Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, July 28, 1921, Image 1

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    VOL. LX-NO. 18,934
Entered at Portland (Oregon)
Poaroffir as Srond-ClaBs Matter.
Blood-Smeared Goat Is
Produced in Court.
RY IDAHO'S rnVFRNHR MifiLDLlld, illUll
II W I kill 1 W
Music Teacher Confronted
With Knife and Garment
' L, From Death Scene.
Man Who Told of Improper
Relations With Murder De
fendant Now Under Fire.
A blood-smeared hunting knife, a
black overcoat with blood-stained
sleeves and a fragment of sheet
music purported to have been found
with the weapon in the pockets of
the coat not many blocks from the
scene of the murder of Harry Agee
on the early morning of June 11
placed the star witness for the pros
ecution on the defensive when pro
duced last night at the trial of Mrs.
Louise Agee for the alleged murder
of her husband.
Judge Morrows courtroom was
thrown into confusion for an instant
when John A. Collier, attorney for
the woman,' produced the articles,
existence of which had not been sus
pected by the prosecution, and de
manded that Joseph H. Klecker, wit
ness for the state, explain their rela
tion to the foul crime.
Ownership Is Denied.
Unshaken by the piercing gaze of
Collier and apparently unmoved by
the sight of these gruesome objects,
Klecker denied that he had ever seen
the knife, or coat before, though ad
mitting that the music probably had
belonged to him at one time.
An excitement approaching panic
swept the district attorney's repre
sentatives when Collier cut short his
cross-examination with "That's all."
"Here, try on this overcoat," ex
claimed Samuel H. Pierce, deputy
district attorney, rushing to the wit
ness stand with the garment in his
hands, followed by Joseph L. Ham
mersly, chief deputy.
Klecker got down from the stand
and slipped his arms into the coat
held by Pierce. The fit was snug,
but the sleeves were the right lengtli
for him and the garment appeared
none too short. He was told to stand
before the jury and turn around.
He did so, as the jurors appraised
the fit. Then he returned to the
stand and the prosecution sought to
undo some of the damage created by
the bombshell hurled by the camp
of the defense.
Collier had led up to the climax
by a striking series of questions, of
which the final one was: "Will you
deny that it was your knowledge of
the existence of this thing that was
the motive behind your willingness
voluntarily to besmirch the charac
ter of the woman accused of this
Klecker answered with a weak
negative, clearly heard all over the
courtroom, for the profound silence
into which spectators and jurors had
fallen was such that it appeared as
though all were holding their breath
The scene was the culmination of
a day of sensations and was enact
ed but a few minutes before ad
journment of the night session of
court at 10:30 P. M.
Coat Kept in Bag.
From a traveling bag at his feet
Collier suddenly produced the over
coat, on the sleeves of which blood
sad caked.
"Did you ever see that coat be
fore?" he demanded, holding it in
front of the witness. His tones were
cold as his glance was piercing, and
held in them a threat. -
Klecker lowered his eyes to the
garment. His expression did not
change. There was neither surprise
nor fear in his eyes. Efforts of the
attorney to goad him to anger had
failed before. He showed no ex
citement now.
"No, sir," he replied in a low tone,
heard distinctly by the straining ears
tCunciuded on 14, Column I.)
Executive Strips to Undergarments
In Order to Reach Deputy Game
Warden About to Drown.
BOISE. Idaho, Ju,ly 27. How Gover
nor Davis of Idaho stripped to. his
undergarments and J. N. Apgar, dep
uty rame warden of Stanley basin,
saved Otto M. Jones, Idaho state game
warden, from drowning in Red Fish
lake, is graphically described in a
story to the Statesman today from
Stanley, a mountain village, 200 miles
from -Boise.
The near-tragedy occurred Satur
day, July 23, after the governor and
his two sons had driven to the game
warden's camp to inspect fish plant
ing operations at the lake.
