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THE MORNING OREGONIAN, FEIDAYr OCTOBER 8, 1920
BANKER BEHIND BID
" Oil FLEET SURPLUS
Herbert Fleishhacker Adds
Weight to Barde Offer.
SHIP FIRlVI ALSO SIGNS
Man Close to Federal Agent Says
Economy Sought In Transaction,
Critics Hokl Other Version.
considered bids would have been re
ceived covering separate units of the
properties and that in this way every
thing: could have been disposed of
and the business wound up, but more
profitably to the government.
The resignations that have been oc
curring In Portland and Seattle are
also seen from another angle by the
critics. They believe that men are
being forced out who were not sat
isfied with the way that the sales
activities of the corporation were be
ing conducted, particularly as relat
ing to Barde and his associates.
Herbert Fleishhacker. president of
the Anglo & London Paris National
bank of San Francisco, is the real
power behind the arrangement where
by the Barde Industrial company of
this city was to a--uire all the prop
erty of the supply and Bales division
of the emergency fleet corporation cn
this coast, it was learned yesterday
from reliable authority. Mr. Fleish
hacker, who is backing both M. Barde
& Son and the ship operating firm of
Sudden & Christenson of San Fran
ycisco. signed the document covering
the arrangement made in San Fran
cisc with H. B. Miller, director of
the supply and sales division.
The signatures of Jack Barde of
the Barde Industrial company and of
a high officer of Sudden & Christen
son were also appended. Under the
arrangement, as originally outlineo,
Sudden & Christenson were to take
the uncompleted wooden hulls and the
Barde company the material.
Arrangement I Blocked.
The execution of this arrangement
was blocked last Friday afternoon
when prospective purchasers who de
sirod an opportunity to bid on this
property assessed at $8. 000, 000 met
with Mr. Miller In the office of Sen
ator Chamberlain and obtained the
extension of bidding time for 14 days.
That close co-operation existed be
tween Mr. Miller and his customers.
. Fleishhacker, Christenson and Barde,
nv.n..rAr1 Kv nnnnonlR nf the Dlan
to sell to these interests, is not de
nied by Miller, who, however, is far
from admitting that there was any
thing reprehensible in this procedure.
When the whole history of the
emergency fleet corporation has been
made public, the chapter concerning
the present controversy will read
somewhat like this, according to a
man in close touch with the busi
ness of the organization, who out
lined it yesterday:
"On the Pacific coast, as the result
of the cancellation of contracts for
wooden steamers when the armistice
was signed, was a fleet of wooden
hulls in various stages of completion,
and enough machinery, anchors, wind
lasses, lifeboats and all equipment
even to table linen and cooking uten
sils to complete them as regulation
emergency fleet steamers. To dis
pose of all this property and keep
the war loss to the people of the
United States as low as possible, a
supply and sales division was or
ganized.. Payroll Coiit Big.
"After this division had been func
tioning for many months, selling a
few hulls and small and large lots of
equipment, it appeared to the ship
ping board that the payroll of the
supply and sales division, amounting
to Romethnig over $i,i)0U,uuu a year,,
together with allowances to be made
for interest on the investment, de
preciation of the property, office and
warehouse rent, were eating up an
enormous amount of money. At the
rate hulls and equipment were mov
ing, it was evident that a small army
of sales division employes might be
maintained on the Pacific coast In
definitely ,and that in a' compara
tively short time the cost of maintain
ing this sales force would be greater
than the value of the stuff they were
"Hence It was determined to liqui
date the supply and sales division,
dispose of all the property In a lump.
If possible, and put an end to the
constant drain of the army of fleet
"About this time there accceded to
the directorship of this division one
H. B. Miller, a cold-blooded execu
tive. Where he saw that a high-salaried
chief's work could be done, now
that the bulk of the programme had
been finished, by his low-salaried
assistant or chief clerk, he asked the
chief for his resignation. Thus he
made himself unpopular. A general
counsel of the north Pacific district,
who was drawing J85.000 a year for
a part of his time, was thus relieved
and became extremely bitter, declar
ing that the division had been mis
managed. Bidn Are Advertised.
