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TITE 1HORXTXG OTIEGOXIAJT, FRIDAY, MAY 28, 1920
TESTIMONY EMS IN
PinOCK WILL CASE
Only Mr. and Mrs. Leadbetter
;. Appear for Contestant
FRAUD CHARGES COLLAPSE
Sole Claim of Undue Influence Is
: Statement by Mr. Piper in 1012
of Offer Elsewhere.
- The testimony in the Henry L.
I'ittock will contest 'came to an ab
rupt end at 2:26 yesterday afternoon.
IS minutes after the case for the con
testant had opened. But two wit
nesses were placed on the stand by
the attorneys for Mrs. Caroline P.
Leadbetter, the contestant herself and
Kied W. Leadbetter, her husband,
whose combined testimony was In
support of the mass of evidence pro
duced by the proponents of the will
concerning: the mental alertness and
acumen of tlje late publisher at the
time he executed his final will. They
pffered nothing; more.
' Argument continued for the remain
der of the afternoon and will be con
cluded today, but all evidence in the
case is in.
i Complete collapse of charges of
fraud and improper Influence was
noted in the argument, except for the
claim that Edgar B. Piper, managing
editor of The Oregonian, by telling
Air. Pittock in 1912 what was an ad
mitted fact, that he had an attractive
offer elsewhere and could not remain
with The Oregonian unless his tenure
.was made certain, exerted undue in
fluence on the publisher, resulting in
the 20-year trust provision in the
Theory of Attack Veer.
.'. The theory of attack on the will
-veered from the charge in the pe
tition that O. L. Price, executor and
jtrustee, and C. A. Morden, trustee,
exercised undue persuasion on Mr.
Pittock, to the supposed influence of
Mr. Piper, based on the discovery
jnade through Mr. Piper's testimony
the first day of the hearing that The
.Oregonian trust was the direct re
sult of a desire on the part of the
publisher to retain his managing edi
tor. Though never mentioned in the
contest petition, Mr. Piper was made
the main figure in the argument of
Attorney J. P. Cotton, for the con
The most unexpected admission of
the contestant. In the face of charges
in the petition filed, was that Mr.
Pittock was mentally alert "and knew
w hat he was doing" when he dictated
- That only two witnesses were pro
duced by the contestant and that they
jcrave no testimony to support allega
tions of fraud made in the petition
was the comment of Attorney John F.
Logan, appearing for the estate, who
said this was "particularly surprising
in view of the fact that, at the open
ling of the case, a Jury had been de
manded by the contestant to advise
Circuit Judge Tazwell 'because of the
'impending sharp conflict of testi
Vsilnr Influence Imuc,
-Invalidity of certain clauses in the
ill was charged by Attorney Cotton
of the firm of McAdoo, Cotton &
Franklin. New York, and supported by
Attorney L. A. Liljeqvist, who ap
peared with W. M. Cake for the con
testant, to which Charles H. Carey of
the firm of Carey & Kerr replied that
the only issue before the court was
undue influence, that the proceeding
was a will contest, and that the only
!time to bring up the validity of cer
tain clauses in the will was at the
time of distribution of assets as al
ready had been held by Judge Taz
well in former proceedings in the
- "Someone owes an apology as well
as an explanation to the lady who is
.contestant in this case," observed At
torney James B. Kerr in his argu
ment. "Was it by wiles that this
kindly woman, this good woman, wa
persuaded to besmirch the character
of three business associates of her
father and to charge that men whom
her father had trusted were unworthy
of trust? Jt must have been the
counsel she received, counsel based
on the necessities of the situation."
, Pit took. Control Asirrtrit.
C. A. Morden, manager of The Ore
Ionian and president of The Orego
Tiiiin Publishing company, was the
thicf wimcss for the proponents in
'lhe conclusion of their case yester
day. He was called to substantiate
thr contention of the estate that Mr.
;I'ittock was not a man who could be
led and that his will was the will of
none other than Henry L. Pittock.
