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About Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937 | View Entire Issue (July 30, 1921)
VOL. LX-XO. 18,936
Entered at Portland (Ore rem)
Postof f!ce as Srcond-CIass Matter.
PORTLAND, OREGON, SATURDAY,' JULY 30, 1921
PRICE FIVE CENTS
LETTER GIVES CLEW
IN BRUMFIELD HUNT
KELSO SHINGLE MILL 'HARDING AND PARTY
IS PARTLY DESTROYED OFF FOR MOUNTAINS
RIVER -AT MOUTH
IS 43 FEET DEEP
AERO FOREST PATROL
RAIL RATE CASE
UNSIGNED MISSIVE DECLARED
WRITTEX BV DENTIST.
DRY KILNS AND BOILER ROOM
PRESIDENT AND GUESTS TO
. RUSTICATE FOR WEEK.
FAILURE OF FUEL SUPPLY AF-
FECTS WHOLE COAST.
GEDDES AT DINNER
Northcliffe and Ambas
sador Are Guests.
Roads Ordered to Grant
NEW RULING IS IMPERATIVE
First 'Decision Strengthened
Into Command. ;
SEATTLE LOSES FIGHT
Interstate Commerce Commission
Reaffirms Findings on Co
lumbia Basin Freights..
THE OREGONIAN NEWS bIiREAXI,
Washington. D. C.. July 29. All un
qualified order was Issued today by
the interstate commerce commission
requiring all railways affected by the
decision in the Columbia basin rate
case to put into effect by September
28 the new rates which were author
ized some time ago. but which - the
state commission of Washington has
been resisting in their application to
railway lines solely within that state.
This order places in positive form
the issue that before was optional
with the railways. When the inter
state commerce commission decided
that Portland and Vancouver, Wash.,
were entitled to a 10 per cent better
rate on cereals and certain other com
modities than were Puget sound ports
and Astoria, Or., from points in the
inland empire south of the Snake
river, no mandatory decree was i
First Order Optional.
Railways were informed that the
commission sustained the righteous
ness of the claims made by Portland
and Vancouver, and they were given
permission to lower the rates out of
the Columbia basin district south of
the Snake river 6 "per cent to Port
land' and Vancouver, and increase
.them S per cent to Puget sound cities
and Astoria. v
When the railways, accepting this
suggestion, started lo put the author
ized tariffs into effect, they were
confronted by determined opposition
by Puget sound interests and the
Washington publlo service commis
sion. It was determined by the legal
experts that if the railways put the
new tariffs in voluntarily following
the permission of the interstate com
mission, opposition to these volun
tary rates by the state commission
did not bring it in conflict with the
federal body. .
vr Ruling Definite.
But, on the other hand, if the inter
state commission ordered the railways
to issue such tariffs, then, the state
commission was arraying itself
against the federal body in whatever
opposition It engineered. To put the
full authority of the interstate com
mission into the case, the order was
The language of the order is in such
form that It seems to leave no doubt
of the interstate commerce commis
Tariff Change Commanded.
"It is ordered that the above
named defendants (the railroads),
expect James C. Davis, "director
general of the railroads as agent,
according as they participate in
the transportation, be, and they
are hereby notified and required
to cease and desist from practicing
the undue prejudice found in said sup
plemental " report to exist against
Portland, Or., and Vancouver, Wash.,
in the relation 6f (A) class rates for
interstate application between said
Portland and Vancouver, on the one
hand, and points in Washington, in
the Columbia river basin, south of the
Snake river, on the other hand, as
described in said reports, and (B) cor
responding rates for intrastate appli
cation between Seattle, Tacoma. South
Bend, Hoqulam and Aberdeen, Wash.
on the one hand, and said points in
the Columbia river basin, south bf the
Snake river, on the other; and to es
tablish, put in force and maintain
class rates for intrastate application
between said Seattle, Tacoma. South
Bend. Hoquiam and Aberdeen, on the
other hand, which shall not be less
than 11 per cent in excess of the cor
responding interstate rates contem
poraneously maintained by them on
like traffic between said Portland and
Vancouver, on the one hand, and said
points in the Columbia river basin
south- of the Snake river, on the
Quirk Actio Expected.
The same language was used in a
second paragraph of the order, cover
ing grain and grain-products, making
the same requirements of the rail
uays for these commodities that are
eet forth above for class rates.
