THE SUNDAY OBEGO&IAN, PORTLAND,- MAY 21. lStaV WILL CLOSE IIP -''MHSMT SHOPS Travelers' Aid- Association Finds Them Notorious in Character. INVESTIGATION IS MADE Places as Notorious as Any in the North End Are Discovered, Lo cated in the Residential Districts of Portland. That the Portland Travelere Aid Asso ciation is determined the so-called "mas sage" shops, in many Instances located in the most respectable portions of the city, in spite of the fact that they burn the red light, must close, was demonstrated last night at a meeting of the organization held in the Y. TV. C. A. parlors, -when Su perintendent Mrs. Lola G. Baldwin made a report of the work that had been ac complished. As she told how houses of ill fame were enabled to run in the business and resi dential districts of the city, by pretending to be massage parlors, the indignation of the women knew no bounds, and they were more determined than ever that such places must be closed up. In her report Mrs. Baldwin stated that of the dozens of the massage parlors which dot the city on'y nine of them were licensed, nearly all the others having the signs erected as a sham to fool the public. Bad as the Xorth End. According to Mrs. Baldwin, the majority of the establishments were as bad as the North End resorts, and their inmates no torious characters who had been attracted to Portland because of the immense throngs that will flock here this Summer to the Lewis and Clark Exposition. In some of the massage parlors there are as many as four or five women of disreputa ble character. When Mrs. Baldwin visited several of these places the women who posed as masseurs did not appear alarmed, and told her that they would take down the signs which hung before the doora They said their buelness was established, and that they no more needed signs to attract "t ustomers." They said they had their houses full all the time. Some of the es tablishments were situated In residential districts, where none but respectable per sons are supposed to reside. Mrs. Baldwin says that the massage parlors that are licensed are. as a general rule, conducted by respectable persons who are very much aroused over the bad reputatibn that has been given establish- j ments of thie nature because of the dis-'; reputable women who are not licensed. They say that at night- their door bells are rung and men try to gain admittance, and that they become angry when they are not admitted. At several of the re spectable massage parlors signs stating that, women only are received for treat ment are hung out, but these do not pre vent men from trying to gain admittance. They have begun to think that the word "massage" stands for all that-is disrepu table. List Has Been Complied. A list of the rooming-houses of ques tionable character has been compiled by the association and all the young women who apply for aid or information will be warned against them. Several cases have been reported to the association in which respectable young ladies came to Port land and secured rooms in disreputable houses, not knowing the difference at first. After they had been there a few days they would be approached by men who would try to force Jhelr attentions upon them. As soon as girls are discov ered in this plight they are at once re moved by the association and sent to de cent quarters. , The association ladies also say that young girls are allured to Portland by fascinating offers from men who guar antee them high wages. They arrive in the city, to find that they are expeqted to enter North End resorts to "rustle" drinks on percentage. Usually when the girls reach Portland their money Is ex hausted and to gain a livelihood they are compelled to lead lives of shame. Letters are being received dally from girls who have heard of the high wages to be re ceived in Portland and are desirous of coming here. They are warned to stay away unless they have means of support. At the meeting last night President Mrs. W. J. Honeyman told of the excellent work that had been accomplished by simi lar associations at other cities in which expositions were held. Mrs. Honeyman recently returned from Detroit, where she attended a convention of the Exposition Travelers' Aid Committee. Mrs. C. R. Templeton, chairman of the finance com mittee, reported that many Individual sub scriptions were being received. Yellow and black were