After long years of association with
Mr. Pittock Mr. Morden has become
entrusted with the property dearest
-to the heart of Mr. Pittock The Ore
Ionian. That Mr. Pittock always was in
complete control of The Oregonian,
In all its departments, was the em
phatic assertion of Mr. Morden.
".lie took a keen interest In all the
work on The Oregonian and the final
decision In all matters of importance
Iways was his," the witness ex
r la hied.
' Lid you evrr suggest to Mr. PH
tpk how he could better handle busi
aias affairs other than The Orego
hiim?" was asked of Mr. Morden.
; '"Never. 1 knew very little about
; "Did you ever represent to Mr. Pit
ock that yourself and Mr. Price were
most able to handle his affairs after
i ''lHd you bring any pressure, direct
tif. Indirect, on Mr. Pittock to have
J. ourself named as a trustee of his
' Chief Always Consulted.
Though the business management
r.f The Oregonian was turned over to
Mr. Morden. as assistant manager
before Mr. Pittock's death, it was sub.
Ject always to the personal control of
'lhe publisher, testified Mr. Morden.
; "I consulted and advised with Mr.
JMttock every day." he declared. "I
Jiever presumed to act in any im
portant matter without his direction."
T Mr. Morden became associated with
; The Oregonian in 1S84. and in 1907
'as named assistant manager of the
; liewspaper property.
Asked concerning the decision of
;Mr. Pittock in. 1912 to place The Ore
, jronian in trust in order to retain the
' bervices of Mr. Piper as managing
Uditor at a life tenure, Mr. Morden
' "Mr. Piper came to ma in the spring
irf 1912 on my return from an Asso
ciation Press meeting in New York.
-&nd asked me- If Mr. Pittock had
'j-pokeii to me about a personal mat
ter, concerning him. 1 sai ; he had
.not and Mr. Piper then rel; ;ed to r.:e
'the offer he had received, showed me
''rhe letters which had been sent him
.im1 talked with m about the rm.':t'
"Mr. Pittock later said that -J .
Piper had an attractive offer to go
elsewhere, that he w-as desirous of
ilr. Piper s remaining, but tliat his
remaining was contingent on being
assured, of his tenure of employment."
So SuK-g;estion Offered,
"Was anything sa4d about your own
tenure, or did you discuss the desir
ability of having your own tenure as
sured?" inquired Attorney Carey, one
of the estate attorneys.
"It was not mentioned at any time."
"Was anything said srbout the will
or the desirability of creating a
"Did you advise Mr. Pittock as to
any method for keeping Mr. Piper?"
"He did not ask for advice or sug
gestions, nor did I offer any."
"When, did you find out that Mr.
Pittock intended to place The Orego
nian In trust?"
"I learned of that first from Mr.
Price. He brought me a draft or
memorandum of the clause to be In
serted in the will relating to The
Oregonian about three weeks later."
"Did you ever speak to Mr. Pittock
about that provision of the will?"
Provision Voluntary One.
"I went to Mr. Pittock after the
will was executed and told him how
I appreciated the provision he had
made for me. He told me at this time
that it was not his last will, but that
the provision spoken of would be
carried over into his final will."
"Was the provision regarding your
self at your solicitation or suggestion
included in the will?"
"Not at all."
"Did you ask anyone to talk to Mr.
Pittock about the advisability of in
serting such a provision?"
Did you ever talk to anyone about
the disposition of Mr. Pittock's prop- j
erty, such as the creation of a trust
for The Oregonian or other prop
"When did you learn about the 1916
"Mr. Price told me that another
will had been made and that Mr. Pit
tock desired him to say to me that
the provision regarding The Orego
nian had been incorporated in the
"Were you ever shown the new
"Did you ever see. it before the
death of Mr. Pittock?"
No Solicitation Made.
"Was the last will made at your so
"Did you give Mr. Pittock any ad
vice regarding the terms of the 1916
"Did you ever talk with Mr. Pittock
in advance concerning what you
thought he should do with his prop
"Was the provision you mention
"What was the health of Mr. Pit
tock in August, 1916, if you remem
ber?" "Good, except for twinges of rheu
matism in his foot- His hearing was
not so good as it had been."
