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About The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 12, 1916)
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'VOL. XXXV. NO. 4G.
PORTLAND, OREGON, SUNDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER IS, 1916.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
HI PROUTY SUICIDE,
SON SAYS IN SUIT
Action Filed to Break
Late Mazama's Will.
INSANE DELUSIONS CHARGED
Dr. R. S. Fisher Says Patient
Took Mercurial Poison.
RECORDS NAME DISEASE
Physician Affirms Gastritis Caused
Death, but That Attempted
on Fatal Illness.
IT. H. Prouty, famed Mazama, who
supposedly died of stomach trouble last
September, is said to be a suicide, and
that the will disposing: of his J52.000
estate was not the product of a sound
mind, is charged In a petition filed in
the County Court yesterday, as the first
step in the effort of an oniy son, Carl
Reginald Prouty, to TreaK his father's
Chief beneficiary under the will was
the Salvation Army, to which was left
between $25,000 and $30,000. Carl
Prouty, who is a reporter on the Kan
sas City Star, was bequeathed $10,000,
to be held in trust until he arrived at
the age of 35 years. He Is now
Suicide Not Recorded.
No suicide report ever reached the
county authorities. Deputy Coroner
Lowa yesterday examined the record
of suicides and reported that no such
case had come to the attention of the
Coroner. Mr. Prouty died September
12, last. The fatal illness was due to
"mercurial poisoning-, self-administered
with suicidal intent" reads the petition,
indicating that Mr. Prouty had swal
lowed bichloride of mercury tablets.
Doctor Say Gastritis Fatal.
Tr. Ralph S. Fisher, physician in the
Kilers' building, attended Mr. Prouty
In his last illness and admitted last
night that, while the patient died fremi
the effects of,t.he poison taken, that
Coroner Dammasch was not notified.
The death certificate could not be se
cured yesterday afternoon, as the
health office was closed, but the burial
permit grave the cause of death as
"Acute gastritis was the cause,"
affirmed Dr. Fisher.
"But how about the poisoning?" he
"Oh, he took the stuff about a month
before he died. Another physician had
the case at first. The gastritis was
an effect of the poison," Dr. Fisher an
swered. The death of Mr. Prouty was com
mented upon at the time as a tragic
culmination of a romance, as he was
to have wed Miss Edith Ellis only a
few days later. The petition filed does
not suggest a cause for suicide.
Insane Delusions Charged.
That his father suffered from insane
delutions and was influenced unduly
by Attorney Jerry E. Bronaugh In the
making of the will is asserted by the
Among the unbalanced delusions at
tributed to Mr. Prouty Is the hallucina
tion that Carl Prouty was not his son,
and an unwarranted jealousy of the
young man. It is charged that Mr.
Prouty believed his son's relations with
Mrs. H. H. Prouty, of St. Louis, di
vorced wife of the deceased, were not
proper, and also that Mr. Prouty was
convinced that his son was not alto
As a result of these alleged delusions,
Carl Prouty believeshe has not been
devised as large a share of the prop-
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IN DIVISION CONTEST
SPLIT PKECLNCT CAUSES SUIT
TO OBTAIN" RECOUNT.
Proposal to form Deschutes County
Apparently Wins, but Court Stops
Certification of Returns.
PRINEVILLE. Or., Nov. 11. (Spe
cial.) The division of Crook County,
which yesterday was reported to have
been defeated, now seems to have car
ried. Before the question can be de
termined, litigation will be necessary,
as the law requires that the proposi
tion to divide must be carried by 63 per
cent of the voters In the parf wishing
to withdraw, and by 35 per cent in the
portion remaining. Suit was started
The division line cut the precinct of
Fife in twain, leaving five voters in
the proposed Deschutes County and 35
in Crook. At the election 34 votes were
cast against division and 6 for it. The
judge of election counted all votes cast
as a part of the proposed Deschutes
County. This made the number voting
in favor of. division in the proposed
county less than the required per cent.
To prevent the County Clerk from
certifying the results of the election as
counted to the Secretary of State," suit
waa filed today by Cryde M. McKay, of
Bend, and the Circuit Court issued an
injunction restraining the County Clerk
from certifying the results until a cor
rect count of the votes of Fife precinct
can be made.
UMATILLA WHEAT SELLS
At $1.50, Transactions 250,000
Bushels and Residue Small.