"In accordance with his plan to
liquidate the division, Mr. Miller ad
vertised in Go papers throughout the
country for bids on all of the equip
ment on the Pacific coast, listing the
warehouses where the equipment
could be viewed. From the results
of this advertising, it appeared that
the pnly possible purchaser of this
enormous amount of property was a
combination of a big junk firm and
a big steamship firm, headed by a
big banker. If the offer of this com
bination was less than what might
have been derived by selling the
property bit by bit, the director
figured that the thousands of dol
lars that would be spent by prolong
ing me activities of the supply and
salos division compensated the Jif-
tinrerence Also, thus combination
orrered to take the whole lot, in
cluding not only the valuable hits
but also the junk that was worth lees
than the cost of its removal from the
yarns, so ne completed preliminarS
arrangements with the heads of the
combination and sent their offer to
"Washington with his 'ndorsement
upon it. When he asked, by way of
formality, if there were any other
bidders, it appeared that ther
.and they demanded, an opportunity
aii rignt, ' said the director. "There
is notning in me new merchant mar
ine law. any old law or mv inr..,.-
tions from Admiral Benson that re
quires me to ask for bids, but if you
mean business, come on In. I'll give
Xext Chapter to Be Written.
"The next chapter of the story will
ho written when the bids are opened
in Ar. iw. 1 1 1 1 w uinue a. weeK rrom to
The next to the last chapter will
be written in an almost incredibly
short time, when more than 60 per
cent of the present employes of the
supply and scales division find that
there are no longer any government
Jobs for them to hold."
Many men close to shipping circles
do not agree with this version of the
situation. Senator Chamberlain has
denounced the methods that were fol
lowed and a group of prospective bid
ders who met In Portland were agreed
that they had practically been frozen
out by the requirement that bids
should cover all the properties In
Critics are declaring that the en
tire transaction shows a denlre some
where in the emergency fleet organ
ization to throw the deal to the Barde
group. Thev say that If the best In
terests of the government had been
BAKER, Or., Oct. 7. (Special.)
Mrs. Anna Harris, mother of Mrs.
E. L. Moody, who "died Monday at
the Moody residence In Baker, was
burled today at ML Hope cemetery.
Dr. William Westwood of the Pres
byterian church conducted the fun
Mrs. Harris was born In Howard
county, Missouri. 78 years ago and
had lived In Oregon ever since her
second birthday. The last four years
of her life were spent with her
daughter in Baker. Mrs. Harris was
the mother of eight children, five of
whom survive. They are Mrs. R. L.
Harris of Colorado, Mrs. N. L. Bragg
and Mrs. E. L. Moody ' of Baker,
Joseph Harris and Albert Harris of
JAPANESE LEASE OF FARMER
CANDIDATE IS BIXW.
ABERDEEN, Wash., Oct. 7. (Spe
cial.) Alfred Frederickson, 40, resi
dent of Astoria, died at a local hos
pital Tuesday night after a brief
illness. Efforts are being made to
locate friends or relatives.
AURORA. Or., Oct. 7. (Special.)
George Ziegler, 77, died Friday at his
home, near Barlow. Burial took place
at the Aurora cemetery, Mr. Ziegler
having been one of the original mem
bers of the Aurora colony, coming
across the plains by ox team in 1863.
He is survived by two eons, C. F.
and II. G. Ziegler, and a daughter,
Mrs. R. W. Zimmerman:
Miss Blanche May Sims. 18, died
yesterday at a local hospital. The
family came here from Camas.
Wash., three years ago. Miss Sims
leaves father, mother, eight sisters
and three brothers.
JITNEY PROBLEM TACKLED
Seattle Mayor Hopes to Avert Cost
SEATTLE, Wash., Oct. 7. (Special.)
Mayor Caldwell conferred today
with Superintendent Reeves of the
utilities department In an effort to
draw up jitney bus regulations that
would satisfy all sides In the con
troversy and end the litigation pend
ing against the present regulatory
The mayor, who a few days ago
asked Superintendent Reeves to draw
up regulations as to routes, fares,
terminals, etc., under the present or
dinance, received the latter's report
today. "If we can regulate the Jit
ney business so as to satisfy the own
ers, while protecting public inter
ests," said the mayor, "we shall be
able to save a lot ofmoney on the
court fight now developing against
Stand of Granges Against Asiatic
Tenants Pronounced, Through
Leaders Decline Comment.
