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VOL. LXI-NO. 19,324
Entered at Portland (Oregon)
Pogtoffice aa Second-clasg Matter.
PORTLAND, OREGON, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, - 1922
PRICE FIVE CENTS
LIKE BOBBED HAIR
f , SPREADING RUIN
.SHOW HEAVY SLUMP
EXPENDITURES TAKE DROP
WAY BELOW NORMALCY.
BIG EGG CENTER
5 SETS OF TRIPLETS,
2 OFTWINS IN FAMILY
SCHOOL BLAZE IS
UID TO FIREBUG
Two Men Reported Seen
TO RUSH CARS
PRESBTTERIAN FIXDS SHORT
SKIRT XO L0XGER REIGNS.
$ XSH ECONOMIST SAYS
PARENTS IN SEARCH OF LAND
a AND EMPLOYMENT.
O LICIES ARE PERILOUS.
Trains of Empties to Be
FARMERS' CRIES HEARD
Equipment of Alf Lines to Be
Sent Home at Once.
COMMAND DRASTIC ONE
Railroads Called On for Speed to
Meet Needs of Farmers and
Lumber Mills of Coast.
THE OREGONIAN NEWS BU
REAU, Washington, D. C, Oct. 25.
What is declared to be the mosf
sweeping order ever promulgated
relating to the movement of empty
freight cars from one section gf the
country to another to satisfy the
needs of industry was issued today
by the car service division of the
American Railway association com
manding that all box cars belonging
to western railroads be returned to
The order bearing the signature
of M. J. Gormley, chairman of the
car service division, was announced
by Donald D. Conn, manager of the
public relations section of that di
vision, who, on commenting on the
action of Chairman Gormley, said:
'"The car service division, Amer
ican Railway association, fully cog
nizant of the additional need for
transportation in the west, has to
day issued the most drastic order in
its history for the movement of box
cars to western lines.
Cars Hushed B ut.
"It should be noted that this order
specifically provides for the move
ment to western lines of their own
cars, namely, the cars fitted for the
traffic created on those railroads.
Already one of the large eastern i
lines has made up, within an hour
after the issuance of the order, two
trains of western cars, in compli
ance with this order.
"In spite of the shop strike and
the unprecedented movement pf coal
on eastern lines, a superhuman ef
fort for the relief of the western sit
uation is under way."
This order came as the answer to
steadily growing pressure from all
parts of the West over a period of
many weeks .for cars to move prod
ucts of both farm and forest, the
ever-Increasing complaint being
that industry from the Mississippi
river to the Pacific coast was being
strangled by failure of eastern rail
roads to return to western carriers
the cars belonging to them.
Mills Closing Don n.
Letters and telegrams reaching
the interstate commerce commission
and the offices of the American
Railway association said that lum
ber mills throughout the northwest
from Minnesota to Washington and
Oregon were closing down for lack
of transportation facilities and re
cent reports of the National Lumber
Manufacturers' association given out
here upheld .the truth of such com
plaints. The order conforms closely
to the suggestions of A. A. Calder
head, representing the Washington
state public service commission, who
has been for some weeks pfeading
for transportation relief for the
grain farmers of Washington and
While the order makes no specific
reference to the lumber industry it
was explained that by the return of
box cars for carrying grain and
other food products equipment more
suitable for the lumber movement
but now drafted into other service
will be released to the mills of the
The order is drastic in more ways
than one. In the first place, the
railroads received their instructions
by telegraph to put it into effect on
the very day it was issued.
Empties to Be Sent.
In the second place, the railroads
are ordered to return without load
ing all cars west of a certain point
regardless of whether traffic for
the westbound movement is avail
able or not. The result of the ac
tion of car service officials is ex
pect, d to be such a movement of
freight equipment to the west as
has never before been witnessed.
Reports to the American Railway
association indicate that the move
men, of refrigerator cars to the
Pacific northwest, for which de
mands have been coming from the
great apple-producing districts of
Oregon, Washington and Idaho, is
exceeding the expectations of of
ficials here. ' These' reports show
whole trains of empty refrigerator
cars being delivered to the north
ern transcontinental roads at Chl
, cago and the Minnesota transfer.