It is noted in the preliminary state
m e n t that neither Commissioner
Aitchison. formerly of Oregon, nor
Commissioner Campbell, formerly of
Spokane, participated in issuing the
It is assumed that the railroads will
put the new tariffs in effect at once.
The Washington public service com
mission and the Puget found-interests
opposing the new schedutes still have
recourse to the courts, but the ques
tion at issue, which is power of the
interstate commerce commission to
control Intrastate rates, will probably
tCooc.uucd ob Pas 3. Coluaia 3.)
Communication Basis 'of Theory
That Dentist Is in Hiding
in Vicinity of Bend.
BEND. Or., July 29. (Special.) An!
unsigned letter mailed July 55 from
Tumalo by "Aunt Moll" Nichols, was
the basis for the theory entertained
by Roseburg officials that Dr. R. M.
Brumfield, reputed slayer of Dennis
Russell, was in hiding in the vicinity
of Bend or Tumalo. Sheriff Roberts
declared today. The letter was sent
to Sheriff Starmer of Douglas county.
According to a telegram from the
sheriffs office in Roseburg, just re
ceived by Sheriff Roberts, writing ex
perts have declared the letter to have
been written by Dr. Brumfield. while
the address was by some other per
son. Miss Nichols, questioned by Sheriff
Roberts and Deputy Griffin, admitted
that she had mailed the letter, and
told the officers that she knew the
author. She refused point blank, how
ever, to disclose his identity, they re
ported. It was understood that the letter
referred to -a. Bend resident, formerly
close friend of Dr. Brumfield in
Roseburg. intimating that assistance
might have been extended the sus
pected murderer by the local man. The
identity of the supposed friend was
being closely guarded by the authori
ties. Roseburg officials took the view
that the letter was sent to give them
a false clue.
To take part in the search for
Brumfield, Deputy Sheriff Hopkins of
Roseburg, known as the "shooting
deputy," was reported to be on his
way here, and was expected in either
tonight or tomorrow morning. He
will conduct the search between Bend
and Klamath Falls, it was under
stood. BAKER. -Or.. July 89. (Special.)
George Herbert, sheriff of Baker
county, received a telegram from Sam
W. Starmer, sheriff of Douglas coun
ty, indicating that Dr. R. M. Brum
field, missing Roseburg dentist want
ed on a charge of murdering Dennis
Russell, a laborer, near Roseburg, the
night of July 3, was headed toward
Baker. The officers have been active
in watching all automobiles coming
toward Baker, but late tonight had
not found any traces of the dentist.
PEACE ACTION IS DUE
Barding May Issue Proclamation
on New England Trip."
WASHINGTON, D. C, July 29. The
possibility that President Harding
may issue a proclamation of peace
with Germany while he is on his
New England trip was indicated to
day at the White House.
Although Attorney-General Daugh-
erty has said that recommendations
to the president would be withheld
until Mr. Harding returns to Wash
ington, it was stated that an earlier
issuance of the proclamation might
be decided on.
According to Mr. Daugherty, the
recommendations, which are being
made the subject of exhaustive study,
can be compieted quickly if called for
by the president, but if not a week
or two more may be devoted to the
BEULAH -FLOODS RECEDE
N'o Great Damage Done to Property
in Wyoming Town.
rauiHA .Tulv 29. Flood waters in
Beulah. Wyo., which followed a cloud- I t
burst last Wednesday night claiming. I
two lives, had receded today without
aee. according to advices received by
telephone from Spearfish. South Da-1
A blacksmith shop was swept away
by the flood and part of the town in
undated. The two victims, Mrs. Jennie M.
Bower of Missouri Valley, Iowa, and
her grandson. Arthur F. Bower, aged
8, Chadron, Neb., were drowned while
en route as tourists to Yellowstone
No other persons were SiiTied or in
jured, the advices said.
POLICE AFTER BANKER
Warren G. Spurgin Believed on
Way South With $1,000,000.
CHICAGO, July 29. Warren G.