SEATTLE, Wash., Oct. 7. (Spe
cial.) Various leaders of the farmer
element in the farmer-labor party of
the state today bestirred themselves
to meet the new situat'on created by
the disclosure that in nominating
Robert Bridges for governor the new
party had named a man for standard
bearer who, official records show;
has leased lands to Japanese, a prac
tice denounced by the frmers' grange
of the state. -
. The seriousness of the situation now
confronting the state organization of
the party was indicated by a state
ment from Fred W. Lewis, secretary
of the Washington state grange and
one of the leading farmers of south
"Five or six years ago," said Sec
retary Lewis, "the Washington state
grange formally placed itself on rec
ord against the growing practice of
establishing Japanese farming in this
state under the leasing guise, de
nouncing it then as a menace to
American farming, ideals and living
conditions and demanding that this
means of procuring Asiatic tenants
and control of food production in
the state be prevented."
Although Secretary Lewis declined
to comment on the Bridges-Japanese
lease case specifically, he declared
that "if the practice of leasing farm
lands in Washington to Japanese be
comes general the American farmer
will have to come down to their level
of living and working in order to re
main in the business, something, it
seems to me, distinctly noted of In
terest to either farmer or laborer, i
policy that neither farmer or laborer
can afford to""tolerate."
Likewise William Bouck, master of
the state grange, referred to the fact
that the Washington grange is op
posed to "the use of Japanese on our
farms and in industries and the leas
ing of land to them," although declin
ing comment, specifically on the
HOUSING PROBLEM ACUTE
REALTORS OPEN NEW TRACT
TO RELIEVE SITUATION.
POLK COUNTY FAIR OPENS
Horticultural Display Is Better
Than in Many Tears.
DALLAS. Or., Oct. 7. (Special.)
The ninth annual Polk county fair
opened today with a bigger and bet
ter display of horticultural products
than has been seen at any fair here
for several years. The rains have
had a tendency to distract interest.
but notwithstanding this fact, the
entire space in the big pavilion-has
been taken by exhibitors.
Tomorow an airplane will arrive
fop the balance of the week for ex
MATERIAL WILL BE SOLD
Britain to Dispose of Railway Sup
plies Russia Failed to Accept.
VANCOUVER. B. C, Oct. 6. Rail
way material amounting to 30,000
tons, ordered by the Russian govern
ment and which has been lying for
years in the Canadian Pacific yards at
Coquitlam. B. C., awaiting shipment.
will be sold by the British govern
ment to the highest bidder.
This was announced today by J. E.
Francis, comptroller of the disposals
board, British war munitions, who ar
rived here today to check up the material.
Coe A. McKenna Says Portland Is
Actually Short 5 000 Homes Ow
ing to Increasing Population.
Increase in population and the
shortage of houses have created new
interest in Portland home sites in the
opinion of Coe A. McKenna of Coe A.
McKenna & company, well-known
Portland realtors. Mr. McKenna'
company has just started a sale of
123 building lots in University Park
on the peninsula and yesterday he
told the reasons that influenced them
to put property on the market at this
"During the, period of the last num
ber of years," he said, "the people of
Portland have been investing their
money In all kinds of securities which
have been flooding the country. Many
of these investments have proved al
most worthless and the money has
been lost forever to the city of Port
land. During this peric-d Portland's
population has been Increasing by
leaps and bounds. iivery available
housing space has been occupied and
it has been estimated that at the pre
sent-time Portland is actually short
of 6000 homes. Increasing population
in cities has been invariably followed
by rapid increasing of real estate, but
owing to the high price of building
materials Portland has been slow in
house construction with the result
that there has been very little move
ment in vacant lots.
"The past few months has seen this
condition very materially change.
Building . prices has been coming
down, labor is more plentiful, and
house construction has started on an
Fugitive Is Returned.