PENDLETON, Or.. Nov. 11. (Spe
cial.) Approximately 250,000 bushels
of club wheat were sold by Umatilla
county farmers today to Pendleton
grain dealers at $1.50 a bushel. It Is
reported that mills offered $1.52 for
first-class milling wheat.
H. W. Collins, prominent wheat buy
er. Is of the opinion that there is now
only 10 to 15 per cent of the Umatilla
county wheat crop, estimated at 5,000.
000 bushels, in the hands of the
SMOKING IS PROTESTED
Council Asked to Prohibit Use of
Tobacco In Jitney.
"In your plan to regulate the Jitney."
says L. Merthwell in a letter rlHr.!iri
to the City Council, "be sure to include
a provision to the effect that no person
in a front seat shall chew tobacco or
"I have been a natron of iitneva rn
aeveral occasions and twice I have seen
ww'hch buuhcich w i in looacco juice or
cigar or cigarette ashes. It ought to
be prohibited. Wouldn't prohibiting
smoking or chewing tobacco in a front
seat cover it?"
95 PER CENT VOTE CAST
With 10,580 Registered In Albany
1 0,1 15 Exercise Franchise.
ALBANY, Or., Nov. 11. (Special.).
In Tuesday's election Linn County cast
the largest vote in its history. The
total number cast was 10,115.
The total registration for the county
was 10,580. Voters to the number of
1516 were sworn in on election day.
Many of these had registered, however,
and had changed their residence and
failed to re-register.
COOL WEATHER FORECAST
Rain Probable Latter Half of Week
in Northwest States.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 Weather
predictions for the week, beginning
Sunday, issued by the Weather Bureau
Pacific States Generally fair and
cool, although rains are probable after
Wednesday in the North Pacific states.
SPY ARRESTED AS
$3000 PAYMENT DEMANDED
Letters, Some in Code, Said to
Have Come on Oscar II.
ENDEARING WORDS USED
German Embassy Pretends to Yield,
Then Orders Arrest Notes Said
to Be From Cousin of Am
WASHINGTON. Nov. 11. Karl Arm
gaard Graves, a self-styled interna
tional spy and magazine writer, was
arrested here today by agents of the
Department of Justice and charged
with attempting to extort $3000 from
Countess von bernstorff, wife of the
German Ambassador, by threatening- to
publish letters "alleged to contain mat
ter showing her Infirmities and fail
ings." Officials of the Embassy also allego
that Graves had in his possession what
apparently were confidential coded
diplomatic dispatches from the German
government to Count von Bernstorff.
Letters Brought on Oscar II.
The prisoner told the Federal agents
he obtained all the documents from
persons who smuggled ttiem past the
British censors on the steamship Oscar
II. The warrant upon which he was
arraigned tonight and huld o.i $2000
bail for a further hearing Wednesday
charges him also with bringing into
the District of Columbia letters stolen
in Hoboken, N.J., where the Oscar II
In a statement after his' arraign
ment, at which he entered a plea of
not guilty, Gravts asserted -tba-L he had.
no intention of blackmailing the Count
ess, that he objected to the word black
mail, and that the papers, he nas in his
possession were "purely diplomatic" in
Censorship Beiiisr Avoided.
Much interest was aroused in offi
cial quarters at the indirect exposure
of the manner i.i which persons and
officials in Germany apparently are
avoiding the British censorship in com
municating with the German embassy
The arrest of Graves furnished a
dramatic conclusion to negotiations
which had been in progress for a week
between him and Prince Hatzfeldt,
counsellor of the German embassy.
Graves is said to have come to Wash
ington last week and called at the em
bassy. He was known there as the
man who had published widely what
he alleged to be important secrets of
the German war office and tho Hohen
zollerns. He also was known as a man
who previously had described himself
as a member of the German secret
service, and later as an employe in for
eign fields of the British foreign oftice.
"The master spy" he called himself.
Other Letters Snld to Be Held.
Officiate allege that upon entering
the office of Prince Hatzfeldt he made
it known that he had in his possession
the papers which brought about his ar
rest today. One letter whicn he exhib
ited was to Countess von Bernstorff
from her. son, an officer in the German
army. He said, according to statements
made by Federal officials tonight, that
he had other letters that would prove
"embarrassing" for the Countess should
they be published.
The official dispatches were said to
be useless to 'nim for the reason that
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SIDELIGHTS ON SOME EVENTS OF THE WEEK BY
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
IESTEBDATS Maximum temperature, 1
degrees; minimum. 33 degrees.