Today's order reads;
"In order to meet an emergency
existing in northwestern, central,
western and southwestern terri
tory for grain and other food prod
ucts loading and to carry out pro
visions "of interstate commerce
commission service orders 24 and 25,
effective at once, and continuing
'ffcil further notice, handle box
W except automobile cars of
(Concluded on Page 2, Column Z.)
Fashions of Days Following War
, Are Going and Restraint Is
Marking Sex Relatlon...
ATLANTIC CITY, N.-J Oct! 25.
The period of jazz which started at
the close of theyworld war is grad
ually coming to an end, according to
Dr. Lewis S. Mudge of Philadelphia,
stated clerk of the Presbyterian gen
eral assembly, who is here attending
the ' sessions of the consolidation
committee which was appointed by
the last general assembly to com
press the 14 boards and agencies of
the assembly into four departments.
'The throwing aside of all' re
straint brought about by the min
gling of the sexes during the war
days," said Dr. Mudge, "is now be
coming passe. This is indicated by
the passing' of the short skirt and
the return to popular favor of long
hair. The college dances where jazz
formerly reigned supreme also are
reflecting the changed spirit. The
extreme styles, tfie indecent dancing
and the pocket flask are very sel
dom seen now at these affairs."
WOMAN PILOTS GLIDER
First Feminine Flier of Device
Stas in Air Five Minutes.
GERSFELP, Germany, Oct 25.
(By the Associated Press.) Frau
lein Hansen of Magdeburg, piloting
a glider, remained in the air five
minutes today in a Harth-Messer-senmedse
machine. She was forced
to lan dbecause the vertical steer
ing gear had not been suitably in
stalled, the machine coming down
on its side. She is believed to be
the first wsman to pilot a glider
Her Heintzen, who made a mem
orable three-hour flight in a glider
here lest August, made another
flight today which is said to be un
precedented in that he succeeded in
gliding off the eastern slope of the
mountain in a very slight easterly
wind.. He remained up 40 minutes
and landed smoothly.
SOLDIER SCpRES FRANCE
Near East Policy Resented and
War Cross Returned.
PITTSBURG, Oct. 25.' Christ A.'
Meletis of Pittsburg, who served in
B'rance with the 28th division and
was wounded six times, today re
turned to President Millerand of
France the croix de guerre and cita
tion which had been conferred upon
him by the French government.
"A good bit of me is left in France
but the wounds I received from the
enemy were nothing in comparison
to the wounds received when I
learned that France was helping the
Turks," said Meletis' letter which
accompanied the decoration. "I am
doing this to express to you and
your government my personal dis
approval of the policy of France in
the near east." .
MINERS CRAVE GRAPES
Eight Carloads of Frjiit -Interest
Law Enforcement Officers.
PANAMA, III., Oct. 25. This little
mining town of 120 inhabitants is
being scrutinized by law enforce
ment officers following receipt of
eight carloads of grapes. Grocers
say that in the past the populace
has not indicated so pronounced an
appetite for fruit.
The shipment contained 320,000
pounds of grapes, or about 258
pounds' for each man, woman and
TWO PAINTINGS STOLEN
Marinescapes Are Ripped From
Frames In Toledo Museum.
TOLEDO, O., Oct. 25. Two paint
ings known as "The Green Wave,"
and "Bird's Nest Rocks," belonging
to a collection of 50 marinescapes
exhibited at the Toledo museum of
arts by Thomas Shrewsbury Park
burst and valued at several hundred
dollars, were ripped" from their
frames and stolen in a daylight rob
bery October 21.
George W. Stevens, director of the
museum, made this revelation today.
VLADIVOSTOK IS ENTERED
Far Eastern Republic Forces Go
In as Japanese Go Out. .