Russell Haines, who has been
sought since September, .1919, on an
Indictment charging him with viola
tion of the national prohibition act.
was brought from The Dalles by
Deputy United States Marshal Carter
to the federal building yesterday
morning. By an order issued by Fed
eral Judge Bean he was confined in
the county Jail in lieu of $2000 ball.
He has been held at The Dalles on
a state charge. Other charges are
pending against him here.
DAILY METEOROLOGICAL BEFOBT.
PORTLAND, Oct. T. Highest temoera.
ture, 64.5 decrees: lowest. 61.1. River
reading, 8 A. M., 6.3 feet: change in last
24 hours, 0.3 foot fall. Total rainfall S
P. M. to 8 P. M.. .08 of an inch: total
since September 1, 5.49 Inches; normal,
2.62 Inches; excess, 2.87 inches. Sunrise,
6:17 A. M. : sunset. 5:41 P. M. Total sun
shine. 4 hours and 42 minutes: possible
unshina, 11 Jiours and 24 minutes. Moon.
rise. 2:35 A. M. ; moonset. 3:17 P. M.
Barometer (reduced to sea level). K P M
30.00 Inches. Relative humidity: 5 A. M.,
80 per cent; noon, 43 per cent; 5 P. M.,
56 per cent.
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GINGER MAY BE BARRED
Seattle Colic Cure . Held Cause of
SEATTLE, Wash., Oct. 7. (Special.)
Adults subject to colic and similar
illness are in a fair way to being de
prived- of that old standby, Jamaica
ginger, the public safety, committee
of the city council having indicated
today its willngness to legislate
against it., either with a sweepiag
ban or drastic restrictions.
- Chief of Police W. H. Searing re
cently called the council's attention
to the fact that the ginger prepara
tion, containing 93 per cent alcohol.
had come to enjoy a most unaccus
tomed popularity since the passing of
brandy, blackberry wine and kindred
cures for "tummy ache." The chief
complained that a lot of the cases
of intoxication coming- to his depart
ment's notice were traceable to the
colic cure dispensed in drug stores.
Even the warning on the label that
non-beverage alcohol has been used
in the mixture seems to be no de
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52' 08 0.03I10ISES I Rain
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EXECUTION IS PROTESTED
Union Friends of Boy Slayer Plead
SEATTLE, Wash., Oct. 7. Speeial.)
The hanging of Roy Wolff, Califor
ma boy slayer, was vigorously pro
tested in a petition for a new trial
drawn up by James A. Duncan, see
retary of the central labor council,
The petition will be sent to Governor
Stephens of California.
The central labor council, meeting
in the labor temple last night, wen
on record as opposed to the hanging
. or woitr. A communication from the
central trades and labor council o
Bremerton brought the matter before
the local council.
Bremerton labor is said to be fight
ing strongly for the commutation of
Wolff's death penalty, as two of
Wolff's brothers are members of
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A. M. today; tP. M. preceding day.
Portland end vicinity Friday rain, east
Oregon and Washington Friday rain;
moderate easterlv winds -
DWAX L. WJSLLS,. Meteorologist.'
SALMON RUN IS LARGE
Prices of Chi nooks at Vancouver
Below Xast Year's Mark
VANCOVUEr! Wash.! Oct. 7. CSpe
clal.) The fall run of salmon, now
on, is reported the best in several
years. Salmon trout follow in wake
of the salmon and several - good
catches were reported today.
The chinooks are unusually good
for the fall run and are selling In
the round for 10 cents a pound; 15
cents for half a ealmon, and 20 cents
a pound for sliced. These prices are
considerably under last year's.
Cottage Gror LeTy Passed.
COTTAGE GROVE, Or., Oct.,7.
(Special.) By a vote of. 76 to 60 out
of a possible thousand votes at the
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We have always been able to sell high quality men's clothing and furnish
ings at rock bottom prices because we have always done business on low rent
and without any expensive store fixtures.
Now wTe have outgrown our present quarters and will shortly open a
GIGANTIC UPSTAIRS CLOTHES SHOP
on Fifth Street, near Morrison, where our present money saving selling policy
will be continued.
