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VOL. L.VIII. NO. 18,370
Entered at Portland iOrf on)
PoKtoffic as Second-Clas Matter.
PORTLAND, OREGON, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1919.
PRICE FIVE CENTS
NATION CULLS ON
TIEUP OF NEW YORK
PORT IS CONTINUED
WILSON, BETTER, WILL
NOT NEED OPERATION
SIMPLE TREATMENT FOCXD
FAILS UNDER TEST
WAR MACHINERY BREAKS UP
"badly DURING WAR.
Fall of Petrograd Is Un
vvm um uiunivLi iuoi
TO BE ON NOV. 12
HEALTH OF 2,000,000 SOLDIERS
' DECLARED IMPAIRED.
OR PRESIDENT'S AILMENT.
Starts From Washington.
"BUY NOW" SLOGAN OFFSET
Great Mass of Seized Foods
Placed on Market.
HIGH PRICES ATTACKED
having in Clotlies to Be Effected by
Discouraging 1-equent Changes
WASHINGTON', Oct. 17. Attorney
General Palmer and his official as
sociates in the fight on the high coat
of living determined today to enlist
the aid of the women of America.
. By appealing to the controllers of
household finances throughout the
country, it is hoped to inaugurate an
epoch of real economy which will
offset the "buy now" propaganda of
tradespeople. Furthermore, an at
tempt will be made to discourage tie
frequent changes in styles dictated by
the makers of women's apparel and
thereby effect a saving in clothes.
Another important decision taken
at today's meeting1 was to release
more surplus supplies held by the
government if it can be done without
embarrassment to the departments
Baker and Daniels Invited.
Secretaries Baker and Daniels and
Chairman John Barton Payne of the
shipping board were invitee! to- the
conference for the first time for that
pi-rpose. Mr. Baker being unable to
attend, the attorney-general and Mr.
Daniels wtll confer with him next
week. Mr. Daniels 'reported that he
had sugar enough to run the navy
six months, but before he' released
any of it wanted to be assured of am
Indicative of the broad scope which
Mr. Palmer's efforts are taking was
the request of Chairman' Payne to re
lease any surplus building materials
which he has on hand, especially lum
ber needed for home-building. The
thippingr board, it was learned, prob
ably will need, however, all of the
supplies which it has purchased.
Speakers to Be Sent Out.
Co-operation of the housewives has
been the subject of extended confer
ences between H. E. Figg of the de
partment of justice and Mrs. Edward
P. Costigan, who offered the gov
ernment the full resources of the
consumers' league and the league of
women voters in the campaign to
take the inflation out of prices. As
a result speakers soon will be put
in every state to carry the message
that one way to beat the profiteers
is to ignore propaganda saying that
prices are certain to go higher, and
wait for the decline which officials
eay is inevitable. I
In' undertaking to stimulate
patriotic refusal to be stampeded
into buying new clothes simply be
cause the designers change the style
from six to eight times a year the
speakers, it was said, will point out
that from 8 to 33 per cent is charged
for the style itself and that a pro
portionate amount will be saved by
reducing the style changes to a rea
Mr. Palmer and Director Clarkson
of the council of national defense w
confer soon on how best to reach
women by printed appeals similar to
those used by the food administration
H1 Food Seizures Made.
' The first complete official report
of what has been accomplished so far
by the use of such laws as were
available, was given the conference
by Mr. Talmer, showing that there
have been 86 cases of actual seizures
under the food control act. with 2
cases still under investigation. Three
cases have been held for the grand
jury and in two other cases jail sen
tences and fines have been imposed.
The seizures have taken place in
18 different states and resulted in
placing on the market through nor
mal channels of trade, 99,047 pounds
of cheese, 157,953 pounds of poultry,
more than 200.000 pounds of fish, 52,
056 cans of tomatoes, 765,615 pounds
of salt pork, 21,053,880 eggs, 1,427,062
pounds of butter, 4,831,331 pounds of
sugar, 2830 sacks of potatoes, and
quantities of beans, corn, baking
powder, salmon, coffee, salt and other
HUNS SUSPECT WILSON
Germans Bemoan Defeat at Hands
or Sick 3 tan, Says Paper.
