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PLOT TO PENALIZE
Prices Declared Forced Down
to Get Votes.
HOUSTON IS UNDER FIRE
Secretary Accused of Directing
Coup to Procure Democratic
Votes in East.
O R E C O N j A N ' XKWS BUREAU.
Washington. Oct. 8 That the wheat
growers and producers of some other
farm products are tfelner penalized by
the Wilson administration in a- last
ciesperate appeal for votes tn the
large cities of the east is the charge
which has come thundering into
Washington in the last two days from
the great wheat fields of the north
west. Accompanying the charge is the
demand made through members of
congress representing- the vast grain
growing sections tnat President Wil
Bon place an embargo on wheat Im
portations from Canada, which are
declared to be largely responsible Tor
the panicky tumble of cereal prices
In the last few days.
The political ciiarge made by the
rarmers Is directed specifically to
ward David F. Houston, secretary of
the treasury and ex-secretary of ag
riculture, who is accused of directing
the final coup to win democratic votes
in the east at the expense of the
western farmers. Having become sat
isfied since the Cox tour to the Pa
cific coast that the agriculturists or
the west are irrevocably committed to
Harding and Coolidge, the farmers
assert the Wilson administration has
Bet about through Secretary Houston
to force a slaughter of prices on the
larmer products with a view of
paying to the residents of the big In
dustrial centers of the east:
Embargo Held Possible.
"You have asked us to lower the
cost of living, now behold us giving
you lower breadstuffs. cheaper po
tatoes ana other farm products at
greatly reduced prices."
Representatives of the farmers ar
gue that the president can declare ait
embargo against Canadian wheat un
der the anti-dumping law passed by
a democratic congress i:-. 1915. They
assert that but for the new political
strategy : imed to win the east the
White House wo--- liav acted sev
eral days ago instead of selling the
farmers Into bankruptcy as charged.
The further charge is made that
ir trpasurv department, through the
federal reserve board, could have ex
tended credits to the f iers to 'ide
them over, thus saving them from
the terrific losses confronting them
through competition with Canadian
products now flooding all the markets
of the great cities of the north and
east. The president of the federal re
serve board. In a statement today,
denied the right of the board to make
loans to the farmers to tide them
over, characterizing such transac
tions as "price-kiting loans."
A high official of the treasury de
partment also denied this afternoon
that the embargo remedy sought by
the northwest farmers could be reach
ed through the anti-dumping law.
Discussing the anti-dumping statute
he expressed doubt that it was opera
tive for any purpose. He said that
It mad? no provision whatsoever for
Criminal Intent Troof Smtrjr,
It provides, he said, merely that
a fine or other penalty could be as
sessed upon proof of criminal intent
as to bringing the shipments into
this country for the purpose of break
ing the market. Also it would be nec
essary that the price asked in this
country was less than for which the
same article sold in the country
where the shipment originated. The
law he said, does not prohibit the
landing and sale of such goods or
The same official said that It might
be possible for the president to lay
an embargo on wheat and certain
other farm products from Canada
under the war powers given by con
gress ear.y in 1917 and yet unre
pealed but he doubted that the White
House would care to invoke such
powers at this late day.
More sober view of the cause of
the present crisis In the prices of
farm products as viewed from the
farmers' standpoint would lead
promptly to the conclusion that the
Underwood law, passed only a short
time before the war but rendered In
operative for so many years, under
abnormal conditions which shut off
all foreign trade, is just now begin
ning to get in its work as the coun
try returns to a normal peace basis.
The recent slump in the prices of
wheat 'and flour has called renewed
attention here to what is regarded as
the jug-handled arrangement with
Canada, relative to the reciprocal re
mission of customs duties on wheat.
flour and wheat products.