TODAY'S Fair; continued cold; northerly
Governor Johnson blames petty politicians
for loss ot California. Section 1. page 2.
Mr. Willcox tells why ' election cannot be
conceded, yet. Section 1, page 2.
Mr. Hughes' lead In Minnesota now 218.
Section 1, page .").
Germans publish Russian war plan of 1912.
Section- 1.' page ..
British advanco on 1000-yard front In
Soman district. Section i page 4.
Von Mackensen's retreat In Dubrudja con
tinues. Section , page 4.
America? steamer Columbian shelled by
submarine and thought sunk. Section 1,
Mexicans may execute American scout. Sec
tion 1. page X
Mob breaks up peace meeting at Cardiff,
Wales. Section 1, page o.
French press satisfied with American elec
tion, bection 1, page -.
Senator Borah advises Republicans to for
get past and look to future. Section 1,
Cheejrlng crowds greet President In New
York towns. Section 1, page 6.
Self-styled "master spy" arrested for at
tempt to blackmail Couutvss von Bern
storff. Section 1, page 1.
Oregon defeats Washington State College.
12 to 3. Section 1, page 1.
Brown wallops Yale, 21 to 6. Section 2.
Bob McAllister and I. owe simms to box
here Tuesday. Section 2. page 4.
Beavers win and lose 18 games with Angela
Section page a.
Aggie freshmen defeat Multnomah dub
eleven. Section 2, page L.
Women's golf handicap to be played at
Waverley tomorrow. Section 2. page 5.
Oregon fr-shmen feel shaky over game with
O. A. C. Section 2, page 3.
Portus Baxter gives sport gossip of Seattle.
Section 2. page 4.
Solitary field goal saves Harvard and de
feats Princeton, section 2. page 2.
Washington I-tumbles Oregon Aggies. 35 to 0.
bcctloti 2, page 1.
Big railroad bond demonstration made by
Klamath women. Section 1. page 6.
Idaho election full of surprises. Section 1.
Oregon to be dry December 1 if enforce
ment means can be found. Section 1,
Grants Pas entertains beetgrowers at cele
bration. Section 1. page 1.
Injunction injed In Crook- County division
contest. Section 1,- page 1.
Commercial and Marine.
Wheat stocks In Northwest sharply reduced
by Kastern buying. Section 2. page 13.
Chicago wheat nigher on export sales and
Argentine frost damage. Section 2,
Nearlv SOO stilpa trader construction In
Britain. Section 2. page 14.
Peace talk one of factors In lower stock
market. Section 2, psge 13.
Ships now building on river represent valu
ation of 2'J.000.000. Section 2, page 14.
'Wrctc or "old "stearrter "Portland to be sal
vaged for chip parts. Section 2, page 14.
Fortland and Vicinity.
11. H. Prouty died a suicide, son says in
wlil contest. Section 1. page 1.
Five nundreri dollars to be given charities
selected by customers of stores. Section
1. paga 10.
City to raise J2.3I3.70O by 8-mlll tax levy.
Section 1. page 10.
Frinds pay tribute to memory of Loander
Wells. Section 1. page 11.
Army of soldiers Is now on parade In stores.
Section 1. page la.
Reed College teams named for University
ot Washington de-bat?. Section 1. page 1.
Reed speakers take seme credit for Interest
in measures. Section 1. page 15.
Hawthorne children parade to celebrate Wil
son victory. Section 1. page 15.
Tax of 27 mills on city property Is estimate.
Section 1, page 10.
Jitney to decide its own fate Wednesday.
Section 1, page 9.
Insurance code extends powers of commis
sioners. Section 1. page 17.
Business men Inspect cement plant at Os
wego. Section 1. page 10.
Tax limitation hits state, county and Port
of Portland budgets. Section 1, page Id.
Lead of absolutely dry is cut to 2383. Sec
tion 1. page 15..
Weather report, data and forecast. Section
2, page 14.
Boy and three women carried from hotel
fire. Section 1, page 1.
Democrats celebrate victory with parade.
Section 1. page i- '
Liquor Imports continue until bone dry law
becomes operative. Section 1, page 14.
STOGIES TO BE SMALLER
Inch to Be Cut Off and Price Put
Vp to 5 for 1 0 Cents.