THE NEW STORE WILL CARRY CLOTHING ONLY AND ALL NEW
STOCK. CONSEQUENTLY THE ENTIRE STOCK OF OUR PRESENT
STORE, BOTH CLOTHING AND FURNISHINGS, IS NOW OFFERED AT
PRICES THAT MAKE IT MIGHTY GOOD POLICY, NOT ONLY TO BUY
HERE ALL THE CLOTHING THAT YOU NEED, BUT TO STOCK UP FOR
MONTHS AHEAD. PRICES ARE SO EXTREMELY LOW THAT ALL
SALES WILL BE MADE FOR CASH ONLY.
JUST A FEW GOOD SERVICEABLE OVERCOATS AT $15.00
Others of the finest quality and design in a wide range of color and
materia, worth every cent of the original price of $25.00 to $65.00
now oni sale at from $18.75 to $48.75.
In the latest and snappiest styles at $18.75. with a few extra qual
ity silk-lined at only $37.50.
From $18.75 to $4S.75 in every desirable style and color
Hundreds of snappy up-to-the-minute styles for young men;
sound, conservative, hard-wearing styles for older men. THE
RIGHT STYLE, FIT AND PRICE FOR EVERY MAN IN
Wonderful bargains in standard lines of men's furnishings.
For example ARROW COLLARS AT TWO FOR 35 CENTS,
all Cooper's underwear at 25 per cent off. Ties, shirts, hosiery,
handkerchiefs all at 25 PER CENT OFF.
"House of Personal Service"
148 Fourth St., Ten Steps Off Morrison or Alder
special city election Monday, &n ,
amendment to the charter was adopt-
ed which gives the council authority
to levy a special tax for paying In
terest on bonds and warrants and for
providing a sinking fund to retire'
ARMY UNIFORMS CHECKED
Improper Vee of V. S. Toggery Jo
Be Stopped In Spokane.
SPOKANE, Wash., Oct. 7. Co-op-ntlnn
between the police department
and the local army recruiting- service
for apprehension of persons making
Improper use of the uniform of the
United States army was agreed upon
today. Chief of Police weir an
Violation of laws prohibiting unau
thorized wearing: of the uniform has
been noted by recruiting officers, it
was stated. A burglary suspect ar
rested recently was wearing a uni
form which he said he had purchased
at an army goods store.
CAR SHORTAGE IS FELT
Lumber Mill at Cottage Grove
' Complain at Lack.
COTTAGE GROVE, Or.. Oct. 7.
(Special.) Many thousands of dollars
are being lost to Cottage Grove, It Is
said, because of inability of the mills
to get cars. The Western Lumber &
Export company reports that It Ib
getting not more than a car a day,
which is but a small part of its
needs. Never before has the situation
been so serious and unless there is
immediate relief the shutting, down
p the mill la the only alternative,
J. H. Chambers reports that he has
not been even as fortunate as to get
a car a day and this has been the
situation for 10 days.
The railroad officials seem to be
able to give no good reason for this
sudden shortage, b'ut the belief here
1h that the cars nre beiny sent through
RED PIMPLES ALL
"My trouble started in little pim
ples on my forehead and they scat
tered all over my face. They were
red and festered and became very
ore. I picked them and they got
worse and I could not sleep, and
my face was disagreeable to look at.
"I saw an advertisement for Cuti
cura Soap and Ointment and sent
for a free sample. I bought more
and when I bad used two cakes
of Cuticura Soap and one box of
Cuticura Ointment I iwas healed."
(Signed) Miss V. A. Sawyer, Granite
Falls. Wash., Feb. 27, 1920.
Rely on Cuticura Soap, Ointment
and. Talcum to care for your skin.
whgr.. Sop2Se. Oi nUnit 26 and 60c. Talcum 26c
Cttlteura 3op tunt witaout mus.
empty to handle ocean business at
Couple Are Held.
Adolph Schieve. 442 East Thir
teenth, and Matilda Torke. 987 East
Twenty-Beventh street, were ordered
held to the grand jury on a serious
charge yesterday, following a pre
liminary hearing before Municipal
Judge Rossman. Schieve's wife filed
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