"Did you note any decay of Ms
mental faculties or weakness of his
"Was there any change in your re
lations with Mr. Pittock after the
1916 will had been executed?"
"No, unless it was that he more
frequently talked with me about af
fairs other than The Oregonian after
the will was signed."
"Did he ever talk with you con
cerning such affairs before the will
Character Strong One.
Mr. Morden was asked to
word picture of Mr. Pittock.
"Mr. Pittock was a quiet man ra
gentle man," he answered. "I think
the word 'strength" would indicate
Mr. Pittock's character. He had much
physical stamfna and a very strong
"Mr. Pittock was baffling to a
stranger or a man seeking to put over
some deal, because he would listen
until the man had talked himself out,
without saying a word. The man
would not know how far he had got
ten, often leaving without Mr. Pittock
replying to his arguments.
"He was a patient man. Mr. Pit
tock could wait. He never was hur
ried and apparently never was wor
ried a man of perfect poise."
A large part of the staff employed
by Mr. Pittock on The Oregonian had
been with the newspaper for many
years, said Mr. Morden.
."Mr. Pittock rarely discharged
man or ordered him discharged," de
clared y the present manager of The
Cross- examination of Mr. Morden
was not lengthy. It opened with an
inquiry from Attorney J. P. Cotton
as to whether Mr. Pittock ever talked
over matters outside The Oregonian
with Mr. Morden.
"Infrequently." was the reply.
'Did he ever ask your advice about
outside affairs?" continued the inter
rogator. "Not that I recall."
"Are you very, sure? On business
or other matters?"
"Did he ever ask you if you thought
The Oregonian should not lose the
services of Mr. Piper?"
, "Well, not exactly. He told me that
he believed -that Mr. Piper was a very
valuable man and that he didn't know
where he could find another to take
his place, and I concurred with him."
"Did you know that Mr. Piper had
spoken to Mr. Pittock, as a reciprocal
proposal, that it was desirable to keep
"Mr. Piper told me that he had."
"That you knew before you talked
with Mr. Pittock at all?"
"Mr. Pittock wanted your advice in
the Piper matter, did he not?"
"He was conferring with me."
Family Matters Noted.
"Did you ever discuss family mat
ters with Mr. Pittock?"
"Did Mr. Pittock show every evi
dence of affection for his children?"
"Did they ever call at the office to
"Almost daily. He was especially
fond of his grandchildren."
"You were .in Mr. Pittock's personal
"I think so."
"Did air. Pittock ever discuss with
you the policies he desired The Ore
gonlan to follow after his death?"
"You have no written instructions
of any kind from him, intended to di
rect how you should carry out your
"None. That is. I have never had
any explicit directions or counsel from
Mr. Pittock concerning the handling
of affairs after he was gone, but I
had my training under Mr. Pittock."
Mr. Leadbetter Called.
Testimony of Mr. Leadbetter, the
first w-itness to be called by the con
testant, was chiefly a tribute to the
sterling character of Mr. Pittock.
"During all the period of my ac
quaintance with him Mr. Pittock was
one of nature's noblemen small of
stature but large of brain. 1 never
knew a man in my life who loved his
family or was more devoted to his
family than was Mr. Pittock. My
earliest impression of Mr. Pittock was
gained when 1 first met his daughter,
now my wife.. and I shall never forget
the impression on me of his ideal fam
ily relations at that time.
"He was loved by every member of
his family and he loved them all. The
first deep Impression Mr. Pittock
mads on me was at the time of the
' tica'-h of his little grandchild. I shall
never forget his desolation when the
little child died. For days he was
"In all of his business affairs Mr.
Pittock was competent, trustworthy
and his word was as good as his
bond. I doubt if ever a finer charac
ter was ever brought into the world
than Henry L. Pittock."
Competency Not Doubted.
