Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, January 31, 1921, Image 1

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    VOT, T TV n 18TS1 Entered at Portland (Oregon)
YKJIj. 1,J..V J. 13,101 Postofflce Peconrt-Clm. Matter
norsE rx raxelagh razed
Grays Harbor Section
Swept by Cyclone.
Smokestacks Fall and Crush
Building to Fragments.
O.-W. R. & X. and County Docks at
Xahcotta Are Destroyed by
Saturday's Hurricane.
Trains Are Stopped, Telephone and
Telegraph Communication Cut
Off and Big Damage Done.
One killed, four hurt. In
-Aberdeen. Wash., where budd
ings were damaged.
Wind estimated to have at
tained velocity of 160 miles an
hour at North head. Wash.,
where radio station was put out
of commission.
Steamer Hartwood narrowly
escapes wreck off Grays Har
bor. Raymond, Wash., reports
lumber blown from yards, with
considerable loss.
Telephone, telegraph and
train service temporarily held
up all over northwest coast.
Trees reported down across
roads ail over coast section.
Hoquiam and Aberdeen In
darkness three hours.
New storm warning are or
dered np by weather bureau,
which reports that storm Is
moving south.
HOQUIAM, Wash., Jan. 30. (Spe
cial.) One man was killed and four
were injured, two seriously, during
the period of a storm of cyclonia na
ture which swept the Grays Harbor
country from the southwest yester
day afternoon at 4:15 o'clock.
Thousands of dollars worth of dam
age to buildings, plate glass windows
and telephone and telegraph wires
resulted. The cities of Hoquiam and
Aberdeen were completely isolated
for three hours.
The Northern Pacific train which
left Hoquiam at 2:30 P. M. was stand
ing at Montesano until after 8 P. M.,
while crews of workers were clear
ing the tracks of debris. Wire com
munication was at a standstill all
night. Wind velocity was estimated
at from $0 to 100 miles an hour.
The dead: Alfred A Brown, chief
engineer of the Anderson & Middle
ton mill, Aberdeen.
The injured: Jesse I McMinn, as
sistant engineer Anderson & Middle
ton mill; terribly scalded by steam.
A. L. Lund, Aberdeen, proprietor of
the Harbor blacksmith shop. Ho
quiam. dangerously injured by fall
ing building.
George Goullelis, 23 years of age,
several ribs broken when struck by
flying roof of building of the North
western mill.
Unidentified roan hit by falling
building. He was treated at the
lHoquiam General hospital and latei
i was removed without his name being
i ascertained.
Storm Comes Suddenly.
Wind, coming out of a fairly clear
cky, at the close of a day which had
been partly sunshiny, with occasional
gusts of rain, hit the harbor country
at 90 miles an hour without warning.
Four steel smokestacks one a re- j
cently constructed chimney reaching
175 feet into the air, at the Anderson
& Mlddleton mill were the first to
fall before the terrific onslaught ot
the gale.
They crashed down on the frame
structures of the mill, crumbling
them like houses of cardboard. Brown
and McMinn were in the engine room.
Much of the heavy steel piping fell
through this building. Brown was
knocked unconscious in front of a
four-inch steam pipe which was
broken, the escaping steam scalding
him to death, according to Coroner
O. A. Austin.
McMinn was knocked down and
dazed, the escaping steam scalding
his hands and arms badly. Neither
of the men could be taken out until
the fire department arrived, and after
shutting off the steam, hewed its
way through the debris to the im
prisoned men. Brown was taken to
Elerding and Pinnick's undertaking
parlors, while McMinn was rushed to
the Aberdeen General hospital.
Roof Blows Off Building.
A. I Lund was injured when the
three-story frame building at Sixth
and K streets, Hoquiam the first
theater built in the ctiy was prac
tically lifted from its foundation and
hurled Into the street. Lund started
to run out of the building when the
roof was taken off, and was caught
by the falling walls. His condition
early this morning was considered
serious by the attending physician.