Today, Canada Is pouring free
wheat into the United States under
the provisions of the Underwood tar
iff law. Efforts have been made by
republicans to change this arrange
ment but have been dercatea througn
the agencies of the Wilson adminis
Section 644, of the Underwood dem
ocratic tariff law provides that
wheat Imported Into the United States
hall pay an import duty of 10 cents a
bushel and wneat flour shall pay a
duty of 45 cents a barrel of 199 pounds
wliile seminola and other whea
products shall pay a duty of 10 per
cent ad valorem, when coming from
a country which imposes a duty on
wheat products from the United
When imported from a country
which does not impose any duty on
wheat and flour shipments from the
United States, the m-heat imported
from that country comes in duty free.
The duty on Canadian wheat has
been off and on several times dur
ing the last two years, according to
G. W. Ashworth. chief of the cus
toms duties of the treasury depart
ment. Just at present, the duty Is
off. Canada has elected to take the
duty off American wheat groing into
Canada and automatically the duty
comes off wheat coming Into the
United States from Canada. This
provision of the Underwood law
makes it possible for Cananda ta take
advantage of any given situation,
by putting the bars up one moment
and taking them down the next.
The situation acknowledgedly
places the northwestern wheat' grow
ers at a distinct disadvantage.
Those In Washington who know
Secretary Houston will not readily
believe that he has any conscious part
In any political plot as is charged,
because of all administration chiefs
be has shown the least partisan bias
In discharging his duties.
On an averarre, 12 echool houses
and two college buildings are burned
In America every week.
SCENES ON PORTLAND'S NEW
NO-FIRE PARADE TODAY
PRKVEXTIOX WEEK TO CLOSE
WITH BIG PROGRAMME.
Jintertalnment at Auditorium To
night Will End Observance.
Vaudeville Acts Slated.
Fire prevention week In Portland
will close todav with a parade in the
alternoon and a programme at the
public auditorium tonight.
Aaron Frank, chairman, yesterday
declared the parade would be the
largest and most spectacular fire pre
vention dav paraae ever formed in
The parade will form at Fourteenth
and Morrison streets and will begin
its progress at . 2:30 sharp. State,
countv and city officials will lead the
parade, followed bv all kinds of floats.
fire apparatus and novel entries. A
number of bands from outside of
Portland will participate.
The line of march follows:
Fourteenth to Aider, to Broadway,
to Couch, to Fourth, to Alder, to Fifth.
to Oak, to Sixth, to Morrison, to
Fourth, to the courthouse, where the
parade will be reviewed by Mayor
Baker, grand marshal, and his aides.
l lve vaudeville acts, three reels of
fiim full of action and a community
sing led bv Walter Jenkins will fea
ture the entertainment at the audito
rium tonight. C. A. Bigelow, com
missioner in charge of the fire bu
reau, will preside at the meeting and
Mavor Baker and J. H. Schlvelv, in
charge of publicity for the fire pre
vention bureau of the Pacific, will
give brief talks. The programme
will begin at 8 P. M.
San Franciscan Speaks
Realty Board Men.
An exhortation to a high standard
of citizenship which will place per
sons on the qui vive for the prevention
cf the heavv toll of fire loss, formed
the kevnote of the address delivered
by J. H. Shlvelv of San Francisco, at
thfc luncheon of the Portland realty
board at the Portland hotel yesterday
"It Is necessary for us to forget our
habits of carelessness," he declared.
"for it is that which more than any
other factor which contributed to the
annual fire loss."
"There are 5,000.000 matches lighted
every day In the United States," said
the speaker, "and that means that
there are jus, that number pf possible
T. H. Williams, chairman of fire
prevention day, who introduced the
speaker, urged the need of "cleaning
up" the Portland waterfront.
"The Portland waterfront as it now
stands is a fire hazard," he declared.
Mr. Williams reviewed the history
of fire prevention in Portland and
told how insurance rates had been
reduced 20 per cent at a time, as a
Frank Branch Riley presented the
cause of the Portland Symphony or
chestra, telling what such an orches
tra meant in the advertising of the
Plans of the Portland Vegetable OH
Mills company to establish a 100-ton
mill here in the near future were out
lined by H. H. Ward, one of the di
rectors. Fred W. German, president of the
Ijpoard, presided. -
EXHIBIT T0BE TALKED
Committee on Proposed Electric
Exposition In 192 5 to Meet.
