Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, August 19, 1919, Image 1

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    VOL. LVIII. NO. 18,324
Entered at Portland fOrin)
prvtofftre a Px-ond-Clas?" .Matter.
Public to Get Every Word
of Conference.
Instructions Sent Call for
Prompt Action.
10-Story Structure, Block
Square, Is Plan.
Young Woman at Halifax Beach
Wins 10 Cents on Rojaltj When
He Is Sure of His Identity.
-Warning of Disaster Is
Sounded by Premier.
New Building Will Care for
Wholesale Department.
He-tall Establishment Will Hue Two
Additional Floors and Many
Xfw Sales Sections.
Purchase of the block bounded by
Thirteenth. Fourteenth. Everett and
Flanders streets s the site (or a ten-
story building to permit an expansion
or wholesale and retail facilities or the
Meier Frank company, ao that It will
surpass any department store west of
Chicago, was announced by Julius l
Meier yesterday. The price paid was
f 110.000.
Wholesale business of the firm will
be concentrated in the proposed struc
ture, which will provide 600.000 feet
of floor apace.
Two stories will be added to the
present store building; at Fifth. Sixth.
Morrison and Alder streets for retail
departments. The expansion will pro
vide for employment of an additional
force of more than 600 men and women,
riaaa -Wear Ready.
The date of construction of the new
building has not been announced, but
It la the intention of the firm to hasten
building operations as much as possi
ble. Local architects, whose names
have not yet been disclosed, are at
work on the plans and expect to have
the elevations ready by the end of this
The sale of the up-town property
waa handled by Henry W. Fries of
Wakefield. Fries A Co. The four
owners of the property, which was
divided Into quarter blocks, were F. C.
Barnes, M. M. Spaulding estate. Lyons,
Buckley 4b Fields and Charies Broock.
Consummation of the purchase was de
Jermined upon after the return of
Abraham Meier, president of Meier &
Frank company, from an extended trip
through the eastern markets.
Fortlaad t Braeflt.
The announcement is one of the most
Important of Its kind made in recent
years In Portland, and establishes
Portland as one of the greatest com'
merclal centers in the west for the dis
tribution of merchandise. Develop
ment of a vast m-holesale establishment
behind the retail departments Is what
made Marshall Field & Co. of
Chicago one of the largest stores in the
world. The effect of the announce
ment upon Oregon and Pacific coast
Industries Is expected to be par
Ucularly encouraging, as It will tim
late production on a much larger
The property has trackage facilities
direct from Portland terminals, and
railroad spurs will be constructed eo
that cars may enter the building for
loading and unloading.
Announcement of the sale was made
to heads of departments in the Meier
A Frank store in a brief meeting called
by Mr. Meier yesterday afternoon.
Spontaneous cheers greeted the news.
ew llaaa Oatllaed.
"While Meier & Frank company has
been in the wholesale business in this
city for a great many years past, it
intends now to enter the field on a
broader and larger scale and in the
aame manner that the larger Jobbing
bouses are operating in the big manu
facturing centers of the east," said
Julius Mfwr. who Is vice-president and
general manager of the firm, yester
day. "The firm will continue aa it has In
the paat to encourage production of
Oregon-made products, only on a much
larger scale. he went on. "It will be
found that the new acquisition in the
commercial world of the northwest will
act aa a very large distributing
medium. The fie of the building in
contemplation has not definitely been
decided, but It very probably will be
ten stones high and will embrace every
modern facility known to the commer
cial world. With basement and gal
leries, the building should have a floor
space of approximately 500.000 square
More to Re e'alargetf.
Mr. Meier said further that the plans
included a considerable extension of
the present retail facilities by the ad
dition of two stories to the building
at Fifth and Morrison, which, with the
transfer of some wholesale depart
ments from that structure, will add
about SO. 000 square feet to the present
selling floor space In all making a
total of 14 selling floors.
There are now 70 or more depart
ments under the roof of the Meier &
Frank store, to which Mr. Meier ex
pects to add several new selling sec
tions, the nature of which will be an
no unoed later.
The wholesale and retail divisions of
the Meier Jc Frank company will be
conducted as two separate units and
will in no way conflict with the
methods and assortments now shown in
the retail section. One of the mem
bers of the firm will devote his entire
Cni to the supervision of the whole
sale end of the bueirress. but Just which
member. Mr. Meier declined to say yes
terday. "As a result of these extensive
Adverse Balance $4,000,000,
000; Debt $39,000,000,000.
