Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, July 26, 1919, Page 7, Image 7

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Desert of Sinai Unchanged by
: Ages of Civilization.
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City Officials Survey Sites in
Various Sections.
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Bona of Arid Land Iive Scanty Life.
Food and Clothing Meager,
w W. T. Ellis Writes.
Council Will Probably Call Public
Hearing; Before Final Action
Is Determined.
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But What Is It? '
m You MUST Know!
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Copyright. 1919, by the New York Herald
Company. Ali Rights Reserved.)
Copyright, Canada, by the New Tork
Herald Company.)
THE SINAI UKSKILT. This is "back
to nature" indeed far, far back, beyond
the beginnings of written history. Life
here on this desert and amid the Sinai
mountains is practically as it was 3000
years before the days of Moses. The
only notable change is the possession
of firearms or swords by the wealthier
men. Otherwise the people and .their
life are as they were before the first
pyramids were built, the first monu
ments inscribed or the first cuneiform
tablets written.
'Jhere is no other such human per
sistence on earth as this. Within 24
hours from a steamship or express
train, with ail that it represents of
modern civilization, a man may find
himself back in a form of life that
was ancient before the first books of
the Eible were written. Almost un
touched by the progress of the cen
turies, unknowing and uncaring con
cerning the great nations and cities
that have risen to power, the Bedouin
preserve their own customs, and dress,
and laws, and manner of life. Their
flcheme of things has at least this
merit it has outlasted all others.
Arab Has Dignity.
As I swing slowly along upon my
camel there plods in front of me old
Farhan, our guide, a, venerable Arab,
whose face wears lines of dignity and
kindliness and whose mien is that of
a. sheikh. He is proud of his respon
sible post as native leader of a group
of foreigners, and with tact and skill
he keeps the camel drivers up to the
mark of our whims and, ways.
Farhan is a stately figure, although
his entire raiment would not bring1 50
cents on Baxter street. His outer gar
ment is a black abeyeh, or abba, old
and rusty, but still a mark of distinc
tion. Beneath it, rather ragged, is his
galibieh, a once white garment with
flowing sleeves, gathered about the
middle by a leather girdle. On his feet
h w ears, or else carries on his arms,
two miserable scraps of leather, or
fish skin, looped over by two cords,
which pass for sandals. On his head
is a turban cloth. That is all. Under
the burning sun or beneath the chilly
moon this is all of Farhan's clothes or
-covering. One understands anew the
Mosaic law against keeping a man's
cloak overnight.
Farhan's bed on the march is the
sand; his equipment only his garments,
a water skin and a crooked stick. He
typifies the consummate Arab art of
doing without. He knows how to travel
light through life. In worldly goods
he 'is poor beyond the worst "fears of
the poorest westerner, yet he is a gen
tleman, stately in carriage and gracious
iri speech beyond America's hope to
match. He probably never bathes, for
b is world is wcl I nigh waterless. He
cannot read or write and he is more
ignorant of book knowledge than any
10-year-old boy in the United States;
yet he is wise with the wisdom of an
old, old people. His skill in handling
his fellow Kclouins in and dealing
with foreicners is what New York em
ployers pay high salaries for and do
not always obtain.
T'ood Ik Scarce.
My cam el boy. Derwish, is another
type of A rab. Of years he possesses
something less than 12. Like hundreds
of generations of his ancestors before
hiin, Dorwish is thin and underfed. An
Arab manages to live on a small por
tion of wh:tt would be a white man's
rations normally; he goes to bed hungry. !
On this trip Derwish promptly attaches
himself as supernumerary to Mohammed,
our cook, and kitchen scraps soon fill
out his meager frame. I wonder how !
ma ny American boys know that by
t-racking the discarded bone of a piece'
of meat there may be found within a
toothsome nnd nutritious morsel? All j
Arab boys know this and all dogs. His
ii a ys with the foreigners perceptibly j
put flesh upon the face and body of;
ler w ish.