PITTSBURG. Nov. 11. Beginning-December
1 all stogies will be cut one lnca
In length to six Inches and will be In
creased in price from three for 5 cents
to five for 10 cents. Higher tobacco
cost, it is said, has to be met. "
Ohio factories are expected to adopt
the same system.
SEES SUGAR IDE
Grants Pass Is Host to
FARMER TELLS OF RETURNS
John Mills, of Talent, Reports
on Big Yield and Profit.
MORE ACREAGE ASSURED
Special Trains Bear Crowds From
Many Points to Celebration and
Pares Aro Refunded on
Kegistration at Plant.
GRANTS PASS, Or.. Nov. 11. (Spe
cial.) John Mills, of Talent, won the
title of the "banner sugar beet grower"
at .the beet growers' celebration held
In Grants Pass today. . He reported a
crop of 28 tons per acre, yielding a
gross return of 1154 per acre, the cash
outlay being only 129.79 per acre.
Mr. Mills' experience was one of those
related at the big meeting held in the
tabernacle as a feature of the sugar
Beet growers and prospective) beet
growers from all of Southern Oregon
gathered in Grants Pass as the guests
of the city today, 600 farmers and their
wives coining by the special trains from
as far north as Oakland and from
Ashland on the south.
Farmers Travel Free.
The special train from the south was
provided by the citizens of Grants Pass,
and .return tickets were supplied free
of charge to every farmer who wished
to come. From the north special rates
were made upon the regular trains and
the fares paid were refunded by the
people of thia city.
The visitors were met upon the ar
rival of the trains by citizens with
automobiles and all went directly to
the sugar factory in South Grants Pass,
where) they were escorted througn
the million-dollar establishment and
watched the process of converting
sugar beets into sugar.
Plant Observed In Operation.
Including the local people 2000 men
and women today got their first view
of the inside of the factory, through
which they were piloted by the officials
of the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company. The
factory was in full operation and was
slicing beets at the rate of 500 tons per
day, while a sack of sugar was being
put Into the warehouse every 40 sec
onds. Upon the factory grounds the visitors
were escorted through the feeding pens
where steers were being fattened upon
beet pulp while farmers were seen load
ing tons of the pulp to be hauled to
their farms for feeding to fattening
stock and to milch cows.
Crowds Are Fed by City.
At noon, after inspection of the fac
tory, the visitors were guests of the
city at dinner, the hundreds being fed
at the Commercial Club and by various
church societies in church dining
rooms. The programme of the afternoon was
held at the Tabernacle building, which
seats 2000. Acting Mayor Demaray,
chairman of the committee in charge of
the celebration, presided, and an ad
dress of welcome upon the part of the
city was delivered by Rev. L. M. Boozer.
The response was by Alex Nibley. man
ager of the sugar factory, who waa
followed by H. T. Dyer, of the Dyer
Construction Company, which had the
contract for the erecting of the sugar
Bramwell told of the value of
the beet sugar industry to a commu
nlty. and Paul Klrker, of the sugar
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BOY, 7, IS SAVED
FROM HOTEL FIRE
FIREMEN" BRAVE SMOKE TO
RESCCE CXCOXSCIOCS LAD.
Tliree Women Also Are Taken Oust
of Smoke-Filled Building and
Others Flee to Safety.
Merle Bruce. 7-year-old son -f Mrs.
J. J. Bruce, caught In the Barton
Hotel, Thirteenth and Alder streets,
when that hostelr- was aflame last
night at S o'clock, was flna'ly i cued
by Jack Lyons and Roy Crandall. of
Engine Company No. 8. when they In
vaded the room and felt around in the
dense smoke for the lad, who was
weakened and almost unconscious.
After three women had been car
ried to safety by the firemen, the child
was discovered screaming at the win
dow. In a second ho fell back from the
window, and Lyons and Crandall hur
ried into the room. They were forced
to grope their way around before find
ing the limp body. They hurried the
boy to the window and down the fire
The fire was discovered shortly be
fore 5 o'clock and because of its loca
tion a general alarm was sent in. and
apparatus from all parts of the close
in section was hurried to the scene.
The hotel was filled with smoke and It
was with difficulty that some of the
occupants got to the street. The stair
way was choked and ladders were
called Into play at once to effect res
cue. Quick work on the part of the de
partment saved the building. The loss
will not exceed J500. It Is thought.
PACKERS FINED $171,000
Swift & Co. and Railroad Penalized
on Rebating Charges.