MOSCOW, Thursday, Oct. 26, 1
A. M. (By the Associated Press.)
The forces of the far eastern repub
lic have begun the occupation of
Vladivostok, in agreement with the
Japanese troops, whb are evacuating
the city. ,
LORD BEATTY SUFFERING
Admiral Is in Painful Condition
Following Auto Accident.
LONDON, Oct 25. Admiral Lord
Beatty was in a painful condition
today, following a motorcar acci
dent last Saturday when it was con
sidered that his injuries were slight.
No bones were broken but he is
still confined to his bed.
TWO BOYS SUFFOCATED
Pupils Lose Lives While Digging
Cave In Schoolhouse Yard.
FORT WORTH, Tex., Oct. 25. Two
school boys, sons of Paul Wester,
farmer, in Palo Pino county, were
suffocated today. -
They lost, their lives while dig
ging a cave in the schoolhouse yard.
r" r r ii ui'i hi.
tx-rremier days ne winprorce picai Reversal to
FOES GALLED THOUGHTLESS
Appeal Made to Country for
National Unity First.
OWN ACTS ARE DEFENDED
Future Is Dark and Questions Be
tween Parties Small, Says
LONDON. Oct. 25. (By the" Asso
ciated Press.) Ex-Prime Minister
Lloyd George began his campaign in
London today with a fighting speech
to an enthusiastic meeting of the
coalition liberal members of parlia
riient, throwing down the .gauntlet
to the conservatives, whose attack
upon the late government, he de
clared, left no ' alternative but to
"spread "the war."
The little Welshman stood by his
Manchester speech of October 14,
reiterating his intention to support
any party or government pursuing
a policy of peace, economy and
steady prreress, neither revolution
ary nor reactionary.
"We are confronted," said Mr.
Lloyd George, "with a very import
ant decision affecting not merely
the future of those here ajid those
who Support them In the country,
but a decision which affects the in
terest of the country itself. That is
a more important matter for us all.
Calmness Is Advised. ' '
"One -chapter in the history of the
politics of this country is for the
moment- closed. A new one is
opened. What is printed on that
page will depend largely on the at
titude we adopt." He counseled
calmness and courage and asserted
the interests of the : country must
"I have seen parties destroyed by
personal resentment," continued the
ex-premier. "1 have seen parties
rendered impotent by personal re
sentment. I have seero their judg
ment deflected and for that reason
they are not making the contribu
tion they ought to the well-being of
the. people for whose prosperity we
are deeply concerned. We will not
make that mistake, whatever hap
pens. We will copsider the land to
which we are deeply attached first.
Its interests must be deepest in our
hearts; its interests must be highest
in our concer"n. Great Britain first,
any party, even our own, second and
Vedlt Amazes World.
"Now, that is our policy.. We have
stood for national unity, thai is,
(Concluded on Page 3, Column 1.)
ia ate of All Nations Are Told
Prevent World Collapse.
NEW YORK, Oct. 25. Insistence
by the people of all nations that
kstatesmen change their political and
economic policies is the only means
of . averting an approaching world
catastrophe. Sir George Paish, Eng
lish economist and ex-adviser to the
British treasury, said tonight in an
address prepared for ths 13th an
nual convention of t'.ie American
Manufacturers' Export association.
"The statesmen of alj nations,"
he declared, "are engaged in a com
mon effort to prevent the nations
from meeting their obligations to
each other and thus reducing the
whole world to bankruptcy. Already
the poUcy of the statesmen of Eu
rope is fast bringing the strongest
nations of Europe to ruin, and before
long the statesmen of the. other na
tions of the world, if permitted to
do so, will bring their countries
into a similar condition.