His raiment was even simpler than
that of Farlian: a thin cotton chemise,,
tli rough wh ich his figure showed, and
another nondescript rag in which he
m rapped his head when the sun was
high and his body when he lay down
on the sands or rock at night. As he
walked .Jervish sang or persisted in
talking Arabic to me. He gathered
t-picy plants in the mountains for me
to taste or smell and the f'owers of the
trail. When 1 wanted to trot my camel
Derwish was tirelessly ready to run
ahead of it. The capacity and endur
ance of this child argued for the suc
cess of I-tedouin child training.
Camel Taken Tumble.
Once, when descending the steep side
of a - mountain on my camel, with no
other members of the party within hail,
1 had a chance to test Dorwish's re
Mnireefulness. With a child's heedless
ness he had persisted in walking on the
upper sii'.o of the narrow trail, thus
f orein g the beast to t he cd ge of the
precipice, and the path was of slippery
atones. Smiling rather grimly to my
self at the possibilities of the situa
tii'n. I was brought suddenly to a sense
f the realities by the forward slipping
of my saddle, owing to the steep
descent and somebody's failure to
fasten it by the usual rope under the
tail. Keeling the suddJe slide, the
camel gave one of his volcanic upheav
als and went down to his f ore knees
and 1 went over his nerk. Fortunately,
at the moment the animal's head was
turned inward and 1 did not go over
the precipice.
Alone on the mountain, we two set
about the task of reconstruction and
repairs. I may have added strength to
the proceedings in the lifting, tugging
and tightening, but it was the amaz
ing skill of the hard little hands of this
boy. not yet in his teens, that really
achieved the result. We finished the
descent of the mountain uneventfully,
to be met at the bottom by Farhan,
who, with one of the soldiers, usually
came to my camel at any destination to
give a sort of grandstand finish to the
This time Farhan was told the story
of our adventure. He was horror-
stricken; his exclamations and motions
of lamentation that anything should
have beta lien the "Hodga" in his ab
sence were a musingly extravagant
Straightway on level ground, within a
1 ew hundred yards of the monastery
he stopped the camel, re-examined th
fastenings of the saddle and made all
sorts of solicitous inquiries about my
comfort, and then heaped tirades upon
the guiltless head of little Derwish, the
one member of the party who had really
burn on me jou.
On the forced march back to Tor,
when I insisted upon taking the camel
rope into my own hand, to regulate the
speed and direction of the animal as I
play, "The Admirable Crichton," which,
however, will probably not be released
under that title. Jeanie Macpherson who
has really written a new play founded
on Barrie'a work, wrote the scenario.
Major Ian Hay Beith. the famous sol
dier, author and lecturer, worked with
Miss Macpherson and Mr. T3eMille in an
advisory capacity, on the customs and
manners of the English aristocracy.
Columbia Marguerite Clark,
Majestic Mitchell Lewis,
"Jacques of the Silver North";
Mitchell Lewis in person.
Peoples Dorothy Gish, "N'ugget
Star Robert Fraier, "Bolshe
vism on Trial."
Liberty Bill Hart, "Square Deal
Circle Charles Ray, "The Girl
Sunset Mack Sennett special,
"Yankee Doodle in Berlin"; Clo
verio bathing girls In person.
Globe Nazimova, "Out of the
OLSHEVISM on Trial" is the
title of the special feature
which John Stille, manager of
th Star theater, has been abl to pro
cure for the coming week. It will open
Wholesome comedy and an Indis
putable argument for sane thinking and
living are the texts of "Bolshevism on
Trial." It can not be called a "problem"
play for it does not preach. It does,
however, take a situation such as Is be
ing upheld daily by agitators as ideal
and carry it through to its logical end.
One of the most famous summer
hostelries of the American continent is
the setting for a number of scenes from
"Bolshevism on Trial," which was partly
filmed at Palm Beach, Fla. Beautiful
scenic pictures of the tropics and of
southern waters feature In the play. -
The plot concerns the success of a so
cialistic colony which, like the little
group of Emerson's friends at the fa
mous Brook farm, gathers for com
munistic life on a tropical island. A
pretty love story between two of the
radicals who simultaneously discover
the fallacy and danger of some of their
former views adds greatly to th in
terest. Screen Gossip.
