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TUB MOBXIXO OREGOXIAW, TUESDAY. JULY 31. 1917.
GEN. OTIS VICTIM
OF HEART DISEASE
PROMINENT LOS ANGELES NEWSPAPER PUBLISHER WHO, AT AGE
OF 80, PASSED AWAY AFTER EATING BREAKFAST.
Noted Editor of Los Angeles
Times Dies Suddenly at
Age of 80.
END COMES WHILE ALONE
Publisher, Stricken After Being
Served Breakfast In Room, Tells
Maid, "I Am Gone" Business
Attended to TTntll Death.
LOS ANGELES. Cal.. July SO. Gen
eral Harrison Gray Otis, noted news
paper publisher and soldier and editor
of the L03 Angeles Times, died sud
denly here this morning at the age
of 80. Death came quickly and un
expectedly at the home of Harry Chand
ler. Bon-ln-law and business associate.
Just after General Otis had concluded
his breakfast, which he had taken In
bed. It waa ascribed to a rupture of
Though 80 years old, and warned. It
became known today, by a slight attack
of heart trouble a week ago. General
Otis was active to the last. He was
host here a few days ago to the South
ern . California Association of Com
panions of the Military Order of the
Loyal Legion of the United States, of
which he was president. He was at
his desk in the Times office nearly
pvery day during the last few weeks.
He took a long automobile ride yester
day with Mr. Chandler, and at midnight
last night he sent a message, written
in his own hand, to the foreman of
the composing-room at the Times of
fice, suggesting a change In the make
up of the paper. Until his breakfast
was brought to him he had passed the
The maid who had served him was the
only person present, when apparently
he felt the end coming.
Wish Cornea In Quick Death.
"Take the tray away; I am gone."
he said, and before either Mr. or Mrs.
Chandler could be summoned from an
other part of the house he was dead.
The funeral will be held here Wednes
day. The quick, quiet death, it was said by
friends, was as the General had wished
it to be.
In addition to his son-in-law, who Is
assistant general manager and treasur
er of the Times, General Otis is sur
vived by two daughters, Mrs. Chandler
and Mrs. Franklin Booth, of Los An
geles, and 13 grandchildren.
General Otis was a member of mili
tary, patriotic and civic societies in
Los Angeles, among them the American
Academy of Sciences.
Last Christmas he gave his home in
Los Angeles for an art gallery for the
public to be maintained under super
vision of the county.
Times Controlled Since 18S6.
He was a veteran of both the Civil
and Spanish-American wars. He had
held Government positions at different
times, being foreman of the Govern
ment printing office at Washington
from 1869 to 1870.
His first venture as a newspaper
publisher was in Marietta, O., where he
acquired a small plant in 1865. Later
he came to California, where he became
editor and publisher of the Santa Bar
bara Press in 1876.
He acquired a fourth interest in the
Los Angeles Times In 1882 and four
years later organized the Times-Mirror
Company, of which he became president
and general manager. He was a mem
ber of the Associated Press.
GENERAL OP MILITARY STOCK
Late Publisher Veteran ot Civil and
Spanish American Wars.
General Harrison Gray Otis, himself
a veteran of two wars, came of a long
line of military and statesmanship an
cestry. His grandfather was a sol
dier of note in the Revolutionary War
and the Otis stock produced James Otis.
Revolutionary patriot and orator, and
the first Harrison Gray Otis, once
noted as a Senator from Massachusetts.
General Otis was 80 years old, his birth
having occurred on a Washington Coun
ty. Ohio, farm. February 10, 1837.
More than five years of General Otis'
life was spent as a volunteer soldier of
the United States. In 1861. at the age
of 24. he enlisted in the Twelfth Ohio
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GENERAL HARRISON G. OTIS.
Volunteers: was promoted through all
grades to a Captain in 1864. In that
year a consolidation of regiments
placed him in the Twenty-third Ohio
Veteran Volunteers, his Colonel and
Captain being, respectively. Rutherford
B. Hayes and William McKinley. Alto
gether Otis saw 49 . months of actual
service in the-Civfi War, was twice
wounded and received seven promo
tions, including two brevets, retiring
with the title of Major and Lieutenant-
Colonel, by brevet.
