The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, May 21, 1905, Page 8, Image 8

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Travelers' Aid- Association
Finds Them Notorious in
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.
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. .
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
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-
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 .
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 -
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.
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.
Famous Blind Hymn, "Writer Low In
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.
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
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
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
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
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. The
streams of Wyoming are carrying a larg
er volume of "water down Into the Mis
souri through the Platte, Laramie. Big
Horn, Shoshone and other waterways
than at any time In the recollection of
the earliest pioneer. Every stream la. out
of Its banks, while dry creeks and can
yons that have not contained running
water for many years are torrents.
Many bridges have been carried out.
and most of the fords are unsafe. Some
stock has been lost and hay meadows
have been damaged. Rain fails almost
every day on the watersheds, and there
appears to be ho Immediate prospect of
a material decrease In the flow of tha
3IcArdle President of Steel Union.
DETROIT, May 20. J. P. McArdle. of
Muncle. Ind., was today elected president
of the Amalgamated Association of Iron,
Steel and Tlnworkers on the second ballot.
Smooth Life's -Rough
and Rocky
Roadway With a
"Jlappy Thought"
No matter how rough the road
you travel, the "Happy Thought''
Gearakes up all the jar. Chuck
holes and rocks will not phase it.
"A 'Happy Thought5 that induced
me to buy it," is what its users say.
Over 50,000 " Happy Thoughts" Are Pleas
ing as Many Satisfied Users. Not
a Single Disappointment.
I Implements
I Bicycles
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First aad Tayter Sts, PrUaa4,