"Was there ever any doubt in your
mind as to Mr. Pittock's sanity or
competency up to the time of his
death?" he was asked.
Mr. Leadbetter declared he had no
knowledge of Mr. Pittock's will until
after his death. Asked if he knew,
he replied: "I was told by Mr. Price
that he had not made a will.."
"How was that?"
"During Mr. Pittock's last illness
and a few days before his death I met
Mr. Price and was talking over the
advisability of sending for Mr. Pit
tock's brother George. It involved
the sending of funds to him. I re
marked. M hope, if anything happens,
his brother will be provided for, as he
is almost destitute. Do you know if
Mr. Pittock has made a will?'
"To which Mr. Price replied, 1 do,
not know of any will. I don't think
Mr. Pittock ever expects to die.' After
his death I met Mr. Price in Mr. Pit
tock's office and he said to me, 'Mr.
Leadbetter, Mr. Pittock did leave a
will." I asked him why he had not
told me and he said Mr. Pittock
wished to have the will kept secret.
"I asked him who drew the will and
he said he did. 'Alone?' I inquired,
and he said his brother helped him.
ne rurtner said that the release of
news that the will had been made had
een left to Mr. Morden, to which I
replied Dy saying that I thought he
said the making was to be secret. I
do not recall his answer."
mere was no cross-examination.
Family Life Described.
Mrs. Leadbetter was asked by her
attorney to describe the family life
of Mr. Pittock.
"He was very gentle, very quiet.
patient a loveable disposition," she
replied, quietly. "He w-as devoted to
his family. He wanted us at his
home and visited us at our home. He
was devoted in everv wav. He was
particularly fond of his children and
"Did- you ever question that he was
in complete possession of his mental
faculties?" was asked.
"Never, to within a couple of hours
of his death."
"Did your father ever discuss what
would happen to his property after
"No, he was a reserved man and
talked but little."
There was no cross-examination.
Testimony Is Closed. "
"I have no desire to produce fur
ther testimony but desire to be heard
in opposition to the probate of this
will," announced Attorney Cotton,
when Mrs. Leadbetter had concluded.
"The case is rested on that evi
dence?" he was asked.
"Yes." he answered, then con
tinued: "The proof which has been
produced here shows what has never
been contested not only that Mr.
Pittock was sane, but more than
that, competent, forceful, and a man
hard to Influence. We are prepared
to concede these things. We called
Mr. and Mrs. Leadbetter to make
"We even concede that under the
law it is possible for a man to trustee
his estate and newspaper for 20
years. That is not doubted, but we
feel strongly here that a trust has
been created which is a highly un
wise trust, a trust which may have
unfortunate results. The law per
mits the dead hand to go on direct
ing, and in this particular no illegal
thing has been done.
"In 1912 Mr. Piper went to Mr.
Pittock to look out for his own ten
ure on The Oregonian. He said he
wanted his tenure guaranteed and
Mr. Pittock replied that h thought
it could be arranged. The way in
which they arranged it was to have
Mr. Pittock draw a will with certain
paragraphs creating a trust of The
Oregonian, assuring the tenure of
Mr. Piper, Mr. Price and Mr. Morden.
We know that Mr. Piper told Mr. Pit
tock that Mr. Morden's deserts were
greater than his own and that Mr.
Morden concurred in the suggestion
that Mr. Piper be' treated as was
Two Wills Considered.
"By that proceeding, Mr. Piper and
Mr. Morden were greatly benefited
by the tenure of office, besides the
compensation Mr. Morden would re
ceive as a trustee. The 1916 will is
but a carrying on of the 1912 -w-jll.
"We are satisfied that Mr. Pittock
was a sane man and a man of strong
mentality, but assert that Mr." Piper
end Mr. Pittock could not validly
enter into an agreement by which
Mr. Piper's tenure of office could be
secured and he and Mr. Morden made
permanent directors of the publish
ing company. The agreement was
void and against public policy, even
in Mr. Pittock's lifetime, and nat
urally continues so in a will bearing
that agreement out.
