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VOL,. LiVII. NO. 17,739.
PORTLAND, OREGON, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1917.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
27 persons dead iRnil.QPIRAnv RHARGF
ISLE OF PINES HIT
BY GULF HURRICANE
STATE FAIR HEARS
ABOUT GOOD ROADS
IIS -ABE FIRM
IN HEAD-ON WRECK . '. " """""r
IN STRIKE STAND
PASSENGER COLLIDES WITH
RETURXIXG TROOP TRAIN.
OREGON. MAN NOT GUILTY OF
SUBORNATION OF PERJURY.
TAXES AND DUTIES MUST BE
PAID IN GOLD.
Many Are Believed to
PROPERTY DAMAGE IS LARGE
Florida and Alabama Cities
Cut Off for Time.
WIND HIGH AT PENSACOLA
Cars Are Stopped at 3IobIle So All
Electricity ' May Bo Cut Off.
Towns of Mississippi Coast
Report No Loss of Life.
A GULF PORT. Sept. 2S. A big
British steatnr which left this port
Saturday morning- is lying helpless 300
miles off shore, after being battered
for many- hours by the tropical hurri
cane which struck the East Gulf Coast
Thursday, according to a wireless mes
sage received here today.
Agents of the ship declined to give
out the nature of the trouble, but it is
understood the vessel's propeller was
No loss of life was reported. The
ship ran squarely Into the hurricane,
and after battling against the waves
for many hours, was finally put out of
commission. Reports said the ship Is
in no Imminent danger.
HAVANA. Sept. 28. One steamer and
several sailing vessels were sunk,
numerous houses were razed and great
damage done to growing crops and
fruits by' the West Indian hurricane
which struck the Isle of Pines Wednes
day evening according to dispatches re
ceived here tonight.
Advices from Batabano, situated on
the mainland, said It Is believed
there that many persons perished in
the islands, although no definite in
formation regarding the casualties ha
NEW ORLEANS. Sept. 28. Although
the wind at places attained a velocity ,
as high as 100 miles an hour, the hurricane-swept
section of the Gulf Coast
from the Mississippi River to the West
coast of Florida escaped serious dam
age .today unless there was great loss
at Pensacola, the' only city which to
night was cut off from communication.
Coast Isolated for Boars.
For hours this afternoon and tonight
the entire coast was Isolated, all tele
graph and telephone wires being down
and great anxiety was felt, fears being
entertained that the hurricane might
exact such a toll as that of last year,
when many lives were lost and several
million dollars' worth of property de
stroyed. With communication restored tonight
to Mobile. Gulfport. Biloxl. Pass Chris
tian. Bay St. Louis, Long Beach and
ether towns, there were no reports of
loss of life and the property damage
apparently was comparatively smalL
Railroad bridges along the Gulf were
damaged and at Mobile and other cities
some buildings were unroofed.
Ample - warning of the hurricane's
approach had been given even to the
most remote sections, and to this fact
1 attributed the saving of many lives.
MOBILE. Ala.. Sept. 28. Although
the' wind here at times today attained
a velocity of 96 miles an hour, prop
erty damage was slight and there was
no loss of life in this section so far as
reported late tonight.
10O-.Hile Gale Bits Pensacola.
When the storm approached the city
the police stopped streetcars and shut
off all electric current. Telegraph
wires to Pensacola are down. Slate off
roofs and wooden galleries of houses
were being torn away in the business
Last reports from Pensacola, Fla., at
1 o'clock, before communication was
cut off this afternoon, said that
100-mile wind was blowing there and
that property damage was great.'
PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss., gept. 28.
Gulfport. Biloxl, Bay St. Louis, Long
Beach and other points along the Mis
sissippi coast came through ' today's
tropical hurricane with very little
property damage. So far as reported
there was no loss of life.
JAPANESE SINK U-BOAT
Destroyers Win Victory Over Ger
man Diver Off Spanisli Coast.