Spurgin. missing president of the
Michigan Avenue Trust company, who
is being sought in connection with a
$1,000,000 shortage .in the bank's ac
counts, is now near the Mexican bor
der which he is seeking to cross. Re
cording to James E. McShane, assist
ant state's attorney. I
Three detectives were detailed to
day to pursue Spurgin and it was de
clared his arrest was expected short
ly. It was authoritatively stated that
he had been traced toward the Mex
ican line through information supplied
b;- a woman.
A receiver was appointed today to
take over assets which Spurgin left
behind in his flight.
12,000 TO BE DISCHARGED
Wholesale Reduction or Xavy Per
"WASHINGTON. D. C.. July 29.
Twelve thousand enlisted men will
be discharged from the navy upon ap
Viicution to reduce the personnel to
legislative requirements of the 100.
000 men for whom pay is provide!.
Special orders were issued today to
discharge upon request all men whose
enlistments would ordinarily -'.x.ire
between now and July 1, 1922, except
radio, torpedo and engine men. ma
chinists' mates, coppersmiths, bauds
me:i. hospital and signal men.
DENIAL CABLED TO KING
Visitor Sends Word That In
terview Is False.
RULER MAKES STATEMENT
Owner of Newspapers Leaves for
New York Without Any Expla
nations of Snub Being Made.
WASHINGTON. D. C July 29. Lord
Northcliffe, the most widely-known
newspaper publisher of the British
Isles, left Washington tonight after
a two-day visit without having been
entertained at the British embas
and without having received from
bassy officials any of those attentions
usually accorded by foreign diplo
mats to distinguished fellow coun
trymen. Both embassy officials and Lord
Northcliffe maintained silence today
with regard to the withdrawal of in
vitations extended the publisher to
stop at the. embassy and to attend a
dinner which was to have been given
in his honor there last night. The
viscount, however, was understood
still to regard the withdrawal of the
invitations as an outgrowth of the
controversy now raging in England
between the Northcliffe press and
Lord Curzon, the British foreign min
Most of Guests Are Met. .
Despite the withdrawal of the din
ner invitations. Lord Northcliffe was
understood to have met at a dinner
given tonight by Mrs. E. B. McLean.
wife of the Washington publisher,
most of the guests he would have met
at the proposed embassy dinner.
Sir Auckland Geddes, the 'British
ambassador, and a personal friend of
the viscount, was understood to have
been, there. Lord Northcliffe called on
Sir Auckland yesterday to pay his
Many members of the cabinet and of
congress were understood to have
been among tonight's guests, although
the list of those present was with
held. Denial Is Cabled.
The single new development here
tonight in the controversy between
Lord Northcliffe and Lord Curzon and
also Premier Lloyd George, was a
reply by the publisher to the state
ment read in the house of commons
by Premier Lloyd George and author
ized by King George. The reply was
in the form of a cablegram sent to
Lord Stamfordham, private secretary
to the king and was made public as
"Please convey to his majesty with
my humbie duty my denial of ever
having ascribed to his majesty the
word or words as stated by the prime
(Concluded on Pag. 2, Column 2.)
THE QUESTION IS- WHO
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Although Blaze Makes Big Head
way, It Is Controlled One.
Hour After Discovered.
KELSO. Wash., July 29. (Special.)
Fire of unknown origin, which was
discovered about 10 o'clock, destroyed
a portion of the shingle mill of the
McLane- Lumber & Timber company,
situated in this city. The dry kilns
and boiler room of. the plant were
protected by a fire wall and escaped
the flames, the stock in the kilns also
Although the flames spread: rapidly
and gained great headway before the
fire apparatus arrived on the scene,
within an hour after the fire was dis
covered it was brought under control,
but not before damage estimated ten-
j tatively at about 150,000 had been
I done. It is understood the company
carried some insurance, but the
amount could not be ascertained, be
cause President McLane, was away
from the city. - .
This mill had a capacity of 500.000
shingles a day and during the last
five months had been turning out the
maximum quantity. It employed
about 100 workers. For several years
prior to""the world war it was rated
as the largest shingle mill in the
world.. The plant represented an in
vestment of about $125,000.
PIONEER, AGED 80, SUICIDE
Daniel H. Hawn Shoots Himself at
PROSSER, Wash., July 29. (Spe
cial.) Daniel H. Hawn. 80, shot
himself at Grandview tonight, expir
ing in 30 minutes. He was in his
usual health and of normal mind a
short time before committing suicide.