"The family has a right to stop the
carrying out of that illegal arrange,
ment, of which the will is a part.
The action of Mr. Piper was the
cause of the making of a will with
that central provision in it,, which
all will agree is the main clause, the
trust provision. There lsn t any
question but that Mrs Piper had an
absolute right to do it. He might
have asked Mr. Pittock to leave him
The Oregonian and if he had done it
the distressed family would have no
redress, if such an agreement is legal.
He did influence Mr. nttock and used
means which would constitute illegal,
Influence Held Kxrrted.
"There is nothing in common with
an ordinary undue influence case.
There is nothing gross about it. Mr.
Piper did not tell Mr. Pittock that he
had an offer when he did not. But
he did influence him in this illegal
."We think there is law enough to
forbid any attempt of business asso
ciates td exert pressure with selfish
purposes, even though they try to
persuade a perfectly sane man who
knew what he was doing when he
A discussion of the alleged in
validity of certain clauses of the will
followed, in which Attorney Cotton
and Attorney Liljeqvist took part.
"Has your honor ever seen a. case
come to a more lame and impotent
conclusion?" demanded Attorney Lo
gan, when the lawyers for the con
testant had concluded. "The chief
contestants vie with the proponents
to establish the mental ability of Mr.
"Strange, daring, unsupported alle
gations fell when the unanimous tes
timony of the proponents' witnesses
was supported by the witnesses for
the contestant." remarked Attorney
Kerr, who characterized the entire
proceeding as "a research determined
Pittock; Solves Problem.
"The offer -'eceived by Mr. Piper
was laid before Mr. Pittock and the
plain statementias made that he felt
he ought to accept," continued the at
torney. "Mr. Pittock replied that he
did not want Mr. Piper to leave and
would try to arrange so he would
stay. He decided the problem for
himself and it was his own solution.
When the rubbish is cleared away, the
entire case and theory of the con
testant rests on the belief that Mr.
Piper used undue influence on Mr.
Pittock when he ir:-'. : r-r.i c'tv.-.-ted
by this offer.' "
Ai'i-" ;mnis wi'l bf- .-orcluded this
ra-jniing. and an irnmertinie decision
y be expec ted H orn JuCse Tamell (
as to the proof of undue influence in
the attack on the will. Legal points
raised as to the validity of certain
clauses in the will may be taken un
der advisement following submission
"Doctor, I will leave to each, of my
children $500 a month income from
the Pittock block, and if they can't
get along on that they can't gret along
on anything," Mr. Pittock told his
family physician in the summer of
1915 or 1916, either just befoVe or Just
after the execution of his last will,
according- to the testimony of Dr.
William M. Campbell yesterday.
Trust Statement Recalled
Further discussion of family affairs
led Mr. Pittock to remark, concern
ing his daughters, testified Dr. Camp
bell, "Well, but you know their hus
bands can claim a certain proportion
of their estate by law. How are you
going to get around it?" The physi
cian said he replied that, not being a
lawyer or business man, he had no
idea, to which he said Mr. Pittock re
torted, "Well, I might put it in trust."
Dr. Campbell was in attendance on
Mr. Pittock during his last illness and
had- been the family physician for
nearly ten years, he testified. He
spoke of the excellent health of his
patient during the years preceding
his death and of his clear, mentality.
"He had a keen mind and was a
marvel of intellectuality," he declared.
On cross-examination by Attorney
Cake, Dr. Campbell said that his fee
for his last services to Mr. Pittock
That Mr. Pittock was not under the
control of Mr. Morden was indicated
by William Goldman, an insurance
man, with offices in The Oregonian
building, and a lifelong friend of Mr.
Pittock. in testimony yesterday. Mr.
Goldman had been refused a two-year
lease on his offices in The Oregonian
building by Mr. Morden, but on apply
ing to Mr. Pittock, secured the lease
The most remarkable thing about
Mr. Pittock, to the mind of Mr. Gold
man, was that "h-3 carried such a tre
mendous burden and talked so little."