(Copyright by the New York World. Pub
lished by Arrangement.)
BERLIN, Oct. 17. (Special.) Pres
ident Wilson's illness at last is at
tracting the attention of the German
public. Commenting on the last re
ports reaching here, the pan-German
Deutche Zeitung, says:
"President Wilson's illness assumes
an even more secret and suspicious
form. Is Wilson a paralytic? Indica
tions suggest it. If so, the last year
would appear in a light as gro
tcsque as -frightful. In that case, the
German people would have permitted
their weapons to be struck from their
hands by one irresponsible."
Church Official Asserts "White
House Band Sold Out to
CINCINNATI, Oct. 17. Dr. Clarence
Wilson of Washington. D. C, secre
tary of the temperance board of the
Methodist church, today at the in
ternational convention of the disciples
of Christ, declared in an address that
the elimination of the cigarette would
be the next crusade undertaken by
"The cigarette impaired the. health
of 2,000,000 soldiers In our army." ho
declared. "We have been sold out T
the White House band to the tobacco)
Dr. Wilson also, took occasion to
declare that the "forces of reform are
lined up for Sabbath observance." He
"The Christian Sabbath must replace
the 'Hun' Sabbath. The entire force
of the church from now on. will be
back of all legislation."
GERMANS CUTTING PRICES
Machinery Factories Underbidding
Americans and Getting Trade.
NEW YORK, Oct. 17. German man
ufacturers of machinery are under
bidding American fiwns in France to
a large extent in offerings for busi
ness, according to A. I. Findley, edi
tor of the Iron Age,, who arrived here
today on the steamship Adriatic. Mr.
Findley said he had been abroad mak-
ng an investigation of business con
ditions and the prospects of rebuild-
ng war-destroyed industries.
Germany is already in the market
and offering as low as one-half of
that made by Americans have been
made by machinery manufacturers.
he added. In reconstruction progress
Belgium is far ahead of France,
HANGED MAN OPERATED ON
Glands From Executed Murderer
Grafted Into Prisoner, 60.
SAN QUENTIN. Cal.. Oct. 17.
Thomas Bellon was hanged at the
state ptison here today, paying the
extereme penalty for the murder of
his mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary Mi-
alano, in Merced county, September
After the hanging, the interstitial
glands were removed from Bellon's
body and grafted into that of a 60-
year-old prisoner who desired .to ben
efit by the operation, which prison
surgeons said had been proved to re
store youth and vigor and consider
ably increase mentality. It was the
tenth operation of its kind at San
Quentin in the past year.
STURGEON, MEN IN BATTLE
Fight Lasting Hour and Half Is
Won When Clubs Are TTsed.
HOQUIAM, Wash., Oct. 17. (Spe
cial.) A sturgeon weighing 150
pounds was shot saveral times and
finally beaten to death by clubs in
the hands of men who were working
on dikes for protection of farms along
the upper Quinault river several days
The big fish became stranded on a
shallow riffle and its struggles at
tracted the attention of the men, who
thought they had found a sea serpent.
The fight lasted for an hour and
half before the fish was killed. It
was the first of its kind ever seen
above, the la ke.
0. W. R. & N. OFFICE STAYS
Railroad Administration Says Move
' to Omaha Not Considered.
OREGON I AN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, Oct. 17. There is no intention
to consolidate the main offices of the
Union Pacific system, including the
Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navi
gation company, at Omaha, as indi
cated by newspaper dispatches car
ried in the west last night, it was said
at the railroad administration today.
No such proposal has been suggest
ed or considered, according to the
director-general's- office. The head
quarters of the Oregon-Washington
Railroad & Navigation company will
remain at Portland.
TENTS FOR SHRINE ASKED
So n it tor Chamberlain Seeks Loan
From War Department.
OREGON I AN NEWS BUREAU
Washington, Oct. 17. Full equipment
and supplies for the Third infantry,
Oregon National Guard, as requested
by Governor Olcott, have been shipped
from Benicia Arsenal, Cal.',' the ' war
department advised Senator. Chamber
A bill introduced by Senator Cham
berlain today authorizes the war de
partment to lend the city of Portland,
tents, blankets and pillows .for- the
use of visitors attending the 1920 ses
sidh of the imperial council of the
Ancient Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
$40,000 IN BONDS SOLD
Enterprise Irrigation District Ac
cepts Portland Bid.