Electric power development possi
bilities will be discussed at a meet
ing of a committee of 25 tonight at 8
o'clock In room A, central library.
The group was appointed by F. E.
Beach, chairman of the Columbia
Hydro-Electric league, and is intend
ed to work toward the proposed elec
tric exposition t be held in 1925 in
Portland to celebrate the discovery
of the electro magnet in 1825.
Speakers will be State Senator Jo
seph. County Assessor Reed and
George L. Cleaver, who will take up
all angles or the subject.
One of the features of the proposed
exposition will be the bringing to
gether of all the. best electrical tal
ent in the world. There would also
be "on exhibition the most up-to-date
electrical appliances. At the same
exposition it is proposed to celebrate
the completion of the Pacific and Co
lumbia highways connecting with the
Lincoln highway, as these are expect
ed to be finished by 1925
One Accident in Week Fatal.
SALEM. Or., Oct. 8. (Special.)
There was one fatality in Oregon due
to industrial accidents during the
week ending October 7, according to
the report of the state industrial ac
cident commission. The victim was
Harry Lund, camp foreman, of
Cochran. Of the 561 accidents re
ported during the week. 427 were en
titled to benefits under the work
men's compensation act, 22 were from
firms and corporations that had re
jected the law and 12 were from
public utilities not subject to the
provisions of the act.
ROSEWAY WHEN THE FIRST FLORAL UNITS WERE PLANTED.
I'pper Representatives of civic cluba setting out rose slips at Rose Cen
ter, East Fifty-sixth street and Sandy boulevard. Lnwer Mayor Baker
and Miss Elisabeth Hilton, representative of the Portland Ad club.
giving a Caroline 1 cutout her fu
MISSING UNCLE SOUGHT
LONG BEACH MURDER VICTIM
MAY BE VANCOUVER MAN.
Roy Swasey Declares Description
of Body Tallies With That
of Lost Relative.
Belief that the body of the uniden
tified man found near Long Beach,
Cal., several weeks ago is that of his
uncle, was expressed yesterday by
Roy Swasey of Vancouver, who en
listed the aid of the police detective
bureau in a search for the misislng
The uncle's name is John Swasey
a iJ he is 42 years old. His descrip
tion tallies In every detail with the
description of the man found slain
near Long Beach. In a letter to the
Portland jjolice. Long Beach offi
cials said the , body there was of
a man about 40 years old, with a deep
scar on the side of his face and four
teeth missing in front.
Roy Swasey said his uncle Bad four
teeth missing in front and had a scar
such as that described by the Long
An army belt with the initials
"J. S." on the buckle was on the body.
These initials are the same as those
of the missing John Swasey.
Swasey said his uncle left Van
couver late in August, presumably to
go to California. He had between $600
and $800 at the time of his departure.
The detective bureau yesterday for
warded this information to the police
at Long Beach.
TRUSTY FUGITIVE CAUGHT
Iiife-Termer Who Escaped From
Indiana Prison Captured.
VALPARAISO, Ind., Oct. 8. John
Vaughn, life-term trusty sentenced
15 years ago for the murder of a lit
tle girl, and who disappeared from
the penitentiary at Michigan City
Monday, with Walter Young, 13 years
onld, was captured at Kouts, near
here tonight. He did not resist arrest.
Toung told the police Vaughn told
him stories of the west and that he
brought the prisoner a change of
clothes so they would not attract at
tention after the escape. Vaughn was
engineer at the prison pumping sta
tion and was watched very little. ,-,
SAW KILLS MILL WORKER
Mark Wood Is Victim of Accident
In Round Valley.
BOISE, Idaho, October 8. (Special.)