VANCOUVER. B. C. Sept. 28. The
Canadian News, a Japanese daily news
paper published here, received a spe
cial cablegram from Tokio today an
nouncing that it is reported In Tokio
that Japanese destroyers, in a fight
with German U-boats off the coast of
Spain, hear Barcelona, sent one sub
marine to the bottom.
WOMAN INVESTS $5,000,000
Society of Colonial Dames An
nounces Liberty Loan Offer.
WASHINGTON. Sept. 28. A forth
coming subscription of $3,000,000 from
one woman was reported to the worn
an'a liberty loan committee today by
the representatives of the National So
ciety of Colonial Dames.
Few of Victims Are Identified Of
Dead 17Are Xegroes, 3 Are In-
dians and 7 Are White Men.
TULSA, Okla., Sept. 28. Twenty
seven persons were killed and 50 in
jured, half of them seriously, in a head
on collision one mile southwest of
Kellyvllle late, today, when St. Louts
& San Francisco passenger train No.
7. ran Into an empty eastbound troop
It was impossible to learn the names
of all the dead late tonight, but it is
known that only seven were white. As
the bodies were taken from the wreck
they were rushed to morgues at Brls
low and Sapulpa. '
The collision occurred Just after the
passenger train crossed the bridge over
Polecat Creek. The crews of both en
gines jumped, saving their lives, but
were severely injured.
The troop" train was running In two
sections and the first had passed the
passenger train Just out of Kellyvllle.
Engineer Rule, not knowing there was
another section behind, took the main
track and crossed the river.
All the dead 'were taken, to. Brlslow
and Sapulpa. Information from there
says that the victims number seven
white , men, 14 ' negroes, three negro
women and three Indians.
The engine crews of both trains
escaped injury. The fireman on the
troop train Is said to have gone insane
after the wreck.
The identified dead are:
John Crownover. Shamrock. Okla.
F. M. Hutchinson, Tulsa, Okla.
H. P. Whlteleff (negro). Sapulpa.
AERONAUTS ARE WANTED
Western Department of Army Short
of Balloon Operators.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 28. Students
for the balloon division, aeronautical
corps, signal officers' reserve corps,
are sought urgently by the Western
Department of the Army. The course
of training is open to applicants be
tween the ages of 21 and 35, and men
between 30 and 35 years of age are-
desired particularly. Necessary quali
fications are good physical condition
and graduation from public high
schools. Applications are being re
ceived by the department aeronautical
officer, headquarters Western Depart
ment. San Francisco. ' ' "
VIR. CHAMBERLAIN BETTER
If Improvement of Senator Continues
He Will Bo "Out" In Week.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash
ington, Sept. 2S.--Senator Chamberlain
showed marked improvement today and
it is now believed by his physicians
that an operation-will not be necessary.
The Senator is reasonably . free from
pain, his temperature has dropped and
his general condition is .much im
Dr. Gannon said tonight that at the
rate the Senator is recovering he
should be "around again" by the first
of next week.
APPLE HAS HEART OF GOLD
Albany Congregation Provides for
Trip of Pastor to Ohio.'
ALBANT, Or.. Sept. 28. (Special.)
When Rev. C. L. Schuster, pastor of the
Evangelical Church here, started to eat
an apple presented to him at a sur
prise party here Wednesday evening
he found it contained a sufficient quan
tity of gold coins to pay the expenses
of himself and family on a trip to the
minister s old home in Ohio.
He had been planning to. vis-it his
mother and the congregation, learning
of this, decided to pay his- expenses.
PRICE FIXING- ADVOCATED
Senate Committee Favors Inclusion
of Farm Machinery.
WASHINGTON. Sept. 28. An amend
ment to empower the Government to
fix the price of farm machinery was
Incorporated today by the Senate In
terstate commerce committee in Sena
tor Pomerene's bill to provide for fix
ing prices of iron and steel products.
It was Introduced by Senator Gore.
Otherwise the committee postponed
UNARMED SCHOONER SUNK
Crew of Henry Llppitt Saved After
Craft Is Attacked.