Wl.liam Noble, his partner, made a
afe exit through another door.
dragged Lund from the wreckage,
ir.d had him taken to his home at
411 East Hume street, Aberdeen.
A section 100 by 100 feet in size
ILWACO, Wash., Jan. 30. (Spe
cial.) A hurricane struck Ilwaco and
vicinity at 3 o'clock Saturday after
noon, leaving in its wake thousands
of dollars' worth of damaged prop
erty. Boats were torn from their
moorings in Bakers bay and dashed
to pieces against the bulkhead on II
waco beach. Many buildings were
unroofed and electric and telephone
wires were leveled to the ground.
The livery barn belonging to A. T.
Samuels was completely wrecked.
Considerable damage was done to the
new high school building, the ropf be
ing carried away.
Fire broke out in several buildings
and dwellings, but prompt action
saved any loss from this cause. Ow
ing to destruction of all lines of com
munication it is impossible to get ac
tual check of damage done.
It is known that all docks, fishing
stations and boats suffered heavily.
Both the O.-W. R. & N. and county
docks at Nahcotta on Willapa harbor
were blown into the water and de
stroyed. The peak of the hurricane
Lusted for nearly one hour. One of
the large wireless masts at North
Head naval radio station was carried
away and several houses were
wrecked in that vicinity.
The force of the wind bulged th
heavy brick wall of the keeper's house
of North Head light.
Practically all roads leading Into
Ilwaco are obstructed with falle
trees, there being 68 large trees lyin
across the road between Ilwaco and
North Head. It was undoubtedly th
most severe blow that ever struck
this section and. while no fatalities o
serious injuries occurred, there were
many narrow escapes from falling
trees and damaged houses.
Many women were driven into hys
terics and, while the day is calm to
day, the community is in a most nerv
ous state. While but meager infor
mation is obtainable of the effects o
me nurricane at Chinook, it was
learned early this morning that a poo
hall was blown from its foundation
many windows were broken, roofs
damaged and boats were driven
An amusing Incident of the storm
at Chinook was that a canvasback
duck was blown through a heavy
plate-glass window in Chinno halL
The hurricane took particular ven
geance on chickens and shingles and
the air was filled with flying shin
gles and screeching fowls. Some of
the Ilwaco chicken fanciers were this
morning gathering up their fowls in
the vicinity of Seaview, two miles
Only Curiosity Declared
Aroused by Indemnity.
Revelations in Brussels and
London Forecast
Revolver and Bullet Wound Indi
cate Suicide of Aorth Bend Man.
NORTH BEND, Or., Jan. 30. (Spe
cial.) Riley McCarthy, proprietor of
the Quick Lunca restaurant here, wag
found dead in a rear room of the
place yesterday morning by his two
little daughters, who wen', to the
place to see why he was not at work
In the restaurant. Beside McCarthy's
body was a ,45-caliber revolver with
one empty chamber. A bullet hole
in his head indicated he had com
mitted suicide.
Besides the two little girls,
Carthy is survived by a stepdaughter.
Mrs. William Reed of this city.
President-Elect Sails for Island of
Florida Keys.
MIAMI, Fla Jan. 30. President
elect Harding, and his vacation party
sailed late today for a two-day fish
ing cruise near Cocolobo, an Island of
the South Florida keys, 33 miles
Headquarters will' be established on
Cocolobo, occupying a small club
house which stands in waters once a
favorite field for pirates.
It is expected the party will return
Tuesday night and that Mr. Harding
and his friends will board the Vic
toria Wednesday for the return to St"
Arrest Declared Xear In Investiga
tion at Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES, Jan. SO. Investiga
tion of the disappearance Tuesday of
Mrs. Gladys Witherell. wife of 6. S.
Witherell, president of an Investment
company, had reached a point where
an arrest was likely within "a few
hours." Under-sheriff Manning said
late today. A posse of 150 neighbors
of Withereil's passed the greater part
of the day searching for the missing
Prayers were offered In most of the
Hollywood churches today for the re
turn of Mrs. Witherell.
