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VOL. .LVIII. NO. 18,243.
Eotm4 mt Portland lOnroT
Po.tofflc. as Eecond-Claas Mnf.
PORTLAND, OREGOX, WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1919.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
FOREIGN ORDERS TO
SPEED SHIP PLANTS
Removing of Barrier An
s nounced by Wilson. -
BANDITS RAID BANKS
AND FLEE IN AUTOS
TWO CALIFORNIA INSTITUTIONS
ROBBED IN DAYLIGHT.
GERMAN POLIGY IS
BAKER FOR REBUILDING
GUARD ON OLD LINES
TURKEY'S FATE UP
BEFORE BIG FOUR
SUBJECT TO U. S. TAX
GOVERNMENT ASKS CENT FOR
EVERY 25 CENTS IX PRICE.
HAPPY FOLK GREET
KNOWLEDGE GAINED IX LATE
WAR. TO BE UTILIZED.
3,000,000 GROSS TONS LOOM
Norway,- France and Italy Ex
pected to Place Contracts.
.COAST YARDS TO BENEFIT
an Contracts Will Be Awarded
Privately Under Supervision of
K WASHINGTON, May IS. Orders for
possibly 3,000,000 gross tons of ships
to be built for foreign account in
American shipyards may bo placed as
the result of an order by President
Wilson permitting the building of such
Chips provided it could be done without
Interfering with the construction of the
mcrican merchant marine.
1 The president's action was announced
In a statement issued today at the
Officials of the shipping board to
Bay would not venturo more than a
eruess as to fhe tonnage American
shipbuilders might contract as the
result of the president's order, which.
It was said at the White House, had
leen issued at the suggestion of Chair
tnan Hurley of the shipping board.
Large Order Kxpected.
Good substantial orders,- it was said
1y officials, may be expected for the
Pacific and Atlantic yards.
Norway is expected to place large
Orders, possibly 1,000,000 tons, and
4 JFrance and Italy probably will let
contracts for considerable tonnage, it
P'rance already has placed orders for
00,000 tons in England for delivery in
three years-, and officials believe may
give American yards a good share of
the 1,000,000 additional tons which that
country is expected to require.'
Italy, it was said, probably will be
fn the market for approximately 500,000
fons, part of which may be built In the
pnlted States, but England is not ex
pected to place any orders in American
At the shipping board it was ex
plained that few orders could be placed
immediately, as the capacity of the
Jards for foreign, account was yet
limited. Only five or possibly six yards
are now in a position to take on for
eign orders, but this situation will
gradually be relieved, it was said.
Private Contracts Plan.
In respect to the prices to be quoted
by American shipbuilders to foreign
Interests, it was recalled that the last
price made for ships built in American
Jards was S170 a ton.
All contracts for foreign ships will
e placed privately, shipping board
officials said, but under the genera)
supervision of the board.
President Wilson shortly after his
I.- first arrival in Paris is understood to
Jiave told a high French official that
American shipyards at that time would
tie unable to accept contracts to build
hips for French account, as the Ameri
can yards wero to be reserved for such
jnaval construction as might become
jiecessary dependent upon the negotia
tions at Paris.
Bright Future Forecast.
With the entry of the United States
fnto the war all steel chips building
for foreign account were requisitioned
by the government and the yards were
prohibited from accepting any foreign
contracts. Several nations are in the
jnarket for ships.
Jt Is expected that the president's
Order will enable most of the yards to
retain their present increased forces,
e reduction in which was threatened
by reasons of the cancellations of con
tracts by the shipping board.
PRICES DECLARED TOO " LOW
liaising of Ship Ban Held Ho Bcne-
- fit to Seattle Plants.
SEATTLE, Wash., May 13. Seattle
Shipbuilders today asserted there would
be no benefit resulting to them from
lifting the ban on acceptance of for
eign contracts as the prices offered,
they said, have been too low.
.-uinuivi , 1 11 j anuii. mere were
there have been few since and
these at prices which could not be
Jiandlcd with profit.