As with a dozen ether witnesses who
had known Mr. Pittock Intimately, Mr.
Goldman noted no decline in mental
faculties in late years of Mr. Pit
tock's life nor signs that he was being
influenced by others.
CUBANS HOLDING SUGAR
PLANTERS EXPECTIXG STILL
Cane Said to Bo Rotting- in Mills
and Fields Because of Acute
Shortage of Cars.
EUGENE, Or., May 27. (Special.)
Sugar is bringing 20 cents a pound
at the plantation in Cuba, E. L.
Knapp, vice-president of the Alsea
River Lumber company, told the Eu
gene chamber of commerce at its
regular weekly luncheon today, but
not many growers are selling even at
this price because they believe they
are going to get . still more. Mr.
Knapp owns a sugar plantation in
Cuba and recently returned from
visit to it.
'Sugar was selling only a little
while ago for 10 cents. Then it
jumped1 to 17 and now it is bringing
the grower 20 cents," said Mr. Knapp,
"but even at this price many planters
are holding back, because of the ap
parent certainty that the price will
go still higher.
'The belief in a higher price is
not ill-justified, Cuba is simply crowd
ed with sugar buyers from all over
the world, and they are bidding fe
verishly against each other for. the
The real underlying cause of
mounting sugar prices, however, in
Mr. Knapp's opinion, is the acute car
shortage, from which Cuban railroads
are suffering. - Because of this fail
ure of transportation, cane is rotting
n the mills and the raw sugar as it
comes from the mills is "slacking"
drawing dampness with the result
that it has to be sent back to the
mills and run through the centrifugal
machines again before it can be
shipped. All of this entails heavy
expense, which is added to the price
of raw sugar.
As a concrete example of what the
car shortage Is doing to the sugar
supply," said Mr. Knapp, "I will cite
the case of the man. a Cuban, who
owns a plantation adjoining ours. He
has $250,000 worth of sugar cane ro
ting in his fields because he can
not get cars to take it to the mill.
He needs about 10 cars a day, and ho
is getting about one a week. The
railroads of Cuba are owned largely
by English capital, and they are
woefully short of cars.. Everywhere
in the industry this shortage is show
ing up. The result is waste and this
waste, particularly In view or the
keen market, is added, to the price
of the raw sugar."
STRAWBERRY FETE IS ON
Tentli Annual Carnival at Rosc-
bur Opened uy Parade.
ROSBBURG, Or., May 27. (Special.)
The 10th annual strawberry carni
val is In full swing tonight, the pa
rade staged by the Elks this after
noon and the ball games inaugurating
the festivities. The berry exhibit is
excellent and displays of Oregon man
ufactured products in many business
places is attracting attention
The weather conditions - are ideal
and. throngs have been in town all
day. The feature for tomorrow is the
school parade. In the afternoon an
auto pageant will be held and it is
expected this will be the finest dem
onstration of its kind ever held in
the southern part of the state.
FRUIT RANCH IS SOLD
267 Acres at Melrose to Be De
ROSE BURG, Or., May 27 (Special.)
:Kenneth McKay, manager of the
National .Fruit company, foma.ua, .
and associates, have bought a 267-1
acre fruit ranch near Melrose, this
county. The company has been in
corporated and will be known as the
Roseneath orchards. The property has
160 acres in orchard, which will be
developed along scientific lines.
A. W. Hardman has assumed the lo
cal management of the property. Sev
eral Hood River orchardista have
lately visited this section and all ex
pressed themselves optimistically re
garding the future of the district.
SENATE COMMITTEES GO
Forty-Two Boards Abolished, Oth
ers Cut In ileinbersliip.
WASHINGTON. May 27. The sen
ate voted today to abolish 42 standing
committees and reduce membership
of all others, effective in the next
congress. The reform has been urged
for years and the new committee slate
was adopted virtually without discussion-
The senate's committee are reduced
from 74 to 32. Senator Knox said
the plan "would cut out all of the
committees which rarely if ever meet."
r ui Co.