CHICAGO. Nov. 11 A fine totaling
more than $171,000 was assessed by
Federal Judge Landis today against
Swift & Co.. packers, and a number of
railroads convicted of violating the In
terstate commerce act.
In most of the cases the charges
were rebating or in shipping less than
carload shipments at carload rates.
MRS. PANKHURST SILENCED
Police Prevent Suffragette Demon
stration in Iontlon.
LONDON, Nov. 11 A demonstration
arranged for this afternoon at Trafal
gar Square by the Women's Social and
Political Society, the organization of
the militant suffragists, was prevented
by the police.
Mrs. Emmelino Pankhurst was to
have been the principal speaker.
BILLINGS HAS ZERO DAY
First Intense Cold Snap of Season
BILLINGS. Mont. Nov. 11. cold
wave enveloped Montana yesterday, and
this morning zero weather wae experi
enced for the first time this Fall, the
mercury standing at 2 below at 6 A. IiL
A light snow covered the gronud.
LOSER OF BET ARRESTED
Wheelbarrow Pusher Is Accused of
Operating Without License.
MARSH FIELD, Or.. Nov. 11. (Spe
cial.) In paying an election bet Frank
Denning wheeled D. A. Jones along
Front street, while the crowd offered
Denning was arrested by Chief of
Police Carter for propelling a vehicle
without a license.
Gardner Apparently Elected.
ST. LOUIS. Nov. 11. With returns in
from all but four scattering precincts
in Missouri, the plurality of Gardner
for Governor was reduced to 1670. The
total vote tood: Gardner (Dem.) 878,
464: Lamm IRep.l 376.794.
Pacific Coast Title Is
Decided by Elevens.
CROWD OF 6000 SEES BATTLE
Washington State Ties Score
by 26-Yard Dropkick.
LAST PERIOD TURNS TIDE
Perfect Football Machine Emerge
From Slump and Turns Hard
Contest Into Rout In Final
Outburst of Speed.
,BT ROSCOE FAWCETT.
Emerging from their slump with a
whoop and a hurrah, the University of
Oregon football huskies surprised
everybody yesterday by defeating
Washington State College and doing it
to a queen's taste. The score was 12
With perfect football weather on the
tapis, close to 6000 enthusiasts Jammed
Into Multnomah Field for the Coast
championship clash, and they were well
repaid for their financial outlay.
The afternoon furnished enough
thrills and sufficient variety for a
good melodrama. Although on the
short end of the betting, Oregon showed
its power and punch at .he very out
set and only once or twice, about mid
way, were the lemon-yellow colors in
Washington State Outplayed.
Oregon outplayed tho visitors from
every angle, rushing, passing, kicking.
The Eugene lads simply were too stout
for Washington Stale. Although the
break did not come until late in the
third quarter, once Hugo Bezdek's ath
letes did begin to work on the Washing
ton Staters they left them a thoroughly
renovated football team.
Oregon scored three points within
two minutes of play on the first of two
placekicks by Shy Huntington.
Bartlett startled th crowd by run
ning the kickoff back 53 yards to
Washington State's 30-yard line. Hunt
ington booted the ball over the bar
from the 33-yard mark.
Score Is Tied In Third.
Three-to-nothing the score remained
until the third quarter when Bangs re
covered a blocked dropkick on the 26
yard line and gave Durham another
crack at it. This time the Spokane
toe artist succeeded and tied the score.
3 to 3.
Up to this there had been little
"edge'' either way. Then came the
break. With only a few seconds to play
in the third quarter. Shy Huntington
suddenly ehot around right end behind
splendid interference for a 24-yard
gain. This unexpected onslaught put
the ball on Washington State's 31-yard
Parsons sallied around the other end
for nine yards on the next signal before
the demoralized Staters found them
selves. Here tho red-Jerseyed visitors
rallied and threw Shy Huntington back
for a clear five-yard loss.
Penalty of IS Yards Inflicted.
Potssibly they might have stemmed the
rout were it not for a 15-yard penalty,
for roughing or holding, we know not
which. This penalty, however, gave
Oregon the ball on Washington State's
13-yard line for first down as the quar
ter ended and the Jig was up.
A touchdown followed on three
scrimmages when play was resumed in
the fourth and final 15-minute period.
After a one-yard gain on right by
Shy Huntington Oregon threw a for
ward pass to Mitchell on the two-yard
line. Mitchell was forced out of bounds.
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