He left a large estate. One son is
president of the First National bank
and another son is a druggist at
Mr. Hawn was a highly respected
pioneer of the, Yakima valley and a
Mason for more than 50 years, also
a veteran of the civil war. His wife
died about two years ago, causing
such grief that it -was believed to
bave unbalanoed his mind.
GOTHAM'S CITIZENS SWEAT
Toll of Five Lives Reported, With
NEW YORK, July 29. (Special.)
Temperatures reached a maximum of
89 degrees at 4 P. M. yesterday, with a
toll of five lives in and near this city,
and resulted in 15 prostrations. Two
men were run over and injured when
they sought to escape the heat by
sleeping in the open.
The highest temperature was one
degree cooler than the maximum for
Wednesday and. like Wednesday, was
made bearable by a humidity percent
age low as compared with that of sev
eral of the other hot days this season.
GOULD'S DIVORCE VALID
Sew York Supreme Court Upholds
Decree Obtained In France.
NEW YORK, July 29. The New
York supreme court today recog
nized a divorce obtained in a French
court by Frank Jay Gould, wealthy
Justice Mullan dismissed a divorce
action brought by . Mrs. Edith Kelly
Gould, declaring she had defended
her husband's suit in France and had
had her full day in court.
PINNED IT ON HIM, LORD CURZON OR LLOYD GEORGE?
Mayflower to Stop at. Plymouth,
Mass., Where Executive Is to
Deliver Address Monday.
WASHINGTON, D. C. July 29.
President Harding left Washington
late today on the presidential yacht.
Mayflower, for an absence of more
than a week, most of which will be
spent resting in the White mountains
of New Hampshire:
The first stop will be mads Monday
at Plymouth. Mass., where the presi
dent is to deliver an address at the
tercentenary of the landing of the
Pilgrims. He expects to arrive Tues
day at Lancaster, N. H., where he will
be the guest of Secretary Weeks. Mrs.
Harding accompanied . the president.
Also in the " Mayflower party were
Speaker and Mrs. Gillett. Senator and
Mrs. Frelinghuysen of New Jersey,
Senator Hale of Maine, Senator and
Mrs. Phipps of Colorado, Secretary
Weeks, Jiepresentative and Mrs. Walsh
of Massachusetts, Brigadier-General
Sawyer, the president's physician,
and Secretary Christian.
The Mayflower is expected to ar
rive off Plymouth- about 9 o'clock
Monday morning. The president will
review a parade before delivering his
address late in the afternoon and in
the morning will witness a pageant.
go aboard the Mayflower
onday night and reach Port-
nd. Me., Tuesday. From that point
will zn hv AUtflmnhilA 1 1 T,nn
. I caster.
A convoy of battleships and de
stroyers will pick up the Mayflower
at Hampton Roads and accompany
her to Plymouth. , f
BRIDGE TOLLS INVOLVED
Suit Seeks to Compel Payment of
VANCOUVER. Wash.. July 29.
(Special.) A suit to test whether the
county commissioners legally could
spend the proceeds of the interstate
bridge tolls on the building and im
proving of public roads, was filed
with the county clerk today, with
George Hopp, editor of the Camas
Post, named as plaintiff and Commis
sioners Carson, Miller and Paul as de
fendants. The commissioners were alleged to
have passed a resolution to continue
spending bridge funds on roads.
Clarke county was still under a bond
ed indebtedness of $450,000 for the
bridge, complainant stated. The court
was asked to' restrain the commission
ers from spending the money on roads
and direct- them to apply the funds
on the bonded indebtedness.
D. 0. LIVELY IS MARRIED
Livestock Expert Reported to Be
Wed to Mile. Marda Lasda.
SAN FRANCISCO, July 29. D. O.
Lively of San Francisco, formerly of
Portland, Or., widely-known livestock
expert and who during the war was
a major in charge of the American
Red Cross commission at Archangel,
Russia, was married recently at Yoko
hama, Japan, to Mile. Erna Marda
Lasda of Riga, according to word re
ceived by friends today. Lively was
in charge of the livestock department
of the Panama-Pacific International
exposition here In 1913.
Last September Mrs. Edna S. Live
ly obtained a decree of divorce from
Mr. Lively here.
Columbia Is Digging Out
Its Channel to Sea.