"It is, thertfore, of the greatest
possible moment that business men
and peoples of all nations should
seek to understand and to . realize
the disastrous consequences . that
must ensue from the present poli
cies of those responsible for na
tional end international affairs and
should insist upon such changes of
policy as will avert the catastrophe
toward which the 'entire world now
is moving with iver-increasing
Sir George charged that the
United States was contributing to
the general economic chaos by its
new tariff law and by refrsing to
accept payment for any of the obli
gations due her in any mel'um of
exchange other than go'.d. Declar
ing that he was not criticising the
United States, which, he -said, had
Anna itrlnir , V. n war "nfiH until
v.i .v ,ij i
cently" everything the civUizea na-
tions could expect of her, he said:
"A creditor cannot refuse to take
payment of its debts in th,e goods
or services which the debtor nations
can supply, directly or indirectly,
and therefore the endeavor of the
American government to prevent the
import of goods and produce by
erecting tariff or other barriers for
the purpose of keeping out the
goods of . other nations is ac'.lon
which I am convinced neither they
nor the American people fully have
LOW RATES CONTINUED
Fares to Summer Resorts and to
Pacific Northwest Remain.'
CHICAGO, Oct. 25. The executive
committee of the Western Passenger
association meeting here today
adopted a resolution to continue the
same railroad tourist rates next
year as were . in effect this year
from Chicago to Colorado, the
Rockies, Yellowstone and Glacier
national parks and all points through?
to Spokane, Seattle,- Portland and
the Pacific northwest and Pacific
coast regions generally. The Great
Northern and Northern Pacific roads
participated in the conference by in
vitation. Railroad officials ' said that the
lower rates had not had a fair try
out the .past season, due to labor
troubles. ' . -
HE'LL BE EXPECTING A CALL.
First Democratic Return Filed In
Washington Indicates That
Little Money. Is Used.
(By Chicago Tribune Leased Wire.)
WA3HINGTON, D. C, Oct 25.
Campaign expenditures . this year
have dropped "way below normalcy"
for the simple reason that (fontri
butions are few, far between and
This is shown by the arrival at
the capital today of the first ex
pense statements, required by the
federal . corrupt practices act
Whether this Indicates indifference
of the "political angels" or merely
a more cautious balancing of the
budgets, it is Impossible to say at
The democratic national congres
sional committee filed a sworn
statement that its contributions
total J91S6 and Its disbursements
have amounted to J7736..
The statements of the democratic
national committee and the repub
lican" national committee are due to
arrive tomorrow and the statement
of the republican congressional
committee is scheduled for Saturday.
Few of the campaign statements
of Individual aspirants for congress
have been received, although under
the law they must all be filed with
the clerk of the house not later
Failure of many aspirants for
congress, throughout the country,
to ' file expense statements and
statements of contributions to their
campaigns, is attributed here in a
large way to-a misunderstanding of
the scope of ithe supreme courts
decision in declaring the corrupt
practices act unconstitutional.
Only that part of the law which
required, senators to submit state
merits of their expenses, both in the
primary and general elections, was
knocked out. .The provisions that
' v. .
j candidates for the national' house
must file statements and that polit
ical committees, operating in two
or more states, must file them,
RURAL SCHOOLS CLOSED
Septic Sore Throat Threatens
Yakima Valley Children.
YAKIMA, Washj, Oct. 25. Dr.
IJ. H. Smrth, county health officer,
has ordered the city' schools, motion
picture houses and churches of the
town of Granger and of the Wendell
Phillips school district closed until
November 6 on account of an out
break of septic sore throat in that
Between 500 and 600 school chil
dren are affected by tie closing
CROWD TO SEE WARSHIP
Old Oregon Open to Visitors at
SEATTLE, Wash., Oct. 25. The
l.attleshlp Oregon, which made a
famous run around Cape Horn at
the outbreak of the Spanish-Arneriy"
can war, will be open to visitors1 a
the Puget Sound navy yard, Bremer
The old warship will feature the
celebration of navy day.. .' " -
MUSIC KEEPS. HENS LAYING
Production of Purebred Cat
tle Is Immense.
PEOPLE HAPPY, UNITED
Portland Travelers Are Amazed
at Prosperity of Western
CHEHALIS, Wash., Oct. 25. (Spe
cial.) Portland trade travelers
came to Tenlno, Centralia and Che
halis today and learned a lot. For
instance, they found a poultry in
dustry that has outdone far-famed
Petaluma. This year the district
will ship 5,000,000 dozen of eggs.