WASHINGTON. Sept. 28. Neva of
the sinking of the unarmed American
schooner Henry Llppitt in the war
zone reached the State Department-today
in a consular report. The crew
The Llppitt was of 895 gross ton
nage. Her home port was Philadel
WHEAT PRICES ANNOUNCED
Eastern Quotations Two Cents Un
der Chicago Basis.
NEW YORK, Sept. 28 The Federal
Grain Corporation announced today
that it would pay 2 cents a bushel less
for all grades of wheat in the markets
of Baltimore, Philadelphia. Buffalo and
New York, "as compared with the basic
market prescribed by the price com
mission of Chicago." . .. . .
Arrests Follow Raids of
HAYWOOD ONE OF FIRST TAKEN
Only Wen Charged With Cul
pable Conduct Held. ,
HEAVY BONDS REQUIRED
Doctrine of Organization Is Treach
ery and Object Is to Hamper
, Nation In War, Says Judge
of Conrt at Chicago.
THREE I. W. W. ARE ARREST
ED IX PORTLAXD.
Federal authorities, assisted by
local police, made a swoop on I.
W. W. circles in Portland last
night. Within 15 minutes three
Industrial Workers of the World
were arrested and taken to jail.
They gave their names as Charles
Bennett, Harris Allman and P. R.
William Bryan, special agent
for the Department of Justice,
headed the raiding party. He
declined to discuss the purpose
of the arrests or to make any
comment on them.
The belief was current that the
arrests were In connection with
indictments returned at Chicago
by a Federal grand Jury yester
day against 166 Industrial Work
ers of the World in various parts
of the country on the charge that
they were hampering the war
operations of the United States.
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CHICAGO, Sept. 28. The Federal
Government today delivered a second
smashing blow at the lawless elements
that have been active In hindering the
whole-hearted prosecution of the war.
The move of the Department of Justice
which began weeks ago in the simul
taneous raids on headquarters of the
Industrial Workers of the World
reached a climax with the indictment
in the Federal courts of 166 leaders
and members of that organization and
the prompt arrest of more than 100 of
them, including William D. Haywood,
the general secretary and treasurer.
Haywood and the others were
brought in in motor cars driven by
society members of the Navy Relief
Society, who for weeks have put their
utomobiles at the call of the agents
of the Department of Justice.
Haywood was held in 825,000 bond
and the others of lesser weight in the
organization at $10,000. Some of those
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New Warrant Charging Perjury.
$2500 Cash Ball Given.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 28, Frank C.
Oxman,, Durkee, Or., cattleman, was
acquitted tonight of a charge of at
tempted subornation of perjury grow
ing out of the conviction of Thomas J.
Mooney on a murder charge in con
nection , with . the preparedness parade
bomb explosion here last year.
The jury deliberated one hour and
15 minutes. On the first ballot, ' ac
cording to a Juror, the vote was 11 to 1
Shortly after the acquittal a new
warrant for his arrest was issued at
the Instance ' of Mrs. Belle Hammer-
berg, a sister of Mooney's wife. - It
was served on the Oregon cattleman at
The warrant charges perjury. Oxr
man was permitted to confer with his
attorneys and he was . then taken to
the city prison.
He was released on 82500 cash ball.
furnished by James H. Nichols, of Ore
gon, his personal attorney. The bond
calls for him to appear in Superior
Court tomorrow. . ,
The warrant, did not state in which
specific case he was alleged to have
perjured himself. He has been a wit
ness in two cases, the one which re
sulted in Mooney's conviction and his
own trial on a charge of attempted sub
ornation of perjury.
LID IS PUT ON WAR NEWS
tjorrespondents Say to Expect Noth
ing, but Give No Reason. T
LONDON, Sept. 28. Correspondents
at British headquarters in France ad
vise all their English and American
newspapers to expect nothing from
their respective correspondents today.
No reason for this Is assigned.
