce at San Francisco will con
tinue to accept separate bids for srraln
lor later aeiiverles.
SNOW YET 66 INCHES DEEP
Spirit Lake Country Covered and
Late Season Is Record Breaker.
KELSO. "Wash., May 16. (Sneclal .1
Jacob otto, manager 'of the Common
wealth mine, a short distance from
Spirit Lake, in the Mount St. Helens
district, was a Kelso business visitor
today and reports that last Sunday he
and a companion crossed Spirit Lake
on the ice and that there is still 68
inches of snow on the ground at the
lake level, ar.d from 20 to 25 feet depth
on many of the ridges.
His company Is hauling in large
quantities of supplies, which have to
be packed from the eight-mile post to
the lake owing to the depth of snow
over the road. The season is as late or
later than last year; which was a record-breaker.
EX-OFFICERS MAY SERVE
Reserve . Commissions Proposed for
Slen With Clean Records.
SAN FRANCISCO. May 15. All regu
lar former United States Army officers
below the grade of Major, who have
clean records and were honorably, dis
charged, may be commissioned as offi
cers of the Reserve Corps subject to age
requirements and physical examination.
It was announced here today by officers
of the Western Department of the
Hundreds of competent officers for
the Reserve Corps will be obtr.ined
under this ruling of the War Depart
ment, it was said.
OF TIME BEFORE OXE OR BOTH
SUITOR DENIES HE
GAVE DRUG TO GIRL
Death Believed to Be
Due to Weak Hear
FAINTING SPELl FREQUENT
Waltenberg Savs Medicines
Given by Physician.
GIRL SELDOM LEFT ALONE
Mother at Anna Ranqulst Said to
Have. Known of Visit to Offleo
of Doctor and to Have Ad
vised Taking Remedies.
In the County Jail, where he Is held
to await a careful analysis of the con
tents or the stomach of Anna Ran
qulst, who dropped dead while on her
way home from the circus Monday
night, August Waltenberg. her sweet
heart, yesterday denied vehemently
that any act of his contributed In the
slightest way to her death.
"As God is my Judge." he said.
Know or nothing that could have
caused her death. My relations with
her were always proper, and I
her no medicines at any time."
Irritants Found In Stomach.
"V . J . ,
.ic. uucLun wno periormed an
autopsy say she was In a delicate con
dition and strong irritants were found
in the stomach. Whether this
poison could not be known until the
analyses are completed.
Waltenberg yesterday suggested to
tne orricera that a youth in the neigh
borhood of the Ranquist home in the
Mount Scott district may have been re
sponsible for the condition of the girl,
and upon this suggestion a trip was
made there with Waltenberg and an in
This theory was exploded to the sat
isfaction of Deputy Coroner Smith,
after a careful inquiry.
Kalnttnsr spells Freoaeat.
Misa Ranquist, who was 18 years old
last February, had been subject to
fainting spells since she was 3 vaara
old, said her widowed mother, who Uvea
at 6604 sixtieth avenue Southeast. Thla
condition, doctors told her, was due to
a weak heart and they advised she
would probably outgrow It.
Waltenberg told, also, of fainting
fits the girl had suffered at numerous
times when he was at the house and
on the rare occasions, he says, when
they were out together alone. Indeed.
Mrs. Ranquist herself said that she
never let her daughter go out with
Waltenberg or anyone else until she
became 18 years of age. and then she
had the right to do as she liked.
Clrl Takes to Pfcyaleian.
Mrs. Ranquist is satisfied that the
girl's death was the result of another
attack of these seisures. They came
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WILL GET HIM.
WORK TO BEGIN AT
ONCE ON BARRACKS
$30,000 CONTRACTS FOR LUM
BER ARE AWARDED.
omitii & Co. Order Stock
of 1,750,000 Feet and Will
Vccd Morc Supp,Ics L-tcr-
Vork f U b started immediately on
m . or more new buildings at Van
- .r "fracas to house the three
new regiments ordered recruited there
uy me ar Department.
omun & Co.. of Seattle and
. . ...ana. nave received the blanket
contract for the construction work, and
yesterday local lumber mills received
tne initial contracts for lumber.
rne Clarke & Wilson Lumber Com
pany. of Portland received a contrac
i .uppiy j.ouu.qoo feet at once. The
Dubois Lumber Company, of Van
couver, received a contract for 250.000
ieei. aeiiverles . to be started lmme
dlately. The contract price was abou
117 a thousand feet, totaling practical
ly $30,000 for the Portland and Van
nc v. Mauser, president of th
Multnomah Hotel and vice-president o
orant. Smith &. Co.. said last nigh
mat about. :so buildings would be
built at the "start and that a large
crew or men would begin work at once
The two lumber contracts are amon
the first to be let, but those for othc
supplies will follow rapidly.
ine Clark & Wilson Lumber Com
pany is arranging to sublet its contrac
to rush the lumber deliveries.