Shortly after tb arrival of the gov
ernor at the camp a truck load of fish
arrived to be planted in waters tribu
tary to the lake. Governor Davis and
his sons started with Jones and Ap
gar in a small motorboat to take the
fish to the head of the lake. After
the party had traveled about two
miles toward an inlet a storm swept
the water. Considering the boat un
safe with the load it was carrying,
the party put to shore. The governor
and his sons remained there while
the game warden and his deputy
swung out into the lake again. Before
the motor could begin functioning
sufficiently to head into the waves
the boat was swamped about 50 yards
from shore.
As the boat settled Jones took to
the water, starting to swim ashore
while his deputv clunr tn th un
turned craft. Jones, who is only a
fair swimmer, found it impossible to
make much headway, as his heavy
boots dragged him- down. He returned
to the boat with the assistance of his
deputy but the boat filled with water
would not hold them both. Apgar, a
strong swimmer, started for shore.
The boat continued to settle, leaving
Jones" head barely above water. A
huge swell from the lake carried "him
off, just as Apgar had reached shore
exhausted and the governor wrenched
loose a drifted tree near shore and
started it toward the drowning man.
snouting tor iiim to seixe It. It lacked
ten feet of reaching Jones, who had
gone down the second time after a
warning cry. "Boys, I'm all in," and
waving goodbye. The governor shout
ing "for God's sake, stuv im ih....
his weight against the submerged loa
and was gratified to feel Jones tug
at it some distanoe under the surface.
Fearful lest he should be too inii
to hold on Governor Davis and Apgar
proceeded slowly toward shores giving
couragement to Jones as each
paddled with one hand and towed the
log with the other.
Lad's Skull Fractured and Internal
Injuries Sustained.
vvnue nis parents were admiring
me Deamy or Horsetail falls, on the
Columbia river highway yesterday
afternoon, little 7-year-old Norton M.
Winchell, son of tr. and Mm r-.
Winchell, 1117 Eleventh street
Eugen, climbed out of the car in
which he had been left alone and ran
out on the highway, where he was
struck by a car driven by J. O. Statts,
915 East Twelfth street. Portland. I
He was removed to the Good Sa
maritan hospital, where it was found
that his skull had been fractured and
that he had suffered internal injuries.
He was in a critical condition last
Dr. and Mrs. Winchell were on the
way to their home in Eugene, follow
ing an automobile trip to Michigan.
According to Mr. Statts, who was
driving the car which struck the boy,
he was going at a speed of about 12
miles an hour at the time. He did
not see the boy until too late, as the
little fellow ran out from the car into
the road just ahead of Iiim.
H. Duryea, Whose Father Was
Slain by Son, Suicide.
NEW YORK. July 27. Harry H.
Duryea. 47, who inherited a fortune
from his father, the late Hiram Dur
yea, president and founder of the
National Starch company, today shot
himself to death In his Madison ave
nue office. He was a director of the
American Woodworking Machinery
Mr. Duryea's attorney declared his
business affairs were in good order
and that he had no worries so far as
his friends knew. He is believed to
have left an estate valued at $500,000
to 91.000.000.
Hiram Duryea, was shot and killed
May 5. 1914. at the age of 81, by his
son, Chester 3- Duryea, who later was
declared Insane.
Man Who Helped to Connect East
and West Passes, f
OAKLAND. Cal.. July 27. 3. H.
Strowbridge, railroad and empire
builder, the man who 'drove the last
spike inaugurating a transcontinental
railroad and linking the east with the
west in 1869, died at his home
in Hayward. near here, today. Strow
bridge was 99 years of age. He is
survived by his widow, two sons and
two daughters.
Coming here from New York 'when
he was a little more than IS years
old, Strowbridge probably built more
miles of railroad than any other man
on the Pacific coast. He was con
struction encineer for the Southern
and Central Pacific railroada.
War-Time Offender Suc
cumbs at Milwaukie.
Offer of Pardon Following
Appeal Is Revealed.
Blindness, Paralysis, Mental De
rangement and Expulsion From .
lodge Brings About Death.