Pastors asked their congregations
to aid in the search.
German Press Comments on Gym
nastics at Conference, With
Figures in Billions.
BERLIN, Jan. 30. "The Paris con
ference resolved Itself into an aggre
gation of pipe-dreamers, doing mental
gymnastics with figures In billion.
in the same manner thattho oriental
seems to delight tn a paradise
through opium smoke," said the
Tageblatt today, in commenting on
the supreme council.
. "For Germany." !t continued, "the
action excites only curiosity. Ger
many will have the, 'opportunity in
Brussels antf London to dissipate
these grandiose pipe dreams."
'.'The treaty of Versailles deprives
us of our sovereignty in military
matters; we consider that equivalent
to the imposition of an exceptive law
and are under the belief that such
restriction can be of 6hort duration
said Herr dossier, minister of de
fense, in debate in the reichstag yes
terday on the military budget. He
said Germany would welcome world
wide disarmament.
Illuminating Gas, Firearms and
Poisons Are Declared to Be
Favorite 3Iethods.
NEW YORK. Jan. 30 Suicides In
the United States in 1920 numbered
6171, including 707 children, members
of the Save-a-Llfe league were told
today by Dr. H. M. Warren, president.
This exceeded the figures of 1919 by
more than 1000, he said.. During the
year 2604 women, a large increase,
d'ed through self-destruction.
The increased percentage among
women was ascribed to their entry in
commercial and political life.
The youngest suicide was 5 years of
age, while the oldest was 103. More
than 300 soldiers have taken their
lives, the report stated.
Firearms, poisons and illuminating
gas were the most usual methods.
Classified among the suicides were
75 presidents and managers of large
business concerns, 36 men reputed to
be millionaires, 25 wealthy women
24 lawyers, eight judges. 51 doctors,
40 stage people, 34 college professors
and teachers, 27 college students, 24
brokers, 59 bankers, including 14
bank presidents, 12 clergymen, two
evangelists and one Y. M. C. A. secre
tary.' x
PARIS, Jan. 30. The document
signed by the supreme council, by
which the reparations and disarma
ment decisions of the allies will be
conveyed to Germany, was delivered
todav to Charles Bergmann. head of
the German delegation here, with
letter of transmittal marked "ton-
Disarmament la DiKCWisrd.
The letter of transmittal said:
"Sir: The allied conference ha
taken lht following decisions:
'As regards the disarmament of
Germany, the allied governments have
approved the conclusions formulated
in the note attached.
"As regards reparations, the allied
governments have approved the pro
posals formulated in that document
also attached.
"The allied governments have
formed the hope that the German gov
ernment will not place the allies un
der the necessity of envisaging the
grave situation which will be created
If Germany persists In failing to
meet her obligations.
'Qualified delegates of the German
government will be invited to a meet
ing In London in February with dele
gates of the allied governments."
The reparations note read:
"Article 1 For the purpose of sat-
Fishermen Believe Heavy Catches
Are Yet to Be Made.
KELSO, Wash., Jan. 30. (Special.)
The smelt run Into the Cowlitz
river has slackened during the last
few days and few fieh have been
caught and shipped.
Fishermen do not think the main
run has coma into the river yet. The
smelt that have been caught already
are believed to be part of the winter
run, which always comes in advance
of the main run.
A few emelt, forerunners of the
great annual drive due almost any
time, found their way up the Sandy
river as far as Troutdale Saturday
and yesterday. They were insuffi
cient In numbers, however, to yield
the genuine satisfaction to "dippers
that is caused by the huge armies
which make their appearance in the
stream once every year.
Many automobiles, equipped with
smelt-fishing apparatus, went ap the
highway Saturday, and yesterday in
quest of the silvery little fish, but
the fishermen were disappointed.
(Concluded on Page 2. Column 2.)