IARGE ORDERS ARE DECLINED
President's Conccssion-Xot Expected
to Stem Present Crisis.
SAN FRANCISCO. May 13. Opening
of American shipyards to foreign or
ders by President Wilson "will have no
effect on the crisis which- now coil
fronts the shipbuilding industry of the
country, "Harrison Robinson, secretary
of the California shipbuilders' com
mittee, announced here today.
"The government has forced the ship
ards to decline contracts for three mil
lion tons since the signing of the armis
tice and foreign business has been edu
cated to go elsewhere," Mr. Robinson
"Again, It would be six months of
more before we could start business
on such contracts, and we are faced
by an emergency which we must meet
it once, the preservation of the do-
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Six Employes of One Backed Into
Vault, Outlaws Getting Away
OAKLAND, Cal., May 13. Two armed,
unmasked bandits walked Into the Em
eryville National bank at Emeryville,
a suburb, late today, cut the telephone
wires, pulled down the window shades,
backed six employes, five of them
women, into a vault and escaped in an
automobile with 88400 in coin and cur
rency. According to the police the men left
a large amount of gold in the bank
owing to its weight. They were de
scribed as being apparently 18 and 20
SACRAMENTO, Cal., May 13. The
Oak Park branch of the Sacramento
bank was robbed of $1000 today by two
bandits who entered the banking rooms
in broad daylight. Bank officials said
the bandits wore military uniforms.
The two men entered the bank and
asked R. E. Raleigh, the cashier:
"What are the chances of getting
a check cashed?"
"You will have to be identified," the
official replied, according to the police.
"But we are strangers," the bandits
"Then your chances aren't very
good," the cashier said.
At this point, one bandit thrust a re
volver In the cashier's face and de
manded the money.
The robbery occurred so quickly that
another employe sitting in the rear of
the banking room did not know the
robbery had been committed.
The bandits forced Raleigh to accom
pany them to the street and enter an
automobile with them.
After carrying him about five blocks,
the bandits forced Raleigh to leave the
automobile and then continued travel
ing in the direction of the Sacramento
An attempt to hold up the Citizens'
bank of Oak Park March 3 last, failed
when an employe of the institution
stepped upon an emergency alarm bell,
which caused the bandits to flee. t
ITALY EXPECTS FAIR PLAY
Possibility of Strained Relations
With TJ. S. Held Remote.
ROME, May 12. (By the Associated
Press.) Lulgi 'Luzzatti, former -Italian
prime minister and negotiator of 28
treaties with statesmen like Thiers,
Disraeli, Gladstone and Bismarck, talk
ing -today- of ' tha situation u between
Italy and the United States, said:
"I have never conceived the p'ossi
bility of there being strained relations
between Italy and the United States.
The message of your president to the
allied states and his noble resolution
to declare war on our enemies, his visit
to Europe and his appearance in Italy
as 'savior' consoled me profoundly. 1
considered all this as the outcome of
the intimate friendship between Italy
and America, initiated by millions of
our emigrants to the United States."
63D INFANTRY RELEASED
Orders for Discharge by June 15 Is
sued by War Department.
QflEGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash
ington, May 13. All men In the 63d
infantry who enlisted or were drafted
for the period of the war will be dis
charged by June 15 it possible, gen
eral March, chief of staff, said today.
Orders, General March said, had been
sent to the commanding general of tht
eastern department to make every
effort to discharge these men by that
time. Many of the men in this regi
ment, which Is divided between Wash
ington, Baltimore and New York, are
from Oregon and they have been ap
pealing desperately for their release
for several weeks.
TSING - TAU ACTION IRKS
Peace Delegates Told to Withdraw
I'rom Conference if Necessary.
PARIS, May 13. '(By the Associated
Press.) A message from the Chekiang
assembly dated Pangchow, May 10, and
addressed to the Chinese peace dele
"The assembly is extremely disap
pointed at hearing that the disposal of
Tsing-Tau has been left to the discre
tion of Japan alone. All are prepared
to do what the crisis demands, but are
hoping that you will yet effect a
change In the situation. If necessary,
withdraw from the conference .without
signing the protocol. .You can depend
upon the full moral support of the peo
ple at- home."