With the outbreak of the Spanish-
American War, in 1898, Major Otis, at
the age of 61, volunteered his services
to President McKinley and was made a
Brigadier-General of volunteers. He
was assigned to duty, first at Camp
Merrit (CaL) and then to the Philip
pines, where, at different times, no
commanded various divisions of the
Eighth Army Corps In the campaign for
pacification of the native revolt. He led
brigade in person In the assault on
Caloocan and participated in the cap
ture of the Filipino capital. He re
signed his command in April, 1899, re
turning to the United States. Upon his
discharge he was brevetted Major-
General for "meritorious conduct in
Following the Civil War Captain Otis
returned to the trade of printer, for
which he had abandoned school at an
early age, acquiring finally, in 1882, a
fourth Interest in the Los Angeles
Times. Previously he had served for
four years as foreman of the Govern
ment Printing Office at Washington.
Quite early in his career as editor and
publisher of the, Times, for he speedily
secured full control. General Otis came
into conflict with organized labor and
thereafter until the day of his death
he waged an unrelenting warfare for
what he termed industrial freedom. On
October 10, 1910, his building and print
ing plant was dynamited and 23 of his
workmen killed. The arrests and trials
which followed were matters of Nation-wide
General Otis acquired a large fortune,
his Interests aside from publishing be
ing extensive. In politics his paper
ever reflected the attitude of its editor
aggressive, uncompromising Repub
lican, General Otis connection with
that party dating back to 1860, when
he was sent from Kentucky as a dele
gate to the convention at Chicago
which nominated Lincoln for the Presidency.
Aside from those mentioned General
Otis held numerous Governmental po
sltlons at different periods of his life.
He was prominent In the Grand Army
of the Republic and numerous other
patriotic orders and a member of the
American Academy of Sciences.
The bride of General Otis' young
manhood. Miss Eliza Wetherby. was his
constant associate in Journalism and
literature until her death in 1904. Of
the five children born to them two
E AT LENS
Canadians Advance 400 Yards
on Front on' 000 Yards.
CITE DU MOULIN OCCUPIED
TONIGHT IS DANCE NIGHT
German Habit of Withdrawing Sol.
diers by Daj; for Safety Observed
So Attack Is Made With
CANADIAN HEADQUARTERS IN
FRANCE, July 30 (By Canadian Press,
Limited.) By a minor operation early
this morning the Canadian front was
advanced in the region east of Reser
voir Hill into the Cite du Moulin, the
only suburb lying between Reservoir
Hill and Lens. The losses of the Cana
dians were inconsiderable and the ad
vance gives them possession of
stretch of difficult country extending
about 1000 yards north and south with
a depth easterly from our former front
of over 400 yards.
The gain was made as a result of
careful scouting. By close observation
it was learned that to lessen the heavy
losses from our artillery, which has
been pounding Cite du Moulin steadily
for the past two weeks, the enemy
withdrew men holding the line among
its ruined houses during the day and
only manned the positions at night
when he learned from former experience
of Canadian methods any attitck in
force was likely to be made. That was
good tactics, but the obvious method
of catching the enemy napping was to
send an attacking party in daylight
while our bombardment was still in
progress. This was done. The range of
our guna .was Increased-as the men
went over and so cut the enemy out
posts on Irom their supports.
With ample equipment of machine
guns our men occupied the western part
of Cite du Moulin and reconstructed the
enemy positions so that they will af
ford fairly good shelter. There has
been as yet no serious counter attack
of the northern part of our line.
This morning a quantity of gas was
projected into the enemy s trenches be
tween Hill 70 and Cite St. Laurent.
Heavy thunder storms have inter
fered with the progress of trench de
struction by our artillery.
AMBULANCES . FUND WORKER S
HAVE 14 HALLS.
Indigestion. One package
proves it 25c at all druggists.
One Hundred Per Cent of Proceeds Will
Go to Purchase of First Aid
Machine for Third Oregon
Public dances, chaperoned by a num
ber of representative women, will be
held tonight In 14 dancehalls of Port
land, the proceeds to go to the Third
Oregon Ambulance fund.
All the money received will be used
for the ambulance fund. Several fra
ternal organizations and clubs are in
general charge. Each hall will be In
cnarge 01 a particular committee or
division of the workers and the patron
esses who have accepted will be at the
halls.' At the Council Crest Hall alone
plans were being made for entertaining
several thousand dancers during the
Dances will be held In the follow
Firemen's Pavilion, Tremont Station;
ureoei s mil, inast eightieth and Stark
Artisans Temple, Portsmouth, on St.
Johns carllne; Moose Hall, Royal build
ing, Broadway and Morrison; Modern
Woodmen of America Hall, Eleventh
and Burnside; Women of Woodcraft
hall. Tenth and Taylor; Woodmen of
the World Hall, Eleventh and Alder;
Cotillion Hall, Fourteenth and Wash
ington; Christensen'a Hall, Eleventh
and Morrison; Hlbernia Hall, Russell
and Rodney; Neighborhood House, Sec
ond and Wood; Rose City Park club
house, and Bohemian Hall, East Four
teenth street and Duke avenue. At
Christensen's Hall United Artisans Ad
vance Assembly will be In charge, and
the patronesses there will be Mrs. C.