The buildings will include all de
scrlptions of quarters for enlisted me
and officers, some of the buildings
being '0 to 60 feet long of two stories
and some larger. Accommodations
must be provided for 5000 to 6000
jia.jur tawaras, quartermaster a
Vancouver, has selected the sites for
PAIR SEPARATE 11 TIMES
California Man Finally Sues For and
FRESNO. Cal.. May 16. (Special.)
Clifton Y. dinger became estrana-ed
rrom his wife ten times in four months.
but took her back each time until the
Ilth episode, according to his test!
mony today it. the Superior Court
when his divorce came ud for hearinu-
Clinger accused his wife of desertion
ana cruelty. He obtained an inter
locutory decree of divorce and the cu
looy of his three children.
Tne couple were married in 1906 in
Linn County Board Workers Busy
ALBANY. Or.. Mar 16. (Snect&l I A
jocat organisation to work In I .Inn
county in behalf of the proposed IS.
uvu.uuu roau oond measure has beei
formed here. Dr. W. H. Davis is chair
man of the organization and George
ji.. oanurrs secretary, fercy A. Young,
ur. j. n. rtoonett. w. A. Waiiburn
county commissioner T J. Butler and
c westbrook compose the execu
tive committee. A number of meetings
in various parts of the countv in behalf
oi me measure may be held.
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
TEPTERDAT'S Maximum tmMraturA. K
TODA Vis UnifUPd, probably ihovfra-
wvut a n evict if v t II USA.
Senators criticise Wilson
f$ye hourt; war
bud cat wmlta. Pace 1.
Unity of alllad fronts screed by Russian fsc
(tons. Pace 1..
Mass of rhurslnc; Germans shelled to pieces.
American destroyer and diver battle: Amsr
lean fleet In British waters. Face 1.
Congressmen to enlist for war. Pace 1.
Mouse screes to raise Income tax. Pace 6.
President reported about to offer commis
sion to Hoosevelt. Pace
House adopts conference report ea Army
mu. face o.
Administration's views to be followed in new
rood laws. Pace
beeretary Kearield calls on employers to
meet laoor nsir way to keep Industrial
peace durlnc war. Pace 3.
Livingston police wound one In battle with
x. w. v . face l.
Real work of training csmp sets under way.
Frank C. Oimin released on writ of habeas
corpus. Pas 4.
Mora entries In swlmmlnc championships
received. Pace IT.
"Rube" Evans, of Salt Lake team. Beaver
raatoff. leads pitchers In Coast Leacue.
Pacific Coaat Leacue results: Portland 3.
San Kranclsco 8: Halt Lake 5. Oakland 3;
los Anceles T. Vernon 6. Pact 10.
Squthpaw Watter Mails obtained by Walter
McCredte from Plttsburc. Pace la.
Tacom. coif players to meet Waverley Club
Saturday. Pace IT.
Fishing In valley and coaat streams Im
proves. Pace IT.
Governor Lister directs enrollment of hlch
school pupils for farm w"ork. Pace 13.
neods in Idaho checked by snow. Pace 9. V
Two thousand hold patrlotio rally at Med
(ord. Pace 15.
Dr. E. O. Staaon. Commissioner of Educa
tion of Idaho, quits. Pace 3.
Trl-State Good Roads Association favors
bond issue and decries sectionalism.
Railroads lose half million In year en free
transportation alone, says Public Service
Commission. Pace 5.
Commerrial and Marine.
Elcnty-cent drop In local flour quotatlona
Chicago wheat continues to decline for lack
of support- Pace -1.
General upturn In New Tork stock market.
Portland harbor work reviewed by National
City Bank writer. Pace 18.
Ships warned of proposed Coast Arttllerv
practice at mouth of Columbia. Pace IS.
rot-Uaad and Vicinity.
Mr. Baker. If elected, to be Mayor of
departments. Psce 10.
l-remem Kerr, or o. a. -., returns from
Washington, assured Oregon will cat
money for farm extension. Pace 8.
Portland Merchants' Exchange limits future
tradlns to cash wheat. Page 1.