The . only . occasion .previously of In
terrupting the news of the correspond
ents was in October, 1915. Two days
later announcement was received of the
entry of Bulgaria into the war on the
side of, the Teutonic allies, and a day
still later came the news that Field
Marshal Sir John French, who had re
mained silent for five days, had. made
considerable gains in the. Loos sector,
driving a wedge into the .German lines
from 500 to 1000 yards In depth.
KITCHENER LIVES, IS BET
Lloyds Accepts Insurance at Rate
of One to Twenty,
- LONDON, Sept. 2S. (Special.) Lloyds
of London is accepting insurance at the
rate of 5 shillings per cent based on
Lord Kitchener being' alive. In other
words, the firm is accepting odds of
1 to 20 that "K. of K." still lives. Al
ready applications have been placed
with brokers for more than $1,000,000
insurance at that rate.
Although Lord Kitchener was re
ported officially to have' lost his life
on June 7. 1916, when the British
cruiser Hampshire went down among
the northern islands, the belief has
strongly persisted In circles In England
through the last 15 months that the
hero of Khartoum still lives.
EAT MORE FISH AND, HELP CONSERVE THE COUNTRY'S MEAT.
Benson Says Highways
DREAM REALIZED NEXT SPRING
Commissioner Adams Visual
izes $30,000,000 Program.
$19,000,000 NOW IN SIGHT
Increase of Quarter of Mill State
Highway Tax to One Mill Is
Recommended Oregon's Need
. Needs Are Pointed Out.
SALEM. Or., Sept. 28. (Special.)
Good roads, the press and the people
of the Willamette Valley had the right
of way at the State Fair today. While
the crowd dwindled down from the I
two banner days Wednesday and j
Thursday, nevertheless it was no I
mean throng of people that took in
the sights and scenes here today. i
The main feature of the day's pro
gramme was the good roads meeting
held at the new auditorium. Here
Chairman Benson and Commissioner
Adams, of 'the State Highway Com
mission, told the people something of
the plans of the State Highway Com
mission and of its aims and purposes.
The Improvement of the Columbia
and Pacific Highways will be the first
object of "the Commission, Chairman
Benson told his audience and a year
around passable highway for each
route is the main desire. By next
Spring, he prophesied, this work would
be completed and all classes of vehicle
drivers will see a long-wlshed-for
dream come true.
Increase In Road Tax Ordered.
An increase of the one-quarter of 1
mill state highway tax to 1 mill was
one of the recommendations made by
Commissioner Adams in his address. A
$30,000,000 programme of hard-eurfac-lng
is one of the visions seen by Mr.
Adams and he declares that with $19,
000,000 in sight the proposal of a $30,
000,000 road programme is by no means
excessive. Counties are now spending
over $5,000,000 a year on roads and
bridges, he asserted. He pointed out
the great cost of motorists in broken
springs and repairs and urged that
what the state of Oregon needs is the
road of the best and longest service
and not the one that can bo laid for
the least money.
The fair management today esti
mated that the attendance for the week
will exceed the attendance of any week
In the past. Wednesday and Thursday
brought the total attendance up to a
high-water mark and today was prob
ably an excellent average for a Friday's
Governor Withycombe was the guest
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Gold-Bearing Ores and Concentrates
Must Be Returned and Silver
Ore Paid For With Gold.
MEXICO CITY, Sept. 28. After Oc
tober 1 the Mexican government will
refuse to accept American bills, silver
coin or drafts on the United States in
payment of federal taxes and duties. '
A decree announcing this gives as a
reason that the American Government
having prohibited the export of gold,
it is Impossible to change bills for gold.
American gold coin will be accepted for
taxes at the rate of two for one.
EL PASO. Tex.. Sept. 28. By Presi
dential decree received today, all gold
shipped out of Mexico In the form of
ores and concentrates must be returned
to Mexico within ten days of its ex
portation and 25 per cent of the value
of all silver ore or concentrates must
also be returned in the form of gold
bars, national or foreign gold coins.
The decree was received In code by
Mexican Consul-General G. M. Seguin
and copies distributed to Americans
owning mines in Mexico.