John Henry Afbers, over whose
head hung a sentence of three years
in prison and $10,000 fine for viola
tion of the espionage act, died at his
home in Milwaukie yesterday morn
ing at 10 o'clock. Within the last
three weeks he was paralysed, be
came sightless, suffered cerebral
hemorrhage and became mentally de
ranged. These physical and mental
afflictions followed hard upon the
1 heels of his expulsion from the lodge
of Elks a few days earlier.
The "further proceedings" against
Albers, directed by officials at Wash
ington a week ago, will, be formally
and officially dismissed by Lester W.
Humphreys, United States attorney,
to clear the record.
Complete Pardon Offered.
For the first time It was revealed
yesterday that a complete pardon
was offered Albers a few months ago.
The tender was made to Charles H.
Carey, who was representing Albers
in an appeal of hi case to the United
States supreme court.
Owing to the business prominence
of Albers, no other war-time case in
the Pacific northwest attracted such
widespread attention. At the time of
his indictment for utterances which
ultimately caused his conviction. Am
bers was president of the Albers Bros.
Milling company, which has mills in
Portland, Seattle, Bellingham, San
Francisco Oakland, Los Angeles and
Ogden. This coast-wide institution had
been built up by Henry Albers and
his brothers from a small feed and
grain store which they started in
1S95 after Albers had worked as a
dishwasher, baker and Janitor.
Albera Bora In Germany.
It was in the little town of Lingen,
Hanover, Germany, that Albers was
born, April 13, 1866. Having learned
the business of miller, he came to
the United States, following his
brothers. With 1000 marks as the
foundation of his fortune, Henry Al
bers became assistant cook in a
boarding school in Portland. This
was in 1S91. Four years later Al
bers Brothers & Sneider had started
a small establishment at Front and
Main streets. Later the name was
changed to the United States Mills.
The business grew; Henry Albers be
came a naturalized citizen; Albers
(Concluded on Pane 2. Column l. )
A N J. Ct M VV. V2.CiJH e.v. -
News of Action Causes Enthusiasm
Anion? Backers of Fair and
Business Men of City.
THE OREGONIAN news bureau.
Washington, D. C, July 27 (Special.)
By a vote of 192 to 43 the house this
afternoon passed the McXary resolu
tion authorizing the president to in
vite foreign nations to participate in
a world exposition at Portland, Or., In
1925. Representative Rodgers of Mas
sachusetts, member of the house for
eign affairs committee, had charge
of the resolution, while the opposition
was led by Representative Gurrett of
Tennessee, democratic floor leader.
Representatives McArthur and Sin
nott of Oregon, Arentz of Nevada,
Chindlom of Illinois and Cooper of
Wisconsin, all republicans, appealed
for support of the measure. Repre
sentative Blanton, democrat, of Texas,
opposed it.
Representative Almon, democrat, of
Alabama, who makes frequent vaca
tion trips to the northwest, spoke for
it. The resolution having passed the
senate, it is expected to become a law
in a few days, whereupon the poBt
office department will issue special
exposition stamps to be used on all
mail outgoing from Oregon.
News received here yesterday that
Senator McNary's Joint resolution
had passed the house by a large af
firmative vote aroused much en
thusiasm at the chamber of com
merce, among tne fair committees,
and business men generally, who
learned of the favorable action taken.
It was announced that this left the
way clear for the exposition pro
moters to go ahead and tell the world
about the 1925 plans. It was said
that before this action was taken
the promoters did not feel free to
outline the scope of the undertaking,
but now it will be all right to go
ahead and obtain the participation of
foreign countries. It is felt that ex
hibits from abroad will be a great
drawing feature.
"I feel particularly gratified." said
Julius Meier, chairman of the fair
committee, . "on account of . the way
our resolution was handled in Wash
tngton. First of all, we asked Sena
tor McNary to present it before the
foreign relations committee. Without
any appreciable delay. Senator Mc
Nary got a hearing, presented his
facts, laid Oregon's cards on the table
and obtained a favorable report. Im
mediately thereafter the resolution
was read in the senate and passed
unanimously. Then it was referred to
the house under the care of Repre
sentative McArthur.