Data on Peace Conference Being
Collected for President.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30. (By the
Associated Press.) President Wilson
is having collected and arranged for
reference all papers and documents in
his possession relating to the Paris
peace conference with a view to the
preparation of a book, shortly after
his retirement.
Announcement was made several
weeks ago that ex-Secretary of State
Lansing, an American commissioner,
had prepared a book which takes is
sue in several important chapters
with the decisions made by the presi
dent. This book is to be released
March 5, the day after President Wil- i
sen retires.
Member of Party Attacking Sol
diers at Cocbford Also Loses
Life; Lorry Is Attacked.
BELFAST, Jan. 20. Cullenswood
house in Ranelagh was wrecked Sat
urday night by the military. The
house was owned by the aged mother
of P. H. Pearse. once "provisional
president" of Ireland, who was exe
cuted after the 1916 rebellion.
The building had been rented and
part of it was occupied by a Sinn-
Fein club. It was the only source
of income for Mrs. Pearse. It was
said the soldiers were seeking Richard
Mulcahy, member of the Dall Elreann
and the reputed chief of staff of the
republican army. The interior was
demolished with pickaxes and crow
bars. Local opinion seemed to be that
the wrecking was in reprisal for the
ambuscade at Terenure.
A member of the ambushing party,
which was surprised by the 'military
j Friday at Cochford. County Cork, died
today of wounds.
Constable Clarke, wounded at Stran
donen. County Mcnaghan, when his
comrades were killed, also died today.
A police patrol was fired on near
Virginia last night. The police re
turned the fire and three attackers
were seen to fall.
An officer and one man were
wounded seriously and six others
slightly when a lorry in wtiich they
were riding was ambushed last nignt
near Terenure. residential district of
According to dispatches from Fer-j
moy, near Dublin, an American '
woman. Miss Ellen J. Reidy, was kid
naped at Fermoy by four armed men,
held prisoner three days, threatened
and released. She arrived in Ireland
recently from America to claim her
brother's estate near Fermoy. Her
four abductors stopped the automobile
in which she was driving to court, she
said, overpowered her chauffeur and
carried her away. To threats on her
life unless she abandoned her mission,
she replied that she was under Ameri
can protection.
Examining and Licensing
System Is Too Much.
Administrative Code Marred
by Split Infinitive.
35 Cents Each Charged for Baked
Apples, Says Sales Manager.
HOOD RIVER, Or., Jan. 30. (Spe
cial.) C. W. McCullagh, sales man
ager of the Applegrowers' associa
tion, who has just returned from a
visit to Chicago, where he attended
the annual convention of the Ameri
can Fruit and Vegetable Shippers'
association, declares that the margin
between the wholesale price of ap
ples and the price asked of the trav
eling public on dining cars for baked
apples Is astounding. Mr. McCul
lagh says the diners charge 35 cents
each for baked apples.
The price of baked potatoes, he
says, is equally at sensational. The
dining car charge for a baked potato,
Mr. McCullagh says, is 25 cents.
Xorthern State Is Considered Prob
ably Xo Worse Off With Pa
ternalism Than Others.
OLYMPIA, Wash., Jan. 30. (Staff
Correspondence.) It might have been
a happy thought had the framcrs of
the administrative code added an
eleventh department a department
of language, mainly charged with the
duty of correcting the English in all
statutes and proposed statutes. Such
a department would find it a heavy
job to ameliorate the cruel and in
human treatment accorded by the ad
ministrative code itself to that nec
essary and often-encountered element
of speech, the Infinitive.
The split or cleft infinitive is ab
horred by most purists, but still It
is looked upon with tolerance by
some who are careful in their use of
English. But the split infinitive is
defined by a standard authority as
the separation of the preposition
from the infinitive proper by an ad
verb. Necks Wrong an Well.
x Note the article "an." The admin
istrative code does more than split
Infinitives, according to this defini
tion. It wrings their necks. In one
Clothing Is Burned Almost Entire
ly From Body of Man; Fire
at Sea Extinguished.
NEWPORT NEWS, Ta., Jan. 30.