Mining men here say it may mean
the abandonment of plans for reopen
ing mines producing large values In
gold and sliver and the closing down
of those now In operation.
The decree also prohibits the expor
tation of Mexican gold or silver coins.
gold In bars or any other forms of
the metals.- The third clause in the
decree declares that exporters of min
eral ores or concentrates of all kinds
having more than six grains of gold
per ton will have to re-import gold in
bars for coinage or in National or for
eign coins of equal value to the gold
content, according to the assay.
BABY BURNED TO DEATH
Blaze Discovered "Too Lute to Save
' Child's Life. '
ELLEXSBURG, Wash., Sept. 28.
(Special.) While" Mr. and Mrs. O. S.
Johnson, residing about eight miles
west of Ellensburg, were out In the
barn, milking tonight, their home
caught fire and their 2-year-old baby
was burned to death. The house and
contents and all outbuildings near were
Before the parents discovered the
fire the house was a mass of flames,
with no chance to save the baby's life.
The baby had been put to bed. Mr.
and Mrs. Johnson were tenants. The
are unable to give any clue as to how
the. fire started, claiming the .only fire
was in the kitchen range. The prop
erty. 16ss is about 81500. The baby
was an only child.
LIBERTY BONDS NOW 100.24
New York Stock Exchange Sales
NEW YORK, Sept. 28. Trading I
liberty 3 per cent Government bonds
at quotations running from 100.04 to
the new, high premium of 10.24, was a
feature on the Stock Exchange to
day, bales of the liberty issue ag
gregated $5,350,000, or almost 90 per
cent of the day's total operations in
the open bond market.
Among dealers the greater activity
and the enhancement were attributed1
to the overnight announcement of the
Treasury Department's intention to
create a new bond for an unlimited
amount at 4 per cent interest.
INDEX .OF TODAY'S NEWS
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, 70
decrees; minimum. 55 degrees.
TODAY'S Fair, light variable -winds.
Shortage of ships vital war problem. Pass 3.
Representative nearly, fight over subject
of loyalty. Page '2. t
Government Indicts 1GB I. w. W. leaders
for conspiracy. Page 1.
Frank Oxman not guilty. Page 1.
Mexico demands payments In gold. Page 1.
Twenty-seven persons killed In wreck.
. Page 1.
Metal trades workers at San Francisco to re
turn to work today. Page 4.
Hurricane hits Gulf Coast. Page f.
Mltchel may run Independently for Mayor.
McAdoo predicts oversubscription of liber
ty loan. Page 4.
Roosevelt doubts good faith of "conscien
tious objectors." Page 4.
Pacific Coast League results Portland 0,
Vernon 7; Oakland 11, Salt Lake 1; Los
Angeles 2, San Kranclsco 1. Page 8.
Benjamin and Madden fight draw. Page 0.
James John and Columbia elevens play
scoreless tie. Page 8.
State Kalr crowds hear of good roads pro
gramme. Awards made. Page 1.
Will contest Involving J150.0OO Lord estate
started in McMinnvllle. Puge S.
Commercial and Marine.
Decline In hide prices checked by Govern
ment buying. Page 17.
Corn lower on announcement of record crop.
Liberty bonds sell at highest prices since
issued. Page 17.
Fear Is expressed that liners Beaver and
Rose City may be requisitioned. Page 14.
Portland and Vicinity.
Unionists at mass meeting vote to stand
firm behind shipbuilders In their demand
for "union shop." Page 1.
Fifty dollars reward offered for apprehen
sion of deserters who failed to report.
Milk price recommended by Commission sat
isfactory to producer, but distributors
scent trouble. Page 6.
Wave of petty crime sweeps . Portland.
Sheriff seizes 456 quarts of whisky and ar
rests six men. Page 0.
State's second Liberty loan campaign opens
next Monday. Page 7.
Campaign launched for Christmas gift fund
for uoldlera in France. Page U.
Stephen Carver offers personal .-iti-Ify for
jitney service. Page 9.