Mark Wood, sawyer at the Irvius
TIIE MORNING OKEG ONI AN, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 0,
'4f -s. x"
mills in Round valley. 11 miles north
of New Meadows, died at Welser as
the result of an injury sustained to
day when he slipped and fell against
the lever which started the big saw.
a he mans body was cut almost in
two by the big circular saw.
Cottage Grove to Hear Speakers
COTTAGE GROVE. Or.. Oct. 8.
(Special.) Ex-Governor West, State
Grange Master Spence and Judge
Coke are billed to speak here on the
afternoon of Friday, October 15, in
favor of- the market commission
measure and the divided legislative
session measure and against the
per cent interest measure. The meet
ing will be held in the commercial
club rooms. A grange committee and
a committee of business men are ar
ranging details of the meeting.
Finder Partly Severed.
SALEM. Or.. Oct. 8 (Special.)
Fred Williams, member of the Oregon
puDiic service commission, partially
severed the index finger of his left
hand while splitting wood at his home
here today. As a result of the in-
Jury Mr. Williams will be absent from
his office considerably during the
next two weeks.
S. & H. green
Hainan Fuel Co
stamps for cash.
Main 353. E 80-21.
FIRST SLIP PLANTED;
Mayor Speaks at Sandy
CIVIC CLUBS TAKE PART
Miss Elizabeth Hilton, Represent"
Ing Ad Clnb, Co-operates In
The first floral units In a three-
mile project, to be known as the
Roseway." were nestled into the
loam at East Fifty-sixth and Sandy
boulevard yesterday afternoon, when
community celebration, sponsored
by various civic clubs, was held to
naugurate this latest plan for the
beautification of Portland. There in
the central aone of the long strip of
roses that are to be set out within
the next few weeks. Mayor Baker
Miss Elizabeth Hilton, representative
of the Portland Ad club, planted the
first slip, with cameras snapping at
them and motion picture men grind
Pride Expressed by Mayor.
"We all should feel pride." said
Mayor Baker, when he had tossed
aside the gilded shovel of ceremony,
"in having this avenue dedicated to
the city as its official roseway. For
it is the gateway to the Columbia
river highway, and it is to be a lane
of beauty, so that guests of ours may
return to their homes with the word
that they have seen the perfect en
trance to the most beautiful thor
oughfare in the world."
Here the mayor emphasized the
more than minor importance of the
roseway. as testifying to the city's
right to an international reputation
as the home of the regal flower. And
he called attention to the co-operation
and interest of the city ad
ministration, announcing that Com
missioner Pier, in charge of parks,
and C. P. Keyser, superintendent of
parks, have outlined an arduous pro.
gramme of rose culture in the munic
ipal rose gardens, to provide the 15,'
000 slips that to fringe the boul
40,000 Slips Required.
Forty thousand slips in all must
be handled to yield the requisite num
ber of satisfactory shrubs, and these
are to be of two varities the Caro
line Testout. official rose of Portland
and the winsome Dorothy Perkins.
At roseway center, when the first
Testout has been planted, representa
tives of the several civic clubs, as
sisted by maids of the rose, each on
behalf of some particular organiza
tion, set out similiar slips, while the
Washington high school band gave
Rose City Park an impromptu concert.
The following rose maids attended
the ceremony and faced the camera
battery with smiles:
Portland Ad club, the club that In
augurated the movement, represented
by Miss Elizabeth Hilton: president's
council. Miss Marjorie Dana; Chamber
of Commerce, Miss Virginia Edwards
Rose City Park club. Miss Bernice
Laldlaw: East Side Business Men's
club. Miss Margaret Hall; Park Rose
club. Miss Helen Urubb; Rose society
Miss Lenore Blaesing: Realty board
Miss Viola Slavens; Progressive Men's
club, Miss Muriel Burntrager; Royal
Kosarians, .Miss Dorothy Ettineer
Rose Festival association. Miss Cath
erine Royer; Kiwanis club. Miss Lu
cile Leland; Rotary club. Miss Ida Bell
Stewart, and Woman's Advertising
cluD, Miss Priscilla Chatten.