Three members of the crew of the
steamer Nettuno were landed here
today by the Belgian 6teamship
Kremlin and rushed to a hospital.
They were severely burned when fire
broke out in the engine room of the
Nettuno off Florida last Wednesday.
One of the men, L. Vioganni, third
engineer, was not expected to live.
A tale of heroism, with Vioganni
in the principal role, was told by the
Kremlin crew. A feed pipe in the en
gine room of the Nettuno, an oil
burner, burst and fire spread through
the engine room, endangering the
lives of two firemen and threatening
the ship.
Vioganni volunteered to cut off the
flow of oil and rescue the firemen.
Fighting his way through the flames,
he reached the pipe, stopped the oil
and assisted the firemen to the deck.
His clothing had been burned almost
entirely off and his flesh was raw.
The Kremlin, answering a distress
call, arrived after the fire had been
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 30. The
Italian steamer Nuttuno. ei. route from
Port Arthur, Tex., to Brindisi, Italy,
was towed into this port today by the
coast guard cutter Yamacraw.
The steamer was afire at sea.
Few Victims of Hoboken
Fire Are Identified.
Stream of Persons at Morgue
Seek to Recognize Bodies.
Conduct of Hostelry tn Be Investi
gated by Police; Whisky Bot
tles found in ltooius.
One Man Is Killed and Another Is
Injured Seriously.
man was killed and one was injured
seriously in a shooting affray in the
St. Francis hotel here late today. The
police are Investigating reports that
the shooting was the outcome of deal
ings in narcotics.
The dead man is believed to be M.
E. .Brooks. The wounded man gave
the name of Carl Hills,, but hotel at
taches said he was registered as S. G.
Hills, whose wound is in the chest.
fled down five flights of stairs to
instance the preposition "to" is I the street after the shooting, walked
Cancellation of Military Agreement
Announced by Japan.
TOKIO, Jan. 30. Japan has an
nounced the cancellation of the Japo
Chinese military agreement.
The agreement was made in 1918.
(Concluded on Fas 3, Column S.)
Judge in Pulpit Promises Warm
Session for Game Throwers.
CHICAGO. Jan. 30. Saloons made
crooks and crooks made horse racing
and boxing more than the public
would stand, but neither liquor nor
crooks is going to spoil baseball. Fed
eral Judge Landis, baseball commis
sioner, said today in an address in an
Evanston church.
'Now that I'm In baseball, lust
watch the game I play," he said. "If
I catch any crook in baseball the rest
of his life is going to be a pretty hot
a........................ . . .4
wrenched bleeding from its associate
and left to hide as best it may behind
a comma, while the infinitive proper
comes to light 84 words down the
But doubtless the authors of the
code were aware that grammar and
good English are not wholly neces
sary to the effectiveness of laws. If
they were necessary we should get
Into a peck ot trouble. In Oregon
there is a statute which requires that
anybody who pursues the avocation
of a barber shall submit to examina
tion and take out a barber's license
and one of the qualifications is that
he must have followed the occupation
of barber or barber's apprentice foi
three years.
One Barber Sells Tires.
Perhaps it was intended to require
a license of those who practice bar- ,
bering as an avocation as well as of
those who adopt barbering as a voca
tion. But there are fine and impris
onment penalties imposed and the law
must be strictly construed. So it
would appear that if the village bar
ber raises chickens on the side ot
plays the trombone in the silver cor
net band no other person may raise
chickens or play the trombone in that
village unless he obtains a barber's li
cense. Happily the law Is not enforced. I
know personally of a barber in an
Oregon town who mends automobile
tires on the side and sells supplies i Secretary Tells Cadets That Strong
customarily found in a garage. He
a block and hailed an automobile, In
which he had himself taken to the
Central Emergency hospital.
Hills, who registered at the St
Francis as from Portland, Oregon,
hotel attaches said, under another
name, recently moved there from a
water-front hotel.
Miss Evangeline Bard Is Bride of
District Attorney.