"The "foreign affairs committee, of
the house called for a hearing, and
such facts were presented that thi
committee finally indorsed it. Today
the house took its vote and -passed
the measure by a vote of 192 to 43.
Not a bad record for Oregon.
"We have assurance already from
President Harding that he will sign
tne resolution wnen it reaches him.
This then will give Oregon the right
to invite foreign participation in the
exposition and clear the right of way
for immediate development of our
"Oregon is particularly fortunate
this time, continued Mr. Meier, "to
have the privilege of staging a world
event in the face of a reconstruction
period that will draw the attention
of the world to its activities.
"I can see nothing but success
(Concluded on Five 2. Column 4.)
Sponsor Protests Action, Charging
Hoover-Meyer Farmers' Aid
Measure Is Political Job.
bi-partisan movement in the senate
today got behind the administration
plan for agricultural credits as a sub
stitute for the Norris bill, caused a
split in the unofficial agricultural
"bloc" of senators and roused a vigor
ous protest from Senator Norris. re
publican, Nebraska, in charge of the
measure bearing his name.
Charges of "political machine tac
tics" against his bill were made by
Senator Norris, whose verbal blast in
cluded the administration broadly, the
White House, Vice-President Cool-
idge, the cabinet and other govern
ment officials and senators.
The attack, which followed an
agreement today between republicans
and democrats to support the admin
istration plan to have the war finance
corporation placed in charge of agri
cultural credits, was directed at the
substitute bill of Senator Kellogg, re
publican. Minnesota.
This measure was drafted by Secre
tary Hooverand Director Meyer of
the war finance corporation and was
Introduced yesterday before a mes
sage from President Harding sug
gesting such a measure was read.
Characterizing the Kellogg bill as
an illegitimate child." Secretary
Hoover and Director Meyer as its "wet
nurses' and Senator KelloE-sr as its
foster father," Senator Norris said
that the effort to defeat his bill was
the topic of many White House con
ferences. It was "no secret," he said,
that the administration was opposed
to the Norris bill.
Suggestions of collusion between
Vice-President Coolidge and Senator
Curtis of Kansas, republican whip, in
connection with Senator Kelloggs in
troduction of the substitute were
made by the senator. He said Senator
Curtis, presiding over the senate
while Mr. Coolidge was attending the
Tuesday cabinet meeting, had given
the floor to Senator Kellogg without
the latter requesting recognition. The
plans all were arranged. Senator Nor
ris said, and soon after their consum
mation, he continued, Mr. Coolidge en
tered the senate.
The Kellogg bill. Senator Norris
said, was drafted under "mysterious,
secret" circumstances. f
The- Kellogg bill, he said, was
changed by elimination of original
provisions authorizing the war fi
nance corporation to take over rail
road debt funding.
"But the president forgot to change
his message and left the railroads in,"
he continued, adding that the bill had
to be changed "to bring some senators
into line."
Senator Norris, referring to Sena
tor Kellogg as -"a'horny-fisted son of
the soil," declared that the Minnesota
senator was selected to sponsor the
measure because he came from an
agricultural state. Secretary Mellon
opposed the Norris' bill, the senator
said, and "could not help it because
he always has seen through the same
glasses, seeing banks, bankers, trusts
and millions."
Support was given the Kellogg sub
stitute, however, by Senator Sim
mons, democrat, North Carolina.
Other suppcrt came from within the
agricultural "bloc" and the agricul
ture committee. The committee 'of
which Senator Norris is chairman to-
(Concluded on Pag 4, Column 4.)
Corrections in Rural Serv
ice Promised.
Rise Held Unbearable Due to
"Falling Prices.
Improvement Following: Expendi
ture of $60,000 Is Questioned
by Witness at Hearing.
SALEM, Or., July 27. (Special.)