STEEL RAIL BIDS ASKED
Mr. Mines' Request Follows Dis
agreement on Standard Price.
WASHINGTON. May 13. Bids for
200.000 tons of steel rails were asked
today by the railroad administration,
in line with Director-General Hines'
announcement of policy after the final
disagreement on a standard prfce in
conference last week with steel pro
ducers. Bids' will be received next Saturday
and contracts be let at once.
GIRL GRADUATES CONSERVE
C6st of Dresses for June Exercises
Limited to $10.
SPOKANE, Wash., May 3. Girl mem
bers of the June graduating class at
Lewis and Clark High School here have
voted that no graduation dress may
exceed $10 in cost and all must be of
cotton, it was announced today. -
No low necks or short skirts will be
permitted, it was decided.
Embarrassment of Allied
QUERIES GALORE PROPOUNDED
Personal Confab Sought by
SUCCESS HELD DOUBTFUL
Chances Are That . Head of German
Delegation Will Not Remain
Long at Versailles.
BY LINCOLN EYRE.
(Copyright by the New York World. - Pub
lished, by arransement.)
VERSAILLES, May 13. (Special
Cable.) Count Von MBrockdorff Rant
zau's policy is daily becoming more
clearil defined. ' Its object Is to em
barrass the allied and associated gov
ernments with interrogatory communi
cations so. numerous an dcomplicated
that it will be impossible to reply to
them in the time allowed for signatures.
Thereby the German hopes to Inveigle
Premier Clemenceau, President Wilson
and Premier Lloyd George into personal
contact with him across the -conference
There Is scant likelihood that the
scheme will succeed. Indeed it be
comes daily more doubtful If he will
remain at the head of the German dele
gation to the end. It seems almost cer
tain that he will be obliged to go to
Berlin within a few days, for de
spatches indicate that he will find it
impossible to map out his final course
without consultation with . Germany's
Envoys May Not Return.
Count Oberndorff, who, in the absence
of delegates Landsberg and Giesbert,
becomes a full-fledged plenipotentiary,
might conceivably be Count yon Brock
dorf f-Rantzau's successor should, he
not again return to Versailles. The
two delegates who departed for Berlin
tonight let it be understood that they
expect to be back here in a few days.
News from the German capital makes
this prospect doubtful.
It has been definitetly arranged to
house the Austrian delegates in the
Pavilion Henri IV and in neighboring
villas at St. Germain. Louis XIV was
born in one of the rooms of the. pavi
lion, which he used later as a hunting
lodge. Before the war itt was a fash
ionable restaurant, with a magnificent
view of Paris, 12 miles away. For some
time past it thas been an American
officers club under Red Cross manage
ment. Premier Ronnor's delegation, consist-
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lrflAKE2&ra-l!rG Jill I ' I i
Secretary of War Says He Hopes In
signia and Unit Designations of
Divisions Can Be Kept.
WASHINGTON. May 13. Approval
of the reorganization of the national
guard along the same lines as existed
before the great war was expressed
today informally by Secretary Baker.
The war department, he said, would
favor the rebuilding of the guard so as
to permit the various states to supply
the same units as were used in making
up the IS divisions organized for serv
ice In France.
Mr. Baker said It would be necessary,
of course, for the militia to embody the
changes resulting ' from experience in
the recent war. He expressed his per
sonal hope that some way would be
found to permit the perpetuation of
the insignia and unit designations of
each of the divisions organized in 1917.
'MELTING P0r PLAN READY
Experts to Report on Scheme for
! WASHINGTON. May 13. Develop
ment of comprehensive plans for mak
ing citizens out of foreign-born resi
dents of the United States was placed
in the hands of two committees of ex
perts today by the Americanization
conference being held at the interior
' Recommendations by these commit
tees will be made the basis of extensive
work already put under way by the
department, and will be available to all
agencies throughout the country in
terested in uniting the various racial
elements of the population into one
American whole. The committee will
report tomorrow or Thursday.