adopted as the colors of the association. The Christian Endeav ors and the Sisters of Mercy have offered to help procure rooms for the glrla who apply to the association, and the- Good Samaritan Hospital has offered to take care of all the sick girls who are found this Summer during the Exposition. CASTRO WINS SUIT Brodle Duke Gives Up Properly. ASHEVILLE, N. C. May 20. A deed of trust of an unusual character has been recorded in the County of Buncombe, North Carolina. The paper is between Brodle L. Duke, who is a son of the late Washington Duke, of Durham, N. C, and C. M. Edwards and R. B. Boone, as trus tees. The instrument provides that Bro dle L. Duke's whole property be turned over to the trustees for at least one year. He will be paid living expenses. At the expiration of one year it is provided that upon ihe written application of Duke the property shall be reconveyed to him. If at this "time he docs not demand the prop erty in writing, the trust deed shall re main in full force. The grain blockade in Southeastern Russia is broken. A bountiful harvest of wheat Is expected. Asphalt Trust Loses Conces sion in Venezuela. . DID NOT FULFILL CONTRACT Bermudez Company Accused of Hav ing Incited Matoa Rebellion and Ordered to Pay Expenses of Supporting It. CARACAS, May 20. (Special.) The Federal Court of Last Instance today handed down its opinion in the asphalt trust case. It dissolved the Hamilton concession now held by the New Yorc Si Bermudez Asphalt Company and or dered the company to pay damages to the government for the expense it was put to in suppressing the Matos rebel lion. This is the case that has embroiled American Minister Bowen and- Assist ant Secretary Loomis of the United States Government in a controversy in which bribery is the charge and has on several occasions brought the govern ments of Venezuela and the United States into conflict. In 1883 the Venezuelan government granted to Horatio Hamilton, an Amer ican, the absolute concession to the asphalt in the State of Bermudez fo.r a term of 25 years. In return Hamilton pledged himself to construct a canal and dredge a river. This he never did, nor did the New York &. Bermudez As phalt Company, which acquired the con cession. For several years a contest over the possession of the property rased between the Bermudez and the Warner-Qulnlan Company. Three years ago the Matos revolution against Castro broke out. Castro charged that the Bermudez Company organized the revolution and contrib uted 9400,000 toward its maintenance. When the revolution was suppressed President Castro inaugurated two suits In court. One was for the annulment of the concession on the ground that the Interior Improvements had not been made. The other was for damages against the company and as reimburse ment to the government for the ex pense it was put to In repressing the revolution. The decision just handed down was on these suits. Last Fall Castro went a etep further by securing the .ap pointment of a receiver. H. Camed, for mer manager for the asphalt company, who was dismissed when the trust ab sorbed the concern. On the ground that its property was being confiscated, the Bermudez Company made representa tions to the State Department at Wash ington, demanding Interference. MIn- 4 PRECINCTS XYYHKH PROHIBITION EIECTIOHS "WliLBE HELD OHIBITI0HIN0WIN FORCE IN PRECINCT 58 Mm MAP OF THE crrr, SHOWING rXBCINCTS IX WHICH mWWTIOX mBCTIONS WILL XX xelb; JTHE SECRET OUT! Why It Stands Alone. HE one medicine for tlie cure of woman's peculiar weaknesses and ailments, the ingredients of which, are printed on tlie wrapper of every bottle leav ing tlie great Laboratory in Buffalo, N. Y., where it is made, is called . Dr. IT STANDS ALONE Pierce's Favorite Prescription. not only in respect to its ingredients, but also as the only spe cific advertised remedy for woman's diseases which absolutely - CONTAINS NO 21LGOHOL. IT TilMfK AI ftNF as e one me(cie fr omen, the makers of which take their patients fully into their confidence and tell them exactly what they are taking. This Dr. Pierce can afford to. do, because his "FAVORITE PRE SCRIPTION " is made of such ingredients and after a working formula that has hundreds of thousands of cures to its credit placing its merits above criticism IT CTAIMHC AI A1VF 35 "aareJs oure the diseases of women because the earth supplies the ingredients which are as follows : , LADY'S SLIPPER (Cypripediim Piibescens). ' , BL2HBK COHOSH (Gimicifuga Bacemosa). ' ' '! . ,;- UNIGORXT ROOT Chamcelirium Liiteum). BLUB GOHOSH (CaulophyUum Thalictr aides). " X " GOLDEN SEAL (Hydrastis Canadensis).'