4Umpa for casV
Mala 63. 660-JL
Announcement Is Made in
House Amid Loud Applause.
QUCK ACTION WANTED
Advocates Say All legislation to
Be Blocked Until Measure Is
Brought Up for Passage.
WASHINGTON, May 27 Advocates
of the soldier relief bill served notice
in the house today that beginning to
morrow they would seek to block all
legislation until the measure is brought
up for passage. Representative Aiason,
republican, Illinois, made such, an an
nouncement amid loud applause and
later Kepresentative Murphy, repub
lican of Ohio, repeated it.
"We are tired of this confidence
game, declared Mr. Mason, reiernne
to delay in bringing the bill before
Representative Fordney, republican.
Michigan, in charge of the measure.
said its passage might be attempted
Saturday, but some other leaders
thought that it might go over until
Favorable Report Ordered.
The rules committee today ordered
favorable report of a resolution sus
pending house rules for six days be
ginning Saturday, the plan being to
bring up the relief bill during tnat
Prolonged debate on the bill, though
bitter at times, disclosed no open op
position to it. Mr. Mason, in answering
affirmatively a question by Repre
sentative Henry T. Rainey, democrat,
Illinois, as to whether the former fa
vored an 80 per cent war profits tax
to finance the proposal, charged that
B. M. Barucn "had stolen ia.uuu.uuu
of war profits on copper."
"I'm willing to support such a pro
posal." Mr. Mason said, "but I am
afraid what you offer is not to help
hut to defeat the legislation that me
soldiers want. I'm willing to vote to
have your attorney-general bring suit
against Barney Baruch, the chief
man, the closest man to the president
of the United States, who stole xa.uuu.
000 in copper alone.
Charge Not Denied.
Representative Mason did not elab
orate on his charge and his remarks
nassed without comment from the
democratic side. His assertion that the
war profits tax was one of the dem
ocratic proposals' to defeat the bill,
however, brought denials from demo
crats, some of whom announced their
support of the measure.
During the debate senators and
newspapers opposed to the bill were
criticised. Representative reary, re
publican. Wisconsin, called on the
house "to protest" against senators
inserting into the Congressional Kec
ord anti-bonus articles, which charac
terized the legislation as "a raid on
BONUS IS BELIEVED KILLED
Tactless Campaigners Blamed for
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU,
Washington. May 27. Soldier bonus
legislation has not one chance in 50
of being brought to life, according
to indications here.
The country is against it and con
gress is turning against it so rapidly
that its friends in the house almost
have despaired of being able even to
get it considered. Today it was to
have come up but the house rul
cojnmittee found its plan to bring in
a special rule blocked by two repub
llcans joining with the democrats. It
is not impossible that the house
leaders favorable to the bonus may
find a way to force the measure
through but that, likely, will be the
end of it.
The senate is eet against it and
only waiting the opportunity to use
its ax. Senator Myers, of Montana,
is preparing to speak against the bill
either tomorrow or Saturday.
A strong element In the American
Legion has asserted itself against the
bonus In the last few days, and the
non-soldier class has risen up in its
might. The tenor of letters and tele
grams coming in from all parts of
the country is that the promoters
of the bonus virtually have charged
that all those who remained at home
during the war were slackers and
that the bonus Is a form of penalty
to be levied for neglect of duty. This
aspersion which, it w true, has been
cast by some of the less tactful bonus
campaigners, has aroused those who
stayed at home until they are in
fighting mood, it appears..
BEST PLAYS ARE CHOSEN
Portland 'Writers Win Honors In
Drama League Contest.
Honors came to play writers
Portland and vicinity yesterday when
announcement was ' made by the
Judges of winners In the drama league
play-writing contest. The three
mavs adjudged the best of those sub
mitted in the contest, which closed
April 9, will be produced at the Little
theater June 28. under direction of
Mrs. Dent Mowrey.