KLAMATH FALLS,. Or., Oct. 17.
(Special.) Directors of th Enter
prise Irrigation district have an
nounced acceptance of the bid of the
lumbermen's Trust company of Port
land for the $40,000 bond issue of the
The firm bid 95.12 per cent of par
value. Construction contracts, have
been let and the machinery ordered,
Council Fixes Date
Vote on Tax 11
11 -MILL LIMIT ISC WANTED
Proposal Would Raise About
$606,000, Badly Needed.
MAYOR URGES, SUPPORT
Council Is of One Mind on Plan to
Ask for Increase Because of
Increase in Cots.
The special city election for the
purpose of submitting a . charter
amendment to the voters, increasing
the annual city tax levy from 8 to 11
mills, will be held on Wednesday.
This was decided by unanimous
vote of the city council yesterday.
The original plan of increasing the
tax levy to 12 mills was changed. It
being decided to call upon the voters
to authorize only such money as is
said to be absolutely necessary for
the continuation of municipal service
The proposed charter amendment
also carries a provision for the repeal
of the special one-mill tax levy voted
to care' for the financial stringency
during the war. This provision does
not expire until ode year after the
conclusion of peace. Hence the call
made by the city officials in this elec
tion will be for only two additional
mills over that levied in 1918.
$006,000 Increaae Provided.
The two mills will add approxi
mately 3606.000 to the oity's revenue.
Virtually every cent of this amount
will be necessary, say city officials,
for the conduct of municipal affairs
as they exist at the present, with
provision for a few improvements.
such as increased personnel in the
police and fire bureaus,, added light-
ng facilities, park improvements.
medical and sanitary work and other
necessary functions which the city is
unable to finance under the existing
For several weeks members of the
city council have studied the financial
condition of the city, seeking to find
some plan whereby they could con
duct affairs under the present reve
nue. Finding that even deep cuts
into the budget would not solve the
question, it was decided to appeal to
the voters for the increase in the tax
All of Council In Accord,
During the entire discussion over
the special election, all members of
the city council have been of the one
opinion that the election and increase
of the tax levy was absolutely essen
tial. This unanimity of opinion rare
ly exists in the council and is taken
(Concluded on Page 3, Column 1.)
1 rw. J- rt . - - . ' 1
wellinr In Rland Relieved. Ai.
cording to Bulletin Issued by
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17. Definite
improvement in President Wilson's
condition was noted In a bulletin Is
sued tonight from the White House
by Rear-Admiral Grayson and the
four physicians called in for consul
tation. The prostatic .condition was
said to be greatly improved and no
operation will be necessary.
The swelling of the prostate gland.
a recurrence of which today served
to retard the president's recovery, was
said to have been relieved so much
that a simplified form of treatment
could now be instituted. The general
condition of the president, it waa said.
remains good. 1
Specialist Are Called In. 1
Recurring of the prostatic trouble,
which earlier in the week served to
aggravate the nervous exhaustion
from which President Wilson is suf
fering, led Rear-Admiral Grayson to
day to call in Dr. Hugh Young of
Johns Hopkins hospital, Baltimore, for
Meeting with Drs. Young and Gray
son in the consultation at the White
House late in the day were Dr. H. A.
Fowler, who, like Dr. Young, is a
specialist on prostatic troubles; Dr.
Sterling Ruffin, a Washington physi
cian, and Rear-Admiral Stitt, head of
the naval hospital here. The physi
cians spent more than three hours
at the White House, but after their
departure no announcement was made
as to what decisions they had reached.
The doctors early today issued the
"White House. Oct. 17. 12:25 P. M
The president passed a comfortable
night and is feeling well this morn
ing. His temperature, pulse and res
piration rates are normal. The pros
tatic condition is not as satisfactory
as yesterday and is checking general
improvement of the past two weeks.