- With all the recent talk about patent medicines and the determined effort in cer tain quarters to cast discredit upon all household remedies which come under that hqad, the fact remains that some of these medicines are so firmly established in popular favor and confidence, have so proved their worth and value, that all the denunciations of bigots can not destroy the people's faith in them. One of the best known of these remedies is DR. PIERCE'S FAVORITE PRE SCRIPTION, a medicine which for years has been accepted by the people as a stand ard Dreparation for the cure of those ailments to which women alone are subiect. ister Bowen, upon instructions from Secretary Hay, requested arbitration. President Ca-stro declined, holding that unuer the articles or tne concession all disputes were to be determined by legnl process In Venezuelan courts. The asphalt company set up claim that legal proceedings were farcical, and merely a. cover for unlawful confiscation. It was upon a demand for answer to tho gov ernment s request that Castro a year ago broke off negotiations and left the capital. The Washington Government was about to send a warship to enforce Its request wnen rumors of a scandal halted the negotiations. GIRL UNDER SPELL CRISIS IX VEXJSZUEIiAX CASE Department of Justice to Review Caracas Decision. "WASHINGTON, May 20.-(Spedal.)-The action of the Venezuelan courts In finding against the asphalt trust will bring about a crisis in the Venezuelan case whereby the reason of the charges against Assist ant Secretary of State Lioomis and the recall of Minister Bowen has become a cause celcbre. The next step will be re viewed by the Deptartmcnt of Justice of the Venezuelan court records. If they are found valid, the Bermudez Company can have no recourse; if not, the United States will act promptly. Continue Bowcn-IOomis Inquiry. "WASHINGTON, May 20. President Roosevelt and Secretary Taft had a con ference today regarding the Loomls Bowen case. At its conclusion, Secretary Taft said that no decision had yet been reached. His Intention is to call other witnesses who have been indicated to him, and hear their testimony, before he makes a formal statement concerning the case to the President. The witnesses who have been asked by the Secretary to come to Washington are Mr. Dater, of the Xew York Herald; Richard Harding) Davis and Caspar Whit ney, of New York. Mr. Loomis today submitted his rejoinder to Secretary Taft, a copy of which, together with the state ments made by Pastor x. Mora and H. W. Bean, has been given to Mr, Bowen. SAN KEY'S LFE1N DANGER Famous Blind Hymn, "Writer Low In Spirits. NEW YORK. May 20. (Special.) Ira D. Sankoy, hymn. writer and singer, whose name is a household word throughout the religious world, has been dangerously ill at his Brooklyn home. His life has been despaired of, and though he is now somewhat Im proved, his Intimate friends and rela tives are till anxious about him. At his home It was stated tonight his fam ily is planning to take him out of the city for the Summer if his condition will permit. When Sankey learned from famous oculists, tlree years ago. that his blindness would be permanent, his old- time cheerfulness left him and he be came despondent. His brooding af fected his physical condition and he began to waste away. Believes Japan, Xbt Russia. LONDON. May 38. At the Foreign Of- flM todav it was said that trw Russian government has communicated to Great Britain a report similar to that trass Hiitted by the Russian Charge d'Affalres at Pekin to the Foreign Offtee at St. Petersburg, to the effect that! 