The eighth day of the telephone rate
rehearing . before the . public service
commission developed into an "adjust
ment day" and while no rates were
adjusted, promises were made by at
torneys for the telephone company
immediately to correct a number of
faults brought out at the hearing dur
ing the afternoon session by farmers
living in the vicinity of Corvallis.
B. P. Cator, a farmer residing near
Corvallis, who was called to the stand
by E. M. Cousin, testified that he was
a director in a farmers' line which
connects with the lines of the Pa
cific company in Corvallis. Formerly
12 subscribers were on this '.Ine, he
said, but at the present time there are
but six or seven,
Farmer Aira Troubles.
A portion ot this particular line ex
tends into the Philomath district, in
which an independent telephone ex
change is operated by G. H. Jones.
The witness told the commission that
the Bell company had entered into an
agreement with Mr. Jones whereby a
dividing line was drawn so that one
company would not take business
which existed within the borders of
the other company's district.
When Mr. Cator attempted to fill up
his line to the former maximum of
12. subscribers, he testified, the man
ager of the Pacific company's ex
change told him to see Mr. Jones. . Mr.
Cator said he saw Mr. Jones and
laid the situation before him, but
was told to go to a place hotter than
the Sahara desert. "I told Mr. Jones
I would come before the commission
and here I am."
Fault Is Admitted.
Attorney Shaw informed the -witness
that he was impressed with the
fairness of his story, and that he
admitted that the company was re
sponsible to some extent for a wrong
which the company would correct.
"We will make an immediate in
vestigation of this situation and will
instruct our manager in Corvallis to
arrange with Mr. Jones for a new
agreement which will permit you to
fill up your line to its former maxi
mum. The company, as you know,
is trying each day to improve its
service and correct the defects and
we cannot always be right."
Apparently satisfied that the repre
sentatives of the company were in a
mood "to grant concessions, C. Ei
Ingle, the next witness, who lives I
near Corvallis, complained of .a I
switchboard in Corvallis which he
said he had been told was obsolete.
In fact, an employe of the telephone
company, he testified, had told him
that so long as this switchboard re
mained poor service would be all that
might be expected. ""
Better Service Promised. -To
this complaint Attorney Shaw
stated that an approved estimate for
$6000 had been filed with the com
mission to cover the improvement of
this board. He assured the witness
that before long this defect would be
corrected and better service would be
L. D. Porter, C. A. Bearinger and
several other farmers living near
Corvallis were called to the stand by
Mr.' Cousin, the commission extending
the afternoon session until after
o'clock In order to give these wit
nesses an opportunity to give their
Complaint was made of the service
by each of these witnesses and allof
them argued, that the present in
creased farmers' rates were not justi
fied. They held that they would not
object to a reasonable increase, but
insisted that an increase from 4.80
a year to 99 for switching charges
was excessive. All of these sub
scribers must pay for the mainten
ance of their own lines which extend
to the city limits of the exchange
Rise Held Unjuirtlf led.
With the cost of farm produce re
duced from 30 to 60 per cent in some
instances and even more in others,
there is no justification for telephone
rates which farmers cannot bear, ac
cording to the opinion of W. K.
Taylor," president of the Oregon tele
phone federation.
Mr. Taylor traced the history of the
organization, which he heads, saying
that it was organized in April or
May. The first meeting of the fed
eration, he said, was held in Cor
vallis and was attended by citizens
of that city and farmers from Lane,
Linn. Benton, Lincoln and Polk coun
ties. Later the organization was en
larged, including members from
Klamath, Douglas, Clackamas, Sher.
Concluded ' on Pae Culuittn
Defendant's Fine for Carrying Gun
Is Revoked When He Produces
Evidence of Authority.