L. Read, Mrs. J. B. Kepper, Mrs. E. J.
Steele, Mrs. C. C.-Newcastle, Mrs. H. L.
Lee, Mrs. M. E. Sims, Mrs. Otto Roeber,
Mrs. J.. L. May, Mrs. G. E. Humphrey,
Mrs. R. D. In man. Mrs. E. A. Ingham,
Mrs. J. B. Gentry and Mrs. H. A. Nelson.
French General-in-Chief li
Growing: Own Vegetables.
Petals Tnrna Rose Garden to Usa
for Providing: Food for His Entire
PBOHI DEBATE III
SENATE IS STARTED
MR. UNDERWOOD OPPOSES
Author of Measure Declares Part
nership Between Liquor Traffic
and Government Is Frightful
Heritage of Civil War.
WASHINGTON, July 30. The fight
for Nation-wide prohibition by consti
tutional amendment opened In the Sen
ate today under unanimous consent
agreement to take a final vote Wednes
day. The debate was purely perfunc
tory, with but few Senators in their
seats and a small number of specta
tors In the galleries.
Senator Sheppard, author of the
pending resolution to submit such an
amendment to the states, opened the
debate and waa followed by Senator
Underwood, who. In a brief speech, op
posed the resolution. The only other
speakers were Senators Ashurst and
Shafroth, both of whom . supported It.
The debate will continue tomorrow and
large number of Senators have de
clared their Intention of speaking.
The constant activity of the liquor
Interests Is a peril to free institutions.
Senator Sheppard told the Senate, while
alcoholic liquor Itself is a menace to
the Nation's health, morals and ef
ficiency. Organized labor, he said, has
been asked to oppose prohibition be
cause bartenders and brewery and dis
tillery employes are members of unions
Labor is asked to imperil its very
existence," said the Texas Senator, "to
take food from the mouths and clothes
from the backs of men, women and
children to sustain a traffic meaning
hunger, disease. Insanity and death for
the masses, while the liquor barons
thrive In luxury.
"If the liquor traffic is to be eradi
cated, the aid of the Federal Govern
ment must be invoked. The partner
ship between the liquor traffic' and
the Federal Government Is one of the
most frightful heritages of the Civil
'THE STORE THAT UNDERSELLS BECAUSE IT SELLS FOR CASH!"
Special Purchase and
Sale of Women s
FZi Sports and Tub Skirts
All fashionable styles and J -i Q tZ
materials undervalued at LU tJ)J
It is not so often that we can offer such excel
lent values as contained in this lot. A fortunate
purchase from a manufacturer who found him
self with a surplus stock on hand, results in your
being able to buy these skirts at considerably
less than they ought to sell. It is your oppor
tunity to select one or more of these attractive
garments at a big saving. Included are all fash
ionable styles in checks, stripes, plaids and nov
elties. There are golf, tennis, country club and
general wear models at all prices from $1.25
New Styles in Voile Waists at $1.00
Just received a dozen or more of the latest New
York styles. They come with low neck and long
sleeves in models with hemstitched collar and
cuffs, lace, embroidery or tuck fronts and in all
sizes. Unsurpassed values at $1.00.
INSURANCE FIGHT SHIFTS
Jurisdiction Over Government Ships
Held in New. York.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash
ington, July 30. Senators McNary and
Chamberlain today received further
telegrams from Insurance Commis
sioner Wells, of Oregon, protesting
against placing builders' risk Insur
ance on vessels building in Oregon
with outside insurance companies and
insisting that the order of the Ship
ping Board violates the Oregon law, in
that it takes this bualnes from local
agents and robs the 6tate of its right
to tax premiums.
The Shipping Board advised both
Senators that Jurisdiction over Insur
ance on Government ships is entirely
in the hands of W. H. Laboyteaux, 49
Wall street. New York, and he alone
can modify the order.
Senator McNary telegraphed Com
missioner Wells suggesting that he
Endless Variety of Beautiful
Gathered in One Great Assort- QQr 7
ment and Underpriced at OC JL Lt
Again we have prepared for your consideration
the most unusual values in beautiful high-grade
silks. This time you have choice from 40-inch
Cheney Bros Foulards in light colors solid
colored Poplins sport-stripe Poplins Taffetas
in evening shades in 36-inch width Novelty
Dress and Waisting Silks in an endless variety
in 36-inch width 34-inch Shan Tung Pongees
in natural color 36-inch White Tub Silks 32
inch Satin Stripe Tub Silks and many other
staple and novelty weaves. Every need and
taste may be satisfied at this sale at a saving
well worth your best attention.