Single lif- apparently palled upon
Lester W. Humphreys, United States
district attorney, suddenly Saturday
afternoon. At any rate, without
watiing to announce their plans, he
and Miss Evangeline Bard, daughter
of Will H. Bard, attorney, 968 East
Couch street, went to Vancouver,
Wash., and were married.
The two then returned to the bride's !
home, where they will stay tempo-1
rariiy. Miss Bard is an ex-Lincoln I
high school girl. She came here with I
her father 12 years ago. j
Lester Humphreys succeeded to the !
office of United States district attor
ney following the retirement of Ber
Haney. Mr. Humphreys was a majo
in the 91st division during the war.
NEW VOUK, Jan. .10 (Special.)
Twelve persons, five men and seven
women, were burned to death and
several were ho severely Injured they
have but little chance fnr recovery,
when fire destroyed the Colonial ho
tel at Nos. 29 and 41 Newark street,
Hoboken, early today.
A stream of persons was at tho
morgue today trying to identify
bodies of the victims. They met with
only partial success, however.
The body of 10. O. Snyder, Brooklyn,
was identified tonight by his wife. A
woman who was with him hud not
been identified.
In one room a man's body was
found, which was later Identified as
that of Frank Logan, 3ti, Hoboken.
Mrs. Mary Schumacher, 42, Jersey
City, was found in tho room. Airs.
Schumacker. who was taken to tin)
hospital in a critical condition, died
Another woman who rcftis?d to give
her name identified the body of her
companion, who was burned to death,
as William Smith of Jersey City. She
escaped unharmed.
Man Uliirie Having? Mxintnr.
Later a friend identified the body
of Herman Link, 42, of Irvington,
N. J.
The body of a woman known as
Daisy Urey. said to be the divorced
wife of Charles May o J.rsey City,
was also identified.
One man trapped In a room in
which were found the bodies of four
persons two men and two women
according to the police, was turned
Into a raving maniac by liis two
hours' imprisonment surrounded by
the dead bodies and flames. Although
badly burned, he still was alive when
the fire rescue squad battered down
the door and rescued him.
Acting on stories told by those sup
tosed to have known the plans of the
hotel that it was a fire-trap, Mayor
Griffin called a ''onferenee following
' R M. McFeely, director of pub
safety, ordered an investigation
the police to determine the man
ner in which the hotel was conducted.
The fire department is to learn how
e fire started.
has never sought to enforce his rights,
for there Is another garage in the
town and the proprietor has not ob
tained a barber's license.
License Department Is Plan.
So the administrative code will
stand despite its wrenching of in
finitives, if it Is otherwise consti
tutional, and the department of Eng
lish will await the action of a more
enlightened generation. But the sub
ject of barbers licenses brings up
one of the important purposes of the
The policy of examining and licens
ing occupations. professions and
privileges has grown to such propor
tions in Washington that it is now
deemed necessary to create a license
department with a director at the
head of it at a salary of $5000 a year.
Everybody who has to have a license
will have to go to the director for It
whether it be a license to hunt game,
or operate an automoDne or pare
corns, or what not.
Automobile licensing in itself re
quires quite an office force and the
number of other licensing require- j
ments in Washington make It appear
that the director will have plenty "of
work to do.
Fees Go to Treasury.
The director will not personally ex
amine applicants where examination
is required, but will request of the
governor the appointment of an ex
amining committee. Fees will be paid
to the state treasurer and the director
will have all the other administrative
There are now state examiners of
accountants, architects, barbers, chi
ropodists, chiropractors, dentists, em
balmers. drugless physicians, regular
physicians, miners, nurses, optome
trists, osteopaths, pharmacists1 and
veterinaries. All of these must seek
their right to do business from the
director of licenses.
Licenses are now required of fish
ermen', sportsmen, aliens who carry
firearms, corporations, motor ve
hicles, for-hire automobiles carrying
passengers, and installers of electric
Along with growth of examination
Fleet Is Xeeded.