OREGON CITT, Or., July 27. (Spe
cial.) Had Shakespeare been in
Clackamas county Tuesday, and stood
beneath the statue of Justice that
adorns the court house, the bard of
Avon might well have murmured. "Oh
man. clothed with a little brief
Traffic Officer Long, holding his
position by grace of the sheriff, ar
rested R. E. Wagy. holding the same
position by grace of the county court,
on a charea of carrvinsr concealed
weapons. Judge Noble, upon evidence
showing that Wagy had no authority
to carry a gun, fined him 910. Then
it developed that Wagy was in pos
session of a commission as special
state agent. The commission was tn
the office of County Judge Cross. So
Judge Noble had to reverse his own
decision, as Wagy, with the state
commission, had authority to carry
the weapon.
Effective July 1, the county court
appointed Wagy traffic officer. The
sheriff refused to remove Long. The
court then obtained the state com
mission from the governor.
The question is, who will get the
pay check at the end of the month?
The court order named Wagy, but
Long has not been removed officially.
Both are evidently on the job. The
county judge referred inquisitors to
the official records.
The trouble started when the court
decided to make a change in the
sheriffs personnel. Sheriff Wilson
refused "to remove Long, whom he
had appointed, without charges being
officially filed against him. He also
refused to appoint the man named by
the court. v
Legally the question resolves itself
into whether the county court or the
sheriff has the authority to decide
the detail of the sheriff's office. The
matter probably will not be settled
definitely without a decision from a
higher court.
Women Xot in Favor of Law to
Prohibit Public Puffing.
WASHINGTON, D, C, July 27. Out
of a room full of women at a house
committee hearing today only one
indicated she favored a: law to pro
hibit feminine smokers from puffing
cigarettes in public.
A' bill by Representative Johnson,
democrat, Mississippi, would prov'de
a fine -of S5 for women who smoke
in public places in the District of
Columbia, a 9100 fine if they repeated
the offeiree and a similar schedule
for proprietors of hotels, restaurants
and "public vehicles" who fail to en
force the ban. One male spectator
saw need for the law, while 19 op
posed it.
Toronto Landlords Charge Tenants
Just to See Apartments.
TORONTO, Ont., July 27. Some
landlords here are asking prospective
tenants 92 for the privilege of looking
at apartmentsi.
Complaining to .the newspapers
today' about it, one house hunter said
a landlord told him the 92 would not
apply on the rent if he should accept
the apartment.
"I charge you 92 to look at the
place," said the landlord. "It has
nothing to do with the rent."
The Weather.
YESTERDAY'S Highest temperature, 80
degrees: lowest 06: clear.
TODAY'S Fair, northwesterly winds.
Resistance of Turkish forces reported
utterly broken by Greeks. Page 2.
re Valera cabinet considers British pro
posals on ireiana. rtgt a.
Japan to attend arms conference. Page 1.
Yankees' release demanded of reda
Page 9.
1925 exposition here approved by house.
Page 1.
Senate leadership forced on Harding.
rase 4.
Beet men oppose coolies in Hawaii. Page 6,
Bipartisan bloc In senate defeats Norris
Agricultural credits bin. Page 1.
Tax revision bill slated for early passage.
rase l.
Illinois sheriff awaiting governor's return
to capital. Page 4.
Orang-outang fights way from Borneo to
ew Tork zoo. Page 7.
Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Stone's death laid to attempt to rescue
wile. Page 8.
Telephone company admits defects at
hearing.' Page 1.
Clackamas deputy jails state agent. Page 1.
Court frees two In baseball conspiracy
case, f age l.
Pacific coast league results: at Portland
Portland 7. Vernon 17; at Seattle, Seat
tle 12. Oakland II: at San Francisco,
San Francisco 1, Salt Lake &: at Loa
Angeies, Los Angeles 2. Sacramento 4.
Page 12.
Norman Ross advises calmness In water.
Page 12.
Billy Shad takes honors In Australia.
Page 12.
Dr. Earl C. McFarland, Portland, ties on
world record for bait-casting. Page 13.
Commercial and Marine
Wheat advances made at Merchants' Ex
change. Page 21.
Standard shares show firmness. Page 21.
Price close of wheat nervous. Page 21.
Egeria. Portland-owned steamer, to take
lumber to San Diego. Page 20.
Portland and Vicinity.