Programme Held at Scene.'
The programme, which summoned
at least 200 people, comprised the
band concert, the rose planting. May
or Baker's address, community sing
ing led by Walter Jenkins, and an
address by Dr. E. H. Pence. The com
mittee on arrangements was as fol
lows: W. R. Kirkpatrick, L. E. Will
iams, H. J. Blaesing, J. A. Currey,
Charles P. Keyser, H. E. Weed, George
Rauch. L. M. Lepper, J. M. Fisher.
Ralph Robinson, Walter Jenkins, S.
C. Pier and A. C. Eldridge. H. H.
Haynes served as chairman of the rose
day committee, with W. E. Conklin as
director of ceremonies.
The roseway project will be has
tened, and at completion will stretch
from East Sixteenth street, on Sandy
boulevard, to East Eighty-second
street, at the city boundary. Assur
ance has been given that citizens of
Park Rose, the adjoining suburb, will
continue the project along Sandy road
to their community, a distance of two
Highway Office Conference Set.
SALEM, Or.. Oct. 8. (Special.)
George E. Halvoreen. Edward Schunke
and J.- Giesy. all aldermen, today were
named by the city council to confer
with the state highway commission
concerning the leasing of the upper
floor of the municipal building to the
highway department during the next
session of the legislature. Unless the
highway department obtains quarters
from the city this branch of the
state government probably will be
moved to Portland. It has been esti
mated that it will cost approximate
ly $1000 to make the city hall quarters
suitable to house the state depart
ment. Jones Boy Weds Jones Girl.
VANCOUVER, Wash., Oct. 8. (Spe
cial.) Bert O. Jones. 19 years old.
and Miss Laudry Jones, 19, no rela
tion, came from Grants Pass., Or., to
day to be married. Mr. Jones had the
written consent of his parents. Mr.
Much Longed For! Eagerly Awaited!
The Season 's First and Greatest
Sale of Suits
The most phenome
nal values in our his
tory new, high
Right at the begin
ning of the season
when every woman
has need for a smart
Ripple, semi - tail
ored long lines.
Duvet de Laine.
and Mrs. G. W. Jones, so the license
was issued. Glen Overstreet, a friend
In Portland, came over and acted as
witness. This was the only marriage
license Issued today.
Logger Loses Leg.
ASTORIA. Or., Oct. 8. (Special.)
John Mllien. employed in the log
ging camp of Potter & Chester, was
struck by a rolling log while engaged
In his duties at that camp yesterday.
His left leg being crushed so badly
that amputation was found to be
Marshland to Be Inspected.
SALEM, Or., Oct. 8. (Special.)
Percy A. Cupper, state engineer, left
today for Columbia county to inspect
the Marshland drainage district. This
district comprises about 1000- acres.
Recently application was made to the
state engineer to certify to bond? in
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velopment of this project.
J. P. KEYES OF BEND DIES
Schools Closed as Tribute to Pio
neer Central Oregon Lumberman.
BEND. Or.. Oct. 8. (Special.) J. P.
Keyes, pioneer central Oregon lum
berman, vice-president! of the Brooks
Scanlon Lumber company and general
manager of the company's local plant,
died this morning of heart disease.
He is survived by his widow and three
children, all living in Bend. Funeral
services will be held here Sunday. In
honor of his memory the city schools
were dismissed today, banks were
closed and work at the mill of which
he was manager for nearly five years
Born in 1868 In Winona, Minn.. Mr.
Keyes attended the University of
Michigan and was graduated as a
mechanical engineer in lSf2.
For s-veral years Mr. Keyes was
president of the Bend Commercial
club, and was a director of that or
ganization at the time of his death.
He was a member of the Bend board
of school directors, chairman of the
local chapter of the American Red
Cross, and was on the first director
ate oft he state chamber of commerce.
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