PAROLED MEN TO GATHER
State Official Adopts Xcw Plan of
Aiding State Charges.
SALEM. Or.. May 13. (Special.)
More than 100 paroled men from the
state prison will meet at a conference
with JoeKeller, state parole officer, at
the courthouse in Portland tomorrow.
This means of getting in touch with
the paroled men, instead of through
monthly reports, was adopted by the
parole officer . with the approval of
the parole board and Governor Olcott.
Most of the men are now employed in
Portland shipyards. . -.
ARMIES TO BE KEPT APART
Allies Take No Chance of Puss Be
tween Invaders of Hungary.
BASEL, ' Sunday, May 11. (French
wireless service.) The Roumanian and
Czecho-Slovak forces, which have been
working their way into Hungary, have
approached each other during their
operations, and the allied governments
have considered it advisable to define
the zones of occupation of the two
Determination of the limits of these
two zones is in progress.
THE NEXT CANDIDATE.
Council of Four Studies
BOCHES TO SEND HEW NOTE
Germans Want Right to Meet
HUNGARY YET IS SILENT
No Acceptance Mado of Invitation
of Allies to Send Dcclgates to
Peace Conference at Paris.
PARIS. May 13. (By the Associated
Press.) The council of four discussed
this afternoon the Turkish and Asia-
Minor questions and certain details of
the Austrian treaty. American experts
were called in for consultation on the
subject of Austria.
The German delegation announces
the dispatch of a fifth note which will
probably reach the French foreign of
fice tonight and will be delivered to
the council of four tomorrow morning.
Germans "Wemld Meet Austrian". -
It developed this afternoon that Count
von Brockdorfr-Rantiau, head of the
German peace delegation. Intended to
ask permission to send German dele
r.a to f-eceive the Austrian represen
tatives, according to the Havas Agency.
It had previously been announced mat
the allies intended to keep the delega
tions wholly anart.
The peace which Austria would mike
would not be the final word. Dr. Karl
T?.nnir. the Austrian Chancellor, de
clared to a crowd of demor.strants out
side the ity hall In Vienna, says a
disnatch from that city.
-in thin terrible hour." the chancellor
said, "we shall not obtain the peace we
d which we might have
hoped for If the right of people to dis
pose of themselves bad been realized,
but this peace will not be the last word
of the story. Our firmness must show
o. r r Uvea a neople which is deter
mined to realize its rights to dispose of
Hnngary Gives No Sign.
The Hungarian government has not
yet accepted the invitation to name
delegates for the signing of the peace
treaty, but t Is assumed nere mat tne
Bela Kun regime will gladly toke ad
vantage of this -rtans of establishing
relations with the outside world.
The Italian problem seemed nearer
solution when today's conference began
among the allied representatives here,
and it was thought probable that a
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Patent Medicines Are Assessed and
About Alt Else Except Soap and
WASHINGTON. May 13. Consumers
are required to pay a tax of 1 cent
for every 25 cents in the purchase
price of all toilet articles and all pat
ented or advertised medicinal articles
under regulations announced tonight
by the Internal revenue bureau defining
the taxability of such commodities un
der the revenue act.
The tax which became effective May
1, is made applicable to all medicinal
preparations sold under patent or
trademark or produced by a manufac
turer having, pr claiming to have ex
clusive right or title to make such
preparations. It also applies, it was
aid. to all medicines recommended or
advertised as "remedies or specifics"
for any disease, as well as to all un
advertlsed medicinal preparations pro
duced by a manufacturer "having, or
claiming to have, any private formula,
secret or occult art, used in their pro
duction." "Medicine" is defined in the regula
tions as a remedy for disease "of hu
man or animal body." "Recommended or
advertised" Is construed as meaig "rep
resetation by any means, whether by
personal canvas or statement or labels.
In pamphlets or In advertisements."
Many substances not used wholly for
mediclal purposes, such as boric acid
or licorice, if advertised or sold under
a trademark, medicinal preparations are
also subjected to the tax.