Dorothy Dalton is in New Tork
where she plans to rest a bit and then
make another picture.
A unique bureau for the purpose of
assisting exhibitors to obtain better
projection on the screen has been estab
lished by the Famous Players-Lasky
Corporation. Earl J. Dennison, well
known nrojection expert and engineer.
will be in charge of the New York Head
quarters and will pay inspection visits
to exchanges throughout the country.
It is now definitely announced that
Thomas Meighan will play the title role
in Sir James Barrie's famous satirical
The hardships and oppression to
which film players are subjected was
never more poignantly illustrated than
in the case of the young boys who ap
pear in the Brlggs cartoon comedies.
These comedies, based on the stories
that appear in the cartoons of Brlggs,
of the Tribune, show boy-life as
Briggs has Interpreted it In his draw
ings, and the children who enact the
motion pictures have to do many things
which fill their young lives with sorrow
and bitterness. For instance, a few
days ago one of the hottest days of
the season, the boys In the company
were taken to Nepera Park, Tonkers.
The poor little kiddies were forced to
stay in the water for more than an hour
just because a scene of boys in swim
ming was wanted.
Norma and Constance Talmadge are
spending a 10 days' vacation at the Paul
Smith Camp, in the Adirondack moun
tains. Constance has written to her
mother that she "figures" on having a
splendid rest she "has gained five
pounds, walked seven miles, caught 11
fish, and 'escaped at least six pictures
she would probably have had to see in
town!" Both girls will return to their
summer homes at Bayside, L. I., the last
of July.
The Edward Jose productions are be
ing made in the same building where
the Norma Talmadge and Constance
Talmadge studios are located. The Bel
gian producer-director has selected
"Mothers of Men" for his first picture,
with Claire Whitney and Lumsdcn
Hare in the leading roles. "Mothers of
Men" is a screen adaptation from the
novel of the same name by Henry Wil
liam Warner and De Wttte Kaplan. Mr.
Jose recently directed Norma Talmadge
in "By Right of Conquest," which is the
picture to follow "The Way of &
Charles and Mildred Chaplin are re
ceiving condolences from folks in and
out of the industry in all sections of
the country, over the death of their
son, two days after birth.
Louis J. Oasnier has signed James W.
Horne to direct serials for Pathe. The
first release will be "The Third Eye,"
of which H. H. Van Loan is the author.
pace in the Brunton studios has been
leased by Fairbanks and the Mayflower
companies. The leases run for a long
pleased, Derwish, a tired little boy.
was for part of the day taken on the
after-deck of one of our native-ridden
ships of the desert. His squirming dis
comfort, as, without saddle or riding
cloth, he maintained himself on the rear
12 inches of the sloping spine of the
lumpy beast was more amusing to
us than to him. Wriggle and twist as
he did, he never complained, and as we
drew near to camp he would insist upon
eading my camel in state. That point
touched his dignity.
Arahn Circa t Talkers.
Last sound heard at night and first
in the morning is the hum of voices of
the Arabs. Their one entertainment is
conversation. Movies and vaudeville
have never reached them. They have
nowhere to go for amusement. Talk
and songs are their commonest di
version. What can these men of barren
vet find to discuss so interminably?
That question leads us straicrht into
the heart of the preservation of Bedouin
traditions and lore and customs of
throughout the centuries and millen
niums. The tales of the elders are
transmitted at campfire conversations,
with young and old listening. Legends
of the mountains, stories of saints and
heroes, narratives of battle all arc
made familiar to the ears of every Arab,
nd he in turn tells them over or sings
them to himself, for the Arab impro
vises songs upon every topic. Without
a written literature these tribesmen of
marvelous memory preserve history, re-
igion, genealogy, professional, social
and commercial codes, as well as jests.
proverbs and fairy lore, all by oral
transmission. It is understandable that
family and tribal traditions would be
paramount with the Bedouin in the
conditions of their life, even as such
things are negligible in the modern
American family, with its rush and in
dividualism and beguilements. The
Arab mind holds little, but it holds that
little fast.