PROJECT DEPTH IS EXCEEDED
Jetties Scouring Out Way for
Vessels, Report Says.
FREIGHT PAYS FOR COST
River Attains 40 Feet for Entire
"6500 Feet and Is 43 Feet
Deep for 4 000 Feet.
The channel at the mouth of the
Columbia river where the bar used
to be has cut its way three feet
deeper over a width of 4000 feet until
there is now a depth of 43 feet at
mean lower low water for a width
of 4000 feet, and the project depth of
40 feet exists over the rest of a width
of 6500 feet.
This is one of the salient features
of the annual report of Major R.
Park, corps of engineers, officer in
charge of river and harbor improve
ment in the second Portland d'strict.
This report, which has been forward
ed to the secretary of war, was made
public by Major Park yesterday.
Jetties Add to Depth.
Government surveys in June, 1920
showed a maximum depth of only 40
feet at the mouth of the river, and
this depth existed for only 4000 feet
In width. The Increase in depth and
width of the channel has been ac
complished by the jetties at the
mouth of the river, without dredging
The extent of this automatic im
provement exceeds the greatest ex
pectations of the engineers, as the
project called for a depth of only 40
feet at the mouth of the Columbia.
Another important statement made
by Major Park in his report is that
the saving in freights because of the
Improvement of '.he channel between
Portland and the sea during the last
calendar year alone was more than
twice as great as the total cost of
the work, from the beginning of the
present project, several years ago.
Bigger Ships Mar Come In.
Concerning the effect of the crea
tion and maintenance of a 30-foot
channel between Portland and the
sea. Major Park says:
."The improvement has greatly in
creased the draft of vessels that can
ascend to Portland and Vancouver,
and has enabled steamship lines to
operate on regular schedules. - Vessels
now arrive and depart from Portland
at all hours and seldom have to wait
for tides. There is a large saving in
freights on the commerce handled in
ocean-going vessels on the lower Co
lumbia and Willamette rivers between
Portland and Astoria and vice-versa.
The savings last calendar year on the
total of 2,916,039 tons is estimated to
have been $6,414,570.
S3.187.074 la Spent.
"The total expended under the exist
ing project to the end of the fiscal
year was $3,181,074. of which $1,068.
651 was for new work and $2,112,422
for maintenance, not including $24,320
expended for maintenance from con
Discussing further the project at
the mouth of the Columbia river, the
report states: "A draft of 34 feet is
practicable at mean lower low water
with a "smooth" bar. The total ex
pended under the existing project to
the end of the fiscal year was $13.
728.067.53, not including $475,000 and
$25,000 contributed by the ports of
Portland and Astoria, respectively,
and expended for new work. Of this
amount $11,422,010.20 was for . new
work and $2,306,057.23 for mainte
2,816,030 Tons Pass Over.
Besides the pure engineering fea
tures of the district, the engineer's re
port includes an analysis of the com
merce of the Columbia and Willam
ette rivers as follows:
"During the calendar year 1920 a
total of 2,916,039 tons of freight were
carried over the bar at the mouth of
the Columbia river, Oregon and Wash
ington, viz.: 46.705 tons imported from
foreign ports. 906.187 tons exported to
foreign ports; 1,368,313 tons received
from domestic ports and 94,834 tons
shipged to domestic ports.
-The traffic was handled In 976
entrances and 999 clearances made by
325 vessels. Foreign business was
moved in tramp steamers and by nine
steamship companies that try to
maintain regular schedules. The do
mestic business was taken care of by
19 steamship companies that also try
to maintain regular schedules.
"About 5 per cent of the total com
merce required the full project depth
"for its accommodation. At mean lower
low water, the limit of draft for a
loaded vessel is about 30 feet."
Much Business) Is Done.
The total commerce moving through
the mouth of the Columbia river is
tabulated in the engineer's report as
Short tons. Value.
1916 2,L"93.52 $ 61.11611.174
1(17 ... .2.337. S83 05.17.O0
IBlg 1.970.866 77.419.048
i19 2,317.734 110.703.6S7
iuO 2.016,039 170.580.i94
"All of the traffic reported
iConctuded oa'Paite 3, Coiuma 1.)
Shortage or Oil and Gasoline Oc
curs in Height of Season When
Fires Menace Timber.