HALIFAX. X. S.. Aug. 18. During an
informal visit ashore yesterday the
Trin-e of Wales hud the pleasure of
helplng.young woman win. 10-cenUJnr: SITUATION ALARMING
Strolling along the beat at Northwest
arm. attired in civilian dress and at
tended by members of his staff, he
watched three young women bathers.
One emerged from the shallows and
advanced toward him, saying:
"Are you the Prince of Wales? .
He replied with a amile that he was.
but this did not quite convince his fair
interrogates who followed with:
"Are you sure you are?"
When he had solemnly reassured her
with a second affirmative she confided
to him that she had wagered 10 cents
that he was the prince.
After a few moments of pleasant
chatting, he bade her good-day and
politely expressed the hope that they
might meet again, to which came the
quick response:
'Sure, we'll see you tomorrow.
People Consuming More, Producing
Less, Says Lloyd George Can
not Compete With America.
Runaway Team of Xlne Animals,
Over 350 Acres, Thresher Burned
WALLA WALLA, Wash.. Aug. 18.
(Special.) A power combine used by
Hotlls Conover was set on fire Sat
urday afternoon following a runaway
and the combine, nine mules, S50 acres
of standing grain owned by Qjnover
and 80 acres of grain Just threshed on
the C. E. Shaffer ranch, were burned.
The fire was near Waltsburg.
The loss was partly covered by in
surance. Tne grain was going
IS bushels to the acre.
American Red Cross Contributes to
Free Poland.
WASHINGTON. Aug. IS. A 100-bed
memorial ward has Just been pre
sented to the Warsaw university clinic
at Child Jesus hospital in the Polish
capital, as a permanent contribution
by the American people to the educa
tional and health welfare of free Po
I This announcement was made today
at headquarters of the Red Cross.
pikm Will Race From Coast to
Coast for $100,000.
NEW JORK. Aug. 18. Plans for a
transcontinental aerial derby from New
York to San Francisco with more than
$100,000 In prizes, including a first
prlxe of 120,000. were announced today
by Captain Charles J. Gliddcn. chair
man of the aerial touring league com
mittee of the Aero Club of America.
No date has been set for the contest
Famed Battleship Ready for Service
as President's Boat.
SEATTLE. Aug. 1!. The battleship
Oregon is expected to leave for San
Francisco next Monday, according to
officera of the 13th naval district here
The Oregon has been chosen as the!
official reviewing vessel for President I
Wilson when the new Pacific fleet ar- 1
rives at tne uoiaen uiie.
New Station at Bordeaux to Be One
or World's Most Powerful.
PARIS. Aug. 17. (Havaa.) The new
wireless station to be erected at Croix
d'Hins, near Bordeaux, will nave a
sending radius of 11.500 miles, accord
ing to the Excelsior.
It will be one of the most powerful
wireless stations in the world, the
paper adds, and will have a capacity
of 72.000 words daily.
Highest Military Decoration .Gi-ven
American Commander.
ROME. Aug. 18. King Victor Em
manuel conferred on General Pershing
the grand cross of the military order
of Savoy, the highest Italian military
The only other men to receive this
decoration have been Marshal Foch.
Field Marshal Haig. General Diax and
General Cadorna.
Grain Rots in Austria for Lack of
Fuel for Harvesting.
VIENNA. Saturday, Aug. IS. (By
the Associated Press.) Banner crops
are reported throughout Jugo-Slavla.
the Ukraine, Austria. Bohemia and
soviet Russia.
Much grain, however, is rotting In
Austria and elsewhere because of lack
of coal for harvesting machinery.
LONDON, Aug. 18. Premier Lloyd
George in his speech in the house of
commons today on the financial and
ndustrial situation waa pessimistic
concerning the financial future of the
country unless consumption was de
creased and production increased. Un
der present conditions, he sail. it was
impossible to compete with American
imports in England.
In discussing the financial and in
dustrial situation, the premier said
that there was an alarming trade bal
ance against the United Kingdom of
XS00.000.000, which threatened to in
crease. He announced that import re
strlctions would be removed Scptem
ber 1.
The British government has accepted
the policy of the state purchase of min
eral rights in coal. This announce
ment was made by Premier Lloyd
George in the house of commons today.
He said the government had accepted
in principle Justice Sankey's plan for
the unification and reorganization of
the coal industry. Advanced World.