The tax does not apply under the
regulations to food preparations, poi
sons, insecticides, medicinal disinfect
ants, serums and anti-toxins or vac
cines and bacterines" not advertised to
the general lay public."
Soap and soap preparations are prac
tically the only toilet articles not In
cluded in the taxable list under the
I. W. W. MEETING TO BE HELD
Persecution Creates Radicalism, De
clares Mayor Iloan of Milwaukee.
MILWAUKEE. Wis.. May 13. Mayor
Daniel W. Hoan denied a. request of s
delegation of American Legion .mem
bers to prevent a meeting of I. W. W.
"Persecution creates radicalism of the
worst kind, and I don't want to in
crease the strength , of Jhe L'W. W.
here," said the mayor. "I don't believe
It Is my duty to set aside the constitu
tion. Men have their rights under it to
express their views. We have the po
lice department and the department of
Justice to see that there Is no disorder
and apprehend any one whose utter
ances are disloyal or illegal."
BIG FARM AWAITING BOY
Whereabouts of Son or Late Samuel
D. Puckett Sought.
A Malheur county farm of 320 acres
and valued at 83000 Is waiting for some
youngster to claim It. All the young
ster has to do to make the farm his is
to give legal proof that he is the son
of the late Samuel I'. Puckett.
Some time ago Samuel Puckett died
In Malheur county. He had little
money, but enough personal property to
pay his debts and a part of the probate
costs. In addition he possessed the
title to the ISO-acre farm. He Is known
to have had a son, still a minor, living
with a friend in Washington or Oregon.
No clew to the address of the person
caring for the boy has yet been found.
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
. The Weather.
TESTERDAI'S Maximum temperature. 73
degrees; minimum, 40 decrees.
TODAY'S Probably rain: colder; moderate
Allies' consider fate of Turkey and Asia
Minor. Page 1.
Germany cannot accept oc terms, de
clares German chancellor. Pace 2.
Huns cleverly detect troop movements, and
members of 01st losa Uvea. Pace o.
Bolshevik gunboat sunk by British on
Dvlna river. Pate 2.
Embarrassment of allied council aim of Hun
delegation. Pago 1.
Peasants revolt against bolshevik tyranny.
Secretary Baker would organize national
guard on old lines, race 1.
Foreign orders to speed ship plants. Pace 1.
Senate republicans confident of successful
organization. Page tt.
Early action on naval appropriation bill ex
pected. Page 8.
Toilet preparations subject to tax. Pag 1.
Two California banks robbed la broad day
light. Page 1-
Root sees danger In many railroad plans pro
posed. Page 3.
Trial of Ford million-dollar libel suit begun.
Everything In readiness for trans-AtTanlic
flights. Page 7.
Ed Bocart and Roy Grumpier leave for
lesaer nines. Page. 14.
Coast league rcsuUs: Sacramento 4.' Port
land S; Salt Lake 13. Seattle 2: Los
Angeles 5. Oakland 6; San Francisco 6,
Vernon 5. Page 14.
Plans for WIIIard-Dempsey arena call for
huge octagon. Page 14.
Anglers ask governor to begin inquiry of
fish and game sdmlnistration. Page 13.
Commercial aad Marine.
Local terminal rates are to be made equit
able. Page 22.
Record peach crop In slgnt in western states.
Record peach crop in sight In western states.
Chicago. Page 23.
Laat prlcea are highest In Wall-street trad
ing. Page 23.
Portland and Vicinity.
Nes Perce Indians here to discuss hunting
privileges. Page 17.
Weather report, data and forecast. Pago 23.
Eighteen counties to voto on road bond
issues June 3. rage 24.
Happiness crowns return of ISth encineers.
Hotel men puxsled to find accommodations
for tourists. Page ltt.
Ex-convict, seeking divorce by fraud, is
roundly scored by judge. Page 4.
State traffic law held adequato to punish of
fender. Page 4.
Return of Oregon's Skilled
Builders Gala Day.
FAMILIAR SCENES LOOK GOOD
Mothers, Sisters, Sweethearts
Express Joy in Welcome.