The patrol service of the govern
ment airplanes operating over the
national forests between Eugene and
Portland and throughout the Wil
lamette valley will be discontinued
for about a week, owing to the failure
of the government to provide gaso
line and oil for tne planes at Eugene
and In Portland. This announce
ment was made yesterday by the
forest officials here, and the situa
tion was regarded as serious, as the
work of Scouting for -the fires is par
ticularly important at this dry season
of the year.
Numerous fires hae been reported
by the planes already this season,
although none of them have proved
serious owing to the fact that wardens
were informed by the planes and hur
ried to the scene. It is pointed out
by the officials that the waste of
few hours in reporting a fire to the
lcokouts and getting men to the
scene may mean the loss of thousands
of dollars worth of timber.
The error in providing the gas did
not fall upon the shoulders of the
patrol officials as the shortage was
foreseen in plenty of time and a req
uisition made. During the time that
the service will not be operating, the
base will be moved from here to Van
couver, complying with government
orders of a recent date.
Forest officials here state that the
service is not to be discontinued per
manently but will resume when the
new supply of government gas ar
rives. OLYMPIA. Wash.. July 29. Because
of a delay in the shipment of gasoline
for government purposes from the
east, the airplane patrol maintained
by the department of conservation
and development for forest protection
has been suspended.
SAN FRANCISCO, July 29. The
United States forest service air patrol
was idle throughout California today
on account of the shortage of funds
to purchase gasoline for the army air
planes employed. Major H. H. Arnold,
chief of the army air service- here,
announced today. About 30 airplanes
were affected. Major Arnold said he
did not know how soon the situation
would be, relieved.
EUGENE. Or., .July 29. (Special.)
The army airplane patrol for Oregon,
with headquarters in Eugene, has been
suspended temporarily on account
of a shortage of gasoline at the avia
tion field here. Orders have been re
ceived by Captain Lowell Smith, in
charge of the patrol, from Colonel H.
H. Arnold, head of the air service on
the coast, to suspend operations un
til further notice. Officers said that
gasoline and oil were ordered in June
and were expected to arrive July 1.
MARSHFIELD, Or., July 29. (Spe
cial.) Two large fires were burning
near Marshfield and on the Coqutlle
river, 18 miles from Coos bay. Details
of the fire on the Coquille, in the
Conologue logging camp, have not
been received, but the one near
Marshfield, on Davis slough, was in
the debris and slashings of the North
Bend Mill & Lumber company's camp,
and was spreading over considerable
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, 82
degrees ; minimum, 67; clear.
TODAY'S Fair, northwesterly wind
Bow over Silesia acute. Page 2.
Portland winner in rail rate case. Page 1.
Government opposed to any meetings
preliminary to disarmament conference.
Prealdent and party leave for week's out
ing In White mountains. Page 1.
Northcliffe and Ambassador Geddes guests
at dinner. rage i.
Triff committee after facta only. Page T.
Financial accomplishments of admlniytra
. tion are reviewed. Page 4.
Princess Fatima of Afghanistan is branded
impostor upon royalty. Page 6.
Unsigned letter Indicates Dr. Brumfield Is
hiding In vicinity of Bend. Or. Page 1.
Hotels curtail phone service; proprietors
testify. Page 5.
Mis. Stone thinks husband was killed.
Northwest lumbermen told private owner
ship is threatened. Page 7.
Kelso shingle mill partly destroyed by fire.
Shimidsu defeated by R- Norrii Williams.
I Page 12.
Murphy is excited about title claim.
Page 12. . .
PaclflcCoast league results: Portland 1.
Vernon 10: San Francisco S. Salt
- Lake 2? Seattle 4. Oakland 8; Los
Angeles 1. Sacramento 0. Page 12.
Ball plot trial draws near close. Pags 12.
Commercial and Marine.
Former transport Great Northern becomes
flagship by order of Denby. Page 18.
Wheat continues to drop at Portland.
New York atock market unsettled. Page 19.
Grain market depressed at Chicago.
Portland and Vicinity.
Non-partisans plan to organize here.
Forest conferees continue their discussion
of timber problems. Page 13.
Educator believes Japan has no warlike
Intentions. Page 13.
Parking limit would force auto men to
leave Broadway, say representativea.