Camp Lewis Tetacliment Passes
Through Montana Town..
AVON, Mont., July 25. (Special.)
The following named officers and en
listed men from the state of Oregon
passed here today en route to Camp
Lewis under command of Captain E. E
Vaughn, L'nited States infantry, of
Senior Grade Sergeant George C.
Letson, motor transport corps, and
Sergeant H. Josephs, company L 418th
telegraph bureau, Portland; Private
Russel B. McIonaId, Scio; Private
Kurtunato Monteleon, 1 2 th infantry.
Salem; Private Philip Wolf. Woodburn
Private John W. Reed, 60th infantry,
Leland; Private Fred Parker. Gresham;
Private Victor A. Smith, company B,
130th engineers, Portland; Edward M.
Vanness, company B, 1 27th engineers,
Willamette; Private Jacob L. White,
company D, 12th infantry, Langlois;
Chauffeur John H. Law, Fossil; Private
Paul H. Weeks. Heppner; Private
Milton R, Wild, 220th military police
company, Portland; Private Roy Moud
Waelty, Elgin; Private Bertie Hanley,
16 th company, 20th engineers. Bend;
Sergeant Ray Mitchell; 31st aero squad
ron, Portland; Private William Wein-
ert, Arlington; Cook John Balas, Port
land; Private Alfred B. Wallace, Hood
River; Corporal Guy H. Beisell, com
pany B. 12th infantry, Eugene; Private
James H. Lancaster, company C, 12th
infantry, rra i n ; Private Frank Tomp
kins, The Italics; Cook Lester Voshell,
St. Helens, and Private William P. Bell,
20th engineers, Coquille.
C'pntralia Baptist Chnrc-h Invites
Itcv. I". Burton.
CEXTRALIA, Wash., July 23. (Spe
cial.) The concreBatlon of the First
Haptlst church last nlpht called Rev.
K. Burton, a F'ortland minister, to the
pastorate of the church to succeed Rev.
Henry Van Knerelen. who recently ten
dered his resignation. It is not yet
known whether Rev. Mr. Burton will
Prior to coins to Portland Mr. Burton
was pastor of a church at Corvallis,
Or., for 4Vi years. Before that he was
pastor at Aberdeen.
Rev. Mr. Van Kns;c!en. who leaves next
week for Idaho, will deliver his fare
well sermon Sunday.
Rev. C. F. Knoll Visits Centralia.
CENT R ALI A, Wash'., July 25. (Spe
cial.) Rev. C F. Knoll, pastor of the
Lutheran churches in Centralia and
ChehaliH, who entered the army as a
chaplain about a year ago, visited here
this week, returning 1o Fort rourlas,
Utah, where he is stationed, Tuesday
nicht after attending a Lutheran con
vention in Kverett. Rev. Mr. Knoll ex
pects to be released from service in a
few weeks and will return to Washington.
Editor Seeks Better Uealth.
MARSH FIELD. Or., July 25. (Spe
cial.) John Juza, editor of the Cold
Beach Globe, will be removed from the
Curry county Beat to some interior
point, where it is hoped he will recover
from heart trouble resulting from an
attack of influenza last winter. Mr.
Juza has been in charge of the Globe
for the past two years and his late
illness affected him about a month
ago. Mr. Juza's parents reside in Portland.
Bids for Gymnasium Advertised.
CHEHALIS. Wash., July 25. (Spe
cial.) The state board of control is ad
vertising for bids for the erection of a
gymnasium at the state training school
for boys at Chehalis. The last legis
lature appropriated J40.000 for this pur
pose. Bids will be opened August 11.
Erection nf a S , n m i I n , -j tra rnr. A H.
the Euperintendent of the training
eiiiuui is Men unuer way.