Grayson. Ruffin. Stitt."
Further Improvement Reported.
Tonight's bulletin was signed by
Dr. Grayson and by Dr. John Young,
the Johns Hopkins hospital special
ist; Dr. H. A. Fowler, a Washington
specialist; Dr. Sterling Ruffin. a
Washington physician, and Rear-Ad
miral Stitt, head of the naval hospital
here. It said:
"The president's prostatic gland
swelling referred, to in previous bul
letins is definitely improved and is
causing little discomfort, so that the
treatment has been simplified. The
kidneys are functioning normally and
the heart action is excellent. The
temperature, pulse and blood pressure'
Confiiiltatlona to Continue.
Although no operation was regard
ed necessary at this time by the phy
sicians called in for consultation. Dr.
Grayson requested Dr. Young and the
other physicians to meet him tomor
row to continue the study of the case.
Dr. Young returned - to the White
House early tonight, observed the pa
tient again and had a long conversa
tion with Dr. Grayson.
An air of distinct relief was dis
played at the White House after -the
consultation and it was unofficially
stated that as a result of the treat
ment given today it now is believed
that it will be possible to keep the
(Concluded on Paga 4, Column 2.)
THE CONDUCTOR IS TAKING THE .CAR TO
Eduard Meyer, Historian of Ber
lin, Warns Germans Not to
. Disregard Own Faults.
(Copyright by the New York World. Pub
lished by Arrangement. ?
BERLIN. Oct. 17. (Special Cables-
Germany's much vaunted organisation
fell down badly In the war. while the
allies' Improvised organization ac
So said Professor Eduard Meyer, the
famous historian. In his inaugural ad
dress, as rector of the University of
'We must not be blind to the faults
in the structure of our state for which
we have paid ao heavy a penalty,'
said he. 'The excessive extension of
our organization, through soul-killing-
schematism and endless red tape,
dees away with responsibility, breeds
an incompetent, ambitious class, and
will not permit merit and ability to
come to the top.
While, in their seeming superiority
our bureaucracy and organization
seduced us into smiling boastfulness
and needlessly brusque and blunder
ing behavior, in reality our system
was not equal to the tremendous task
imposed on it either during the war
or at present. Our enemies, with
their improvised organization giving
free play to persons of superior
ability, accomplished far more than
Professor Meyer added that Ger-1
many's collapse eclipsed all catastro
phes in history, even the downfall of
Carthage and Athens.
Professor Meyer has changed his
tone He was an exchange professor
at Harvard university several years
ago Afterward he attacked Harvard
in an article In the Vossiche Zeitung.
saying in part:
"Harvard university is taking a
new and leading part in anti-German
agitation. On the plea of neutrality
it has withdrawn invitations to de
liver lectures which were sent out to
Germans living in America, but
French professors are welcome to .it
and so are Japanese."
Some five years ago Professor
Meyer wrote a book. "North America
and Germany," in which he assailed
President Wilson and his policy of
neutrality and affirmed that Amer
ican women school teachers had ren
dered the race effeminate.
YUKON IS CLEAR OF ICE
Extra Steamer May Be Sent North
With Freight; Weather Mild.
DAWSON, Y. T.. Oct. 17. (By the
Cans ;.' Press.) 'Mild weather which
released four marooned river steam
ers from tiie Yukon Ice, has also vir
tually cleared the river of Ice.
An extra steamer may be sen here
from White Horse " with delayed
ENGLISH WIVES TO SAIL
Mates of V. S. Service Men Will
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Oct. 17.
The steamer Pocahontas, when she
sails for New York tomorrow, will
have on board 100 English wives of
American soldiers and sailors.
In many case the wives will have
with them one or two children.
THE . BARN.
Capital's Charge That
Reds Control Resented.
RAILROAD MAN IS ASSAILED
Full Share of Rewards De
manded, Says Speaker.
BOTH SIDES STAND FIRM
Deadlock Over Question of Collect
ive Bargaining Continues and
Recess Is Taken.