"We have advanced some 4,000,000
000 to the world from which we are
getting something like 200.000.000
yearly in interest. We have sold
1,000.000,000 of foreign securities to
pay for war material for ourselves and
our allies. We have borrowed 1,200,
000,000 from America and Canada for
the same purposes. Our allies, includ
ing Russia, owe us 1,800,000.000.
"At the present moment our adverse
trade balance is 800,000.000.
"We must bridge that chasm or at the
bottom of it is ruin. We are building
a temporary bridge by borrowing, not
only state borrowing, but traders bor
rowing for raw material, food and so
forth. That will only add to the catas
trophe. "In every direction we are spending
more. We are earning less. We are
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Stores and Offices Open Late Owin
to Paralysis of Lines; Men
Get 25 Per Cent Rise.
NEW YORK, Aug. 18. The strike
which has for two days' paralyzed the
subwsy and elevated system of the ln-
terborough Rapid Transit company in
Manhattan, the Bronx. Brooklyn and
Queens, was formally called off to
night by a vote of the strfkers to ac
cept a compromise offered them at a
conference of city, and state officials
this afternoon. ,
Under the terms of the settlement,
the men will receive a wage increase of
25 per cent, and it is provided that the
question of whether they shall receive
the additional S3 per cent demanded
by them shall be submitted to arbitra
tion. Resumption of service was or
dered to take effect at midnight to
The 25 per cent wage increase was
made retroactive to August 1 and, ac
cording to Interborough officials,
means an annual increase in the pay
roll of $5,000,000.
The agreement also provided for re
instatement of all strikers with their
old seniority ratings and for arbitra
tion of all other differences which
cannot be adjusted by negotiation.
Settlement of the strike came at the
end of a chaotic day In which the In
terborough's 2,300,000 daily patrons
plodded to work in a driving rain
through crowded streets, rode Jammed
surface cars, steam trains and steam
boats or auto busses.
Son of Hcdjas King Leaves for Paris
to Represent Arabs.
PARIS, Aug. 18. Prince Feisal, son
of Hussein Ben All, king of the Hedjas,
will embark at Beiruth today to come
to Paris and resume his place at the
head of the Arab delegation. He is
dissatisfied with the settlement of
Syrian and Persian questions, accord
ing1 to the Frencn press.
The aspirations of France in Syria
are being discussed by French news
papers in connection with the Persian-
Anglo understanding which is looked
upon as providing for a British pro
tectorate in Persia.
Half Make Way Out; Rescuers Fail
to Reach Others, While
Women Weep.
Chinese Adviser Says America
Must One Day Fight.
China Said to Have Been Betrayed
at Peace Table; Xippon Expected
to Challenge U. S.
Xew York Society Matron Asks for
Custody of Daughter.
NEWPORT, R. I., Aug. IS. Mrs.
Cathleen (Neilson) Vanderbilt began
divorce proceedings against her hus
band. Reginald C. Vanderbilt of New
York today, by having service made on
him at his farm at Portsmouth. Mrs.
Vanderbilt alleges desertion and will
ask for the custody of their only child,
a daughter, Cathleen.
Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt were married I
IS years ago. He is the youngest son I
of the late Cornelius Vanderbilt. I
WASHINGTON, Aug. IS. At a con
ference In some respects unparalleled
In American history. President Wilson
will talk over the peace negotiations
and the treaty with the senate foreign
ations committee tomorrow at the
White House.
By virtue of extraordinary plans to
Inform the public of every word Uat
is spoken, the meeting will have the
aspect of an open forum discussion at
which the whole nation can look on.
As head of the American peace dele
gation and one of the inner circle
which formulated the world settlement
at Versailles, the president is to be
asked the meaning and purpose of pro
visions of the league of nations cove
nant, the reasons behind the decision
to give Japan control in Shantung
province. Just what part the United
States is to take in reconstruction and
many other questions raised in senate
consideration of the treaty.
Chance to Be Given to Tell All.
Whether Mr. Wilson will answer
fully in so public a manner all the
questions put to him. or will consider
that some of the information he re
ceived at the peace table should be
held in confidence as a matter of
national policy, remains conjectural.
But the committee members mean to
give him the opportunity, if he chooses,
to tell the whole of the inside story
behind the treaty.
Today the committee heard its. full
direct account of the Shantung nego
tiations from Thomas F. Millard, an
American writer, who acted as adviser
To the Chinese peace delegation. He
said the settlement was reached after
the Japanese virtually had threatend
to bolt the conference, but he added
that President Wilson seemed to be
alone in considering the threat more
than a "pure bluff."