2500 Yards of Cambric at
Yard-wide Cambric Muslin of fine
finish and standard quality.
Turkish Towels, 17c Each
Bleached Turkish Towels, 17 by 36
inches, priced this sale at 17c each
or six for $1.00.
Sport Suitings, 35c Yard
All our high-grade Sports Suitings
to close at this price check, stripe,
plaid and figure effects.
Wash Goods Remnants at
300 Remnants of Colored Voile, Tis
sue, Batiste, Lawn, Organdy, etc., to
close at one-half regular remnant
STRIKE SETTLED QUICKLY
Warehouse Laborers at Stockton Get
STOCKTON, Cal.. July 30. (Special.)
-Laborers employed in all of the local
warehouses controlled by railroads,
steamboat lines, milling companies and
private interests here struck today for
an increase of & cents an hour and spe
cial pay for overtime. By night con
ferences had been held between em
ployers and employes and all claims
of the men had been allowed.
The men work nine hours a day and
have been receiving 35 cents an hour.
They will now get 40 cents and 60
cents an hour for overtime and work
on Sundays and holidays.
The warehouses are receiving great
quantities of grain and potatoes.
DOCTOR SHOWS PATRIOTISM
D. F. Miller Quits Draft Board
Rather Than Cancel Own Eligibility.
BEND. Or., July 30. (Special.) Be
cause he is within the age limit for the
draft. Dr. Dwight F. Miller, member of
the Deschutes County draft board, re
signed his position today rather than
cancel his eligibility for conscription.
Dr. B. Ferrell is the new member of
Mayor Mitchel to Run Again.
NEW TORK, July 30. -Mayor Mitchel
will become a candidate to succeed him
self as the city's chief executive for
the next four years in the September
primaries, it was announced today.
PARIS, July 9. (By mail.) The
General-in-Chief of the French j
army Is becoming the first gardener
of France. He is raising, under his
own supervision, enough vegetables to
supply the entire general staff.
When General Retain arrived at the
simple villa now serving as general
headquarters he found spacious lawns
and flower gardens. He obtained per
mission from the proprietor to dig them
up. Roses and other climbing plants
have been replaced by beans, peas,
cabbage, tomatoes and potatoes.
The General is out at daylight every
morning inspecting his crops and di
recting the work of soldiers who oc
cupy their leisure off duty weeding
and cultivating the garden.
These men were all picked for their
vegetable gardening experience, but
General Retain Is often able to give
them good hints as to how to grow
TROOP RIOT TO BE PROBED
Negro Soldiers at Waco, Tex., May
Be Tried by Court-Martial.
WACO. Tex., July 80. Steps were
instituted by Army officers today for a
general investigation of the clashes
last night between police officers and
negro troopers of the Twenty-fourth
United States infantry.
With the taking into custody by mili
tary officers of . the negroes who" took
part in the riots last night, quiet pre
vails in waco tonight.'
It Is said that the six negroes cap
tured by the searching expedition early
this morning will be .. tried for at
tempted murder before - a military
To avoid the possibility of a recur
rence of rioting between black sol
diers and citizens, negro troopers have
been barred from entering the city
without a military pass.
QUAKE REPORT IS DENIED
Disturbance Said to Have Been In
Argentina, Not Chile.
WASHINGTON. July 80. Official
dispatches to the Chilean Embassy to
day totally deny widely published re
ports from Santiago, or an earthquake
with great damage to unuean cities.
At the same time a quake was re
ported from Chile, there actually was
an earth disturbance in Argentina.
Naval Pay Increase Asked.
WASHINGTON, July 30. Bills creat
lng new naval ratings in the ranks
with increased pay; to reimburse of
ficers, enlisted men and others for per
sonal property lost in the service; to
raise the dally food allowance to 40
cents from 80 cents, were urged before
the House naval committee today by
at 8:30 A.M.
at 9 A.M.
The Most in Value The Best in Quality
at 5:30 P. M.
at 6 P. M.
110 RED TAPE BINDS
Speed in Selecting National
Army Is Desired.
SLACKERS TO GO NEAR TOP
returns from official visits to Vienna
and Dresden and Munich the latter part
of next week.
Herr Michaells has been In active
communication with leading party
members of the Prussian lower house
and the selection of men who are to
assist him in carrying out electoral re
forms has been agreed upon, appoint
ment merely awaiting the Emperor's
B'nal B'rlth to Aid Soldiers.