WASHINGTON. Oct. 17. Without
reaching a decision on recognition of
the right of workers to bargain col
lectively an issue which has been the
subject of two days' debate the na
tional industrial conference tonight
closed the second week of Its deliber
ations. Adjournment was taken until
Monday, when there is every indica
tion that the conference will make a
new start, a definite programme for
procedure to that end being in pro
cess of formulation.
Withdrawing their motion made
yesterday to recommit the labor-public
declaration on collective bargain
ing, the employers took the initiative
today by offering a substitute resolu
tion which would protect their right
"to deal or not to deal with men or
groups of men who are not his em
ployes." The withdrawal came as a
surprise to representatives of the
public, who were prepared to support
it and had expressed their willingness
to agree to amending of it.
The motion to adjourn until Mon
aay. otrered by Thomas L. Chad
bourne, a public representative, and
chairman of the conference's central
committee of 15. carried with it re
committing of both declarations as" to
collective bargaining to the central
committee. This committee will meet
tomorrow to reconcile the two decla
rations, if possible., and also to con
siaer ine new programme which It
was understood provides that the
Issue of collective bargaining remain
in me DacKground until agreement
can be reached on the less disputed
Gompers Makes Reply.
After several hours of debate Sam
uel Gompers. president of the Ameri
can .Federation of Labor, who re
turned to his seat in the conference
at the afternoon session, after a three
days' illness, brought the discussion
to a climax with a heated and elo
quent reply to K. Loree. president
of the Delaware & Hudson railroad.
and a representative of capital.
Declaring tnat "whether you like it
or not. tne masses of labor of the
United States have at last found their
ability to articulate through organ
ization," Mr. Gompers, in the most
eloquent address yet heard on the
floor of the conference, told the dele
gates' that the laboring people are
producing thewealth of the world and
that, without minimizing the great
contributions made by men or thought
and direction to that production, the
time had come when In America labor
1 was determined to gain a fair share of
t I the rewards.
Shaking his finger toward the em-
ployers group, in which Mr. Loree
4 sat, Mr. Gompers bitterly assailed the
railroad man for his insinuation that
the laborers of the United States
planned to overthrow the government.
Gompers shook with emotion and his
voice quavered as he violently de
fended the loyalty and patriotism cf
l.abor'aa Loyal aa Aayoae.
Declaring that Loree had "no mo
nopoly on the belief that the govern
ment of the United States Is safe from
upheaval and revolution." Mr. Gom
pers added that "there are no men in
the United States more loyal or more
patriotic In their support of the re
public than those In the labor organ
izations." The labor chief said that as no other
country in the world could boast such
loyalty from its laboring classes and
that as no other nation in the world
held forth the same rights of free
speech, free assemblage and free ex
pression to all the. masses of the peo
ple, the protection of those rigv.s was
more vital to the laboring millions
than to any other citizens of the coun
try. "I speak as the authorized repre
sentative of the laboring masses of
this country," Mr. Gompers continued.
"The dumb, the inarticulate, the
downtrodden, the dominated hundreds
of thousands who constitute the toil
ing masses of America, and I tell you
that no -people in all this land love
our government and American insti
tutions more than they do, no people
are further from any idea of attack
on. this government, no people would
or have gone farther to protect this
Real Motives Demanded. '
"We hear much of the struggle be
tween capital and labor," he said,
looking about the conference room.
"What is capital? It Is this table, that
chandelier, coal, wool, sugar, and so
forth. They are dead things, inani
mate things, material things things
that are subject to barter.
"If the old conception of labor and
capital still prevailed, we would find
women working in tne mines and
there giving birth to children; we
tConcludcil ua l'a.e 5. Cftloma i.
Embargo on Shipping to Continue
Until Settlement Is Made; West
NEW YORK. Oct. 17. Despite the
vote of some of the local unions to re
turn to work, the longshoremen's
strike continues virtually to tie up
the port of New York. At the offices
of the United States railroad adminis
tration today it was said numerous
complaints .were being received from
western merchants in regard to the
shipping situation. Officials of the
International Mercantile Marine said
that 38 big cargo ships were lying
idle and that none of the strikers had
returned to work.