State Hospital Inmate Escapes.
SALEM. Or.. July 25. (Special.)
ueorge UDeressei. who was committed
to the state hospital from Multnomah
county in 1917. escaped today while
employed as a trusty at the institu
tion farm. Oberessel is considered
Proposed sites for future parks and
playgrounds in Portland were surveyed
yesterday by City Commissioner Pier,
in charge of the park bureau, and Park
Superintendent Keyser. sites In Alblna.
St. Johns, Wood lawn. Alberta. Irying
ton. Rose City Park, the central east
side and Lents were viewed. To com
plete the survey, proposed sites in Mon
tavilla and the district between the
Sandy boulevard and East Olisan street,
beyond East Fiftieth street, will also
be viewed.
The city officials were accompanied
by a committee composed of nan k-.i.
latwr. Rev. John Dawson and W. H.
Fowler, who represented the general
commitee which campaigned in behalf
of the successful measure which au
thorized the expenditure of lr.oo.000 for
Playground and park sltts. W. J. Hof
mann and Charles H. Cheney, the lat
ter consultant to the cltv nlinninF
commission, were also In the party.
In Albina the block houndeH k
Williams and Vancouver avenues. Mor
ris and Stanton streets, was viewed.
Residents or this district are said to
favor this site as a small park and
playground, and although it 1. hereii
of trees, it may receive consideration.
Several sites In lower Albina near the
Shaver school, have been suggested as
playground sites, but were not viewed
St. John, site Visited.
In St. Johns the committee inspected
a tract of land of 23 acres within the
car loop, which has been recommended
to Commissioner Pier as a park and
playground for the St. Johns dlRtrict.
Another tract, known as the McKenna
property, of more than 40 acres, east
of the railroad cut. has also been sug
gested, but residents of St. Johns who
conferred with the committee yester
day maintained that the 22-acre tract
was favored by the majority of resi
dents in that district.
Approximately 17 acres now used as
a playground supervised and main
tained by the city has been suggested
as suitable for the Alberta and Wood-
awn district. The entrance to the
park is at Eighteenth street and Kill
ingsworth avenue and the tract is now
under lease to the city for a period of
three years.
Mr. Cheney, who said that he was
not officially acting as spokesman for
the planning commission, but was on
the trip to gather faots for the con
sideration of the commission, favored
the location of all playgrounds ad
jacent to schools. In carrying out thin
idea, he favored the acquisition of
property directly south of the Vernon
school. This site, however, did not
meet with general approval of the
members of the committee, who openly
avowed that the present playground
seemed to best serve the Alberta and
Woodlawn districts.
Irvlngrloit Offer Made.
In Irvington the playground facili
ties of the Irvington club were viewed.
A portion of these facilities are now
operated by the city, and it has been
proposed that the city take over the
remainder of the playground activi
ties, leaving the clubhouse for the
operation of the club itself.
In Rose City Park the committee
viewed a 40-acre tract known as the
brickyard site," which was suggested
as a proposed park and playground for
the Rose City, Irvington and Beaumont
districts. This site lies in about the
center of Rose City Park district and
is adjacent to both Irvington and Beau
Some talk has developed of locating
a new high school in this district and.
should this plan he worked out, the site
would be even better suited, as It is the
policy of the city to work in co-operation
with the school board wherever
possible in locating parks and play
grounds adjacent to schools.
Central Point Sought.
The Buckman tract of about ten
acres on East Twelfth and Davis
streets, adjacent to the Benson Poly
technic school, was recommended by a
committee of business men as tho Kite
for a playground and park for the cen
tral east side. This property has been
used as a baseball field for the ash
ington high school and is said to be
well adapted for playground purposes.
Three blocks in what is known ns
Hawthorne park, on East Twelfth
trect, north of liawthorno avenue.
were viewed by the committe as a pos
sible site for the small park to be used
as a breathing spot for the residents
of this section. Other rites in this dis
trict are to be viewed, according; to
Commissioner Pier.