CHICAGO, July 80. At the annual
meeting of the executive committee of
the Independent Order of B'nal B'rlth,
presided over by President Adolf
Kraus, plans were made today to par
ticipate in the work of assisting sol
diers and their dependent families.
Navy Orders Canned Peas.
WASHINGTON, July 80. The Navy
Department has ordered 5,100.000
pounds of canned peas, to be delivered
as needed at tentative prices of S1.1S
to $1.60 a dozen cans, with all orders
subject to revision so prices may be
based on cost plus a reasonable profit.
Free Army Postage Proposed.
WASHINGTON, July 80. Free post
age for all soldiers, sailors and marines
during the war is proposed in a bill
Introduced today by Representative
Lonergan, of Connecticut.
Eligible Men Not Registered Are Be
ing Rounded Up and Will Re
ceive First Numbers Made
Available by Exemptions.
WASHINGTON, July 30. Prompt and
efficient work by district exemption
boards is expected by Government offi
cials as a result of stripping all
red tape, from the procedure of the
President Wilson's executive order
outlining the principles to govern ex
emptions, coupled with instructions to
the boards from Provost Marshal-Gen
eral Crowder, are regarded here as set
ting In motion the last phase of the se
lection process with a momentum that
insures a minimum of confusion and
The object of instructions Is to Im
press the boards with the view that
their primary purpose Is to select the
personnel for the National Army In the
shortest possible time. To that end
they have been informed that no legal
precedents bind them, and that there
need be no adherence to rules of evi
dence or other technicalities of court
Attorney-General Gregory set in mo
tion today further machinery to in
crease the size of registration reservoir
from which the 687.000 men of the
first call are to be drawn. Thousands
of men failed to register. It has been
found, for one cause or another.
Through the District Attorneys, the
Department of Justice is rounding up
these men and numbers will be as
signed which will insure their being
called up for examination at an early
date. They will receive the serial
numbers of men near the top of the
list already . permanently discharged
for physical reasons.
The first reports of the local boards
on physical examination are beginning
to appear. As yet, however, they are
not complete enough to make any log
ical deduction as to the probable aver
age of rejection for this reason.
The draft statistics of the Civil War,
which showed between 25 and 30 per
cent rejected on this ground, still are
the best guide on the question. Such
hgures as have come from the local
boards are in general harmony with
the old average.
The average of rejections on physi
cal grounds in regular Army recruiting
has been far higher, but conditions are
entirely different with the selective
In, many districts where examina
tions are proceeding large numbers of
men have asked for affidavit blanks on
which to submit applications for ex
emption because of dependent families.
This Is no criterion of the exemptions
to be granted, however, as each case
must be considered on its merits.
MICHAELIS VISITS VIENNA
Appointment of Ministers Expected
BERLIN, July 28, via London, Juljr
30. Official announcement of the ap
pointment of new men to Prussian
ministerial positions Is not expected to
be made before Chancellor Michaelis
FOE IS DROPPED IN CLOUD
American Aviator Vanquishes Ger
man With 100 Shots.
PARIS. July 80. The Lafayette
Esquadrllle, which Is composed of
American aviators. Issued the follow
ing official communication under date
"Bad weather today prevented much
work. Our ace. Adjutant Raoul
Lufbery, in a fight yesterday fired 100
shots at a German machine, which fell
and disappeared amid the thick clouds.
The machine undoubtedly was disabled,
but the cloudy sky prevented Lufbery
from marking the spot where It disappeared."
Junction Autos Collide.
JUNCTION CITY. Or., July 30. (Spe
cial.) Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Cooley, oc
cupants of a touring car standing In
front of a store, enjoyed a ride of 20
feet when another car, driven by Will
iam Pitney, crashed Into them.
Korniloff Executes Deserters.
LONDON, July SO. The correspond
ent of the Times at Russian southwest
headquarters says General Korniloff
is executing deserters by wholesale.
Read The Oregonian classified ads.
Not a staged war picture, but a film
taken at the grrounds where some of our
boys are today.
Dr. Ferdinand Kin-, a Not York City Physician and Medical Author nami
"There ua be mo stronsr, vigorous. Iron men nor beantlfnl. healthy, rmmy
cheeked nonen Tilthout Iron Nnxated Iron taken three times per day after
meals will Increase the atrencrth and endurance of weak, nervous, run 1 own
folks 100 per eent In fjvo weeks' time In sunny Instances. Avoid the old forma
of metallic iron, which may Injure the teeth, corrode the itamars and thereby
do more harm than court. Tnke only cricnle Iron Xuxated Iron. It la
pensed In this city by The Owl Drue Co. mid all cood JrugeUU. Advt