The United States railroad adminis
tration today announced that the em
bargo against trans-Atlantic shipping
through this port is still In force and
that it would not be lifted until a set
tlement of the strike was nearer an
actual fact. The raising of the em
bargo last week constituted no more
than a lifting of the general embargo
to permit transportation of foodstuffs
between New York and New Jersey
Coastwise shipping and vessels ply
ing between New York and Central
and South American ports are still
held here, unable to unload or load.
The United States railroad adminis
tration tonight notified the national
adjustment commission that it ap
proved its award on the standard of
wages for dock work on coastwise
lines under federal control and would
bide by it.
RISE IN COAL IS SCORED
Miners Say Price Increase Is ''Plain
INDIANAPOLIS. Ind.. Oct. 17. That
there is no cause for a reported
movement to increase the price of
bituminous coal is the assertion made
in a statement Issued from the inter
national headquarters of the United
Mine Workers of America here to
day. "Since the call for a strike of
bituminous coal miners was issued by
Actln-Fresident J. L. Lewis of the
United Mine Workers of America, to
become effective on November 1,
press reports show that there Is a
movement on foot throughout the
country to Increase the price of coal
to consumers,"' the statement reads.
"It has come to- our notice that in
many places announcement is made
that the price of coal will be ad
varced $1 a ton this week.
I'We wish the public to know that
there is no reason why the price of
coal should be increased at this time.
Any such increase can only be viewed
as plain every-day profiteering on
tie part of those who raise the price,
and that its only purpose can be to
put greater profits into the pockets
of those who profit from the ad
vance." TRUCK DRIVER KILLED
William Kennedy Loses Life
Accident Near Fossil.
rOSSIL. Or., Oct. 17. (Special.)
William Kennedy, age 45. was thrown
from a truck load of lumber today
and instantly killed.
The accident happened three miles
east of Fossil. While going down
steep incline he lost control of the
truck, which overturned, throwing
him beneath the lumber.
Mr. Kennedy was a resident of Con
don, but was well known in this vlcin
lty also. He leaves a widow and four
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
YESTERDAYS Maximum temperature.
oj decrees: minimum. 4fl degrees.
TODAT'S Fair: moderate northwesterly
rail of Petrograd Is unconfirmed, report.
German organization fails under test.
15. 000 U. S. troops still in France. Pate 2.
Gompers flays capital delegates for accus
ing labor of disloyalty, Page .
First efforts to call off miners' strike fail
President so much better that operation,
considered at first, is held to be un
necessary. Pace 1.
Nation asks women to aid by economy
Two amendments to peace treaty voted
down in senate, race 3.
Methodists to open war cn cigarettes.
Lieutenant Maynard is within 503 mlTee of
coal. Face U.
U. S.-England Joint control of Gibraltar
urged. Pace 4.
Secretary l.anslng deems league democra
cy's Hfeguard. Page 4.
Loncshoremen continue ttcup of New York
port. Page 1.
Peace. Is key to aid small nations. Redfield
tells exporters. Page 4.
anxious to increase
charms. Page 7.
Northwest boys' conference opens at The
Dalles. Page 6.
Wheexer "Dell becomes new diamond hero
w hen he defeats Pt. Paul. Page 12.
Lincoln htgh school defeats Hill Military
acaden-y at football, 6 to 0. Page 12.
Swimmers may leave for Honolulu today.
Joe Rivers arrives from south for bout
with Alex Trambtlaa. Page 13. V
Commercial and Marine.
Apple picking general with favorable
w-eather conditions. Page 19.
Cora firmer on exp.-cted curtailment of re
ceipts. Pag 19.
Unrestrained pool rperations in minor
stocks. Tage 19.
Sales division to dlpo.e of emergency fleet
corporation hulls. Page 14.
Portland and Iclnlty.
Special city tax election to be on November
12. Page 1.
Judge Rossman urges arrest of drivers in
auto accidents. Page IO.
Sugar prices push candy off market. Page 9.
Temporary compromise made In laundry
picketing case. race in
Ban on Waverly baby home lifted. Page .
Heir bcsloa suit on Pittoclt will. Page 10,
BOLSHEVIKS MASS IN SOUTH
Decisive Struggle With Deni
kine Is Impending.