The following are- the winning
plays and their authors: "Back
ground," Susie Smith: "The Man Who
Always Smiled." Mrs. Folger Johnson
and Mrs. Harold Sawyer; "Back-door
Neighbors," Mrs. Edwin Seeley
Parsons. . '
Honorable mention was accorded
the following: "St. Anthony, Wh
Finds Things," Edith T. Backemore
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Candle-light." George S. O'Neal: "For
Old Time's Sake." . E. Chambers;
The Free Lovers." and "Lacquer
Bat," both written In collaboration by
Mrs. Folger Johnson and Mrs. Harold
The judges In the contest were
Hugh Hume, Mrs. H. B. Torrey and
Colin V. Dyment.
STATE OSTEOPATHS ELECT
Or. Mary K. Giles, Portland, Is
Chosen President of Association.
The Oregon State 'Osteopathic as
sociation held its annual election of
officers last Wednesday afternoon in
the assembly room of the Morgan
building. Mary E. Giles of Portland
was elected president of the organi
zation while Dr. Harry Payne of Ore
gon City was chosen vice-president.
Dr. Catherine Myers of Portland is
the new secretary-treasurer and Dr.
Tracy Parker and Dr. D. D. Young
were elected trustees.
Highway Workman Injured.
ROSE BURG, Or., May 27. (Special.)
Nels Olson, employed in hlghway
construction work near Peel, was
seriously hurt late yesterday by the
delayed explosion ot a shot placed in
rock lenere. Relievinir the fuse had
If You Want Ladies' Suits Made to Measure
$25.00 to $45.00
This means the suit complete, cloth, lining and all "Some
Price, Eh?" This means half price or less on lots of them
so hurry, I say. All orders should be completed by June
26th our lease is out the 30th.
I may have to move or quit I don't know but just as soon
as my "gracious" landlord tells me what her mind is, I
know what I can do. Although I have made repeated at
tempts to find out, not a word has been told me as to what
I can expect so that's the way some landlords try to "fos
ter" manufacturing in Portland. Anyone knows that I have
to make plans ahead in manufacturing, especially these
times; but, no; it seems that means nothing to this land
lord. But more anon. Ill say more about this transaction
and condition, past and present, later on. Now I want
380 Suit Orders
with 14 days by June 10th to keep my expert help jam
up busy, as I don't want ta make more garments for stock,
as I may have to quit entirely. To get me these orders I'll
accept orders for suits at from $25.00 to $45.00 splendid
goods, guaranteed materials just the stuff for this year,
next' winter and next year. Coats and suits both you'll
need. COME QUICK, BUY QUICK, for the material is
limited my capacity to make is limited. I hope all my
old customers will see this it is surely a snap for them,
for THEY KNOW a hint is enough. However, new cus
tomers are welcome. But we urge you to act and buy quick
ly, for action action is what counts if you want to get a
good suit worth double or more what you pay for it.
$25.00 to $45.00 '
Store will be open Friday and Saturday evenings this week
until 9 or 10 o'clock or until you get through. Hurry
. these are old-time prices and old-time values.
J. M. ACHESON
, . Cloaks and Suits
362 ALDER STREET
Woodard, Clarke & Co,
Woodlark Building Alder at West Park
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faired to burn. Olson was investigat
ing when the blast occurred. A sec
ond charge exploding a few moments
after the first also slightly injured
another workman who rushed in to
Gasoline Shortage Relieved.
ALBAXT, Or, May 17. (Special.)
Albany dealers were entirely out of
gasoline yesterday forenoon. The
Standard Oil company's tanks here
were empty and all of the dealers
had exhausted their supplies. A
freight train arriving Just before
noon brought a car for this city and
the drought was relieved temporari
ly, but the supply is very short yet.
Painter Marries Actress.
NEW YORK, May ST. Frances
Starr, actress, and William Haskell
Coffin, painter and illustrator, were
married here today.
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Also other standard
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30x3 NON-SKID 13.45
30x3V4 PLAIN 13,93
30x3V NON-SKID 17.75
32x3 V, PLAIN 18.85
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33x4 PLAIN 25.50
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35x4 NON-SKID 42.35
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