Large audience in down-town theater hear
Four-Minute men. Page 7.
First pictures of havoc -wrought by flood at
Seward arrive here. Page 14.
Weather report, data and forecast. Page 17.
Workers Vote to Fight
for "Union Shop."
5000 UNIONISTS AT MEETING
Cries of "Recall" Greet Men
tion of Mayor Baker.
PICKETING LAW ASSAILED
Orderly Protest Against Ordinance
Crged by Speakers, Who Ask Men
to Refrain From . Violence.
"America." Closes Meeting.
WHAT SPEAKERS AT UNION
MASS MEETING SAID.
Following were speakers at the
big union meeting in the.Publio
Auditorium last night, with pun
gent statement in brief of each:
Charles P. Howard, president
Central Labor Council. The antl
picketing ordinance was passed
by the people under misunder
standing and is not in reality
William Mackenzie, second vice-'
president engineers' local. The
"closed shop" Is a bad phrase; we
should term It "union shop."
When the labor adjustment board
comes here, "by G , there'll be
Ben Osborne, president of
Structural Iron Workers' Union.
I should greatly dislike to hear
of any. violence. We should call
out every union in Portland that
will support the strikers In their
Otto Hartwig, president Stat
Federation of Labor. I investi
gated the Astoria situation and
found no reason for sending
. Fully BOOO unon men- and women
crowded the Public - Auditorium last
night, listened to speeches by various
union officers on the phases of the
shipbuilding strike situation and closed
by singing the first verse of "America."
A resolution, calling upon every man
and woman present to sacrifice "their
liberty, if necessary, in an effort to
"break" the anti-picketing ordinance
passed by - the people last June was
carried unanimously, amid cheering
lasting for fully ons minute.
Patriotism Rnna High. '
Patriotism seemed to be the keynote
of the meeting and just before the
doors were opened union men and
women, when offered . free copies of
the "Portland American," formerly the
Deutsche-Zeitung. printed partly in
German until United States District
Attorney Reames began an Investiga
tion of it, immediately upon noting
what it was. hurled their copies away.
There was' much indignation among
them and for a time it looked as
though they would seize the papers,
carried by a boy, and burn them. It
did not come to this, however. The
paper carried a big first-page "story"
of the strike.
Charles P. Howard, president of the
Portland Central Labor Council, pre
sided, and In opening the meeting an
nounced that it ha-d been called as A
protest against the antl-picketlng ordi
nance. Most of the session was devot
ed to this one topic, but the speakers
digressed somewhat at times, dwelling
upon some other themes closely relat
ed to it.
At the mention of Mayor Baker's
name, cries of "Recall" were sounded
from all sides and clapping and cries
drowned speakers until Chairman How
ard rapped hard for order.
Strike Decision Firm.
It was the decision by acclaim of
those present that the strike of the
shipbuilders shall be continued with
the utmost vigor, that every union in
the city and vicinity be called out, if
necessary, to win it, and that every
union man and woman should support
It to their full capacity until it is
Speakers of the meeting were Chair
man Howard, William Mackenzie, sec
ond vice-president of the Engineers'
Union; Ben Osborne, president of the
local of the Structural Iron Workers'
International Union, and Otto Hartwls.
president of the State Federation of
Labor. All dwelt upon the patriotism
of the union men and each one emph
asized the fact that this must be han
dled In an orderly, peaceful manner;
that there is nothing to be gained by
ruffianism, and all men concerned were
counseled not to resort to violence at
any time or place, but to submit to
the orders of the police wherever given
and no matter how drastic they may
seem to the men.
"Union Shop" Bis; Principle.
After announcing the cause for the
meeting, which was for union men and
women exclusively. Chairman Howard
introduced Mr. Mackenzie, who is a
member of the executive committee of
the Metal Trades Council and has mucli
to do with handling the strike. Mr. Mac
kenzie declared that the men are on
strike for the big principle of the
"union shop," and decried, the use of
the term, "closed shop," saying it is
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