In Lents the committee viewed the
Mount Scott park, as well as a site ad
jacent to the l.ents school. A portion
of the latter tract is now used as a
municipal playground, and but four
Read The Oregonian classified ads.
It is not inspired or projected by
any person or group of persons as
a moulder of public opinion.
acres will bo nersary tc equip a first
clu9 playcrnund in this section. Jt is
possible that both Mtes will receive
favorable consideration.
Commissioner I'icr taitt yestwrda y
that he is planning to recommend the
use of the pevon acres tn .front of the
Franklin hirh school for a park. The
use of this property "has been offered
the cily by the school board for park
Kollow in it h. complete investigation
by Commissioner I'icr and a careful
study rf the recommendations to bp
made by the citizens' comnvttee and
the city planning commission, a report
will be formulated for submission to
the city council. Before the city take
any steps, it is likely that a public hear
ing will be held.
Hclated Arrival- at Prcdio Will
Hvt Another C'lianco.
When the bisr white army transport
pulls anchor in ;nldn Jato fodnv for a
port somewhere along- the coast of Si
beria it will carry as I assengers 731 re
cruits who are toing to Siberia to re
lieve men who have been there for
nearly two years. Among" this bunch
of happy fellows will bfe many Oregon
and Washington boys and some Port
land, lads who have enlisted at the Port
land offices.
Those who enlisted for Siberia and
failed to arrive at San Francisco in
time to leave on today's transport will
have their opportunity a few weeks
later, as there is another contingent of
4'U men now preparing for Siberia at
the Presidio of San Francisco camp.
Three eastern Oregon boys, passed
through the Portland general army re
cruiting offices yesterday, have asked
for assignment to Siberian service.
Committee Named in Kntcrtain
Chamber of Com nvcree Men.
The Vnltcd Slates Chamber of Com
merce partv will reach lortlanrl at 7:30
A. M. Thursday. Aufrust T. spending the
day here and leaving at 11:30 P. M. for
tVattle. according to word which hs
been received at the Chamber or Com
merce. A committee with Arthur C.
Callam as chairman has been named
to have charge of the entertainment of
the visitors and is working out a .ro
(cramrtw for the day.
An automobile trip over the cily
and up the Columbia hisrhway and k
dinner at the Chamber of Commerce
nr atnonjr the features tentatively
planned. The rest of the programme
will be made to fit in with the Huyers'
week arrangements for that day.
O. A. C. Graduates in Cliarse.
O R KGO X A O R 1 C L-LT C R V U CO 1 .1 . K! K
Corvallis. July 2.',. (Special. Two of
tie best departments of vocational
aurlculture in the northwest are xt
Mood River and Cresham. believes V .
S. Taylor, regional agent for the fed
eral board of vocational education.
Koth of these departments are in
charge of Oregon Agricultural collece
graduates R. V. tVrlght at Hood River
nnd 1' P. Moffltt at ;rejhm
How long does a pound
of tea last?
Depends on the tea.
Fine tea has more cups
of real tea-flavor to the
pound than common tea.
On the other hand, you
drink more: it is so good.
Think this over; and
try Schilling Tea, the fine
practical economical tea of
this country your money
back (at your. grocers) if
you want it
There are four flavors of Scfilling
Tea Japan, Ceylon - India, Oolong,
English Breakfast. All cm quality. In
parchmyn-lined moisture-proof packages.
At grocers everywhere.
A Schilling & Co San Francisco
Thia im thm mirfeiM that
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rapacity to 30OO loitpj an
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Thm la oar mod
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Loaves an Hour!
WHEN you buy Franz'
Butternut Whole
Wheat or Raisin Bread you
are assured of absolute
cleanliness. Every loaf is
machine wrapped, in sani
tary waxed paper. Un
touched from oven to vou.
.Franz' United States Bakery is one of the most modern in Ameri
ca. Only the purest and best ingredients are used in Franz'
Breads. No home kitchen could be equipped to bake bread like
it is baked here.