During 1921, 3,500,000 dozen were
sent- to market, 17,000 dozen more
than Petaluma hens were able to do.
This great egg district, where the
proud cackle of the . hen rises in
one triumphant chorus from the
rising to the setting of the sun, ex
tends from Winlock to Tenino. All
the eggs are marketed through
central organizations that spell
profit for the grower.
But that is only half the story. As
the belated traveler whizzes along
the Pacific highway through this
Country he sees the chicken houses
lighted as brightly as a Broadway
cabaret. The. canny poultrymen
have the fowls working nights.
- Music Keeps Hens Happy.
Moreover, around Winlock they
are making careful experiments::
with phonographs and radio magna
vox instruments in the hen houses.
Producers find music keeps the hen
from moulting and means more
eggs. She goes blithely about her
work, they say, and her happiness
adds to the diurnal lay.
This sounds like the spoof handed
to a stranger, but one looks in vain
for the twinkle In the eye of the
narrator. He declares, honor bright,
that his words are true. Besides,
hereabouts are the Holstein and
Guernsey cattle centers of Washing
ton. ' There are more purebreds here
than in any other section of the
state and they do say that the mu
sical attentions to the hen are also
being tried in making the milch cows
more contented and better pro
ducers. Community House la Ideal.
Centralia showed Portland a com
munity house said to be without
parallel In the country. There 37
Jbt-ganizations meet. In the same
.rooms the chamber of commerce and
five labor unions have their head
quarters. In the chamber of com
merce offices the walls are covered
with big pictures of Oregon scenery,
Columbia highway scenes predom
inating. In the big dining room of this
building the visitors were enter
tained at luncheon by the Centralia
Kiwanis. A. E. Heaton, president,
bade the travelers welcome, as did
Mayor George L. Barner and J. J.
Ball, president of the chamber of
Paul de Haas, head of the excur
sion, replying, said this, his 20th
year of such trips, was the happiest
and most successful jodrney of all.
Marshal N. Dana . again won
plaudits with a rousing talk. "Here
are firesides warm with welcome,"
he said. "Centralia has the beet sys
tem of community development yet
found on the trip. " I want to con
gratulate her people on the 'wonder
ful spirit that brings them together
and makes them work together. If
you can prevent citizens of a city
from growing apart there is no goal
you cannot attain."
Northwest Unity Stressed.
Mr. Dana, won an ovation with an
inspirational . address of the first
order at the Olympia banquet Tues
day night. Common interests of the
wffble northwest were stressed and
the aid of all in its development
It was at Olympia, too, that the
excursion songbirds, who have dona
impromptu vocalizing at every stop,
were given a music lesson. They
started warbling in the rotunda of
the fine Olympia hotel before the
banquet, The splendid chorus of
the Olympia chamber of commerce,
a wonderfully trained group of
singers, uplifted their voices ' and
the Portland bunch sang small after
that. Throughout the dinner the
Olympians gave the visitors a treat
with song after song.
At Centralia the Kiwanis quartet
Obliged delightfully and by that time
the Portlanders had recoved some
what from their surprise and joined
in lustily. Tommy Luke led them
today, J. C Henderson having been
called back to Portland.
Tonight Chehalis folk were guests
of the trippers at a banquet at the
Chehalis Citizens' club.' A.O. St,
John, president; Joe Hurley, W. A.
Schoel and T. J. O'Connor welcomed
the Portlanders to the city. Walter
J. Daly was chairman and Marshall
N. Dana, A. J. Bale ad others spoke
appreciation o-f the greeting of
southwest Washington. Dancing
Record of Indiana Parents Rated
as Best in Country; Thir
4 teen Children Living.
(By Chicago Tribune Leased Wire.)
LA PORTE,' Ind., Oct. 25. Five
sets of triplets and two sets of
twins born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Scott in ten years of married life
established a record for the middle
west, perhaps for the whole "country.