ANNAPOLIS, Md., Jan. 30. Ther
will be no scrapping the navy in th
near future, Secretary Daniels de
clared in an address tonight.
"There is greater need now for
big and strong navy, both- on, ove
and under the sea," he said.
It was his last visit to the naval
academy. '
The Weather.
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature.
4t degrees; minimum, Jo degrees.
TODAY'S Rain; southwest winds.
Port bills debate may be avoided in leg
islature. Page 4.
Over-Inspection is Washington woe.
Page 1.
Release of Bergdoll trailers demanded by
American Judge advocate. Page 2,
Two more killed and many hurt In Irish
ambushes. 1' 1,
Indemnity demands called pipe-dreams by
Berlin Tageblatt. Fags I.
Wilson spurns gold lure or publishers.
Page 3.
Twelve barn to death In Hoboken hotel
tire, rage 1.
Hero shuts off flaming oil. to save ship
afire. Pago 1.
Total of 8171 'commit suicide In United
States in 1 1020. Page 1.
Hero shuts off flaming oil to save ship.
Page 1.
Minister who stole $215,000 from mails
blames devil for downfall. Page 3.
Pacific Northwest.
Om killed, four hurt, in Grays Harbor
storm- Page 1.
Boats and buildings are wrecked at Ilwaco.
Pago 1.
Groingrowers of Sherman county organize.
Papa 13.
r Sports.
Ail-American track team selected. Page 8.
Eddie Coulon is a fighter of world-wide
reputation. Page o.
It's up to Parkway to beat Spokane quin
tet. Page 8.
Portland and Vicinity.
$5000 for European relief raised by benefit
show at Liberty. Page 7.
United States National bank plans building
to accommodate expansion.- Page 13.
Further upheaval threatens police force.
Page 14.
Episcopal bishop of Alaska preaches ser
mon here. Page 14. -
Oregon products campaign to be. made at
Marshfleld ana Klamath f alls, page 8.
Coe A. McKenna predicts great era of
prosperity. Page 4.
Condition of Virflma Itlnmcd.
According to a statement by George
Groll, the nisht clerk, the fire started
n a guest's room, but the man was
out at the time. It is believed the
guest left a lighted cigar or cigarette
stub where it set fire to the drapery.
Fire Chief Giiday tonight declared
he believed the failuro of Groil to turn
in an alarm promptly, as well as con
dition of the victims at the time of
the fire, was largely responsible for
the loss of life.
He declared whisky bottles were
found in some rooms.
In one of the rooms the police said
they found two bottles of whisky
and two tumblers. The interior ot
the hotel was destroyed by the fire.
The walls of the rooms are Intact,
Brought to the scene by the shrieks
of those who were trapped in tho
upper floors of the ramshackle hotel.
hundreds of persons mingled their
cries of horror with the screams of
the dying. Several of those on the
upper floors tried to Jump. They
were overtaken by flames before they
cculd reach the windows.
Many Escape Without Clothing,
Many of the occupants of rooms
in the hotel made their escape minus
clothing. Several of them disap
peared. One man, who the police
say was occupying a room wun a
girl about 18 years old, rushed to
his home, obtained clothing and was
arrested when he returned.
His companion was burned to
death. He said he had met her a
few hours earlier in the night. Tho
body of the young woman was re
covered, burned beyond all recogni
tion. On her charred hand was a
diamond engagement ring valued at
more than $1000.
The hotel register was destroyed.
Trieste Socialists, Dispossessed, fcny
Siege to Building.
TRIESTE, Jan. 30. Offices of the
ocialist newspaper La voratore are
still In possession of the communists,
who seized the premises several days
go. The building is being .besieged
by royal guards and occupants have
begun a hunger strike.
Communists maintain that the ma
jority of. the old socialist party ar
ow communists and for that reason
the paper must be conducted by com
munists. The sicialists are continu
ing to publish an abridged edition of
the newspaper.
.(Concluded en Page 4, Coluus ij.