'according to the reports, Japan intended reseviag tlte Smperor or Corea to. Japan, Is con traTeatiB of tb treaty of SMmoaoseki; gu&r&Btefitog the ln4edeBce of Core. The invent Ration aaade by the British Foreign OOce, however., has failed te canArm the reports. Oa the contrary, the Fwaiga OfBce has necefced . aawcaaoec tbat" Japan has no ia c . Ukta Runs Away to Escape Married Man's Infatuation. V CRAZED LOVER FOLLOWS Pornier Oakland Sunday-School Su perintendent, Enamoured of n Restaurant Cashier, Tells Her He Is Single. SAN FRANCISCO. May 20. (Special.) Myron T. Holcomb, one of the most prom inent men In the business, social and re ligious life of Oakland, has been away from home ten days, and in the atory of his disappearance is Involved the name of pretty Lydia Schroth, 20-year-old daughter of Julius Schroth, of 1350 Fell street, San Francisco, Mrs. Hottomb, wife of the missing man. has collapsed under the nervous and mental strain and has gone to Los An geles by advice of her husband's former business associate, B. A. Heron, of the realty syndicate. Miss Schroth is out of the city and her relatives state that she has been sent away by them in order to place her out of the reach of Holcomb. They allege that the latter has exercised a strange and unaccountable influence over the girl since first he began paying attention to her, upon representation that he was an unmarried man, and further they say that Holcomb threatened to kill Miss Schroth if she should attempt to leave him. Now It is believed that the Oakland man has gone in search of the girl who fled to escape his attentions or that he has been crazed by his Infatuation for her. Holcomb Is president of the Holcomb .uana company, vice-presiaent oi xne reai estate firm, of Holcomb, Breed & Ban croft Formerly he ,was superintendent of the Sunday school of the First Meth odist Church, and he has been a factor in Oakland's social set for many years. With the prolonged absence of Holcomb from his place of business comes out the story of bis infatuation for Miss Schroth, of the seeming hypnotic spell which he cast over her, of the girl's pre vious efforts to flee from his persistent dogging of her footsteps, of his wife's tearful pleadings that he abandon his vain delusions and return to his home. of her efforts, combined with those of Lydla Schreth and Mrs. Scharff, her sla ter, to bring him to his- senses, and this story today was the one absorbing topic in business and social circles of Oakland. Four years ago Myron T. Holcomb met Lydia Schroth. then only 16 years of age. a cashier in the Oakland restaurant of her brother-in-law, Charles Scharff,. of 1361 jrranKnn street, .tie immediately be came infatuated with her, representing himself as a single man. According to her relatives; the girl cared nothing for him. but he seemed to cast a spell over her. PERS0NALMENTI0N. Mr. and Mrs. M. Barde aad daughter. Blanche, have returned from a few days' visit to Seattle. Mte Adelaide M. Marx, of Albany. N. Y., la visiting her relatives, Mr. and Mrs. N. D. Simon, at Flankers street. Vn. EH ward Huxhea and. son. Julian. wllLteafe for the TSaat today, Mrs. Hughes jrtit ytilt bT Bi BaMafe, at the Ana j oiis Naval Academy, and will later visit relatives In Iowa. Dr. Kenneth A. J. Mackenzie and wife are expected tp arrive on thi3 morning's train from a visit In California Captain W. H. Roberts, Inspector of llfe- .savlng stations, is In Portland for a few days. He Is registered at tho imperial Hotel. John C. Welling, first vice-president of the Illinois Central, with headquarters at Chicago, accompanied by his wife, was in Portland yesterday. They were accom panied by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Wells, also of Chicago. The party, which is on a pleasure tour, is traveling in a private car. Richard L. Jones, representing Collier's Weekly. Is in Portland collecting material and gathering data for an article to ap pear In the magazine June 17, exploiting the v Lewis and Clark Exposition and tne whole Northwest. The articles will call attention to the almost unlimited re sources of the great Northwest and to the agricultural possibilities. F. H. Rice, Western business manager of the. weekly, is also in Portland. NEW YORK. May 19. (Special.) Messrs. T. W. Davidson and Don Cleav er, of Union, Or., were visitors at the Eastern office of The Oregonian today. Desperate Love at Fifteen. LAWTON. O. T.. May 20. (Special.) In a Quarrel over a girl at Frick, O. T. this morning, Emery Corsey, said to be a des-;-perate youngster of 15 years, shot and in stantly killed Arthur Bull. 20 years of age. son of a prominent farmer. With, drawn revolver he made his way through a crowd and escaped and Is now being closely pursued by a posse of deputy Mar shals through the timber. Wyoming Bevels in Water. CHEYENNE, Wyo., May 20. 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