Fulton terminal of great benefit to Pacific
northwest lumber interests. Page 10.
i Roa.1 contracts awarded are S304.654. Page
Circuit Judge McCourt rules state-wide
budget law out in Multnomah county.
I Aero forest patrol on Facinc coast sus-
! pended for lack or luei
Jlrf". A gees
t Pass 1- .
HMDS GORY COAT
D. J. Swing Tells of Long
Hunt for Evidence.
VACANT LOTS ARE SEARCHED
Aged Man Relates Efforts to
Save Daughter's Life.
JUDGE REBUKES PARENT
Testimony of Witness Is Declared
Reprehensible When Conclusion
Is- Stated on Stand.
The finder of the blood-spattered
overcoat, the gory hunting knife and
th sheet of music pointing an accus
ing finger toward the state's star
witness, all of which may serve to
clear Mrs. Louise Agee of the charge
of murdering her husband, was none
other than D. J. Swing of Norwood,
Mo., father of the accused woman.
Rewarding a search of weeks, in
which he combed anory foot' oT
ground for miles about the Agee res
Idence and followed every possible
clew, the articles which may save
his daughter from the gallows were
found by Swing, hidden in the under
brush of a vacant lot at the corner
of Wall and Lombard streets, on Sun
day, July 17, testified the elderly man
Delay Held Justified.
The evidence had remained in the
hands of the defense since that time.
John A. Collier chief counsel for Mrs.
Agee, Justified is action In not turn
ing the things over to the authorities
by saying that Joseph H. Klecker,
the janitor-music teacher, brought
under suspicion by allegations of the
defense, already was out on ball, thai
an early trial was asked immediately,
and that a woman's life was at
At the close of the session at 10:30
last night. Collier announced that the
defense would conclude its case today
within an hour. It was Inferred from
this that he did not intend to place
the defendant, Mrs. Agee, on the wit
A . broad-shduldered, . two-fisted
man, whose ruddy face spoke of vig
orous .outdoor life. Swing's 66 years
were belled by his activity and ap
pearance. Only his sparse, iron-gray
hair told of the passage of many
winters. About his face there was a
resemblance to Champ Clark so
marked as to be the subject of com
ment by spectators.
Directed Verdict Denied.
He spoke in sharp, decisive tones
and without hesitation. His smile
was engaging, but it flashed seldom
as he told his story. Once did his
voice tremble - slightly, his eyelids
flicker and his lips compress. That
was when he told of receiving the
telegram telling him of the death of
his son-in-law, Harry Agee, of whom '
he said: "I thought as much, and
almost more, of Harry as of any of
my own sons." He had four sons
and four daughters. The young
woman to whose defense he traveled
half-way across the continent, start
ing the day he received news of the
murder, is his "baby." his younsrest
Desire t Get Truth Held Motive.
Asked concerning the minute in
vestigation he began on the moment
of his arrival. Swing started: "Well,
I was the father of the girl" and
interrupted himself as Judge Morrow
frowned, admonishing himself, "Cut
that out!" and leaving out the senti
mental side of it, again began his
story with "I went out into the im
mediate neighborhood to make a
strict canvass that might lead to
somebody implicated in the murder."
The old man spoke not as one seek
ing to establish the innocence or
guilt of a person so much as one
with the desire to get to the bottom
of an absorbing mystery in which one
dear to him was involved.
Swing interviewed the neighbors
for blocks around the vicinity of the
Agee house at 1770 Druid street. He -combed
the vacant places. He met
two men who told of a man in an
overcoat seen hastening from the
vicinity of the murder; he talked with
a man who had noticed a mysterious
stranger hiding behind a telephone
pole at Lombard and McKenna streets
about 1:30 A. M. on the morning of
Convinced, he said, that the mur
derer Jiust have been sprayed with
blood and would have discarded
stained garments. Swine continued
Coat la Object of Search.
"After talking with these people
did you start looking for tha coat?"
"T did." responded Swing, "but not
particularly for a coat but for any
thing whicu might give some light on
the murder. I searched as close and
as diligently as a man could. Street
by street and one vacant patch after
another I canvassed, combing the un
derbrush with my stick or my hands.
1 would go down in the morninfc
every day and see my daughter In tho
jail and make it back as quick as 1
could ani put in the rest of the day
The find, at Wall and Lombard
streets was made about S o'clock on
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