MOSCOW IS THREATENED
General AdTancrs Toward Junction
With Poles Recapture of
Kiev Is Menace.
LONDON. Oct. 17. Up to the present
hour the British authorities have re
ceived no confirmation of the report
of the entry of General Yudenitch's
forces into the suburbs of Petrograd
The belief was expressed that Gen
eral Yudenitch's men had not ad
vanced so far as the former Russian
BERLIN. Oct. 17. (By. the Asso
ciated Press.) The entire left bank
of the lower Duna river is in the
hands of the Russians under Colonel
A valof f-Bermondt, says the -Lokal
Anzeiger's Mitau correspondent. The
Letts, rrle correspondent adds, are at
tacking Thorensborg from the ripht
and causing heavy damage. Avaloff-
Bermondt is said to be sparing Riga.
The left upper bank of the Dvina-
river between Baaedun, Schoenbcrs,
Friederichstadt and Jakobstadt is the
scene of desultory, indecisive fiphtinu
between the Russians and the Lettish
and Esthonian troops.
'Riga's population is in desperate
STOCKHOLM. Oct. 17. A dispatch
received here this evening says the
army of General Yudenitch entered
the suburbs of Petrograd at 3 o'clock
WASHINGTON. Oct. 17. Reports
of the capture of Petrograd and Kron
stadt by northwestern Russian forces
under General Yudenitch were re
ceived at the state department today
from an American consular officer in
Sweden on the Finnish border. Con
firmation of the reports had not been
received when the dispatch was sent,
but it was said they generally were
credited In Sweden.
Reports from Stockholm today said
the bolshevlkl were concentrating tho
bulk of their troops for a decisive
struggle with General Denikine's Cos
sack forces in the south. Denikine's
penetration west of Voronezh and the
fall of Kursk were regarded as threat
ening seriously the central soviet gov
ernment at Moscow.
An official dispatch from Omsk,
dated October 14. said the whole of
the north Siberian army rested on
the Tobol river and that the other
two armies were an average of only
flve miles from the same river. On
the Semlretthe front ' Admiral Kol
pchak's forces have advanced, captur
ing 6000 prisoners.
I LONDON. Oct. 17 A bolshevik offi
' cial communication. Issued Thursday
i ev.nir.n- anH received here tiv wire
less, reports stubborn fighting ten
versts (about 61 miles) west of Kras-
nai Gorka and In the region of the
Krasnoye Seio and Gatchina and also
S5 versts northeast of Pskov.
A wireless dispatch from Moscow
says 11 "enemy" torpedo boats are
bombarding Krasnai Gorka.
The latest authoritative news re
garding the military situation in
Southern Russia is that the army of
General Denikine. on the extreme left
of the line, has taken Chernigoff and
advancing northward along the
east bank of tne unieper river to
ward Gomel. (The right of the Polish
army. It was said last week, rests on
the Dnieper at Gomel, about 70 miles
from Chernigoff. so that a junction
of the two armies would be effected
should Denikine reach Gomel.)
On the right flank, the forces of
General Denikine have crossed the
Don on a 200-mile front. Everywhere
the army is driving back the bol
sheviki. In East Russia, the bolshevik forces
are compelled to adopt purely defen
sive tactics, owing to the great de
mands upon the bolshevik effectives
Kiev Situation Serlons,
The recapture of Kiev by the bol
shevists October 15. announced by the
bolshevik communique last night, if
confirmed, will interfere seriously
with General Denikine's progress
toward Gomel, as such a defeat would
place a bolshevist force directly in
the rear of the army operating north
ward from Chernigoff.
Confirmation of reports that British
naval forces have taken the fortress
of Kronstadt, onthe Gulf of Finland,
west of Petrograd, has not been -received
at the admiralty offices here.
Dispatches telling of the capitulation
of Kronstadt are not credited, it being
said the British have only light
cruisers in the vicinity which are in
capable of successfully challenging
the fortress. Admiralty officials stats
there was no reason for a British at
tack on the place.
A bolshevik wireless message from
Moscow reports that Fremier Lentne
received an Afghan delegation in that
city October 15. This would appear to '
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