HOSPITALITY SHOWN ALL
Lunch Served at Leading Hotels,
Theaters Made I'ree, and Danee
Given at Multnomah Hotel.
It's a tossup as to who were happiest,
those smiling mothers, sisters, sweet
hearts yes and fathers too or the
Oregon members of Companies D. E
and F of the 18th engineers, when the
long troop train entered the train sheds
at Union depot at 1 o'clock yesterday
"Look. Kd. there's the Union avenue
bridge. Gosh it looks good," enthui
astically observed one of the boys as
the train was making its' way through
Tho very trees, familiar buildings
and everything that the eye touched In
Portland tended to make these return
ing huskies happy, for they have baen
absent from home, working like tro
Jans for more than a year and a. half.
Day Anxiously Awaited.
And all of this time the aforesaid
mothers, fathers, sisters and sweet
hearts had been anxiously awaiting the
day which dawned yesterday, the day
when their own could come home safe
and sound to rejoin the hundreds of
families which gave them when the
call was made early iu 1917.
"Well. I'm going to adopt Portland
if this is the kind of folks she has."
was the remark dropped by a Seattle
boy as he watched the crowds mingle
at union station to. welcome the Oregon
boys home. The reception was oe of
the kind that made every one appreci
ate living and brought smiles from
even the troubled gatekeeper at tht,
station, whose life Is just chock-full of
Train Hour Behind Time.
The train carrying the engineers was
about one hour behind the scheduled
time, due to the blowing out of a draw
head near Bridal Veil. A. large recep
tion committee, headed by Mayor
Baker, boarded the train at Troutdale,
and Mayor Baker performed his usual
stunt that of shaking hands with
every man aboard the train. Colonel
L. p. Campbell had boarded the train
at the state line to bid the boys wei-
come on behalf of the state reception
The 18th engineers were recruited
on the Pacific coast and went into
training at Camp Lewis, leaving for
France In August. 1917. They began
work Immediately at Bordeaux, where
some of the largest and most extensive
docks built by Americans were erected.
The cost of this construction work to
taled more than 826,000,000.
Klrat Concrete Bridge Built. .
Incidentally, this outfit constructed
the first concrete bridge ever erected
In France, and for months this bridge
brought interested French spectators .
from miles distant to view the wonder
ful accomplishment of the American
The troops arrived In Portland yes
terday in command of Major Kenneth
B. Hauscr, son of Eric V. Hauser of
Portland. Lieutenant-Colonel George
M. Rice of Seattle is senior officer on
the train, having been placed In com
mand of the regiment at the embarloa
tlon depot In France. Colonel Kice was
in command of the regiment when the
engineers left Camp Lewis for France
with the rank of major. After reach
ing France ho was detached from the
regiment for ten months and later the
cominanT"was returned to him.
Failure to Fight Dlaappotatlag.
Although It was a happy lot of boys
who entered Portland yesterday, one
could hear on every side words of dis
thc fight. Company K, composes of
appointment at the failure to get IMo
Oregon and Washington boys, were in
the front lines under heavy shell fire
for a time, and one of the men. Ser
geant Donald K. McMlcken of Port
land, received four wounds when .a
high-powered shell exploded, the frag
ments taking effect in various parts
of his body. After a short time in
several hospitals. Sergeant McMlcken
was told to leave with a group of men
for Germany, but later these ordefa
were rescinded and he was allowed to
return home with his original outfit.
He was injured on November 3, 1818,
just a few days prior to the signing of
A large group of Oregon City peope
were at the Union station yesterday to
greet the group of Oregon City bos
who are members of the ISth engi
neers. There are ten boys from the
city by the falls who are members of
this regiment, the Inajority belonging
to company F.
Three Generation Veterans.
When A. W. Skclly of company F
hopped from the train he was greeted
by his father, Edward Skelly, a veteran
of the Spanish-American war, and by
his grandfather, V. Wilcoxson, a vet
eran of the 7th Ohio volunteers of the
civil war. Mr. Wilcoxson was a
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