' All the American experts on far
eastern affairs at Versailles, Mr. Mil
lard declared, agreed that the settle-
TRINIDAX), Colo., Aug. IS. Eighteen
men . are believed dead, buried under
the debris from the explosion this
morning in theOakview mine of the
Oakdale Coal company near Laveta,
Colo. Four bodies wore recovered at
7:30 o'clock tonight.
Fumes from the gas explosion to
night filled the mine, and several res
cuers were overcome and were revived
with difficulty. Owing to the wrecked
condition of the mine and to the gas
fumes, it was considered doubtful
whether the full death list could' be
learned tonight.
Approximately 40 men were in the
mine when the explosion occurred. Ten
escape through the main stope after
the explosion and 10 others made their
way to the surface through an ad
Joining mine. William Davis, a miner.
one of those overcome, recovered suf
ficiently to make his way to the sur
face. None of the others has been
heard from, ,
The explosion' occurred about a mile
and a half in the workings of the mine.
Tonight tearful throngs of women
and children relatives of the missing
men eagerly waited at the mine for
word from the rescue crews. Mine of
ficials said the rescue attempts would
be continued all night. Officials say
there is slight chance that any of the
men still are alive.
Secretary Baker Refuses to
Discuss Situation.
Porto Rican Doctor Kidnaped In
July; Fate Unknown; Robbery
by Bandits Reported.
Night Prowler in Med ford Lodging
House Drops Loot to Flee.
MEDFORD, Or., Aug. 18. (Special.)
A wooden leg left in a pair of
trousers saved several occupants in a
local lodging house from being robbed
early today. The thief had obtained
$37 in cash and several gold watches,
but when he came to the pair of
trousers with the wooden leg pro
truding he dropped the loot and made
his getaway.
The rifled clothing and wooden leg
were found later in an alley In the
rear of the lodging house. Nearby were
other articles of apparel, which had
not been touched. The lodgers on re
tiring had left the doors of their rooms
open to benefit by the fresh night air
and the thief hid made a circuit of
the rooms and carried off all the cloth
ing he could find.
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One Hand of Inquisitive B-Year-OId
Lad Is Blown Off.
Burrell Kuans, a J-year-old boy. is at
local hospital today as a result of
having attempt to explore a stick of
dynamite with a hairpin.
One of the child's hands was blown J
off and he sustained other injuries.
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Court's Blow at Ratification of
Amendment Will Be Appealed.
LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 18. An appeal
to the state supreme cojrt will be
taken from the decision of the district
court today, holding that the action of
the Nebraska legislature in ratifying
the federal prohibition amendment is
not final until it has been approved by
the voters of the state at the next gen
eral election. This was announced late
today at the office of the secretary of
WASHINGTON, Aug. 18. The pro
hibition enforcement bill was presented
to the senate today by Senator Ster
ling of South Dakota, chairman of the
judiciary sub-committee, which con
sidered the house measure. There was
no indication when the measure would
be called up.
The Weather.
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, S3
degrees; minimum, 58.
TODAY'S Fair, moderate westerly winds.
William T. Ellis suggests America as man
datory power to aid Russia. Page 11.
English expert lists eight ships laden with
treasure tor salvage. Page 4.
Supreme council of allies at Paris to ignore
archduke's government at Budapest.
Page 2.
Great Britain on brink of financial ruin, says
Loyd George. Page 1.
Prince helps Halifax girl win 10 -cent bet.
Page l.
War risk insurance methods are much
tangled. Page 2.
Great Britain accused of making .Egypt a
permanent possession. 1'age 7.
Quick action wanted of congress on high
cost or Jiving, page
Mexico Is told to free kidnaped flyers.
Page 1.
Wilson to face query on Paris peace confer
ence today. Page l.
American business said to be against govern
ment ownership of railroads. Page 3.
Secretary Baker Bays nation needs large
army. Page 6.
New York car strike ended by compromise.
Page 1.
Western governors urge cession of U. S. lands
to states. Page 4.
Score of miners held entombed near Laveta,
Colo. Page 1.
Pacific Northwest.
Hart decides to call extra session to ratify
suffrage. Page 10.
Crews leave mill near Silverton to fight for
est fires. Page 15.
Commercial and Marine.
Valley farmers freely offering hay on con
signment. Page 21.
Chicago corn breaks with constant liquida
tion. Page 21.
Wall street stocks under severe selling pres
sure. Page 21.
Coast shipyard interests must pull together,
says J. C. Bowles. Page 20.