The Scotts, the parents and 13
living children boarded a west
bound train in search for enough
land to provide sustenance and
employment for the whole family.
"We can't carry a Sunday school
class, madam," remarked the con
ductor to the mother as she offered
"But they are my children," Mrs.
The family Bible was produced
from a load of luggage and It dis
closed the remarkable lack of race
suicide. There was Ashbel,'Archer
and Austin, each four and a half
years of age; Arthur and Arnold,
each three and a half; Allen, Almon
and Albion, each' two and a half
years; Alfred, Albert and Adolph,
each 18 months; Abel and Abner,
each six months.
MR. WILSON GETS VOTE
New Jersey Election Board Rates
ex-President as Absentee.
TRENTON, N. J., Oct., 25. The
Mercer county board of elections
has decided that ex-President Wil
son could vote in the state of New
Jersey and that his ballof should be
forwarded to him in Washington. .
Because the ex-president has
made his home in Washington, a
ruling was asked on his right to
vote in this state. The board based
its decision, on the absentee voters'
law and a ruling of the supreme
court which holds that the residence
is determined by the voter's inten
tions. Mr. Wilson will vote a"s a
citizen of Princeton, N. J.
. 1 '
C0YLE WILL ENTER RACE
Would Be Executive.
SPOKANE, Wash., Oct. 25. Wil
liam J. Coyle Heutenant-governSr,
today announced that he will be a
candidate in 1924 for the republican
nomination for governor. He said
be expected to have the opposition
of Governor Hart and other repub
Mr. Coyle arrived here last night
on a speaking tour of eastern Wash
ington in the interest of republican
REVOLT MENACES ITALY
Fascist! Leader Demands Govern
ment of Country.
NAPLES, Oct, 25. (By the Asso
ciated Press.) "I take a solemn
oath that either tue government of
the country must b9 given peace
fully to the Fascisti. or we will take
it by : force," was the farewell
btatement made by Professor Benito
Mussolini.f leader of the Fascisti,
prior to leaving Naples at the end
of the party s congress held here.
The gathering of the Fascisti
passed oil "without any grave inci
INDEX:0F TODAY'S NEWS
- The Weather.
fODATS Rain; southerly winds.
TESTERDAYS Maximum temperature,
, ) degrees; minimum temperature, 55
' :" -.V".' Foreign.
Lloyd ; George- burls gauntlet in opening
- eampaJgn'Jin London. Page 1.
.Irfalv constitution passe final reading
j)f Pail .EIreann.. Page 2.
" -'' ' ' : , ' '""VgJ.. National.
Campaign expeones below normal. Page 1.
Albert J- BerlOfc3'j!?.0m large as leader
All ..'railroads' erderwslibvrush cars west.
Pajre 1. ,.-
Dry -law enforcement .against ships held
up for -supcemA' court test. Page 8.
--.-' r" . Domestic.
Statesmen of. world charged with rush
ing world toward catastrophe. Page 1.
Jazz disappearing lik bobbed hair, say
churchman.' Page 1, -;
Mme. Matzenauer accuses husband ofin-
t Idellty. Page 3.
Medium said toJ haVe guided Lincoln
. during, critical times of civil war.
Page 5." ;' '. . '
Records exhibited in fir price caseu
Page 3. . -,
Woman, eye-wltltessj tells of rector mur-
der.; . Pago 8. .
Five sets of triplets, two pairs of. twins
born to one couple. Page 1.
Pacific North went.
Port'and junketers visit big Tenino-Win-
lock egg center. - Page 1.
Stanfleld praises record of party. Bage 15.
Walter M. Pierce branded as non-par-ttaan
running under colors of demo
cratic party. Page 15.
Washington high defeats Commerce, 27'
to 8. Page IT.
Oregon Is drilled for Idaho game.
Pugilistic prides do battle tonight.
Penn State Invited to represent east
Commercial and Marine. .
wtieat prices steadier, but market In
active. Page 26.
Bond market continues on dosvn grade.