Sweetheart of Anna Ranquist denies he cave
drugs to girl. Psce 1.
Father O Hira resigns chairmanship of In
dustrial Welfare Commission. Page II.
Minneapolis and !t. Paul death-dealing
weapon found in Portland pawnshop
Weather report, data and forecast. Pace 2L
PUICE FIVE CENTS.
WILSON FIVE HOURS
Defense and Shipping
Boards Scored, Too.
NO HEADWAY MADE ON BUDGET
President Said to Have Dele
gated Powers Unlawfully.
CURB ON COUNCIL PASSED
Advisory Committee's Activities Iar-
tlculerly Aroue Ire Ono
Amendment Offered to Re
WASHIXGTOV. May 16. In begin
ning; consideration today of the 13,390,
000.000 war budget, the Senate devoted
the entire session to sweeping criticism
of the executive branch of the Govern
ment. Seldom has the Senate chamber
been the scene or such vehement at
tacks continued for five hours behind
closed doors and renewed after the
doors were opened.
No progress was made on the bill.
but tonight Senate leaders thought
passage of the hugs war appropriation
measure would not be long; delayed.
council or National Defense.
composed of Cabinet officers, its
civilian advisory commission and the
Government Shipping; Board, were spe
cial targets of Senatorial wrath, and
President Wilson himself was sharply
I'aurpatlon of Authority Ckarced.
The Council waa charged with usur
pation of authority and with unlaw
fully delegating power to the advis
ory commission. The Shipping Board
was assailed for alleged interference
with private shipbuilders and for in
sisting upon its wooden-ship pro
gramme. The President was attacked
for alleged lack of co-operation and
consultation with Congress.
The upshot was adoption of an
amendment by Senator-Sterling, -of
South Dakota, setting forth that the
powers of the Council of National De
fense shall not be considered enlarged
because of war conditions. A section
of the bill appropriating $500,000 for
ciciisa v-uuiii. ti was tne uasis lor
Military Secrets Dlsraaaed.
Democratic Leader Martin consented
to an executive session, suggested by
Senator Weeks, of Massachusetts, be
cause the whole bill Involved discussion
of confidential military questions.
Five hours afterward the doors were
opened because Republican Senators,
Including Lodge, Norrls and Brandegee.
suggested it was not proper that such
statements as had been heard should be
made without cognisance of the public
and without opportunity for those at
tacked to offer defense.
Democratic Senators, it was said aft
erward, began the discussion by criti
cising certain acts of the advisory com
mission. Senator Reed, of Missouri.
"as said to have been, particularly
Cnrb on Appointments Proposed.
Senator Lewis, of Illinois, vigorously "
condemned certain Activities of the
commission, especially regarding tha
letting of Government contracts, and .
offered an amendment to the. law creat-
Ing the Defense Council to provide that
hereafter men shall be appointed to
advisory commissions subject to the
Some Senators said President Wilson
was not kept properly informed re
garding supply purchasing. Others de-
lared that the President and the Cabl
et, without warrant of law. had con
ferred some of their powers upon the .
advisory commission, particularly the
purchasing of supplies.
Goethala Declared Overridden.
It waa asserted that Ceneral Gocthals
opposed building of wooden ships, '
favoring steel, but had been compelled
by the Shipping Board to proceed with
wooden construction. Senator Weeks
complained that members of the Ship
ping Board had prevented a private
shipbuilding company from raising
capital and deterred individuals from
investing, advising them against nut
ting money into specific coruorat inn.
Upon the question of supply pur
chases. Senator McKellar, of Tennessee
nd others criticised the Defense Coun- "
II and the advisory commission fnr-
lleged mismanagement. Persons desir
ing to sell war materials to the. v
nd Navy departments, it was asserted.
ere required first to confer with
civilians of the commission.
Delny ly Senate Denied.
Senators Martin. Underwood and
Shafroth were among the few Demo
crats who defended the executive
branch. Senator Lodge refuted asser
tions that the Senate lias been delaying
war legislation. "Six weeks ago to
day the war was declared," Senator
Lodge said. "We began by passing -four
great approplration bills. We
have passed great loan bills: we have
passed through both houses a bill pro
viding for selective conscription.
"Kneland and Canada have been
discussing conscription for three years.
We-ve done it in botli houses inside of
Senator Poindexter said soma people
seemed to have the Idea that the war
would be won by legislation, especially
as the impression seems to prevail
H.ouc;uuei oa l'age Coiurua l.j