Pacific Coast league results: Vernon 32,
Seattle 2; Los Angeles 4. Salt Lake 2;
No ocher games scheduled. Page 12.
Mrs. James Dougherty has low card in quali
fying round of Gearhart golf play. Page
Vernon Tigers arrive to open series with
Portland Beavers. Page 13. '
Francis Ouimet, although playing while 111,
survives in national golf play. Page 12.
Beavers beat Sullivan's Newberg All-Stars,
9 to 3. Page 33.
Portland and Vicinity.
Members forum hears of devastated France
and trade opportunities with Russia.
Page 10.
Portland recruiting officers told of new fed
eral insurance offers. Page 22.
Meier & Frank -company to double Port
land plant; new site bought. Page 1.
Four northwest states recommend Roosevelt
memorial highway. Page . I
WASHINGTON. Aug. 18. Officials
here tonight, after a day during which
the Mexican situation was to the fore,
awaited news of tne release by Mex
ican bandits of Lieutenants Paul H.
Davis and Harold G. Peterson, Amer
ican army aviators.
Prompt measures to obtain the re
lease of the aviators vho were cap
tured by the bandits near Candelaria,
Mexico, and for whom $15,000 ransom,
has been demanded, was expected by
state department officials following: the
forwarding of instructions to the
American embassy at Mexico City to
call upon the Mexican government for
"immediate adequate action."
There were several conferences at
the war department at which the situ
ation resulting from the indignities
upon American military officers were
understood to have been discussed.
Statement Not Yet "Safe."
Returning to the department late in
the day, Secretary Baker refused to
divulge the contents of late depart
ment dispatches. He also refused to
discuss the situation beyond saying;
"As soon as it is safe to do so. I
will Issue a statement."
The secretary's remark, made as he
passed out the door of his office on his
way to play, tennis, was, regarded in
some quarters as significant, especially
his emphasis on ,a statement being
forthcoming only after it was "safe"
to make one.
The attitude displayed by the Mex
ican government toward the request for
immediate action, it was asserted by
some officials, would have much to do
In determining future relations between
Carranza and this government, even
though the two aviators should be re
leased through payment today of the
demanded ransom.
Vigorous representations were made
to the Mexican government today by
the state department concerning the
capture and detention of two American
army aviators by bandits who demand
$15,000 ransom.
This announcement was made by Sec
retary Lansing, it also was announced
that complete statement, including de
tails of the capture of the two officera
and particulars regarding the repre
sentations made by the American gov
ernment, would be given to the public
State Department Announcement.
The department's anouncement said;
"The department of state has tele
graphed instructions to the American
embassy at Mexico City toimmedlately
call upon the Mexican goversfmcnt for
quick action to effect the release of
Lieutenants Paul H. Davis and Harold
G. Peterson of the United States army
air service, captured by Mexican ban
dits near Candelaria, Texas, while
patrolling the border and threatened
with death on failure to pay 115,000
"The instructions pointed out the se
riousness with which the United States
government views this situation and
called for Immediate adequate action.
The department also directed the Amer
ican consul at Juarez. Mexico, to take
all possible steps with the Mexican
authorities to secure release and pro
tection of the officers."
Another case of the kidnaping of Dr.
A. Goenaga, American citizen, by Mex
ican bandits under Valentine Reyes,
who demanded ransom was announced
today by the state department. He was
a Porto Rican doctor, who was taken
prisoner July 22. The ransom was to
have been paid August 15, but the
department has not been advised
whether he has been released.
Letter Tell of Kidnaping.
The doctor succeeded in getting a
letter through to an American friend
in Mexico, near where the kidnaping
occurred, and the American embassy
immediately reported the case to the
Mexican government. The depart
ment's statement said the Mexican r
government replied that troops would
be dispatched immediately to the scene
and that if necessary the government
would pay the ransom.
Mexican bandits operating in the
vicinity of Jimenez recently attacked
a truck train of the Alvarado Mining
& Milling company enroute to Parral.
Dispatches to the state department to
day telling of the attack said that
Leslie Webb, an American employe of
the company, was injured slightly.
Another dispatch reaching the de
partment said that bandits raided the
office of the Pennsylvania-Mexico Fuel
company, an American corporation,
last Thursday and robbed It of 25,000
EL PASO, Texas. Aug. 18. Assur
ances were anxiuuoiy aw-iieu aiong
the border tonight of the safety of
Lieutenants Paul H. Davis and Harold
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