Page 27. ,
All-steel dredging plant objective of fed
eral, government. Page 14.
Foreign exchange takes new slump.
Prica slump stops In New York market
Wheat higher; oats recede. Page 26.
- Portland and Vicinity.
Washington high school blaze laid to
firebug. Page 1.
Pierce's pledges declared false. JPage 20.
Notorious moonshiners lndlctedlrage 28.
Police surrender hall of wobblie. Page li.
Health show to open today. Page It.
OFFICERS CONDUCT INQUIRY
Theory of Chemical Explo
sion Is Discredited. 4
NEW BUILDING PLANNED
Washington High Students Are
Ordered to Report at Lin
coln at Noon Today.
AFTERMATH FEATURES OF
All students ordered to re
port this morning at 8:30
o'clock at the Washington
high school gymnasium for
Instructions from Principal
Second to eighth-term stu
dents, inclusive, to report for
studies at Lincofti high school
at noon today.
Washington high school
students to occupy Lincoln
school in afternoons. Lincoln
high school students to oc
cupy school in forenoons.
First - term students of
Washington high sahool to
continue classes In Hawthorne
Construction of new school
to be immediately planned,
with probable location farther
to the east.
Out of the mass of rumor and the
Inquiry of officials respecting the
fire which totally destroyed the
great main building of Washington
High school early yesterday morn
ing and which claimed the life of
O. B. Gabriel, fireman, rises more
than a suspicion that the origin was
incendiary, and to this theory Fire
Marshal Grenfell and his staff cling
wfth the- tenacity of experts who
know the firebug and his ways.
Though Marshal Grenfell discounts
and all but declines the assumption
that the fire may have been inad
vertently kindled by. the cigarette
of a hoodlum, or through the prank
of one of a neighborhood gang of
youths, the testimony of those re
siding in the immediate vicinity of
the school seems to lend equal force
to that opinion.
Rowdies Visit Building.
Two stories of the probable ori
gin of the fire, aside from Marshal
Grenfells belief that It was the
handicraft of a true firebug, were
narrated "yesterday when discussion
of the school district's calamity was
rife. Is each Instance these were
supported by the assertions of fam
ilies living a short distance from
the school and with every opportu
nity for observation.
Mrs. J. L. Hewett of 535 East
Washington street, and Mrs. J. F.
Thome of 649 East Washington
street, both say that for weeks past
the school building was the nightly
rendezvous of a youthful gang of
rowdies, numbering upward of 20
members, who clambered up the fire
escapes and effected an entrance.
At times the gatherings had grown
so boisterous that the neighbors de
cided drunken parties were being
held In the building. Several weeks
ago, they said, upon the' conft)laint
of nearby residents, two of the
youths were arrested. Complaints
to the police have been voiced time
and again, both Mrs. Thorne and
Mrs. Hewitt declared.
Two Mem Reported Seen.
The report which strengthens
Marshall Grenfell's . theory, aside
from the fact that several incen-'
diary fires have recently been at
tempted, originated with a resident
of the neighborhood whose name hag
.not been divulged. Aroused by
y.oices, shortly before the alarm was -Sounded,
this witness glanced from
a window and saw two men hasten
ing away from the school, one urg
ing the other to greater speed.
Fire Marshall Grenfell, Captain
Roberts and Lieutenant Cooper de
voted the entire day to their inquiry,
and were alike convinced that the
high school was the target of the
disordered mind which attempted
the destruction of jGoodnough and
Toiirney buildings Monday night,
the Grandesta apartments two weeks
ago, and perhaps a long list of dis
astrous fires the origin of which
are still under investigation.
Guards Are Posted.
"I expected a recurrence in this
fire business Tuesday night some
how I knew that whoever is doing
all this would strike again," the
fire marshal said last nlght, "and
o I posted guards at the two build
ings hit the night before. I didn't
really think that the man would
come back but I wanted to make
Several other clews are belngAl
lowed down by the Investigarvy-s.
The place of origin ot the disastrous
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