Mercantile leaders of 14 states to be In
Portland for Bayers' week. Page S.
Friendly suit to clear np points In budget
laws. Page 11.
Bodies of 44 soldiers arrive In city.
Page 10.
John Henry Albers, war-time offender,
dies. Page 1.
Committees busy with Buyers week.
Page 1.
Day proves Joyous one for grocer picnick
ers at Bonneville. Page 14.
Age defense turns guns on Klecker.
Pae 1. ' ' .
No Conditions Are Made
in Definite Reply.
Only Questions of General In
terest Are Suggested.
Matters Relating to Armaments to
Be Taken lTp Whether They In
volve Orient or Xot.
WASHINGTON, D. C July 27. (by
the Associated Prfess.) Japan's def
inite acceptance of a place in tho
disarmament conference, which
reached the state department today,
gives consent to a discussion of far
eastern problems in connection with
the conference, but suggests that
problems which concern only particu
lar powers or which can be regarded
as closed incidents be omitted.
There was every evidence of satis
faction over the reply in official cir
cles and it was indicated that the
way now was regarded as clear for
the preliminary negotiations, which
will fix the time and place of meeting
and details of procedure.
Pre-Cosfereaee Sewslon Plasu
Comprehensive consideration of the
conference programme before the del
egates assemble also was suggested
in the Japanese note, and now is re
garded as assured. The attitude of
officials here has 'been that such a
discussion would be held in case all
the invited powers had accepted invi
tations. A portion of the Japanese
reply which attracted attention was
a paragraph declaring it the sense of
Japan that during the conference
"problems such as are of sole concern
to certain particular powers or such
matters that may be regarded accom-
plished facts should be scrupulously
It- was made plain, however, that
officials here regarded this statement
not as a condition of acceptance by
Japan, but as a forecast of the atti
tude she will take on the conference
Eastern Questions Included.
It is pointed out that Japan agrees
to a discussion of such subjects as
may be regarded as bearing directly
on disarmament, and says that she is
willing'to talk about Pacific and far
eastern questions. It is suggested
that some questions which might oth
erwise affect only two or three pow
ers will readily find a place in the
category which the Tokio government
has accepted.
It was recalled here in connection
with the Japanese reference to "such
matters that may be regarded accom
plished facts" that the Japanese am
bassador at London recently indi
cated that his government would not
care to discuss questions like Shan
tung tand Yap because it regarded
them as having been settled by the
treaty of Versailles.
In other quarters, however. It has
been pointed out that the Versailles
treaty is not recognized by China so
far as Shantung is concerned and that
the United States has not consented
to the treaty's terms on Tap and
other mandate territories so that in
each case an open question is raised
which would seem to make further
negotiations necessary.
Limitation May Not Be Possible.
It also is emphasized that because
of the situation in the far east where
various powers have a direct concern
Ip Chinese Integrity and have large
material interests and concessions, it
may be difficult to agree that any
particular question affects only a
limited number of nations. All of
this, however, is expected to be
threshed out in the exchange of views
which is to precede the conference.
It was explained that the Japanese
government had taken into considera
tion in reaching its decision, the com
munications and the published state
ments of the American government
of the conversations between the secretary-
of state and Baron Shidehara.
indicating that the American govern
ment proposed to discuss the Pacific
and the far eastern problems because
of the close bearing they have on
the question of the limitation of
armaments. It was with the under
standing, therefore, that discussion of
the far eastern problems was made
a preliminary to disarmament nego
tiations that the Japanese govern
ment has consented to consideration.
The state department made public
Japan's reply and the memorandum
sent by the United States to the
Japanese government through the
American embassy in Tokio July 23.
It was disclosed that other powers
besides China having interests in the
far east might be Invited to take part
in the conference on far eastern
questions. .
Reply Is Received.
The Japanese reply follows:
"The Japanese government hus
takenxnote of the contents of the
American memorandum of July 23, r. -'
ceived through the American cliarfif
d'affairs, in reply to the Japanesr
memorandum of July 13 on ar confer-
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